“I’m not an historian but I can get interested – obsessively interested – with any aspect of the past, whether it’s palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.”
Grant believes in the little things… because they can mean so much. Oftentimes, the smaller the find the bigger the thrill. In his professional life he creates bleeding-edge digital media for national nonprofit, while in his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, writing, cleaning and preserving his finds and is finally taking initiative to renovate his basement into a man cave/museum/home office.
A life-long native of Bergen County, NJ, Grant does everything with commitment and passion. Whether he’s focusing his time on family, work, or digging little holes in the ground in the hopes of finding something historic and/or shiny, he believes every minute counts. Grant has written four articles for Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine, his latest being a feature story about his “Best of 2015 Finds” (NJ Civil War staff buttons). He is also a regular contributor to eNJoy NJ with a monthly article about NJ history and relic hunting.
Grant’s favorite finds to date include the following:
- John Mecke Clock & Watch Maker watch paper engraved plate, which now resides in the National Watch & Clock Museum
- WWI Trench Bugle (will soon reside in a museum)
- 1205-1210 King John I silver hammered half penny (found in England)
- 7 NJ Civil War Staff Buttons, Alberts NJ 7D b/m Horstmann & Allien/NY variety
- And, most importantly, the kind, generous and wonderful homeowners who allow us to pursue our passion on their properties. I can’t express my appreciation enough!
- Minelab CTX 3030
- XP Deus
- Garrett 350 Ace
- Garrett Pro Pointer
James Orefice is originally from Northern NJ but now resides in Camden County, NJ. He became interested in metal detecting after he and his then-young daughter found a horseshoe in his backyard with a child’s beep-and-dig metal detector. That find led him to further explore his property’s past (he would go on to find a colonial button and 2 musket balls in his yard). He began to realize that metal detecting was a way to put him in tangible contact with the past—and the rest was “history.” He has always had a great interest in NJ history, but he’s especially partial to the colonial period. James tries to fit in metal detecting amid work and spending time with his wife and 3 kids. The latter do not understand the passion he has for his hobby, but he’s ok with that. To date, James’ personal top-5 best finds are:
- 1620-1662 Spanish cob, ½ real, Mexico City mint
- 1723 Wood’s Hibernia copper coin (found just a few inches from his driveway)
- 1786-1790 New Jersey copper coin
- 1776-1812 military belt plate
- 1834 Whig political button
- Garrett AT Pro
- Garrett Pro Pointer