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Native American Lesson Learned

One of the main benefits of metal detecting is constantly learning new things through the objects you find. You may not, as they say, “learn something new every day,” but certainly, it seems, you “learn something new every dig.” On my last outing, I unearthed some notable items, including a William III copper coin (1694-1702), … Continue reading »

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Cool, Cob, and Collected

Recently, I embarked on a day-long outing to the South Jersey farm fields. This was a new permission of my friend’s (to which he graciously invited me) on land directly adjacent to a separate property where I found my 1st Spanish cob (1620-1650). So, needless to say that I didn’t need any further proof that … Continue reading »

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Few and Farthing Between

Some fields continue to provide great artifacts no matter how many times you scour them. This can be due to a host of factors: an expansive acreage that can never be precisely searched, changing ground conditions (e.g., erosion due to rain), the churn of the plow, etc., etc. So, it was no surprise to me … Continue reading »

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Newfound Hope

On a recent outing to an unplanted field in Salem County, NJ, among other finds (King George III copper, colonial tombac coat button, 1894 Indian Head penny) I located a colonial cufflink. As I unearthed it, I immediately noticed a crude design, which in my experience is often the case with 18th century cufflinks. At … Continue reading »

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Old Item, New ID—My Second 1600s Find!

Sometimes, an artifact can provide newfound excitement long after its original excavation because it is positively identified as much older and/or significant than previously thought. Such was the case with a button originally pictured in one of my previous posts. Back in early January, I had found a flat button on the same quick excursion … Continue reading »

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Most Wanted… Found!

No matter what your hobby or interest may be, we all have those elusive, much-sought-after finds, goals, catches (think fishing), or items that we are hoping to someday cross off our personal bucket lists. For me, in my hobby of metal detecting, this was always the New Jersey state copper coin. Why the New Jersey … Continue reading »

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Silver Korean War Trench Art Ring

This find falls under the “you never know what you’re gonna get” category. I was searching on a VERY OLD property — built in 1720 kind of old — and was hoping to find colonial relics and coins. I didn’t. But what I DID find was this amazing ring. At first, I didn’t know what … Continue reading »

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Civil War Cavalry Button Found in NJ Soil

At dawn one May Saturday, I headed out for my 3rd hunt at a local church property. Last fall I had received permission to scour the property adjacent to my church, where an 1830s farmhouse once stood. On two previous hunts here, I’d found some interesting items (see here and here) in only a small … Continue reading »

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WWI Trench Bugle

When I detect, I’m usually very methodical. I focus on a set area and go slowly, making sure my grid pattern doesn’t miss an inch. Often, however, when the beeps go silent, I get frustrated and my plan gets changed. I start to wander, aimlessly and get more lost in the lack of finds. And … Continue reading »

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Colonial-Era Chinese Coins and Other Cool Relics

I’m lucky to live in a town that is rich in history, although most of the residents probably don’t know it. Its first European-bred settlers were the Dutch way back in the 1600s, and before that the area has Native American roots. While most of the homes standing were built in the 1900s, you can … Continue reading »

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