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Jewelry

Grant Finds a Vintage Silver Ring

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Metal Detecting Showdown: Grant Hansen vs. The Man With the Hat

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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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Celebrating a 100th Wedding Anniversary

With Old Man Winter’s reverse hibernation under way and the related metal detecting hindrances (i.e., frozen ground and frigid temps) asleep with him, I was able embark on a recent historical hunt on some fields in Salem County, NJ. I love this area because it represents one of the last vestiges of rural New Jersey … Continue reading »

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Gold Wedding Band Found & Returned

I don’t often find gold when metal detecting. OK, truth is, I’ve never found gold. I’m not really out looking for it as I hunt for old coins and relics. And, well, I still haven’t found gold while metal detecting! This was actually an eyeball find. My wife and daughter and I went to a … Continue reading »

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Another Visit to the Early 19th Century Home

Yes, back again. Hey, when you’ve got a good spot, you keep going, right? Another spur-of-the-moment outing, I managed to detect for about 2 hours. I hit a very junky part of the back yard and my patience paid off. While mid- and high-tones were scattered and hidden by all the iron and broken signals, … Continue reading »

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Persistence Pays Off

I recently got out for a quick hunt at a local circa 1743 house that I’ve detected countless times over the last year. I have a nice relationship with the owners and they have afforded me an endless welcome mat to return whenever I’d like. Having scoured this property very thoroughly (with many nice colonial … Continue reading »

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My Oldest Coin Unearthed

This past Friday I traveled to Piermont, NY, to detect a property for which my brother had acquired permission. While my brother does not share my interest in metal detecting, he is a great advocate and supporter of mine and is equally interested to see the items that I find. Before we traveled to the … 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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Searching for Early American Relics

The title of this story can easily be the title of 99% of our stories — we’re always on the hunt for Colonial-era and early American relics and coins. We’re also happy with Civil War era and late 19th Century stuff too, so any property that is pre-1900 is a property we like. James and … Continue reading »

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