Winter Nourishment…

Ozarks:

I don’t usually Re-Blog other’s articles, but this one deserves to be mentioned a few times for a couple of reasons. Detecting icon Dick Stout shares a few research tips that you can use while stuck inside during the long winter months.

Also, fellow Detectorist Chicago Ron’s family is facing a very difficult time right now. Please read about the struggle a very special little girl named Jolie is dealing with and help if you can. :)

Happy Holiday’s Everyone!

Originally posted on Stout Standards:

For a great many of you it’s winter time, and while I am pretty much free of having to deal with it in any big way, I do remember the long frustrating days of detecting withdrawal.  So if I may, let me offer a few suggestions that might help with the winter doldrums .  They are not new nor earth shattering but as you know, neither am I…

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Silver Coins Found Metal Detecting

Here’s a Few Silver Coins that I’ve found while metal detecting the last few years.

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2014 was my best year for silver coins so far and hopefully 2015 will be even better!


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Recent Relic Finds

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to my blog so here are a few pics of some of my recent finds…

1943 Mercury Dime

1943 Mercury Dime

I found this 1941 Merc Dime Recently at an old homestead in the woods with my AT Pro Metal Detector

'43 Mercury Dime Reverse

’43 Mercury Dime Reverse

'38 Wheatie & Smith's Pride buttons.

’38 Wheatie & Smith’s Pride buttons.

Smith's Pride Button

Smith’s Pride Button

Button Patent Date

Button Patent Date

Small Ladies Watch

Small Ladies Watch

Nostalgia

An Arkansas farmer strikes a match on the button of his overalls, ca. 1940.

The RailRoad Button

‘The Railroad’ Overalls Button

- I also found these other overalls buttons.

Eurotek Pro Find

Tuf Nut Overalls Button – Eurotek Pro Find

The overalls button was found at an old homesite in an area that hasn’t produced much in the past. The Eurotek Pro metal detector found it easily at around 6 inches deep. The Tuf Nut Garment Company produced overalls, pants, shirts and “autoals” for the working man. The garments were proudly made of 100% southern cotton. Circa 1930 – 1970.

FITZ Overalls Button

FITZ Overalls Button

Shirley President Suspender Buckle

Shirley President Suspender Buckle

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to find one of these Shirley President suspender buckles. They are a neat find and I was happy to dig this one!

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This Pig was a Neat Find

This Pig was a Neat Find

This pig is heavy but I have no idea what it was used for?

Arkansas Automoblie Club Emblem

Arkansas Automobile Club Emblem

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Roundness

Roundness

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Good Luck "Coin" w Nail?

Good Luck “Coin” w Nail?

This coin or token has a nail through it and leads me to believe that it may have been nailed to a door or doorframe. I found it within feet of a door at an old homestead.

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A Few Relics

A Few Relics

'43 Merc

’43 Merc


Gettin That Nectar!

Gettin That Nectar!

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Minelab Explorer and E-Trac Handbook

So you have your new Minelab Explorer or E-Trac metal detector, but you don’t know how to use it yet, well don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered!

Author Andy Sabich has put together the The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook for those who are just starting out with their new Minelab Metal Detectors. Book features etrac tips and tricks, explorer tips and more!

The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook

The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook

This handbook will help you cut the learning curve in half!  Andy explains everything you need to know so that you can start finding the good stuff today!

In stock and Ships Fast… Order Yours Today! Get tips on how to use your etrac metal detector.

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Shield Nickel Metal Detecting Find

In order to find old things, you have to go to old places.

Recently I had a chance to travel and go metal detecting in Kansas with a friend at a property that dates to the early 1800’s. The property owner told us that there used to be an old house that once sat at the back half of his property. My friend and I decided to metal detect where we believe was the yard of an old victorian era house. The grass and brush was knee high in most areas so we concentrated on detecting the spots where it was possible to swing a metal detector.

We had dug our share of scrap metals, shotgun headstamps, tabs, pull tabs, bits of aluminum cans, square nuts and even a horseshoe. I was using my AT Pro and heard a nickel or tab tone in my headphones. I could tell that it was a smaller coin sized target, and the target ID numbers were lower than the usual nickel numbers, but the tone was what caught my attention because it had that coin sound to it.

I decided to dig the target and about 5 inches deep I noticed something round laying on top of the dirt that I had just turned over. At first I thought it was a wheat penny but I couldn’t tell because the coin was so dirty.

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883

The 5 on the front showed us it ws a nickel. I thought it might be a V nickel. We couldn’t make out the design on the reverse but when the coin was still dirty I could tell that it has some sort of shield on it. It turns out that this coin is a circa 1866-1883 Shield Nickel.

circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

circa 1866-1883
Date Uncertain

It’s unfortunate that the reverse of the coin is so worn that I haven’t been able to get an exact date off of it. Since this coin doesn’t have ray’s between the stars on the front this shield nickel most likely dates from 1867 to 1883.

The Shield nickel was the first United States five-cent piece to be made out of copper-nickel, the same alloy of which American nickels are struck today.

Read more about the interesting History of Shield Nickel Here.

We had a great hunt, and finding this shield nickel is a good indicator that we’ve located a very old property that could potentially hold a lot of great finds in the future for both of us.

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It was an epic hunt for me, and I am honored to be able to detect with such a great friend on a property like this. To find a Shield Nickel while I was there was icing on the cake. I can’t wait to get back out there and see what else we can find!



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A Few Recent Finds

Lately I haven’t been able to detect at the old homesteads that I usually hunt. A combination of the humidity and the brush being grown up has forced me to limit my hunts to parks and easily detected spots that have the grass mown.

I appreciate having “somewhere” to detect, but the types of finds at my local parks are minimal at best.

Ladies Butterfly Sash Buckle

Ladies Butterfly Sash Buckle

I did brave the ticks and brush for a couple of hours one day, and that is where I found this Ladies Sash buckle with my Fisher F5 metal detector. Think it might also be called a Butterfly buckle as the opposite side would complete it in the shape of a butterfly. This example is only half of the buckle, but still a neat find either way and I was happy to see it come out of the ground! It has been tumbled since it holds no real value, and it ended up looking great in my opinion.

Washington Sales Tax Token Circa 1930s

Washington Sales Tax Token Circa 1930s

On another hunt, while using my AT Pro metal detector at an old homestead that had a small area where the brush wasn’t too bad I was able to find this neat Washington State Sales Tax Token. At first I thought it was a washer, and it appears to have been used as a washer, but it is a 1930’s sales tax token.

1952 Jefferson Nickel

1952 Jefferson Nickel

At the same homestead I also found this 1952 Jefferson Nickel. It’s not an old coin, but it was a neat find so I figured I would also share it. Most wouldn’t bother blogging about a ’52 nickel, but it’s older than me, and was the only coin I found at that homestead that day. It might indicate that silver could be found there, we’ll see.

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This find is a REM UMC .45 Colt shell. I found this at a park where an old house used to stand. It was also tumbled to reveal the text. According to research it appears that this shell is from 1911-1960. Given that the homestead was there in the early 1900s, I’m leaning towards the 1911 date range. Either way, it was a neat little find.

Namco Token

Namco Token

Using my Teknetics Eurotek Pro, I found this Namco Entertainment token at a park near the swing sets. It was a cool find because I remember these tokens from when I was a kid back in the PacMan – Donkey Kong video game era. It brought back fond memories of days spent in the arcades. I am not certain that this token is from the 80’s, but the design looks exactly like I remember from back then!

A Few Recent Finds

A Few Recent Finds

Lastly, here are some of my recent finds. Nothing major to share, but it is what it is. I can’t wait to get back into the woods and have some great spots mapped out for this fall. Hopefully soon I’ll have something worthwhile to share with you.

Until then, THANK YOU for reading my blog!

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Silver Found on Video

If you follow my blog you know that I enjoy metal detecting at long forgotten homesteads in the woods. The problem lately is that I’m not able to get back into the woods with the weeds and brush grown up the way it is. So, on this hunt I was able to secure permission to detect at an old church that had the grass mowed nicely. I have shown the finds before, but here is a short video of my hunt:

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

This was my first ever Susan B Anthony Dollar, and I was very surprised to find it near a basketball goal.

1949 Mercury Dime

1949 Mercury Dime

My first Mercury dime found metal detecting. As you could see in the video I was very excited to not only find a silver coin, but to find my first Mercury Dime.

All in all it was fun and I can’t wait to get back in the woods. Not much longer now! I have some new Inventio HD 1080p video glasses to video my future hunts so I am also excited about that since they allow me to be hands free and shoot amazing high definition videos!

Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you the best of luck out there!

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