2020 metal decting thread.

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Nice finds! What kind of machine are you running? I've got a T2se but haven't had the time or place to get out and use it.
 
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Cool finds. I've always been curious, but I'd never know what it was I've found. [rofl2]

Although I do frequently see a couple of folks searching about in some of the farm land I pass by on my commute home from work. At first I just saw their cars/trucks parked and figured folks may be hunting/poaching, them I saw them one day with their gear. Every now and again the cars/trucks are there on my way into work(pass by at ~4:30 a.m.) and wonder if they camped out overnight or just got a really early start.
 

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I found a homesite on a friends property and spent a couple of hours detecting it. The site is very early. The iron field was tiny and everything was shallow. I like to take a "culture" and dig some iron to try and date the site. Every square nail I dig was a rose head. Here are the finds so far.
6 coppers. 4 are Connecticut one is a KG1 and the last I have not identified yet. It is either a KG1 or another state copper.20200405_224326.jpg20200405_224329.jpg20200404_103726.jpg20200404_121302.jpg20200405_105203.jpg20200405_105806.jpg20200404_121503.jpg
 

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My son wants to get into detecting. Maybe when this pandemic is gone. I had a real cheap unit when I was a kid. Dug up my neighbor's yard and pulled out big slabs of steel. She feaked on us when seeing how big the hole was. Probably should have asked permission first.
 

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The season is just getting started but so far I have found some great stuff. Here are my significant finds so far. The first is a 1792 2 reale mimted in Lima Peru. 2. A complete colonial shoe buckle. 3. A war of 1812 shoulder belt plate. Last a 1797 draped bust large cent. View attachment 342122View attachment 342123View attachment 342124View attachment 342125View attachment 342126

Ooooh. Eeets uh coyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyn! That's a top-pocket find ri' deah! A bobby-dazzler for sure.



Sorry. I can't ever read these threads without using my Gary Drayton voice.
 

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My father and I used to go detecting many years ago. I would love to get into it someday. Maybe when my son is older.
By the way, if you enjoy dry British humor, the show “Detectorists” is pretty funny.
 

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roccoracer from the 2 machines you have which do you think is better?
I am hit or miss. The equinox is awesome and hits deep. The Deus is difficult to learn but once you do it is a killer machine. If you are on a budget the Equinox 600 is hard to beat. XP also sells a madel called the ORX which is a deus lite. Its worth looking into.
 

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Depends on the date of the nickle. Silver nickels were minted dating 1942 through 1945 and have a 35% silver content.

It's hard to believe but silver prices, as opposed to nickle and lead, were so depressed that the Los Alamos nuke testing facility was using silver as radiation shielding instead of lead!

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I found a first today. An early U.S silver. It is a capped bust dime minted between 1806 and 1837. It os very worn but easy to identify. Wish I could get a date. View attachment 349367View attachment 349368
With today's technology, there are probably a few methods to recover the date, but it would not be worth the investment, just a footnote on the coin. Hell, the ATF&E recovers ground off serial numbers.
 

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Last time I used my detector was to find a capped iron pin ( piece of 3/4 inch rebar) on one of my borders. There was an old house, barn and a couple of smaller out buildings on my property many years ago and I'd probably end up with a bunch of barn nails. The geodes in my two creeks are easier pickings.
 
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If anyone's up for a challenge I'll pay the market value of the gold +10% if you can recover my wedding ring for me.
Dropped it in the Connecticut river 5 years ago. [laugh]
 

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I need to get out and start this again. Maybe I'll start hitting the beaches and see if stuff was left from last summer. How long before the brown shirts report me for being outside?
 

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Sometimes I'll watch the YouTube vids of the European guys that detect the WW1 and WW2 battlefields. They find some really awesome stuff. Did any of you guys ever do a Civil War battlefield?
 

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Does it make sense for someone interested in starting out to hit the used market for metal detectors (after doing a little homework)? Or do you need to know what you’re doing to avoid getting ripped off with a dud?
 
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