The Magazine Devoted To The Searcher & Detectorist

“Diggin in Virginia” XVI & XVII
Buckles, Bullets, Coins, Artillery, and so much more!

May - June 2011 Volume 2, Issue 3

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Welcome to Relic Hunter Magazine!
“Worldwide Discoveries” in Every Issue
Jim Leonard Editor & Publisher Digging stuff since 1963

Happy Anniversary!! Relic Hunter Magazine is now 1
year old! Having begun in April-May 2010. The goal was to have at least 5,000 readers by the end of the year. The magazine has far excced that goal, now having over 23,000 readers in 33 different countries throughout the world. It’s truly become an international magazine and it still continues to grow. Relic Hunter Magazine is here for your enjoyment, to read about what’s being found, to learn some historical information, and to share with others your joy of discovery. It could be a coin, a lost ring, a returned ring or even an old axe head that’s been buried in the ground, in the sea, or under a house, readers love to know about discoveries and they love seeing the full color photographs and knowing the story. In this issue we’ve got some fantastic finds from all over the world. You’ll also read about two of the largest planned hunts held here in the United States, “Diggin in Virginia”, where I had the opportunity to find some stuff that I didn’t have in my collection and where I got a chance to meet a bunch of great people. We’ve also got some very nice finds from the UK, Australia and Europe. Enjoy!

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What’s Inside
Cover Photograph
First day of the DIV hunt, it snowed. I saw this lone hunter in a field, and from a distance, I zoomed in and grabbed the shot. Bottom left is a hunting friend, Dan Lindstrom, holding one of several bullets dug from his pit. Bottom right is a Confederate Script “A” button found by Todd Sheppard, the day before Diggin in Virginia actually began. We were on private property, with the owners permission.

Recent Discoveries

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“Diggin in Virginia The Irony of a Child - Jackie Whisenhunt

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Recent Finds
Pete Briggs Delaware, USA I always thought I would find any Barber coins in the opposite order that I did. Today I went to an area that’s turned up a few colonial (British) and old Half Cents and Large Cents. No silver there until today. Well, today I found a 1916 S Barber Dime! My first! Last year I found my first Barber coin, a Half Dollar (1903 O), and then a Barber Quarter (1906 D) and early this year I found a sweet 1898 Quarter, all not from this site. I also found a couple wheat cents from the 1950’s. There are absolutely no clad coins to be found at this site.

David McCarthy Cook, Minnesota,USA Quick hunt at an old church after work..


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Danny Lancashire, UK Alright all, i had a ride out yesterday with my mate the Wigan Musketeer. We tried one spot first but only had a few bits so we decided to head to a big old Georgian hall where we had permission to hunt we did a small paddock first and had a couple of coppers and a viccy sixpence each. I then decided to go over the lane and do the next field I jumped over the fence and the first signal was this cracking Lizzy sixpence. Only my second hammered so far so i was well pleased. We didn’t find much else apart from the usual coppers and bits but well worth another visit. Here’s a few pictures.

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“Swissrolly” Switzerland I thought I would set myself a challenge to see if I could find 50 coins with the E-Trac in one search in the same place on the same day. For this I would require a site that sees a lot of activity and ideally had not been detected before. I decided on a small ski station used by locals rather than the big holiday firms just on the border of Switzerland and France. Here I would hope to find a mixture of Swiss, French Francs and Euros. Conditions were excellent for detecting; the season’s snow had melted, the grass had not yet started to grow, the ground was easy to dig and the weather was stunning. Mont Blanc in the distance was spectacular - not a cloud in the sky. By the end of the day my target had been achieved. It was the first time I had ever recovered 50 coins in a day. What did surprise me was the breadth of coins I found. I expected to find mostly Euros but in fact there were more French Francs plus one or two surprises. My theory for the Francs is that modern ski suits are much better designed and do not allow for the casual drop of coins (so may zips!). Ski apparel of the 50s and early 60s was still more of woollen jacket and trousers variety and things could more easily fall from pockets. Also today most ski passes are now paid with either a credit card or bought via the internet so less coinage is involved..
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When hunting modern coins I use a slightly modified version of the standard E-Trac coin discrimination pattern even though I know this knocks out 1, 2 and 5 Euro Centimes). However the scourge of the day was the ring pull. They popped up almost across the whole FE 12 line. In the end to quieting things down a little I took out FE11 to 14 and CO 18 to 21 setting up a little block which accounted for about 80% of ring pulls. It is possible that I missed some coins that strayed into this area but it was a gamble I took.

conditions. I suppose you could look at it as my E-Trac rite of passage. For anyone interested the breakdown of the coins was as follows (each coin was a single dig – there were no coin spills): France Old Franc (pre-1960 coinage) 7x 10 Francs 3x 20 Francs 4x 100 Francs New Franc (1960 to 2001) 5x 10 Centimes 7x 20 Centimes 1x 5 Francs 3x 10 Francs (cupro-nickel) 1x 10 Francs (bimetallic) Switzerland 3x 10 Centimes 4x 20 Centimes 1x ½ Franc 1x 5 Francs Spain 1x 1 Peseta 1x 100 Pesetas Argentina 1x10 Centavos Euro 1x 50 Cents 2x 1 Euro 2x 2 Euros
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So in the end I reached the 50th. The last coin was a real pain as it took about 50 minutes from finding the 49th. My main concern was the battery was going to run out before it was found, however it held out. So what was the point of this exercise? Besides achieving my record I did it because I feel I have finally after 10 months mastered the E-Trac. I now understand the machine, how it works, how to interpret the sounds and how to adjust it to get the best out of it based on the prevailing

Recent Finds

“My heart is yours till death”
Chris Hall West Sussex, UK Having found a silver-gilt poesy ring in the 1990’s, the top item on my artefacts ‘wish list’ was a gold one. You can imagine how I felt when this surfaced on Tuesday from a depth of around 4 inches in a newly-drilled field. The field has been searched to death over a period of 20+ years by a club and various individuals. The ring is substantial and weighs around 13 grams. The touching inscription reads: ‘My heart is yours till death’ in lower-cased italicised letters. My initial research leads me to believe it is an early 18th century engraving but the ring itself may be a little earlier. The form of the maker’s mark - a coroneted letter - is typical of the 17th century. It would appear to be one for the Treasure process. Together with the Saxon sword pommel that is still in the system, this has to be my best ever find!


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s a newbie to “Diggin in Virginia”, I didn’t know what to expect, other from what I’d heard from friends who have attended previous hunts. My first impression was one of surprise, having to pay $250 for each hunt. That’s $500.00 for both hunts and is almost what I’d pay for a plane ticket to England, where I can hunt for free and the finds are much, much older. This was “DIV XVI and XVII” and in previous “DIV” hunts, the promoters, John and Rose Kendrick, lunches used to be available, each day, for everyone hunting. This has now been discontinued. However, there was a meal on the last day of each hunt. On the first hunt we had chili & soup and on the second hunt we had barbeque and hot dogs with all the fixings. Kellyco
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supplied all the bottled water and soft drinks, available to us each day. So, if you’re out in the field, be sure that you’ve packed a lunch in your bag. You’ll be too far away to walk back just to get something to eat. There’s a lot of work and some rewards for anyone who’s got the land and the organizational skills to put on such an event. I’m not sure how much it cost to lease the properties for the 2 hunts and I’m sure that insurance binders needed to be obtained to guard against a catastrophic accident, porta-potties were leased and there were other miscellaneous costs, plus donations to a few charities. We had approximately 225 on the first hunt (Brandy Rock) and on the second

hunt (Beauregard Farm) there were about 500 die hard hunters. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to add up the number of attendees plus the fees. These back-to-back hunts, on various locations, are generally held twice a year, (Spring & Fall). This is totally fantastic. So, if you know someone who’s got some farm land in a Civil War battle area, contact the owners and draw up some contracts. Here in Georgia, we could just call it “DIG” (Digging in Georgia) I’d been warned, the ground in Culpepper, Virginia is terrible (Hot, as we call it) and the only detectors that would stand a chance of finding deeper artifacts would be pulse detectors. Both farms, Brandy Rock and Beauregard have been hunted for years and much of the surface finds have been taken. So, for much of my time hunting, I was either using a Garrett Infinium or a Minelab GPX 4500. Both machines are PI type and can punch down through the iron rich dirt layers to locate items that are several inches below the surface. When I talk about ‘bad’ ground, I mean really BAD. This ground was terrible! Along with my assortment of tools, I use a very strong Earth magnet mounted on the end of a stick, made by a hunting partner, Dan Lindstrom. It was perfect for locating nails in the hole and there were plenty of nails to be found. Using this magnet, I’d stick it down in the dug hole and see if I was hunting a good find or just another nail. The magnet did what it was supposed to
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do, it sucked out the nail or nails, but it also did something else… it pulled out soil too. That’s how bad the ground is in Culpepper. It’s so full of iron that clumps of dirt and small rocks would actually be attracted to the magnet. On the first day we woke up to snow coming down. It was cold, it was windy and a freaky snowstorm had come in and had blanketed the ground. The weather was perfect. It reminded me of hunting in the 60’s, having to break the frozen ground with my shovel, just to dig up a target, but there were a lot more good targets then. Breakfast is the first rule of the day. You don’t want to start off hungry and remember, coffee will only dehydrate you. I drank plenty of coffee and water too. The hunt began at 7:00 AM The rhyme of “The Ancient Mariner” seems to fit perfectly here; “Water, water everywhere, and all the boards do shrink”, it wasn’t water I was dealing with, moreover, it was nails. Nails and more nails were in every target I dug for the first day. The pouch expanded with farm stuff. Nuts and bolts, broken farm tools, even a dropped screwdriver was found. I dug nearly every target. In this type of hunting, you had to dig every target. I joked with others about having to pay to clear someone’s land of junk. My hunting partners; Larry Shirah, Dan Lindstrom, and Benny Hudson were no where to be found. They had located an area where “Ring tailed Sharps” were being found. They had been to previous hunts
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here and knew where to revisit. I was on my own to explore. Perhaps I’d find a rare nail or two. I did find a button and with my last shovel into a hole that was already about 8 inches deep, I see a shinny object that appears to be a coin. Just my luck, I go relic hunting and a near perfect 1957 silver quarter pops up to the surface. The end of the hunting day (6:00 PM) it was the time to remove your muddy clothes, shower down, and go out and get some food. Not to mention taking a few Advils to relieve aches and pains from walking and digging. On each DIV hunt there were usually a few designated places to park. Each vehicle has a designated driver and should have 3 or 4 additional riders, cutting down on the number of vehicles parking on the land. Parking areas weren’t always convenient to where you wanted to hunt, so you had to ‘hump it’ to the location. Then you had to walk back to the vehicle. There was a lot of walking. Don’t come with new boots, you’ll be sorry you did. My boots, old and soft provided me some comfort, but you still get tired. I got to meet some great people there in Virginia. By the second day Rose Kendrick knew me by my first name. I was impressed because there were a lot of people about. I finally met, in person, George Lesche, owner of Predator Tools. We had been corresponding back and

forth for over a year. He makes the finest digging tools available for detecting and general use. I also made several new acquaintances, one of which is Al Christensen, who is a gold nugget hunter, and a relic hunter. Al drove over 2,800 miles from Arizona, just to dig up a few Civil War relics in Virginia. And I’ve got to mention numerous other people that came up to me and said they loved “Relic Hunter Magazine”. I was very

Larry Shirah and Al. Al shows one of the buttons he found, an Eagle I coat button with about 80% gold gilt. Above: Al found a great US belt buckle, “puppy dog” feet, in fantastic shape. surprised that so many in this community were reading and liking the magazine. I still passed out cards to nearly everyone I met.
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Day 2 of Brandy Rock greeted us with rain in the morning, but it quickly ended. We had parked near the Headquarters (John and Rose’s RV) that gave us some great grassy fields. One of my hunting buds, Dan, had started digging a pit. He had already located a rations can, some broken bottles and dropped bullets and he was now following the ash line of grey ground and charcoal to see what else could be found. Digging a pit can be exhausting work. A pit can either be where the soldiers threw their trash or it could be where they had constructed a hut to stay. Mans legacy is that he always leaves trash where ever he goes. Sometimes this trash can be treasure. More dropped bullets. Dan had found about 7 dropped 3 ringers, a large chunk of melted lead and more bones from a long ago barbeque. There was no telling what was in the huge pile of dirt next to the hole since he didn’t have a sifter. Digging the pit continued till the end of day. A shovel was left sticking up in the hole so it could be continued the next day. Day 3, Brandy Rock, was beautiful. Still a bit chilly but it soon warmed up for a wonderful Spring day. Dan’s pit had run its course. I believe he found a couple of buttons; several dropped 3 ringers before covering up the hole. We had a good lunch of chili, cornbread and some type of bean soup, served to us by the DIV staff of volunteers. After the lunch was the first of several raffle prize drawings. The products donated by
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Dan holds up another bullet from his pit.


suppliers. This time it was for a White’s MXT and White’s TDI detector. I can’t remember who won the MXT but my friend Dan had the winning ticket for the TDI detector. That was a nice bonus for the last day of Brandy Rock.

After lunch, Larry had done about the same thing as what Dan had done in locating a pit area. He had dug down, located some items and noticed a heavy ash line. He began following an ash line. This pit had more charcoal. The items seemed to have been burnt but yet some of the articles coming out looked in good shape. Both Dan and I went to Larry’s pit to join him with the digging. Dan suggested a different route with the hole, looking at the ground depression and the ash line. He began digging toward the opposite

Tin rations can found by Dan “Found another button”, from the loose dirt and this one was badly burnt. The eagle could hardly be seen, but it was complete. Several more bullets were found from the sides of the hole. Then looking down I saw something round and flat but it wouldn’t detect with my pin pointer. I reached down, picked it up and rubbed it off. It was a Goodyear, hard rubber trouser button. (I kept this one) It was reaching the end of the last day and we worked the pit continuously up until the end of the day. While covering up the hole another button and Goodyear marked comb was found by Bennie, from the loose dirt. He had come over to see what we were doing and what was taking so long.
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end of the hole. Shortly after that, he reaches down into the loose dirt and pulls up a Confederate Frame buckle. It was broken but all the pieces were there, even the forked tongue. It was a great find and kept the momentum of digging going. I grabbed my Garrett Pro Pointer and began a search of the dirt coming that came from the hole. There was no telling what might be in the loose dirt. “I found a button”, I said, and gave it to Larry. More shards of pottery and glass were beginning to come out.


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John Kendrick monitors the computer screen. & John. Google aerial maps of the land are printed and passed out; restricted areas are highlighted. Any special features, such as a return hunt to the land and areas are pointed out that yielded some good finds the last time it was hunted. Beauregard, Day 1. It had rained the night before. The loose topsoil in the cornfields made Beauregard one muddy mess. Each step you took gathered more mud on the bottom of your boots until finally you had to stop and scrap off the 5 pounds of mud. Dan and I looked for green grass, a field, anyplace where there wasn’t going to be sticky mud. The cornfield provided some great farming tools, bits of broken and rusty iron and the ever present “nail”.

Rose Kendrick talks to the group about the next hunt. Wednesday was a day between the two hunts. It was a day of rest and time to wash some dirty clothes. Not for some though, Larry and Bennie had to go over to some nearby private property and hunt for a while. After all, we were there to hunt. Dan had to get his Toyota serviced. Before each DIV hunt, there’s always a meeting the evening before where you pick up your name tag, parking pass if you’re the driver and listen to the instructions concerning the property. The usual do’s and don’ts are told to us by Rose
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Some people are just damn lazy. If I dig “junk”, the junk comes out of the hole and into my bag. I got so tired of checking over where someone had dug (lots of time they can’t find the object and move on) and to discover that they had dug the target, discovered that it was junk and reburied the crap back in the hole. That’s just being damn lazy. You might as well leave the hole uncovered Beauregard is huge, approximately 3000 acres of land to hunt. That’s about 6 square miles to cover and there were all types of soils and terrain. From cow pasture to dense woods, you could see where people had dug and covered their holes. Had the

holes not been covered, it sure would have been cratered, especially in some areas. Dan and I split up. I couldn’t walk any further. I had to rest. I was carrying too much junk. Dan went on around the pond and up to a hill. I crossed the dam and hunted up another hill, looking for Larry. Somewhere up on a hill, there’s a hollowed out stump where once a mighty tree stood. I deposited a broken plow blade, dozens of nails, some rusted out iron bits. Instantly, I was 15 pounds lighter. They’re up there, free for the taking. I did find a button and another coin. Just a wheat cent but it did have Lincoln’s face on it, so it’s kind of a period piece.
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Day 2 at Beauregard, we were all sore from the previous one. Dan had located another pit, finding a great amber bitters bottle in the hole. Unfortunately, it was already cracked and broke into 2 pieces when removed from the side hole. He had left a shovel in the hole to continue the dig. Larry had found some 69 caliber bullets on the first day. I joined Dan and went to the pit. The weather was supposed to be clearing but the wind picked up and it was still cold. When we reached the pit, I began to scan the loose dirt from the hole and found a very nice eagle cuff button and then an eagle coat button. After a few more hours of expanding the hole, it didn’t produce much more other than some iron pieces and couple of bullets. Covering up a large hole, you need to be mindful to remove the top grass, clumps and stack them to the side so when the dirt’s placed back in, the area looks as normal as possible. Using a garden rake is a good suggestion in raking all that dirt back in. Be sure to pack it. Larry had taken the Toyota to another area about 3 miles away and had to come pick me and Dan up. Going to another area, this time, this area looked real good. It had lots of woods and a nice bean field that had already been pounded real hard. Many “Ring Tailed” Sharps had come from this area along with some Gardners.


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I was told that the ground wasn’t too bad in the woods, so I decided to use my E-Trac, seeing others using Fisher F75, a Tectronics, MXT, Spectra and even a Tesoro. There were still a lot of PI machines about and they do have the advantage of depth at DIV. Beauregard, the last day, Day 3. Al came down to the room early in the morning and told us what his driver had done and that he needed a ride over to the area. Remember, Al is the one that drove from Arizona just to hunt at DIV. A great guy, loves to prospect and loves to hunt. His designated driver had told him to “F” off and that he was tired of him “leaching rides” and that DIV was a bunch of “crap” (to put it mildly). Al asked for the “parking pass” so he could drive himself to the parking area. Again, Al was told to “F” off. This guy must have been having a bad day or hadn’t found anything during the 2 hunts. Whatever the case, he had already checked out of the motel, he met Al and told him that he was leaving and going home. Al tried to stop him because Al still had his find pouch in the cab of the truck that contained several relics. Al tried to call the drivers’ cell phone – he wouldn’t pick up the phone. After several attempts, still no response. Al thinks he lives in or around Atlanta. Guess what, we do too….. Rose and John have already been notified of the incident. I don’t expect “Mr. Bad Attitude” will be coming to DIV again. Arriving at the same area we left the day before, several took off to the woods and

the others just disappeared down the road. The weather was threatening to rain, then it would clear up. March weather in Virginia is totally unpredictable. I went to the woods thinking that I’d be able to locate more surface finds since it hadn’t been plowed. I found another coin, another wheat cent, dated 1923, and some brass shell casings from a deer hunter, bits of melted lead and a trouser button. We all broke for lunch and headed back to the headquarters area. The barbeque lunch on the last day of the second hunt was fantastic. Great tasting barbecue, cole slaw, baked beans, with all the works. You’ve got to hand it to Rose & John, plus all the crew for serving approximately 585 people in less than an hour. Lunch was provided with military efficiency that would have made a Top Sergeant proud. After lunch we came back to the same area we had left before, near the Culpepper Airport and continued our hunt. Dan was hunting in the thick grass, near the parked vehicles. He found a nice Kepi button and more dropped bullets, which kept him going with his GPX-5000. I had borrowed a GPX-4500 and began hunting areas where vehicles had been parked and found a dropped ‘ring tailed’ Sharps, another Eagle button, bits of brass, a hook and the usual square nail. DIV was a different experience and it was fun. The time went by quickly and the aches and muscle pains from walking so much can still be felt. From everyone that I’ve talked to they say that the weather
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during October hunt is much more agreeable. Not sure where the October hunt will be, but it should be just as good. One thing I did mention to Rose and John, when they were talking about “possibly” having a camping area and participants would be able to bring their RVs to “future” hunts. One nice feature that is done with hunts I’ve attended in England is that everyone brings and flies a flag of their country. There wouldn’t be that many different country flags flying at DIV, since there aren’t that many international hunters coming, so I suggested that participants could bring and fly their own state flag. They both thought that was an excellent idea. It makes for a nice festive appearance. I’ll remember the mud. I’ll remember the nails and I’ll remember all the great people I met on this hunt in Virginia. Carefully cleaning all the finds and placing them in their new display homes brings back the memories of how they were “saved” for others to look at and learn. For the first time hunters thinking about going on a DIV you need to be in shape for long walks. Prepare for the worst weather and hope for the best. I’d recommend only using a PI type machine. However, Pulse Induction machines lack in iron target discrimination and you’ll usually end up digging every target you find, that’s the best way to hunt at DIV.
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Top of a 20lb Parrott shell - nice find! Expect to dig a lot of junk but your reward in finding something great. VLF type detectors will work but you’ll only find surface finds. You won’t get the depth you’ll need to find objects below the 6” mark and that’s where most of them are now. Surface finds are few and far between. There’s some great finds, still to be made and I hope you’re lucky where you put your coil. ###

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Todd Sheppard, Virginia, USA It was the day before “Diggin in Virginia” and Benny had gotten permission from one of the local farmers for us to hunt one of his fields. The ground was muddy from the recent rains and the newly plowed field was soft with red dirt. Dan and Larry were having a few successes, finding lead balls, a few bullets, bits of iron and the ever present nail. Toward the middle of the afternoon, Todd had been hunting on the lower end, near the edge of a creek. He came back to the cars with a big smile on his face. Opening up his cotton padded container, he shook out one of the nicest script “A” buttons I’ve seen, perfect in every way.

“It wasn’t deep”, he said, “only about 3” Sounded like another nail, but I dug it anyway. You never know!


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Recent Finds
Terry B. “goes4ever” Ohio, USA Today I had no where new to go so I went back to the farm where I dug my 100th indian last fall....almost winter. This yard gave up a ton of wheats, several silver and a lot of indians, and a couple V nickels. Today I did NOT expect much but I was going to dig all iffy signals I skipped before because of time, I was digging deep shot gun shells, scraps and bits of copper, brass etc...nothing good. I get this 6-7” deep signal that was bouncy but fairly solid from two ways. On the etrac it was 17-21....1523..around that area. What the heck I am digging everything. I saw a coin in the hole and thought hmm, must be an old nickel of some was an 1857 Flying eagle....wooHOOOOO. This is only the second flying eagle I have ever dug in 3 yrs. And this one is way nicer than the first! I was on cloud nine, but continued to hunt, I got a real deep signal I was hoping was a nickel but the FE number was REAL low, it was 01-12, 01-14. But it turned out to be a deep V nickel...1906. Sweet... I also got a 6 wheat penny spill, did not take pics of it yet, but it had five copper wheats and one steel one that was a solid rusted disk. Last decent item was the knife, it has some cool details.....marked sterling plated.


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Ange Lverly, Lincolnshire, UK A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s last Sunday finds.

Karl Jackson Worcestershire, UK Must have dug 200 signals all rubbish then the gods smiled with this cheeky Lizzy half groat.


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Recent Finds

The Irony of a Child
Jackie Whisenhunt Valparaiso, Florida, USA Don’t let there be any doubt that I love to get out with my metal detector, but like all other recreational activities there are much more important things in life. When you consider your health, your family and more importantly, the guidance and well being of a child, metal detecting falls far to the way side. With the winter weather giving away the Robins start making their way to their southern home, the Wisteria blooms fill the air with its alluring fragrance and not to mention the more temperate weather conditions, it becomes increasingly harder to spend the day at or in the house. So when my loving wife had to work on a day that I didn’t and left me with my 3 yr old daughter for the day I wanted to come up with a plan for the day that suited us both. And that is where the challenge lied. After a careful and more or less leading line :0) of questioning SHE decided we would go to the park. So with that said I considered several parks in the area and came to the conclusion that we would visit a park that neither of us had ever visited, and with snacks and drinks packed, off we went. As we drove towards our destination I contemplated my tactical attack on this
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park, but wait I have a 3 yr old with me. Throw all that planning to the wayside, I will be lucky to do much detecting. If you have ever taken a preschooler detecting you know what I mean. But I was willing to take whatever time she would be willing to give me. Ok, we are here, I tell her, and as I unleash her from her 4 point car seat she tells me she wants to slide. I tell her that is fine with me and go slide. Well I didn’t know that the park had 4 different slides and that she wanted to go down them all one after the other, ten times or more. So I am chasing her around from slide to slide, just stopping to dig a target here and there, “hard to keep her in sight”.


I really was not finding much, just a little clad. So as I am following her at high speed swinging my coil 5 times faster than I normally would, she comes to a landing spot on a swing, At this point guessing that this wont last long. As I am standing there keeping more of an eye on her than my detector, she looks my way and yells to my “its ok daddy you can detect right there for a few minutes I am going to swing for a little bit”. I was saying to myself “yea right, we will be moving again in about 2 seconds”. So as I am swinging my coil back and forth while she is watching me with a big smile and swinging I get a solid hit with my Etrac. Numbers are 12-25, which if you use a Etrac you know that those are normally old style pull tab numbers. But I am in good position to keep a good eye on her so I decided that I would dig it up.

I begin my dig with my eyes on her making sure no harm is near. She is still has a great big smile on her face watching me and having a lot of fun on the swing. The target is not very deep about 4 inches. It comes to the surface fast in the Florida sand and when I saw what it was and thought of why I was standing and digging where I was the emotions hit hard. First I laughed and then the tears of joy came. The photos below will tell you the rest of the story! Clearly marked .925. Don’t be scared to share your detecting time with your children, they may point you in the right direction! Happy Hunting! Jackie

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Recent Finds
Neil Jones, Leeds, UK

Hunting was easy and not crowded

My New Ride... Lots More Room

Gold Stater - as found and cleaned up!! Brillant!.


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Karl Jackson Worcestershire, UK “A photo is worth a thousand words”

A new relic hunting handbook . . .


Buckles, Buttons and Badges

State-Specific Buckles and Plates: Confederate States

Relic hunter and history author Stephen L. Moore has combined his two interests into a book that is sure to please relic hunters, both new and seasoned.
• Includes tips and techniques from dozens of successful relic hunters • Research, scouting and field recovery info • Special sections covering specific relic hunting interests: Civil War, Colonial, Revolutionary War, military camps, homesteads, ghost towns, underwater relic hunting, and more!

Alabama Volunteer Corps stamped brass oval belt plate.*

Alabama state seal “map on Georgia Militia stamped tree” solid cast brass sword brass oval cartridge boxbelt plate.* plate, found in Savannah by R. S. Durham.*

Georgia state seal, cast twopart belt plate with oak leaf wreath.*

Kentucky Military Institute brass stamped buckle, found by Kenny Copelin.*

Louisiana two-part state seal belt plate, sand cast local manufacture.*

Louisiana pelican belt plate, stamped brass, solder filled, from west Tennessee. Courtesy of Charlie Harris.

Maryland stamped brass state seal, oval cartridge box, found in Fredericksburg.*

Maryland state seal sword belt plate, used by Maryland militia units.*

American Civil War
buttons circa 1861–1865

All images on this page courtesy of Larry Cissna and The Treasure Depot (unless otherwise noted).

Confederate Staff (local)

Confederate Staff (local)

Georgia. Courtesy of Confederatenear Dalton, Confederate Charles General Harris. Service Staff found by Gary Koger

Mississippi oval belt plate, stamped brass. Recovered from Mill Creek Gap

Mississippi sword belt plate, solid die cast brass. Recovered in Richmond, Virginia. A minor bend has been straightened.*

* Indicates an image courtesy of Harry Ridgeway and 431

CSA coat-size button (non-dug). Courtesy of Charlie Harris.

Confederate Artillery

Confederate Cavalry (Texas)

Confederate Cavalry

Confederate Engineer’s button (non-dug) Courtesy of Charlie Harris.

Confederate Script “I” button, English made. Courtesy of Charlie Harris.

(Left) Confederate block Infantry button and (center) cast brass CS block “I” button, both from Lookout Mountain. Courtesy of Charlie Harris.

532 Pages Standard 5.5” x 8.5” size Includes over 1,000 full color images! Soft cover Product No: 1510000 $22.95

From the book: a photo of four Confederate plates dug by a group of Mississippi relic hunters.

Confederate Engineer, script “E” found in Caney Creek support camp Courtesy of Bobby McKinney

Confederate Infantry (London manufacture)

Confederate Rifleman (local manufacture)

Confederate Rifleman, script “R” found in Fort Bend County Courtesy of Bobby McKinney

Relic Quest includes full color photo galleries to help relic hunters identify buttons, bullets, belt plates and other relic finds.


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Recent Finds
Perry Smyda Industry, PA, USA Hi Jim, I am sending you some pics of my coins I found on April 17, 2011. I found the coins in a local park in East Liverpool, Ohio. I hunted that park, back in the late 70’s and I still hunt the park now and then, hit the woods this time before it grows back like a jungle. I was using my trusting old White’s Coinmaster 6 D/B Series 1. I bought this metal detector off eBay last year (it was almost new), this White’s was made in 1976, but I have another one made 1980. I found 2 silver dollars first (1887-O & 1896), the seated quarter(1877) next, another silver dollar(1893), then 2-barber quarters(1893 & 1896-O or plain) The 1896O is slightly mintmark off and above R in quarter. It was amazing find.


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Recent Finds
William Gillraker-Guerre Fort Walton Beach, FL, US
I don’t know what the cheap ear ring in the middle is supposed to be.. It looks like a coiled up snake, or possibly a cat made of fake diamonds.. anyway, the rings, from left to right.. 14k, 14k, 10k and looks like a shark chewed it off a divers hand? It was really deep and it’s horrendously banged up, but, gold is gold ;)

Terry B., Ohio, USA “goes4ever” On the way home from work today I took a back road I don’t normally take hoping to find a new hunting spot. I saw an old farm with one of the hugest trees I have ever seen in the front yard, this place was old. I knocked and asked permission and the lady said go ahead. Off I went, very first signal was a 1916 wheat, hmm not bad. This yard was pretty clean, another wheat, then I get a deep iffy signal and an amazing, almost uncirculated looking 1889 Indian comes out.....unreal, the detail on this coin is crazy. The pictures don’t do it justice. Then I got a shallow dime signal and I got a silver but it was in a small clump, so I brought it home like the picture. The suspense about killed me, it turned out being a 1941 merc. Got 2 more deep Indians, 1887, and 1904. and 5 wheats. The 1887 is almost as nice as the 1889, but not quite. I am pretty pleased. Takes me to 24 Indians for the season!
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Recent Finds
Finding Coppers With Doug Schilling and Tony Mantia Dayton, Ohio, USA

Woke Up - It Was A
in the middle and is quite worn but I was excited to find it. Doug made the next good find an 1863 Civil War Store Card for Brown & Dills Dentists in Piqua, Ohio; it is listed in Rulau’s book. I was finding some wheats including a nice 1912 when my next good signal came

Pardons to Joni Mitchell for parody of her song, but Doug and I did wake up early to beat the heat and the raindrops. We were invited to hunt an old farm house site and it turned out to be one of our best days ever with both of us scoring firsts, for oldest coins, varieties we have never found before and a wide range of types of copper coins found. We started out back away from the house so we would not disturb our host’s wife since she was still sleeping. It took quite a bit of restraint for me not to holler out as I found my oldest coin ever and a first it was an 1828 large cent. It had a hole


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A Copper Morning
in as a 12-42-12-43 at six inches. I started digging figuring maybe a deep wheatie or dime I was carefully digging dirt and placing it on my towel and found it was now out of the hole imagine my delight to find not a wheatie, not a dime but a beautiful 1866 two cent piece! Doug’s detector started heating up, his next find was a 1907 Indian Head and then he got a 12-46 signal he said lets do a full dig video on this one. Yep he was right to ask as out came a beautiful 1832 Largie with a full Liberty on the head band. Then it started to rain, we went to get something to eat then hit a park because we just

didn’t want the day to end. I pulled a 1917 wheatie and that was it for the day...or so we thought. When we got back to Doug’s we videoed the finds but part of it got cut off because of some camera malfunction.. probably user error! Doug picked up the 4 clad quarters he found and handed me one and said that looks funny, I looked at it and said that isn’t a quarter better wash it off. He came out shaking saying it’s a draped bust coin..and it was an 1808 Draped Bust half cent! We had an outstanding day my best ever detecting and Doug established a new “oldest coin” with the 1808 half cent. It’s good to be a Dayton Digger!

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North Georgia Relic Hunters Association
Marietta Parks and Recreation Department
Invites you to Attend

and the


At The Cobb County Civic Center
548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA

August 13th and 14th, 2011 Saturday: 9-5, Sunday: 9-3
Over 220 8 Foot Tables of: ☛ Dug Relics ☛ Guns & Swords ☛ Books ☛ Frameable Prints ☛ Paper Items ☛ Artillery Items ☛ Currency
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Inquires: NGRHA Attention: Show Chairman P.O. Box 503 Marietta, Georgia 30061

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Discoveries in the news

How sharing £3m find of Saxon gold led to a bitter feud.
By David Wilkes, DailyMail, UK It was the find of a lifetime and made them both millionaires. But when jobless Terry Herbert discovered the largest hoard of AngloSaxon treasure in history in farmer Fred Johnson’s muddy field, it also sparked extraordinary tensions between the two men. Now, despite each receiving an equal share of the money from the £3.3million treasure, their relationship has soured so badly that Mr Johnson, 67, has banned Mr Herbert, 56, from his farm. Both men have also spoken of their regrets at making the find. The rift began when Mr Herbert revealed a desire to search for more treasure on Mr Johnson’s land. Reacting with fury, the farmer said: ‘I wish I’d never met the man. It has caused me nothing but bother, all this. I never want to see that fellow on my land ever again. To be honest, I got fed up with him from the start. I was fed up of his greed. ‘From the moment he found the hoard all he wanted to talk about was how much money we were going to get for it and that, no matter what we do, we shouldn’t accept the first offer. I couldn’t have cared less.’
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Valuable: A hilt fitting, which was part of the hoard found by Mr Herbert It was 18 months ago that Mr Herbert’s find on Mr Johnson’s land in Brownhills, Staffordshire, was announced. The 1,300-year-old haul included beautiful gold sword hilts, jewels from Sri Lanka, exquisitely carved helmet decorations and early Christian crosses. Within days former coffin factory worker Mr Herbert, using an 18-year-old metal detector that cost £2.50, had filled 244 bags, including gold objects alone weighing more than 11lb. Archaeologists believe the loot was buried at the site by a king or warlord who was killed before being able to retrieve it. Mr Johnson said at the time that he was ‘not happy’ with Mr  Herbert because they had ‘agreed to keep it all low-key’, adding: ‘It  is not about the money for me, it’s an incredible find for the country and that’s what is more important.’ The Staffordshire Hoard was  valued by the independent  Treasure Valuation Committee at the British Museum and purchased by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Mr Johnson and Mr Herbert received their shares of the money at the end of 2009.

That was then: Terry Herbert with some of the 1,500 pieces which made up an AngloSaxon hoard - valued at £3.28 million, according to the British Museum.

Off my land: Fred Johnson labelled Terry ‘greedy’ and said: ‘I never want to see that fella on my land ever again - he’s banned’
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Mr Johnson is building a new house on his farm while Mr Herbert has moved from his council flat in Burntwood, Staffordshire, to a luxurious bungalow nearby. But despite apparently having much to be grateful for, the  simmering ill-feeling between the two has erupted into an allout slanging match. Yesterday, Mr. Johnson said: ‘It’s not like we were ever friends  anyway. ‘He was just very persistent so I let him on my land. ‘Sometimes I just wish one of  the poor veterinary students had found it instead, because it would have set them up for life rather than me.’ Mr Herbert responded by claiming Mr. Johnson was unhappy that he was forced to split the cash. He said: ‘I think Fred wanted all of the money and is now resentful he has had to share it. ‘He’s acting like a child and cutting his nose off to spite his face. ‘It does hurt my feelings that he has taken this stance. ‘Now, I’m not sure there is anything we can do to patch things up. Sometimes I wish I’d never found that hoard.’ He claimed that five years before he dug on the field where he found the hoard, he was ‘warned off’ and told Mr Johnson ‘would want all of anything that was found’. ‘But when I eventually went on there and found the hoard, Fred could not have been less interested at first,’ he said.
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‘Fred wanted everything kept quiet at first, even though I told him it was not realistic. ‘But the next minute he is all over the TV, so I decided to let him have all the glory in the end. He has always had a bad attitude and this just sums him up, I’m afraid.’

Middletown coin dealer sells rare penny for $1.7M!
It’s not one of those old pennies in your sock drawer. This 1943 penny, struck in bronze in the Denver mint, is one of a kind. Middletown coin dealer Laura Sperber, a specialist in the rarest of U.S. coins, sold the Lincoln cent for a record $1.7 million. “”It is unique,’’ Sperber said Thursday. “”This is the most valuable small cent that exists today.’’ Most 1943 pennies were minted in zinc-coated steel to conserve copper for other uses during World War II. An employee at the Denver mint struck the coin in bronze and it was passed down through his family, Sperber said. ”It was carefully preserved,’’ she said. Sperber negotiated with the coin’s owner for four years before he agreed to sell it, Sperber said. She resold it to an unnamed prominent Southwestern business executive who has been collecting since he was a teenager. The collector has amassed a group of 1943 bronze cents, each one from the Philadelphia, Denver and San Franscisco mints. These coins are quite rare. Most 1943 pennies are steel-gray and not worth much

more than face value. While tens of millions of steel pennies were made in 1943, less than 20 pennies were erroneously struck in bronze that year at the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, said Don Willis, president of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, Calif., which authenticated the coin. This is the only one known example from the Denver mint, he added. This one-of-a-kind Lincoln penny was sold by Middletown coin dealer Laura Sperber for $1.7 million to an anonymous collector. (Photo courtesy of Legend Numismatics)
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Beach scavenger matches lost treasures to owners!
Photo and story by Michelle Wranik, Austraila When you lose your engagement ring on a Sydney beach, who you gonna call? A guy who wears yellow earphones and carries a metal detector could be your savior Superhero in disguise: Tony Samios of Jewellery Rescue It’s an all too common sight on Sydney beaches: A group of people on their hands and knees at Bondi, Manly or Balmoral, frantically digging through the sand. Sometimes the lost item is a missing engagement ring. Other times it’s a treasured necklace or even a rare signet ring -- a family heirloom. Buried among millions of grains of sand, the situation can seem hopeless. For many years, one person’s loss has been the gain of lone “metal-detector guys” who scour the beach at sunset looking for the day’s lost treasures. Tony to the rescue But one Sydney man has made it his mission to reunite beachgoers with their treasured items.  He may not look like a superhero, with messy hair and armed only with a metal detector and yellow earphones, but Tony Samios of Jewellery Rescue has helped hundreds of people find their cherished jewelry in the sand. “If you drop a ring in the sand it can vanish pretty quickly,” Samios says. “I’ve had many customers sifting through the hand with their fingers, but the truth is, you could hold
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a handful of sand with the ring in it and you wouldn’t even know it.” Samios even has a special waterproof detector that can locate a lost ring in the pounding surf. “If you’ve been swimming in the surf in chest-high water or less, the chance of getting it back is about 20 percent,” he says. Over four years, Tony has tallied up some incredible rescues. There’s the tale of Brad and Sarah, a young couple who lost a $6,000 custom-made engagement ring on Manly beach. “They had dropped it somewhere, but they didn’t know whether they lost it in the water or in the dry sand,” he says. “I was searching the ocean with my waterproof machine at first and then I started on the dry sand. “It was getting late and pretty dark, but I kept going. When I found it and we returned it to them that night, they were extremely happy, as you can imagine.” Another time, Samios received a call to help a newly married couple find a lost ring on Manly beach. “The guy had taken his ring off and handed it to his wife so he could go for a swim,” he says. “She was playing around with it on her thumb and may have put it in her lap, but then she stood up and it fell in the sand. They called me up and I went down to search for it. After some time, there it was!” According to Samios, newlyweds and newly engaged couples are the most likely people to lose their rings at the beach. “I wish I had $100 -- well, I do get $100

(plus $20) every time a newlywed calls me up and tells me they lost their ring,” he says. “Especially the men, because most don’t usually wear rings -- they’re not used to it.” In it for the jewels, not the money Since 2007, Jewellery Rescue has built up a network of 200 metal detector specialists around Australia. A code of ethics guards against rogue treasure hunters, according to Samios, who scour the beach with a “finders keepers” attitude.  The call-out fee is $120 per case, but Samios claims he’s not in it for the money. “It’s definitely rewarding to see the relief and joy on people’s faces, but we don’t make much money,” he says. “It’s more about helping people.” He highlights a recent case, when he sent a team of scuba divers to Gosford to help a distraught woman find her necklace. The necklace had three silver pendants featuring the fingerprints of each of the woman’s three children. She had dropped it into three-meter deep water while stepping off a boat onto a dock. “The sad thing was, one of her children had passed away,” says Samios. “So it was the only real thing she had left to remind her of her child.” The divers searched for a long time in the murky depths and, thankfully, they found the necklace. “When the diver handed it back to her, she was shaking all over,” says Samios. “It’s a very good feeling.” Every rescue call is a $120 gamble Not all rescues are successful. Balmoral beach -- which Samios calls “Bermuda Balmoral” -- is particularly tricky for a metal detector. The ocean floor is littered with copper,

once used to line the hull of timber boats. “It’s like trying to detect a ring on top of a car bonnet,” Samios laughs. “You can barely get a signal.” For beach-goers who insist on wearing their jewelry while they swim, Samios offers advice.  “Get your jewelry engraved,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what you put on there, as long as there’s something to make the identification process easier. You can then go to the police station and report it lost and if someone else finds it, they can match the records up.” Unless they steal it, of course. To hire Samios or his network of jewelry rescue specialists, visit www.jewelleryrescue.
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Detecting Clubs


Beaver County Coin Sh
We are a metal detecting club based in Industry, Pennsylvania. Please feel free to browse our facebook page and learn more about our club and our hobby.
Contact: Perry Smyda:

Minelab Owners was created over 9 years ago when you couldn’t find any decent information on the net for Minelab detectors. MLO has now turned into the world’s largest Minelab metal detecting website. MLO is a website that is member supported. It provides a wealth of information, finds and instructional video. MLO has great videos, tips and tricks that the Pro’s use and thousands of people who will share ideas and information with you. MLO is more than a forum, it’s a Worldwide Club! Just click on the logo links above and visit us! Join today... its FREE and with no hidden agendas and be sure to check out the WebTV Channel too.


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hooters Treasure Hunt
June 11 & 12, 2011 Where: Industry, PA

Contact: Perry Smyda:

2 Day Hunt Fee: $50.00 for Adults (17 over) $25.00 for Juniors (16 under) Pay by Cash, Check, PO Money Order Or Paypal: Send payment to: Perry Smyda, 6255 Tuscarawas Rd, Industry, PA 15052 Find Us On Facebook!


Palmetto Relic Hunters Club

Thanks for letting me know about the FREE CLUB POSTINGS. The Palmetto Relic Hunters Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Cayce Historical Museum. The Cayce Museum is located at: 1800 12th Street, Cayce, South Carolina Rudy Reves President Palmetto Relic Hunters Club

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Detecting Clubs
Welcome to Bluegrass Artifacts,
I’m Bruce Hudson and I’ve been hunting and collecting artifacts most of my life around the Kentucky area since 1974. I have been very fortunate to have seen and studied many fine examples. I have many personal finds that have been documented and I still get a adrenaline rush every time I’ve made a find. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for news and updates visit us on Facebook.
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Hi I am Wendell Mosley, Founder of Prospecting U S A We are located in Heflin, Alabama. This club’s goal is to give people a place to find some one near them to go treasure hunting with and to serve as a forum to display what you’ve found. Viisit our club on Facebook and on the web: http:/ and yes prospecting is misspelled. Thanks Wendell email: website:
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Nor’Easters Metal Detecting Club
The meetings are held on the Second WEDNESDAY of each month at 7:30 PM. In addition to August, October and December - there is no meeting in MARCH. • Meeting location is in the St. Maurice Parish Church • The room called Doran Hall • The address is 358 Glenbrook Rd. Stamford, CT 06906-2198. • GPS Coordinates: -73.522475,41.065862,0 • This is the basement area of the Church. • Our contact info is • Our web site is

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E-Trac Explorer Safari X-Terra Sovereign Gold Detectors

Detecting Clubs Coastal Empire History Hunters Association
We are a 2 chapter metal detecting group that meets in Savannah Georgia and Beaufort ,South Carolina We love history and enjoy sharing the hobby of metal detecting, relic recovery and preservation. We meet once a month at the Shoneys Rest. at I-95 & Hwy 204 in Historical Savannah Georgia at 7:30 PM every 4th Thursday.

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Our meetings are open to all and we encourage visitors. The meetings include the chance to win a door prize just for attending, club business old and new, a displaying of the members recent finds. Following the meeting we hold a raffle for items that have been brought in as donations for the raffle.

The Stone Mountain Treasure Hunters metal detecting club is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of the hobby of recreational metal detecting. The club is made up of people around the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Visit our website for more info:
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The Texas Treasure Hunters Club
We’re a group of fine folks that like to have fun enjoying our  Metal Detectors. We like to go Relic Hunting, Coin Hunting, Beach Hunting or Digging in the dirt looking for Gems, and Gold Prospecting. We welcome anyone that also enjoys the great outdoors in this hobby we call treasure hunting. If you would like to join our club, please visit with us at one of our monthly meetings,we would sure love to have ya. As a Club we will have  our monthly outings as well, and our Yearly treasure hunt event..  We hope to meet you soon.   Texas Treasure Hunters Club is a proud member of the United Metal Detecting Clubs of America.

North Georgia Relic Hunters Association
At North Georgia Relic Hunters Association (NGRHA) we further the enjoyment of responsibly collecting Civil War relics, old bottles and coins as well as other items from years gone by. The NGRHA is dedicated to preserving Georgia history through responsible excavation. The North Georgia Relic Hunter’s Association was formed in 1972 in partnership with the City of Marietta Department of Parks and Recreation. The association has approximately 100 members from all walks of life. Meetings are open to the public.

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When: First and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Where: Cobb County FOP Lodge, 2350 Austell Road, Marietta, GA 30008 Please visit our NEW web site:

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Detecting Clubs
Georgia Research and Recovery
We are a relic hunting association. Formed in 1976, the group is 2nd largest in the state with membership throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at THE DELKWOOD GRILL at 7:00 PM The grill is located at 2769 on Delk Road in Marietta, Georgia, USA. We are dedicated to the responsible hobby of preserving the past for future generations. The purpose of this club is to provide social, technical and recreational informational exchange activities that provide for the enjoyment of hunting and collecting items from the past and present. Visit our website:

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e are based out of the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. We assist in the recovery of lost items and work with the state in ongoing archaeological projects.

Individual memberships are $20.00, Family memberships at $30.00 Monthly meetings are held the last Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. Location is subject to change month-to-month. Up-to-date details can be found at our club website: or contact our club president William Purkey at   Newsletter/Website Editor Contact: Randy Woolbright Old North State Detectorists ONSD-TV YouTube Channel
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Daytona Dig & Find Metal Detecting Club
Where: 1 N. Beach St Ormond Beach, FL When: 4th Tuesday of the month 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Volusia county’s only metal detecting club for over 20 years. Meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month. Two Yearly seeded hunts, Finds of the month, Raffles, Prizes and Detectorists of all ages.

Tuesday, May 24 Tuesday, June 28

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Mid Florida Historical Research & Recovery Association Metal detecting is fun and “We’re Diggin It”

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at: Gander Mountain. Intersection of I-75 And SR 40 at 6:00 PM
Officers Bill Beardsley, President Mike Sniegowski ,Vice President Carol Seidman, Secretary      Roger Ackley, Tresurer.
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