The Magazine Devoted To The Searcher & Detectorist
Volume 2, Issue 6 November - December 2011

Relic Hunter comes to iPad, Android, & Xoom. New to Relic Hunting? Tips Inside! Holiday Gadgets For Fun Hunting.

Happy Holidays
“Worldwide Discoveries” in Every Issue
Jim Leonard, Editor & Publisher Digging stuff since 1963

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Welcome to Relic Hunter Magazine! The Holiday Season is upon us again. I’ve listed some of the more popular items that have been #1 on most everyone’s wish list and some items that everyone should have in your kit. Inside are some truly fantastic finds and some great stories from people that love this hobby. Relic Hunter takes you to the beach, to the gold fields, the school yards, and all over the world and shows you the treasures that are being found. Relic Hunter will soon be available for the iPad, Android and other tablets for you to download from the Apple iTunes store. As far as I know, this is a BIG First. Relic Hunter will be the first metal detecting magazine to offer content in a digital form, available from the Apple iTunes Store for readers who enjoy their digital tablets and who love to hunt. I remember years ago at BBDO when I began designing ads on an early Apple IIci computer,

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The Magazine Devoted To The Searcher & Detectorist
Volume 2, Issue 6 November - December 2011

Relic Hunter comes to iPad, Android, & Xoom. New to Relic Hunting? Tips Inside! Holiday Gadgets For Fun Hunting.

Thanks Steve! You will be missed.

everyone laughed at me and said it would never last. I’ve always tried to always push the envelope with emerging technologies and I’ve always loved to design. When you combine the two and love what you do, it’s never called ‘work’. This issues’ cover is a combination of the old and the new. A scattering of coins, bullets, a buckle, pistol, cannon ball fragments, detectors, a Civil War umbrella ink well and an Apple iPad showing the cover design before I had received my Library of Congress registration number and the developers contract from Apple Computer. Look for the Newsstand version of Relic Hunter to appear early in December.

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What’s Inside

Recent Finds - All through this issue, beginning on


“A Fallen Hero is Not Forgotten” 14 Stolen Detectors 29 Profile of a Relic Hunter, Neil Schwartz Tips for Beginners, Zane Spicer Profile of a Relic Hunter, Gary Schultz 30 46 50

Discoveries in the News 52 Holiday Wish List 56 Detecting Clubs 62

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Recent Finds
James T. Kochevar My first silver spinner.

Bernie Caffaro Found this 18kt wedding band at the beach.


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Bob Harding Hunted the site of an old boarding school from the mid 1800’s last weekend with Mike from Buckeyetreasurehunter, Kyle (Nooberz) and Mark.

These three are just a small portion of the stuff I found from the hunt. The other guys found some great stuff also. I’ve never found a half dime before and then I get two the same day! I’m still shaking!

Neil Schwartz Got my Flowing Hair Half Dime back from NGC...It is the rare LM-3 variety! marked Damaged (as most ground found are). You would need a microscope to see any damage! I can’t complain about the details..>XF!!

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Recent Finds

Brian Harvey I went back to my “V” nickel sight and got yet another one, this one is a 1902. I also scored a 1903 Indian Head and my first 1902 Barber dime. A little advice for those who don’t plan to sale your coins, I use a little Bar Keepers Friend and a toothbrush to clean my coins. Its a very light abrasive that gives you control over the patina. I use it to just basically highlight the features. The weathers great, so lets getting to unearthing those relics!

Darron Callender Potter Here is one of our Club finds from last week.. circa 14th century Key


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Chris Oconnor 1787 New Jersey Colonial Copper found in Ulster County, New York

Christopher Black Found this 14th degree Freemason ring (Gold 14KT) marked with a name and date of 1927. A bit more interesting than the usual rings I find..

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Recent Finds

Before After
Rva Digg’n


Just walked in the door with this, found with Fisher Gold Bug Pro :) Found some more of the belt today, still no luck with the keeper. Will try again soon when the mosquitoes are not to bad.


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A fallen hero is not forgotten
Prelude and painting by Keith Rocco Artifact found by James T. Kochevar


he U.S. Army’s longest World War II campaign began in Italy on September 9, 1943, when the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division landed at Salerno, south of Naples. Operation AVALANCHE was the first Allied thrust onto the European continent. On September 3rd, the British Eighth Army landed at Calabria on the toe of the Italian boot. Allied planners hoped that this would pull the Germans south, away from the main landing at Salerno. Over the objections of his naval task force commander, Fifth Army commander Lt. Gen. Mark Clark vetoed a pre-invasion bombardment in favor of a surprise landing. Unfortunately for the Texans, the Germans saw them coming. Landing craft carrying the first waves of the 141st and 142nd Infantry were 300 yards
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from shore at about 3:15a.m. when German shells began falling. Landing craft took direct hits, spilling men into the sea; disabled boats created a logjam. Machine gun fire greeted the men who made it to the beach. During the next two days German attention turned to the British sector, allowing the 36th to consolidate and move inland as reinforcements, including parts of Oklahoma’s 45th Division, arrived. But Kesselring was gathering units for a counterattack, and by September 12th six Panzer divisions faced the Allies, whose units were so decimated by the fierce fighting over the next two days that Clark began planning for evacuation. But Allied air superiority, and superb naval gunnery, finally drove the Germans back.

Salerno was secured -- but the battle up the mountainous Italian peninsula, where Germans held the high ground, had just begun for the 36th Infantry Division, the first U.S. division to land on the continent of Europe.

hile detecting at an old church yard, I found an old military dog tag. I was unable to read it, so I put it in my pocket figuring that I would clean it at home. As I continued to detect I thought to myself “I wonder if it is anybody that I knew”. I cleaned it as soon as I got home and was surprised by the name on it - J.P. Shuster. I was immediately reminded of a head stone in the cemetery adjacent to the churchyard that I had photographed for a community calendar a few years earlier. To confirm it was the same person I used the serial number on the dog tag to run a search of WW2 casualties. He was KIA on September 20, 1943 during the Salerno operation. He also had a brother who was in the 383 Infantry, part of the 96th I. D., and he was KIA on Okinawa in April of 1945. One final piece fit into place when I visited an 84 year old neighbor lady. She told me that these two soldiers had another brother named George. I knew George in my youth. He was always nice to the local kids and would buy us treats. I am still puzzled as to how the dog tag got lost in the cemetery where its’ original owner is buried. Thanks for reading about my find. James T. Kochevar, Greaney, Minnesota
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Recent Finds
Christopher Black I think this one is one of my favorite finds not in $$ but I thought it was kind of neat.

1936 BUCK ROGERS Solar Scout Badge

Editors Note: After seeing this great find, I wanted to know more about this unusual pin. Here’s what I found:

by Larry Zdeb, moderator, Radio Premium Exchange Forum The cornerstone of any Buck Rogers premium collection are the beautiful art deco badges from Cream of Wheat. The first badge issued was the brass colored Buck Rogers Solar Scout badge. This badge came with one of the best handbooks ever produced. The handbook is dated 1936 & shows Buck flying with a rocket pack on his back & a yellow background. A complete handbook will have a yellow, four page, Space Ship Commander insert stapled in the centerfold. The kit is completed with a (5.5 x 8”) Solar Scout envelope. To get a promotion and become a Spaceship Commander it was necessary to enlist
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three new members to join the Solar Scouts. The three addresses were filled in on the yellow insert (which was removed from the handbook) and each friend provided a green Cream of Wheat triangle from a cereal box which was carefully pasted in the triangular spots provided. Additionally, a three-cent stamp was paper clipped to the insert by the future Spaceship Commander then mailed to the “Buck Rogers Supply Depot, care of the Cream of Wheat Corp., Minneapolis, Minn.” Each of the three new members received their handbook and Solar Scout badge shortly thereafter.                                            

Iron Foot, UK Hi Jim I had forgot to take my digital camera with me that day which really was annoying. All I had with me was my mobile phone which doesn’t have a very good camera on it. All I could do was take a couple of pictures as soon as I got home before I lost all day light. I had been searching this stubble field for a few hours and wasn’t finding a great deal. Odd bits of lead, buttons, that sort of thing. The stubble in that field was still a bit on the stiff side to search so I was getting fed up with pushing my way through it but I persevered on any how.  I was starting to loose detecting light time and thought sod it I’m of now feeling gutted knowing you have been going all day for a few small bits of lead and a few rotten buttons. So I started to make my way in a strait line across the field back to the farm. Half way back I got a cracking signal. Dug it and to my surprise it was a lizzy shilling hammered. Now I thought to myself that was worth the perseverance. I carried on further down the field not far from the farm, Again got another cracking signal, dug it then nearly had a heart attack when i saw a small gold coin on top of the heap of soil I had through out of the hole. I couldn’t wait to get home and show my partner the finds. If I can come home from a days detecting with at least one half nice find, I’m a happy chappy.

I never thought in a million years I would find a gold coin. The area I detect in is just a very small village and the population must of been very small hundreds of years ago. It’s quite barren where I live now but I know the villagers weren’t as poor as I first thought them to be. I have had the gold coin ID and it’s an Edward III, fourth coinage, Treaty Period quarter noble. The coin appears to be very crudely struck with some badly-spaced and oddly-sized lettering and the whole design slightly out of line. It’s an interesting one and very unusual to have a gold hammered coin that is struck like this. regards.............  iron_foot

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Kenneth W. Briggs I found this antique Fire Nozzle. It says “Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Co. Inc on the base of it. I do not know the year of this. It was found while using my Whites DFX. It was found 8 inches down. It is made of solid brass. It was located near the south end of the STH 124 Bridge in Chippewa Falls. There once was a house and pickle factory in the area that was knocked down to make way for the new 4 lane bridge. To discover its’ history, I made contact with the Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Co Inc and the email said it was not their nozzle. I sent back a email and advised them their company stamp is on the base of this nozzle. I will keep everyone advised. However, I was able to find out through the Chippewa Falls Fire Department Chief Tom Larson that this company started business in 1902.

Just got a call back from the company that made this nozzle and they have not information. The nozzle is too old for their records. If anyone would come across the history of this nozzle, I would like to get it for my display case that this great old fire hose nozzle is going into.
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Recent Finds
Christopher Black A few rings (previous posted one and a couple of other regular gold and silver ones) along with some misc silver (shaker cap and dime). Always a fun time going out to hunt.

Peggy Derryberry Gould 1842 dime. Holes that were punched in it for whatever reason do not go all the way through. Found in a sunflower field!
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Chris Oconnor Carlos II, 1665-1700. Cob - 2 Reales, ( 1689 )

Terje Olsen Found this seal in Norway. It’s from the middle ages.

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Recent Finds

Peggy Derryberry Gould My latest find. A flat button with “plated” on the back mark.

Peter Davey UK My First hoard hopefully not my last 176 10p pieces £17.60 or $28.16. Over 500 came out all told but I shared the hoard with fellow club members. I was too tired to dig any more :)

Peter Walsh, UK My finds from the weekend. A Lizzy Threepence, a knackered York penny and a Henry VIII York Halfpenny, 2nd coinage, 1526-44.
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Recent Finds
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Recent Finds

Brian Harvey A couple of Appomattox finds today. I actually found the bullet first, then the casing. So I just put them together for display. Thanks.

A nice Virginia State Seal button I scored last weekend at an old homesite. 3 piece and the shank is straight as an arrow.


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Stolen Detectors!
Before you buy a detector, ASK for the serial number !!
Between Sept 29, 2011 and 30th a burglary occurred in Nottinghamshire where a total of 56 New metal detectors with a retail value in excess of £15,000 were stolen. Model Serial Number
Minelab X Terra 305 3704-0103 Minelab X Terra 305 10300-365 Minelab X Terra 305 B6012638 Minelab X Terra 305 B6013836 Minelab X Terra 705 B6025076 Minelab X Terra 705 B6020755 Minelab X Terra 705 B6013836 Minelab X Terra 705 B6022185 Soveriegn GT B6014583 Minelab Safari B6004020 Minelab Safari B6020346 Minelab E-Trac B6014016 Minelab E-Trac B6031076 Minelab E-Trac B6031153 Minelab E-Trac B6029968 Minelab E-Trac B6031025 Fisher F2 10085484 Fisher F2 4106193 Fisher F5 11095360 Fisher F5 1114981 Fisher F5 1114978 Fisher F5 104974 Fisher Goldbug 11101509 Fisher Goldbug 11101513 Fisher F75 4109525 Fisher F75 8106148 Fisher F75 4109516 Laser F75 Special Edition 9106202 Laser Rapier plus 20905 Laser New 21569 Laser New 21571 Laser New 21609 Laser Hawkeye 21056 Laser Hawkeye 21544 Laser Hawkeye 21545

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Profile of a Relic Hunter Neil Schwartz

The harder you work, The luckier you will get!
in my career in advertising sales, my manager told me something I will never forget. “The harder you work, the luckier you will get”, he told me. It was something I never did forgot, and I owe many of my sales awards to those nine words. It is no different when it comes to metal detecting. The more effort that I put in, the better my outings are. A lot of my free time is spent researching potentially good sites. Hours are spent researching old maps and history websites for information. Once a potentially good site has been identified, the effort shifts to working it thoroughly until I feel that my time is better spent finding a new spot. Such is the case for what I consider my best site. I have been working the large site for more than five years and each outing still produces artifacts, or coins, or both. The first time I detected the site I found some old Scovil buttons and an 1809 Half Cent. On subsequent visits I found many old buttons which were interesting finds, but I was convinced there had to be more old coins. Finally, after another two years of digging literally hundreds of civilian buttons, I dug my second coin, an 1839
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“Booby Head” Large Cent. Oddly enough, that same day I dug two more old copper coins, a crusty old Connecticut copper and my oldest coin to date, a 1699 William III Halfpenny. I have since dug more than two dozen Large Cents, Colonial copper coins, Spanish silver coins, and hundreds of buttons at the site. Most of the buttons are civilian, but a few turned out to be early US military buttons as well one complete set of British Royal Regiment of Artillery buttons. For a while I gave up on the site, feeling that I was not getting enough return on my time spent there, but I decided to give it one more try early in December 2010. I had recently received a new search coil as a birthday gift and thought the best spot to try it would be one I was already familiar with. I worked the site slowly and more

thoroughly than ever, digging a few more buttons and two more undated Large Cents. It was getting late in the day. The shadows were taking over and the woods seemed to be coming alive with the creatures of the night. I said to myself that I would dig one more target before packing it in. My next signal was not what I was hoping for. It was a shallow target, with a jumpy low to mid-range signal that I thought would be a pull tab. At first that is exactly what I thought it was. It was small and oval and…..wait! As the dirt fell away it occurred to me that this was not junk. It

the ground in some spots. I decided to return to the site with my detecting buddy Dale who has also found many keepers at the site. The snow still covered a good portion of the site but we were not going to let that stop us. Within a few minutes, however, Dale had an equipment malfunction and needed to walk back to the car for a new battery pack, leaving me alone again in the forest. As he disappeared into the trees I got a junk signal at the base of a

was my first colonial era cuff link! And it was intact! I knew what it was because I had seen enough posted in the forums, but rarely were they intact! This turned out to be the last outing for 2010. The weather took a turn for the worst and the snow started to fall on a regular basis. It seemed like it would never end until finally, in late February the weather warmed up enough to thaw out

tree, my first signal of the year. Out of the ground popped another full cuff link, in even better condition than the last! 2011 picked up right where 2010 left off! And only a hundred feet away from the last set! Lightning does strike twice! Needless to say, I am still working the site on a fairly regular basis, and it has given up some more buttons and a few nice silver Half Dimes. I am not yet convinced it is hunted out. I am not sure if it ever will be. I recently posted a photo of the cufflinks on a Facebook metal detecting group, and Dale commented something to the effect of “Neil always finds amazing stuff. He is the luckiest guy I know”. To which I replied, “The harder you work Dale, the luckier you will get!”.
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It’s Coin Hunt Time!




... and members from the Georgia Research and Recovery club join together on acres of private property, near the Kennesaw National Battle Field Park for some coin hunting, good food and some serious relic hunting.



Recent Finds
Neil Schwartz Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA First big outing of the season...not a total bust, some CW era coins and buttons. These are two of my detecting buddies, Dale (Explorer SE Pro) and Ben (Garrett AT Pro). Site is a former farm.

“I love this hobby!”

Neil Schwartz


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Peter Davey UK Found a Nice little Jetton last night same as this one but this one is a better image. :-)

Out today near a house from 1642, found some UK coins from 1820-1947 but found 2 french and one coin from Belgium strange how it goes :) the coin is 350 years older than the house? Figure that one out!!

Royce Whiddon
Rocky Face, Georgia, USA

American Civil War, Union, breast plate.

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Recent Finds
Terje Olsen My oldest silver coin. I just found this a few days ago in Norway. It’s a hammered silver coin from 1659 !!

(below) Silver coin from 1713. Found in Norway!


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Swiss Rolly Greetings again from Switzerland ! While detecting in a small field with the E-Trac at the end of my village near Lausanne, I came across this really exciting hammered coin. After some investigating I have discovered it is a Grosso from Milan, minted during the rule of Cardinal Giovanni Visconti (1349-1354). He was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal, who was co-ruler in Milan and lord of other Italian cities. The Grosso was a silver coin, which was used in upper Italy during the Middle Ages. The coin was about 5 inches down in soft earth and does not appear to have suffered at all from being in the ground. It still is flat as a pancake and shows very little sign of wear. However, like many a silver hammered, it has been clipped around the edge but the legend still easily decipherable. I would class it as VF/EF. It has an R3 Sheldon scale rarity which means 201500 examples are known and therefore classified as “Scarce” Details: Silver; 2.7g; Ø 24mm; undated Obverse: St. Ambrose seated on the throne. Legend: S AMBROSI MEDIOLANV Reverse: Two saints standing. Legend: IOHS VICECOES / S GERVASI S PROTASI All-in-all, pretty pleased.
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Recent Finds
Travis Reuling Got into a bit of Confederate lead today! Perfect digging weather in ole N. Shenandoah Valley! Gun tool, part of a folding knife and sabot also in pic.


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Steve Olsen Non coin finds today, I also probed out another privy to dig out. Some more , the box is a metal match box {Diamond} egg holder and spoon has USN

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Recent Finds
Sheila N Hannah Holt I have been on a roll lately, so was kind of bummed when thinking I walked away with a couple of wheats and a foreign coin at 8”, it had an Eagle on front and wishful thinking I got an oldie. NOT. Showed my dad and plopped down the rest of the clad in a paper towel on his lap and said “oh ya and this change”. He said its funny how some quarters are so bad and some so shiny like this one. I looked and to my surprise, my 1st Standing Liberty!!!! YEAH!!! I couldn’t believe it, I snatched it out of his hand so fast to stare at it! 1918 S!!!


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Steve Olsen Found these clay cups and religious medals buried together low tide on bottom of salt water creek looks to be Hebrew writing on some 2 have Moses on them one has strange pyramid other side also a gold earring a cross and a pendant that looks like one half of a set with a peacock on it .

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Billy Ray Hamilton Here is a super find it was found years ago in an old plantation. It is a punishment collar... (ouch) I even got a friend to test it for me


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Recent Finds
Northeaster moves up the Atlantic Coast, eating away the beaches, exposing deep coins and a treasure.


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thought that coming down to Florida and visiting one of my daughters, I’d have some great weather, sunny skies and warm temperatures, making hunting on the beach a lot of fun. I had made my reservations and was watching the weather. 3 days before I was going to drive down, the weather turned for the worst. A low pressure cell was forming in the Atlantic and was moving west to Florida. I thought, for sure, that it would pass by the time I arrived. Driving down, the sky was nice until I reached the Georgia, Florida line. Then it turned grey. “Oh well”, I’m here to visit and if I can have one day to do the beaches, then I’ll consider that a bonus. I had decided to stay at the beach this time, allowing me to come and go as I pleased. Getting out of the car, the wind nearly blew me down. It was like being in a hurricane and the palm trees were blowing wildly. Never-the-less, I grabbed my luggage and my detector and headed to check in. Ever notice how people look at you when you walk into a lobby with a metal detector? Some may recognize for what it is, the others just step away and stare... That afternoon, I watched the weather on the TV and the local stations were all
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saying that there was lots of beach erosion from St. Augustine all the way up, past Jacksonville Beach, where I was. But wait, ... isn’t erosion good for beach hunters? You bet it is. Think about it, if you’re out hunting, you’re going to be able to find deeper targets that otherwise would have been covered up by 10 up to 2 feet of sand! We had a great visit, and we went to the beach nearly every day. I’ll not worry about having “bad” weather the next time. I’ll just need to get a better scoop!


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Tips for beginners
by Zane Spicer
1. Word of Mouth: Family and friends can be an excellent source of information for locating new searching areas; Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history of local communities and family property. Use this information to your advantage and be sure to ask as many questions as you can to assist you in locating a new hunting area. My mom use to tell me stories about when she was growing up all the local men would get together and play poker in a wooded area on the weekends, and after they were done she would pick up all the loose change that had been lost in the dirt. Small bits of information like this could be very valuable when trying to locate pocket spills of silver coins and lost items. 2. Search Newspapers and Microfiche: Searching newspapers and microfiche can be an exciting way to conduct research. Most community libraries will maintain a section dedicated to historic newspapers and microfiche film and are usually more than willing to assist you with scanning through the different articles. For this method to be effective, however; you have to know what you are looking for. I recommend looking for pre 1970s articles with specific information such as locations of community outings such as fairs, carnivals, church functions, and other events such as an Independence Day Fireworks Display. Locations where large


or some time now I have been trying to figure out the best way to locate lost “honey holes” filled with old silver. In the past, I found myself oftentimes searching homes and parks that appeared to have the characteristics that I would expect to be associated with being a good hunting location, but this was usually only based on my own opinion. This method, more often than not, only led to disappointment and if I was lucky, a pocket full of loose clad. My frustration forced me to change up my hunting habits and I begin to research areas before going out for a new hunt. I have discovered several ways to make my trips more productive while still having fun leading up to the hunt. Whether you are a general metal detectorists, coin shooter, relic hunter, or bottle digger; I think that these tips may pay off big for you.
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Large amount of people + time = success!

amounts of people have gathered over a long period of time will almost always make for a successful hunt. 3. Search the Internet: The internet is one of the most powerful tools that the average treasure hunter has at their disposal. If you are someone who is not computer savvy then it is still very easy to do a simple search that can yield valuable clues about your local area. One method that I like to use is to search the history of my area using the search engine and then narrow the search to include images only. This will provide you with hundreds of historic photos of which many you may recognize the locations. City web pages can also provide useful information about the history of a certain area including parks and recreation areas, camping grounds, dumps, fishing holes, and historical locations.

4. Google Earth and USGS Imagery: Every kid dreams of finding a treasure map that leads them to a fortune in gold and riches. This may seem to only happen in fairly tales but the truth is that we are surrounded by real treasure maps all the time. It may not always be as easy as “X” marks the spot but with a little research it is easy to locate lost treasures. Another great way to use the internet is to download imagery or maps of your area.
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Tips for beginners
by Zane Spicer

1957 USGS MAP For most maps, I like to use a government website called “The United States Geological Survey (USGS).” USGS allows you to download free topographical maps from a variety of different dates. I normally download two maps of the same area; one from the past and one from the present. I place these maps side by side on my desktop and compare the two looking for clues of forgotten places. Below is a sample version of how I use maps to assist me in locating relics. On the left is a 1957 map of my local area; on the right is a 2007 map of the 48 Relic Hunter November - December, 2011 same

2007 USGS MAP area. I have circled several areas that may be a good location for a hunt based on the map’s information. At the top (#1), I have circled a dirt/ gravel trail on the 1957 map that is not located on the 2007 map. This may be due to several reasons but more than likely it is because the trail has became overgrown and forgotten about. This may turn out to be a great location to start searching for lost coins. (#2) shows a Boy Scout Camp that is located on both maps. This means that the camp has been in operation at least since 1957 and would be a prime area to search

for all kinds of relics. This also means that it will be easy to locate because there should be signs leading to it and that it will be easy to find out how obtain permission to hunt the area from the organization. The camp also reinforces the idea that the trail (#1) is a sound place to hunt because of its location in relation to the camp. If you look close enough, you will notice that the trail leads from the camp to a nearby pool of water. This could have possibly been used as a fishing pond or swimming hole by former Boy Scouts. (#3) is much more subtle. It shows an older structure that is much larger on the 1957 map verses the 2007. This may be because the structure has under-went some demolition and may now be an abandoned building. It will also be easy to locate due to the road intersection and it is at a slightly higher elevation than the surrounding area based on the map’s contour lines. (#4) shows an older school that is still in operation. For years, school children have been losing their ice cream money on the playground during recess. When visiting a school, it is always important to get permission to hunt the grounds from the administrators’ office and is best to come back on the weekend while no kids are present. I always focus on the older baseball fields and around the playground equipment. Grassy hillsides can also be a great spot to hunt because children love to roll down hills and in the process they lose everything in their pockets; bad for them but great for the coin shooter! (#5) shows a smaller structure that is

probably an older home. This might be a good place to get permission to hunt or a place where you could get more information about the surrounding area from the owner. Anytime I am unsure about what a location is, I always try to confirm what I think it is by using “Google Earth” to get a current overhead picture of the location. If you are lucky, the imagery may show that the house has been reduced to nothing but a foundation which means that the structure is likely to be very old and could hold lots of silver. 5. Go for a Drive: If all else fails, then just go for a drive and keep an eye out for locations that you find interesting. I would recommend looking for indicators such as old structures with rock foundations or tin roofs. Be on the lookout for clusters of trees in open fields; if you locate one of these areas then there will often be an old foundation or remains of a chimney. Any time that you are searching new locations, be sure to search the shady spots around large trees were people would go to sit down and get out of the sun. It is important that you try to visualize an area the way it may have appeared 50 years ago and not the way it looks today. I hope that you have enjoyed these tips and that they lead you to successful digging. I can’t promise that you will get rich but I can promise that you will have fun. Good luck everyone!
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Hi Jim, Missed you at Corfe and Bedford this year. I saw some great finds made by others and made a few myself. Let me provide you a short story about my trip for Relic Hunter Magazine. Now that I’ve finished the video, I’ll include that link as well, so that viewers can see some live action hunting in England.

Profile of a Relic Hunter Gary Schultz, Australia

n early September, I boarded a plane from Melbourne, Australia, which took me to the UK to attend the Minelabowners Corfe Rally and the Bedford Rally. The Corfe Rally has been running for a number of years now, and I had the pleasure of attending for the first time in 2009. I guess the local detectorists think I am mad for traveling all the way from the other side of the world to detect in the UK, but it must be the attraction and fascination of finding little bits of history far older than anything at home, that attracted me to go two years ago and again this year. When I arrived at the Corfe Rally ,I met again friends from two years ago and made new friends from those attending. The following days were spent detecting various fields around Corfe and I was lucky enough to find my share of bits and pieces including a few coins. One small, very corroded coin turned out to be a part of a bronze stater from approx. 60 BC. Wow!  By far the oldest coin I’d ever found.
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Some have suggested that the Corfe area has been detected to death and there’s not much left to find,but this was proved wrong this year, with the amount of coins and artifacts found surpassing previous years from what I was told. Included this year were two gold coins found, of which I saw one that was an 1801 half guinea. As always, the Saturday evening meal, entertainment and raffle was a highlight of the Rally.


After Corfe, many of us moved on to the Bedford Rally. At this Rally, a new field was opened up each day and I was able to make my share of finds. But I saw a gold stater, denarii’s, roman brooches, a gold ring from the iron-age, etc,that were found by others. These finds show the potential of this area. Often, it’s just a matter of being lucky enough to wave your coil over the right spot that can make all the difference. Anyhow, all good things eventually come to an end,and it was time to leave the UK and make the long journey back to Australia. I can’t help feeling a bit jealous of the detectorists in the UK,as they can detect their own land or attend Rallies through

the year and find these wonderful bits of history going back centuries. But my UK detecting experience has now finished until if or when I may return sometime in the future. To find out more about my trip, watch the video below.


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Discoveries in the news Together for eternity: The skeletons of Roman lovers buried together holding hands.
Loved-up couple died more than 1,500 years ago. Archeologists moved by discovery.
By Anthony Bond The skeletons of a pair of lovers buried holding hands in a final embrace has been unearthed by workers renovating a palace in Italy. The pair are believed to have been buried together 1,500 years ago in a joint tomb inside the palace walls in Modena, indicating some sort of nobility towards the dying days of the Roman empire. Observers say the woman seems to be looking lovingly at what scientists believe is her partner. Together: The skeletons of a pair of lovers buried holding hands in a final embrace has been unearthed by workers renovating a palace in Modena, Italy.
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The woman’s head is looking lovingly towards her partner ‘It is a very touching scene and very rare,’ said one. The discovery was made during construction work. It is believed the pair were buried at the same time between the 5th and 6th Century A.D. Archeologist Donato Labate, the director of the excavation, told Discovery News: ‘We believe that they were originally buried with their faces staring into each other.The position of the man’s vertebrae suggests that his head rolled after death. The two couples are separated in time by five millennia, and both evoke an uplifting tenderness. I have been involved in many digs, but I’ve never felt so moved.’ The archeological dig revealed three layers of scientific interest. The couple were found on the middle layer among a total of 11 burials at a depth of about 10 feet.

Archeologists believe the couple were not particularly rich due to the simple nature of the tombs they were buried in and think they may have lived on a farm. It is thought the man’s head would have been looking at the woman’s when they were buried. But the area they were buried in was subject to several floods from the river Tiepido which may have caused the man’s skull to roll away from the female. The poorly preserved skeletons will now be studied by Giorgio Gruppioni, an anthropologist at the University of Bologna. He will attempt to establish the couple’s age, relationship and cause of death. Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, told Discovery News that the positioning of the skeletons suggest they were a couple. She said: ‘In antiquity, it is not surprising to learn of spouses or members of a family dying at the same time: whenever epidemics such as the Black Plague ravaged Europe, one member of the family would often die while the family was trying to bury another member. ‘Whoever buried these people likely felt that communicating their relationship was just as important in death as it was in life.’
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Discoveries in the news Navy widow still searching for ring.
Kimberly Vaughn makes plea on FOX
NORFOLK, Va. - A nationwide search is underway for a ring with sentimental value that far outweighs its worth. Last week, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn’s widow, Kimberly, said she lost her husband’s wedding band. The band is one of the few tangible symbols she has of their love. “It’s not of huge monetary value, but to me; it’s just something tangible that I can hang onto to remind me of Aaron and my love and commitment towards one another,” said Kimberly to Fox News Network. The Navy SEAL was one of 30 US troops killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash in Aug. Since his death, Kimberly has worn Aaron’s white gold band with brushed finish. “On the way back returning to the DC area, from George Bush Intercontinental through Charlotte, to DC I realized that the ring was gone,” Kimberly said. Kimberly retraced her steps, even thoroughly searching the plane. “On the second flight from Charlotte to DC I stopped the steward, he even let me stay on the plane after everyone disembarked, took the seats apart he was very, very, helpful,” Vaughn said.


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Brierfield man hits gold, discovering tudor wedding ring worth £10,000
By Tyrone Marshall The Burnley and Pendle Citizen, UK A GOLD wedding ring thought to date from the Tudor period has been found by a metal detecting enthusiast. Brierfield man John Bradbury made the discovery of the woman’s medieval wedding band, complete with inscription, on Sunday when he travelled to Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire with a group of friends. Mr Bradbury has been metal detecting for 21 years and said he believes the ring would be worth between £6,000 and £10,000. Mr Bradbury, who runs his own company called Digital Memories, said: “There is a real excitement when you uncover something like this. “There is excitement to think that 500 years ago a Tudor lady was wearing this ring and her husband had it engraved personally. “When you hold something like this in your hand it brings the history alive, all that time ago people were just going about their lives as we are now. “They obviously had some status and I can only think that the lady has tripped and lost her ring at that point.” The inscription on the ring is unreadable. The find will now be reported to a local coroner and can be declared treasure and purchased by the British Museum, or returned to Mr Bradbury to be sold at auction, with 50 per cent going to the finder and 50 per cent to the landowner. He said that he thinks it is unlikely the British Museum will purchase the ring. That is because it is not particularly rare, in which case it will be sold at auction.
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Holiday Wish List


These are precut for Minelab SE and ETrac also precut for White’s DFX and XLT. More to come soon. ZAGG it and forget about scratching up your menu screen, ever! It’s the best investment for that expensive detector you can have. I have my detectors protected and yours should be too.


These are custom made headphones. I got a pair earlier this year and compared them to the others. Big difference! These are built to last. The cord is a perfect length and it’s sturdy. There’s 3 different styles, from the light user to those that want to knock out all the outside noise, detachable and attached cords too.



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Never leave home without one. There are many makes and models. How many times have you dug that hole, moved your loop over the spot and the target is still there in the hole? Perhaps it’s not in the hole. It could be on the side. Recovery time is much faster with a probe.


“Shallow Water Hunting” Explained
This is a great DVD, it’s in PAL and will play in the US on your home computer. Your computer doesn’t care if it’s NTSC or PAL. Water detecting is growing in popularity all over, especially here on the hot summer days we have here in the Southern US. Contact “Relic Hunter” magazine for more ordering information.

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Holiday Wish List


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Record your hunting experience and track your moves.
Most of us have a good camera that we bring along to record what we find, but how many actually record where you found it. I’ve had mine for about a year now and everytime I go out, I clear out the tracks and the marks getting ready for the next hunt. It’s very easy. Before starting out, turn on “Tracks”. The GPS will begin reading your every movement, in a timed interval. It’s going to record your turns, backtracks, stops, your whole hunting experience. If you locate something that’s worth a photo, be sure to place a “mark” on your tracks. When you get back home simply download the map to the PC, using the manufactures maps. Then you can transfer these points over to Google Satellite maps for a birds-eye view. It’s a good item to have in your hunting tools.
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What inspires you to go hunting?
• Need some hunting tips? • Ground frozen, too much snow and you want to get out? • Want to read what others have to say about relic hunting? • This book is for you!

Over 500 pages packed with information, color photos (not those cheap black & white muddy prints that others have printed). It’s well written by Steve Moore and covers all aspects of relic hunting, from coins, Civil War artifacts and details places that you wouldn’t even think of. This book will be a valuable addition to your relic hunting library.

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.

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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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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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The Prospectors’ Home Club
The Prospectors’ Home Club is based in Parramatta, a western suburb of Sydney, Australia and was founded in 1981. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Parramatta Band Club Hall, Jubilee Lane (off Marion Street), Harris Park. Members have many interests and expertise, particularly in metal detecting for gold, coins and relics. A feature of Club Life is the monthly weekend outings to various gold and gem areas as well as beach detecting. Longer trips are also organized to gold and gem areas in Australia. Club members are expert in many fields of endeavor including gold panning and associated skills including the manufacture of various devices to enhance your prospecting opportunities. New members are very welcome. For information about the Prospectors’ Home Club please contact the Secretary at or write to P. O. Box 25 Rydalemere NSW 1701 Australia.
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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 - these are the months when we don’t have any meetings. • 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

MLO is a website that is member supported. It provides a wealth of information, finds and instructional video. MLO TV 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!
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Detecting Clubs
Welcome to the Three Seasons Treasure Hunting Club located in the heart of the Indianhead Country.   We are located in Chippewa County in West Central Wisconsin.   We are a family oriented Metal Detecting club.   We hold our monthly meetings at 7 pm the first Thursday of each month at the Ojibwa Golf and Bowl 8140 136th St.   Join our Forums and post your finds and ask any questions you may have.

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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 90 members from all walks of life. Meetings are open to the public.
When: First and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Where: Train Depot Building in front of the museum in downtown Kennesaw Please visit our web site:


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Georgia Research and Recovery
We are a relic hunting association. Formed in 1976, the group is one of the 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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