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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
January 23, 2020
No Area Is Completely Searched Out
I’ve talked and written about this issue many times throughout the years. And it's important to repeat here because of an email I received from one of my subscribers recently. It’s just a reminder to you that “no area is ever completely dug out.”
I will paraphrase most of what was contained in his email regarding a spot he used to metal detect years ago. He had not searched it for years because he had located other areas. It was a large park in a city. He drove by it often and occasionally noticed metal detectorists searching the park. He said because he had detected the park many times years ago, along with others, and recently seeing others search it, he said silently to himself that those guys weren’t going to find anything because “that park had been hunted out years ago.” But then something happened. And here we go.
His email to me stated that a few days after he saw the two individuals searching that park, he remembered a talk I had given a few years ago at his club meeting regarding not giving up on searching supposed hunted out areas. So, he decided to head back to that park and give it some time based on what I had said.
The park dated back to the early 1800s. He said he headed for the area of the park that was covered in scrub brush. That was a section on the outer edges of the park. It was an area that had not been used, or manicured by the city for more than a hundred years.
He was searching about three feet into the scrub brush. He had to move slowly, and kick aside deadfall, weeds, and bushes. After about twenty minutes of searching, he received a “perfect, loud, coin signal”. In his email, he said that his “heart raced with excitement.”
He dug down six inches and to his surprise pulled out of that hole a 1882 Morgan Silver Dollar. He said he was “more than shocked” at what he had just dug. It was his first silver dollar.
After gaining his composure he started detecting the area next to where he found the Morgan. Within minutes he received another “perfect loud, coin tone” from his detector. Now his imagination he said was “on high alert.” In his email, he told me his excitement level had never been as high as it was at that time in twenty years of metal detecting.
Within a few minutes, he had dug another Morgan Silver Dollar. It was dated 1880.
So, after all those years of driving by an area he thought had been dug out long ago, this fellow decided to give the area another try, and ended up digging what he said was his best day ever in the hobby.
This story speaks for itself.
Never say never when you look at an area you’d like to detect. It makes no difference whether you or others have searched it many, many times, or it’s an area that you’d like to search, but you say to yourself. “Ya know what? There’s nothing there. It’s probably been searched out anyway. I’ll pass.”
Sound familiar? If so…remember this story.
A Piece from The PastI’m adding a new section to “The Digger.” It will be news from the past regarding anything metal detecting/treasure hunting, bottle digging, estate and garage sales finds, and or anything else treasure related that comes my way. I hope you enjoy the new section.
And here is the first “A Piece from The Past” article.
From “Treasure Hunters Handbook” 1971:
“While thumbing his way across Arizona in March 1971, Jim Denney stepped behind an abandoned house along the highway to answer nature’s call. He noticed an old fruit can sticking partially out of the ground along the base of the back wall, which appeared to have something stuffed into its open top. Curiosity got the better of him, and as a result, Jim was suddenly at least $355 richer. The can contained this amount, face value, in dimes. The coins were all in paper rolls, dating from early 1900s through 1964, and were wrapped in a piece of rag.”
Destrehan Alum Unearths History Through His Hobby“For Robert Stringer, what began as a curiosity grew into a passion.
The Destrehan High School alumnus recalls his wife asking him last year what he’d like for Father’s Day.
“A metal detector,” Stringer said. Destrehan Alum Unearths History
Detectorist Looking for a Lost Ring Discover a Fortune From the 1500s“A metal detectorist was looking for a friend’s lost wedding ring but instead discovered a haul of gold coins worth an estimate of 100,000 pounds (approx. US$131,074).
Upon unearthing the hoard of gold coins, he shouted “yee-ha—there’s a [expletive] fortune here!” The Epoch Times Metal Detectorist Looking for Lost
Treasure - Man Unearths Rare Brooch in Norfolk“A man who unearthed a £145,000 Anglo-Saxon pendant has found more treasure dating back about 800 years.” BBC News Uk Norfolk 48136011
We Want Your Stories and PicturesOne of the excitements we get from metal detecting is seeing what kind of “stuff” others are finding. Not only do we enjoy seeing the items found, but many of us like to hear the stories about how those finds were located. So, let’s see your “stuff.”
Many have posted pictures and brief stories of their finds at my website. It’s easy to do. You basically create your own webpage with a picture or pictures, and a brief story of how you found the items. Once your page is posted, others will be able to view your page, and make comments. You will also have your own url link to the webpage you built. Use that link to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Pintrest and share with others.
So show your “stuff.” We want to see the goodies! Stories About Your Finds
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