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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
August 23, 2020

It's Becoming More Difficult

Once again, it's been a few months since writing and sending "The Digger."

I have no excuses for not sending "The Digger" monthly, as I promised when you subscribed. The truth is, one, I'm running out of topics to write, and two, I have been trying to finish two books I'm writing.

Just about every metal detecting topic under the sun has been covered both at my website of 400 plus pages, and in past issues of "The Digger." I would hate to become redundant by repeating what I've already written. If you have suggestions on what you would like to read, feel free to contact me at Do not contact me using the comment section on my website. I rarely use that email, and it's difficult for me to respond from there.



Revisiting Karl von Mueller

In past issues of “The Digger” I wrote about Karl von Mueller, Karl von Mueller newsletter 7-18 a true, honest to goodness treasure hunter extraordinaire from the past. Mueller, who’s real name was, Dean Miller, wrote extensively about his treasure hunting/metal detecting exploits. Many of today's pro’s in the hobby have attributed their success to Karl von Mueller. In this issue, I am proudly writing a topic that Mueller often stressed in his writings. And that is, you don’t have to travel far to find treasures.

I’ve also stated often that there is at least one hidden treasure within a few miles of where you live. I know this to be true because of my own experience. I once found a small mason jar of silver coins in an abandoned home a few blocks from where I used to live. I also receive stories from people across America that have found treasures large and small in their communities. Some of those treasures were discovered by accident during the remodeling and landscaping of homes.

Here are a few stories about not having to travel to far to find a treasure that Karl von Mueller wrote in one of his books.

“Near Union City, Pennsylvania, hitchhiker John Fillmore broke one of several building tiles that had apparently fallen off of a passing truck and discovered $800 cash hidden inside.”

“Near Altus, Oklahoma treasure hunter Bob Fox started setting up pop bottles for target practice after he failed to find a cache he was looking for. He noticed that one of the bottles contained something. The something was ‘something’ was a tightly rolled assortment of $10, $20, and $50 bills.”

“In Indianapolis, Fred Wilbur read a newspaper report about a bank robber burying some loot in the southeast end of town. Wilbur put two and two together and decided that the robber was a liar. So, he walked to a vacant area near where Highway 52 crosses the railroad tracks near Flackville and uncovered $1200 in cash. Later, a real estate man and a companion more money in a grove of trees.”

Mueller went on to say, “We can consider these to be accidental discoveries. They are mentioned here to show that they were within walking distance for the people who found them.”

Point being, you do not have to travel to faraway exotic areas to find a treasure. Large and small, they are everywhere. You need to be aware of your surroundings, and it helps to be a reader of your area's history.

A Piece from The Past

The following story from A.T. Evans “Treasure Hunters Yearbook” 1972-73 illustrates once again what I have been stating for many years. And that is, caches of different sizes can be located in the strangest of places, and that often surviving family members never know that a deceased family member hid valuables.

“In November, 1972, Ruth Grande moved from her Springdale, Ohio home to an apartment in West Chester, Ohio. As she was straightening out her kitchen, mover Edward Miller walked in and asked, ”Want a present?” He handed Mrs. Grande an envelope containing $800 in cash, which he had found tacked to the bottom of a chest which he had moved to the bedroom.

“It must have been there at least three years,” said Mrs. Grande, “because my late husband must have put it there before he passed away. He was always one for saving up to stay out of debt.” She gave Miller $100 reward, bought a new color television set and banked the rest.”

Beginner’s Luck For A Ten year Old Metal Detectorist

“A schoolboy who got a metal detector for his 10th birthday struck lucky the first day he used it by finding a sword thought to be about 300 years old.” Beginners Luck for a Ten year old

Man With Metal Detector Discovers a Hoard of Bronze Age Artifacts

“It's been a good summer for metal detectorists! In June, a fellow scanning a field in Rossett, Wales, UK found a two-thousand-year-old Roman ingot.” Man With a Metal Detector Discovers a Hoard of Bronze Age Artifacts

Metal Detecting Pensioner Finds Missing Wedding Rings

“A north-east woman was reunited with her wedding and engagement rings just in time for her anniversary after a kind-hearted pensioner scoured the beach where they went missing with his metal detector.” Metal Detecting Pensioner

Could James City County’s New Metal Detecting Ordinance Change?

“After just a few months, a new ordinance allowing metal detecting at Jamestown Beach Event Park is once again being discussed." Could James City County's

Metal Detector Hobbyist Helps Woman Recover Heirloom Necklace

“A local woman’s lost family jewelry went from tragic misfortune to happy reunion thanks to another local’s metal detecting hobby.” Metal Detector Hobbyist Helps Woman Recover Heirloom Necklace

New Garrett Multi-Frequency Metal Detector Is The APEX Of Affordability and Flexibility

“GARLAND, Texas, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas-based Garrett Metal Detectors today announced the upcoming release of a new Sport Division metal detector for hobbyists, the ACE Apex multi-frequency detector.” New Garrett Multi-Frequency Metal Detector Is The APEX Of Affordability and Flexibility

Garretts New Ace Apex Metal Detector -UPDATE

Many of you have asked me about the status of Garretts New Ace Apex metal detector and why I do not have it listed on my website. You see them listed on other websites for orders to be taken, but deliveries have yet to be made. There are two reasons for this, and why I do not have the Apex listed on my website.

Garrett is behind on productions, I would think the coronavirus had something to do with the slow production, and also large dealers like Kellyco have lined up with huge orders for the Apex.

Large dealers that can afford to buy many of the new Apex detectors will be the first to receive shipments. Smaller dealers like myself will only be able to list the Apex and sell them after the big guys receive their orders. They can afford to receive pre-orders now from customers, who are willing to wait for shipment of their Apex. Kellyco and other large dealers may lose a few customers that get tired of waiting, but I cannot do that to my customers, nor can I afford to. So, I will not list the Apex on my website until I can ship ASAP to you.

Contact me if you have any questions regarding this.

Thanks for your interest,


We Want Your Stories and Pictures

One 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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