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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
November 27, 2021
As I've stated in past editions of "The Digger," I have contemplated ending writing this newsletter. That is the reason why you have not seen recent editions. Honestly, I gave up writing it. I even stopped updating my website or adding new content to it. The desire to do so was gone. However, after receiving emails from some longtime subscribers to "The Digger," with their positive feedback, I decided to restart "The Digger" with this months edition.
It has become increasingly difficult for me to come up with fresh new stories related to the hobby. Writing about my adventures in the hobby seems to me to be both redundant and self-centered. Yet, finding stories that have not been written about in spades and that are meaningful to you is becoming more difficult for me to locate. Thus, those reasons were why I stopped writing "The Digger" a few months ago. That is until I began to receive those emails and comments. With that stated, I am asking you for your help with "The Digger" content.
To help me understand what you would like to read about, please feel free to send me your comments regarding what you would like to see in "The Digger." I will try and pick the ideas most suggested and incorporate those into each month's edition. Those ideas would help me to understand what I should focus on when I write each month's newsletter.
You can provide your suggestions on my website comments or email section.
Treasures FoundThe following piece is not about the how, what, and where of treasure hunting, but instead the who can do it.
The stories are of people I know who have an important quality for being a successful treasure hunter. The following individuals have a positive attitude, especially when faced with insurmountable odds against them. Their frame of mind is such that they will do whatever it takes to locate a treasure. They only stop searching when every avenue to the treasure and each piece of evidence has been used. If your intention and desire are to find a buried cache or a treasure hidden away in a home, then read on and take solace in knowing that people just like you have succeeded in locating treasures.
Bob, a carpenter by trade, purchased a metal detector and began searching around old schools and local parks. His love for the hobby grew to where he began searching out new places to detect. He read everything he could about metal detecting and treasure hunting. Bob's interest in locating treasures beyond the coins and relics he found led him to search old abandoned homes and barns. His hope was to find caches hidden away by homeowners and then left behind after the properties were abandoned.
Bob became very adept at asking for permission from the property owners to search their properties. At first, Bob's luck was not what he had hoped. He was finding nothing but old clothes tucked away in closets or old magazines, cans, and bottles not worth much. But Bob was relentless in his searches. Every bit of free time from work and family obligations was used to search the old properties. And then, one day, Bob's perseverance and positive attitude paid off.
He was in the basement of a Colonial home built in the late 1800s. Thick twenty-inch round oak timbers used as ceiling joists held up the first floor. As Bob shined his flashlight along the old beams, he noticed that there was a section of rough cut lumber nailed from one beam to another on the bottom of the log in the corner of one area. In addition, there was another piece of old wood nailed vertically from the bottom board upwards. It created an enclosed structure. The outside of the wood had old brass brackets secured to it. Some old tools were hanging from the brackets. At first glance, Bob figured that area was just a way for the homeowner to store some of his tools and maybe hang some work clothes. But it struck Bob odd that the crudely built boxed shelf was tucked away so far into the dark corner of the basement. With his curiosity peaked, Bob examined the shelf more closely. He removed the tools from their hangers and ran his hands along the sides of the enclosed frame. That was when he could feel bottles resting behind the old wood enclosure. Bob shined his flashlight into the opening and saw bottles filled with coins. Bob slowly pulled down each bottle and placed it on the basement's dirt floor as his heart raced with excitement. In total, there were fourteen old jars, each filled with silver and bronze coins.
Bob told me there were Seated, Barber, One and Two Cent pieces, and Morgan and Peace type Silver Dollars. Bob has also found a few smaller caches as he searches for treasures in many different areas.
Sue is a retired school teacher. Her penchant for treasure hunting began with an old story she heard as a youngster.
She grew up in a large farmhouse in a farming community that once belonged to her grandparents. Her mother told stories about the possibility of buried treasures on the neighboring farm. Sue told me that the stories about a possible treasure close to where she lived had always intrigued her. However, she never owned a metal detector, and she never had any interest in the hobby. That is until she happened on my website and was interested enough to learn more about pursuing treasure hunting. Now retired, Sue had the time to learn the hobby.
She purchased a metal detector and practiced searching in local parks and schoolyards. But the thought of a possible treasure being on the farm next to where she had grown up was always in the back of her mind. Sue wanted to try and locate it.
Excited with her ability to use her metal detector, she had the confidence to approach the neighboring farm owners. She was candid with the owners telling them about the possible treasure and the story behind it. The owners had no idea that there was a possible cache somewhere on their property. They told Sue they purchased the farm years ago from a bank that had foreclosed on the property. They had no idea who the previous owners were. Now, both elderly and ready to sell the property, they agreed to allow Sue to search the farm for the treasure, but they asked for a portion of the value of any items found. Sue would not disclose that percentage amount to me because she signed a non-disclosure statement with the owners.
With her detector in hand, Sue was putting a lot of time into searching for the treasure. The story told by her mother, who was told the story by her parents, was that the old farmer who once owned and farmed the land was hiding his money in various places around his property.
Sue began searching the farm property and was finding old coins and jewelry, broken tools, old skeleton keys, and brass locks, but a hidden cache was yet to be found. Finally, after a few weeks of searching the property, Sue, determined to keep looking, turned a rumored tale into a true treasure hunting story.
She was metal detecting behind the barn. A wooden fence surrounded a few hundred feet of what was probably once a small pasture. Sue remembered an article I wrote about how farmers used to hide small caches beneath the fence posts. So she decided to detect around the bottoms of the posts. Immediately her detector sounded off. The post was loose in the ground from years of neglect, so she carefully removed it. Inside the post hole was a metal tube once sold by the old Sears, Roebuck & Company as a post hole bank. They were metal cylinders, approximately four inches in diameter and varying lengths between six and twelve inches long.
Sue excitingly removed the circular tube from the hole. She unscrewed the cover on one end and tipped the tube over. To her surprise, it was filled with silver dollars. She then carried the post hole bank and silver dollars to the farmhouse to show the owners. They could not believe what Sue had located. She told them that there were more fence posts with possible treasures beneath them and was it ok to remove them. The owners, of course, said yes and hurried out to the fence to watch Sue metal detect around the remaing posts. In all, Sue removed eight post- hole banks, each one filled with silver dollars. More than one hundred silver dollars were shared between the property owners and Sue.
Sue told me she loves her new hobby and is researching treasures in different states.
As I have been saying and writing about for years, You don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to search for treasures. There are many hidden within miles from where you are living.
A Piece From The Past“Three Tulsa, Oklahoma treasure hunters divided 5700 silver dollars which was found cached beneath the roots of an old tree on the outskirts of Tulsa. The area had been hunted with metal detectors several times previously, as rumors of buried money had abounded for several years.”
Old West Magazine 1972
Maine Metal-Detecting Enthusiast Finds Class Ring Missing For 37 Years“PORTLAND, Maine (WGME) — A class ring missing for nearly four decades has been found. A man metal detecting in Old Orchard Beach in Maine came across the ring and said he wanted to get that ring back to its owner.” Main metal detecting enthusiast
Chicago Metal Detector Hobbyists Find Treasure More Valuable Than Gold“CHICAGO — Metal detecting has become a popular hobby in Chicago – especially when people were looking for solitary outdoor activities during the worst of the pandemic.” Chicago Metal Detecting Hobbyist
British Nurse Discovers a 600-Year-Old Miniature Golden “Bible”
Worth Over $130,000 With a Metal Detector“British nurse and metal detector enthusiast Buffy Bailey struck gold during her latest outing in northern England—literally. While foraging farmland in York with her husband, the 48-year-old unearthed a miniature golden artifact cast in the shape of an open book or Bible. It is believed to be around 600 years old.” British Nurse
Metal Detectorist Finds 2,000-Year-Old Dagger Wielded by Roman Soldier“An amateur archaeologist in Switzerland has discovered an ornate dagger wielded by a Roman soldier 2,000 years ago.” Metal Detectorist Finds 2000 Year Old Dagger
Largest Trove of Early Medieval Gold Coins Ever Found in England“A hoard of early medieval gold coins discovered by two people with metal detectors is the largest of its kind ever found in England, reports Nadia Khomami for the Guardian.” Largest Trove
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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