My First Find

by Ross Martzall

Hi,my name is Ross Martzall and I had a friend get me into metal detecting in 2006. We started going out about 2 or 3 times a week and then my friend stopped going along. I continued to look for places to detect and once I would get permission I would be off.

Well that summer,2006, about a month after I started I was detecting in a park near my home, again after getting permission to do so, but didn't have much luck the first couple times out. Then one day one of the people who take care of the park who knew me and saw me there every day had suggested a place to try so I thought what the heck,I can't do any worse there. Well I was right, after going to the area he told me about and after just 5 minutes of detecting I discovered a round piece of metal but with all the dirt on it I really couldn't tell what it was.Well it was getting dark by this time and I decided to call it a night.

I went home and the first thing I did was run the tap water and get the dish soap out to try to clean this a little bit to see what it was and to my surprise it was a 1804 Half Penny!This was my very first find of any value so to speak but I had to get my wife to tell me the date because I was shaking like a hunter ready to shoot his first buck. I took it to a coin dealer to see if it was real and sure enough it was.He offered me a good amount of money for it but I turned it down and now it lays safe in a safety deposit box at my bank.With that be my first find there is no amount of money that would get me to sell it to anyone. I don't have the equipment to take pictures and put it on here but I wish I did,then you could join in my excitement of finding it because even 2 years later when I talk about it,it seems like it was just yesterday I found it.

Comments for My First Find


Click here to add your own comments

Jan 01, 2011

brass r.r. key
by: charlie in M.O>

I once had a real cheap mustangg detector and while searching around an abandined log house on my neighbors farm I found an old brass rairoad key what a find. Got a real nice detector for Christmas cant wait till warm weather. Good luck detecting charlie

Feb 14, 2008

by: Debi Stogsdill

Great find!!!! Do you have any pics of the coin?


Feb 01, 2008

Thanks Ross, From Frank
by: Frank Pandozzi

Ross , Thanks for the story. You get a DVD for being the first to submit your story. I really would like to see that coin and have it posted here. I'm sure others also would like to view it. If you can take a picture, or have someone else do it, you can then attach the file to me in an email and I will post it for you. Either way, thanks my friend. Your story about how you found that first find is why we love this hobby.

Apr 04, 2008

by: MMSaffari

Hello Ross!
Come to TW

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share Your Metal Detecting Story.

Privacy Policy

My Podcast Interview

"The Digger" Newsletter


Back Issues


Your email address is safe, and  unsubscribing is easy.