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Explorer II

June 09, 2015 08:00am
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Lost VMI ring by Joe Bouchelle. (used with permission)
Something amazing happened this week! My new friend, John Justice, who works at Fork Union Military Academy where I used to work, called me on Tuesday. I had never met him. He said "Is this Joe Bouchelle?" "Yes" "Did you go to VMI?" "Yes." "Did you used to work at FUMA?" "Yes..." and just when I thought...this is a little creepy....he said, "Did you lose your VMI ring?" I said, "Yes I did- almost 20 years ago!" Well, John was doing some metal detecting in the front yard of the house we used to live in at FUMA, and found my ring! After 19 years!!! I am so grateful for his honesty and work in tracking me down. I am grateful to have my ring back, but also grateful to have a new friends in John and his wonderful wife Debi. Thank you, John and Debi Justice! ‪#‎sharegoodness ‪#‎feelingblessed
— at Fork Union Military Academy


John – Virginia, USA

Posted on June 09, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

The Find of a Lifetime

CTX 3030

June 04, 2015 08:00am
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It did look like her horse had a .22 bullet in her hip. Afterward, I asked if I could hunt her yard. I followed her to her home and hunted her yard, finding some clad coins. Her elderly neighbor came over and he volunteered his yard for a search.
I found almost nothing in his yard, I thought. I dug up a belt buckle that I thought might have been part of a child's toy gun holster. After doing some research, I discovered it was a Waco Guards Confederate belt buckle, rarity 9! Rarity 10 is a unique item. I sent these photos to Heritage and they estimated an auction price of $8,000 and up!



Posted on June 04, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

I joined the Platinum Club.

Excalibur II

June 03, 2015 11:30am
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Saturday May 30th My buddy Rob and I went to the water for a hunt. We hunted 2 beaches and both found some goodies. The first beach I found 3 925 rings and 1 was a girls class ring. We went to the second after a few hours and Rob reminded me that he found 4 gold items there Thursday. I told him that was ok because I wanted Platinum not gold. LOL Well in chest deep water I scored my first ever Platinum ring!!! It weighs 8 grams. I got some clad and the usual trash as well as 1 more junk aluminium ring.


Wilddigger – Georgia, USA

Posted on June 03, 2015 11:30am | 0 Comments

Check the hole


June 03, 2015 10:00am
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Oh well, I’ll take the change.  Got down on my knees and dig a plug through about 3 inches of earth. When I remove the plug, I give it a quick swipe over the coil, and think “great, it’s still in the hole”.   Looking down, I see the actually see the edge of a Silver coin and its big, not a dime.  Sweet, I'm thinking to myself, a silver quarter, I knew there was still some goodies left here.   But the edge of the coin looks thin, so I carefully extracted it from the hole.  Silver yes, U.S. Quarter, no.  In my hand I have a very nice Spanish 2 Reale.  Wasn’t detecting for more than 30 minutes and I got "Spanish Silver".  My heart is pounding, what a way to start the year!!  But, a little voice in the back of my head was saying something about the E-Trac hinting copper, not silver.  Check the hole again, always check the hole again (just to make sure) and guess what, the E-Trac was right, there was another coin.  This one was the size of a US Large Cent, but all I could make out was a faint outline of a head.  Anyhow, now I'm really excited, two  colonials.  I stand and stretch, then swipe my coil over the hole again, and, another copper hit.  I'm thinking no way.  Back down on my knees I drop, as I put the probe back into the hole, and yes, another copper coin.  Another Large Cent, but this one I can see writing on it.  I could read “Connect”.  A Colonial Connecticut copper.  What could be better??  Three colonial coins, and I've only been here 30 minutes. 
Posted on June 03, 2015 10:00am | 0 Comments

1787 New Jersey State Copper

CTX 3030

June 03, 2015 09:00am
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At the old Farm today and decided to try a new area. After about a hour of digging through old dirt/gravel road, I was on my way back to the car, and glad I decided to leave the CTX on while I did, lol. I was looking down and saw green patina sticking out from the ground at the same time as I get an explosive 12:44 tone on the CTX 3030, I thought maybe LC? I do find them around this location now and then in the fields, but almost always toasted when they come out of the ground.

Posted on June 03, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

first cool find with Go-Find 60


June 03, 2015 08:00am
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Was out tonight to try my Go-Find 60 for just the second since getting my Detector on Monday , found a bunch of pocket change ,but also found what I thought was a old cops badge , but when I brought it home and cleaned it up , I notice it was a Safety patrol " Captain " badge , it a pretty cool find for me ! Thanks Minelab for a great machine!


Con – Ontario, Canada 

Posted on June 03, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

first finds in Newark, NJ


May 25, 2015 08:00am

I've just received my first detector Minelab GO-FIND 60
and put it to the test at a local park and found 4 modern
quarters 2 modern dimes and a 1971 nickel along with a few chuck e cheeses coins. It's great for a beginner I Love It I can't wait to try it at the beach.


Danny – New Jersey, USA

Posted on May 25, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Nice find!


May 19, 2015 08:00am
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Sunday morning, I decided to go on a soccer field I hunted many times, near a school opened after 1910.
This time, I increased sensitivity to 29 (max is 30), but I usually use 18-20.
And I found this 1914 silver 50 cents. I was so happy!! I unfortunately scratched it because, it was quite deep, but it is my most beautiful coin!!


Fred – Quebec, Canada

Posted on May 19, 2015 08:00am | 1 Comment

CTX 3030 = Treasure

CTX 3030

May 17, 2015 08:00am
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I started in the closest corn field to where the old house site sat. It was my first pass along the path beside the corn rows, and BAM! In came a nice tone on the CTX, 1772 Spanish 1/2 Reale!!!! The Signal was the same as my last Reale, which was 11:36.. They are really thin though so not surprising.
Must say it was a pleasant surprise and an excellent way to start the my Sunday hunt!

Posted on May 17, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

The Power of Zed on Meteorites

GPZ 7000

May 14, 2015 08:00am
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It did not take long before I had set myself a new record for iron finds. What was really amazing was finding the smalls. I don't have a scale small enough to measure the weight of 80% of them. I know I ended up with 25 irons that weigh a total of 4.1 grams. The largest one at the top of the circle weighs .8 grams.

While diligently searching for several hours for the irons I was further rewarded with two much larger meteorites which are not normally found in this area. One find is 46.7 grams and the other is 114.4 grams.

Posted on May 14, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

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