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Civil War Ohio State Seal Breastplate

CTX 3030

December 23, 2013 10:00am

During the fall and winter I like to hunt old home sites from the 1800's that are now in farm fields. We tend to find a lot of 1800's coins, buttons and relics where the farmers didn't even know that a house use to set there. My wife and I tracked down this one home site that set way off the road. We started finding a few buttons and Civil War store cards, when I ran across this really nice quarter signal. I pulled out this bent up piece of metal that had lead on with what appeared to be a brass hook. I just threw it in my pouch and went on hunting. After getting home and sorting the good from the trash, I decided to wash this piece because of the brass hook in the lead. After cleaning it up, I seen it had a picture on it that was similar to the Ohio State Seal. After some research I found that it was Civil War Breastplate Buckle and to think I almost discarded it as trash.

Posted on December 23, 2013 10:00am | 0 Comments

Radio Orphan Annie Decoder Pin

CTX 3030

December 23, 2013 09:00am

My friend and I have been hunting an old school house site that was in use from 1898 to 1965. We have found several old coins, but the most interesting finds are the relics that range from toy gun parts to roller skate wheels, train wheels and jewelry. One day I was not having much luck and was ready to give up when I ran across a nice quarter signal about 5" deep. 

Posted on December 23, 2013 09:00am | 1 Comment

1 grown man +1 Gold colin = Little Kid again.

CTX 3030

December 21, 2013 09:00am

After detecting the whole Brigade camp with the CTX 17" smart coil I decided to go back over hot spots infested with iron using the stock coil. It has paid off, big time, especially yesterday. I had already dug a few whole CW bullets when I actually got to a iron infested area. Then I dug a NY button and started circling. The 4th target I dug while circling was the 1861 Gold Indian Head that turned me back into the 10 year old digging bottles with his Grandmother. That was at 3:30. I stayed 3 hours past dark circling the area like a shark smelling blood. I ended up finding 40+ more CW items. Christmas 2013 will be 1 I'll never forget.

Posted on December 21, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments

Early Gold Rush Coins and Relics

CTX 3030

December 14, 2013 09:00am

Had a once in a lifetime hunt in the Victorian Goldfields with the CTX 3030 finding a dozen silver coins. Given how hot the ground is the CTX 3030 is the only machine that I would rely on to get these great targets. Also have these finds logged as find points for future hunts.

Posted on December 14, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Gold Ingot Viking or Bronze age

CTX 3030

December 12, 2013 09:00am

Having had a lovely morning detecting with good friends I decided to have quick break before heading into a new field. Using Google earth on my phone I located myself and noticed an unusual hedge formation in the next field and plotted a waypoint on my CTX3030 GPS to help to know when I was in the area.

I would describe the ploughing as rough so it was very tough going and after an hour I decided to follow the line of where my GPS was telling me a hedge used to be back towards the car for some food.

Posted on December 12, 2013 09:00am | 1 Comment

Australian Internment Camp Tokens

CTX 3030

December 10, 2013 09:00am

A few months back I purchased a CTX 3030 as a back up to my GPX 5000 for when I come across old areas that appear to have had much past activity.

Initially I struggled with usage the CTX 3030, and this is a person who started in the 1980's with a Garrett and feel very comfortable with detectors in general and the use there of...
However I battled on with the CTX 3030 and decided to take a lesson in the operations of the detector offered by Andrew Gladdis at Coiltek in Maryborough Victoria.

Posted on December 10, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments


Explorer II

December 06, 2013 09:00am

I've only just purchased my Explorer II second hand and thought to get used to it I'd try it on some pasture fields, nice short grass easy detecting I took along some coins and a nail so that I could run a test bed and try and work out the setting on my latest detector.

So off I go setting three differ coins about 12" apart and also a nail after much swinging of the coil and trying different settings I thought I had it sorted. But on my last run over my test bed I heard another signal, it took 6 or 7 more runs before it dawned on me that there must be something in the ground so dig it I did and couldn't believe my luck when an almost perfect silver thimble popped out of the soil.

Posted on December 06, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments

Charity rally

Explorer SE

December 04, 2013 09:00am

Forest of Dean metal detecting club hosted a charity in Aid of children's ruby and this was found by a detectorist on the site with Minelab Explorer SE, two late Bronze Age gold, I returned few days later and found another Bronze Age gold loop...

Posted on December 04, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments

Rare Higley Copper FOUND


November 27, 2013 10:00am

I was out detecting a colonial cellar hole yesterday and pulled some nice 1700's relics when I get a nice solid 36 on my safari. Usually at a place like that a 36 is a King George copper, but this was different. I noticed there was a deer on the coin it looked familiar from somewhere but I couldn't place it till I went home and looked through my Red Book. I noticed it was a rare 1737 Higley Copper of which supposedly only 80 are known to exist... although it looks like there's 81 now. In AG3 condition this is listed as a $6000 coin and could be much higher based on the rarity. I was absolutely thrilled with this once in a lifetime find.

Posted on November 27, 2013 10:00am | 0 Comments

Lost Iron Age hillfort!!!

Explorer II

November 20, 2013 10:00am
Metal detecting finds - relic

As a keen metal detectorist and a trustee of my local Archaeological group we stumbled upon some images with anomalies on the ground of what we believed to be an Iron Age hillfort. We arranged an Archaeological dig of the area and invited S4C to film it for their new Archaeological show that's to be aired in 2014. The dig was under way and soon became a very exciting time for us all, as we just made history by discovering a lost Iron Age hill fort, it's ramparts and the remains of a 1600s windmill.

Posted on November 20, 2013 10:00am | 1 Comment

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