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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)

    2017....My Worst Best Year of Detecting.

    So 4 years in to this incredible hobby, I feel like I know what I’m doing, yet I’ve still got so much to learn. Thank you Tnet, and all of its members who have helped me along the way.

    This year started out slow, thanks to an ugly episode of neck and back issues, spent more time at Doctors offices and rehab facilities than I care to ever see again.... 6 months of pain that I don’t wish on anyone. Once I started to feel better in March, I was able to get swinging more often. After July 4th, I took a couple months off during the height of rainy season, then Hurricane Irma came along, set me back another month.

    My annual clad total was below average, and I fell short of my goal of 50 silver coins FTY, I still found my favorite all-time best find ever!

    My Clad total for 2017 was $92.98, not too shabby....that includes the 10 spot I found in a guys yard, still have it too.

    Wheats: 145, down from years past, but a solid number that I’m good with... only 1 Indian Head, glad to get it, they are very hard to find down here.

    Silvers: 40.
    But I nailed 3 biggies, along with 4 Barbers, a Canadian, and a SLQ, nothing to shake a stick at.
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    Silver relics, yea, I’m keeping some, but I gave my wife 1.95 oz worth of scrap for her to recycle along with her silversmith recycling.
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    I did find a scrap of gold, and the usual number of hose nozzles, matchboxes, bullets, and other junk keepers that we all explain to our loved ones that we are not throwing them away due to personal reasons.

    Oh yea, that Best-Ever find?
    Didn’t see this one coming...but after Irma uprooted a tree downtown, I fished this little guy out of the root ball... A Third Seminole War Union artillery button, lost likely in 1858, Thanks again Cannonballguy for your knowledge and research.
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    Well that about sums it up... my profile will be updated to reflect my lifetime bests and totals, so check it out.

    Finally, thanks for looking,...and all the best in the New Year. BWD.
    Last edited by BigWaveDave; Dec 25, 2017 at 01:23 PM.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    When in doubt... dig!

    Feb 2017
    Chattanooga Tennessee
    Xp Deus/Vaquero/At Max/fisher f70/carrot pen pointer
    454
    853 times
    Metal Detecting
    One heck of year!! Well done....keep swinging and having fun!
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    Jun 2015
    NW CT
    Equinox800 / AT Pro / AT Gold / Makro Racer Vibra-probe / TRX pp
    1,044
    1325 times
    MD & NA artifacts
    Very impressive year!
    HH
    dts
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    Coinshooter

    Nov 2017
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    XP/Minelab
    134
    279 times
    Hammereds/cobs/colonial coins
    Great collections of finds. Those Walking Liberties are beautiful, congrats! I've never dug one of those.
    BigWaveDave and A2coins like this.
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    Oldest coin: 1199-1216 King John hammered (x3) / Oldest US coin: 1786-1788 NJ Copper (x4)
    Best relics: Medieval lead seal matrix (1200s) / 1789 George Washington Inaugural Button (x2)
    Personal website: www.Detectorist.com

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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Quote Originally Posted by darktower007 View Post
    One heck of year!! Well done....keep swinging and having fun!
    You bet I enjoyed a few after hunt cigars this year!
    A2coins likes this.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    Charter Member
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Quote Originally Posted by dts52 View Post
    Very impressive year!
    HH
    dts
    Thanks my man!
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    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    Charter Member
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ken C View Post
    Great collections of finds. Those Walking Liberties are beautiful, congrats! I've never dug one of those.
    Thanks!... yea the 3 biggies were in a 3 week span, all 3 neighboring houses.
    Ken C and A2coins like this.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    Dec 2012
    MXT-PRO Sandshark
    12,245
    11670 times
    Metal Detecting
    my year began great with my first gold and civil war items

    this year I expect some gold from the beaches in plymouth, Mass
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    if you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone/ carry on (fun)

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    Charter Member
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-gordon View Post
    my year began great with my first gold and civil war items

    this year I expect some gold from the beaches in plymouth, Mass
    Waiting to see your best of 2017 post.... Remind us of your great finds!
    A2coins likes this.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    Dec 2012
    MXT-PRO Sandshark
    12,245
    11670 times
    Metal Detecting
    my best is your friendship Dave
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Awww....
    A2coins likes this.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


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    Tired Rooster

    Nov 2011
    Alabama
    Minelabs and Tesoros Several of them....
    710
    703 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Despite the rough setbacks you described....you had a year that many would envy.
    Thanks for sharing!
    BigWaveDave, Blak bart and A2coins like this.
    ​Deo Vindice

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    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
    FL keys
    Mine lab primary fisher secondary
    3,748
    11780 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Dang man.......that button is bad A$$ !! Dave no one else in the country can even say they hunt a seminole war site, except us floriidians !! And out of all the people who metal detect in florida only a fraction have ever found somthing directly related to that conflict. Congrats on a great year !!merry christmas and good luck hunting this new year.
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    DEPLORABLE

    Jul 2015
    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
    E-trac, Excalibur, XP Deus, & CTX 3030.
    19,527
    18874 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Dave, you had a great year. After overcoming physical pain that sidelined you,you still managed to make some bucket list finds. 3 silver half dollars in the span of 12 months does not happen as often as you might think. Forty silvers for the year is very respectable.
    Congratulations on 2017 and all the best in 2018.
    BigWaveDave and A2coins like this.
    SOMETIMES I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW NOW ,,, WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN,, Bob Seger

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    Charter Member
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    8,540
    13498 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Rooster, BART, and my Deplorable friend, thanks guys, I appreciate your looking at my post, as much as I’ve enjoyed yours this year....
    My New Years resolution is to learn how to use the multi-quote feature...Ha!
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

    ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS


 

 
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