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  1. #1
    Jul 2008
    Virginia Beach
    Excal 2 and E Trac
    4 times
    Banner Finds (2)

    I love big storms - UPDATE: The appraisal is IN!

    Update info: Drumroll please. Scroll down to topic #31 to see the verdict!

    Hello everyone,

    Last week we had a big Nor'easter come through. For an entire week the winds were out of the northeast, and the beach was very generous for a little while. On Saturday, September 20th, I found an 1884s Morgan Dollar. In addition to that, 90% of the coins I dug this week were very corroded - shows that there was erosion, and that what I was finding was old. I managed to get in 12 hunts at low tide over 9 days, and of them, about 9 were great for target density. Managed over 100 targets a trip several times, and 5-7 bucks in clad was common. All in all, that week was one of my best for hunting.

    The storm officially passed through on Thursday. It rained and the wind was very strong all day and into the night. I snuck out between rain bands for about 3 hours, and it happened to clear at low tide. Found 2 rings, one of them gold, and a nice silver bracelet my wife now has. But the rain eventually came, and reluctantly, I left my honeyhole.

    Come Friday, I was planning to get up early enough to be out well ahead of low tide. I knew that with a storm like that, the window was going to be very small for good hunts. Low tide was at noon, and guess what time I woke up. 11:30 am. DOH! I kicked myself very hard, and the wife as well(who happens to be the alarm clock). On any other day, I would have stated home. But, because of the storm, I forced myself out the door, upset and a little disgruntled at the lost time.

    Was pleased to find the beach nice and low, and decided to leave my honeyhole for the first time all week. So, I strolled on along the beach, and worked the water and surf for a while. After about 10 blocks, I hit the area around the Pier fairly well, and turned to head home. I talked to a hunter by the Pier who was on his way home(as it was 2 hours past low tide at this point). He had very little to show for the day, only clad. I decided to work the coin line on the way home - hoping there would be one at all. The beach was so wide from the storm, I did not know if I could find a good target line. Well, no sooner than I started, I started hitting patches of coins here and there.

    As I was scooting along, I noticed another hunter coming up behind me, working a similar line. So I doubled back and talked to him. He had no goodies either - bummer. We chatted for a bit, and off I went again, heading back torwards home. About 15 minutes later, I saw another hunter. He broke the handle on his scoop, and was struggling along with just the basket. And, once again, he had no goodies. We chatted for a bit, and when we were done, he turned off his machine and headed back to his hotel. Bear in mind he was walking torwards me before we met and he was working the same line I was more or less.

    So, after he left, I cranked the Excal back up, and headed on down again. Not 50 feet from that spot, I had another signal. I honestly don't recall much more, except that I dug at least once(of course), and once the target was out of the scoop, I kicked the sand. It was then that I saw it. There, laying before me, was a ring.

    I picked it up, and immediately noticed how heavy it was. Very heavy. Then, as I started removing sand, I saw the stones. Lots of stones. Once in the middle, and lots of smaller ones on the side. I looked the ring over, and could not see any marks on the band. Knowing little about it, I stuck it in my goodie pocket, and kept on truckin.

    I stayed on the beach for another couple hours. I wanted to be sure and use as much time as I could, since the beach was in great shape for hunting. And then, on home I went. Once I got home, I put on my unhappy face, and said hello to the wife.

    "How did it go?" She asked.
    "Not well, not much clad, and only one little ring," Said I.
    "Oh, I am sorry to hear that."

    I then went about my normal routine. Set the Excal in the corner, and started emptying my finds bag into the sand strainer in the sink. She turned to look at something on the table, and I walked up behind her, pulled out the ring, and put it right in front of her face. She almost fell down(maybe not, it is hard to recall it all. But it sounds good, right? ) I washed it off, and looked closer, and saw a mark. And let me say I am sure that when I read it, I scared the hell out of my neighbors. The mark of 18k with so many shiny white stones meant only one thing: THE REAL THING BABY!!!!

    The dance and hollering that ensued were most embarrassing. I recall hugging the wife, picking her up and swinging her around in the air with arms, legs and hair flying around hitting furniture, walls, etc. I was ecstatic. This was the dream find I had been hoping for, but, there was that little grain of doubt about the stones. Were they real? They looked too nice. I am used to the too nice stones being fakes, so that little bit of doubt was eating me all night.

    The next day, we took it to my local jeweler, and had the stones tested. DIAMONDS ALL!!! I was ecstatic. I left the ring with her to be cleaned, and only today was it finished. I did not want to post anything about this until the ring was clean, and I am glad I waited. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Tomorrow evening I will have the ring appraised, and I am on pins and needles.

    I hope every single one of you has the opportunity, timing, and luck to find something of this beauty and value. This is a great feeling, and I cannot imagine ever finding something so nice again. I feel sorrow for whoever lost this ring, but, I am ecstatic for my gain.

    Thank you for reading,
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    It is amazing what men will do for an extra inch.

  2. #2

    Jun 2007
    Tiger Shark, Xterra 705
    2957 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: I love big storms

    What a beautiful ring. And very valuable, I'll get. Congrats!
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”

    Thomas Jefferson

  3. #3
    Jan 2007
    Minelab X50 : Another world inches below us.
    13 times

    Re: I love big storms

    Holy crappp,what a find!!!!!!!! what are you gonna do with it?does the wife get it? that must of been the best feeling ever.
    Another world inches below us.

  4. #4

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County, Tower City area
    2 MINELAB EXPLORER SE PRO's .......3 Garrett Pro Pointers…… Sovereign XS-2 Pro ....... 2 Sovereign GT's
    37350 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: I love big storms

    Awsome find !!!

    Congrats !

  5. #5
    Feb 2005
    Spring Hill, Florida
    122 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: I love big storms

    Good Heavens! That is incredible! I am SO JEALOUS! wtg
    Garrett GTI 1500, CZ-20, White's Dual PI, Bounty Hunter QD II, Ace 250, Determination & persistence!

  6. #6
    Nov 2006
    6 times

    Re: I love big storms

    Dang all I ever get from he sand is junk and seaeed
    Conrgatulations and beautiful find

  7. #7
    Feb 2008
    Enid, Mississippi
    White's Eagle II, Ace 250's (2), Cobra Beach Magnet

    Re: I love big storms

    Cleaning up the earth, one pull tab at a time

  8. #8
    May 2008
    Gulfcoast of Florida
    White's Beach Hunter ID
    2 times

    Re: I love big storms

    That is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to go out and smash my metal detector for not finding me one - just kidding - one day (and somewhere over the rainbow)........

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  9. #9
    Aug 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Excal 1000, Tesoro Vaquero
    Banner Finds (1)

    I gotta tell ya, Anthony...

    From reading your posts, including your PMs to me, we have about the same amount of MD experience, BUT the light is shining on you!!! I'd kill to have your luck (or Karma...or skill...or whatever).

    I've been hoping to run into you, just so I can shake your hand and hope that some of whatever you're dripping out of your pores might find its way into my empty palm!

    Way to go!

    "I'm here for a good time, not a long time..."
    I'm here for a good time, not a long time.

  10. #10
    Aug 2006
    Minelab E-Trac, Excal 1000, Binford 5000 super hunter
    17 times

    Re: I love big storms

    DUDE! DUDE! that is just way to cool. That ring is the ring. Good job!

  11. #11
    Apr 2007
    Moyock, North Carolina
    Tesoro Tejon, Tesoro Sand Shark

    Re: I love big storms

    That is a very nice ring congratulations !!!
    American Steel (and some bronze too) !!

  12. #12
    Apr 2007
    Southern CA
    Minelab Explorer SE; X-1 Target Probe; Pro Coil, 6x8 SEF, Coiltek Platypus Elliptical, Sunray X8, Expl. 1050 coils
    12 times

    Re: I love big storms

    Whoah!!!! Anthony, that is quite an amazing ring!!

    Major congrats to you, buddy!! That is a dream find for every detectorist out there.


  13. #13

    Re: I love big storms

    THAT is a killer ring, absolutely amazing. Congratulations Anthony WTG

  14. #14

    Jun 2007

    Re: I love big storms

    Now that's a nice ring.You can certainly do the happy dance with that one.Congrats.

  15. #15

    Re: I love big storms

    Good gosh thats georgous!
    Bet you almost have to wear sun glasses to look at it!
    Absolutely Beautiful!

    Great story telling too i might add, kept my attention to the very end! lol


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