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  1. #31
    Jan 2011
    Vacaville, CA
    Whites MXT, Minelab Eureka gold
    286 times
    If it is newer than 1960, I simply put it in my pocket and buy lunch afterwards. Never pays for lunch BTW. Actually I put it in my "finds" bag and walk around for weeks on end, and when I next clean out the bag, I then put them in my pocket for lunch.
    usually I a more of an underground trash picker than anything. I plan on using that next time the park guy comes by.
    I can see it now.." But sir!! I am simply picking up trash from your lovely park. Some poor child could get cut on this sharp aluminum, or these sharp rusty nails. You know you can get very sick from rusty nails. So, unless of course, you would like to assume the liability of leaving it here and potentially causing someone to get hurt and preventing me from making our PUBLIC parks safer. Your call" I wait for that moment to happen every time I go out. I already tried the "this thing goes off on hot chicks", and "I am looking for land mines". Not anywhere near as effective.

  2. #32
    Feb 2013
    SW Indiana
    Garrett GTP 1350
    1018 times
    Metal Detecting
    I started near the end of the era you mentioned with a Garrett Master Hunter, We have a public pool here at the top of a steep hill. There is a concrete stairway of about 60 to 70 steps leading up to the pool entrance. It was so steep that the city didn't try to grow grass on it. Instead they put big white rocks the size of watermelons on the hill beside the steps. The city charged 25 cents admission to the pool. It was so popular that hundreds of us kids in the fifties and sixties would line the steps waiting for the pool to open. We would get board and start pitching our quarters around and many kids would lose their quarters when they were thrown or dropped into the big rocks and it was too scary to climb down into the rocks so kids always ran to their parents for more quarters.

    I was 20 when I got my first detector so me and brother went to this park early one Saturday and moved a few or the big rocks aside and...bing, bing, bing...all silver quarters. Put those few rocks back and moved another few and the same thing. About half way up there were too many signals for the detector to separate so we put the detector down and just started digging plugs, Silver quarters were falling out of every plug! Then we would get the detector going again for the deeper ones. No pull tabs, no junk of any kind, every signal was a silver quarter. In a few hours I think we had 12 dollars in silver quarters. including a Standing Liberty and a Barber. That was close to 40 years ago and nothing like that has ever happened to me again.

  3. #33

    Mar 2017
    Garret AT pro
    204 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
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  4. #34
    Jan 2013
    661 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
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    I agree totally , more still waiting out there. Here's a portion from virgin Kentucky cavalry camps I found. I first found one camp in 2014 and the big one a year later in 2015. 2015 and 2016 was pure fun having untouched Confederate camps for just me and my brother to hunt. It was the only place we hunted for a long time.

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  5. #35
    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

    Feb 2013
    New England, Somewhere Metal Detecting in the Woods
    Teknetics T2 SE (DST) Spare Teknetics T2 SE (backup) 15" T2 coil Pro-Pointer Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202 Fisher F2 Fisher F-Point
    5548 times
    Coins and Relics
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I only started in 2013, but I do have some coin magazines from the 1960's that give me an idea of how many people were metal detecting during the golden years of the hobby. I counted around 15 different metal detector advertisements in one issue of Coinage from 1968, compared to the average 1 to 3 I see now.
    2014-2017 Finds
    1700s Sundial
    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
    1723 irish penny
    1730 KG coin toy
    2x AU 1803 LC
    1722 1/2 Penny
    1779, 1781 Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
    1805,1838 LC
    26 Coppers 17 colonial
    175 1720-1850 buttons
    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
    Cleaning Finds:

  6. #36

    Aug 2018
    Shenandoah Valley Va
    WW2 Mine Detector, 2 Garrets and an Underwater Fisher (Older Machines)
    1566 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Right on BosnMate, That mine detector was so heavy one held the wand and the other carried the back-pack, and at the end of the day we were both worn out. We detected the site of the battle of Overall Virginia in 196? We only had permission to hunt the northern approach and not the actual skirmish line. Much of the battlefield had been claimed into the Shenandoah National Park. We didn't find a lot but we did find a Maynard bullet and a matching casing, which we were exited about. Can't expect much more for a unit made to detect large chunks of iron. There was a farmer there that had quite a lot of grape shot he'd plowed up over the years. Years later a cousin of mine got to hunt a private farm just inside the park boundary. He found a complete Texas Artillery buckle with the leather still attached. It must have been used as a pistol or sabre belt because it had been discarded. The tongue had nearly worn completely through the wreath.

  7. #37
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
    664 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    I started in about '75 or '76-ish . But our area had had hobbyists already for a number of years . So the obvious. spots already had pressure by the time I got into it, in my area .

    But there was a real silver boom /rush. fro'78 to '82-ish, if you ask me. Because of the advent of motion disc .

    I knew some guys who got into it in the early '60s here in my city . But even though things were virgin , and silver was still circulating , yet the machines were cumbersome , didn't go deep , etc. So I don't think these guys were getting more than .... say ... 5 or 10 silver from the school yards, in a day back then. It was slow going (no way to pass foil , etc...). So an entire tally might only be 30 coins or whatever .

    I'm sure there's stories of more precocious and better skilled hunters , who did 30+ silver . Like if they were the first in front of concession stands , etc....
    California always seems to be 10 years or more ahead of the rest of the US. I wonder why that is. But it is what it is for better or worse. I remember as a kid we had military kids who had lived in CA for several years and they told us stories that seemed unbelievable but were true. I remember when one family of with two of my friends who were teenagers in the 50's came back and told us that they had to have 4 cars since both parents worked and their twins did not want to share a car. Back in Georgia 1 car per family was the norm but some guys in their junior or senior year of high school worked and bought themselves a car.

  8. #38
    Mar 2010
    14 times
    I started in 68 or 69 in small town Iowa. Moved to Co in 71. Best hunt ever was at the Co Springs court house on a early morning weekend hunt. Back then the sidewalks were raised and people would set in grass on the slopes.Silver pocket spills were common. Can`t remember the total number but it was a good day. Also hit antlers park in Jackson hole wyo in about 73 while working in the area. Had my pockets full of silver and going strong when a city worker stoped and said he didn`t like me digging in his park so I left. I`m like a few others and sold my hoard when silver hit 50 buck. Made over 3k. Wish I had it back now.

  9. #39
    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
    safari, ATPro, infinium, old Garrett BFO, Excal, Nox 800
    2370 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I got my Garrett BFO in 1970 and after a couple of weeks of digging great stuff got one for my girlfriend. Man we had a blast!! We were the first in our county which is a very early settled area (1600s) and all sites were virgin. Nobody knew what we were doing and nobody cared. Older schools and parks were silver mines, Old churches and really old parks were large cent mines. Found plenty of small jewelry too, and those BFOs had no problem with gold chains. One funny thing was that our BFOs would pick up police car radios and on occasion somebody would tell the cops there as weird activity at a school grounds and I would here a patrol car answer a dispatcher and know they would be asking me what I was doing soon. They never cared, just thought I was a strange ranger. Permission was easy to get, and we got to hunt a lot of colonial era houses but many had had much landscaping but we still found colonial relics and coins. With no discrimination we had to dig almost all targets and we did clean out tons of junk too. Like others have said there were few pull tabs, but the steel bottle caps were a pain. As time progressed and I got newer machines I went back to some of those sites and found very little we had missed. Now there are very few places to hunt around here except for private property, most public area have been pounded to death.
    Ya won't find nuthin' if ya don't hunt

  10. #40
    Feb 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Whites, MXT.
    4246 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'm loving all these dream like stories of the " first generation" detectorists ! Very inspiring .

  11. #41
    Mar 2010
    Southwest Georgia
    XP Deus, White's DFX
    5053 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have already posted my story in another thread but will add it here. Back in the late 50s, early 60s a friend and I would go to cleared lots in my hometown and pick up civil war bullets. We would take them down to the creek and see who could skip them the most times. We left the buttons and other stuff because it didn't skip good. My hometown was either a Confederate or Union camp for the duration of the war. I got my first detector when I got out of the Navy in 1973 but I detected with one of my brothers machines before then whenever I was home on leave. I never concentrated on coins but had a heck of a time finding civil war and earlier relics.
    My younger brother paid all his bills for a year selling bullets at 50 cents each in the mid 70s.
    My wife does all the driving, I just hold the steering wheel.

  12. #42
    Charter Member
    Jan 2007
    6199 times
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    My girlfriend and I got into detecting back in 1968 with a kit built detectors we made in a high school electronics class. She was the best hunting partner I have ever had. Sadly she was killed by a drunk driver in 1973. I still miss her more than anything.
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  13. #43
    John Scott

    Sep 2014
    Salem, NY
    AT PRO and a BH 505 that I let friends and relatives I don't like use.
    239 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Keep in mind, silver was in general circulation back in those days. So finding silver was the same as finding clad today and you just spent it. Machines were heavy and cumbersome to handle with little to no discrimination. Today's basic machines could run loops around what we had then !
    If all your finding is pull tabs, bottle caps and beer cans, I've already been there.

  14. #44
    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
    safari, ATPro, infinium, old Garrett BFO, Excal, Nox 800
    2370 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My Garrett BFO is much lighter than my Safari or any Minelab Explorer series detector. It does have a big aluminum box but it actually is well balanced and was comfortable to hunt with for many hours a day. If you think these machines were cumbersome and heavy you never used one. Silver was no longer issued after 1964 and EVERYBODY took it out of circulation since everybody knew it would soon be worth more than a clad coin. I don't know anybody who spent a silver coin after 1965, although I know some did it wasn't the norm. As for discrimination, yes, there was none. Is this a handicap? NO. The only absolutely POSITIVE ID anybody will ever get on a target is when it is out of the ground and in their hands. As I have maintained for years, and a proven fact, "he who digs the most holes finds the most good stuff". So you had to dig a lot, big deal. We cleaned ALL the junk and good stuff from the ground. Nowadays there are still many very experienced and astute hunters who have the most sophisticated modern machines yet they still hunt "wide open" no discrimination and dig most signals. They are the ones who get the most goodies.
    Ya won't find nuthin' if ya don't hunt

  15. #45
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    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    AT MAX
    18397 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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