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    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    First Year Wrap Up

    I began this detecting journey one year ago. I love history and the research part was very easy for me. Luckily the colonial period happens to be my favorite time period. I've been lucky to put myself on some fantastic sites with pretty incredible history. I love hobby and it's allowed me to see places I would have never seen and find historic items that leave me pondering the story behind these pieces. Who did this belong to? What event caused this person to lose 2 pieces of Spanish silver? Did one of these musket balls found at a fort site take a mans life? How does one lose a shoe buckle? Who wore this enormous Patriotic political button? I get totally wrapped up in the finds and all of the possibilities regarding how they got there.
    Before starting this journey last September I set a few goals. Here's a few of them
    1. 1700s coin
    2. Spanish silver
    3. Old American silver
    4. Old gun part
    5. Military Button
    I won't bore you with thee rest but I quickly realized that these goals were obtainable. I also realized that all of the late nights spent researching and digging thru old books, and maps where the main reason that I would achieve these goals. For anybody who's just starting out I can't stress enough how important the research is. The next thing I came to learn is that if you can put yourself into the areas that most are too lazy to get to you will be rewarded. I consistently hike miles, canoe to islands, stand on steep hills swinging my machine, or lay on my belly to get to a spot under some trees. It's just like anything else in life, the harder you work the more success you will have.
    The last thing I will say about being successful is that your equipment absolutely makes a difference. I personally could never stand the thought that I had put in all of this time and ha rd work but my machine just wouldn't separate well enough or wasn't quite deep enough. Do your research and spend the money on a great machine. It is worth every penny guys.
    The last thing I want to do is thank all of the great people on this site who have helped me along the way. You guys are awesome! There are so many people who have a vast knowledge in several different areas. Somebody on here will know what you have. And don't get offended when someone straightens your ass out and corrects you when you post something and you believe it to be something that it's not. Just say thank you and be happy that next time you will know what you're looking at. I've made lots of great friends on here and hope to meet some of you in person in the future. Thank you all.
    Now for the finds. Nothing's earth shattering but here's a few of my favorites from year one
    Shoe Buckles
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    Spoons
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    Crotal Bells
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    Old Keys
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    A Few of my favorite buttons. Including the pre civil war navy button and the late 18th century patriotic political button with 13 "stars" the patriot button is my favorite find for what it stood for during the most important time in this country's history
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    Heel Plate
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    My Gun Part (Hexagonal Pistol Barrel)
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    And lastly a few of my coin finds. Mostly just some of the nicer condition coins and a group shot of the Large Cents, KGs, and Indian Heads. Thanks for looking guys and best of luck
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    2 state coppers. A1787 mass cent and a 1787 Connecticut. Hopefully I find some in better condition some day
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    The LCs
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    The KGs
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    Last piece of advice is to keep a detailed journal of every hunt. Site location, length of hunt, finds, and notes ie if it's worth a trip back in the fall because it's too thick to hit a lot of the area. Take good pics as well. Trust me this organization will pay off. And it's fun to see what came from where. All the best, Abe
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  2. #2
    us
    I would rather be happy then right

    Jul 2013
    Pa.
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    You are a great example of research and recover. ..Awesome first year..Going to be hard to beat that..But I know you can do it..Thank you for sharing ur 1st year with us..Its been exciting coming alone for the ride with you!!!! Lets hope this year brings are chain..And are GW button...Oh cant forget the big old american SILVER!!!!
    WAY TO GO ABE...
    GEORGE

  3. #3
    us
    Coin licker

    Jun 2013
    New Jersey
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    Don't forget who your friends are, Iv'e been watching you and enjoy your sense of humor. My favorite is your 2 cent coin and the heave of your 1802 liberty's breast. I really didn't want to bring up your Spanish Silver, but they are nice also. I hope to hunt with you, when you come down to Jersey I lined up a few really good spots, this week I'm going to some spots that I researched that I'm convinced will turn up some really old stuff.
    Best of luck to you Abe, nice finds!
    I love this hobby so much, now I'm a coin licker!

  4. #4
    us
    Detect smarter, not harder.

    Mar 2014
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    You raised the bar on first year finds. You are a natural and I hope to end my first year even close to yours!

    Congrats and I wish you many more.

    -Happy Hunting!


    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"


    Running totals:

    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - We’ll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
    1665 1-reale Spanish Cob
    Revolutionary War stirrup
    1812 2nd Regiment Artillarists pewter button
    1695 Willam 3rd Halfpenny in excellent condition
    G.W. Inagural Buttons - 6 Point Estoile cuff variety
    Love token etched on 1859 seated Dime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii





    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

  5. #5
    ca
    Detect everyday like it's the last day of the season!

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    I didn't know this was your first year detecting Abe!
    I thought for sure with the quality finds you made this year that you'd been detecting for years!
    Love all those 'Dandy Buttons' and the 1865 2-Cent Piece, the soil in Mass seems pretty decent.

    Hey, can you tell me what the date is on this Victoria Quarter?

    Dave
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    “I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
    “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
    “Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
    ― John Wayne

  6. #6
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    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANTIQUARIAN View Post
    I didn't know this was your first year detecting Abe! I thought for sure with the quality finds you made this year that you'd been detecting for years! Love all those 'Dandy Buttons' and the 1865 2-Cent Piece, the soil in Mass seems pretty decent. Hey, can you tell me what the date is on this Victoria Quarter? Dave
    Dave it's an 1887 with only 100,000 minted. Unfortunately I could only see the year before I cleaned it then it was gone. My first ever silver find. Wish I had taken some pics pre cleaned but I was young and foolish back then lol


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    You can barely see the 87 in this pic. This coin is rough. I so wish it was in better condition. Prob the lowest mintage coin I have
    Btw I live in Maine :-)
    Last edited by Ahab8; Sep 07, 2014 at 11:56 AM.
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  7. #7
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vino View Post
    You are a great example of research and recover. ..Awesome first year..Going to be hard to beat that..But I know you can do it..Thank you for sharing ur 1st year with us..Its been exciting coming alone for the ride with you!!!! Lets hope this year brings are chain..And are GW button...Oh cant forget the big old american SILVER!!!! WAY TO GO ABE... GEORGE
    Thanks buddy it's been a lot of fun sharing our finds especially where we started around the same time. I hope you blow the doors off last year finds.... That'll make a year to remember bro
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  8. #8
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by treblehunter View Post
    Don't forget who your friends are, Iv'e been watching you and enjoy your sense of humor. My favorite is your 2 cent coin and the heave of your 1802 liberty's breast. I really didn't want to bring up your Spanish Silver, but they are nice also. I hope to hunt with you, when you come down to Jersey I lined up a few really good spots, this week I'm going to some spots that I researched that I'm convinced will turn up some really old stuff. Best of luck to you Abe, nice finds!
    Hey buddy it's been a real pleasure getting to know you through posts and giving eachother a hard time. So kind of you to recognize my Spanish. I almost forgot I had those old things.... No that's a lie. I keep them under my pillow lol
    I wish you all the best in the future buddy and with your determination I see some great finds in your future
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  9. #9
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    You raised the bar on first year finds. You are a natural and I hope to end my first year even close to yours! Congrats and I wish you many more. -Happy Hunting!
    Thanks Scrappy! It's all about the research man. If you continuously put yourself in the right areas you will find great old stuff
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  10. #10
    I think you're a strong contender for Rookie of the Year! Great finds.

  11. #11
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxbowbarefoot View Post
    I think you're a strong contender for Rookie of the Year! Great finds.
    Ha I didn't know there was an awards ceremony! Thanks for the vote of confidence bud. Hopefully I can pull some of the amazing things that you have. That snake button is incredible man
    oxbowbarefoot likes this.
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  12. #12
    us
    Jun 2012
    Evensville, Tennessee
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    Absolutely incredible finds my friend. Many of us have hunted for decades haven't put that kind of quality and rarity in our collection. You are one of a kind and can honestly say our friendship has been one of my best finds for the year..... that really tells ya I have had a rough year ha ha. Congrats on all the truly incredible finds my friend. HH

    Mark

  13. #13
    us
    Jun 2008
    Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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    For me, in this instance, the 1866 IH really stands out. That is an especially nice find.

  14. #14
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
    Teknetics T2 SE w/15' SEF Coil/ Minelab GPX 4500/2 Garrett Pro Pointers/3 Sets Killer B Headphones/ Koss Headphones/ Detekniy Wireless headphone Adapter
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNGUNS View Post
    Absolutely incredible finds my friend. Many of us have hunted for decades haven't put that kind of quality and rarity in our collection. You are one of a kind and can honestly say our friendship has been one of my best finds for the year..... that really tells ya I have had a rough year ha ha. Congrats on all the truly incredible finds my friend. HH Mark
    Mark I appreciate that buddy! It's been a lot of fun getting to know you and a few others on here. You best be coming up this fall for some old coins. Just leave my tree coin out of it :-)
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  15. #15
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
    Teknetics T2 SE w/15' SEF Coil/ Minelab GPX 4500/2 Garrett Pro Pointers/3 Sets Killer B Headphones/ Koss Headphones/ Detekniy Wireless headphone Adapter
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichiganMan View Post
    For me, in this instance, the 1866 IH really stands out. That is an especially nice find.
    Thanks buddy yes that IH is a beauty. The 1802 Draped Bust and the IH were both found near salt water. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

 

 
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