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  1. #1

    Apr 2006
    Middletown, NY
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    camping with the Boy Scouts

    Went on an overnight camping trip with my son's Boy Scout Troop on Friady night. Brought my Ace 250 and my Radio Shack 2200 along so the scouts can see what metal detecting is all about. Saturday after breakfast I gave them a brief instruction course on using each detector and sent them off on their way. This site we were at is a hunting reserve so naturally in the woods we found arrows and some shell casings. I stayed with one group and sent an older scout with the other. Nobody really found anything and I guess they were getting bored so they came back to the campsite and started doing other stuff. I had the Ace with me and one of the scouts decided to tag along. We went down a path that the boys ahd already hit and I was getting targets that we dug up. They showed in coin range but were beer can tops only. No sides of the cans, just the complete top. Dug about three of them on the path and got another signal. Naturally thinking it was another one I wanted to pass, but I did not want to have to remember it if I came upon it again. We started digging and re-scanning the hole and it still was in there. Finalyy checked the hole and it was out now. Had a nice size plug of dirt and waved that under the coil and it beeped so I knew it was in the plug. Long story short we found a coin. Did not know what kind until we got back to campsite and washed it under water. Turned out to be a buffalo nickel! That was my first of that kind of coin. It is pretty worn down so I cannot make out the date at all. The reverse shows the buffalo pretty good and you can make out the words on that side. Frontsdie can only see the shape of the indian. I did not even know where the date was stamped on the coin.
    The other coin in the pic is a coin that I do not know what it is. I had it in a collection of foreign coins I had. I'm thinking it is a token for a arcade but not sure. ANyone got any ideas on that? I will post it also under the "what is it" forum.

    Anyway out of most of the day Saturday, I came up with only one coin but it was a keeper.

    Thanks.

    Funkman
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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Re: camping with the Boy Scouts

    Sounds like a great time..The Buffalo is cool .... thats the Taj Mahal on the other token...possible game peice?
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

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    Annmarie, better half of RonandAnn ;)

    Jun 2006
    Virginia Beach
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    Re: camping with the Boy Scouts

    Sorry to hear they boys did not find anything.....that is how my son was when he got his detector for his birthday and has not used it since (but I have )....I hope to get his interest perked up again this summer.

    Maybe on your next outing....they will be lucky to find something and also getting use to the sounds and use of the machine, practice

    Glad to hear you did find something...what a nice find.

    As for the token...here is a link on a company that makes them...maybe they can tell you. It reminds me of an Ali Baba type token...for a game arcade of sort.

    http://www.hoffmanmint.com/tokens.html

    http://users.pullman.com/fjstevens/tokens/index.html (another token site)

    http://www.osbornecoin.com/amusementcointokens.htm

    Wondering....from the last link I posted...could it be a casino token? Where there or are there casino's anywhere close to the area you were in?

    HH.....
    Illustrator Draftsman Second Class, Enlisted Surface Warfare, U.S. Navy (Retired), Mom of 3, Troop 65 Committee Member, Genealogist 35+ yrs

  4. #4

    Apr 2006
    Middletown, NY
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    Re: camping with the Boy Scouts

    Thanks gypsyheart.

    Thanks ronandann. I sent an email off to the person in the middle link since he seems to collect tokens.

    Funkman

  5. #5
    No Time To Hunt

    Oct 2005
    WV
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    Re: camping with the Boy Scouts

    Our arcade back in the 80's was called Bally's Alladins Castle and that is the same type of token used in the games there. Not sure if it was a national chain or something local though.
    Lost Again and Don't Care Who I Tick Off!

  6. #6

    Apr 2006
    Middletown, NY
    AT Pro & Ace 250
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    Re: camping with the Boy Scouts

    WV_detecting.

    Thats what it is...PBK researched it also and posted on the what is it forum.

    Thanks,

    Funkman

 

 

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