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  1. #1
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    After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    ...the Civil War Plate Club!!!

    Let me back up a bit. My hunting buddy and I wanted to get out for a hunt today, but neither of us could think of a good place to go. We pondered on it for a bit and still couldn't think of a place close by, so we hopped in the car and decided to head to a local park that has produced a lot of silver and a few Minie Balls in the past. Once we got there, we noticed that a once wooded area has been completely cleared of trees and brush so we decided to start there. After finding nothing but pull tabs and shotgun shells for an hour, I finally got a decent signal and dug a nice Williams Cleaner bullet! A bit later I got into an area that had a lot of square nails, so I hit it hard for good targets and I got a really deep brass signal and out popped a nice Eagle I coat button! Another hour went by with only digging cans and other park junk, so I went back to the spot where the button came from and got another deep, iffy signal that turned out to be a small iron buckle. I walked about 5 feet from there and got a signal that nearly blew my eardrums out!! I thought it was another can because it was big, shallow, and read a 74 VDI on my MXT Pro. I almost passed it up, but I figured, what the heck... I dug down, flipped out the dirt, and what do I see This...

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    I knew immediately that I had just found my first plate!!! I pluck it out of the dirt, wipe it off a bit and saw the beautiful letters "US" staring back at me! I had just found a near perfect US Cartridge Box Plate

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    I have found pieces of plates in the past, but never a whole one. I was so excited and still in disbelief over finding it. Anyway, it was starting to get dark by this time, so we hunted for another half hour or so and then headed back to the car. My hunting buddy did pretty well too. He ended up finding a partial Spencer cartridge, a toasted 1840s Large Cent, a brass rivet and a really strange lead item.

    Here's my finds for the day!

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    And here's my buddy's finds...

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    Thanks for looking and HH!!!

    If you search long enough, you'll find what you're looking for.

    2020 TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 0
    V Nickels: 2
    Dug Silvers: 1
    Coin Roll Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 0
    Wheat Cents: 6
    Indian Head Cents: 1
    Flying Eagle Cents: 0
    CW Bullets: 36
    CW Buttons: 0
    Rings: 1

    Awesome Relics: 5.0g 14k Gold Wedding Band, 1889 Seated Dime, Gallagher Cartridges (x19) and .54 Minie balls (x11) in one hole

    Total Hunts: 11

    Updated: 2/18/2020

  2. #2
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Let me be the first to reply....

    Dang Man!!!!!!! That is a sweet box plate. I dug a part of one a year or so ago, but have always dreamed of a whole one. Yours is beautiful. Congratulations!

    You both had a great day!!

    Baldingboy

  3. #3
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    Clyde,Ohio
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Way to go!!! Sweet plate!
    Troyoz-OH

  4. #4
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Beautiful piece. Bet you'll be going back to that site soon

  5. #5
    Congratulations to the Winner!

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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Elite Club.
    Congrats on that Beautiful Plate
    Desire is oft more pleasant than acquisition

  6. #6

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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Great hunt!! congrats on the plate too! it is in nice shape. wow.
    Debby

  7. #7

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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    A very nice plate PF!!! A plate with US on it has always eluded me for some reason and I'm on my 16 year of hunting sites with lots of US soldiers stationed there. That shows you how well they read with the early detectors. HH, Quindy.
    View more Tenn. Trio hunts by going to "You Tube" & typing in "Quindy Robertson".

  8. #8
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    Feb 2008
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    congrats on a great plate. still looking for mine

  9. #9
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    That is a great story and nice photo's. Really brings the story to life. Man I would have had a heart attack if I would have dug that plate. My day shall come.. Congrats.

  10. #10
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    SWEEEEEEEEET! I bet you just sat there and stared for a while. That is a beautiful plate. I know the belt plate I found is a beater compared to yours but any plate is special. Congrats. I think you have found the one item that all hunters think of when anyone says Civil War relic hunt.

    Don
    HH

  11. #11
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    Mar 2007
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Cool Plate Pinfire, congrats.


  12. #12
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Great looking cartridge box plate!

    Nice color

  13. #13
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Congrats on a nice US cartridge box plate! Although I have found a CS tongue, a CS wreath, a Virginia militia sheet brass crossbelt plate, and a VMM....... I have never been able to find a US belt or boxplate or an eagle breastplate!
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  14. #14
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Nice save! Love to get a plate one of these days. I dug a couple over seas but none here in the US. Got to get to the right sites!
    God and country.

  15. #15
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    Re: After 15 Years of Hunting, I Finally Joined The Club...

    Very nice!

    I so badly want to find a decent CW relic. All I have are three little buttons, 1 three ringer, and a dropped confederate ball..........

    Good job!
    "It isn't the age, it's the mileage" IJ

 

 
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