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    us
    Mar 2013
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Tesoro, Whites
    108
    32 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    What are your most common finds?

    I want to know what other members typically find on their outings. I am relatively new to detecting. I am guessing location plays the biggest role regarding what we find, and what we search for while detecting? I have yet to detect a beach, but I plan on trying that soon! What do people typically find on beaches (and other general areas)? What drives you to MD season after season? The thrill of your finds? The exercise? The look of awe on someone's face after you tell them you found a relic in the dirt? I love it!
    Last edited by L0STANDF0UND; Apr 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM.
    "Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
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  2. #2
    us
    Mort

    Jun 2012
    Southern Callie
    White's Spectra V3i
    162
    39 times
    Metal Detecting
    Go where others have been grasshopper
    Look at paths to the restrooms
    basketball areas
    look where the outfielders take off their gloves when walking from outfield to dugouts
    look under bleachers or move them if you can..Move picnic tables and ck
    If I find pennies I leave them but it lets me know this is where people hang
    I always take the wheaties but leave all the zincs.. I only take dimes ,quarters and up and all the jewerly
    Good luck and happy digging and don't leave a mess
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    Dig It !

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    us
    WP

    May 2012
    4,499
    2892 times
    About a half hour north of you,when not digging tabs and bottle caps and assorted junk the majority of coin for me are cents. Many like Mortamus finds were left by others. Oldest date,trying to beat it keeps me digging. Add the prospect of silver,gold and diamonds as well as other goodies,knowing they are out there its hard to leave detector sit. An occasional foray cache hunting keeps it interesting along with the challenge of recovering a specific lost item.
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  4. #4
    ie
    Back in Kindergarten

    Jan 2013
    Ostmark
    AT PRO
    24
    8 times
    Metal Detecting
    ok

    crap=pull tabs and bottle caps...at pro detects bottle caps but if full of dirt than comes up as coins

    good stuff=1 shilling coins(13= 1 euro) although found the rarest one that is worth some money, then getting better at finding euro..averaging 5 euro for each three hour trip..

    hitting mainly forest/open parks

  5. #5
    4 hole buttons
    Musket Balls
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.

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    us
    Mar 2013
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Tesoro, Whites
    108
    32 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good info there, thanks guys Nope, no messes from this one. I have been reading about the negatives that follow leaving a mess after digging. I'm not going to be the a-hole who ruins it for all the other md'ers out there. That would be defeating the purpose of my new hobby! My best find yet has been a 1906 (BARBER DIME). I actually picked it up out of a creek bed where I spotted it while searching for bottles, no metal detector involved. Also found a promotional give-away clay pipe given to buyers of diamond matches in 1910. It is a reed stem pipe (the kind that you stick a hollow reed into its' end as a stem).
    Last edited by L0STANDF0UND; Apr 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM.
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    us
    Sep 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by L0STANDF0UND View Post
    My best find yet has been a 1906 Merc. I actually picked it up out of a creek bed where I spotted it while searching for bottles, no metal detector involved. Also found a promotional give-away clay pipe given to buyers of diamond matches in 1910. It is a reed stem pipe (the kind that you stick a hollow reed into its' end as a stem).
    I'd love to see a 1906 mercury dime since they started making mercury dimes in 1916.

  8. #8
    us
    Mar 2013
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Tesoro, Whites
    108
    32 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    LOL my apologies, ***barber dime. Not that I am a coin guru or anything.. ..Where I had lived in Ohio (Otway, population of 86) The town had burned twice. Once in 1910, and again in the 40's. Both times the town burned they pushed all of the ashes and rubble into the Scioto Brush Creek (West Fork). I was always finding awesome stuff in there!! In terms of being searched, it hasn't been scathed. I honestly believe I am the only person who has hunted that section of the river. All kinds of neat stuff (Where I found the dime and pipe) The small village of Otway at one time was the largest supplier of rail-road ties in the United States.
    Last edited by L0STANDF0UND; Apr 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM.
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    us
    Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!

    Apr 2011
    E-Trac, Safari, Cortes, Musketeer, Garrett Pro Pointer
    1,845
    654 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Most common finds:
    1.Aluminum cans or can parts(Screw-caps(must dig these for Indian Head pennies)Pull Tabs,Tab parts,Can parts, shredded can parts)
    2.Iron can be anything. but bolts washers and nuts are common false esp when well rusted. I have found bolts with Nuts and washers loaded up on them before. Those sound really good.
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    us
    Aug 2007
    Clifton Park NY / Willsboro NY
    White's XLT / White's V3i
    817
    247 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Most common finds for me (usually around old home sites) are probably old bits & pieces of rusted iron and spoons.

  11. #11

    Jun 2007
    Minnesota
    Tiger Shark, Xterra 705, Vaquero
    2,427
    1006 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Pop tabs. The lake I regularly detect during the summer has some joker who for the last two summers has dumped them in by the hundreds all summer long. Every once in a while you might get a ring or a piece of jewelry instead of a tab, but tabs are the main find.
    The harder you work, the luckier you get.

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2013
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Tesoro, Whites
    108
    32 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Susan: Wow, you have to be kidding me. Does he dump the tabs there to ward of people with detectors? The real piece of trash is him if you ask me...
    "Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
    -Mark Twain

  13. #13
    Holly_squirrel
    Nails and bolts and beer cans. I haunt old farm houses. Biggest bummer is a solid hit that looks n sounds like something significant... Ends up being a crushed can.
    L0STANDF0UND and ctitech0019 like this.

  14. #14

    Jun 2007
    Minnesota
    Tiger Shark, Xterra 705, Vaquero
    2,427
    1006 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by L0STANDF0UND View Post
    Susan: Wow, you have to be kidding me. Does he dump the tabs there to ward of people with detectors? The real piece of trash is him if you ask me...
    I suspect that it is someone trying to discourage us from hunting, hard to say it would be another detectorist, since it would be horrible hunting for them as well.
    The harder you work, the luckier you get.

  15. #15
    us
    Mar 2013
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Tesoro, Whites
    108
    32 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Well when you find out who is doing it, make sure you give them one of these...
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    "Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
    -Mark Twain

 

 
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