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    Left new machine in the truck while "Ole Faithful" pulls out 3 Va halfpennies & more

    Got back out with my hunting partner Dan on Saturday in hopes of hunting our new site with the corn stalks mowed down and beans cut in an adjoining and promising area. But neither of those things had been taken care of so we were left to slog through the high stalks for a 3rd time. Before we did that we wanted to revisit the ravine and spring stream that were adjacent to the field. I wanted to recover a deep iron signal from the last time there but could not do so since I did not have my high water boots with me. It took a while digging down through the brick and large rocks, but I finally extricated a nice colonial flat iron from about 18 inches down in the stream bed. Just a few feet away on the slope Dan located a huge chunk of iron and we struggled to finally pull out after being entangled in large roots, and discovered we had dug a large and very heavy colonial andiron (25-30 pounds). Dan let me take it home, and I have a long and difficult job of cleaning it, but I think it'll be a cool piece when done. You can see a decorative ornament at the top, and other designs may be revealed once cleaned. This one is much bigger than those I viewed online and in my reference books, and it must have come from a huge fireplace, maybe from one that was part of the large manor house we've been looking for. I also recovered a hinge and the spout off a copper teapot from the stream, but what had me excited was what appeared to be a rolled up 1500s jetton that I dug next to the base a huge, rotten tree on the slope of the ravine. Last March at another very early site I found an almost identical looking item which in fact did turn out to be a 1580s Hans Krauwinkel jetton. One of the pics below shows the target I dug over the weekend on the left next to the one from last spring. You can see why I thought I had made a nice find. But once I cleaned it up I could see that dreaded shank inside the tube which burst my bubble.

    At that point we started hitting the cornfield again. Dan hit the top near where the foundation was, and I decided to work further down the back slope. Things were quiet until I started hitting a nice little button hotspot, and I called for Dan to come down and join me. But he wanted to finish up the area he was working. Then a short time later I unexpectedly dug a Va halfpenny, and this time he couldn't resist. Right after we started hunting together I found another copper on the next row followed by a third a short time later completing the trifecta. But Dan was steadily digging buttons and other goodies (including that awesome spur) so he was having a fun time too. I ended up with about 15 buttons, with the nicest being another one of those 18th century open-work examples complete with gilting.

    BTW - I had just purchased the recently released F75 Special Edition that includes a high recovery speed option but decided to leave it in the truck due to the circumstances of the site we were hunting. I wasn't about to take a new machine through the briars in the ravine and risk dropping it in the stream on its maiden voyage. And I didn't want to be banging it all day against those tough corn stalks, so I left it up to my 5 year old F75 to do the hard work. Guess I'll wait to use the new one in a heavy iron patch (maybe at one of our old sites), or possibly check out the boost mode in clean ground adjacent to a house site. Anyway, I'm looking forward to using this new detector and improving my finds. I guess time will tell.
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    Last edited by Bill D. (VA); Nov 24, 2014 at 05:04 PM.

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    Nice assortment of relics and coins. Congrats.
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    That's a great collection of finds. Congratulations.

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    Awesome finds Bill! You know I love those half pennys. Good luck with the electrolysis, put another post out once completed, would love to see results.
    -Evan

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    Absolutely love those Va coppers. That's a lot of copper coins for your area. Nice treat for sure. That button is a beauty as well. Great hunt....where the hell are all of Dans coins? Lol
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    Man Bill, you've dug more VA halfpennies than I have buttons, lol. I love the assortment of finds especially the iron artifacts. People who only dig non-ferrous targets are missing out on some great finds. The flat iron and andiron are awesome and will hopefully clean up nice.

    Sorry that your jetton turned out to be a button but I see plenty of jettons in your future with your new F75.

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    Nice hunt Bill, congrats on the 3 VA Halfpennies!

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    Nice finds Bill! Looks like an awesome site.

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    Nice finds Bill, you always find some nice coins & I love the open-work button, it's a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    Absolutely love those Va coppers. That's a lot of copper coins for your area. Nice treat for sure. That button is a beauty as well. Great hunt....where the hell are all of Dans coins? Lol
    Hey man, don't go irritating or motivating Dan or he'll go out and find another money pit on our next hunt ....lol!

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    Killed it on the half pennies and love the open faced decorative button!
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    Great finds bill, the andiron seem to have a Peruvian/Bolivian type figure facing right with folded arms, pretty cool.....Joe McDonough
    Last edited by joesmarbles; Nov 24, 2014 at 05:21 PM. Reason: direction

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    Very nice hunt. That odd button is a very nice example of craftsmanship. Congrats on the half pennies. Hope the andiron cleans up for you. ACV or electrolysis?

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    Now that looks like it was a fun hunt…off the beaten path…starting to do more of that myself and being rewarded for the same...

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    Very nice. That spout is a cool find and I also like that open button. You guys always have some excellent finds and the posts to go with it. Always enjoy reading about your recoveries and will be looking forward to the next. Hope you post of a photo of the rusty relic when its done.

 

 
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