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    19th century gold

    Here we are at the beginning of 2017, starting from scratch, nothing in the till. So how did the first hunt of the new year turn out?

    As amazing and unpredictable as the finds of 2016!

    First coin of the year was an 1893 V-nickel, very toasty but still readable. Next coin was silver, at least 35%, in the form of a 1943 P War nickel. After that came two wheats, a 1950 followed by a 1909. These first four targets were dug in an area of high EMI, so I had the sensitivity down to 70, still plenty of depth to get the V and the 1909. There was also a child's junk ring in the hole with the V-nickel and bears the raised letters "HONGKONG" inside.

    I moved away from the EMI region and raised the sensitivity back up to 92 and dug a few square nails and then got another signal with a VDI over 90. Down about 6 to 7 inches I swiped away enough soil to reveal a golden edge. Got out the cell phone and recorded the extraction of an 1800s gold ring; it tests positive for at least 14K. The engraved onyx appears to have the bearers initials in reverse order as if the ring could also have been used as a stamp with ink.

    Easy to have firsts on the first hunt of the year. Here in Baltimore it was cold and rainy, so I lasted three hours and then headed to the truck to get dry and check out that ring. BTW, this is the same park I hunted all of December.

    Thx for checking out the pix!
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    Here's link to video of ring find https://youtu.be/SPhb64qIa4U
    Last edited by McCDig; Jan 03, 2017 at 09:22 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Beautiful ring! More likely used to imprint on wax considering its age and deep relief of the letters. Great find!
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    Thx Tommy! What a shocker to see that golden rim! Appreciate your addition of wax imprint use for this piece. Would you venture an estimate on age?
    epackage and always diggin like this.

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    Thanks Crusader! I did raise a glass this afternoon once home and dry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McCDig View Post
    Thx Tommy! What a shocker to see that golden rim! Appreciate your addition of wax imprint use for this piece. Would you venture an estimate on age?
    I've spent some time researching these as a result of my recent banner find, but I'm certainly not an expert, and couldn't even play one on TV. That said, the ring looks Victorian era to me, so early to mid 19th century would be my guess.
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    Im betting that's higher Karat than 14k - looks more like 18 at least ! great find !
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    WOW !
    Old gold, i love it. Way to go, way to dig it McDig
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    A little research on the lettering does convince me that the letters are in reverse order and are Gothic in style. I am certain that the rightmost letter is a reverse "A" and the leftmost a reverse "M". The middle letter took some time to estimate, but it seems to be the letter "R" in reverse. This is most likely a lady's ring. If the "R" stands for the maiden name "Rogers" it would tie in well with the location of the find, being the old Rogers mansion, but that is a stretch at this point and more work needs to be done on the Rogers genealogy to see if there is a possible match.
    See the attached Gothic capitals.
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    always diggin, scaupus and BARKER like this.

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    Simply stunning ring! Looks to be of a very high karat!
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    Thx Argentium! Acid test showed no vanishing of gold at 10 or 14K. 18K acid test did appear to dissolve metal, so maybe there's a middle ground for old gold.
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    Thanks treblehunter! I think the best part of this find was that I'd been over the same ground, as had others, and today was the day it was discovered.
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    Um... your ring...

    IS beyond what your are thinking. IMO.

    Heh... I vote banner BEFORE you answer (if you do) the following...

    DID you only test out to 14 ? or did you test for 18 as well ?

    IS there any markings whatsoever ?

    Ehhh I will save the rest of the typing after you answer.

    OH...

    And PS...

    THIS IS the ABSOLUTE BEST example I have ever seen... OF

    Bloodstone.
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    Thanks Underminer! I hope to take it to the Club meeting at the end of the month and have our gold expert test it.
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    Oh and...

    This is a signet ring.
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