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    us
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    One of the Most AMAZING Relics I've Ever Found... And it's GOLD!!!

    I got together with a couple buddies last night to hunt a Civil War camp that we recently discovered, and I found something completely unexpected! I was using my Garrett AT Pro with the NEL Storm coil attached to try and sniff out some really deep bullets that come out of this site. We had only been there for 20 minutes or so when I got a very deep signal that sounded like iron, but would occasionally jump into the 60s. I dug down about 7 inches and the target was still in the hole, but was now reading in the low 50s. Using the pinpointer, I located it in the hole and switched to my small digger. I popped out a chunk of dirt that contained my target. I broke open the dirt ball and I saw the bright shimmer of GOLD staring back at me!! It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL handmade gold pin!! Well, I think it's a pin anyway... There are two spots on the back where something was once soldered. The whole thing is very nicely engraved with intricate detail in the leaves of the flowers. It's completely unmarked, but it tests between 14 and 18 karat! There is some kind of deep purple inlay in one of the flowers and the bottom of the vase. There is also a black inlay (maybe onyx?) in the square behind the vase. It amazes me to think that this could have been lost over 150 years ago! Was it given to some soldier by his sweetheart to remember her by while he was at war? Did he buy it for her and planned to give it to her when he returned? Who knows!

    The rest of the hunt went well, but I couldn't top this piece. I ended up with a William's Cleaner bullet, a 3-ringer, a .31 caliber Tranter bullet, a cuff button back, and a piece of a suspender buckle. One of my buddies found a 3-ringer and two J-hooks, any the other found a William's Cleaner bullet.

    Thanks for looking and HH!

    PS: I apologize for the blurry closeup pics, but it's really hard to get detailed pics with a cell phone!
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    Last edited by PinFire; Jul 28, 2018 at 07:22 AM.
    If you search long enough, you'll find what you're looking for.

    2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 1
    V Nickels: 4
    Jeff Nickels: 7
    Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 1
    Wheat Cents: 28
    Indian Head Cents: 4
    Civil War Bullets: 35
    Civil War Buttons: 14
    Rings: 4

    Awesome Relics:
    Uranium Glass Caddy, Silver Match Vesta, Railroad Pocket Watch, Patriotic Suspender Buckle(x2!), CW eagle piece, CW era gold mourning pin, CW Carpet Bag Key, Powder Flask Top


    JUNK!: 60+ Lbs

    Total Hunts: 44

    Updated: 10/7/2018

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    ca
    Apr 2009
    Fisher 1266x , Tesoro Vaquero
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    62 times
    Beautiful find !
    Nice piece of history .
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    us
    Feb 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    Incredible find ! Looks like some tiny stones are missing from their settings - though it's a longshot I might be inclined to go back to the hole and take away a 5 gallon bucket of dirt to sift or pan for the stones- not because they are valuable , just the idea of restoring as much as possible.

  4. #4
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    Hawks88

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
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    That’s an amazing piece and it’s gold!!!. Congrats
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    us
    Jan 2012
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    Always nice to dig civil war bullets. You sure that is gold? Looks like it might be plated heavily, with a little missing here and there.
    rook3434, PinFire, Tpmetal and 2 others like this.
    Another day older and deeper in debt.

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    us
    Feb 2005
    Amber Waves of Grain!
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    530
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    Relic Hunting
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonepicker View Post
    Always nice to dig civil war bullets. You sure that is gold? Looks like it might be plated heavily, with a little missing here and there.
    Yep, I'm positive. It tests between 14 and 18 karat. The spots that appear to be "missing" is the solder marks on the back and there is some kind of stone set in the flower vase and one of the flowers.
    rook3434 and devldog like this.
    If you search long enough, you'll find what you're looking for.

    2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 1
    V Nickels: 4
    Jeff Nickels: 7
    Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 1
    Wheat Cents: 28
    Indian Head Cents: 4
    Civil War Bullets: 35
    Civil War Buttons: 14
    Rings: 4

    Awesome Relics:
    Uranium Glass Caddy, Silver Match Vesta, Railroad Pocket Watch, Patriotic Suspender Buckle(x2!), CW eagle piece, CW era gold mourning pin, CW Carpet Bag Key, Powder Flask Top


    JUNK!: 60+ Lbs

    Total Hunts: 44

    Updated: 10/7/2018

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    us
    Mar 2016
    VA
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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  8. #8
    ca
    Feb 2017
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    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    That’s a banner find
    Congrats
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    To Dig or not to Dig

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    us
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    Only reason I asked is there are places on the front and back that look like they are missing the plating.
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    Another day older and deeper in debt.

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    us
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    Massachusetts
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    Fantastic jewelry find!
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    Tommy

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    Nice piece
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    This is an addiction!!! There is no cure!!! And it only gets worse!!!!! KEEP PLUGGIN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tommy

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    definitely plated awesome find
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    This is an addiction!!! There is no cure!!! And it only gets worse!!!!! KEEP PLUGGIN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    us
    Feb 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    definitely plated awesome find
    As stated earlier, it has been tested. It does not react with 14k solution, but disappears with 18k solution. What you're seeing on the front is some kind of stone or other material that was set in the flowers, the bottom left and right is a black inlay that is missing from the top left and top right, and the back of piece has solder on the top and bottom where a pin once was.
    Last edited by PinFire; Jul 27, 2018 at 09:14 PM.
    1637, Bquamb and devldog like this.
    If you search long enough, you'll find what you're looking for.

    2018 RUNNING TOTALS:

    Shield Nickels: 1
    V Nickels: 4
    Jeff Nickels: 7
    Silvers: 6
    Large Cents: 1
    Wheat Cents: 28
    Indian Head Cents: 4
    Civil War Bullets: 35
    Civil War Buttons: 14
    Rings: 4

    Awesome Relics:
    Uranium Glass Caddy, Silver Match Vesta, Railroad Pocket Watch, Patriotic Suspender Buckle(x2!), CW eagle piece, CW era gold mourning pin, CW Carpet Bag Key, Powder Flask Top


    JUNK!: 60+ Lbs

    Total Hunts: 44

    Updated: 10/7/2018

  14. #14
    us
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    Western New York
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    Wow awesome find!
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    Tommy

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    Sorry I vote Banner that is killer good job
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    This is an addiction!!! There is no cure!!! And it only gets worse!!!!! KEEP PLUGGIN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

 

 
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