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    James in Alabama

    Jun 2007
    Lincoln, AL
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    Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Hello Folks!

    Well, it's been a while since I last posted any finds on the forum. Decided to wait and post the coins found on the old army fort the last three weekends. Nothing too old compared to some of the older coins folks have been been finding on this forum, but it sure beats finding nothing at all The fort I am referring to is located NE of Birmingham, Alabama where I've been detecting for the last five years on the weekends. I've pulled some nice coins out of the ground on the fort and usually find a silver coin or two just about every time I go. Here's the latest finds



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    Wanting to hunt a different area other than the fort this past Saturday, I met up with a few of my detecting buddies, Eddie and Gary at an old park in the Birmingham area. Eddie was the only person to find an old coin that day in the park. An 1896 "V" nickel This nickel was a first and the oldest coin found to date for him. Congrats Eddie! I didn't get a chance to take any pics of the nickel, but did take a few pics of the park we hunted





    Around 1:30 PM after detecting the park for a few hours, I got a call from Nana asking us if we were still interested in detecting with her and Marty-Graw in another area NE of Birmingham. I said "sure we'll get our gear together and meet you all there in an hour or so!" We were invited by Marty previously to go detecting with him. When we arrived at the new area, I introduced myself and friends to Marty for the first time. Nana already knew Gary and I, but not Eddie. It wasn't too long after we arrived and started detecting when I got a nice dime signal at 3" deep. Dug the target and out pops this '26 merc As you can see, I made an attempt to clean the corroded coin, but I guess the ground minerals got the best of it Hey, it's still a merc and glad I found it just the same :P





    Didn't take long before the day started turning into the night and we all had to leave but not before everyone else found some goodies. I'll let them share what they found in their own posts. Here's a few pics of the area we hunted with Nana and Marty







    Thanks again Marty for the invitation to detect with you and Nana!

    Well, that's all for now folks. Thanks for looking and HH to all.....James
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    James

  2. #2
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Looks like a great day. Congratulations on the finds

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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    QUITE a few, would be correct!
    Nice finds down there in Alabama.
    Ty

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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Great group of finds, Congrats!!!
    Something sure was rough on that dime...
    Continued Godd luck, & Happy hunting~

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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    congrats on the silver

    HH
    -GC

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    us
    Nov 2006
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    That is one Crusty Merc.. But it's silver and a keeper.
    I found one at a base of a tree, It had looked as if it was hit by lighting, It was melted on one side
    and warped on the other.

    Great Pictures..Thanks for sharing

    HH
    ZoSo71
    Treasure Hunting



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    us
    Apr 2007
    Cullman, AL
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Hey James looks like ya'll had a great time and some silver which is always good. I live in Cullman and am in the process of getting permission to detect our fairgrounds, so in the meantime since I sort of grew up in B'ham I thought I might try my luck there, so does Birmingham require permits?
    Work hard,  play hard!

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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Let me tell ya..between James and Marty, I don't know which one pulled the keeper coins the quickest! I went to Marty's place around 1:00 and we chatted a few minutes and got to hunting. After maybe five minutes I look up and here comes Marty over with that possum-faced grin. I knew by the look on his face he'd found something good, and Yep...he did! 8) After finding several pieces of regular change, I finally found a 1927 wheat (my only keeper coin). Around 3:00 James and his gang drive up and after the usual howdy do's we get back to hunting. James couldn't have been swinging five minutes and he's hollering, "I got a merc!" Can you believe the luck of those two! I'm not sure what everyone ended up with (except for James) cause I had to be back home by 6:00 for a party. I did find a tax token! Gotta build my supply back up, ya know! OH..and an old pocket knife that I forgot to put into the picture. :P


    And that picture of the tree!!! 8) That's got to be the most perfect looking OLD oak tree I have ever seen!

    Had a great time!!!! Thanks for having me over, Marty!!! And it was a pleasure to be able to hunt with you all! Congrats on your finds!!!

    Nana

    OH..almost forgot James....I was gonna show you this...

    Sunday at the ballgame...guess who comes flying over? He 'bout gave me a heartattack waving those wings at us!






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    So many old sites to hunt....so little time.

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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Thats alot of silver. And man is that merc beat up. Still a good find. Congrats.
    2014 Notable Finds :

    7 Large Coppers as follows:
    1837 Hard Times Token (Millions For Defence Not One Cent For Tribute)
    1732 King George II halfpenny
    Counterstamped Large Cent (Braided Hair Variety)
    No detail large cent (Most Likely Draped bust)
    1850 Braided Hair Large Cent
    1828 Matron Head Large Ce
    1804 Draped Bust Large Cent
    1869 2 Cent Piece
    1865 2 Cent Piece
    8 Indian Heads including a nice 1872 Key Date and an ​1864 "L"
    1 silver Washington quarter
    1 barber dime 1916
    4 Mercury dimes
    1 Buffalo nickel
    10 cent trade token
    Gold Class Ring (1957) (Returned to Owner)
    Brass horse pommel (circa 1650s-1700s)
    Native American knife blade
    NYC & HRRR Co. Lock
    Eagle button (1812?)
    General service Eagle Cuff Button (Civil War era)
    Navy Eagle Cuff button (Civil War era)
    General service eagle button
    Small size batwing buckle
    1 Crotal bell
    Rings: 3
    1 Religious Medal
    1 Pocket Watch (brass)
    1 Brass locket with star design
    Silver Plated buckle piece

  10. #10

    May 2005
    232

    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    James: you're looking good in jeans and a tee....nice finds ....go get that 16-d merc and buy me lunch okay........wait how bout a new pair of pricey headphones instead.... aloha

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    James in Alabama

    Jun 2007
    Lincoln, AL
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Thanks Nana for the return reply

    Yep, it was a nice day for sure we all got together and hunted. Congrats to you and Marty on your finds that day. The pics look great of your son flying over the ballfield. Really cool. Thanks for sharing. Hey, when do you think we can all get together again? Maybe this weekend? Would love going back to BS again :P

    HH....James



    Quote Originally Posted by Nana40
    Let me tell ya..between James and Marty, I don't know which one pulled the keeper coins the quickest! I went to Marty's place around 1:00 and we chatted a few minutes and got to hunting. After maybe five minutes I look up and here comes Marty over with that possum-faced grin. I knew by the look on his face he'd found something good, and Yep...he did! 8) After finding several pieces of regular change, I finally found a 1927 wheat (my only keeper coin). Around 3:00 James and his gang drive up and after the usual howdy do's we get back to hunting. James couldn't have been swinging five minutes and he's hollering, "I got a merc!" Can you believe the luck of those two! I'm not sure what everyone ended up with (except for James) cause I had to be back home by 6:00 for a party. I did find a tax token! Gotta build my supply back up, ya know! OH..and an old pocket knife that I forgot to put into the picture. :P


    And that picture of the tree!!! 8) That's got to be the most perfect looking OLD oak tree I have ever seen!

    Had a great time!!!! Thanks for having me over, Marty!!! And it was a pleasure to be able to hunt with you all! Congrats on your finds!!!

    Nana

    OH..almost forgot James....I was gonna show you this...

    Sunday at the ballgame...guess who comes flying over? He 'bout gave me a heartattack waving those wings at us!





    James

  12. #12

    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Thanks!
    I don't know about this weekend, but maybe the next?

    Nana

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2006
    Albertville Alabama
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    hey James, Eddie, and Gary thx for coming,it was awesome meeting you guys even if it was for such a short time.....i hope you made some great finds...maybe we can get together again sometime.....Nana, thank you for coming up here and also coordinating all the phone calls with James.....i wanna see a pic of that knife you found...i never got to see it.

    now for my possum face finds......soon as we got started hunting Nana went one way and i went another....about 5 minutes into it i got a signal on the excal that was kinda scratchy.....started chiseling through the hard as rock dirt and about 6 inches down i pulled out a no date buff...i thought ''sweeeeet''....my 3rd buff found....rescanned the hole...still had a target....pulled out a 51 rosie....thought that was cool....rescanned and ANOTHER target....grabbed a hand full of dirt and found a '43 merc......my best ever pocket spill....half an hour or so later dug out a '40 wheatie....not too bad if i do say so myself.......camera batteries are dead so sorry no pics.....you have all seen these coins before anyway


    now for the pics james took of the area we hunted.....we were on an old soccer field beside a school that was built in 1899 and torn down last year to make way for the new high school football stadium.......dont worry the plans show that the huge oak will not be disturbed.....soon as the football season ends they are going to demolish the old stadium (you can see part of it in the pics)...my house is just across the street from the old stadium and there should be a WHOLE other post with those finds hehehehe


    on a side note James and Nana.....i noticed a bulldozer and a road grader at the soccer field today and the little street is closed between there and the 2 old house lots ....thanks again for coming and i had a blast....we will definately do this again sometime/somewhere


    HH
    Marty

  14. #14
    James in Alabama

    Jun 2007
    Lincoln, AL
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Thanks Marty!

    I appreciate the return reply and post. Interesting history behind the old school and soccer field for sure. Congrats on the pocket spill. Anytime during the weekend just let me know and we'll all hook up again whether it be in your area, at the fort, or wherever. Nice meeting you again and enjoyed the hunt.

    HH....James


    Quote Originally Posted by Marty-Graw
    hey James, Eddie, and Gary thx for coming,it was awesome meeting you guys even if it was for such a short time.....i hope you made some great finds...maybe we can get together again sometime.....Nana, thank you for coming up here and also coordinating all the phone calls with James.....i wanna see a pic of that knife you found...i never got to see it.

    now for my possum face finds......soon as we got started hunting Nana went one way and i went another....about 5 minutes into it i got a signal on the excal that was kinda scratchy.....started chiseling through the hard as rock dirt and about 6 inches down i pulled out a no date buff...i thought ''sweeeeet''....my 3rd buff found....rescanned the hole...still had a target....pulled out a 51 rosie....thought that was cool....rescanned and ANOTHER target....grabbed a hand full of dirt and found a '43 merc......my best ever pocket spill....half an hour or so later dug out a '40 wheatie....not too bad if i do say so myself.......camera batteries are dead so sorry no pics.....you have all seen these coins before anyway


    now for the pics james took of the area we hunted.....we were on an old soccer field beside a school that was built in 1899 and torn down last year to make way for the new high school football stadium.......dont worry the plans show that the huge oak will not be disturbed.....soon as the football season ends they are going to demolish the old stadium (you can see part of it in the pics)...my house is just across the street from the old stadium and there should be a WHOLE other post with those finds hehehehe


    on a side note James and Nana.....i noticed a bulldozer and a road grader at the soccer field today and the little street is closed between there and the 2 old house lots ....thanks again for coming and i had a blast....we will definately do this again sometime/somewhere


    HH
    Marty
    James

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2005
    Clay, Alabama
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    Re: Found a few goodies detecting here in Alabama!

    Hello All,

    Been very long since I posted here. Had a nice time detecting last weekend with James and Gary at the park in Bessemer. The detecting was really very tough. The soil must be very mineralized and there is a big of junk in it as well. I used my smaller six inch coil and that made all the difference. Even so, all the coins I found gave a very poor broken signal. As Gary said, that is why there are still older coins in that old park. But the signals were repeatable had the higher tone I associate with a coin, so I dug. Ended up with a lot of trash, but also the V nickel. Here's the picture.

    I appreciated Marty inviting us to his hunting ground. And it was nice to meet Nana, too. James talks about you guys often. It was about a 90 mile trip from the park we hunted in the morning, but I always love getting to try new spots. After Marty left I found a Merc and a wheat. Nana got away before I show it to her. Both coins were on the sloped area between the fence and the sidewalk near the giant oak tree in James' picture.

    Thanks to all for the good weekend outing.
    Eddie
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