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  1. #1

    Jul 2014
    Minelab CTX 3030
    375 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Gold Minerís Starter Kit

    I live in and detect mostly in El Dorado County, California in search of early Gold Rush camps and settlements. The other day I was detecting a new area down on a creek and it was clear that no other detectorists had ever been there before me, great success!! Period 1850s targets began coming out of the ground and then I got a MONSTROUS overload signal on my CTX...I figured it was a cast iron stove door or something similar. I dug down and about 8Ē down I began unearthing a sluice rake, and next to it was an upside-down gold pan! Those who detect in the mother lode know how hard it is to find an intact gold pan as they are extremely brittle and disintegrate in the ground. I got these out of the hole and underneath the gold pan was ANOTHER gold pan! Two intact gold pans in one hole doesnít happen...it just doesnít...but there was still more. Underneath the gold pans were three intact pick heads, a sledge hammer, and two axe heads. In the same hole next to the gold pans was two intact period shovels, and underneath those was what I thought was another gold pan, but it turned out to be an upside-down long handled skillet. Underneath the skillet was two intact 3 prong forks and two spreader knives....and yet there was still more! Beneath the silverware was a small cooking pot with lid, a coffee pot with lid (sadly destroyed during the trip home), a broken pewter or Britannia metal spoon, 2 metal dinner plates, a fully intact JW Hunnewell condiment bottle, and the extremely brittle remains of what I can only assume was a rubberized tarp or tent material all folded up at the bottom of the hole. It took several hours to dig it all and 2 trips (2.4 miles each way) to carry it all out. It is literally a gold minerís starter kit all in one hole! Truly one of the most epic finds of my life and I will never forget what it was like unearthing all of this at once!
    Total contents of the cache:
    1 sluice rake
    2 gold pans
    3 picks
    2 shovels
    2 axes
    1 sledge hammer
    2 forks
    2 spreaders
    1 spoon
    1 skillet
    1 small cooking pot with lid
    1 coffee pot with lid (Destroyed)
    2 metal plates
    1 JW Hunnewell condiment bottle
    1 folded up tarp/tent (destroyed)
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  2. #2
    Jun 2015
    North Carolina
    Garrett Ace 250, Garrett ProPointer
    562 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Now THAT is a piece(s) of history!
    Hendo0601, 1637, Phil and 6 others like this.

  3. #3
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, XP Deus, Fisher 1270
    11244 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    That's a pretty cool time capsule!
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 20
    Half Reals = 32
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
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    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
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  4. #4
    Charter Member
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    Dec 2020
    Kansas City
    Nokta Macro Simplex
    414 times
    Metal Detecting
    epic. great finds and thanks for posting

  5. #5
    Charter Member

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
    Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

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  7. #7
    Oct 2020
    Western Nevada
    Garrett ACE 400, Nokta Simplex+
    802 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    That's so cool, congrats on a great discovery!

  8. #8

    Nov 2004
    NW Florida
    Minelab Equinox 800, Nokta Makro Simplex+, Nokta Pinpointer
    322 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That’s cool! You could write a story around that cache. Who knows, the miner might have hit a gold streak and buried everything till he could return with more equipment....endless possibilities.
    Living the dream!

  9. #9
    Jun 2011
    White's XLT
    6017 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    wow that's crazy

  10. #10
    Charter Member
    Jun 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Whites, Minelab, Tesoro, and custom machines
    4814 times
    That is a really cool find!! You've dug up the kitchen now all you need is the sink!!!
    Phil, Hendo0601, Fat and 2 others like this.
    We are in a hobby that is supported by losers!!

  11. #11

    May 2008
    XP Deus
    1257 times
    GREAT find! Very interesting bit of history there! You know what, that is cool enough for the Banner. My vote is in.

  12. #12
    Jan 2013
    1090 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Quite an amazing and historical find. May never be another cache like this found!
    Jose The Goon, Phil and Hendo0601 like this.

  13. #13
    Charter Member
    Jan 2009
    South East Tennessee on Ga, Ala line
    Tesoro Conquistador freq shift Fisher F75 Garrett AT-Pro Garet carrot Neodymium magnets 5' Probe
    9781 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Now that was a cool stash you found. Makes you wonder why he never returned.
    Please read our rules and enjoy the site. TreasureNet.com Rules

    All finds posted by me are from private property with landowner permission.

  14. #14

    Dec 2012
    355 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'm jealous. Always wanted to find a really old gold pan.

    Very cool!
    Hendo0601 likes this.

  15. #15

    Jul 2014
    Minelab CTX 3030
    375 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    I was wondering the exact same thing. This stuff was deliberately stacked this way and buried, it wasn’t accidentally or haphazardly just tossed in a pile. It was also buried deep, about a foot and a half or so maybe deeper; whereas most of the relics I recover from gold rush sites are usually less than 4 inches deep. I think that it was cached there with intent to return when the weather got more favorable or maybe they took ill and buried their gear and went to the nearest town to recover and didn’t...I don’t believe it’s an “I quit” pile or anything like that, if you quit or give up you’re not going to take the time to bury your costly equipment you’re going to sell it to try and recover some of your expenses, or you’ll just throw it on the ground and leave. It’s definitely a head scratcher lol
    Radon, Fat, ANTIQUARIAN and 3 others like this.


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