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  1. #1
    us
    May 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Whites Prism IV / Bullseye II pinpointer
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    Diamond In The Rough?

    Hello again everybody! I hope everyone is enjoying changing of the seasons and the warming of Springtime weather. Yeah.. rain, rain, wind and rain.. and oh yeah.. MORE rain. Boy if it ain't one thing it's another, Either I have to go to work or the weather doesn't cooperate. Kind of makes it hard to get out and enjoy this hobby, at least makes it a challenge to get out anyway. Still though, through perseverance, or just plain stubbornness, I manage to get a little detecting in now and then. Like today. It was my first day off this week, or was supposed to have been. I had to go in to work to handle a minor emergency, but at least it was only for a few hours and not an entire 12 hour shift. I got home just before noon today and was informed that my wife's car windshield wipers had given up the ghost and were litterally falling apart. *sigh* So, out we went to get replacements.. and to go to lunch. <smile> so it wasn't all bad. Any time spent with my wife is well spent indeed. I had kind of wanted to get out and detect a little bit, but the weather.. she wasn't a cooperating again! Misty drizzly rain, and temperatures were falling. So, back home we went, My wife got ready to go to a function with her volunteer group and I to sit and read. (translation: to sit and nap).
    Yeah, well I'm as guilty as the next guy about taking a power nap now and again. Waking back up a couple of hours later, I discovered that while still cold, the rain had stopped. Hmmmmm... I was in my truck and headed downtown before you could finish reading this sentence. I've had my eye on a certain playground that the city had decided to demolish due to unsavory activities and goings on at that location. Activities and goings on that were decidedly NOT for children or playground equipment that children use. Not to mention that the wooden structures were too costly to maintain and repair. Anyway, I've not been able to detect that lot because it was still under "deconstruction". Today, however, was a different story. Today all the playground structures and equipment were gone, leaving only the gravel, woodchips and MUD from the recent rains. The woodchips and gravel are more prevalent than the mud fortunately, just soggy, like a giant sponge.
    With metal detector in hand, and gloves ON my hands... not taking any chances, there were reports of used hypodermic needles being found here.. I jumped into the playground hunt with both feet. And both feet sank precariously into the sodden mess that was left by the backhoes and skid loaders and whatever else the deconstruction crew had been driving to churn up over 14 years of gravel and woodchips and, yes, some mud. Oh it was a mess alright. A real challenge to navigate or even walk about. The playground (moonscape) was litterally "Littered" as well. Cans, broken bottles, plastic bottles and drink jugs, mylar snack wrappers (chip bags etc) foil everywhere, pull tabs, bottle caps, NAILS!!! SCREWS!!! UGH.. Was I out of my mind?
    Well, besides trash, there were coins.. LOTS AND LOTS OF COINS! Some coins on the surface, some just under the surface, some as much as ten inches down under the churned up terra notsofirma. I found lots of pennies, dimes and quarters. Nickels, not so much. But there were other items of interest as well. Like the sword!

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    Ok ok ok.. so it's a toothpick or cocktail ornament.. it's still a SWORD!
    There was a string of pearls.. well, beads anyway.. fake pearls..<shrug> disposable lighters, disposable lighter flint wheels (almost impossible to find by eye when your detector is going nuts) I found some keys, a beaded chain, some tire valve stem covers, zipper pulls, beads, a leggless-armless not-so action anymore figure....

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    ...perhaps a victim of some miniature cocktail sword wielding fiend?
    I found a bullet.
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    Granted it was only a 22 caliber bullet, and it was obviously a misfire (primer had been struck by firing pin or hammer) but it was intact and just as a precaution I pulled the bullet from the shell casing before putting it into my finds bag. I wouldn't want that next piece of metal junk I plunk down in my bag setting off a live round that might shoot me in my.. uh.. well my finds bag does hang kind of low and to the front <shudder>
    I found a putter too! Well, the HEAD of a putter anyway.. I'm not a golfer so I'm not familiar with any makers or brands but here's a picture anyway.
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    I was visited by the spirit of Chuck again too..

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    Chuck E Cheese that is.. THIS DANG MOUSE GETS AROUND!


    One other VERY interesting find.. almost didn't get found. I kept getting this quarter signal that would break up and flicker back and forth to a copper penny signal. I thought it was a dime, my Prizm does that pretty often with dimes especially if they are on edge in the ground.. "It's a penny! Nope It's a Quarter! Nope it's a Penny!" <rolling eyes> At least I'm getting to know my detector.. so I was looking for this "dime" and I couldn't find it. Maybe it was because I had this mental image of a dime filtering everything else I was seeing as "not there". I don't know, but it took me a couple of minutes to locate the target with my BullseyeII. And I had to sit back and whistle when I brushed off the dirt and muck.

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    Now I'm no jeweler, but that rock is awfully hard. It's NOT plastic and I don't think it's CZ.. It may only be glass, probably with my luck, but then again.. DAMN! If this is a real diamond I think I just made my year! I'm going to have to take it to a jeweler and see for sure though. Still though, I was PUMPED! And damp, and muddy.. and hungry. With the skies still overcast and dinner time fast approaching I had to break off my search of this "Paydirt" and head to the house. I'll definitely be hunting there again, if I can. I might have got the majority of the "easy" coins but I know there are still coins and other treasure to be found amidst the junk and trash churned up and blended into the former playground bed. And, too, it'll be easier to dig when it's a little drier too. So, with a smile on my face and a skip in my step, I packed it in for the day and came home to share my treasures with my wife. And everyone here at TNet too... of course. <smile>

    Here's the picture of everything (that I kept) for the day. A nice little pocketful of change, $6.91 in clad, some conversation pieces and possibly a diamond.. from the rough! FORE!!!!!!

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    Happy Hunting Everyone!


    Frodov

  2. #2

    Mar 2008
    Martin City, Montana
    Garrett-GTA1000, Money Hunter BFO, Minelab E-Trac & Garrett Pro Pointer
    61

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Funny you have to get together with fourleaf he found the other ear ring
    Detecting since 1962 all dimes were silver then!!

  3. #3

    Mar 2008
    Chicago IL
    Minelab_Excal_II Minelab_Explorer_SE_Pro w/ SunRay pinpointer & Garrett_Ace250
    7,445
    88 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Come check out my MD'ing videos:
    http://youtube.com/user/TreasureFiend

  4. #4
    us
    Your Only One Swing Away From Discovery

    Dec 2006
    Florida
    Library
    5,266
    68 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    nice day, great work
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

  5. #5
    us
    Aug 2007
    Greasy Creek , TN
    CTX 3030 minelab
    674
    24 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Great day , may your next be better .



    Mac

  6. #6
    us
    Oct 2007
    Tn
    Garrett GTA500
    1,357
    9 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Frodov- my Kentucky Friend,
    You really need to write a book. i would buy a copy!!
    Awesome finds. I really hope that the test's results are positive.
    Ill cross my fingers for you.
    HH,
    Tennessee Joe
    Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble ...Job CH. 14

  7. #7
    Pentico

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Frodov
    Mark another great day on your calendar!
    Awesome just awesome!!!!!
    Chris & LeeAnn

  8. #8
    us
    Apr 2007
    Colonial, PA
    White's Pro XL
    3,846
    7 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    How did you learn how to write? You are good!

    I love you, man!

    Kirk

  9. #9
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
    20,044
    185 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    lots of nice finds...
    ALLEN

  10. #10
    us
    May 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Whites Prism IV / Bullseye II pinpointer
    1,021
    33 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Diamond Stud Update.... *sigh* Alas.. the "diamond" ear stud I found has been confirmed!.. CZ. <shrug> but at least it's mounted in STERLING SILVER! <grin> Yayyyy! Silver! Oh well, I'll keep digging, and keep hoping.. someday I might find the real thing. Meanwhile.. I'll settle for silver! <grin>

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    Happy Hunting!


    Frodov
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  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2007
    West Michigan
    White's M6, Bullseye II, Ace250
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    4 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    I've found a couple of those "diamonds" myself...sucks when you find out they aren't! $6.91 ain't too bad for one spot...sometimes takes me all day and 5 or 6 spots to find that much. Great hunting!

  12. #12
    us
    May 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Whites Prism IV / Bullseye II pinpointer
    1,021
    33 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Prober
    I've found a couple of those "diamonds" myself...sucks when you find out they aren't! $6.91 ain't too bad for one spot...sometimes takes me all day and 5 or 6 spots to find that much. Great hunting!
    Well I wasn't too awfully disappointed because I didn't really expect it to be "real".. still though, you can't help but let your imagination run wild for a few seconds, or minutes.. or however long. <smile> You gotta love that little jolt of adrenaline upon finding such an item.. and all the "What if.."s. As for the clad, well that's not too unusual, granted my average is a bit less, but I've found considerably more on individual hunts as well. I don't know how much of that is a result of "skill" or just dumb luck... perhaps a combination of the two would be closer to the truth though. I enjoy finding just about anything, but the clad does help out with batteries, gas, snacks.. <grin> More importantly, it becomes part of a "vacation" fund for my wife and I. Last summer, detecting finds paid for nearly a week's hotel stay at the beach. Gotta Love that!

    Happy Hunting!

    Frodov

  13. #13
    us
    Dec 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Whites GMT, Whites M6, Vibra-Probe 570, Ace 250, Bounty Hunter 202, Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505, Whites MXT, 2 Bullseye11
    1,624
    8 times

    Re: Diamond In The Rough?

    I love finding my clad! It all adds up at the end of the year. Sorry the diamond wasn't real but silver is always a nice find too.

    HH,
    Pepper
    ...Wait a minute....just slow down.... you're gonna miss this....you're gonna want this back.....

 

 

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