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  1. Button help please

    I was in a hunt at a boy scout camp and found this button on a cliff point about 100 ft anove a river. What time frame were buttons attached with a cotter pin? The button' s eagle doesn't look like any service button I've seen and suspect it's more modern. Any ideas? Can't make out any...
  2. yes....Yes!....YES! ....CRAP!...........HECK YA!!!!!!

    It's been an odd summer where I just haven't been out much with the E-trac. Once every couple of weeks or so. I haven't even been on the MD forums like normal lately but yesterday morning had a little time to browse. -yes: Andy S - new FBS classes scheduled -Yes!: Andy S class in my...
  3. [B]Local Iowa History plus my favorite $.05 silver![/B]

    Found a North Star tag marked with CD Ives. Turns out to be for a coalmine in What Cheer Iowa owned by a Cedar Rapids man around the turn of the century. That would have been the highlight, but decided to hit a park out of town. Hit a park out of town that's been around since the late 1800's...
  4. First Year V-Nick, IHP, Trade Token, and bell = good day out

    1883 V-nickel today!! First year issue and of the "CENT" variety. Let's see 1883.... -1st year of using electric lights via overhead lines (Thomas Edison) -1st vaudville theater opens -Booklin Bridge opens (13 years in coming) -Black Bart commits a stage coach robery, leaving evidence that...
  5. Oldest coin, ornate pocket watch cover, and a $#@&!! match case

    I found my oldest coin to date and I'm stoked. On this hunt it was the only good find, an 1865 Indian Head Penny. This year was pretty pivtal in United States history: -Iowa celebrates 19 years in the Union -President Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term -South surrenders, ending the US Civil...
  6. Finally something to post - a chauffeur badge

    It's been forever since I've posted but between work and boys baseball it's been hard to get out. Went to an old school site (1950's) that I've hit a couple of times. They've torn the building out and stripped about four inches of soil through the place. First, found my first "S" penny. Ya...
  7. Finally the silver thats eluded me (and another soap token)

    Finally the silver that's eluded me (and another soap token) I went to the same spot I'd found the soap token and Lincoln Highway donation reward (see http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/today-s-finds/479992-new-spot-yields-token-lincoln-highway-strange-coin.html if you're interested in that). I...
  8. New spot yields token, Lincoln Highway, and a strange coin

    Found a small lot tucked away near a busy intersection today. Looking at old plat maps, it looks like there was a farm house there since the early 1900's. Only spent an hour or so there but found a number of interesting things. First up was the Ivory soap token. Neat eight sided token and I...
  9. UI Asian Coin and a wheat spill

    Hit what was once a farm house in another part of town. So far I've found too of these spots and it seems like every time I go there I find something new and interesting. Like the other farm house, this one is now part of the city I live in. I've hit it probably 15 times with both the AT Pro...
  10. This is crazy, an odd tail of a ring

    Last week I was watching some Stealth Digger videos thinking to myself, man I never find buttons only to go out and find a civil war era button (in Iowa no less). http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/today-s-finds/478591-military-button-flab-button-wheat.html if you're interested..... I ended the...
  11. Military Button, Flab Button, and a wheat

    Military Button, Flat Button, and a wheat Hit the old farm house again today. Same one I found the Victorian era Canadian silver 10 cent piece (in Iowa no less) It's kind of funny. I've been watching a lot of Stealth Diggers videos lately and just today thought to myself, man those guys find...
  12. Regina Silver + a very small pistol

    Now that I've learned to pick things out of iron a bit better with the Etrac, I'm starting to hit sites that I've hit before to pick up my leftovers. This particular site was a farm at least in 1930's and I suspect well before then. I've been to this place maybe 20 times with first the AT Pro...
  13. My Secret Number - Revealed

    My secret number is 048. Found this and the vaccination tag on an island in a local park. Good to find a secret number. I also checked out some city owned formerly privately owned lots, but only pulled out POH's (Piece of House). Ended up back at an old driving range tied into the park...
  14. Odd way to break silver slump + Spanish/American War

    Needed to take a day off work (use it or lose it) so I ended up hitting about 10 spots today. I found a spoon that had me perplexed for awhile. It had a federalist union shield, anchor and the profile of a guy on it. It's pretty roached but I took another stab at finding a makers mark last...
  15. The non- quarter - A tale to be told

    I've been adicted to this hobby for a little over four years. I started off pretty big with an AT Pro and enjoyed it so much I ended up getting an E-trac just about two years ago. Like everyone, my first stop was my yard which had pretty limited finds (1985 house). I think 've hit every park...
  16. Oriental Coin

    OK, I'm not quite sure why it is, but it seems like every 1890's to 1920's house has an oriental coin hidden in it. Must have been quite the fashion back in the day. Any idea what my new find is? I'm guessing Chinese, but dynasty, approximate year, and type of coin would be most helpful.
  17. 4 times nothing. Now Captain Tim, wheats with patina, and ... good gravy, silver too

    Yesterday I hit an old home site and a park with nothing to speak about. I'd meant to go door knocking afterwards but just wasn't in a mood to talk to anyone. On the way home, I'd decided to hit an old house and empty lot "for about half an hour". I really didn't expect anything out of this...
  18. Finally! Some Good Stuff (and a Chicken)

    OK, photography apparently isn't my gig, but.... Finally found some good stuff. Hit a friends 110 yr old house Saturday. The first corner of the lot (about 20 ft by 10 ft), just brought heat exhaustion and a couple of 1970's pennies. The other side of the curb, pretty much the same thing...
  19. Finally Joined the Chauffeur Club

    Went for a hunt around a long ago closed two room school house. The pickings were rather slim, but pulled out this 1941 MN Licensed Chauffeur badge. Thought it was going to be a wheatie, which based on the all the 1960's and 1970's pennies I've found (about the only coins too), I was kind of...
  20. Air Travel with the E-Trac

    I'm heading to the east coast next week and plan on bringing the E-Trac along. How do you recommend breaking it down? Any parts to leave in checked vs carry on? When I took my AT Pro, I'd disassemble the control head and take that and the coil in carry on and leave all the pipping and arm...
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