March 2019

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Found by Keith C.: “Attached are my back yard finds from an hour and a half hunt. A St. Christopher medal and some recent clad are the only interesting finds. This house used to be a farm house years ago and iron abounds. The clad and foil were near the surface, no more than an inch, while the medal was about 3 inches. Medal was probably from 20 to 30 years ago. The iron was 4 to 5 inches deep, probably from 30 to 50 years ago based on what I know about the house.”

Found by Ron P.: “I went out today and found a stud earring along with some clad not shown in the pictures. The post was broken off the back. There is a round stone in the middle surrounded by 20 small stones. It rang up in the gold range on my Garrett AT Pro at about 3”.


Found by Lee N.: “Lee N. went out with Tom R. We detected another abandoned convent that is due for the wrecking ball any day now. Found a sterling silver ring, 5 inches deep, with an Ace 400. The plant tag and clad were found 2-4 inches deep. Convent has been abandoned since 2010.”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Pam P.: “In addition to some clad, I found this cross. It rang up like a penny so I believe it is copper. “


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by John Q.: “Here is a pic of the cross I found.”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Ron P.: “$1.27 in clad & Memorials.  A 1963 silver Franklin dime. A square nail, a round object like half a wheel and an iron tool that could be a small specialized hammer head or a wood splitting wedge.  Found all between surface and 3″ except the silver dime.  It was about 4″ deep under a 2″ diameter root.  Detected with my Garrett AT Pro.”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Ron S.: “This is a 1934 Popsicle premium MGM Stars Clark Gable aluminum token. You got one of these with a popsicle purchase in 1934. The token shows the likeness of the MGM movie star Clark Gable and his name on the front. On the reverse the token reads, “M-G-M Star in Hold Your Man. Popsicle”.  The token measures about an inch in diameter and was issued in 1934. 

This one looks like the lawn mower got a hold of a few times, I found it about 5″ down under a large root with my old Garrett 550x.”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by John W.: “Here are the items I found. The cylinder looks like it has a gasket so am trying to open it. Also, can someone identify what I think is a tab pin? It was covered in mud and I thought it was a piece of siding till I cleaned it up. Found the items 2 to 4 inches with my Ace 400.”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Scott P.: “All found around 6″ with Equinox 800. Pin date is July 1900.”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Pat R.: “A broken ax head and a metal padlock.”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Rich B.: “Finds from the hunt.”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Lee N.: “Lee N. dug these relics, 3-6 inches deep, using his new Ace 400. Great day, great hunt and great people.”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Eric H.: “Great hunt, thanks Scott! Lots of cool items found but not much by me. This large Cross was my best. Just cast metal but still neat to find!”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Susannah K.: “Silver-washed pin, 1930s taillight, tag #38, interesting glass plate piece, key, clad.”

MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Bill S.: “Old iron key & small tag for The 3rd Bell Inn, Alton, Illinois. (future research assignment)”


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Rick M.: “Used an E-Trac. Everything four inches or less.  Nice hunt.


MYSTERY HUNT #1. Found by Tom R.: “This is all I found and can slaw, unlike the “silver bar” Mackie found LOL.”


Found by Eric H.: “Went out before the predicted rain tomorrow. Detected an old logging road along a creek bottom and unearthed this antique three foot long saw! It would have been a lot easier to dig if I could have used the saw to cut all the roots I had to shovel through!”

Found by Jim H.: “Quickie hour hunt before the rain. Not much but it was good to get out. Found with Fisher F75.”

Found by Matt G.: “Reverse -Good for one cake PALMOLIVE soap free when you buy one cake

Obverse – To dealers  This check will be redeemed at your retail price and only when conditions on the reverse side have been complied with
The Palmolive-Peet Co Chicago P-1009

It is half dollar sized, made of brass and is from 1926 to 1928. Found with AT Pro.”


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February 2019



Found by Rick C.: “Quick hunt today. A little tank, a matchbox car, a plane, and some change, all with my ATPro at 3-4 inches. Not much, but fun.”

Found by Scott P.: “$2.08 in clad, 1935 Merc, fake gold ring, old button. Found with my Equinox 800 at 2 to 4 inches.”

Found by Jim H.: “Grabbed the one nice day we got and went mud detecting. I must have a thing for skulls since this is my second in a couple of months. One wheatie that is almost gone but I think the date says 1918.”

Found by Rick C.: “Couldn’t take it anymore, had to go play in the mud. Found 10 quarters, 10 dimes, 2 nickels, 38 pennies still being cleaned, a penny with a cross stamped through it, and need help identifying the other piece. It’s brass and almost looks like a replica of an old coin.”


Found by Jim H.: “Took advantage of that one warm day to hit an old park. The oldest penny is 1984, the oldest dime is 1982 or 3. Child’s ring. Shotgun headstamp is Peters Referee. Peters existed from 1887-1934.”


Found by Lee N.: “Went out with Tom R. and Russell B. and found the following items. The token is an American Legion Convention token, New York, 1937. The back says ‘Think Before You Drink, says Seagrams’. This was right after prohibition.”

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January 2019

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Found by Scott P.: “Cold but found my first flat button, 5 wheats, 1974 half dollar, Playboy bunny button, 4″ to 6” with Equinox 800. Button says “Orange Gilt Colour” on back with wreath around shank, slick front. Still being researched.”


Found by Eric H.: “First silver of the year! Went out after work and found a 1942 Mercury dime 6 inches deep and a 1948D Roosevelt dime 3 inches deep with my Garrett A/T Pro. (For all of you negative Nellies out there, this was in a St. Louis area park)!


Found by Susannah K.: “Wow! This is the way to start a new detecting year! Got a permission for a 1700s property. Found old lead pieces from window kames, a square nail, pocket watch gear, 1847 Wm. Rogers 12 DWT silver-plated fork, a button still being researched but looks to be early to mid-1800s, and the winner–a British military button with crown on ridged background, at first thought to be 1765-1772, the only time the British were in that area. My oldest button find in America, if true. However, two curators and a military button expert are stumped and still researching it. The consensus seems to be that it looks like a female crown, but they aren’t sure.  If so, then the date would be later. The conflicting thought is that it is early French. I’ll let the experts sort it out and let you know. Found 2-6 inches down with my XP Deus on Sifter program.”


Found by Rick C.: “Found 8 quarters, 9 dimes, 2 nickels one is a 1943P, 16 pennies, and a cub scout neckerchief slide all 2-4 inches deep with my AT Pro.

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December 2018


Found by Susannah K.: “Last hunt of the year. Found tree tag, 2007 rabies tag, bracelet, Weblo scout neckerchief slide (did you ever notice that the Boy Scouts lose lots of items, but not the Girl Scouts? Hmmmm…), 5 quarters (2 of them fused), 2 dimes, and 15 pennies. Found 2-4″ deep with my XP Deus on Trash program.”


Found by Lee N.: “Detected a very old site and found the following relics. Hammered hatchet, monkey wrench, square nails, wheaties and unidentified objects. The hatchet is very old and hammer welded by blacksmith. My hatchet was identified by “AxeJunkies”. It is a double-edge broad axe, broken and modified into a hatchet. Axe Junkies is a Facebook group, that can ID any axe or hatchet, especially when stamped. All found 3-10 inches deep, with my Ace 250.”


Found by Scott P.: “Went and checked out a new permission after work. Found a 1964 Rosie, two wheaties, 1975 Bahamas 10 cents, 5 hem weights.
Between 4″& 6″with my AT Max. Can’t wait to go back

Found by Lee N. and Russell B.: “Lee N. and Russell B. got out for a couple of hours. Lee found a hot wheel car, unidentified objects [The fuse looks to be from a Model A–ed.] and 29 cents in clad, 2-4 inches deep, with Ace 250. Russell B found a 1913 wheatie, 4-5 inches deep, with Ace 400. The good thing about the hunt is we found 2 more great hunt sites.”

Found by Jim H.: “Taking advantage of the warmer weather. Found this token with Reddy Kilowatt. Reddy was created in 1928. He was the mascot of the Alabama Power Company but was later licensed across the US to promote electricity as safe and useful. He has a lightbulb for a nose, wall outlets for ears, and a torso made from lightning bolts. Besides tokens, many other objects used the Reddy icon. A saying was always added, slanted toward particular audiences. This token promotes the service you get from the electric company. Some promoted cost savings, some efficiency, and some used Reddy to introduce electricity to parts of the country which had never had it. He was used from the late 1920s through the 1970s. The Reddy icon was as recognizable back in the day as Aunt Jemima, the Morton Salt girl, and Mr. Peanut. Found 6 inches deep with my F75.”

Found by Rick C.: “Another great day for a hunt. Found my first Gold ring [Congrats, Rick!–ed.], a 14k men’s wedding band 8 inches deep with my AT Pro, a 1936s Washington quarter, $1.95 clad, and a toy tow truck made in France.”

Found by Susannah K.: “Snuck out between chores for a quick hunt. Found 11 memorials and a quarter, and this gold-washed, sterling silver earring made in Israel. Found 2″ down with my XP Deus on Sifter program.”

Found by Rick C.: “Nice day for a hunt. I found $3.40 in clad, the pennies aren’t  in the pic, a 1948 rosy dime, a square earring that says Sterling on the clasp and 5% 18k on the back, a costume earring, and a zipper pull with a heart, all with my AT Pro at 4 to 6 inches.”

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November 2018

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Found by Bill S.: “Unearthed a nice “Winged Liberty” dime. Silver is always nice. Was hiding 5″ deep and discovered using a White’s MX7 and 13″ Detech Coil.”

Found by Rick C.: “Hunted a few days this week and turned up some silver. A silver ring, a sterling Victorian pin, a Rosie dime, and a silver necklace, all with my AT Pro at 4 and 5 inches.”

Found by Jim H.: “Found the skull at the beginning of the hunt and the medal at the end. The skull from a charm bracelet is silver and the jaw moves. Can’t imagine what the rest of the charm bracelet looked like.

The medal commemorates the American Lutheran Quadricentennial of the Augsburg Confession and was made by the Concordia Publishing House of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1930 to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of the 1530 Confession. It was made in two types–silvered metal, and bronze. This is the bronze one. Found with my Fisher F75 and both were about 3″ down.”

Found by Susannah K.: “Went on all day hunt with Jim H. in gorgeous weather before it turned cold. Found this HS ring which has the owner’s name inside, making it easy to trace to give back. Also a boy scout neckerchief slide and assorted change. Found 3 inches down with XP Deus in modified Sifter program.”

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October 2018

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BELOW PICS ALL FROM CIVIL WAR HUNT. Most items were found about 7 inches down, if not deeper.


Mike P.: “I found 8 mini’s, 2 forty four cal pistol bullets, 2 small pistol balls, 6 shotgun butts, and 2 horse shoes.”


Howard and Kathy H.: “Our finds combined.”


John W.: “Finds from the hunt. The ring might possibly be a modern split ring, but don’t know.”

Rick C.: “I think I have 10 .69 caliber bullets, a couple of round balls, a couple of pistol bullets, and John the owner thought the two real small ones were musket caps.”


Eric H.: “Fantastic Hunt!  31 Civil War bullets total including several “drops”.   27- 69 calibers , 2- 58 calibers, 1-44 caliber, 1- round ball, and 1- rare hexagon shaped bullet possibly from a Whitworth Rifle (still researching). 

I also found 7 horse shoes and other miscellaneous items. 
I gave two horseshoes to a fellow member who didn’t find any and donated a bullet to the Civil War Museum for educational purposes.
Special thanks to Mark Trout at the Civil War Museum for his review and for educating me on my finds.  Also, special thanks to land owner John for a once in a lifetime opportunity!”


Pam P.: “These are my finds, they look really meager compared to Tim’s. But I think that this long corroded item was either a knife handle or an eating utensil handle.”


Tim P.: “My finds for the day. Between Pam and myself–(1) .65 caliber, (48) .69 caliber, (1) .45 caliber, (1) .45 caliber round ball, (5) .545 caliber, (1) .22 caliber, (1) .475 pinfire”


Dan H.: “Here are my finds for the day. Good hunt”

Bill S.: “The good stuff… and that sign. =)
All Civil War fired miniè balls are .69 caliber rifle rounds. All are unique and some even have the ramrod marks from where they were loaded into the rifle. Even found some old shotgun brass found into woods. Thanks for a great club hunt.


Lee N.: “Found these relics 2-6 inches deep, with an Ace 250. I did not anticipate finding any coins, but deep in the woods, I found a bent War Nickle. The property owner, John, was so gracious hosting our club members.”

Susannah K.: “What a day! (11) .69 caliber minie balls, used by Missouri Militia, (1) .58 caliber minie ball, and (1) .31 caliber revolver shot, used in an 1849 pocket revolver. Shape and size shows it was issued by the St. Louis Arsenal. 2 hooks used to hold a pot over a campfire.”


Ron P: “What a great hunt, the best so far! Here is a photo of the Civil War items that I found. A horseshoe with square nails, a pocket knife, (7) fired .69 caliber 3-ring minie balls and (1) fired .58 caliber 3-ring minie ball.”


Found by Susannah K.: “Park hunt in nice weather. Not much in change, but got a washer toss disc, and a 14K men’s gold wedding band. 2 inches down with XP Deus on Sifter program.”


Found by Lee N.: “Went out solo for a hunt at the site of a new Urgent Care. Almost every hole was a coin. The Barber Quarter and ring found 4-5 inches deep. Everything else dug 2-4 inches deep. Found with my ACE 250. I plan on going back!”


Found by Susannah K.: “What a funny thing! In August Jim H. and I hunted for the property stakes and a gold ring for a homeowner. Jim found one property stake, but the ground was extremely dry and we couldn’t locate the other. The gold ring had been lost some years ago by a relative and we didn’t find that either. But Jim did find an earring heavily engraved and marked GF (gold filled). [See August finds below]. I told the owner I would be back after my trip to Ireland to hunt for the other stake, but the owner and I agreed to wait until we had rain. Last week I went back and found the property stake, and the other earring! Also a 1950s-60s aluminum dogwood flower pin, heavily corroded.

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September 2018




Found by Lee N.: “Lee N went out with Tom R, Marvin G and Russell B. This piece of copper was found 4 inches deep, with an AT Pro. Canadian pat #5069, Nov 7, 1882. Identified as a leaf spring to a seat of a wagon.”


Found by Ron P.: “Here is a photo of the coins, all modern, that I found on the Mystery Hunt at Hidden Valley Ski Resort on 9/15.  There are 47 coins totaling $9.04 consisting of 32 quarters, 9 dimes, 2 nickels and 4 pennies.  There was a lot more to be found, but the heat finally sent me home after a couple hours of detecting.”

Found by Kathy H.: “Found in the yard of an old house, most were about 4-5 inches deep, with my XP Deus. Don’t know what the knife is.”

Found by Bill S.: “Ok, this thing found at Hidden Valley is a “bottle cap” made by Bakoda and is used as part of a traction board for snowboarding. Makes sense given where it was found. +/- 4″ deep using a White’s MX7″

Found by Susannah K.: “Proceeds of Hidden Valley hunt. Got the same snowboard cap as Bill S., but not as pretty. Cannot figure out what the pin represents. Pinback was in the middle back of the pyramid.”


Found by Bill S.: “Monday beat the heat hunt. Local park, typical finds. All less than 4″.  White’s MX7 w/13″ Detech DD Coil.”


Found by Susannah K.: “Surface find in Ireland, where you aren’t allowed to detect. A lowly one cent Euro. Oh well, still have lovely memories of the country.”


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