Favorite Finds - US

October 2019

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WINNER #1
My U.S. favorite find for October 2019 is the 100 year Celebration Pendant 1896, found by Doug W. from Ohio with his AT Max.

Doug's story: My friend Joel and I detect together and try to get out every week. I live out in the country and I am always looking for permissions. There is an old homesite within view from my home. I have always wanted to detect there, but never stopped to ask. Finally, one day I saw someone outside and decided to stop. The owner was very gracious and seemed almost as excited as I was to see what might be there. He did not know the actual age of the home, but we both knew that it was pre-1856. We planned a date for Joel and I to come and we couldn't wait to get there.

The day turned out to be more amazing then we could have ever imagined! We found a shield nickel, Barber quarter, Walking Liberty half dollar (I wish that was my find!), tokens, Indians, and I even found a Draped Bust large cent among other great things.

Now this is where the story got exciting for me. I got a very good repeatable tone in the upper 70's that I thought was a coin. When I pulled it from the ground, I could see that it was an odd shape, but it was covered in dirt. Just then the homeowner happened to walk out of the house to ask if we were having any luck. I quickly told him YES as I was just pulling this "thing" out of the ground, but had no idea what it was! I wiped and brushed it off to see it for the first time after all these years. I remember bursting out, "IT HAS WRITING ON IT!" Still not knowing what it was I cleaned it a little more and handed to the homeowner to read. We were both so excited as he read it!

"100th Anniversary Wayne County Ohio 1796-1896, Gen. Mad Anthony Wayne Celebration, Wooster, Ohio Aug 11-16."

When I got home, we cleaned it up more and then started to research it. That is when we discovered that it was a 100th Anniversary Celebration of General "MAD" Anthony Wayne, the man that Wayne County was named after! He was born on Jan. 1st 1745, and passed away Dec. 15th 1796. The celebration was for 100 year after his passing. This pendant would have been worn by people who would have attended this celebration back in 1896! It was beautiful, and my favorite find of the day! There is so much amazing history about Gen. Anthony Wayne that I would encourage everyone to research him to see what he had accomplished.

The other picture is a shot of the celebration on Friday Aug. 14th 1896. Every time I see this picture it makes me smile and look back, wishing I could have been there to be a part of it!
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WINNER #2
My second U.S. favorite find for October 2019 is the 1850's double date Mexican 1 Reale, found by Ronnie R. from Texas with his AT Pro.

Ronnie's story: While hunting a ghost town in Texas with three friends, I was using my AT Pro and they were using high end competitor machines. After about four hours of hunting me and the AT Pro came up with the only coin of the day. It was a Mexican silver one Reale minted in the 1850's with a double date in very good shape minus where a plow hit while it laid in that field for about 160 years… Thank you Garrett family.
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September 2019

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WINNER #1
My U.S. favorite find for September 2019 is the 1899 US $10 Gold coin S mint, found by Keno R. from California with his AT Pro.

Keno's story: Well it was my first time meeting up detecting with a new friend. He was swinging a competitors machine, and me my trusty Garrett AT Pro. Both finding a lot of nails and remnants of an old fire. A few hours in was started to get dark. I decided to check the far corner of the property near the old sidewalk. Two cute eledery women come walking down the sidewalk and one playfully says "Find any gold?" I play along and say "no just these" and held up one of the many recent pull tabs. I start to walk away and have this funny feeling to go back to where I was with the lady and her gold comment. I get a choppy but decent repeating signal of 80 along with 30's nail signals. My mind is blank as I start to dig, perhaps daydreaming of a screaming high silver signal, and out of the dirt 4 inches down blops a beautiful near perfect 1899 US $10 Gold coin S mint!! I call over my new buddy, he was like "I checked that spot 3 times before you got here!!!" I was beside myself! What a day!
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WINNER #2
My second U.S. favorite find for September 2019 is the Grand Army Of The Republic Belt Buckle, found by Trevor M. from Michigan with his AT Pro.

Trevor's story: I went on a weekend metal detecting road trip with two friends with the idea of stopping by old towns and door knocking on the way to our club picnic. Our first stop and first permission was awesome. My first plug was a coin spill with two wheat pennies and a silver dime. About 10 minutes later i got an absolutely beautiful signal with my AT Pro. About 6 inches down i found a small piece of leather and this buckle. Its a Grand Army of the Republic belt buckle. The Grand Army of the Republic was a Michigan organization for Civil War Veterans. My best relic to date by far and a beautiful piece of history.
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WINNER #3
My third U.S. favorite find for September 2019 is the Priests Ring Anointing Oil Jar, found by Scott A. from Massachusetts, with his AT Pro.

Scott's story: With my AT Pro, I came across a fluctuating but strong signal near the base of a strategically placed barrier rock near the entrance/parking lot. Running the Pro Zero full program with iron audio set at 40, the digital target ID was consistently running between 48-52. A somewhat trashy site, I decided the target was a worthwhile dig and found the cylinder roughly 5" below the surface. Needless to say, I couldn't readily identify the object. The elements of possessing a fold-put ring and screw off cap baffled me when trying to ascertain what it was. It took some consultation with my fellow hobbyists and an ultimately a local Catholic church to determine what it is.

Turns out… it is a Swift & Fisher priests ring anointing oil (OI) jar with the now emulsified anointing oil (now a greenish color) still inside. Swift & Fisher apparently furnished a line of religious items from 1915 through 1965. An interesting twist is that this OI jar should be accompanied by two other jars. (The three jars hold the sacred chrism oils; the meaning behind the oils is OI stands for Oleum Infirmorum and is the Oil of the Infirm, OC stands for Oleum Catechumenorum and is the Oil of Catechumens, and finally, SC is Sacrum Chrisma which is the oil that will be used in the administration of the sacraments). As to how this OI jar found it's way to the park or what the disposition is of the other two jars is anyone's guess at this point.

Definitely one of my eyebrow raising finds to date. The AT Pro has been by far my favorite machine to get out and hunt with. I've been detecting for roughly two years now. Thank you for the opportunity to present.
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August 2019

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WINNER #1
My United States favorite find for August 2019 is the Boston Artillery Breast Plate, found by Thoren P. from Maine, with his AT Max.

Thoren's story: This is my first year metal detecting, and since I got the AT Max I have found things I couldn't even imagine, along with this find.

My friend Billy and I were planning to do some island hopping on old homesteads, when he decided that we should go down and check out a field before we left. Approximately 5 minutes into the field search, Billy struck across a 1843 large cent. 15 minutes after that is when I ran my Max across what I believe to be now, the best signal I'll probably ever get in my lifetime, screaming an 84 at 4" deep. I proceeded to cut my plug, and the pin-pointer could pick it up.

I saw something oval, had some hook and stud looking things on the back, and rolled it over to read "Boston Artillery" after doing much research, and talking to some war historians, they believe it to be the only known surviving example of this style plate. Got offered a good amount of money, but the memories made on an day like that don't have a price tag.
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WINNER #2
My second United States favorite find for August 2019 is the 1851 Liberty Head Gold $1 Coin, found by Aaron S. from Indiana with his AT Pro.

Aaron's story: My favorite find. My bucket list coin of my life. With my son by my side.

On August 24th, I started out by asking a man who wanted me to do some work for him if I could metal detect his yard and I was thinking the answer would be no, but he surprised me and said yes go ahead. Well then I called my son and we grabbed our gear and headed out. I first dug a gold ring and I hollered at my son and said hey Spencer I found a ring! He ran over and asked if it was gold? I said I believe it is, and we started detecting again. I then dug a lead piece and he dug a wheat penny.

I then got a 51 signal on my AT Pro and said hey son I think I got a nickel here at 4 inches. I took my ATX shovel and dug down by the sidewalk of this 1840's home and said oh my God. He came a running. I looked down at another gold thing. Pulled it out and we was both in awe. An 1851 liberty head gold $1 coin. We hunted for another hour. Took our finds in and showed the owner. Very exciting day and another memory made with my son.
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