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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt weasel View Post
    I have been detecting for many years and I am fortunate to have a few really good sites. Found some Anthony Wayne Buttons and a 1776 2 real this fall.

    I believe I posted this on another thread but anyway, this spring I went out for about two hours on old cabin site and randomly found $5.03 in change... all coins from the same year, 1854...how is this even possible? Can you guess what coins I found?

    Digbird: If you are hunting for a new detector, go to (friendly metal detecting forums) and read...much good info.
    Good stories there Dirt Weasel. Was one a 3 cent coin? lol. You'll have to let us know, but that certainly was worth the effort.

    I searched an old whore house that had burnt down in the gold rush days, didn't find much but burnt bedsprings and spent ammo. Those gals were well armed.
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    Went to look at the Ace 250 (Garret) and they don't have rechargeable batteries, bummer. Any reason why a guy couldn't use rechargeables? Takes 4 AA cells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digbird View Post
    Good stories there Dirt Weasel. Was one a 3 cent coin? lol. You'll have to let us know, but that certainly was worth the effort.

    I searched an old whore house that had burnt down in the gold rush days, didn't find much but burnt bedsprings and spent ammo. Those gals were well armed.
    You are correct one was a 3 cent and the other a $5 coin. To randomly get 5.03 from the same year with more than 2 coins would get to be ridiculous odds.

    I am had a good first day out this spring, I found a coin with a "D" mint mark...can you guess why I am so excited about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt weasel View Post
    You are correct one was a 3 cent and the other a $5 coin. To randomly get 5.03 from the same year with more than 2 coins would get to be ridiculous odds.

    I am had a good first day out this spring, I found a coin with a "D" mint mark...can you guess why I am so excited about this?
    Great that you are having successful outings. Makes it worthwhile.

    No idea on the "D" mint marked coin, as it's a rather large category. Happy hunting.

    I still haven't decided what to buy yet, but ruled the Ace 250 out due to non rechargeable batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digbird View Post
    Great that you are having successful outings. Makes it worthwhile.

    No idea on the "D" mint marked coin, as it's a rather large category. Happy hunting.

    I still haven't decided what to buy yet, but ruled the Ace 250 out due to non rechargeable batteries.

    You could just buy rechargeable batteries for any machine. I like a fast detector with a small coil option for hunting in the iron trash always present on old cabin sites. In the price range of the 250 you might want to look into the Erotek pro, or used a Vaquero. Often a less expensive machine finds more than a high price one...many say the $165 Tesoro Compadre is the best at any price for finding gold chains, I like simple and fast so Tesors and my current favorite the Makro Racer with small coil can pull coins out of iron trash as good as any machine at any price. Much good info here...http://metaldetectingforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26

    The reason I am excited about the "D" is it is not from Colorado...
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    Speaking of old whore houses, when we did a bit of detector prospecting, we tried our luck near one. And found the old out house hole. Easy digging for the most part but figured it out by the amount of trash and the size of the hole. We figured to dig it out to the bottom. Because some of the trash was old glass inkwells that have some value.

    When we got to the bottom we thought we hit something special, about 30 old copper tokens that was in good condition, all was good for a one time good time at the Hurdy Gurdy ranch. Sold them all and converted to a roll of ASEs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt weasel View Post
    You could just buy rechargeable batteries for any machine. I like a fast detector with a small coil option for hunting in the iron trash always present on old cabin sites. In the price range of the 250 you might want to look into the Erotek pro, or used a Vaquero. Often a less expensive machine finds more than a high price one...many say the $165 Tesoro Compadre is the best at any price for finding gold chains, I like simple and fast so Tesors and my current favorite the Makro Racer with small coil can pull coins out of iron trash as good as any machine at any price. Much good info here...http://metaldetectingforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26

    The reason I am excited about the "D" is it is not from Colorado...
    Reading that it could wreck your detector if you happen to insert the wrong rechargeable type. I have 1.2V all the way to 3.5v on my desk here. All different mAh as well.

    Westerner..ha..good sleuting. I look for the honey holes for the location I mentioned and couldn't find it, just bed springs and bullets and some square nails. I think the landowner had use a cat to smooth out the area as he was running cattle in that area. There was a sunken area and that was the house area.

    The fellow I bought my metal detector from has had a fair amount of luck digging old honey holes on old abandoned homesteads. He had an amazing collection of old bottles, coins and rings. I met a helicopter pilot years ago and he would spot abandoned places and would land if there was room on his way back if he didn't have any passengers. He as well had an amazing collection.
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    https://youtu.be/Jcq5J5MAHRs

    Since there were two little, concentrated pockets of coins (one had 10 halves and a $5 gold piece) (the other had the 3 twenty dollar gold pieces) the two areas were about 35 feet apart. We assume that they were purposefully buried in maybe some kind of bag that rotted away over time. So the site was literally just a hole in the dirt now but we found it on an 1862 survey map as a cabin. There was no signs of wood or rocks, just the hole. We found some suspender clips, bullets, harmonica reed and lots of square nails all around the hole. Hole was about 3' deep and 12' across. Halves and $5 good coin were about 8' away from hole. $20 gold pieces were about 40' from hole. Guess we'll never know but we checked the area for more coins thoroughly for a few days after to see if any others. Nothing else was found. Ironically this site is now a huge complex of condominium s next to a brand new grocery store. Was all fields back in 2014.

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    A metal detectorist is suing the FBI, claiming he alerted them to 7 tons of Civil War-era gold and they took it away in a secret overnight dig
    BYMICHAEL RUBINKAM AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    February 18, 2023 at 10:28 AM MST

    https://fortune.com/2023/02/18/fbi-c...s-detectorist/

    don't tell the gov'ts that u found a buncha gold

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    Thanks Yellowsnow. Interesting stories.

    Nice metal detecting finds.

    2nd. Story: Does anyone from the USA know how the laws work when you find a treasure? Do you have to notify someone or some department when it is on land? If the bars were marked, they would be more valuable than just the weight of gold. Strange why the FBI would say it was gov. gold!

    In England you have to notify the local Corners office, and they in-turn notify the British Museum and then they evaluate to find, be-it a small or large hoard. Even if you find a single gold coin in your own garden. Then establish fair value and pay the finder or landholder or both. If they don't classify it as a rare find then you may get the item back.

    Up here in Canada I believe it is finders keepers.
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