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Jacquier auction features new type for Roman emperor Postumus

A newly discovered type for an antoninianus coin of Postumus leads a Sept. 15 auction by Paul-Francis Jacquier.

The unique and previously unknown type of the antoninianus of Postumus is notable for its unique bust. The bust featured on the obverse is cuirassed (armored) but devoid of drapery, which distinguishes it from the tens of thousands of others known from coin hoards, public and private collections, and auction catalog illustrations. During the reign of Postumus, antoniniani generally showed a ruler’s bust as cuirassed and draped with a military commander’s cloak.
Ring King to Talk About His Big Finds With Metal Detecting Enthusiasts

MARBLE FALLS — Hubert Jackson thought he’d strike it rich in no time, armed with his new metal detector.

“I told my wife I was going to have this paid off in a week,” he said while standing under the pecan trees at Johnson Park in Marble Falls.

Then, he laughed, as did Karen Graham and Betty and Gary Goolsby. They each understood the truth in his statement because, like Jackson, they are metal detector enthusiasts.

“Mostly, we find pull tabs and bottle caps,” he added. “But you never know. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”

“You’d be amazed how exciting it is to find a penny,” Betty Goolsby added with a smile.

Though they haven’t struck it rich by finding a chest of Spanish coins, the four members of the Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club said the hobby is rich in fun and adventure.

“You never know what you’re going to find,” Jackson said.
Pirate Treasure Maps, Codes & Ciphers / The Curse of Oak Island Season 5 Updates
« Last post by Tascio on September 02, 2017, 01:56:18 PM »
The Curse of Oak Island Season 5 Updates

Since the show was first aired, The Curse of Oak Island has garnered a solid viewer rating. People are naturally curious to follow the journey of the Lagina brothers in their quest to find some treasure supposedly buried in what’s called the Money Pit in Oak Island off the shores of Nova Scotia. Four seasons have passed since the show’s first episode and to this date, no treasure has been found. This is making fans of the show not just impatient but completely skeptical whether the treasure is even buried there or not.

The Lagina brothers have been working tirelessly season after season and doing everything they can to find the treasure that might have been the infamous pirate Captain William Kidd’s horde of wealth. As the show chronicles their many setbacks and slow progress, viewers are beginning to grow weary of the futile hunt. While many are still excited that the History Channel renewed the show for season 5, fans will probably want a little bit more than just digging in order to stay interested in the show.

The History Channel has done a good job of keeping the show interesting, however, and season 5 should hold some kind of promise. The curse that’s looming over the show has been one good reason to stay in tuned. According to the curse, before the treasure can be discovered, seven people must lose their lives. So far, six have died in this particular quest. Even though records reveal that hundreds of people have lost their lives in search of the treasure in the past, the idea of the curse is enough to keep people interested.

However, it’s more difficult to keep sponsors interested when there are no results being produced. The History Channel will likely need a new sponsor to anchor the show’s upcoming season. The network still hasn’t posted a release date for season 5, but it continues to get viewers excited about the future of the show.

There are a good number of fans that have been mystified by Oak Island all their lives. The quest of the Lagina brothers is as interesting as any treasure hunt could be for such an audience, but the show does have its problems. With the lack of results that pertain directly to the treasure, some episodes have almost become redundant. Fans have proclaimed their dissatisfaction online and on social media, but what could the network really do if there’s no treasure buried down there? Will they eventually cease production altogether, or will they continue to dig in hopes of a real treasure.

Those who believe the whole curse is a hoax should read into the mysterious history of the island. While you wait for season 5 to continue brewing, you can decide whether the Lagina brothers will ever find anything truly substantial. If they are on a treasure hunt that’s only doomed to fail, will it be worth it to watch another empty season? The History Channel continues to support the Lagina brothers on their quest; suppose the fans might as well also.
News-Sentinel reporter tries his hand at panning for gold

By John Bays/News-Sentinel Staff Writer
I pulled up to a combination Kentucky Fried Chicken/A&W in Oakdale at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, where I met Robert Guardiola, president of the Delta Gold Diggers.

A jolly man with a firm handshake, Guardiola would be teaching me how to pan for gold in the Goodwin Recreation Area of the Stanislaus River.

I changed out of my Adidas sneakers into a pair of well-worn steel-toed Red Wing boots, waterproofed to the ankle, as Guardiola had advised me that I might get wet during our excursion.

After we stocked up on snacks and beverages, I got into photographer Bea Ahbeck’s car and we followed Guardiola’s truck to the recreation area.

Guardiola has been president of the Delta Gold Diggers five years, and a member for nine.

He first became interested in mining in his youth, when his stepfather bought a Gold Prospectors Association of America kit — although the two never did search for gold together.

Later in his life, Guardiola purchased his own gold placer claim in Moccasin, granting him the rights to any gold found on the land. Although he knew nothing about gold mining at the time, he did find a little gold during his first few attempts.

He got a little more serious in 2008.

“I read an article in GPAA’s magazine advertising a local chapter, so I joined and learned how and where to find gold. As it turns out, my claim had a lot of gold,” Guardiola said.

Although gold currently sells for $1,287 per ounce, Guardiola typically prefers to either trade the gold he finds for supplies, or save it for the future. At the height of his mining career, he would find 15 to 20 ounces per year, whereas now he usually finds three or four ounces.

While there are a number of state and federal regulations governing where and how people can mine for gold, including what types of equipment can be used, Guardiola explained that panning is allowed on state lands such as the recreation area where we stood.

“State parks are pans and hands only, but there are no restrictions on private claims,” he said.

After loading up with his 50-pound backpack and collection of plastic pans, Guardiola led our group — including David Mendoza, another newcomer — down to the river. There, he explained that gold always flows in a straight line, even when the river curves, and that inside bends and the center of the river tend to have more gold.

As the Stanislaus River was flowing rather quickly that day, Guardiola said, we would stick to the river bank.

“Gold is where you find it, not always where you seek it,” he said as he dug a small hand trowel out of his backpack.

Guardiola scooped up heaps of sand and rocks from the river into the plastic pan, with ridges on one side to help catch the black sand, which he said is a good sign of gold being present.

Dipping the pan into the water, he tilted it forward, the ridges facing away from him, and began to gently shake the pan back and forth, occasionally using his fingers to brush away rocks until only black sand remained. He then lifted the pan above the river and, with only a small amount of water at the bottom, gently swirled the pan from side to side, moving the sand to leave small flakes of gold and other “heavies” such as copper, jasper and California jade.

Gold does not move when the water swirls, due to its weight, whereas pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, does, Guardiola pointed out. He then handed me a pan and trowel to try for myself.

I made my way to the river’s edge, grateful for my waterproof boots. First, I moved large rocks out of the way with my hands before scooping sand and rocks into the pan, just as Guardiola showed me. It took me a few tries to get the hang of removing the smaller rocks, with Guardiola reminding me to keep the pan in the water until all of the rocks had been removed, but I eventually found a few flakes of my own, which I promptly sucked into a clear plastic snuffer bottle.

As we hiked to the next spot, Guardiola pointed out white spots in limestone along the trail, explaining that the contact zones were a good indicator of gold’s presence in the land. He took the opportunity to dig sandy soil from dry land near the next bank as I honed my panning technique in the water at the next bank.

Although we only found maybe $30 worth of gold between us, it was an enjoyable experience. I plan on taking Guardiola up on his offer to go out for a full day of gold digging in the future.
Treasure hunter finds 17th century coin that once belonged to pirate

Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown covers more than 100 acres.

Armed with a metal detector in 2014, Jim Bailey unearthed a small, silver coin about the size of an American dime. It has Arabic etchings on its faces and historians say it is from the 1690s and belonged, at one time, to the infamous pirate Henry Every.

"In the late 17th century, the American colonies were engaged in piracy in the Red Sea,” said Bailey.

That included pirates based in Newport.

Every, however, was an Englishman. He plundered a ship off the coast of India and came away with hundreds of thousands of gold and silver pieces. He then fled to the Bahamas and paid off the governor to turn the other cheek about his presence there. He loaded Caribbean slaves onto a new ship, along with his plunder, and set sail to Newport.

The slaves on board allowed him to pose as a slave trader, and not the now internationally-wanted pirate. It also bought him time to use his bounty.

"The bulk of these coins all went to the local silversmith," said Bailey. "They went into the crucible and they were all melted down and then wound up on everybody's dinner table in the form of plates, cups...this is one that fell out of the bag before it got to the local silversmith's shop."

It's difficult to put an exact price on the piece, but Bailey told NBC 10 that he would walk the plank before he sold it.

Bailey keeps his present-day bounty in a safe-deposit box and said he is going to keep searching in the dirt on Aquidneck Island for whatever other secrets may be buried there.
Metal Detecting News / Bronze Age sword is unearthed
« Last post by Tascio on August 30, 2017, 07:07:03 PM »
Bronze Age sword is unearthed

Metal detectorist Paul Roberts has unearthed an amazing find that could shine new light on a little-known period of the island’s ancient history.

While metal detecting on land in the east of the island in May this year, he found this late Bronze Age sword dating back to 900BC.

Given that it’s 3,000 years old it is incredibly well preserved - a testament to the quality of its craftsmanship - and is in fact the third most complete such sword ever found in the island.

The bronze sword was found broken into three pieces but Manx National Heritage conservator Chris Weeks made a remarkable discovery while cleaning it - it had been deliberately broken before it was buried. Chris points to a bend in the metal: ’There’s been an obvious attempt to break it here and failed.
Metal Detecting News / Treasure hunters race for £5m haul lost on ship 350 years ago
« Last post by Tascio on August 29, 2017, 03:31:18 PM »
Treasure hunters race for £5m haul lost on ship 350 years ago

TREASURE hunters in Germany are looking for a £5 million fortune in silver that went down with a royal cargo boat more than 350 years ago.

The treasure was the property of Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, and was lost when the vessel sank in the River Inn in May 1648.

Several new expeditions have been launched this month to try to find it after newspaper articles about the sinking stoked fresh interest in it.

Cornelia Ostler is the woman perhaps best equipped to claim it – but she is not yet part of the scramble. Her father Reinhold was a professional treasure hunter who travelled the world living off his finds and the books he wrote about them.

But he died of cancer in 2010 with the royal treasure of Maximilian I still undiscovered.

It is one of the most precious imperial treasures in Germany that has never been found
Cornelia Ostler

It was loaded aboard carts in Munich as Bavaria was threatened by Swedish and French forces at the close of the 30 Years War and the ruler wanted to get the valuables to safety.

The treasure was transferred in 40 crates to several boats on the Inn at Wasserburg to be transported to an imperial residence in Austria. But somewhere near Mühldorf, one of the boats was lost after colliding with a bridge pier and capsizing.

History records that several of Maximilian's men died – both in the accident and in diving down to the wreck in a bid to rescue the plates, cutlery, bowls, chalices and ornamental tableware sculptures were lost.
Ring returned to owner after being lost on Cape Cod 47 years ago

In 1970, Patrick O’Hagan lost the class ring that marked his graduation a year prior from Manhattan College.

DENNIS PORT — James “Jim” Wirth was in ankle-deep water at low tide on a Dennis Port beach when he found something Patrick O’Hagan thought was gone forever.

In 1970, O’Hagan lost the class ring that marked his graduation a year prior from Manhattan College. The ring was a gift from Christine Kehl O’Hagan, who was now his wife — the couple had traveled from New York to Dennis Port for their honeymoon.

O’Hagan was swimming in the surf, which was particularly rough, while his wife basked in the sun on the beach.

“He jumped out of the waves and he put his hand up and said, ‘I lost my ring,’” Kehl O’Hagan said.

At the end of July, Wirth found it.

Earlier this month, O’Hagan and his ring were reunited after it had spent nearly five decades in the sands of Cape Cod.

Driven by the thrill of the hunt, Wirth has found a few rings in his decades using a metal detector to search the sands for what other people had left behind. And as was the case with O’Hagan’s, reuniting bands with their long-lost owners often requires Wirth to turn his digging attention from the beach to books, alumni records and phone directories.

“This ring has been lost for 47 years and we’ve hit that particular beach (with metal detectors) many, many times over the years,” he said. “That’s what makes it such a great hobby — you never know what a particular day is going to bring.”

This case was an unusual one because O’Hagan’s full name was inscribed in the ring, as was an “E” indicating he had studied engineering. With those facts, O’Hagan, who lives in California and spends his summers in South Yarmouth, simply turned to Google.
Metal detectors hunt for and find Long Island’s lost treasures

Michael McMeekin enjoys digging up the past. In fact, he’s spent more than 40 years doing so.

McMeekin does his digging at Long Island beaches and parks, often for the benefit of others. The 65-year-old Hicksville resident is a member of the Atlantic Treasure Club, a metal-detecting organization that was formed in 1973. It is believed to be the oldest such club in the tristate area. Now in its 44th year, the group is starting to see a steady increase among its active members — a trend it hopes will continue.

“It’s not what you find. It’s not knowing what the next find is going to be that makes it exciting,” McMeekin says.

The 60 or so active members — who range in age from teenagers to a 92-year-old — meet monthly at Wantagh Congressional Church. But they treasure hunt year-round.

Each year, members recite an oath, vowing to take every measure to return anything of value that they find from detecting — a task made easier with the emergence of social media. In the past 40 years, that has led them to return engagement, wedding and class rings, war memorabilia, keys and family heirlooms.

“It’s a niche sport. I don’t think it’s dying,” says club member Gary Wargo, 68, of Floral Park. “We’re getting some young people in it now.”

Wargo, who joined the treasure hunting group eight years ago, counts the collar brass of an enlisted soldier and a partial dog tag among his most valuable finds. He recovered both items on separate occasions at Custer Park in Garden City. Despite their condition, Wargo was able to trace the items back to World War I. And while unable to return either one to their rightful owner, Wargo determined the collar brass belonged to an enlisted soldier from the 13th Infantry Regiment.

A retired Army veteran, Wargo says these types of returns are sentimental and invaluable.

“Those are the finds I find I am most proud of,” says Wargo, who retired from his career in insurance sales several years ago.

And they’re the type that keep him searching.
Treasure hunting pair unearthed nearly 2000 Roman coins in a field in Cornwall

A pair of metal detecting enthusiasts have spoken of their disbelief and joy after they unearthed nearly 2,000 Roman coins in a farmer’s field in Cornwall.

Mixed up with the money was the remains of a pure tin container, with a handle and lead stopper, which it is believed had once contained the coins. In total there were 1,965 coins found inside a stone-lined pit and they date from 253AD to 274AD.

The hoard was discovered by Kyle Neil, 18, from Scorrier, and Darren Troon, 45, from Redruth. They are members of the metal detecting club Kernow Search and Recovery and had been working together to sweep a recently ploughed farmer’s field near Hayle.

Mr Troon said: “We arrived at this field, which had just been ploughed, and off we went in one direction. I then found a Roman coin and within 10 minutes we had over 10 more.

“I knew then they we were on to something. They were all in a little area so I cordoned it off and we carried on. Five minutes later – it was like, ‘bingo’.

“We just kept getting a signal. We rolled back the earth and four or five inches down we were looking at bunch of coins. They were dirty but you could clearly see a lot of them looked like the day they were cast. We were buzzing with excitement.”
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