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Metal Detecting News / Pensioner unearths £1,700 of pupils’ cash and gives it schools
« Last post by Tascio on November 09, 2017, 02:35:58 PM »
Pensioner unearths £1,700 of pupils’ cash and gives it schools

A pensioner with a metal detector has collected more than £1,700 in loose change dropped by pupils and handed the money back to schools. Eric Soane, 79, combs playgrounds and sports fields before giving the cash to headteachers to bolster funds. So far he says he has picked up 22,331 coins worth £1,710 from 17 schools in the Inverness and Easter Ross areas.

His most lucrative day was at Raigmore Primary in Inverness, where he picked up 3,500 coins worth £185. Rosebank Primary in Nairn was his second best day, finding 3,127 coins worth £160. Mr Soane, famed for finding one of the largest ever hoards of Roman coins, now spends whole days combing playgrounds and school fields for coins to boost the schools’ coffers.

The amateur treasure hunter changes the money at a bank before handing it over to schools. He said the reaction from pupils when he hand-delivers a wad of notes was just priceless. “I couldn’t believe the reception I got at Obsdale Primary School in Alness,” he said. “The head-teacher was over the moon. And one of the little girls who took the money from me made a fan out of all the notes and held it out to her classmates.” Carla Tunnicliffe, acting head teacher at Raigmore Primary, said: “The school is really appreciative of receiving the money Mr Soane finds in the school grounds.”

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Metal Detecting News / Where's the best place to look for buried treasure?
« Last post by Tascio on November 09, 2017, 02:28:54 PM »
Where's the best place to look for buried treasure? How to get started metal detecting

It's something every child dreams of - and every metal detectorist too - finding buried treasure.

This summer, Derek McLennan was given £1.98 million for the hoard of Viking jewellery he'd unearthed three years earlier, and last month Mike Smale unearthed a cache of 2,000-year-old Roman silver coins worth £200,000 in a Dorset field.

Finding treasure usually requires a bit of investment on your part - you'll need a metal detector, costing anywhere from £30 or so up to more than £1,000.

And if you want to search on land that isn't yours, you'll need the permission of the landowner.

But what happens if you're lucky enough to find something valuable? What should you do, and what are your rights?

Under the 1997 Treasure Act, there's a tight definition of what counts as treasure.

Any metallic object, other than a coin, is treasure, as long as at least 10% by weight of metal is gold or silver and that it's at least 300 years old when found.

So, too, are two or more coins from the same find, again provided they are at least 300 years old when found and contain 10% gold or silver; and any group of two or more prehistoric metallic objects.
Coin & Artefact Fakes & Frauds / Pressure on US Mint to crackdown on counterfeit coins
« Last post by Tascio on October 30, 2017, 03:15:40 PM »
Pressure on US Mint to crackdown on counterfeit coins

Two US Congressmen are demanding answers from the US Mint and Secret Service on their efforts to crackdown on counterfeit gold and silver coins that are increasingly entering the country.

In a letter to the two organisations, Republican Congressmen Alex Mooney and Frank Lucas urged aggressive action on the “growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of US precious metal coins” entering the US from China and other countries.

“Given reports of the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of US precious metal coins entering the country from China and elsewhere, we wish to learn more about the US Mint’s actions with respect to counterfeits of its current-issue US gold and silver coins,” the Congressmen said.

Enclosed with the letter was a 1995 1 oz. Gold American Coin, carrying a face value of $50 and ostensibly minted by the US Mint.

“You are free to keep it, as it’s a worthless tungsten fake,” the Congressmen wrote. “We are sending it to you because it’s our understanding that the Department of Homeland Security’s US Secret Service was not inclined to investigate the origin of this and a related batch of these counterfeit gold American eagle coins when the matter was recently brought to its attention.”

As members of the House Financial Services subcommittee, which oversees the US Mint, Mooney and Lucas have requested information on the “nature and quantity of complaints” of counterfeit US gold, silver and platinum coins within the past two years, as well as the resulting investigations.
Buried 'treasure': Hannah Jumper renovation an opportunity for exploration

ROCKPORT — When workers lifted the Hannah Jumper house to lay a new foundation, Rockport resident Lary Salo slipped under the historic home alongside the excavation equipment to dig up any artifacts that had lain buried for centuries.

With the permission of the property owner, Roger Caro, Salo used his metal detector to locate half a dozen coins dating to the late 1700s and early 1800s, a door handle, five brass buttons of varying sizes, a piece of coral, two clay pipe stems, pottery shards and a shoe buckle.  For the time being, it is unclear which, if any, artifacts may have belonged to Jumper.

“I’ve been metal detecting for the past 35 years or so," Salo said. "My former middle school teacher was talking to the owner, and he secured permission for me to metal detect.”

The house was built in 1740 and still stands at 35 Mount Pleasant St. today, though admittedly several feet above the ground. Its famed occupant, seamstress Hannah Jumper, led an liquor raid on Rockport residences and businesses in 1856 that yielded 50 barrels of rum and represents one of the earliest temperance events leading up to Prohibition. The house is currently undergoing renovations at the hands of Caro, architect Siemasko + Verbridge, and contractor Ken MacDowell.

According to Caro, the house was lifted four to five feet off the ground last Tuesday to accommodate the construction of a foundation beneath the structure. The house had been built almost entirely on the dirt of the Mount Pleasant Street property.
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.
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