"Pirates, Spanish treasure galleons and pieces of eight seem far removed from Germantown, Piperton and Collierville, Tennessee, but Spanish silver coins have been found in each of these communities over the last 20 years.
The historic artifact highlighted for September is from the 18th century and is one of my most memorable finds with a metal detector.
The artifact described in this article broke a relic hunter/coin hunter barrier for me. The barrier broken was my first coin detected from the 18th century. This 18th century barrier is difficult anywhere in the United States but is much more achievable in areas where settlements and cities from that century were first established such as New England or Virginia. It is much more difficult to achieve this goal in West Tennessee."
"Metal detector enthusiasts may seem like modern-day treasure hunters, but for a couple of local seekers, the best finds aren’t finders keepers.
For members of the Tri-State Metal Detecting Club, which meets once a month in Mt. Vernon, helping people find their lost keys, rings and other metallic valuables are the best-remembered forays, said Gary Easley, a club member.
'I think the best find I ever found was a one-carat diamond ring,' said the McLeansboro resident. 'It had been missing for three years, and I found it in like 45 minutes.'"
"I’m standing where blue sky meets the yellow sand of Texas desert and a chance encounter with the extraterrestrial changed forever the texture of this landscape.
Some 63,000 years ago, a school-bus-size mass of molten iron and nickel from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter plummeted to Earth here, leaving a hole 100 feet deep and 550 feet across. The explosion, three times the force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, spewed shrapnel for a mile and a half in every direction, punching four more small craters nearby.
I had never heard of the Texas town of Odessa until, flipping through cable channels one night, I came across “Meteorite Men” on the Discovery Science cable channel. Geoffrey Notkin and Steve Arnold, the stars, stood in a barren field while a tractor pulled a Rube Goldberg-assortment of pipes and wires -- a giant metal detector of sorts."
"A new website: www.fielddetector.co.uk launched by metal detecting enthusiast Richard White is seeking landowners interested in allowing detectorists on to their land to register on the site. Landowners can provide details of the accessible land and the fees for access, if applicable. At present some landowners charge for access while some only require a strict code of conduct to be observed.
The site also offers the metal detecting community forums for information on sites and metal detecting news. Founder of www.fielddetector.co.uk, Richard White, says: “I simply want to assist fellow detectorists who experience difficulty in accessing land for their hobby. I am also a fisherman and have always expected to pay for this hobby by way of permits, licenses and so forth. So I am quite prepared to pay to access land for metal detecting as are most serious detectorists”."
"Armed with the tools of the trade -- a metal detector, gold pan and sluice box, a series of screens that sort gold from alluvial material like sand and gravel -- the Montana man represents the new face of a pursuit that once paved the way for settlement of the Western frontier.
The poor economy and a record price of gold have renewed interest in prospecting in Western states where public lands are rich with deposits and small-scale operators are all but free from government regulation.
What Brewer has in common with 19th century prospectors is a drive for gold equaled in intensity only by the instinct to keep quiet about its location and volume.
"A stunning Roman cavalry helmet, made to awe the spectators in a procession of wealth and power rather than for practical use in combat, has been found by a metal detector user near the village of Crosby Garrett in Cumbria.
However, the artifact is not certain to end up in a local museum as single items of bronze are not covered by the Treasure Act.
Instead the helmet, the best found in Britain in more than a century, is likely to make its finder rich at auction, with a guide price at Christie's of £300,000."
Going to be in Australia in the latter half of September and early October? If so, any hobbyist might enjoy a day at the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Victoria as they promote their "Finder's Keepers Fossicking Challenge."
"This 60 minute short course on how to become a fossicker and treasure hunter is sure to leave you hungry for more. Fossicking involves using a metal detector to unearth precious metals (such as gold), lost coins and other treasures hidden under soil, rocks and bushes.
After an introduction into the art of fossicking you will be armed with a Gold Snoop Pro metal detector and will be able to search for hidden treasure with your new-found detecting skills.
Working in pairs, the team who unearths the right treasure will walk away with great prizes that will help them on their way to becoming an expert prospector. This is an ideal activity for parents and their children."
"A watch lost by an American serviceman during the Second World War is being returned to his family after lying in a field for more than 65 years.
Metal detector enthusiast Stephen Taylor discovered the 10-carat gold timepiece while searching the site of a former US Air Force base, in Cambridgeshire, earlier this month. All the 43-year-old had to go on was its maker – the Elgin National Watch Company, Illinois – and the name Oliver Jelks inscribed on the back.
Stephen, who lives in Ellistown, near Coalville, said: 'I was walking along the side of a wood by a farmer's field when my metal detector gave off a high-pitched tone.'"
"German archeologists have discovered 1,200-year-old silver coins of Arabic origin buried in a northern German field, bearing evidence that the Slavs who inhabited the land were part of an ancient global trade route, academics said on Sunday.
Amateur archaeologist Peter Dachner, who found the first engraved coin near the town of Anklam, described it as a "masterpiece of design." He is one of a team of volunteers, working with regional authorities and the University of Greifswald.
By scouring the area with metal detectors, they discovered 82 coins and coin fragments, a silver armband and three bars of silver, in a plot of land measuring 20 by 25 metres."
The image above depicts a coin from roughly that time period of Islamic Silver, perhaps from the Umayyad Dynasty?
Yesterday, I was pinched by a muse and found myself feeling like I was back in programming class in college.
A member on one of the forums I frequent asked about a Clad Counting program that used to be available HERE, but for whatever reason, the download link is broken and it can no longer be found. So I got to thinking, after seeing screenshots of the aforementioned program, I can probably write that in C++. Sooooo I did. Granted, it doesn't have all the fancy graphics, it just runs in command line, but it does everything that program does... except save. But to make up for saving, it exports a report of your daily clad and running totals to a text file for future reference.
If you're interested, give it a go, it's 100% Freeware. You can get it by clicking HERE.
I suggest you read the "readme.txt" included in the .zip file, it explains how the program works and how I recommend you set it up.
"If you were like most kids growing up, you may have spent a summer afternoon hunting for lost treasure. You pretended to be Blackbeard and looked on some creek bank for buried plunder or hunted for bags of yellow gold in the Lost Dutchmen's gold mine.
For most of us this childhood fantasy of lost treasure faded as we grew older; after all, it was just a child's game. We have long forgotten that excitement we felt searching for treasure that we somehow knew was not to be found.
But there are people who make their living hunting for the lost treasures of the world. Long sunken treasure ships are sometimes found in coastal waters of the Atlantic. Modern, lone gold miners still occasionally find that small motherlode of precious metal hidden in the earth. But this is a life persued by only a few, and even fewer ever achieve any real success."
"A metal-detecting historian has made an exciting discovery of rare Roman coins at a South Lakeland caravan park.
John Harrison, 60, uncovered a hoard of 30 ancient Barbarous Radiates coins, thought to date back to 250AD, while walking with his metal detector at Holgates Caravan Park, near Arn-side. Experts described the find as ‘historically significant’.
Mr Harrison, from Carnforth, also found 10 bronze Roman trumpet brooches – dating back to between 75-150AD – at what he believes to be an ancient Roman worshipping ground."
The other day when the story originally aired online this is the exact thing I thought... now a Yahoo! Sports blogger put it out there for us all to read. Also, in the video still I took above, Dolphins players are using metal rakes to rake the field in hopes of finding the estimatedly worth $50k earring.
"If I could call a quick time out here, I'm confused about one thing -- We're in Miami, and we can't locate an old man with a metal detector? Come on now. Put an ad in the local PennySaver, see if an old guy can help you, and if his trusty metal detector finds the diamond, then you buy him as many Grand Slam breakfasts as he wants for a month. Seems like this should be an easy fix."