Friday, August 30, 2013

Today Was a Different Story

Last week I did a random door knock and got permission to detect a home from the early 1900's, in exchange for searching for their property markers.

Last weekend I had a fun hunt, but I was not able to find them...

Today was a different story.

I found both property markers (on each side of the house) within the first few minutes I was there.  The homeowners were very appreciative.  They joked that they have owned the home for over 30 years and now they finally know exactly what they own!

Moving on to the backyard, I dug a few clad coins before I found a 1981 Datsun. 

 Matchbox, that is - ha!

And a few steps away I found another matchbox car.  This one from the late 70's.

I worked my way back into the middle of the yard.  Last week I hit a patch of wheat pennies, so I thought I'd take another look.

Sure enough, I got a solid nickel hit about 5 inches down.  It ended up being a nicely detailed 1936 buffalo nickel.

 Freshly Dug                     Cleaned Up

After I dug a few more clad coins, I turned up what looked to be the back to a pocket watch.  At first, I thought it was gold, but it turned out to be heavily plated.

A few steps away, I dug an old ring.  It looks like it's missing a giant stone of some sort in the middle.

Not wanting to wear out my welcome, I decided to head back to my truck.  

Now, any good metal detectorist knows...

You don't pack it up and just walk back to your vehicle.

You keep swinging, detecting your way out of the site.

And about halfway there, I got another real good signal.  It was a token from one of my favorite childhood venues... Showbiz Pizza!

 I've found a few of these over the years and each one puts a smile on my face.

I also found another button (I found one on a satisfying saturday as well) dated 1776, with two stars and the words "United States."  For some reason, I feel that they are reproductions.  I have been unable to properly identify them.

Tonight's hunt didn't produce any extraordinary finds, but again, helping the homeowners really felt good.