Saturday, September 7, 2013

A New Friend

I met up with my good friend Jim Bongiovanni today and we went to his area and hunted an old church.

I turned up a really nice 1910 wheat penny and a few other odds and ends.

I worked my way to the church's side lot, and as I got around the side of the building, I was approached by a sweet old lady who was quite interested in what we were doing.

I introduced myself, we chatted for a few minutes, and the next thing I knew, I was detecting in her yard!

She was so nice.  She kept telling me she hoped I found treasure.  She watched me dig every target.

Within a few minutes, we were fast friends - walking, talking and detecting.

She watched me dig a few clad coins, and she was so excited!  She couldn't believe there were coins in her yard!

Then I got a really good signal.  I cut the plug, and not even two inches down, was a nice little 

silver ring.

I handed it to her and asked if it was hers.  She couldn't believe I found jewelry!  She didn't recall the ring belonging to her, but raising three daughters, she was sure it belonged to someone in the family.

I have to agree, being that it was only 1 1/2" deep.

So I made her keep it.   

She was so grateful - she must've thanked me twenty times.  She even joked that she was going to keep the ring for herself!

As the excitement of finding the ring wore down, my friend Jim started yelling from across the field.  So my new friend and I walked over to see what he found.

At first, I thought it was some type of military buckle, but it turned out to be an early Superman belt buckle.  It's really cool!

Photo courtesy Jim Bongiovanni - This is after he cleaned it up.

We returned to the lady's property and I found a 
park & shop token for downtown Bethlehem, PA.  

A few steps later, I dug a 

1960D Roosevelt dime in nice condition.

And a few steps after that, I found a Hollywood pinups hairclip.  I believe it is from the 1940's-1950's.  And then, a few clothing clips.

On the way out, we detected the church property where an old 2-room schoolhouse used to sit.  

I ended up getting paid back for the ring I made the lady keep, as I found my own.  

This one was marked 10k f.g. sterling (filled gold in sterling).

All-in-all, I had a great day.  Had fun with a good friend, put a smile on an old lady's face, 

and dug some neat stuff, too.


  1. Thanks Dj! It was a great day. She's a real sweet woman. She has come out to talk to me off and on when I hunt the church. Very cool to see the excitement on her face when she showed me the ring!

  2. Sounds like a great time for sure. Best case scenario!

  3. Nice! Call me, you guys -- I need a place to hunt!

  4. Great stories.

  5. Thanks Shawn! Glad you like them.

  6. I'll be in touch Mary! ;)

  7. It sure was! Good time all around!

  8. Thanks again Jim for the invite. I had a great time. Was great to see that sweet old lady so happy to get that ring back. I think she was just happy to have some company for awhile. Always a great experience when we get out detecting together. Thanks again!