Monday, May 11, 2015

My Time: Finding history at metal detecting challenge

More than 65 treasure hunters attended the first metal detecting challenge March 28 at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville. The event, co-sponsored by the Queen Anne's County Department of Tourism and CBEC, drew competitors from six states.
The property was ideal for finding old-time coins, keys, belt buckles, horseshoes, hand-made nails, boat spikes and other items lost by the former residents and guests. Finds included Army coat buttons from World War I, a 1906 V-nickel, drawer pulls and many other household objects. Other items, some of which earned finders a prize, were planted by organizers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 New Jersey Festivals published a list of festivals taking place in New Jersey during 2015. Just saying that some of these places could be good spots to do some detecting after the events are over. 
Do some homework and scope out some of these sites. Just make sure you obey the law, do not trespass on private property without first asking permission.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ten 1933 Double Eagles Worth $80 Million

 A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more  after a US appeals court overturned a jury verdict.
US Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20 Double Eagles were stolen from the US Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard.
They argued that Joan Langbord and her sons cannot lawfully own the coins, which she said she found in a family bank deposit box in 2003.
Langbord's father, jeweler Israel Switt, had dealings with the Mint in the 1930s and was twice investigated over his coin holdings. A jury in 2012 sided with the government.
However, the appeals court returned the coins to the Langbords because US officials had not responded within a 90-day limit to the family's seized-property claim, filed in about 2004.
Family lawyer Barry Berke said: 'Congress clearly intended for there to be limits on the government's ability to seek forfeiture of citizens' property, and today's ruling reaffirms that those limits are real and won't be excused when the government violates them.'
Her sons, entertainment lawyer Roy Langbord, of New York City, and David Langbord, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, joined her in the legal fight.
The Mint struck nearly a half-million of the Double Eagles in Philadelphia in 1933 but never released them after President Franklin D. Roosevelt abandoned the gold standard and prohibited using the gold coins as currency.
The money makers in Philadelphia sent all of their gold coins to be melted in 1937. The Mint sent a pair of 1933 Double Eagles to the Smithsonian Institution for its US coin collection.

Source: Daily Mail  Photos: Getty Images

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Legally Blind Woman's Passion Is Metal Detecting

An 1898 Indian Head penny. A pinback button from the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen, circa 1917. A student’s 1987-88 Churchill High School ID card. 
Those are just some of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of things Janet Roberts has unearthed with her metal detector during the past year or so. “It’s amazing what you can find out there,” says Roberts, 58.
Amazing, also, when you consider that Roberts is legally blind, so the coins, cellphones, pet tags, bullets, railroad spikes, jewelry, keys and everything else is just a blur before she examines them with a magnifying glass.
“I have no central vision at all,” says Roberts, a part-time orderly and certified nursing assistant at Springfield’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “I look at a face and everything’s gone, except the sides.”
Roberts, who has 20/400 vision, says she was 33 when her eyes hemorrhaged, an episode brought on by a condition known as cone dystrophy, an inherited ocular disorder characterized by the loss of cone cells, the eyes’ photoreceptors responsible for both central and color vision.
“It will never get better,” Roberts says. “It’s like I’m blind as a bat. I’ve just learned to adapt with it and do the things that I like to do.”
And there is nothing she likes to do more than take the $350 Garrett Graphic Design ID metal detector that her husband, David Roberts, bought her and spend four to six hours a few days a week on and around the 682-foot butte that sits in the middle of Eugene.
“She found a nice turquoise ring, and it fit pretty good,” David Roberts says, gazing down at his wife working in the muddy grass below the parking lot atop the butte.
“I told her it was a good trade for the metal detector,” he adds with a grin.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Calling All History Buffs to the NJ State History Fair

SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair
Saturday May 9, 2015
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Manalapan, NJ 07726
(732) 462-9616
Free Admission
Parking/$10 per vehicle
Rain or Shine
The SPIRIT of the JERSEYS Marks New Location!
Experience five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place at the annual SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 9th at its new location at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. 
This free, award-winning event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, annually draws more than 5,000 visitors.  The Fair is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state.
There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults, from participating in historical games to plowing a furrow or participating in a military drill.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet such historical figures as Ulysses S. Grant, Ben Franklin, his son William Franklin, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, Molly Pitcher and American General George Washington.     
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park.  The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a new Visitor Center that opened to the public on Flag Day 2013.  The park is easily accessible from Routes 9 and 33.
For more information and a complete list of activities about the Fair, visit www.njhistoryfair.orgor call (732) 462-9616.
The Fair is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Historic Sites, Division of Parks and Forestry, and its partners.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Head South For This Event

Sunshine Shootout, April 4th 2015
One of the biggest seeded hunts of the season is less than 30 days away, so if you have not booked already, now is the time to do it!

The Sunshine Shootout, hosted by The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club and sponsored by Minelab and Kellyco, will take place at Moss Park, just east of the Orlando International Airport. One of the unique features of this event is the relic hunt. The club sources civil war relics from all over the country for participants to find.This is one of those hunts that people come from far and wide for the plethora of great prizes!

Prizes Include:

  • Detectors from Minelab
  • Civil war relics
  • Over 12 pounds of silver
  • Cash & more..
It's got something for everybody!

Early bird registration is available now at $99 but ends on March 28th!
After this date the price goes to $135.00 so register today!


Friday, March 20, 2015

US Mint Seeks Input on Coin Compositions

The United States Mint held a meeting on March 18, 2015 with coin industry stakeholders as members of businesses, industries and agencies who would be affected by coin composition changes.

TOTALLY NUTS- The U.S. Mint FY 2014 figures show production and distribution costs total 1.7 cents for a penny; 8.1 cents for a nickel; 3.9 cents for a dime; and 9 cents for a quarter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

200 Million Dollar Treasure Hoard Unearthed In Cocos Island, Costa Rica

A group of Costa Rican park rangers patrolling in the Parque Nacional Isla del Coco after a recent storm have discovered one of the most amazing treasure hoards in modern history. The treasure consists of gold and silver coins and ingots, jewelry, candlesticks and religious items, and is estimated to be worth almost $200,000,000.
Cocos Island is a small island designated as a National Park, located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 342 miles from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica. It was well known for possibly holding various legendary treasures, but its “protected area” status had forbidden treasure hunting since 1978.
A group of six rangers who were walking around the island to evaluate the damage done by a storm on the nesting colonies of migratory seabirds, when they noticed that the tide had unearthed what looked like an old wooden box or chest. The began unearthing it, only to discover that there were actually five different chests and other items, that they had been buried there for a very long time.
We were walking on the beach, and we saw something protruding from the sand” says park ranger Ignacio Ramirez. “We dug it out and found a bunch of old wooden chests. They were all filled with gold and silver! Then we dug out two incredible golden statues of the Virgin Mary, and other religious symbols. We called our bosses and said ‘we just found a treasure!’ They thought we were kidding, but we explained what we had found and they decided a team of experts.”
the treasure contains an astronomical 89,000 coins, ingots and artifacts of gold and silver.. Many religious items made of gold or silver and adorned with precious stones were among the findings, including 36 crosses, 3 chalices and two life-size solid gold statues of Mary holding the baby Jesus.

 Many treasure legends have been associated with Cocos Island for centuries.  The first claim is associated with the pirate captain Bennett Graham who allegedly buried 350 tons of gold raided from Spanish galleons on the island in the 18th century. Another pirate captain, the Portugese Benito Bonito, is also supposed to have buried treasure on the island, this time in the 19th century.
Archaeologists and historians believe, however, that the discovery is actually linked to the best known of the treasure legends tied to the island: that of the treasure of Lima.
According to the legend, with the army of José de San Martín approaching Lima in 1820, Viceroy José de la Serna is supposed to have entrusted the treasure of the city to the British trader, Captain William Thompson, for safekeeping until the Spaniards could secure the country. Instead of waiting in the harbor as they were instructed, Thompson and his crew killed the Viceroy’s men and sailed to Cocos island, where they buried the treasure.
Hundreds of attempts to find treasure on the island have failed. Prussian adventurer August Gissler lived on the island for most of the period from 1889 until 1908, hunting the treasures with the small success of finding six gold coins.

Since it was discovered in a National park, the totality of the treasure is now the property of the Costa Rican government, and it should be exposed at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, in San José. The rangers who discovered the treasure have been promised a reward for their role in the finding, but the amount of the reward remains undisclosed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Australian gold prospector Michael Brown has uncovered an astonishing 87-ounce solid gold nugget during a prospecting expedition in the state of Victoria, Australia. Discovered in six inches of ground with a state-of-the-art Minelab detector, Brown’s find is estimated to be worth over $130,000 AUD based on Australia’s current gold price per ounce.

Monday, March 9, 2015

ECRDA Club Beach Hunt

Our friends at East Coast Research and Discovery Association has scheduled their annual beach hunt for  May 16 & 17, 2015 - in Ocean City, NJ. You can go to thie website and check out the Hotel's and Inn's available.

Get the registration flyer and sign up

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Metal Detecting Prohibited in Georgia State Parks

Why is it so hard to find state regulations regarding metal detecting?

If you read the Georgia State Parks "Park Rules and Regulations" nothing is said about metal detecting. 

It is important to note that Georgia lists some thing like seventy State Parks in its system.

However at a January 13, 2015 meeting of the Upson County GA Commissioners, County Manager Jim Wheeless stated several citizens had inquired  about the use of metal detectors at Sprewell Bluff park. Wheeless checked with the Department of Natural Resources about the matter and was told the use of metal detectors is prohibited and anyone using one is subject to being a ticket for the violation.

“The only reason they could tell us is with the possibility of any artifacts in the area, they didn’t want them disturbed,” said Wheeless. “So, the use of a metal detector is prohibited.”

According to the DNR’s Rules and Regulations website, in reference to “collecting” anything from land owned by the state of Georgia, the following is stated: “All wildlife, plant life, driftwood, artifacts and any other natural or man-made features are protected and may not be disturbed or removed. Please leave wildflowers for other visitors to enjoy. Possession of metal detecting equipment is prohibited.”

On this website
 There is a whole page devoted to restrictions for both hobbyists and professional archaeologists.

When Is it legal for hobbyists to collect artifacts or dig for artifacts?
Surface collecting:
1. It is legal to collect artifacts from the surface of dry land on privately owned property if the land is not posted, gated, or fenced against entry. We recommend obtaining written permission from the landowner to protect the property owner's rights and to protect the visitor from trespassing. (OCGA 12-3-621
2. It is not legal to surface collect, dig, or metal detect on state property. This includes Civil War sites.  (OCGA 12-3-10(n), [12-3-52)

Digging/Metal Detecting:
1. With the exception of burials and associated objects, archaeological sites belong to the landowner. Landowners can dig archaeological sites - with the exception of burials - that are on their property. DNR recommends that you preserve any archaeological sites that you may own for future generations.

2. On privately-owned land, it is legal to dig for artifacts (including when artifacts have been found by metal detecting) if you have written permission of the landowner. All lands in Georgia are either owned privately or by the local, state, or federal government. This includes Civil War sites. Hobbyists and professional archaeologists alike must determine who owns the land and ask their permission first, before undertaking any activity. 

3. It is not legal to surface collect, dig, or metal detect on state property. This includes Civil War sites. (OCGA 12-3-10(n), 12-3-52)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Makro Waterproof Pinpointer

Makro Pointer can be used on land or underwater. 

Reach your target faster: Makro Pointer helps you locate your target quickly and easily in the hole. 
Flip it horizontally and you can easily scan a larger area

Achieve the maximum performance in any environment. Simply adjust the sensitivity with 
the +/- buttons for the ultimate performance.

Makro Pointer's powerful, built-in, LED flashlight illuminates the spot you are searching. 
Easily see your target at night or when hunting in dark places.

When it is off, the coil's magnetic transmission is disconnected. This eliminates the
possibility of interference from other metal detectors. This also prevents the Makro Pointer
from being detected as a target.

Makro Pointer comes with two hard-shell cases. The first is a standard hard-shell protection tip. 
The second is a hard-shell protection tip with a built-in scraping blade. 
Both prevent wear of the detection tip.

3 different target alert options:
1. Audio Only
2. Vibration Only
3. Both Audio and Vibration

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