Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rare 'Double Eagle' 1933 coin worth $7.6 MILLION goes on display in the UK

Only 13 of the $20 gold coins are known to exist today and U.S. Secret Service agents have pursued the coins for over 60 years to take them out of circulation

The rare 1933 $20 Double Eagle is the most expensive gold coin ever to be sold at auction which sold for $7.6million at Sotheby's in 2002 - will be exhibited in the UK.
Nearly half a million of the gold coins were minted in the U.S. in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression but only 13 are known to exist today.

The rest of the coins, featuring an eagle on one side and Liberty on the other, were melted down before they ever left the United States Mint.
Only one coin is legally in private hands, with all other 1933 Double Eagles remaining as property of the U.S. government.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Digging Tools- Getting the Right Stuff

Shovels are a very important part of a detectorists tool kit, therefore it is critical that you have a strong and sturdy one especially if you do a lot of digging in areas with medium to heavy vegetation.
One of the best manufacturers of professional shovels and hand digging tools is Predator Tools. They have a wide variety of shovels in different sizes, with both long and short handles and many come with serrated edges which enable you to cut through roots and other vegetation.   
In soft moist grassy soil their shovels will cut clean and deep without a great deal of difficulty, allowing you to get to your target quickly.  Sample of their selection)

One of their newest shovels is Model 25 below which features a double serrated blade.

If you want something a little different you may want to look at the Gerber 22-01945 Entrenching Tool with Pick and Serrated Blade.  This shovel can fold and fit into a carry case which you can attach to your belt.