Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gotta Get Me One- A Pinpointer Lanyard

I can't count the number of times I put my Garrett Pro pin-pointer on the ground while searching a hole that I just dug, and then got up and walked away. I go find another target only to realize that the pin-pointer is not in my holster. Now I have to backtrack and look for it wasting precious time. Obviously if I cannot find it I'm out about $110, which is about how much it would cost to replace 

Well I just ran across the answer to my prayers.
Called the "Keeper" security lanyard and sells for $9.95 at 'North Georgia Relics' Plus $2.95 shipping.

Another website offers the same lanyard for $10.95. They say that the lanyard works with the:
  • Garrett ProPointer 
  • Minelab ProFind
  • Vibra Probe 580
  • Vibra Tech 730
  • Vibra Quatic

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The State Quarters program has been interesting to U.S. coin collectors for many reasons, but mainly due to the abundance of error coins that have appeared in the State Quarter series. The coin featured here is an example of the struck through grease filled dieerror type.
This Kansas State Quarter was struck through grease, creating a filled die error where the first T in TRUST is very weakly struck. Photo by Susan Headley

How Much is the Struck Through Grease Filled Die Error Worth?
They are not worth very much unless they are especially spectacular in some way. Then they might be valued at $2 to $5, perhaps, depending on condition. Filled die errors that occur in currently circulating coinage are not usually worth anything at all unless the coin is in an extremely high grade, generally MS-60 or better. Filled die errors on Proof coins, however, can bring a nice premium, since it is very rare that defective coins make it through the careful Proof quality-control process.
Why is the "T" Missing? Like all mechanical machines, a lubricant is needed in the coin press to prevent the metal parts from causing friction to each other. In this case, some lubricating grease escaped from the machinery onto the surface of the coin die, eventually plugging up the letter T in TRUST. With the T being plugged, when the coin dies struck the planchet, the T wasn't fully transferred to the surface of the coin. This type of error is called a struck through grease filled die (or just "filled die") error.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 Deep Search Club Dues

We are now starting to collect club dues for 2015. If you are coming to our Holiday party on Monday December 15th stop by the desk and see Glen Gunther our Treasurer

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Funny Toon

Discovered this cartoon in a post on the Friendly Metal Detecting  Forum website. Cartoon by member with "Silversmith45" handle

Friday, November 14, 2014

Metal Detecting Tours

Jimmy Sierra is one of several companies offering metal detecting trips to England

to find out more and request a brochure call 1-800 457 0875
or Email

Labeled as "The Ultimate Metal Detecting Tour"

Here is what they say...
A good metal detecting trip doesn't "just happen," and an exceptionally good one doesn't "just happen" either. 
This could be the most fascinating "Adventure" experience of your life! 
Just Imagine yourself treasure hunting England. You will be in the East Anglia area of England - north and east of Cambridge, in the Fenlands. It was here that the Celtic stronghold existed and the Romans built there camps soon after their invasion of Britain in 43 A.D.
You, with your metal detector, have opportunities to discover gold, silver, lead, or bronze antiquities thought lost forever. Touch history by finding clues in the plowed fields that establish Saxon and / or medieval occupation. Artifacts in the form of coins and interesting objects could be found amid the dirt in your hands. This is an extraordinary opportunity to handle the "remains" of previous civilizations. You are the amateur archaeologist.

Check out their website

Dates for 2015 
Dates for tour group "1" 2015
1st March 2015 arrival in England with a 14th March 2015 departure from England.
12 full days metal detecting + two days traveling

Dates for tour group "2"  2015
1st September 2015 arrival in England with a 14th September 2015 departure from England.
12 full days metal detecting + two days traveling

Dates for tour group "3"  2015
14th September 2015 arrival in England with a 27th September 2015 departure from England.
12 full days metal detecting + two days traveling

Dates for tour group "4"  2015
27th September 2015 arrival in England with a 10th October 2015 departure from England.
12 full days metal detecting + two days traveling

They offer what they call "Full Board" or "Self Catering" accommodations. 
The accommodations appear to be very nice and meal are included. This is worth a look.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Palisades Interstate Park Commission Prohibits Metal Detecting in NJ


Swimming, cliff climbing, hunting, trapping, horseback riding, metal detecting, snowmobiling, gambling, advertising, soliciting, vending, and overnight parking are prohibited. [408.1]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Boy's New Jersey beach discovery ends up at Smithsonian

At the Smithsonian

The ancient projectile point found this summer by a Virginia boy vacationing at the Jersey Shore has found a new home at the Smithsonian.
Noah Cordle, 10, and his parents, Brian and Andrea Cordle, donated the artifact to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, where it will become part of the Smithsonian Institution's research collection.
Noah found the artifact, called a Clovis point, on Long Beach Island in August. Noah was vacationing with his family when the point clunked him in the leg at the water's edge in Beach Haven.
"It is great for us," said Dennis Stanford, curator of archaeology at the national museum, "because it is the first Clovis point we've received from New Jersey."
The family originally planned to donate the projectile point to a museum in New Jersey.
"I think that with all that we learned, this was the right thing to do," Brian Cordle said. "The Smithsonian is so much closer to us, and after talking to people there about all the work they do with Clovis points, it felt right to us."
Smithsonian archaeologists were duly impressed by Noah's discovery, backing up an assessment by Greg Lattanzi at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
Lattanzi, assistant curator of the museum's archaeology and ethnography bureau and president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, determined Noah found a well-preserved Paleoindian point, between 8,000 and 11,000 years old.

Monday, November 3, 2014


One tool that you should never be without when you are out detecting is a pin-pointer. 
Many times it is hard to find a small metal object in the ground, but a pinpointer just makes the job a whole lot easier. Don't go by price alone, you want one that is reliable and well made.
Most pin-pointers come with a holster to attach to your belt.

To get some of the best prices you should check out KELLYCO

Whites Bullseye TRX  $159.95


  • 12 kHz operating frequency, doesn't interfere with any other metal detector
  • Audio and/or Vibrate Alert
  • Automatic Ground Balance w/tracking
  • Automatic Power Off
  • Dual Battery Operation (2-AA or 1-9V)
  • Full Two-year Warranty
  • Holster (up to 3” belt)
  • Lanyard Attachment Loop on TRX and Holster
  • LED Light
  • Lost Pinpointer Alarm
  • Overload Indicator
  • Replaceable Shell
  • Rugged, Weatherproof Design
  • Ruler, with Inch Markings
  • Simple, One-Button Operation

  • Target Ratcheting

Garrett Pro $110
  •  Proportional audio/vibration pulse indicates targets
  • Scraping blade to sift through the soil to speed recovery
  • Meets IEC 60529 IP 66 standards for dust and water protection. Entire unit can be rinsed/cleaned under water.
  •  Twice the battery life of other pinpointers with LED lights
  • 9 volt battery included
  • Exclusive one-button retune provides fast adjustment—without having to step through multiple sensitivity settings. Retuning allows user to quick
  • Pinpoint tip detection
  • 360° side scan detection area
  •  LED light for low light uses
  • Large power button is easy to operate even with gloves
  • Woven belt holster included

Kelleyco Vulcan 360  $119.95

  1. Fully-automatic operation
  2. 360 degree side scan detection pattern
  3. Coil wand pin-point Guides
  4. Built-in Pulse Wave Audio Indication
  5. Built-in Vibration target indicator
  6. Auto self-test: Air to ground
  7. Five levels of selectable sensitivity
  8. Auto Speaker port
  9. Removable battery door with o-ring seal
  10. Operates on single 9volt battery
  11. Submersible 360 pinpoint Tip
  12. LED Power Indicator
  13. Custom carrying sheath
  14. Auto "Turn-Off" feature
  15. Audio Target Alert
  16. Kellyco’s signature Orange Battery Cap
  17. Target Vibrating Alert
  18. Low Battery Indicator
  19. Length 10.5 Inches
  20. Probe Length 4.25 Inches

Minelab Pro Find $169

Probe side detection area
Power button Speaker
LED flash light
Screw sealed battery cap
Proportional audio/vibration response
For greater accuracy the PRO-FIND 25 indicates the depth of buried targets with a proportional vibration and audio response. As the pinpointer probe gets closer to the target, the intensity of vibration and audio increases.
Adjustable sensitivity
Narrow down the exact location of targets with the PRO-FIND 25’s adjustable sensitivity. This can be increased to locate deep targets or decreased to precisely locate small targets.
Two mode operation
Select from two modes – Audio & Vibrate or Vibrate Only for silent searching.
Durable water resistant construction
Submersible probe end. The whole pinpointer can be washed under running water.
Probe side sensitivity
Probe side detection area (360 °) allows targets to easily be located in the walls of the hole.
Auto power off
To save battery life, the PRO-FIND 25 switches off after eight minutes of inactivity. 

Nokta RS Pinpointer

Detector Pro Pistol Probe sells for about $170

  • Deep Seeking Pulse Circuitry Powered by (2) 9V Batteries (not included)
  • Momentary On/Off Power Push-button Switch for Battery Conservation
  • Protected Control Settings
  • Two Preset Piezo Audio Volume Levels
  • Dual LED Visual Indicators
  • Selectable Silent LED Only Operation
  • Low Battery Alert
  • 6-1/2 in. Probe Barrel Length
  • Balanced Comfortable Grip Shape
  • Belt Mounted Holster (included)
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Specifications subject to change without notice

Bounty Hunter $59.95