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Metal detecting – first trip of season yields a ring

Posted by bunchgrasser on June 26, 2009

I was cleaning out my closet this past weekend when I spied my trusty White’s MXT metal detector propped up in the corner. Normally I would have been out detecting much earlier in the spring, but a plethora of soccer tournaments have prevented me from doing it this year. With both kids playing club soccer for THUSC, and my daughter also playing on the Oregon State ODP team – it leaves little time for anything else.

Anyway, after finishing my household jobs I decided to “take my detector for a walk” across the street to the middle school field. Although I had previously spent a small amount of time detecting one of the small fields, the larger soccer field had never been detected that I know of.

I spent about 20-30 minutes warming up in an area next to the baseball field, then switched over to the soccer field. I spent about 40 minutes gridding back & forth from side to side near the midline. I managed to recover quite a few coins, a few pulltabs & various pieces of trash. I saved my favorite area for last – the sideline area where parents & siblings usually watch the game from. I’ve consistently done well in these areas on soccer fields so I was hoping for a nice score.

Within a few minutes I had dug several more coins and then got a VDI signal that bounced around in the low 20’s. I thought it might be a nickel – but when I lifted the small flap of turf I found a small ring with a nice tourqoise stone in the center. After some cleaning it appears the ring is not valuable as the metal shows some discoloration and some peeling of the silvery plating. Oh well, I’ll add it to my growing collection of rings, and I always say…any ring is a good ring!

Cheers

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Another ring at the small park

Posted by bunchgrasser on October 14, 2008

I had a couple of hours Saturday morning so I headed back over to the small park that I found my last ring at. I was planning to cover more of the grass there that I wasn’t able to finish last time.

However, when I arrived I noticed they had done some excavation at the park. On one end of the grass field they had scraped out a 30×40 foot section and piled the dirt around the perimeter. I know this park is old so I spent most of my two hours covering the scrape and dirt piles pretty thoroughly. I just knew there would be some old silver coins in those piles. Unfortunately all I found was a few clad coins and lots of screw caps. I believe this particular park was the place to drink beer judging by the sheer number of screwcaps I’ve found.

Anyway, I had about 25 minutes left so I walked over to the playground and hit the wood chips for awhile. I wasn’t getting many hits so I think the playground equipment might have been added recently. As I came around the bottom of the slide my MXT got a solid 30 VDI hit. I kicked away the chips with my foot and saw this ring. It is stamped 18k GP (gold plated) – so not valuable, but it was nice to get any ring on that short hunt. The pinkish stone is likely glass and the ring has eagles on each side. I’ll add it to my collection.

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Metal detecting – My new favorite park produces another ring

Posted by bunchgrasser on September 4, 2008

On Friday our office let out a couple of hours early going into the long holiday weekend. Naturally I had my detector and gear in my truck (since I went detecting before work), so I headed back to the park that produced 3 rings last week. My wife thinks I’m obsessed with this hobby. I wonder why she thinks that?

Anyway, I meandered around in the center of the field for while and found the usual pulltabs and clad coins. I got a strong signal on my MXT and dug this ring. It was really dirty so it took a few seconds to see what it was. As soon as I saw the silverish color and multiple clear stones I was ready to do the happy dance. I was thinking either white gold or platinum, but then I noticed the plating coming off on one side of the ring. The stamp is unreadable (maybe intentially so).

I really thought this was a good one, but it looks like I’ll need to wait a little longer. This makes ring number 19 for me. I’ve got a few 10k and 14k gold rings, even more 92.5 silver rings, and lots of junk rings.

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Metal Detecting – River beach hunt produces 2 rings and more

Posted by bunchgrasser on August 22, 2008

I had a day off last week during our heat spell and decided to try my luck at a local river beach. The temp was expected to rise well over 100 degrees so I figured being near the water would be a little cooler.

I arrived early in the morning at a beach that I had detected last summer. After an hour or so I hadn’t found much so I decided to move to another beach further down the river. Over the next 3-4 hours I covered a large section of the beach pretty hard with my White’s MXT  and my long handled sand scoop. It was clear that no one had detected this section of the beach recently.

I found the necklace and bracelet in the wet sand area near the river. However, both rings were found up high on the beach in the dry sand near trees and bushes. None of the jewelry is valuable, but my treasure box keeps filling up and I know that I’m 2 rings closer to the finding the “big one”.

 

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Metal Detecting – 3 rings in 2 days

Posted by bunchgrasser on August 1, 2008

I spent a couple of mornings at a local park last weekend with my White’s MXT. The first morning I managed to recover some clad coins, plenty of pulltabs and a 92.5 stamped silver ring. The ring wasn’t anything special so I don’t have a photo to post.

Encouraged by my earlier success, I returned to the park the following day. After about 3 hours of detecting, I had the usual clad coins, pulltabs, bottlecaps and assorted pieces of trash. I also recovered a 1952 wheat penny and 2 rings from different areas of the park. The first photo shows both rings as they looked right out of the ground.

The ring on the left appears to be an older, vintage dinner ring of some kind. The years and soil have not been kind to it unfortunately. It is missing some stones and whatever plating it once had is mostly gone.

The ring on the right is stamped 14k gold and has 3 stones. I’d like to think they are diamonds, but this ring is very small and likely would only fit a young girl, so they may be CZ. I do plan to have them checked though.

The next two pics show the rings after cleaning.

Cheers

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Metal Detecting – Treasures in the soil

Posted by bunchgrasser on July 31, 2008

My family and friends know that I’m into metal detecting as a hobby. Two things that I’ve always been interested in are old things with some history, and coins. So using a metal detector to locate and recover old coins, jewelry and other assorted metallic objects is a great activity for me.

I had a toy metal detector as a kid, but I didn’t buy my first real detector (Fisher CZ-70 Pro) until I was in my late 30’s. I’ve since bought another one (White’s MXT) which is my detector of choice these days.

I recovered this 1926 silver Mercury dime a couple of weeks ago in a school field in Portland. It’s only my second Mercury dime so I was pretty excited. It was about 3 inches down in very hard soil. I have some other recent finds that I will post as well.

Cheers

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