For me, metal detecting is about the rush I get when I hear a good signal through my headphones. Every plug is like a Christmas present, you know you have something, but you don’t know what it is until you open it.
The adrenaline rush that I get when I find something neat is what keeps me going back for more! In the past few years, I have found many targets worth mentioning, but these finds are some of my favorites for various reasons.
I’ve found several types of precious metal, but this gold and diamond ring ranks up there with my favorite finds. This is my first diamond ring find, and I was on top of the world when I pulled it out of the ground!
This spur is a Civil War Cavalry spur. It was found where an old homestead once stood, and not far from a creek where the soldier likely watered his horse. The spot where I found this spur turned out to be one of my best hunting spots!
I found both of these World War II Dog Tags on Veterans Day 2012 and they were approximately 20 feet away from each other. I located the daughter of Mr. Denton and was able to return the dog tag back to her. The other tag hangs proudly in my office, since I’ve been unsuccessful finding the owner or next of kin. Maybe someday. Both of the tags were found in the same field as the CW Spur above.
This Chinese Jia Qing Tong Bao Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty coin from 1796-1820 was also found in that same field. It is my oldest coin find ever, and was likely used as a good luck token.
The first signal I got in that particular field was a zinc signal. I almost walked past it, and was glad that I didn’t. This wedding band, inscribed 14K and M to L was about 5 inches down. This ring was definitely cherished by someone in it’s day, and it is probably my all-time favorite find.
This shotgun head stamp is an R.H.A Co. Eclipse and was manufactured from around 1887-1916. Robin Hood Arms Company was created by the Robin Hood Powder Company in 1906 and was purchased by the Remington Arms Company in 1916. This one is most likely from 1906-1916, a very small window in history if you think about it. This R.H.A Co. Eclipse headstamp is not one that is found every day.
This HARR’S token is one of only a few known and was found in the woods where an old barn sat back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. I don’t know exactly what it is from, but it may be a token from a traveling carnival. I’ve only seen two other examples of this token on tokencatalog.com.
These may not be real valuable finds, but they are a few of my favorites! Thanks for reading!
Nice work on returning the dog tag – finding on veterans day is auspicious id say. I myself found a class ring from my own high school but have been unable, even with help, to locate the owner. No initials but it was a very small school with a sports identifier on it. You would think this would be easy but it is not.
Hey, is there anyway to share my one, all time favorite find on your site or is this functionality or interest not available?
Sure, just email it to me at email@example.com I don’t mind posting it for you, just give me some background info in the email etc…
Love that spur find….I have been so disappointed that I haven’t found some old spur parts…we are in the heart of cattle company and I haven’t even found a rowel!
I guess I just got lucky with this one…lol