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First vintage headstamp
Posted by: JoeVal
Date: January 13, 2019 08:03AM
Got out yesterday from noon till 3:00 and hunted a new section of a very large park. The ground was frozen where there was no grass, but the areas with grass were just a little crunchy to dig in.

Found ring #7. The stone is cracked and the band was very mangled, but it’s sterling and I was able to open it up enough for a picture. The Saint Andrew medallion is also sterling.

The odd find was this 10ga headstamp from the 20’s. It was right next to the third base fence line. Not sure if it was brought in with fill dirt, or churned up from the old farm that occupied this large city park. This ball diamond is all fill, as the entire park (farm) slopes from south to north, and is the highest of the six ball diamonds on the site. Guess we will never know, but it’s still interesting for the area.

Only four copper pennies this trip, and no nickels. Every solid nickel signal returned as a piece of can slaw. Really unusual, as I can usually get one or two when the TID is solid and unwavering. I guess that’s what makes this hobby joyful and frustrating.

The sun just came out, so if Mama doesn’t have anything planned for us when she gets back from the gym, I’ll try to get back there and hunt some more before the ground freezes. It’s 29F, but there’s no wind. Same as yesterday.

Only18 days before we head to Florida for a couple weeks of fishing and beach detecting. It will be nice to detect in the warmth of Cape Coral and SW Florida. I plan to detect some rest areas on our way down when we take breaks from driving. Don’t know if that’s legal along the interstates, but as they say, "It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission!"

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Re: First vintage headstamp
Posted by: woody
Date: January 14, 2019 10:06AM
Nice finds. Come on down south. We need the money.

Nice finds.:thumbup::thumbup:N/T
Posted by: ohio fred
Date: January 14, 2019 03:03PM

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Re: First vintage headstamp
Posted by: Ohio Dirt Fisher
Date: January 15, 2019 07:20PM
Those ball diamonds are real tricky. Especially out in the burbs. Congrats on the bit of silver. :thumbup: Those 10 ga. are pretty rare. But I'd bet farm well before any parks were put in. I found an old wormed out Sharps in a three year old soccer field last year and those fields were built right on top of old farm land without much regrading. Right next to a railroad line that was established in 1864. The place was full of bullets, a few wheats and headstamps, all from the 20's and 30's. Good luck on your next time out.

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Re: First vintage headstamp
Posted by: surfman
Date: February 02, 2019 05:24PM
Nice finds and good write up. Good luck today n Fla.



Been in the detecting hobby for almost 20 years. Currently using; Minelab CTX3030 w/stock and 6" coils. Teknetics T2+. For beach and water I have two Minelab Excaliburs.

Oldest Copper; 1694 King William&Mary

Oldest Silver; 1792 Half Reale

Gold Coin; 1852 $1.00 (Found with ATPro)

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Re: First vintage headstamp
Posted by: Blind Squirrel
Date: February 16, 2019 02:36PM
Nice finds JoeVal! It's always good to dig silver, of any type. I hope that you find some gold in Florida! Best of luck and...

Happy Hunting!
Blind Squirrel

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