In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: This is a pre-WWII era Imperial Japanese Horsemanship medal. It is a watch fob, and is one of the most detailed fobs I’ve ever seen. It has a different image of the horse and different Japanese characters on the reverse side. It was certainly brought back from WWII by a soldier, and probably one in my wife’s family.
SITE: Yard of old house on family land
SITE EVALUATION: 9 of 10 For a non Civil War site, this yard was golden. I found a Standing Liberty Quarter and many other silvers here, and a slew of relics dating back to the 1870s.
PERMISSION: My family
Stand By Sites: Don’t kill every site you have permission to hunt. I like pushing the envelope and saving existing permissions for rainy days, or when I don’t have time to get permission. I’m able to continue to hunt this site for years, and always seem to pull something good out of the ground.
Skill in Trash and Iron: Though this find wasn’t very deep, it was heavily masked by trash and iron in the ground right behind the house. I’ve worked hard on my skills hunting in trash and iron where other detectorists get frustrated and run, and it pays off time and time again.
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