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.
KEEPERS: This finds (picture above and below) were all found over a series of hunts in a small community in central Mississippi. The picture above is all WWI and WWII era bring backs and accoutrements. The photo below are all WWII dated coins. Almost without exception every single yard in the community had World War items and WWII dated silver.
SITE: Community in Mississippi
SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 Was fun to almost be certain I was going to find silver and military items in every yard.
PERMISSION: Homeowners. Chained them together by asking for referrals and introductions. Didn’t have to knock on a single door.
Share with the Community: I could have just counted my silver and ogled the military finds, but I shared these two slides with the local church in a presentation I did thanking the community for their service in the World Wars. I gave back several of the items, including a Nazi Mother’s cross bringback, to the family.
Donate: I like to donate items when and where they might be displayed for others to enjoy, and when feasible, I like to donate a roughly estimated fair market value of my finds to a local cause. This always pays itself back a thousand fold in smiles and potential new permission.
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