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: In center of photo, pictured with just a few of the other rings I’ve found over the years, is the very first ring I ever found. It is a vintage sterling Boy Scouts of America ring. I was 19 years old.
SITE: Indoor garden in middle of an apartment common area
SITE EVALUATION: 1 of 10 It had dirt in it. Sometimes not knowing any better is your best tool.
PERMISSION: None. Hey I was young and I needed the money.
Detect every square foot of dirt you can: Flower pots, under Uncle Larry’s couch cushions, vampire coffins. Anywhere that has dirt. This was one of those giant flower beds with a fountain in the breezeway of the apartments we lived in. I was broke and looking for spare change when out popped this cool silver ring. I was blown away. I was so broke back then it is a certified miracle I didn’t try to sell it for gas. I have it still.
Master the Best Detector you can Get your Hands On: In this instance, I had an old beat up Bounty Hunter Red Baron. Back in my day, Deus/CTX/Nokta users, a detector had knobs (apologies Fisher F75 engineers) and a freaking needle like a freaking Geiger counter. I’m almost certain a hamster in a wheel lived inside of this thing.
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