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 two of three pieces of an extremely rare pewter Confederate CSA Civil War belt buckle. I am happy with it just like it is, as it is one of the few plates assigned a rarity of 9 by the “experts”, where a rarity value of 10 is unique.
The pewter was quite brittle, and usually break like this one. I couldn’t find the remaining fragment, which may very well be under a driveway or nearby road, or dug by another detectorist in the past.
SITE: Confederate Civil War Camp
SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 One of the best places I’ve ever hunted. Seemed like every other thing I dug was something unusual and/or rare.
Hunt Every Site Like it Is the Last Time: No matter what happens, always hunt a site like it is the last time you will get to hunt it. If the site is good, you will hunt it harder and longer thinking that way. You never know what could happen that could cause the property owner to not let you hunt again, or you just might never get back to that property.
Edge of Driveways: I’ve found some great stuff on the edge of driveways and patios and sidewalks on sites that have been hunted hard. Sometimes you might need a small coil to get close to the concrete if the concrete has supporting rebar or metal in it.
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