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Item Found: Relic

Location: New Hampshire

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)


February 1st, 2010

White's,

I went back to the site I obtained in the spring that produced my 1747 ½ Reale and 1796 Liberty Cap Cent in hopes of finding more great Colonial treasures....and boy did I hit the jackpot this time!!

The grass in the field is pretty tall right now, so I asked the land owner if I could detect the small piece of mowed property that sits directly across from the 1762 farmhouse, and he graciously obliged. Instantly I began digging Colonial artifacts...flat buttons, suspender buckles, and the center of a Colonial shoe buckle were just some of the items laying in wait.

As I approached the end of the property, the land owner came out to see what I had dug. He was impressed and congratulated me on all my finds, but then told me that the area I was about to scan was the site of his grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party a few years earlier, so I may only find newer coins and garbage left over from the party goers. I thanked him for his time and went back to work as he walked away.

About 10 minutes after his departure, I received a +24 hit at 2.5". Definitely a nickel from the party or so I thought. As I dug the plug and flipped it over, I was surprised to see a grayish flat button with a perfect shank fall back into the hole. And even more surprised when I flipped the button over and saw the letters 'USA' staring me in the face from under the 230+ yr. old soil that clung to it!!! I said 'no way...NO WAY'!!

She's in great shape for being in the ground so long and anyone who has dug pewter items knows that this is a metal that flakes and wears on the edges very easily in the ground.

I have read Albert's book of Military buttons many times and have graced the first few pages of the book many a time yearning for to one day dig such an important piece of Our Nation's History. What a great day this was, and what a great machine my XLT is.

Hank (NH)
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