« Back to Finds Posted January 1st, 2010 by Pat

Item Found: Relic

Location: New Jersey

Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0319)


January 1st, 2010

Dear White's,

I would like to inform you on a success story on my recent hunt. First, here is a little background. I bought the Spectra V3 last year to replace my DFX. I had much success with the DFX in which I have found my oldest coin in this location, a Spanish Reale dated 1782. I have also found 4 musket balls in this location, including 6 unknown coppers, and in the same hole I found a flint stock... The location I suspected from my research was once a campground for the British Army between 1777-1782.

I never found anything else in the area to prove that it was. Two years later I went back to the location with the Vision. After receiving a software upgrade from Todd, I was very excited to try the update.

I looked at best RX gain which told me it was 5. I bumped the RX to 7, put her in Relic Mode and change the sweep speed to 5 GHz for slow high mineral sweeps. Within the first 20 minutes I found this buckle around 2 inches deep. I figure it is a spot that I went over with my DFX and just missed it. I was starting to put things together a little bit piecing my past finds with the buckle. There still is nothing to tell me that the British Army or even the Revolutionaries have camped there.

Within another hour I had hit that almost knock off your cordless headset. It was a constant beep around 65-75 VDI and the V3 was telling me 3 inches deep. I started digging and hit a tree root. This root was about 6 inches thick and I was praying that it was not in the tree root. After about 20 minutes of removing the root the signal was still saying 3 inches.

I dug to 8 inches and hit the target, I did not know what it was but it looked like somewhat of a button. Then I checked the hole again and there were 5 others in the same hole. The V3 had found these targets at 8 inches which boosted my confidence.

I posted my finds on Treasure.net and asked if anyone could help me ID these lead looking buttons. Someone did and told me they were Make Shift Buttons, made by someone who needed to replace their uniform buttons. So in closing my research has been correct. There was definitely a British or Colonial Army Camp at this location. Only time will tell.

Thank You

Pat (NJ)

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