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Item Found: Coin

Location: Florida

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-1)


June 1st, 2013

Dear White's,

I found this medallion near the end of January, from a park in South Florida that I'd been avoiding for the past year. The previous January, I'd recovered 2 gold rings from the main field, and maybe a dozen silver pieces from all over the park, as well as fashion jewelry, clad coins, and the usual pulltabs and can slaw. I decided to give the park a rest for a year, not least because a new park manager had come into the job with a no-metal-detecting policy. A year later, that manager was rotated out and the next new manager is tolerant of low impact detecting (using a screwdriver to recover targets; no digging). My very first target when I resumed hunting last week turned out to be this gold medallion. Finding it on my first shot made it even more thrilling.

The medal is actually two sheets of gold repousse soldered together. A stamp with the number of karats was probably on the missing bail. From the color and softness of the metal, I'd say it's a high karat.

I used a DFX 300 to make the find. The medallion gave a reading like a small ring, and was only about 1" deep. It weighs .5 dwt.

Now, for a little deep background…The park is only about a dozen years old, and was built on filled wetlands. The main field is athletic turf, which is a very tight mat of grass and topsoil on top of a course sandy fill that provides good drainage. All of the rings or other jewelry that I've found in this park were in the roots of the turf. Some coins and some trash were under the roots in the fill, 3-5" deep, but none of the jewelry was deeper than 2" or so. Though some of the small ring/foil range signals gave a depth reading of 3" or deeper, they were usually only an inch or two deep, and some of these signals turned out to be small silver studs, charms, or in one case, a fine anklet chain broken into 3 pieces. So, eventually I stopped digging signals in this park that were deeper than 3" that read higher VDI than nickels, but continued digging high foil/small ring signals no matter what depth was indicated.

I know this would be contrary to what one would do in an old park, but this technique seems well-suited to at least some new-ish parks with playing fields that have athletic turf installed.

By the way, my best find in January was a Tiffany .950 Platinum wedding band, found in another soccer park nearby, in exactly the same manner.

Larry
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