Metal Detector Used: M-Series (800-0326)
I wanted to take this moment to submit my story of my best Historical find of my metal detecting career. I have been metal detecting for only three years now. When I began metal detecting, my first metal detector was the White’s M6. I made a lot of great finds with that machine but when I began spending most of my time hunting Colonial Homesteads and cellar holes, I felt like I needed a machine that was geared more towards relic hunting.
I heard a lot of great things about the MXT so, I decided on upgrading to the MXT Pro. I am very happy I decided on this machine as it was virtually a seamless transition for me. It was just a few weeks ago in late January when I made a great find here in Connecticut. My friend and I had located a colonial cellar hole that we had never hunted before. We had about an inch of snow on the ground when we began our hunt.
Shortly after we had turned on our machines, my friend Dave found a 1787 Fugio Copper around the lip of the cellar hole. I set the MXT Pro in relic mode and soon after ground balancing my machine I started pulling up colonial cloak buttons and buckles. I then got another button signal that had a nice repeatable tone in which I pin pointed at only 1 to 2 inches.
Some of the other flat buttons and cloak buttons we were digging were very shallow so I was thinking that this target was no different. When I scraped the snow and leaves away I only had to dig about 1 inch into the dirt before I could see the edge of what appeared to be another cloak button.
The other cloak buttons we had found all had a plain, flat surface to them but this particular button looked different. On closer inspection, I knew I had something special but I wasn’t 100% sure of what exactly I had until I was able to make out the motif of an Eagle and shield and immediately said to my friend that I think I got a George Washington button!
Dave ran over to me and with one look immediately confirmed that it was a George Washington Inaugural Button. It turned out to be a 1789 George Washington Eagle with Star Inauguration button. The diameter is 34mm or about the size of a half dollar and the shank is fully intact. I really love using the MXT Pro in relic mode and want to thank White’s for making such a great relic machine.