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Thread: Happy 10th Anniversary to the American Detectorist Forum!

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    Happy 10th Anniversary to the American Detectorist Forum!

    Believe it or not, this forum turns ten years old today! It was founded on October 21, 2009 by angellionel and Epi-hunter.

    In an age where forums are regularly disappearing due to Facebook and other social media, we have managed to stay relevant thanks to loyal members like you!

    The staff of American Detectorist wishes to thank all of you who contribute to our little corner of the internet, whether you post regularly or just lurk. We wouldn't be here without you!

    In the spirit of nostalgia, here are the members who registered in the first two weeks of the forum's existence:

    ALV
    angellionel
    bazooka
    Beefcake
    Bentfork
    bmattioli
    cab
    Calvin
    catskillcomics
    coinnut
    CyberSage
    Dave
    del
    Eagle 1
    Epi-Hunter
    Eva
    flueinc
    grinsebring
    harleypt
    hockeyguy
    homefire
    hoser
    Islandhunter
    Jack Flynn
    Jason in Enid
    Krom
    Lane
    Lowjiber
    marchas45
    MNDigger
    OkieDigger
    RelicHound
    Rusthunter
    s1ack3r07
    Sallywag
    SeabeeRon
    Seaweednh
    Snowy
    z118



    Former administrators and moderators include: (Let me know of any I missed, Dan!)

    CODY
    coinnut
    jkress
    Lowjiber
    pulltabsteve
    randy
    tanacat



    Current staff:

    Epi-Hunter
    angellionel
    del
    Tony Two-Cent
    CyberSage
    Ill Digger
    aloldstuff
    Fire Fighter 43
    OxShoe Drew



    I thought it would be fun to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the forum by posting your all-time favorite find in this thread. It doesn't matter if it's a coin, relic, jewelry or "other". Post a short story about your find or just a photo. Try to narrow it down to just one find though.

    Or, if you don't want to post your favorite find just say "hi" to let us all know you're still around!

    THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE!
    Last edited by Tony Two-Cent; 10-21-2019 at 10:18 AM.

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    Wow, congrats AD on 10 years of success! I was trying to think what my favorite find is. I asked myself what is the centerpiece of my collection? What do I show everyone when they visit? I decided it's the clay pipe with brass wind cap I found at the 1793 French campsite from the French Revolutionary Wars. It's a personal item dropped by a French soldier during the French Revolution--so that makes it pretty cool in my book!
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    Oldest American coin: 1805 Draped Bust Large Cent
    Best Coin: 1625 Escalin from feudal France
    Best Relics: ca. 1200's Bronze Spur, ca. 1500 B.C. Bronze Arrowheads
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    Elite Member Digger Don's Avatar
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    There is no way I can pick a favorite find!! I've been lucky enough to find a few Favorites.
    If I had to pick just one thing, it would have to be the friends that I have made from the forum over the last six years. and the ones that I have had the pleasure of hunting with. That's what I will remember the most!!!
    Oldest Coin: 1699 William III Halfpenny
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    Indians 67,Lrg.Cnt 2,V 1,war nik 1,Buff 8,Rosie 17,Merc 28,Barber Dime 3,Wash Qtr 8,SLQ 2,Barber Qtr 5,Walker 4,Barber half 1,Slvr ring 5,Gold ring 1, 1831 William IV 1,

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    Hard to pick a favorite, but this find probably got me the most excited.

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    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 378 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 121 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 127 Barber Dimes, 382 Mercury Dimes, 233 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 84 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    10 years! I was 3 years late to this party but glad I joined.

    This is hard. My favorite today. Ask me tomorrow and it might be something else.

    USA button with a clump of blue thread still visible on the shank. I pulled an odd looking pewter button out of the dirt but my arms weren't long enough to bring it into focus. I gave it to my hunting buddy with younger eyes than mine to look at, and I remember his shocked expression when he realized what it was. I got glasses shortly after that.

    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
    Purdiest coin: 1832 Capped Bust quarter
    Coolest find: USA button with blue threads still on shank

    "He who would search for pearls must dive below."

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    Whatever happened to Angel and Epi ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheap Thrills View Post
    Whatever happened to Angel and Epi ?
    Angel is writing poetry now. That's all I know.

    https://www.angellionel.com/

    It has been almost a year since I last heard from Epi-hunter.
    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 378 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 121 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 127 Barber Dimes, 382 Mercury Dimes, 233 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 84 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

    YouTube Channel: Tony Two-Cent https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmz...RlHTBIU42bUORg

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    Hands down the kindest forum on the net! My wife even complains about the meanness on her mushroom and knitting forums...but not here!

    My favorite find was the 1850s ambrotype of the people who lived at a cellar hole now owned by our town. The historical society put out a pamphlet about the mysterious and weird circumstances of these former, locally famous inhabitants. They didn't have a picture...until I supplied this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    Hands down the kindest forum on the net! My wife even complains about the meanness on her mushroom and knitting forums...but not here!

    My favorite find was the 1850s ambrotype of the people who lived at a cellar hole now owned by our town. The historical society put out a pamphlet about the mysterious and weird circumstances of these former, locally famous inhabitants. They didn't have a picture...until I supplied this one.
    Cool ! Is their story online anywhere ?

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    Veteran Member Bucknut's Avatar
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    I was wondering about Epi-Hunter and Angel too. I think Epi-Hunter replied to a post about a year a half ago and I thought "wow she is still around". Cool to see that list of originals as well...some of them I have heard of before via YouTube or blog or other forums.

    Although I am a coin guy, I think my best find is this pile of War of 1812 era buttons. Not only are they historical but I found them with all 4 of my kids...lot of fun watching them call out "I have another one Dad!"

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    Clad: $72.39
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    Favorite 2019 find: Gold wedding ring & return.

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    Happy 10th American Detectorist!!
    SeabeeRon on the beach in Santa Cruz,CA.

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    Veteran Member SeabeeRon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Angel is writing poetry now. That's all I know.

    https://www.angellionel.com/

    It has been almost a year since I last heard from Epi-hunter.
    Thanks for update! Both are awesome people!
    SeabeeRon on the beach in Santa Cruz,CA.

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    That is truly saving history everyone! Congrats on 10 years AD!!! I am a relative newbie on this site and only go on once in awhile, but I really have enjoyed seeing all the great finds you fine folks have taken the time to show. Glad I found this forum!
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    Congrats on 10 years! Hard to believe really. I was a couple weeks late to make the list (Join Date 11-24-2009) and I don't post much on MD forums but still check a few almost every day. Glad to see AD still going! Almost every name on the list is familiar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggler View Post
    Congrats on 10 years! Hard to believe really. I was a couple weeks late to make the list (Join Date 11-24-2009) and I don't post much on MD forums but still check a few almost every day. Glad to see AD still going! Almost every name on the list is familiar.
    Great to see a post from you, Diggler!
    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 378 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 121 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 127 Barber Dimes, 382 Mercury Dimes, 233 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 84 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

    YouTube Channel: Tony Two-Cent https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmz...RlHTBIU42bUORg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Great to see a post from you, Diggler!
    Thanks. SE Illinois huh? Have a friend in Olney (home of the white squirrels). Need to get him into digging holes...
    Golden uMax w/CleanSweep - Deus

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    Being a fairly new detectorist, I can count my "finds" total on my fingers and toes. I'll just say congrats to the stalwarts.

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