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    First hunt of 2024

    The air heated up enough and the ground thawed just enough for me to hit the fields for the first time in 2024 about 10 days ago. After striking out at the the first site, the second site was a nice surprise, and lucky enough the nearby electric fence was turned off for the winter. You guys know how tough those are to detect around, regardless of how top-end your machines are. Anyways, here are my finds, starting off the year strong with a 5 copper day. Best find was the coin silver spoon w/monogram "H F". No hallmarks on this one, and given the other relics dug at this site, early to mid 1800s would be a logical date for this piece. Stoked on that one. Also got a crusty NY Excelsior militia button. Coppers are 1818, 1830 (Var. N5), 1839 (Booby Head Var. N11), KG2 Hibernia HP and a Slick Rick. Thanks for looking.

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    As someone who has only found 9 Large Cents in their lifetime, 5 coppers in one day is mind blowing! You had a heck of a first hunt for 2024!

    Personal items like that silver spoon really get my imagination working too. If only it could talk.

    I love the conestoga bell as well!

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    10 Large Cents, 415 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 10 Shield Nickels, 68 V Nickels, 124 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 131 Barber Dimes, 405 Mercury Dimes, 249 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 18 Barber Quarters, 20 Standing Liberty Quarters, 89 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    That is a heck of a way to start the year! It's been a long time since I had a 5 copper day. Love that spoon. Just the one conestoga bell? You are slipping John.
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    Holy crap, John! You had a heck of a start for the year! Awesome coins and relics for sure. I also like the butter knife with all its intricate designs. Great post! Best wishes and happy digging, Dave.
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    Looks like 2024 is off to a great start for you, John.
    You're made of tougher stuff than I; No winter detecting for me up here (but spring is coming!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    As someone who has only found 9 Large Cents in their lifetime, 5 coppers in one day is mind blowing! You had a heck of a first hunt for 2024!

    Personal items like that silver spoon really get my imagination working too. If only it could talk.

    I love the conestoga bell as well!

    Thanks Tony!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lodge Scent View Post
    That is a heck of a way to start the year! It's been a long time since I had a 5 copper day. Love that spoon. Just the one conestoga bell? You are slipping John.
    Haha - thanks Jeff. Yeah, those bells do have an affinity for my coil at times. Not sure why.

    Quote Originally Posted by Full Metal Digger View Post
    Holy crap, John! You had a heck of a start for the year! Awesome coins and relics for sure. I also like the butter knife with all its intricate designs. Great post! Best wishes and happy digging, Dave.
    Thanks so much Dave. I've seen you've been getting out also - good luck this year!

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGC View Post
    Looks like 2024 is off to a great start for you, John.
    You're made of tougher stuff than I; No winter detecting for me up here (but spring is coming!).
    Good to hear from you David and thanks! Hope all is well up in the Northeast Kingdom!
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    Amazing hunt. Wow. My favorite? The complete conestoga bell. Congrats!
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    WOW nice haul there BTV, I put my 800 on charge the other day, with visions of dirt fishing here soon, then it turned cold and snowed again, spring is coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman-ny View Post
    WOW nice haul there BTV, I put my 800 on charge the other day, with visions of dirt fishing here soon, then it turned cold and snowed again, spring is coming!
    Yep, I got the CTX charged and made it out on a nice day near 70 degrees for maybe 45 minutes before the call to come home came.
    Today we are under another winter weather advisory getting upwards of 8 inches of snow by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday). Then we are expecting another storm probably Monday to dump more of that white garbage.
    With my luck, maybe see a few nice days of spring and then it'll turn into a sauna infested with black clouds of mosquitos the size of vampire bats.
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    WOW, nice hunt. the Largies are in really nice shape as well. Congrats on the great recoveries. WD
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