Friday's outing was full of history and excitement, but the finds came up a bit short. Thankfully I had a bit more luck yesterday. I will be carpooling with three of my friends from the Triangle Relic Recovery club to the November "Diggin' in Virginia" relic hunt, so we wanted to get together for some detecting time before we go. Dwight, Josh, and Jim drove in from the Raleigh/Durham area to detect the Webb farm and several adjoining properties. Josh and Jim were both testing out new detectors which are meant to help with the highly mineralized Virginia soil, and while the red clay around Saxapahaw isn't quite as bad as Culpepper, it's probably the best local approximation.
We started off on the area of the Webb Farm where most of the Civil War era relics have been found. The good news is that I was apparently quite thorough in my previous searches here. The bad news is that even with four of us (including a TDI and a GPX4500) we had trouble finding signals. It was still fun, though, comparing the signals we did get and finding out all the ways iron can trick your detector!
The next spot was on a cattle farm on Sax Beth Church Rd. where several other friends and I had previously stumbled upon a patch of coins ranging from 1904 to 1920. The last ones to come out of the area had been quite deep, and almost didn't register on my DFX. I was curious to see what the other detectors could find, and sure enough Jim's GPX was the only one to snag another coin - his very first "V" or Liberty nickel. It's also the oldest coin of the day, produced between 1883 and 1913, but 80+ years in the ground rendered the date unreadable.
We then moved over to the spot James and I had discovered on October 8th. There were considerably more targets in this area, and we all walked away with some misc brass. Over the course of the day Dwight pulled a very cool pocket knife, and Josh recovered a brass bridle buckle and some other horse tack. I dug another 19th century brass toe plate near the building spot, my second from this area.
I'm very pleased with my find of the day, though. As I removed the dirt from within the plug of an iffy signal, I saw a small silvery disc. Honestly, my first thought was "Dang, just a dog tag!" before I realized what it was. It's a 1927 Standing Liberty quarter, my first ever recovered with a metal detector. This is a coin I've been wanting to check off the list for a long time now, and I'm very happy to have found it! I know there's more good things to find at that spot, and I'm excited to go back once we get some more rain.
Thanks again for Josh, Dwight, and Jim for coming down, I had a great time, and I hope you did too! We'll have to get out together more often, it was a blast!