Online Newsletter 8-3-10


Well treasure hunters, it’s definitely the dog days of summer. Whew it’s hot! Be sure you are keeping hydrated out there and don’t get too much sun!

This issue’s Tip From the Pros is supplied by Thomas Davis, and the latest Calendar of Events is updated for your convenience below.

The Feature Club this issue is The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club of Salisbury, Maryland. Read about the club, its members and see some of their finds in the Favorite Finds section.

If you know of a treasure-hunting related club that needs to be spotlighted, let us know. And every treasure hunter has finds they have made, so don’t be shy…e-mail us the pictures and description of what you found and where you found it!

The latest in THers’ News in this issue includes:

  • Treasure Found Off the Coast of Sebastian, Florida
  • ‘World's Oldest Champagne’ Found on Baltic Seabed
  • Rare Garage Sale Finds Inspire Treasure Hunters
  • Hidden Historical Treasures Sit Beneath North Arlington

Don’t forget to pre-order your 2011 Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts today at

Until next time, just keep searching,


Tip From the Pros

By Thomas Davis

While out in the great out doors, keep alert and one eye on the ground for your minerals, but also cactus and snakes; listen to the tones of your metal detector in your head phones, if possible, and keep the other eye scanning your surroundings. 

A little unknown fact is that your detector will call in wildlife. I called in a black bear with my Fisher 2-box and, at 30' from each other, neither of us gave an inch for 5-10 seconds, except I pulled and undid the safety off my 9mm. He made sway and grunt; I laid my detector down cross wise from me, it screamed then, and I backed off real slow. The bear turned and walked away also, so we both lived for another day. In re-telling the story to my friends at A&B Prospecting of East Mesa, there was no surprise, as they have also called in several coyotes and Mountain Lion with their favorite detectors. The very worst things I fear in the southwest, which many folks don't understand, are bees. They are all African now, very deadly in their attacks, and they are everywhere. If you see bees in the wild, better forget what you're doing and give them your utmost attention. Many more hobbyists are going out into wilds due to the economy. Please watch yourselves.

TH'ers' News

Treasure Found Off the Coast of Sebastian, Florida
SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA –A bounty within a bounty was discovered inside a 300-year-old bronze cannon that had been taken to a historical conservatory for study. The cannon was part of a 1715 shipwreck off the Florida coast that has been studied for some time by Gold Hound LLC, a treasure-hunting group. The ship was headed to Spain when it went down in a hurricane. This latest treasure discovery is valued at $500,000.
Treasure hunters said the cannon was a find in itself, a rare bronze swivel cannon used to fend off pirate enemies on the treasure ship’s journey back to King Philip V. The cannon was discovered in shallow waters – less than 15 feet deep – off of Sebastian, Florida, approximately 40 miles north of West Palm Beach. It was found alongside 22 rare gold coins.
The cannon was brought to the conservatory to preserve history, where its hidden bounty was discovered. Among the gold coins was an extremely rare 1698 Cuzco mint coin from a Peruvian mine that operated for just four months, adding to the importance and value of the coin, the news release said. Historians have struggled for decades to unearth more information about the mine, of which little is known.
The remaining gold coins appear to be primarily from Bogotá, Colombia, referred to as “Bogie 2s” for their denominations, the news release said. The silver coins, subject to further identification, likely originate from mines in Mexico and Bolivia.
The 1715 Fleet received a cargo of several million silver coins in Vera Cruz. Bolivia’s Cerro River in Potosi was the single most prolific silver producer in the world for several hundred years, the release said. The 1715 Fleet consisted of 11 Spanish galleons and war ships that sank on July 31, 1715, after they left Havana.
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Hoosiers Go Looking For Gold
With gold prices peaking this summer at more than $1,200 an ounce, some people are seeking their fortunes in Indiana's streams.
They're panning for gold. Hoosier gold.
Tiny nuggets of the precious metal can be sifted from the bottoms of Indiana creeks and rivers, especially south of Indianapolis in Brown, Monroe and Morgan counties, where the streams contain leftover Ice Age glacial gravel. And people are going after it.
"They call it gold fever," said Alan Oden, 62, a woodworker who, along with his wife, Lois, recently hosted about 30 prospectors in an ankle-deep stretch of Pike Creek on their 32-acre woods near Morgantown.
Although it would be overstating the case to call it an Indiana gold rush, the Odens are far from alone.
At least two Indiana businesses provide gold panning for family fun -- it's free, but you'll need to buy or rent a pan and a trowel.
And the ranks of the Central Indiana Gold Prospectors Association of America -- whose members sometimes use elaborate and more expensive equipment -- have grown from 25 in 2008 to 280 in June, said its president, Wayne Mercer, 37, Nineveh.
Self-proclaimed prospectors wryly remark that the miniscule amounts of gold to be found in a day of panning or dredging might net an average of $25 -- enough to pay for the basic equipment. But as you look into those prospectors' pans, they'll admit the occasional nugget can bring in a tidy $70.
"You'd be amazed at the amount of people who had no idea they could even go gold prospecting in Indiana," said Mercer, who coordinates monthly outings.
He said he's seen some newcomer treasure-hunters quit after just a few hours because the dream of instant wealth didn't quite pan out.
Nelson R. Shaffer, a leader in the Indiana Geological Society, said gold prospecting never has proved lucrative enough to support commercial businesses. Anyone who tries prospecting needs to remember that, yes, patience is golden.
"You'll get very tired, and part of your backside and legs will hurt. And you'll very likely get some gold, (but) there's so much involved in the economics that I can't say whether anybody will make money at it," Shaffer said.
Yet business is booming for Robin Stevens, who runs the Gatesville Country Store in rural Nashville, about an hour's drive south of Downtown Indianapolis. She owns land adjacent to the store on the north fork of Salt Creek, a known source of gold flakes.
She welcomes rookies, as well as veteran, wetsuit-clad gold hunters with sophisticated dredgers. She makes her money by selling equipment and feeding hungry gold diggers.
"Interest has built immensely in the past year and a half," Stevens said. "I've gone from selling one or two pans a year . . . to now I have to call and get supplies (delivered by mail) twice a month."
Another gold-prospecting venture, this one about an hour east of Indianapolis, re-creates a 19th century gold-panning camp. Jellystone Park, a campground in Knightstown, gives free panning lessons and rents equipment for paying campers to use on a creek.
Proficient gold collecting requires expertise, good contacts who know where gold can be found and knowledge of Indiana prospecting regulations. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources adopted new rules in December after "confusion over what was legal and what was not legal," said Linnea Petercheff, with the DNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The new rules aim to protect the environment and prevent trespassing. They stem from an incident in 2007, when seven prospectors were cited by a DNR official for extracting minerals without a permit in the Wabash River in Cass County.
Prospectors favor the rules, which set guidelines on where and how gold can be extracted.
Gold finds have been reported in 20 counties, including Marion.
How much money you can actually make remains a bit of a mystery.
Mark Bender, 57, Oaklandon, says he has prospected for 20 years. He says he's not in it for the money. More lucrative, Bender said, might be to market Indiana's gold hot spots for tourism.
"There are some opportunities there," he said, "that an entrepreneur might take advantage of to make a little bit of money."
Yes. But how much does he make?
Bender estimates it costs about $10 to retrieve a dollar's worth of gold.
Maybe so. But there's always hope.
Alan Oden, who hosted the prospectors on his land, said he has known since 1984 that the creek holds bits of gold and occasionally has waded into the water to see what he can find.
"My wife thinks I'm a nut," he said, "but as the pieces I bring back grow bigger, her eyes get bigger."
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‘World's Oldest Champagne’ Found on Baltic Seabed
A group of Finnish and Swedish divers made a rare find on the Baltic seabed. If verified, the discovery could be the world's oldest drinkable champagne.
Divers exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea found 30 bottles of the champagne, believed to date back to the 18th-century.
One of the bottles of Veuve-Cliquot has been shipped to France for analysis by champagne experts.
Dark, cold conditions on the seabed are believed to have kept the champagne in excellent condition.
Experts say one bottle may be worth nearly $65,000.
If confirmed, the bottles would beat the previous title of the world's oldest champagne, held by two Perrier-Jouet bottles from 1825.
The bottles were found in an autonomous part of Finland off Aland.
The almost intact shipwreck, under exploration when the bottles were found, lies at a depth of more than 180-feet in a secret location.
This article was brought to Lost Treasure’s attention by Captain Carl Fismer.
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Canadian archaeologists find well-preserved ship wrecked in ice 157 years ago
Canadian archaeologists have found the well-preserved wreck of a ship abandoned 157 years ago, the Toronto Star reports.
The remains of the HMS Investigator were found off the shores of Banks Island in the NorthWest territories.
"The ship is standing upright in very good condition," says Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada's head of underwater archeology. He said the ship is standing in about 30 feet of water.
Capt. Robert McClure and his crew, who were on a mission in 1850 in search of the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin, were trapped by ice for two winters before they were rescued.
Neither Franklin nor his two ships, nor any trace of his 128 crewmen were ever found.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice, who sailed over the site Tuesday, called the discovery "incredible," the Star reports.
"You're actually able to peer down into the water and see not only the outline of the ship but actually the individual timbers," he says.
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Rare Garage Sale Finds Inspire Treasure Hunters
It all began at the Newark dump, where Robert Milhoan and his childhood friends used to unearth old toys, swords and war helmets.
Now, at 67, he follows winding country roads for miles, looking for garage sales and auctions. He has adorned his house with fixed-up furniture, old clocks and collectibles with stories to tell.
Recently, Milhoan spent $1 on a box of picture frames at an auction. In that box was an oil painting by artist Eustace Paul Ziegler that has been appraised at $5,000 to $10,000.
Such stories - like the one of a California man who discovered that the glass negatives he paid $45 for at a garage sale were the lost work of nature photographer Ansel Adams and worth $200 million - make treasure hunters out of weekend garage-sale devotees.
"That's what I dream about," said Milhoan, of Newark. "That's what I look for."
Sure, it's not unheard of to find a Tiffany lamp at a flea market, but it's rare, according to experts.
Jeff Jeffers, who owns Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers in Delaware, hosts a walk-in appraisal day once a month. On Tuesday, about 400 people showed up. He said about 5 percent of the objects were worth more than expected.
The Apple Tree Auction Center in Newark conducts appraisals about every day.
"How many toads do you kiss to get a prince? A lot," said Sam Schnaidt, the center's owner.
He said the people who dig up treasures usually know a lot about certain things, such as art or jewelry.
What about those who don't?
"If you're going to throw darts and you know nothing about what you're buying - go with paintings," said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of PBS' Antiques Roadshow. "There's still a lot of undiscovered works of art out there, and you may get lucky."
Jeffers said that it has gotten more difficult to find treasure at garage sales because the Internet has allowed people to more easily research what they might find in an attic or basement. Still, Schnaidt said treasure hunters should stay hopeful.
"There's a bargain out there somewhere in central Ohio this weekend that will be worth several thousands of dollars," Schnaidt said. "I think that still happens."
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Hidden Historical Treasures Sit Beneath North Arlington
NORTH ARLINGTON — When locals walk along the streets of North Arlingtion, they are strolling on top of a hidden historical treasure: the Schuyler copper mines.
The origin of these mines dates back to approximately 1713, according to “A Place in History: A Graphic History of North Arlington.” It was during this time that a large stone, later proved to be copper ore, was found near Arent Schuyler’s house, a well-known resident in the area. Mining started roughly a year after the discovery.
The rest is history.
In a letter dated 1715, Brigadier Gen. Robert Hunter, governor of New York and New Jersey, wrote that in the span of one month the mine produced approximately a ton of copper.
“Arent Schuyler was a bit of a celebrity,” North Arlington Council President Richard Hughes said in an interview with The Leader. “Alexander Hamilton visited these mines. Ben Franklin used to come here and visit. Arent Schuyler was a very well-known name in pre-Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War politics. Descendants of Arent Schuyler from North Arlington also helped found Albany, N.Y., and were very involved in New York state politics. So (these mines) were like a big tourist attraction at the time.”
The influence and connections that Schuyler attained extended far beyond the early colonies. In England, in 1748, he ordered a steam engine, which arrived five years later to the New York company of a young engineer by the name of Josiah Hornblower. He in turn took it to the Schuyler property and the mine’s deepest shaft, known as Victoria Shaft. The steam engine (which finally began operation in 1755 after many delays) was used to deepen the mines as well as drain them, since they were susceptible to flooding. This was reportedly the first time steam-power was used in the colonies. In 1889, the steam engine relic, or at least what was left of it, was presented to the Smithsonian Institution by the New Jersey Historical Society.
In 1801, Schuyler, along with many others, formed The Soho Company to work the Schuyler mine. However, the company’s founding came at an untimely period. The mine was abandoned a few short years later and the old steam engine was dismantled and sold in pieces. After this, the mine went through the hands of many mining companies, none of which could match Schuyler’s success.
The mine remained inactive until 1892. But, at times, it became victim of a number of cave-ins. Some were supposedly instigated by disgruntled workers, others came about as sheer surprise. In 1866, a complete barn was engulfed after it was built atop a mine shaft.
The mine has been plagued by cave-ins for most of its history. After it reopened in 1892, the New York and New Jersey Mining Company tried to reuse its pillars, in order to cut down costs. A number of cave-ins took place and operations came to a halt, once again. In 1901, all operations were suspended.
These cave-ins were a reality even 20 years ago. In 1989, a series of cave-ins in North Arlington’s residential areas occurred, causing serious concern.
“We had a collapse in the deepest mine shaft, which was known as Victoria Shaft,” Hughes explained. “It was behind a home on Forest Street. The gentleman who lived there was looking out his window in the kitchen one morning and he watched his 40-foot pine tree disappear into the ground.”
That was the beginning of a chaotic time for the borough. North Arlington had to find out how many more shafts were out there and what other problems it could face.
“We were very fortunate in one regard,” Hughes said. “Because these mines were the first underground mines in the United States, they were well-documented and well-mapped. ... A borough engineer was able to take those maps, transpose them ... and within a couple of feet we were able to locate almost every vertical shaft.”
Because the remediation of this cave-in problem was extremely expensive, North Arlington was able to get some federal grant money to help. After the money was granted, the borough commenced capping all of the mine shafts.
“It was very amazing to see because these vertical shafts were perfectly square and they were dug by hand with hammers, chisels and shovels,” Hughes said. “It just boggled the mind at how perfectly made they were. ... Some were actually under houses where they had to come in and put the house up on jacks. Then, they went underneath the house, capped the vertical shaft, then lowered the house back on top of it. And in every one of them, they put in an observation hole that a camera could be inserted in each of these vertical shafts to see if there are any problems.”
Even in the past decade there were problems on Morton Place, as well as under a couple of homes in the surrounding area that were built over a mine shaft known as Devil’s Ballroom, according to Hughes.
“There was a house that was actually condemned for a while,” he explained. “The front porch separated from the house; the water pipes broke.”
These recent cave-ins were, seemingly, events waiting to happen. In 1930, real estate developers purchased the mine zone and began building homes without a second thought to potential consequences of the development, so the story goes. The shafts were filled in with debris and whatever else was around, according to Hughes.
George Rogers, the recently deceased lifelong Kearny resident and historian, remembered playing in the mine as a child.
“They were just carved into the side of the cliff,” Rogers said in a 2009 interview for The Meadowlands Oral History Project. “We used to be able to take our bikes up there, pull rocks away, slide on our bellies down into the old copper mines, but they were flooded with water.”
Rogers’ favorite thing to do in the mine shafts was look through the smoke stacks. “I remember when I was a kid and we used to get to the bottom of the stacks and lay on your back and look up through those smoke stacks,” he said. “They had the effect of … a telescope.”
As much fun as Rogers and his friends seemed to have in the mines, he recalled they never wandered off too far because they were scared they “might get lost and never get back out.”
Hughes also remembers the mines, albeit a bit differently. “When I was a kid growing up down there … the mine entrances were sealed with cement,” Hughes said. “But we would go down there in the summertime with a pick, a hammer and a shovel and try to dig our way into it. There were also these two chimneys where the ovens were built to melt the copper and they were, kind of, on a plateau of the cliff, halfway between Schuyler Avenue and Porete Avenue. … These chimneys were about 30-feet high, probably around 20 feet in diameter and they would build very large fires in there to melt the copper.”
Nowadays, the mines are richer in legend and in the minds of imaginative youngsters than in ore.
“A Place in History: A Graphic History of North Arlington” can be purchased at the North Arlington Public Library.
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Calendar of Events

7th – Orting, Washington.
The Puget Sound Treasure Hunters Club, Tacoma, Washington, is sponsoring their annual Lenny Phay Memorial Hunt, “Silver Bonanza,” rain or shine. Two major silver hunts, one a silver dime hunt and the other a big silver hunt, plus a detector and a treasure chest raffle. Fun for the entire family, to include youth hunts. For more info, contact Jim Ratcliff, Sr. at (360) 556-3914 or Jim Ratcliff, Jr. at (360) 556-4009, e-mail or visit

7th – 8th – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 28th Annual Black Diamond Treasure Weekend sponsored by the Black Diamond Treasure Hunters Club at the Plymouth TWP. Recreation Field on Route 11. For information, send self-addressed stamped envelope to B.D.T.H.C., P.O. Box 1523, Kingston, PA 18704, or go to to download the flier. Send e-mail requests to or phone Byard Derr (215) 536-0796, George Walko (570) 287-3602 or Ron Denman (570) 288-7787.

21st – Cisco, Texas. The Gray Ghost Nite Hunt at full dark. Silver dimes and collectible coins of all kinds. No lights of any kind for the first 30 minutes. No digging tools needed; coins will not be buried. Penlights and small headlamps are allowed after first half hour. Location is on private property and will be revealed at the time of the hunt. Assemble at the Lela Lloyd Museum, 116 W. 7th, at 7:30 p.m. and be escorted to the hunt field about 8 blocks away. Do not park on the grass. Entries limited to 35. Entry fee: $35. Deadline for registry is July 21. Call Jerry Eckhart at (254) 631-6809 for entry form, write 704 Avenue I, Cisco, TX 76437, or e-mail

28th – 29th – Concord, New Hampshire. The Capital Mineral Club’s Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Festival at the Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road (1,500 feet east of Exit 14, I-93). Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children under 12 free with an adult. Dealers, displays, raffles and hourly and grand show prizes. For more info, log onto

4th – 5th – Foresthill, California.
Annual Foresthill Heritage Celebration, California State Gold Panning and Lumberjack Championships, and U.S. National Gold Panning Championships at the Old Foresthill Memorial Park. American Legion Post 587 Annual Pig Roast, music, family events, gold panning, food and craft vendors. Heritage 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Championships Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (530) 367-2891 or log onto

10th – 12th – Derby, New York. The 25th Annual International Treasure Hunt at Wendt Beach Park on Old Lake Shore Road, 5 miles off Exit 57A on New York I-90. Rain or shine, silver and gold hunts. Registration both days from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Free camping available, no hook-ups or dump station. For information, call Joe, (716) 632-6129 or Louie, (716) 434-3712, write 5327 Ernest Road, Lockport, NY 14094, or log onto

11th – Milan, Michigan. Michigan Treasure Hunters’ 37th Annual Open Hunt at the KC Campground. For more information, contact Vincent Tremain, 15552 Stonehouse Circle, Livonia, MI 48154, or visit

11th – 12th – Boonville, Indiana. Lincoln Hills Treasure Club’s 4th Annual Treasure Hunt at Scales Lake Park on the sandy beach, sponsored by Robert Jackson. Entry fees put in the hunt as silver dimes. Prize donations welcome. Free Kids’ Hunt, Teens’ Hunt $10. For more info, contact Robert Jackson at (812) 925-3280 or (812) 305-0295.

18th – Knox, New York. 40th Annual Club Hunt with over $5,000 in prizes, sponsored by the Empire State Metal Detector Association, at the Knox Firemen’s Park. For info and registration form, go to For more info, contact Bob Lavoy at or call (518) 356-0564.

19th – Lathrop, Missouri. 34th Annual Open Hunt sponsored by Mo-Kan Search and Recovery Club at the Lathrop Antique Show Grounds. For more info e-mail Terry Theiss at, call Chuck Clevenger at (816) 436-0697, or visit the
club website at

25th – Pearblossom, California. 1st Annual Outpost Shootout co-sponsored by A.V.T.H.S. & the Outpost at 34141 116th St. E. The shootout is a day-long event, 9 a.m. –5 p.m., for those in the metal detecting hobby, veteran and newbies, and anyone interested in learning more about detecting & treasure hunting. There will be displays of metal detected treasures & information on detectors. Demonstrations will be given. Featured events of the day are planted coin & token hunts-some require a fee to enter. In addition, The Outpost and other sponsors will add more coins and prizes to the hunts. For more info, contact Scott Sandahl at

25th – Taunton, Massachusetts. 2nd Annual New England Treasure Show sponsored by the Silver City Treasure Seekers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bristol-Plymouth Technical High School, 940 County Street, Route 140. Adults $4, Seniors $2, Children 12 and under free. For more info, check out or contact Steve Pimentel at (508) 971-1745 or e-mail or Joe Baker at (508) 736-1438 or e-mail or write P.O. Box 818, North Dighton, MA 02764.

25th – 26th – Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The Tri-State Metal Detecting Club will host its Annual two-day hunt loaded with silver coins, unique hunts, prizes, raffles, and lots of fun! For more info, contact Justin Stevens at (618) 201-1853 or by e-mail at

26th – 27th – Java Center, New York. Genesee Valley Treasure Seekers, Inc.’s 10th Annual Hunt at the Beaver Meadows Campgrounds. Prizes include detectors, and gold and silver coins. Events benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call John Howard at (585) 663-7368.

8th – 9th – Cullman, Alabama.
37th Annual Deep South Open Treasure Hunt, sponsored by the Warrior Basin Treasure Hunters Association and Garrett Metal Detectors, at Smith Lake Park. Prizes will include gold and silver coins, metal detectors, old coins, relics and tokens. Discount cutoff dates are 6/10 (up to 35% discount) and 9/30 (up to 15% discount). Sign up a new guest and save another 10%. Contacts: Joe Box:, (205) 640-4116, Cell (205) 451-7693; Eddie Bradley:; Lawrence McKelvey:
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10th – Belmar Beach, New Jersey. 23rd Annual Open Beach Hunt sponsored by the Deep Search Metal Detecting Club. For more information, visit or contact John Helders at (732) 572-1367 or e-mail Russell at for a registration form.

16th – Irving, Texas. The Lone Star Treasure Hunters Club will host its 36th Annual Open Hunt at the Mountain Creek Preserve from 8:30 – 4:30. Six hunts with lots of prizes, a cake auction, and a raffle. Headphones required. For more information, log onto or contact Huntmaster Robert Jordan, 1705 Pecan View, Garland, TX, 75040, (972) 530-5832, e-mail

16th – Aiken, South Carolina. The 1st CSRA Metal Detecting Annual Hunt, 10 a.m. Location will be announced by e-mail to all who register. Several nice prizes, including gold and silver coins and a metal detector. Come join the fun. Lunch will be provided. Visit for more info. Registration fee is $60 before Sept. 15th, $75 after. Call Joey or Kandi for more info at (803) 640-0755.

24th – Galveston, Texas. Houston Archeology Recovery Club’s 29th Annual Open Beach Hunt at Stewart Beach. For registration visit and click on Member Events. Contacts: Buster Toland: 281-345-6899, , or

30th – 31st – Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Open Hunt 2010 sponsored by the Lancaster Research & Recovery Club, in partnership with the Susquehanna Valley Metal Detecting Club, at the Lancaster County Central Park’s Environmental Center. Registration starts at 8 a.m. each day. All silver hunts - one each morning and afternoon, rain or shine. There will be a Kids Hunt (up to age 12), a Free Fun Hunt, and an Optional Gold Hunt. Questions? Call Mike or Sue Race at (717) 355-0691, or e-mail

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Feature Club

The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club
The Shore Seekers Club was formed in 1988 for the purpose of enjoying the hobby of metal detecting with fellow enthusiasts. Their location on the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula provides beach hunting, as well as land hunting. The Seekers specialize in reuniting lost items with their owners and also providing members with plenty of fun! They also help out local law enforcement when needed. Read more about the club following these photos.

Club meetings are held on the second Monday every month at 7 pm. at the Community Hall of the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Maryland. Meetings are open to the public and include monthly contests, raffles and displays.
From the North:

Take US-13 South; Take US-13 South / US-50 East / Salisbury Bypass toward Norfolk; Take US-50 East exit toward Ocean City; Turn right onto Hobbs Rd.; Follow Hobbs Rd. to intersection with Mt. Hermon Rd.; Turn left and proceed approximately 1/8 mile to Mt. Hermon UMC on the right
From the South:
Take US-13 North; Take US-13 North / US-50 East / Salisbury Bypass toward Dover; Take US-50 East ramp toward Ocean City; Turn right onto Hobbs Rd.; Follow Hobbs Rd. to intersection with Mt. Hermon Rd.; Turn left and proceed approximately 1/8 mile to Mt. Hermon UMC on the right
From the West:
Take US-50 East toward Ocean City; Turn right onto Hobbs Rd.; Follow Hobbs Rd. to intersection with Mt. Hermon Rd.; Turn left and proceed approximately 1/8 mile to Mt. Hermon UMC on the right
From the East:
Take US-50 West toward Salisbury; Turn left onto Hobbs Rd.; Follow Hobbs Rd. to intersection with Mt. Hermon Rd.; Turn left and proceed approximately 1/8 mile to Mt. Hermon UMC on the right

2010 Shore Seekers Officers
President: Bill Draper
Vice-President: Ed Donovan
Treasurer: Barbara Peters
Secretary: Julie Pryor

New members are always welcome. Membership applies to all people residing at a common mailing address. Membership fee is $30 per year, which includes $5 FMDAC membership. Members also have the option of paying only for Shore Seeker club membership. This fee, which DOES NOT include the FMDAC dues, is $25 a year. Members receive a club membership card, FMDAC membership card (if applicable), a monthly club newsletter, The Seeker, and are entitled to participate in all club activities.
Prospective members are allowed to attend one meeting and one hunt without paying membership dues. However, prospective members must attend one meeting before being allowed to participate in a monthly club hunt.
If you are interested in becoming a Shore Seeker, send an e–mail to

Need Help Finding Something?
If you live in the Delmarva area: Have you lost something? Do you need help recovering something? The Shore Seekers ask for nothing in return other than possible hunt sites. Contact them via e-mail or via phone (please e-mail for number).

Club contact information:
Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club
5667 Mt. Hermon Church Rd.
Salisbury, MD 21804

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Favorite Finds

Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club's

Latest 2010 Finds of The Month

(See photos of some of the club's Favorite Finds following these results)

*signifies winner
"CH" signifies item found on club hunt

Oldest Identifiable Coin

*No date George II British halfpenny - Bill Draper (Minelab X-Terra 70)

1889 Indian head penny - Richard Murphy

1920 wheat penny CH - Warren Timmons

1944 wheat penny - Barbara Peters

Club Favorite

*1833 Caped Bust silver half dollar - Richard Murphy (Garrett GTI 2500)

1849 large American penny - Bill Draper

1907 Indian head penny - Warren Timmons

1951 silver quarter - Barbara Peters


*1905-1907 Army quartermaster captain’s campaign pin - Richard Murphy (Garrett GTI 2500)

Westclox Pocket Ben pocketwatch CH - Warren Timmons

Civil War-era trigger guard CH - Bill Draper

Buckle CH - Ed Donovan

Brass piece with hearts CH - Cynthia Fassel

Finial/ "mushroom" - Barbara Peters


*.925 silver and 10K gold bracelet - John Fassel (White’s DFX)

Tungsten/carbide ring - Barbara Peters

.925 silver earring - Richard Murphy

Piece of necklace - Bill Draper

Heart-shaped button CH - Ed Donovan

Bangle - Cynthia Fassel


*Lead rocking chair salt shaker - Sonny Willing (Garrett ACE 250)

Flat button CH - Warren Timmons

Pet tag - Barbara Peters

Military dog tag CH - Bill Draper

1843 large cent - Richard Murphy

1990 Irish one pound coin - Bill Cofone

 Brass gaslight spigot - Ed Donovan

1935 wheat penny - Wayne Martin


*14K gold necklace w/ opal and diamonds - Wayne Martin (Tesoro Vaquero)

Gold-plated ring - Richard Murphy

Silver necklace w/ charm - Barbara Peters

Earring - Cynthia Fassel

CZ earring - John Fassel 

Club Point Totals
Current as of June 2010

GOLD STAR HUNTER (gold coin finds)

Cynthia Fassel - 1st century AD Celtic gold

Al Nocar - 1910 $2.50 gold piece stater

Tim Pryor - 1850 U.S. $1 gold piece

Jim Tamosaitis, Jr. - Medieval French gold coin; British gold guinea

Warren Timmons - 1852 $1 gold piece 

GRAND MASTER TREASURE BARON (1,000 or more points)

Bill Draper – 1588 

MEGA MASTER HUNTER (500 or more points)

None At Presen

GRAND MASTER HUNTER (100 or more points)

Dean Adkins – 229

Keith Armentrout - 191

Ginny DeVaughn – 393

Ed Donovan – 252

Craig East – 207

Cynthia Fassel – 234

John Fassel - 341

Millard Johnson – 141

Jim Lawn – 103

Darrell Mason - 269

Barbara Peters – 363

John Rebman – 481

Jim Riley – 306

Warren Timmons – 472

Doug Wilkerson – 374 

MASTER HUNTER (75-99 points)

Al Nocar – 84

Richard Murphy - 76

Sonny Willing – 98

HUNTSMAN (55-74 points)

Keith Kalmbach – 61

HUNTER (40-54 points)

Dave Smyth – 53

SCOUT(25-39 points)

Karen Rebman – 26

Gerry Somers – 31

NAUTILUS (0-24 points)

Bill Cofone - 5

Benny Cosden - 5

Ed Evans – 12

Nicholas Herrara - 1

John Johnson - 9

Donna Kawalek – 6

Cory Kinhart - 3

David Kinhart - 2

Don Lord – 16

Wayne Martin – 3

George Peters – 2

Julie Pryor - 1

Tim Pryor - 6

Don Raleigh – 10

Jimmy Riley - 5

Les Robinson – 19

Dan Solow - 1

Darlene Stevens – 19

Paul Stevens – 17

Bill Winkler - 2


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Pros Tips.

Thank you.  Excellent reading.....for a Hoosier who lives in Morgan County in Indiana.  Can't wait to swing the BH....pan.   Jim Rook

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