I’ve still done a fair bit of water detecting this month. At around 42 F / 6 C, the water is getting pretty cold though.
Here’s a summary of water finds.
-Whole bunch of coins, including some slightly older ones. Oldest coin is 1866, followed by 1870
-Small sterling ring
-Some interesting lead items
-Copper nails, fishing spoons, bullets, etc. Also a few junk rings (not pictured)
These two blobs are actually coins.
I’ve seen this before. They’re 1970s aluminum coins that don’t fare too well in the water.
Given the insignificance of the coins, my cleaning method of choice was… a hammer.
Here are the “cleaned” coins. They still count towards my total for the year!
“Icarus & Daedalus” shell token.
I believe there’s 20 in a full set of these. I got a different one earlier this year.
I initially thought this was just a random piece of lead, but turns out it’s a little car.
It has me scratching my head, as it appears too small to be practical as a toy. It’s only as long as my thumbnail is wide.
The lead seals are quite interesting.
One is clearly a German WWII era with an eagle clutching a swastika. The back has HZA (Hauptzollamt, i.e. central customs office) at the top. The rest can only be partly read.
Another one appears to be Russian (two headed eagle on one side, and mostly unreadable Cyrillic on the other)
This ring is nice and has some age to it..
..but gold it is not.
This ring is sterling silver, tiny, and is probably quite old (judging by its size and surface pitting).
It’s solid though, meaning it won’t keep shedding layers of skin like older silver items sometimes do.
It was a black crusty thing when found.
I’ve managed to do some detecting on dry land as well. No remarkable finds, but this is quite unusual:
36 coins in the same hole. Haven’t had that many in a long time.
It’s now the time of year when a freeze could come at any time.
I’m hoping to still manage some detecting on dry land before winter sets in!