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Summer 2010 is in full swing and I will be devoting most of August to underwater metal detecting. Thought I would throw together a few photos of past treasures found and other interesting items for our regular website visitors. Have a great, safe summer!

Keep an eye on the site as I will try to post new images as they become available.

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"Greatest Hobby in the World"
Whoever digs the most hairpins.......wins.
(that's how you find the very fine gold rings with large stones!)
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I'm currently working an old beach that is full of old shotgun shells.
After they are all extracted the gold rings should be easier to find.
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UPDATE: The first week of August was not a huge success but it was very enjoyable.
In the water by 5am and finding huge holes in the beach swimming areas. With gold prices at $1,200 an ounce there are MANY professional detector operators working the water. I stayed in neck deep water this week and have prepared a list of sites where I will need my tanks. There are some diving platforms that should produce good concentrations of gold jewelry.
 
  Out of the 8 beaches that I worked I recovered 792 objects.
Out of the 792 objects 344 were junk.
Out of the remaining 448 objects 410 were coins.
Out of the remaining 38 objects 26 were rings.
The remaining 12 items were junk jewelry items.
Out of the 26 rings found 2 were gold.
 
Rings on the left before cleaning, on the right somewhat cleaner, all vintage sterling

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Ring on the left is a 10K ring with Tiffany type mounted blue stone,
the ring on the right is a nice heavy 14K yellow & white gold wedding band
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Never know who or what you are going to run into at the beach! 
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This mutilated $20 bill was sent into the Treasury Dept. in 2002 and redeemed for $20.
You can send in bills with only one serial number and receive half of face value.
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This article came out of National Geographic, 1960, Northern Minnesota
Hudson Bay copper kettles, axe heads and other French trade goods!
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2001 was a record year for me. 211 rings recovered from the Twin Cities area
Center ring is a bloodstone reverse intaglio set in 18K. Sold to a German jeweler. 
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Old postcards have been a valuable tool in finding really old locations
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    Photo on the left, certification dive, May 1979
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Have a lead on a good place to dive?
Know of any early beaches that have been closed for 50+ years?
Locations where boats have tipped over and motors or guns have been lost?
Call Doug at 612-598-9031 (I'll answer when I come up)


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