Joined up a couple of days ago, have a Garrett Ace 250, only been detecting a week or so.
Just wanted to say hi to everyone and post a picture or two of a coin I found in the garden!
I bought this house back in April, it's about 200 years old but has been rebuilt about 60 years ago so thought I'd start my metal detecting journey digging up the garden! Tons of fun when you get a good signal and start the dig!
Anyway, quite alot of trash, nails, horse shoes etc but I did find a coin, or what seems to be a coin (picture posted). It says George III and on the back "In memory of the good old days 1788". I also found about 30 complete (not smashed) bottles in the ground. Most of the bottles are beer bottles, from Googling the brewery's they're all closed down now and the last closed in the 30's. A few nice looking bottles with glass toppers too, will give them all a good clean and might pop up some pictures!
I have noticed with the Garrett that the signals jump alot, it'll say silver (top end of the scale) but also jump back to iron constantly. With these types of signals should I avoid digging them? I've just been digging everything but want to try to avoid digging nails all the time (dug about 40 nails in the past week).
Anyway, enough of the rant. Nice to meet you all in advance! Look forward to reading some of your posts and posting some more of my own.
--- if this is in the wrong "forum" I apologise!
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Great first post, and the content could suit any one of about sixteen forums so I've left it where it is
Sounds like you're having fun and have got the bug, right enough! Hope you continue to enjoy the hobby and look forward to seeing what else turns up for you. (Your "coin" is a George III Spade Guinea token and in decent nick, too )
Some sort of electrical gubbins(I'm told it's a Deus). In various colours
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You're on the trail now!
Good first find-now for a real guinea
All the best
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If it makes you feel better, after a year I've shedloads of agri-crud & one peasant's button
I'm going to head to the beach tomorrow, need to stop digging up the garden! I'll spend a few hours on dry sand (have read posts that wet sand is a nightmare!) and see what treasures I can find!
Awesome, I'll keep that token as a "first find" memorabilia! Look forward to seeing what you guys post and reading some good tips!
On a side note, do any of you guys have any good youtube videos to watch of how to "properly" detect? E.g swing, beeps, when to dig etc etc?
I'll probably keep digging up every hit but would like to watch some vids to speed up the learning process!
Thanks again to all who replied!
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Too early for you as its planned for Spring, but this event will be aimed at newcomers like yourself. I am up at 5am tomorrow to travel down/across to Bristol area to check out the land etc and hope to post up more info later on tomorrow evening. Plenty of good videos around but also lots of unhelpful ones. The members here will guide you to the right ones to watch, best advice from me will be
Get used to your machine, do a little test bed of items and get to know the signals.
Go Slow and Low, don't rush around.
Use the factory settings first before you start to try more complicated ones.
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I managed some good coins , thimbles and a neat silver pendant as well as countless nails , screws , horseshoes and even part of an old plough ! I also found the cottage bottle tip and had quite a few nice bottles amongst the usual rubbish alongside plenty of clay pipe stems !
Would be great to see some photos of what type of bottles you managed to unearth , they can also give you a good timeline and history of the property .There is some great help on here from many members , newbies and seasoned detectorists , all willing to lend a hand .
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Hammered silver coins:21 inc cut 1/2's and 1/4's
Gold coins :0
Saxon coins :0
Roman denari :0
Matrix seals :1