Monday, May 14, 2018

18K gold earring and my new Pro-pointer AT with Z-Lynk

May 14, 2018

I am finding that 5-7pm is a nice time to hunt the flea market site.  While the traffic is loud, the trees offer nice shade as the sun goes down.  I have decided not to to show all the crappy modern clad coins I find any more.  There are just too many and I toss a lot of them because they are too far gone.  

The plastic toy soldier suffered "collateral damage" as I dug up an adjacent .22caliber live round.  A broken rifle and leg snapped off at the knee.  A solier's life is rough!

Today was my first hunt with the new Garrett Pro-Pointer AT with Z-Lynk.  While I can't use the wireless feature until I can afford the wireless headphones I am enjoying the adjustable sensitivity and enhanced range compared to my inexpensive GP pointer.  The GP pinpointer works fine and is a bargain but I do want to go wireless eventually to block out traffic noise and also to go "silent running" so I don't bother those nearby.  This will be especially valuable at the beach and other public places.  I'm still learning how to use the AT pointer, the expanded range is helpful, but I'm still figuring out how to dial in the sensitivity as I get closer to the object.  It is certainly sensitive.

So today's big find is a 18Kt .54gram gold earring.  Unfortunately the hoop broke off as it came out of the dirt.  But otherwise this is a nice chunk of gold.

Another intact gold plated earring.

This little badge is interesting, maybe for a bricklayer?

I was able to test the gold using the chemical test kit I bought so I can test for all the gold and silver types and platinum.  As a tool geek I also have a jewelers scale, diamond tester and 30X illuminated magnifier for reading the imprinted text in jewelry. 

My dream find would require all these tools to identify and estimate the value.

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