Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Disposing live rounds safely and a 5 pesetas coin

May 8, 2018

I detected the flea market for an hour or so this morning.  Mostly found clad coins, a Chevy car key, another new Hampshire highway token (I have 3 so far) and a Spanish 5 pesetas coin - see below.

I stopped in to the local county sheriff's office to drop off some live rounds for them to dispose of safely, I had a rifle and 2 pistol rounds.  Our Maine town is too small to have a police department.  I got to chatting with the 2 women at the front office and they were well aware of the "Detectorists" TV show and enjoyed it.  So then I offered my services to the department and they said that one of their deputies is a detercorist and they called him out front to meet me.  That's what I love about living in a small town, everyone is so friendly in town, county and government offices.  I chatted with deputy Brett a bit and learned that he had started with a Whites machine and now uses the Garrett AT Pro and does all the detecting for the department.  He, like me, also grew up in England - small world!  It's only a few times a year that they need to find spent shells or bullets.  He too, loved the Detectorists show and mentioned that the 3rd season will be available on Netflix later this month! Yay!  I'm going through the series for the 4th time and enjoying it just as much as the first.

The Spanish 5 pesetas coin is a 1999 commemorative made from aluminum-bronze.  It was demonetized on 02-28-2002 and has a small collector value.  When I dug it up it looked like gold for a moment because the bronze has not corroded.

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