Sunday, May 13, 2018

My first silver coin and some sterling jewelry

May 13, 2018

It was a lovely sunny afternoon and I put my hand made wood canoe in the water for the first time this year and paddled around some tidal waters in town with my housemate Daniel.  It was a bit windy for my canoe, but he was fine in his kayak.

The flea market is closed up by early afternoon and I have permission to dig any time it's closed so I went over around 4:00pm and dug for an hour.  Another key, strange brass item with a chain, fishing lure etc...  But then, BAM, my first silver coin.  It came out of the ground all shiny.  It's a 1968 Canadian dime that was made from 50% silver according to my research and the chemical test I ran on it.  Nothing ancient, but cool nonetheless.

Then I got a heart stopper.  A sterling brooch with 9 stones.  It says "STERLING BAR" on the back and I checked the stones with my diamond tester and they are fake, I'll take it anyway!

After I got home I decided to play around in the front yard.  I had only done practice sweeps last November when I first got my detecting equipment and found some coins, toys and aluminum cans back then.  But now I know the machine a lot better and quickly found 38 cents on the path from my workshop to the house.  I must have dropped them since I moved here in 2001 since they are all more recent than that.  I don't think of myself as someone that goes around dropping coins!  But I guess they do fall out of my pocket when I take out my hanky to blow my nose - which I do a lot in cold weather.  And I found a Garden hose nozzle that dates back to the 90's I guess, since I don't recall owning one.

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