Ahoy boys and girls! My AT Max finally showed up. I have had it out twice at three different spots. I will give you a run down of my experiences with it so far and share all the booty! I’ve been waiting on this thing for quite a while, but so far I think I’m pleased with the results of the patience. I do have some concerns with it, but I think it is just the problem of my inexperience.  Oh well, that will fade with time, and if I can find the things I’m finding with this level of inexperience I’ll take it. I decided the best move would be to go back to where I found the Civil War relic and give it a go there.

Gold Class Ring

This was a pretty exciting find right here. It is my first piece of gold and my first class ring. This is only the top portion, bottom broke off. I still haven’t figured out what school it is from and I’m hoping some of  you can help me with that. It is from 1946, found in West Milford, WV; has the letters G E on the inside of the band and says Morrells 10k.

That was found right towards the beginning of my hunt and I had very little else to show from that outing. I spent most of the time wondering if my unit was a lemon or not. Still up in the air on that. It beeps and chirps like crazy. I’m reading the manual and trying to do what it says, but it can be a little overwhelming on the ears. Certainly a difference between this unit and my bounty hunter.

All things Old

Next chance I had to get the new beeping staff out and do some swinging I decided to head out for the big city. That is right, the big city of Stealey, WV. I have a family member there who was kind enough to let me do some searching in their yard. When I first pulled up I was a little bummed, I didn’t think there was going to be enough yard to turn up anything good. Shows what I know, there were plenty of cool things and I’m glad to have had the chance to dig ’em up and share with you.

First up is this old metal army toy. He is in the prone position with his binoculars keeping an eye out for more treasure. Haven’t had a chance to figure out exactly when these were made yet, probably 50’s-70’s I would imagine. If I get anything more firm I’ll update the post, or if any of you geezers know straight away let me know in the comments below. 





Next we have these two merchant tokens. In production from 1890-1940 these tokens were used to draw customers back to their particular tavern, bar, or pool hall. Those are just a few of the places they were used, as you can see in the picture they were also used with different railroads. One of my tokens didn’t have the merchant on it, but my other token was for the Pittsburgh Railways Co. from 1922.

From a spot up the street that I will get to in a moment I have these next two finds. Not the best picture in the world, but it is a Buffalo Nickel and Wheat Penny. The Buff is from 1937 and the Wheat is 1942. I know they aren’t the oldest things ever, but they are fun to find and the fact they were both in the same hole was pretty sweet. Good times.

Hello Silver Barber Dime!

Finally, got my first silver coin. I guess not an entirely accurate statement. The war nickel was 35% silver, but…..I really prefer the 90% content coins. This thing was just beautiful when it came up out of the ground. You can tell when it’s silver, looks almost brand new. It is a sweet 1914 silver Barber dime.

This was only 4″ down. I have people ask about correlation between depth of soil and age of items…..everything I have read and in my limited experience would be that there isn’t a correlation. I have found 1980 pennies 10″ deep and as I said this Barber dime was only 4″ down.

Just a foot or so to the right I found a nice looking 1905 Indian Head Penny. I was pumped and loving the finds, but it was time to be heading home. I gathered up all my goods and headed for the truck until the next time I can set sails on the open dirts. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to comment if you know anything about the class ring. Thanks again and have a great day.

-Capn’ Jeff