Submitted by Stepper Camilleis
There were 38 attendees present at our second meeting at the Newton Presbyterian Church. We used the larger auditorium of the church for better acoustics. Present were new member Doug of Salem
MA, guest Ken of Natick, returning member Denise of Holden, new members Bob and Leann of Middleton and new member Skip of Lakeville who has been detecting for 40 years. Skip brought in some of his best finds to share with the Club, including three British gold coins, Spanish silver and other cool stuff he found over the decades. Also, former member Jay returned, after having discovered three large cents in one hole this month … welcome back, Jay and Denise!
Spotlight on Tom V, as he scored a stupendous find this month consisting of a large button issued for the inauguration of George Washington in 1789, with the inscription LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT! This is actually a very rare artifact, with estimates of known samples ranging from several hundred to a few thousand.
Treasurer Paulo mentioned that there was about $4000 in the bank after funds came in from registrations for the October 2 hunt. Sandi mentioned that so far only 52 out of a capacity of 100 attendees have registered for the hunt which will be held rain or shine. Rick spoke of the club’s Facebook group for further visibility of registration.
Jim gave an update on the Club Library and discussed the procedure for borrowing books, as the storage locker has been moved to the church from its former location. Jim also discussed meeting on FaceTime with Roy Gouge, who, had donated $200 to the club for purchase of Morgan dollars for the 10/2 hunt.
Don discussed submission of items for the Find Of The Month table, including choosing the correct “L point” level and providing supporting documentation for finds where the age or type of item is questionable.
Scott told a great story about a trip he and Mary took to the Cape with a friend from another group. They were detecting at a beach about an hour from where they were staying. They were in a secluded area and at night, a “strange woman” got out of her car and approached Scott and the other detectorist. She
kept walking closer, and Scott didn’t know what to make of this until he realized it was Mary Jane !
Silver Dime Drawing – Joe M
Silver Rounds – Mary , Judi , Sharon , Jim M
Statue of Liberty Gold Plated Silver Ingot – Sharon
1857 Flying Eagle Cent – Kevin M
1976 Bicentennial Mint Set – Kevin M
Three 1980 Susan B. Anthony Dollars – Karl
1988 Proof Set – Dave
2007 Presidential Dollar Proof Set – Cary
50/50 ($100) – Dave
Indian Head Draw – Kevin , didn’t win
Spring Steel Digger – Christina
FIND OF THE MONTH
1st – 1723 Hibernia halfpenny – Stepper
2nd – Spill of three large cents – Jay
3rd – 1893 Barber dime – Tom
1st – 1923 Peace dollar – Stepper
2nd – 1932 Washington quarter – Judi
3rd – 1941 Mercury dime – Danielle
1st – 1911 Harvard Class of 1891 Reunion watch fob – Stepper
2nd – 1900 Sterling spoon – Mary Jane Tsiakalis
3rd – 14K gold chain pendant – John GRelic:
1st and Best of Show – George Washington Inaugural Button – Tom V
2nd – Toy hand truck – Judi
3rd – Antique Padlock – Kevin M
It was great to be back in person with 31 members again after the long haul of the COVID pandemic confined us to Zoom. We have moved to the Newton Presbyterian Church right off route 90. Guests were Doug York of Salem MA and Dave Adams from Newton. Doug started detecting more than 40 years ago
and signed up as new member.
Mark announced that his son got married on August 15. Karl’s wife Charlene, who is ill sent the club a thank you for our support.
Broderick made a stupendous find this month consisting of a Georgian period (probably from sometime in the 1700s) gold-plated watch winder. This won Best of Show for the month.
Treasurer Paulo mentioned that the club balance is a bit thin due to large purchases of silver coins including for the upcoming October 2 hunt. He said that there was about $1700 in the bank but that the balance would be back to normal in October after our hunt income. 526 tickets have already been sold for the year-end Christmas raffle.
If you haven’t already, you need to sign up for the October hunt that will be limited to 100 hunters. Club member were offered a discount . There will be 675 silver coins and 2000 clad coins buried during two hunts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon; and a chance for a gold coin in a third hunt. Some of us remember Roy Gouge, who as far back as the 1970s owned a metal detector shop on the upper Cape, in Wareham, and was President of the Gateway
Treasurer Hunters’ Club, and his wife Phyllis, who were very active participants at MTHA events. Phyllis died several years ago but Roy was designated as
an honorary lifetime member. Roy now lives in Tennessee and also in Florida and he recently sent the MTHA a check for $200 as a donation t toward the purchase of several Morgan silver dollars as hunt prizes.
Club Librarian Jim mentioned that the MTHA gained 20 members since tour last meeting in Newton Highlands in February of 2020. Jim had several new club cards printed for us with the new venue address. Mark was able to retrieve the foot locker from the Newton Highlands site for our Library.
Club President Scott told an entertaining story of a hunt he attended many years ago that was sponsored by Roy’s Gateway club.
Club officer elections will be taking place in October and nominations are due in September. At the August meeting we discussed the option of members volunteering to take over incumbent officer positions.
Silver Dime Drawing – Kent (won 25 silver dimes)
Silver Ingots (5 ticket drawings) – Dave , Sue , Mary Jane
, John , Broderick
Royal Canadian Marconi Sets (2 drawings) – Jim , Dave
1988 Olympics Proof Silver $1 (2 drawings) – Victor , Joe M
“Successful Coin Hunting” book by Charles Garrett – Paul Z
“Treasure Hunting” book by Charles Garrett – Dave
50/50 ($108) – Cam
Indian Head Draw – Glenn , didn’t win
Door Prizes (2) – Helena Minelab Equinox 600/800 manual – $10 bill contest won by Victor
FIND OF THE MONTH
1st – 1876 Liberty Seated quarter – Stepper
2nd – 1890 Indian Head cent – Kent
1st – 1905-S Barber dime – Broderick
1st and Best of Show – Georgian Era Watch Winder – Broderick
2nd – 18K diamond and sapphire ring – John G
3rd – 18K wedding band – Bill S
1st – Circa 1840 coin silver spoon handle – Stepper
2nd – Circa 1830 Diplomatic Eagle button – Broderick
3rd – 17th century show buckle – Kent