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June 21 Meeting

1718 George I  1/4 Guinea KM 555         Won by Rick Smith

Won at the June 21st meeting.  An on the spot donation from a member.

Don’t miss out on our ZOOM Meetings, all it takes is a click on the link .

Be there next meeting July 5th at 7:30 PM

Other winners- Raffles Paulo, Mark, Judi        (silver coins)                 Glenn 50/50 raffle ($60)

Scratch tickets Aiden, Scott, Rick and John

Facebook bi weekly entry winner- Keven Mitchell for Pie Crimper

Can you find it? No detector needed.

Contest rules

Find the secret hidden in the Member Pages

Submit your entry here

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

Contest ends June 6 before the June 7th ZOOM Meeting.    Earliest correct entry wins.

April 26 Winners

ZOOM Meeting Winners

1st Prize drawing Morgan Silver Drawing -Rick Smith

2nd Prize drawing Barber 1/2 DoLLar- Judi Batchelder

3rd Prize drawing Walker Half Dollar Brian Stitt


ZOOM  Bi weekly Meetings (May 10th, May 24th) Continue on Sunday Nights to keep in touch.

You have been sent an email with the permanent links to use the ZOOM room.   [Check your email from April 18th]

You can download the ZOOM application to your desktop or cell phone. 

You can also use any phone to call the phone numbers and listen in and participate with the group.

If you have problems and need help just let us know and we will guide you through.

This is the room link and the passwords you need.

Mass Treasure Hunting Association is inviting you to a scheduled Bi-weekly  Zoom meeting.

Sunday Night 7 PM  In our new room 

Topic: Welcome to Mass Treasure Hunting Association ZOOM Sunday Night

Time: May 3, 17, 31  June 14  (chat with members) 

May 10th, 24th, June 7th, 14th  Club Meeting (with prizes awarded on Facebook finds) and Raffles

 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The easiest way to join is using this LINK BELOW

Join Zoom Meeting   CLICK THIS LINK  this is our personal room

Meeting ID: 952 286 2365

Password: 3rdfriday


(dial the first number, enter the meeting numbers shown below when prompted including the pin number and #)

One tap mobile  (PHONES)

+19292056099,,9522862365#,,#,470570# US (New York)

+13126266799,,9522862365#,,#,470570# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 253 215 8782 US

        +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 952 286 2365

Password: 470570

Maybe June?

Club President, Scott Ferguson, has asked me to send out the following message to all MTHA members:

It has been decided to cancel April’s meeting as well as May’s.  These are definite.  Whether June will be our next month to meet is up in the air at this point.  It will be a “wait and see” .   We WILL have a surprise for members who attend the first “announced” get-together after the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations and group gathering limits are lifted.

Regarding FIND-OF-THE-MONTH competitions that are missed during the months that we are not meeting:

To simplify the unusual F-O-M situation we are in, and to make the judging fair and equitable for all members, the MTHA Officers and Find-of-the-Month Committee have batted around ideas for the past few days and have decided the following:

No matter when the the next meeting will actually be, we will hold ONE F-O-M competition that month, with members bringing in their best finds since the last meeting (February).  So, for example,  if the next meeting is in June, then all items found SINCE the February meeting would be eligible for the ONE single competition in June(four months of finds eligible).  Everyone gets the same opportunity to choose their best of four months. This will ease the time and logistical burden of holding multiple F-O-M competitions (entry submissions, voting, tallying & reporting of winners).  Our Newsletter TALLY sheet will have empty columns for the months we did not meet.

In the meantime everyone, please be well and practice safe detecting.


Visit with Roy Gouge

Wow what can anyone write today that will cheer you up?

I visited a club “lifetime” member last month in Florida and had a fun get together chit chatting about the club and the memories we both had in common.

This was just as the COVID  problem was beginning to affect all plans we might have for the immediate future.

It was great to catch up with Roy who welcomed me to his house in Sarasota and shared lunch. We swapped hunt master war stories and gossiped about the rest of you. 

Roy says Hi to you all !


Hats off to John

One new Design in 2020

Additional thanks to John McGillicuddy who has been awful generous to the club. 

And now his creativity has produced some new graphics for us.

The club is looking into arranging more hats for production and sale.

John brought in some prototypes that were raffled at the February meeting. More news to follow.


A  story from Jim who answered the call for someone’s lost ring. 

Well Jeff, Dave and everyone who wished me luck this morning before I set out to meet with “A”, the wife of “T”, who lost his wedding band; within an hour of our meet-up at the soccer field the lost ring was in her hand. [see pics above]

BUT, I did not find it. So, here’s my “shaggy dog” story… I’ve used the first initials “A” and “T” here for the ring’s owner and his wife. I have permission to post the photo.

Back a few months ago, “A’s” husband was the goalie at his son’s soccer practice when he noticed his large, white-gold wedding band was gone, right after he’d reached out to slap a ball from getting past his defensive position in goal. A search of the immediate area was unproductive. They reached out to a local Facebook page and saw that other rings had been found at the same park, but not theirs.

Back to this morning’s search. The ground was still quite frozen where the soccer net had been and there were some field markings to help keep me on a thorough search pattern. “A” also helped mark the outer edge of my coil swing patterns. I wasn’t concerned about frozen ground, as a ring lost a few months ago, would be no more than just below the surface, if it had been stepped on.

Curious dog owners and tot lot mothers asked what we were looking for. After 35-40 minutes of searching, another dog walker, Didi, who had stopped to watch us, asked if we were searching for a ring. Yup, you guessed it. Right at the end of soccer season, she had found a “silver” ring (easily mistaken for white gold). “A” described it, including the engraving inside the band and it matched the ring that Didi had found and posted on the town’s Facebook page, with no response from an owner. After everyone was satisfied that we were all talking about the same ring, Didi called someone at her house and had them text her a photo of the ring to her phone. A match !!! Didi lives only a block or two away and off she went, with her pooch, to retrieve the lost, now found ring.

Meanwhile, “A” and I are both dumbfounded by the serendipity of the whole situation and thrilled to pieces that her husband, “T” will have his ring again.  I guess if “A” and I had not been out to that park at that time, Didi would not have happened upon us and been able to give the ring back. So I guess I did help a little, after all. Happy ending, all around and nice to meet two really nice people today.

Look for these Rare Quarters

2019 W Quarter

Don let us know about the rarity of some circulating coins  at February’s Meeting.

Only two million of each of the five 2019 quarter dollars will feature the “W” mintmark of the famous West Point Mint, known as the “Fort Knox of Silver” because of its precious-metal vaults. Although this might seem like a lot of coins, it represents only one out of every 200 or so 2019 quarters. They are being distributed to banks and financial institutions through the Federal Reserve system, mixed in with their more common Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint counterparts.


Treasure Hunter of the Year 2019

234 Points 1st Stepper Camilleis
207 Points 2nd Glenn Godwin
199 Points 3rd Kent Blethen
134 Points 4th Scott Ferguson
129 Points 5th Bud Bing
120 Points 6th Rick Smith
116 Points 7th Mike De Grazia
103 Points 8th Broderick Gumpright
76  Points 9th Shane Le Blanc
66 Points 10th David Nydam

2019 Members Raffle Winners

Drawn at the December Meeting were the following Winners of the 2019 year-long raffle

Don Morse    (1853 $2 1/2 & 1881 $5 gold coins)
Ralph Jacobs    (1834 Capped Bust Half)
Bob Hession    (1917 Type I SLQ)
William Kilgallen    (1883-CC Morgan Dollar)
Kent Blethen    (1916 Mint Mercury Dime FSB)
Tom Violette    (3 Silver Proof Commemorative Sets)
Karl Kennaway    (20th Century Type coin Set)
John Pimentel    (AU Silver War Nickel Set)
Don Latino    (AU 1862 Indian Head Penny)
Dan Schwartz    (1921 Morgan Dollar)
Mary McCue    (1859 Seated Liberty Quarter)
Gina Godwin    (1800 Peruvian 8 Reales)

Christmas Party 2019

  • Jay, Jack, Sharon and Don


A request from the owner of a campground led to a September outing to find his daughters lost jewelry. Volunteers had no luck locating the piece, but had a great day hunting the surrounding fields and acreage.

Monthly Drawing

 Winner Takes All !
 New Voluntary
Monthly Drawing
Bring One Silver coin (=90% silver only)
Drop it in “the pot”
Take a ticket
Drawing Winner
Takes All Coins Home