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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

Apple Game October Meeting

The October Meeting was quite a fruitful one. Member Mark brought a large bag of organic apples from his orchard. Scott and Mark then awarded prizes for the “chosen” apples. No one died from eating them- so no witches or warlocks were involved.