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  1. Reset my password and now I have something to look at this winter. Good to be back. Gus Ruhnke
    3 points
  2. I have four different coils for my main machine .. the stock 11", a 9.5" sharpshooter, a 5" round, and a 13" ultimate .. the 13 inch hasn't proven better depth to me in the places I hunt compared to the others .. it air tests way off the charts and indeed gives a few inches over the other coils, but sadly we don't hunt for things in the air and in real world hunting, the advantage the 13" has is that it covers more ground per swing, not that it goes deeper .. the deepest targets I've dug were when using the 11" stock coil .. the deepest treasure I've dug was when using the 5" round coil .. I have yet to hunt a place where I could use the air test depth of the 13" to any advantage. IMO...you'd be better off buying an F75 or T2, leaving it stock and fully learning it, before buying a F44 or LRP to customize (around the same money)....I wouldn't base my decision to buy a machine on how it could be customized, but rather on how it stands alone....you are not going to make a F44 into a F75 by adding a coil.
    3 points
  3. Cheers John. Your views are always well received my friend. I rely on you more than you know.. Trust in a person's word is priceless, especially when that person knows a lot more on a specific subject than I do.. For me, it helps to makes me wiser, quicker..... So many pretentious twots over here will 'flock' and go buy a D2 just for BS. To 'keep in with the in mass- crowd rallyists' that they go out with': and to attempt promote themselves as 'Really serious metal detectorists'....that find next to nothing of any great value .. I've had to sell hammered coins etc, to invest in Iron age gold coins, because unless I hit on an Iron Age site ( in my dreams ), I'm never going to get to own or invest in them...I'm honest about what I find, and what I cannot.. Many people over here 'discover' gold staters/sovereigns/nobles etc,with their hugely priced machines....because they tell lies, buy them in, and pretend to find them just to justify the expense of their machines, and groom their weird egos. The men and women that've made most of the U.K's top finds hunt alone; rarely in pairs. They do not run with the flock...." There's nowt as strange as folk"
    2 points
  4. I tried to watch the live opening for the "Legend" .. but for what ever reason couldn't connect to their site .. I'll be waiting on theHunterGT review.
    2 points
  5. I have the MGC 9'x13" and the 11' DD and the 5x10. all work well .You get a little more depth with the big coil, but it does get a little heavy. The 5x10 gets time on my minute man as a brush beater with that solid coil. Although the concentric for the MM gets a deeper air test. The F19 is such a nice machine ! got my 11' coil as a sleeper on ebay and my opinion is that it would do well for you.
    2 points
  6. quick hour hunt in a park I've hit a ton .. 1868 shield nickel, shield side is in poor shape .. old flat button
    2 points
  7. It's a stupid name...let's be honest. However, if it can be "close enough" to a Nox it will sell like crazy. If by some miracle it can surpass a Nox in performance - it will be the most popular detector ever made and earn its name in short fashion. I would be shocked if it had some sort of build quality issue with NoktaMakros track record. If for some reason it did - I see them taking care of it quickly as they have some of the best customer service there is. I don't see it as a copy of the Nox as far as build, which is almost certain to be better. Buttons are like Anfibio/Kruzer...not 80's microwave flat buttons like Nox has. The modes "Field,Park,Gold" have been used by other companies (especially Chinese) long before the Nox arrived. The Deteknix Quest started the elongated housing style trend first...or it can be argued the XP Deus did. The tones are the same unfortunately...they ditched the VCO and beeps for the flute tones of the Nox. They call it polyphonic, but anybody with a music poly synth will argue otherwise. I am looking forward to the Deus 2 the most...it has me excited from its sound demo, looks, and expected performance. High price is a limiting factor for many though. If it does not trounce a Nox in performance, there is not much of a reason to own one past ergonomics - which is a tough sell alone. Like I said in the other post...I don't think we see a new FTP machine until 2023 or later. Hope I am wrong, but the Impulse AQ is still not fully released. It has been a slow painful launch in my opinion. A disaster it could be argued. I love the company and have a personal friend that works there...but that does not cloud the fact they are well behind in the race right now. I am done holding my breath for anything new anytime soon. When it finally comes it will be more of an "about time" feeling than anything else. Their tight-lipped secretive nature doesn't help. Even 1/10th of the transparency that NoktaMakro provides their customers would be something. /rant
    2 points
  8. @ScoTTT2 I have zero information on them...no data or sell sheet yet. Only official Fisher emails of 2021 have been price changes - a Gold Bug 2 refresh - and a few cuts of older items like headphones. They were supposed to send me one to check out - but I don't have an F75 on hand. @Tim Kernowek 59 My take = Not a fan of the name. I agree you earn the title of Legend. Seems the face and housing on it is a bit bigger than the Simplex...from pics anyways. I'd have been ok with the Anfibio housing for the menu alone. Impact/Kruzer/Anfibio have the best menus of any detectors in my opinion. Simplex was well built, so I don't have much concern this will be cheaply made. The buttons on it seem similar to the Anfibio/Kruzer again instead of the Simplex. The Simplex buttons were good, but could be a tough press at times. Smart move to switch back. The Deus is expensive at $1599 MAP price. If it cannot dominate a Nox in testing (and real world)...I don't see it selling well in the US. Maybe EU and UK for small hammered stuff. If the Legend can come "close enough" to a Nox...I think it sells like crazy. I personally am looking forward to the Deus 2 VERY much. I am a huge fan of their ergo and removable housings that slip in a pocket. I hope it is awesome. As far as a FTP machine in 2022...I would not hold my breath.
    2 points
  9. Well done Scott. A 1868'er is a real cool find. I 'spect you will already know, but with some coins that seem 'crusty' letting them soak in virgin olive oil for a few months can sometimes help. In the past I've dug copper coins from the early 1700's......... that looked 'less than impressive' ( Roman 'grots', too), but after six months or more submerged in virgin olive oil, and using a 'fibre coin pencil'. e...ver so gently, they've been significantly enhanced. After a gentle clean with the pencil, and a wash-off in warm de-ionised water, I let them dry in a place out of the direct sun. Once dry I give them a coat of Treborius Coin Wax. Many's the time I've been well surprised by some of the results: " Faces come out of the rain".... Even crusty cupro-nickle sixpences and florins etc have come out fine. If you can't find any virgins, then refined olive oil will do
    2 points
  10. Yep, I go with most of your observations Scott. minelab has the SMF pedigree for sure, and Nokta Makro do build strong tools that perform very well indeed. I stupidly wandered off at a tangent on my reply to you on your 'New Coil' topic..... A lot of the time the pain I suffer 'clouds me out' to some extent, and I have to type my thoughts 'there and then', or fore-go them. I have my morphine meds down to a bare minimum now, at last, as at one time I did not. I'm clear of my addiction to it, and I now control IT, however it is difficult for me to concentrate because although I have won my battle with the drug, I lose out to pain and the fatigue that comes with reduced amounts of it, especially as the day wears on. Not a whinge my friend,just a bloody pain . If you check out my reply on the 'New Coil' topic end I explain a bit better why I'd prefer Nokta Makro to have followed a slightly different 'take'. It's only my opinions, and as such they are irrelevant in as much as the 'Legend' is a finished article. This forum is so good because I can speak freely without my opinions causing a furore. Like you, I hope FT 'nail it' with their SMF, however it is their new 'flag-ship' Single Frequency metal detector that I'm particularly interested in... A very fine SMF would be a 'treat' for me, however my criteria for buying one must really impress me. That's why I hope FT meet them. It's not 'brand loyalty' as such, simply what meets my needs, and FT machines really do.... A ruined shoulder and more especially my ruined fingers make FT a more sensible option operator friendly wise, apart from the obvious facts regarding their most excellent machines. ....I sure miss those lovely hot summer suns! Times past I longed for autumn and winter!
    2 points
  11. the tech part has minelab in the lead .. present releases aside .. but the build quality at minelab is so hit and miss, you either hope you get a good one built on Tuesday or don't mind making friends with the guys at the repair shop .. nokta builds tanks .. so that's a trade off from the beginning .. and at least in my mind the tech needs to be close enough in performance, not actually better .. I'm guessing that a bunch of detectors are so close to the limit of physics that personal preference (brand loyalty) is mostly the better deciding factor in a purchase, followed closely by price .. I'm still trying to make the simplex into the something special it has been touted as since it's introduction, I try real hard .. and keep coming up with, "well it didn't cost a lot" .... even with the most recent developments in detector tech we are still at a point where around 90% of the goods remain in the ground ... either masked or at a depth beyond detection or both. .. which is kind of a different take on all this (in my mind) .. my great new detector can now get 10% of the goodies. .. also meaning, my great new detector only misses 90% of the goodies. .. it's a better machine because your old tech detector is missing 91% of the goodies .. simply put, maybe not exact on the percentages but close enough to be a true statement .. you won't hear any of this coming from marketing. I'm still hoping that FT is about to stun the detecting world (I was in on a conversation that has me worried) .. but right now I have my eye on the other American made company (not Garrett) .. I have put off any new purchase at least for a bit longer.
    2 points
  12. Fair play Scott, 'The Ledge'. That tickled me. Aye, a 'short walk off a long drop', if it doesn't out-perform the 800 for actual finding ability...far more depth, being to overwhelming issue for most...I replied to your post re: the new FT 12DD, and added a wee bit on the Legend ,too. To be brutally honest the Simplex housing puts me off from the get-go, my friend......I also firmly believe that FT will bring out the better machine. FT have the pedigree, they have engineers 'par excellence', and they have a record of setting bench marks for others to wince about. FT don't 'spout off', they simply get on with things in their own fashion and invariably deliver superb tools...Scrimping here and there to out-do competitors sales pitches, "ain't their way," in my op. I'd rather pay extra for top quality every time, if possible.
    2 points
  13. yea...the name 'Legend' is kind of hard to be use to describe something not yet proven, best left for others to decide that moniker ... and the only place to go from there is 'Legend II' or if there is a problem then maybe 'the ledge' would become a nickname ... but for someone set on buying their first SMF machine, this seems right now to be the best bang for the buck ... as long as performance is along side the others(minelab) ... the apex sales just about ended with this release, I would guess.
    2 points
  14. Aye. For £900, the Nox 800 build quality is....a couple of really rude words. Glad I didn't run with the flock. Yeh... The, "Rush out and buy me in a hurry", Equinox 800..."Flockin' Pooey", for the munny?
    2 points
  15. the price point seems perfect if hitting the minelab guys was a consideration ... not much more than the 540 vanquish, but less than the 600 Nox ... not sure a clock, or time tracking, or even the flash light is something I would use ... I don't use the light on the simplex ... and I don't care about the similarities to the Nox, even if it worked the exact same, the build quality is so much better ... almost no one using a Nox for any length of time hasn't already spent another buck fifty fixing the build.
    2 points
  16. Same for me Scott. I did manage to get onto the chat line, and I left a message for Dilek to get a Legend sent to 'The Legend', that is THGT ( The Hunter GT), so that he can review it, and hence help boost their sales. My message successfully sent. Dilek was having trouble with her sound via her mic. I watched the launch on YT : 'Nokta Makro Live Launch The Legend'..Treasure Terrain. The two price options are superb, I will say.
    2 points
  17. most of the questions Rich has been asking were the same ones I had just a relatively short while back .. you need to ask them in order to understand another thing I've noticed more and more is the type of fertilizer being used by the lawn pros .. it is heavily ironized .. which quickly makes the grass a deeper green-blue .. when I was a landscaper this wasn't the way it was done .. but now it is the big thing and it will be put down every year, or twice a year, depending on which package you order from the company ... this fertilizer really sounds off on the T2 and the ground balance doesn't cancel it out .. it really messes with the big coil. there are places from what I have heard, like Florida, that have a more neutral dirt .. but that is not where I hunt .. one place I think of where the big coil would be a benefit, near me, the ground is only six inches of loam over bed rock .. but it is quiet there and the T2 can be opened up comfortably .. if the soil was deep there the big coil would be able to get down deep, but it isn't .. the rest of the places I hunt it just can't be done. .. for me the bigger coil is a limited use item and the 9x5 sharpshooter coil is the better all-a-rounder, as it handles the emi and mineralized soils better, but still allows you to cover a fair bit of ground and gets down fairly deep.
    2 points
  18. Yep Rich, I agree with both Scott and John. From what I've seen and heard your soil types aren't really suited to the bigger coil types, especially in gold and other precious mineral bearing areas. As I said, the soil type that I hunt in in my particular location is good for my big coil but if I tried using it in Cornwall, where I hail from, it's use as far as extra depth would be negated. Cornwall is extremely rich in precious metals ( not gold I hasten to add ), so the soil types are heavily mineralised there for the larger part. Copper coinage from as late as the 20th century are can often come up 'pickled' from soil conditions there, whereas in the areas that I hunt up in England the copper coins from the early 18th century, although well 'weathered' ( smoothed), tend to be in a good state of repair. Even Roman coppers and bronzes are really good in my area, all things considered. In retrospect I wish that I'd been more specific previously whilst lauding the advantages of my Cors Cannon...I failed to consider differing soil types...Dumb-ass me. Apologies fellas.
    2 points
  19. Your questions are never bothersome or useless. It is our pleasure to help. It's a maybe with the larger coil. If it is inert soil - you will see a depth gain. Like Scott mentioned - air tests will show better results than in ground tests will with a larger coil. Often times a larger coil will have the opposite effect in bad dirt - and give you less depth due to mineral feedback. Like high beams in fog. A smaller coil can often reach deeper than a larger coil in gold claim type dirt - with a VLF anyways. He makes a good point that adding a larger coil to a F44 brings you close to F75 money - and that is far superior to the F44. Something to think about. IMO - every detectorist should have a single freq in their arsenal.
    2 points
  20. Very true words Scott. How a machine in it's stock format performs is vitally important...Bigger DD's are for different courses. Very thoroughly tested, my Cors Cannon gives my 75 more depth than the stock 7x11, in pasture, in mid to low mineralisation, low ferrous/non ferrous trash concentrations. I'm glad that it does, considering it's $228 price tag over five years ago, and I do a lot of my hunting over established grass leys. Other than that the 5x10 and 7x11's are the better types, if they were not then manufacturers wouldn't sell many them as standard, in my op.
    2 points
  21. Hi Rich, I think that it is excellent that you are keen to gain knowledge. It's "Bang On!", especially as you are using the forum in order to do so. John is definitely the 'Go to man' for information regarding the various machines as he has vast 'hands-on' with the majority of them, especially FT machines. I myself learn an awful lot from this forum, and any useful interesting knowledge is easy to remember. I like your siding toward finding a really good SF ( single frequency) to run along with a SMF ( simultaneous multi-frequency). So many 'experts', and more especially sellers of SMF's say that the SMF's make SF archaic; obsolete, even. Junk talk. FT for one, would cease production of SF machines in an instant, not bring out an another high-end one, with it's new coil design, in the near future...Again Rich, keep things 'simple yet very good', don't be a 'sheep' or a 'perceived obsolecence junkie', and BE PATIENT. NM ( Nokta Makro), are about to release their first SMF very soon. Fantastic, Great. YEEEE-friken HAAA!!! It's definitely what's needed to 'rattle the roost! I'm really keen to see how it goes; but will I buy one straight away, simply because it's there? You betcha I won't. I'll sit back, wait, and then see how it stacks up against FT's SMF when it comes out. Only then, will I make my decision and go buy my first SMF machine. Let others rush out and buy, let them do the hard yards, let them say, if only to themselves, " I wish I'd waited, that ......SMF is better than the one I tore off to the shops to buy".... Thankfully, for industry and commerce, there is a vast over-whelming nucleus of people that do not share my take on the matter... The coins and artefacts ain't going anywhere soon, most of the very best ones are only discovered when that tiny 'sweet-spot' on the search coil nicks them, and there's countless billions of 'em out there!....I hope
    2 points
  22. Thanks hunter!!! So you think the bigger coil 13/15 inch persay , would give extra 2 inchs or so on depth??IF the LRP was able to sport a larger coil than 11inch which i think it is not from my understanding then that would be awesome. I know there are machines that blow these outa the water and if my questions are useless or bothersome please let me know. My goal is to have 2 machines that i can adapt to a single frequency and a multi-frequency.
    2 points
  23. Both are 7.7kHz. I think the F44 is the better buy for coil selection alone. It also has some neat features the LRP does not have such as iron audio - backlight - ability to change category tone. F44 has a slightly faster recovery speed and is built slightly better as well. LRP advantage is that is has a Vbreak if users want to run 0 disc. LRP also has and an adjustable notch from 1-20 wide that you can place anywhere on the scale. F44 is all category notch...but an effective one.
    2 points
  24. She does not take any crap - that is for sure.
    1 point
  25. rebeldigger told me they are now out for sale .. but I can't find one anywhere .. what's the scoop @theHunterGT? ...price, availability and when do we see the HunterGT break down
    1 point
  26. .....baffles me Scott. a year or two backalong, a guy over here 'found' an Iron Age bronze socketed spear-point. An absolute beauty....His YT video shows him getting a long, sweet signal on his CTX, digging down no more than six inches in pasture, and pulling out the pristine grade ancient arfefact, with lots of loud repetitive, "Oh my God's!", and hugely shaking hands..A few days later he 'found' a hoard of scattered immaculate silver hammered coins, and a gold Noble in with them! Again with his CTX, again no deeper than six or seven inches max...more " OMG's and tremens.......his hauls continue to 'impress'...I'm not saying everyone reacts the same for one second, however I will say that when I found that early Bronze Age flat axe-head; flat mind you, not on edge of vertical, it was down a good 14"'s. I too, was hunting on pasture permission, using AM....When I eventually got to it, and saw what it was, I literally sat down hard, looked away, looked back into the hole, and looked around again to see if anyone was about before prising it up. I was on both knees, with my butt on my heels. My hands didn't shake: I was simply 'gob-smacked' speechless, as I gently lifted it out. I just put it down on the grass and looked at it for a good while before wrapping it in grass and putting it in a big coat pocket, quietly, before ever so carefully back-filling the hole and fluffing the grass up after...I remember my mouth being very dry indeed, and me having to drink several flask-tops of tea. Only then did I notice a slight shake of my fingers... I took it home and said Nothing to anyone. Two weeks went by at least, before I phoned Graeme Rushton at Unearthed Uk ( a home based metal detector dealer, and long time hunter) for his advice. I sent him photos of it, and he verified it. I also sent photos to John and one other person. I was allowed to keep it as the British Museum's portable antiquities department said I could. They have numerous same -type axe-heads already, thank goodness!....inside I was doing the 'Cornish Jig' and singing out loud, but never once did I do a pantomime act for all to see and hear. As I remarked earlier Scott,, we all of us are individuals, we all react in our own ways to things, however, as my beautiful Mum used to impress upon me; quote: " People generally know where they stand with thieves, Timothy..... Nobody knows where they are with a liar"... Praps if John reads this and still has those photos he might post them up...As far as I remember they haven't been on the forum.
    1 point
  27. In the last video, I saw the coil on a T2 ... Tim, there are so many utube videos that are faked, and obviously so .. 'dug down 10 inches and pulled out a flying eagle cent...which came out in such good condition, clean like nothing I've ever pulled from the ground.. then the rest of the finds are similarly clean(ed), no years worth of stuck on dirt, etc .. surely bought and placed as to make it look like they were found.' .. I don't understand why people do that. .. except to get the pat on the back from those they've fooled.
    1 point
  28. Nice job Scott. I have yet to dig one of those nickels. Dug 3 silver war nickels - 4-5 Buffs - 4V's....but not that bastard yet. Sweet button as well...hard to date those flat ones. Guessing as old as the nickel at least.
    1 point
  29. Welcome back Gus! Good to see ya here my friend.
    1 point
  30. Welcome back Gus .. join on in, share some finds, knowledge etc.
    1 point
  31. Hi Gus, I've 'seen' you on John's live stream in the 'live-chat' at times, but as I'm over t'other side of the Pond, it's too late/early in the morn for me. There's quite a few things on here for you to catch up on and have a look at, including some finds from over here in the mid-lands of the U.K, plus some pics from my people's Cornish Museum, as well as lots of U.S finds that I find really interesting indeed.
    1 point
  32. It was a choppy mess for most. Chat was triple posting each comment as well. Not sure why they didn't just use Facebook or YouTube instead of hosting it like they did. The detector itself looked awesome - and is priced to sell. It is about $100 lower then I though they would sell for.
    1 point
  33. As i had a LRP , but no longer have it and i loved that machine i have a few questions mainly for Hunter but anyone else also if you know either machine. How do they fair against one another? Hunter i think you said that the LRP held a slight edge in a YT video? , but with LRP limited coil options..and fisher f44 able to sport a 15 inch coil i believe, IM curious on a verus thing along with using different coils?? Thanks!!!
    1 point
  34. if it wasn't for this forum and a bit of advice a few months back, I would have sold off the 13" ultimate .. still it seldom sees any action on my machine .. there is almost no place around me where I hunt that isn't some type of machine gun report from the trash, be it modern aluminum or a bit older iron .. and the T2 is a EMI magnet, you could almost use it as a EMI meter as is ... I could see the beach guys liking the big coils and maybe some other places where there is a more neutral soil a big coil would be a benefit ... but even these places and the machines sold to hunt such places all come stock with a relatively small coil .. it would seem that if there was a noticeable benefit to a large coil the manufactures would be offering up a machine with one stock and as an option, have the smaller coils.
    1 point
  35. BANG ON!. Good on you for up-loading this video of a SMF at work on gold Scott...Top man... Makes me wish I had a big old pile of gold rings so's I could run them across Delta Pitch in JE , and also on my G2+ for the craic. Sadly my haul of gold is hugely limited! Good job for me that most all thin sectioned small to medium size ( 1/4" to 1 1/4" ) silver hammered coins that I come across from time to time almost exclusively sound so similarly 'tight' and 'rich' tonal wise. in DP, with only the occaisional 'high-flyer'. Key is, dig those 'rich' mid-tones. They'll be there after your vdi is down and gone Rich. High tones speak for themselves, and they're another story!
    1 point
  36. Brilliant John! 'The Whirling Dervish' is great craic for sure my friend! You had me laughing out loud with that one...your dry sense of humour tickles me. Yep, great VCO is a 'must have'. I know not of the adjustable beeps, but I'll take your word that they're a 'must' also. One my distant relations got killed at Crimea. He was camping in the other valley at the time, and decided to pop over the hill to see what all the noise and hoof-beats were about!
    1 point
  37. Rich ... here's the video I mentioned in my previous post ... for me it was an eye opener ... he uses the Nox, which has a different TID scale than the G2+, but what he is showing here holds true to all detectors ... one thing I find that helps me dig rings is as Tim said the tone is locked on to a single number or relatively small group of numbers .. it is a solid tone, more easily discerned from other targets with a bit of practice ... and as you will see in the video, it doesn't matter what the numbers are. ... every ring is slightly different in size, shape and what it is made of, a 14K ring is a little more than half gold, but the other half could be silver or copper or nickel or a mix of different metals .. so a ring is not consistent with another ring, it is slightly different .. thus a detector will ring up a number different from another ring that is 14K, but that number won't waiver much if at all. With the Nox/vanquish iron numbers are negative and end at zero ... the G2 iron starts at zero and goes to 40 ... so everything in the positive numbers on the Nox is non ferrous where the G2 non ferrous starts at 41. they are two different scales that represent the same thing and work similarly notice the nickel/pull tab numbers only represent a few gold rings ... most of these gold rings are at a different number.
    1 point
  38. Good forum to find and join Rich. don't you think? There's lots of useful info on here already, plus pics of finds, if you choose to 'back-browse' when you have time I reckon that you may find most of it interesting and cheerful. There's never a hard word on this forum: no sniping or bitchin'....... Scott and John both endorse the Vanquish as a better machine by far in mineralised ground, especially for deeper targets, so you're sorted there as far as an excellent all-rounder is concerned..... Both John and I thing well of the G2+ as a very competant machine for 'locking on' to coins and gold amongst trash in all soil types ( it is designed as a 19 kHz turn-on-ground balance-and- go, gold finder ), so you really do have two great 'guns' to go hunting with.... I really do tend to harp on about my 75 a lot, but that's because I've used it (reasonably successfully), an awful lot for some good long years, and I know it inside out (more than less ). However, I readily accept it's short-comings without me spitting out the proverbial dummy like a big baby ***** mong. Fisher F75's, in all their forms, have most definitely been around a heck of a time. The F75 set the bar for other manufactures to attempt to equal in performance, reliability ergonomics ( design, balance, and ease of handling for long periods ), factory after-sale back-up, and durability.... These days it has been surpassed by some other excellent machines, in some key areas... I accept all factual criticism of it's short-comings, because they are factual, there is no dancing around the truth for me. However, mere mention of another persons machine being anything short of 'the ultimate' sometimes provokes intense rudness from the ego-inflated mouths of the brand-blinkered-'blind'. .... This forum differs hugely from 'gang-land' forums. What we have here is politeness, forth-right honesty, an ability to listen, and a will to help each other if we can. Not too many contribute to the forum, as yet, but that's not a bad thing. Far from it in some respects. It's always better to build slowly and steadily, have a few real good mates that get along really well, rather than a gang of BS'ing egotistical bigots and hecklers that blow hot air up each others butts, and pick on those they deem 'less than they'. Now go find some coins and artefacts Rich , and best of all have fun whether you find them or not.
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  39. Great to hear that you found that 1902 Barber Dime, and especially the sought after 1909 vdb 1 cent for you to fit into your collection book Scott. It's cool to add another 'must try to find' find to the list. I remember not so long back, looking at your huge hauls of coins as well as some really cool artefacts that ulimately won you THGT CIR comp on this forum: whilst I was finding 'Jack' due to s#### weather, or the inability to find much of anything but sub-standard coins and bust up artefacts. Worse still, my bro found that Roman ladies bronze make-up mixing spoon, followed up by it's spatula several days later, in the same area that I was hunting in! As far as the English debacles in the Canadas and especially the Americas ( amongst the many cock-up they made : SNAFU ), I know next to zilch. I'm old-version Cornish my friend. Cornish children didn't get taught about English history at all back in the day, until we were 14 years of age, and then only as part of our (then) 'O' level exam history module. Up until that age we had our Cornish history drummed into us, as in the pics that John posted up from our 'National' Museum in Truro City, Cornwall. From the Mesolithic to the Industrial Revolution was our 'lot'. We were taught about how the English starved our ancestors through high taxation etc etc, as well as about the battles we fought and lost against the 'Saxon Heathen'. Many of my Cornish ancestors were slaughtered by the Crown armies in days past. Much is made of the brutal Viking invasions of England, and how the English suffered under the yolk and broad ax of the Norsemen. We Cornish, on the other hand, always got along just fine with the Vikings. Viking long-ships escorting their larger cargo ship made land-fall in Cornwall right through-out the 'Viking Age', bringing with them bars/baulks of Norwegian pitch pine timber, Scandinavian ponies and much other merchandise. These much saught after items were traded by them for our high grade Tin, of which they had none. Pithch pine was perfect for use below ground, so too the small. very hardy ponies, which were superb animals in their own right.. In the year 838 a battle was fought at a place called Hingston Down near Gunnislake in Cornwall. A combined force of Vikings and Cornish were defeated by a numerically superior force of Saxons ( English ). Incidentally Scott, at the furthest reach of the Devoran Estuary of the Truro River there is a pub called 'The Norway Inn'. It is built upon the site of a Cornish/Viking trade site. A Tin smelting foundry has existed near-by from earliest times until the end of the 1800's also, only 100 yards up the road...( see pics of Tin ingots in posts of Museum). Since the 80's our Cornish history curriculum at schools in Cornwall has been replaced by the history of the English. What I do know for sure certain is that ' Mad' King George the Third totally 'lost his marbles', along with the Americas.... Good! Bloody Crown and it's 'Butchers Apron' ( George Cross Flag of England). The English monarchy have always possessed an utter ruthlessness, from their Edward 1st, until this very day. They possess an inexhaustable greed, lust for control, and a feral ferocity; the ferocity brought by generations of in-breeding. The English people per-se are fine people for the large part. They are good people, many of whom suffered terribly at the hand of cruel masters. "Long live the United States of America", says I and I.
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  40. I have a feeling history is not written the same for each country. Certainly the lesser facts were skewed to fit each countries narrative of "we are the best". The rest of the world snickers at the French for "waving the white flag" in battle. I will assume they find less humor in that and teach they they are tough and mighty and saved the day more than once. Nice scores on the barber and VDB. My dad busted out a full IHP and wheat book a while back - floored me as I had no clue he had them.
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