I hope this post finds you in great health and spirits.
This days search was a solo endeavor, as my friends had prior commitments.
It poured rain here yesterday. Wet ground allows metal detectors to detect deeper. I set my machine accordingly, yet these settings were useless.
Today was also the first time I've searched east of Belmont Hall and north of the bottle dump. During spring and summer, this area is impenetrable. A large "coke", (burned coal), mound is directly north of bottle dump. I was unaware of this. Coke can produce false readings on metal detectors. A reset of machine was required and worked well.
First target was a screw cap to an old toothpaste container. Second target was an even older harmonica reed. Then it happened! On third target, I get a reading similar to a silver quarter. Reading was strong and steady, so I took special care retrieving object. At a mere 3 inches deep, I unearthed a fully intact O.M.I. hat pin!! 75% of original gilding and both rear pins remain. E PLURIBUS UNUM is easily read.
As you know, this is my first true O.M.I. lettered recovery, and it's a whopper!!!
I'm still in awe of this discovery, so I will leave you now to admire hat pin a bit more.
As always, if any O.M.I. cause or "old boy", desires hat pin, it's yours.
Forthcoming posts as time permits...