May Club Hunt Finds by Gary Bunyard

May Club Hunt Finds by Gary Bunyard

Hi Folks.  I had a good time at the property location that Tom Ashworth arranged for us in Burnet.  With all of the history that Tom gave us regarding the property I seemed to find car parts, bailing wire, and other bits of cast off artifacts.  The most interesting item I recovered was a vintage automobile tail light.  It was close to a foot deep and it took a LOT of cleaning.  The only markings I could find were imprinted on the red part of the lens "GUIDE XI-54" at the top and "Suidex" at the bottom.  After a bit of research I found a photo of the back of a 1954 Chevrolet which had the exact same tail light.  Wow, that car was build in the year I was born.  In a different area of the lot I recovered the top from an automotive brake fluid reservoir.  The only coin I recovered was a 1974 penny.  I will bring the tail light to our next meeting.  Thanks Tom for getting us on this lot.

Recent finds of Dan Lynch

Recent finds of Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch has been doing a fair amount of metal detecting since his recent retirement.  He asked that I post this on our website on his behalf:

Dan:  I've been taking advantage of Spring weather and retirement to get more familiar with my detector. Thanks Gary for sharing your expertise. Here are some of my recent finds. A loaded.45 caliber magazine was buried in the sand at Kingsland Slab (2 bullets). I haven't identified the large chunk of lead I found at my Church. The putty knife and several coins were found in my yard.

I would point out that the gun magazine was rather encrusted when Dan found it.  Dan cleaned and oiled it before he was able to remove the cartridges (very carefully I might add).

05 06 2024 Personal Hunt by Gary Bunyard with Dan Lynch

05 06 2024 Personal Hunt by Gary Bunyard with Dan Lynch

I am sorry I had to miss the May club meeting.  I am in the process of starting a new nonprofit TNR group for Llano County and we had some time sensitive decisions that needed to be made.

Anyway, Dan Lynch and I met up today, May 6th, at the Llano rodeo arena and warmup area.  The manager had informed me that today would be a good day to metal detect in the arena as they were in between events so we would not be disturbing anyone.  It is always a good time when I can get together with Dan and today was no different.  He was certainly a good luck charm for me today.  I was able to recover 1 quarter, 2 dimes, 1 nickel, 6 pennies, several bolts, a spent mushroomed bullet, a very disintegrated pistol shell casing, a very deteriorated clasp, and other bits of metal that will no longer be a threat to the hooves of horses and cattle.  What is so special that not 1, not 2, but 3 of the pennies turned out to be WHEATIES.  Two of the pennies are 1945 and one is 1953.  It has been a good while since I recovered a Wheat penny and here I get three.  Wow.

04 2024 hunts by Gary Bunyard and Dan Lynch

04 2024 hunts by Gary Bunyard and Dan Lynch

Well everyone, I know it has been awhile but I was finally able to dust off my Deus II and give it a go.  The first outing was with Dan Lynch.  We went to Quarry Park in Granite Shoals to see if we could pick up things that were dropped during the last carnival there.  Dan and I had a good time getting out but the pickings were not all that good.  I ended up with 1 quarter, a couple of dimes, a nickel, and a few pennies.  Dan was the coin king.  He found a patch to the side of the restrooms where he found more coins than I did, although it was still not all that much. Dan also found a RING, although it appears to have been a carnival ring without the stone.  Still, it was good to be able to get out with Dan.

Today I thought I would get out before the rain hit.  I started out at the Llano baseball complex and then went to the Llano elementary school.  In all I recovered 1 quarter, 2 dimes, 1 nickel, and 6 pennies.  All coins were modern.  At the baseball complex in the parking lot I recovered a Hotwheels El Camino SS.  Then at one of the tot lots at the elementary school I recovered a RING.  It is an adult sized STERLING SILVER ring.  If my research is accurate the G hallmark stamp indicates it was made in Glasgow, England.  I can't swear to this as the G could also stand for the name of the silversmith that made the ring.  Oh, well, another mystery.

I am going to miss you at the meeting and hunt on the 4th.  I have a commitment with the cat fixing group I can not afford to miss.  I told Earl that even though Robinson Park is in my backyard so to speak, I will not hunt there until some day after your hunt on the 4th.  Have a good meeting and I wish you all well at the hunt.

Gary Bunyard

 

03/24/2024 Treasure Show Silver Hunt by Gary Bunyard

03/24/2024 Treasure Show Silver Hunt by Gary Bunyard

Hey all,  sorry for the delay in posting this.  I had a very good time at last week's treasure show even though I was disappointed in the limited crowd draw.  Obviously, if a show is trying to pull in a substantial crowd the show needs to be paired with TAMDC.  Still I was kept busy both days showing off my finds that I brought for display on our table and our volunteers working the raffle sales did a great job as you will likely hear at the next meeting.   Of note is the silver hunt that was held on Sunday morning.  Larry Vickers, who hosted the metal detecting portion of the show, did something different in my experience.   Two years ago TAMDC put out silver coins and tokens for the silver hunt.  The tokens were exchanged for prizes.  This year Larry put out only painted pennies.  Every single penny was painted green on one side to blend with the color of the tall grass.  On the other side each penny was painted with one of 4 colors.  The color designated your prize.  The prizes were silver coins in various denominations.  For example a blue color was for a silver dime and a red color was for a Morgan silver dollar.  Anyway, I do believe I was one of the top collectors of the group.  From the pennies I recovered I received a 1879 Morgan silver dollar, a 1947 standing Liberty silver half dollar, a 1943 Washington silver quarter, a 1964 Washington silver quarter, a 1917 Mercury silver dime, a 1943 Mercury silver dime, 5 1946 Franklin silver dimes, one 1947 Franklin silver dime, one 1948 Franklin silver dime, one 1950 Franklin silver dime, 2 1951 Franklin silver dimes, one 1952 Franklin silver dime, one 1953 Franklin silver dime, 4 1954 Franklin silver dimes, 1 1955 Franklin silver dime, 1 1956 Franklin silver dime, 1 1958 Franklin silver dime, 2 1959 Franklin silver dimes, 2 1960 Franklin silver dimes, 3 1961 Franklin silver dimes, 2 1962 Franklin silver dimes, 5 1963 Franklin silver dimes, and 8 1964 Frankies.  There were quite a few pennies that were not recovered so Larry Vickers did drawings to hand out the remaining silver coins.  I also want to note that I won a raffle during the show for a 1882 Morgan silver dollar in which I bought 12 tickets for $10.

2024 Treasure Show

Silver finds