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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rainy day Oak Island silver

I had a memorable rainy morning treasure hunt on Oak Island Nova Scotia last year, the reward for being a hardcore treasure hunter. 
Oak Island was getting lashed by driving rain as the rest of the cast and crew of the history channel show "The Curse of Oak Island" were eating breakfast and lamenting about the lost day of filming. 
Rick Lagina a hardcore treasure hunter in his own right, asked me if I still wanted to go metal detecting in such bad weather, my reply was hell yes! 
Of course, the opportunity to go treasure hunting on Oak Island helps you to stay motivated.  
I explained that the soaking wet ground would make any targets in the ground more conductive, so Rick and I got rain suited and booted to go metal detecting in an area close to a mysterious stone wall in the woods. 
The first target we dug that morning was an English 1797 King George III "Cartwheel" penny, followed shortly afterwards by a nice piece of silver. 

The old silver salt or sugar spoon handle dates to the late 1700s, early 1800s and has the silversmiths name Wm Miller and the initials of the person who bought the silver spoon. 

We found several flat buttons from the same era, at some pretty impressive depths because of the soaking wet ground. 
Rick and I were covered in mud, but loving every minute of the hunt and the opportunity to recover pieces of Oak Island history. 
This story goes to show that some of the best times to go metal detecting, are during less than ideal metal detecting conditions. 
Also what can happen when you stay motivated and keep a positive attitude. 
The last factor in this rainy day silver tale, is the importance of having the right equipment for the job. 
My CTX 3030 got soaked, covered in mud, but I was still able to continue metal detecting in the driving rain. 

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