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12 Pound Gold Nugget Found With Metal Detector

Metal detectors typically find old bottle caps, pins and discarded pennies. But every once in a while they come across something of incredible value. A prospector in Ballarat, Australia unearthed a 12 pound gold nugget this week that could be worth more than $300,000.

The identity of the prospector and the exact location of his lucrative find aren’t known at the moment but according to The Courier the 12 pound gold nugget was brought into the Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop to be evaluated.

Cordell Kent, the store owner, provided a few details into the find. According to Kent, the gold nugget was found within 20 miles of downtown Ballarat. It was found about 60 centimeters below the surface by a prospector using a aMinelab GPX-5000 detector worth more than $600.

Kent said that the person who discovered the 12-pound gold nugget could melt it down and sell it at market value for about $300,000. The finder could also decide to auction off the entire gold nugget which could bring in significantly more money.

Kent said:

“If you are silly enough to melt it down, it would be worth just under $300,000 on market value but as a nugget at this size and shape, it’s worth significantly more than thatI can’t remember a nugget this big ever being found locally.”

"Diggers" TV show strikes nerve

March 15, 2012 12:05 amBRETT FRENCH french@billingsgazette.com

Montana's state archaeologist said a Montana duo of metal detector artifact hunters featured in a new National Geographic television program appear to have violated state law.

He isn't the only one upset by the content of the show "Diggers," which featured Anaconda-area residents Tim Saylor and George Wyant. The show has also become the focus of Facebook petitions and write-in campaigns to the channel criticizing the show's content.

The first episode of the "Diggers," called "Montana Juice," was filmed at the Old Montana Prison, a state-owned property in Deer Lodge. The show aired on Feb. 28.

State archaeologist Stan Wilmoth said the show's production company, Half Yard Productions of Bethesda, Md., did not request or receive a permit to dig at the site, which is required because the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Relic hunters unearth history


Area's soil rich with Civil War relics, coins

  • By Anita Houk
  • Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • Posted January 2, 2013 at 3 a.m.

Photo by Anita Houk

The den is where heart is for Lee Henwood: That's where he displays his autographed baseball, unearthed arrowheads and even a cannon ball — he located it with his metal detector.

"My dad and I, years ago we started arrowhead hunting," says Henwood. "He was a small-town doctor in Oklahoma and people would invite him out in their fields and he'd take me along.

"I got interested in the Civil War when I was in the Navy in Virginia, and always thought I would to start (using a metal detector) but I didn't have time. Then I retired from the Navy and came back here."

Henwood joined the Navy after he'd graduated from then-Southwestern at Memphis in 1976 (now Rhodes College), worked on Mississippi River towboats for several years and earned a master's at the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix (Ariz.).

Now 58, he lives with his family in Germantown, works in Memphis as inventory manager at Barnhart Crane & Rigging and hunts for Civil War relics anywhere and anytime he can.


New Jersey's Civil War history shown in tattered battle flags

By Douglas B. Brill | The Express-TimesThe Express-Times
on December 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM, updated December 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Hunterdon Civil War flags The remnants of flags carried by New Jersey's Civil War regiments are on display at the Hunterdon County Library. This one was carried into battle by a regiment based in Freehold,
Express-Times Photo | STEPHEN FLOOD


In just two battles during the U.S. Civil War, the Army regiment from Hunterdon County lost more than three-quarters of its soldiers.

But its weathered, tattered flag has made it through 150 years.

A battle flag from the 15th Regiment of the 6th Army Corps is one of 25 Union and Confederate flags on display through the end of the month at the Hunterdon County Library in Raritan Township. The silk flags are the actual banners Civil War regiments carried into battle.

They’re so torn and threadbare — and in some instances complete with bullet holes — that many of them look like mere paint strokes on the canvasses that hold them. What remains of the flag for the 15th regiment that formed just north of Flemington is a shredded royal blue shard and one and a half gold stars.

“To somebody not interested in the Civil War, they look like old rags, I suppose,” said John Kuhl, a Civil War collector and historian who helped the Hunterdon County Historical Society collect and restore the flags. “But they represent a lot more.”

Each regiment had a bearer who carried the flag near the center of the formation. Before radio, radar or anything of the like, the flags were how soldiers knew where they were supposed to be in battle

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the historical drama of the Civil War


By Tom Mackaman
12 November 2012

Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Tony Kushner


Lincoln, which will be released in theaters nationally November 16, is a powerful cinematic treatment of the Lincoln administration’s struggle to pass a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865, the final year of the American Civil War.

The film centers on the period of the “lame duck” Congress in early 1865, the fourth year of the Civil War, after the electorate had handed Lincoln and the Republicans a crushing victory in the 1864 elections over the Democrats, who opposed Emancipation. It follows the political struggle to pass the Thirteenth Amendment through the House of Representatives—it had been passed by the Senate the previous year—amidst deep war-weariness in the North and against the backdrop of a mounting sentiment in favor of a negotiated peace with the South within the Republican Party itself.

The screen is populated by real historic figures, first and foremost Lincoln, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. Also present are First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field), Congressman and radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), Secretary of State William Seward (David Strathairn), conservative Republican Francis Preston Blair (Hal Holbrook), New York City “Copperhead” Democratic politician Fernando Wood (Lee Pace), Union general Ulysses S. Grant (Jared Harris), Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens (Jackie Earle Haley), and many, many others.

The Most Valuable Coin Ever “Found” in the US to be Sold in Baltimore Auction


By on October 29, 2012 5:23 PM

Set to cross the block in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a famously rare New England sixpence, considered the most valuable American coin ever found with a metal detector.

This remarkable coin, struck in 1652, was discovered 339 years later in a Long Island potato field. Using a metal detector, Lillian P. Rade of East Hampton, recovered the extremely rare coin, and the story made national news. The incredible discovery was even covered by “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” which illustrated the coin and told its remarkable story in a December 11, 1991 feature. Today, rare coin experts believe the coin will sell for a price over $100,000.

We are thrilled to be involved in the sale of this extremely rare American coin,” said Stack’s Bowers Galleries president, Chris Napolitano. “There’s nothing more exciting than presenting such an impressive coin to the numismatic community that could’ve been lost forever!”

$3M treasure trove of Civil War relics nestled in Decatur

Robert Sackheim owns one of the largest private collections of Civil War weaponry, which is housed at the Blue and Gray Museum on Bank Street in downtown Decatur.

A model of the Derringer pocket pistol John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln is on display in Decatur.

So are original photographs of Booth and Lincoln and pictures of all the famous Confederate and Union Civil War generals. They are in the Blue and Gray Museum on Bank Street and part of a large, privately owned Civil War collection.

The face behind the collection is Robert Sackheim, a New York-born engineer who moved to the Tennessee Valley in 1999 to accept a job with NASA. His collection has examples of about 90 percent of the weapons used during the Civil War and is valued at $3 million.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Kelly Kline of Nashville. “Decatur is very fortunate to have this here.”

Civil War letters live on in new book by Swartz Creek historian

Scott Atkinson | MLive.comLen Thomas, 72, of Swartz Creek, sits with his book, "The Civil War Letters of Harrison Harmon Carson" and a file full of research. Thomas transcribed more than 100 letters for the book and added his own research to give Carson's letters historical context

SWARTZ CREEK, MI -- Len Thomas couldn't allow himself to let the story of Civil War soldier Harrison Harmon Carson become lost to the passage of time.

So when he heard about worries over the future of the soldier's letters, Thomas, 72, of Swartz Creek, decided to do something about it.

"I decided to take the bull by the horns," said Thomas, a former Flint elementary school teacher. "I made a proposal to buy the letters. ... There are a lot of books on Civil War letters but this is a very complete set. I just couldn't let them slip by unnoticed.
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