Contrary to Rumors, Couple Will Keep the Saddle Ridge Hoard
April 2014 by Scott HarnSome media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
I have always enjoyed finding things. As a kid and up through college I searched for arrowheads, rocks and fossils. One day I saw an ad for a metal detector in a magazine, and a week later I was digging up everyone’s yard...
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
I have figured out over the years that the winning combination is hard work, persistence, knowledge, and a little luck. This leads me to describe one of my best finds ever, a “honey hole” of placer gold, if you will.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
I was amazed and surprised, and I took a moment to admire how beautiful this coarse chunk of gold was. It later weighed exactly one-half ounce.
These are just some of the ways I have been able to find new spots to metal detect for gold.
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