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April 24 Meeting Notes

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis
There were 24 attendees at our April 24 meeting. Treasurer Paulo Adams indicated that there is a balance of around $6550. Paulo indicated that we will soon be stockpiling for the Fall Hunt at  Houghton’s Pond. There was also discussion of having more and larger members-only hunts, as well as the prizes being predominantly cash and silver coins.
It would be helpful if someone step in and help with the procurement of prizes and supplies for Club events. Coupled with Sandi’s ongoing management of the Club web site, she has quite a lot on her plate. Thanks to anyone who can help support her.
Scott Ferguson gave a recap of the 4/24 hunt at the farm in Lancaster. Although not much was found, Bart Navarro detected a 1770-75 George III British farthng, Glenn Godwin found a Mercury dime and  Broderick Gumpright found a Sterling silver ring. Still, we all had a great time, including visiting the ice cream/food stand on the farm property and shooting the breeze with our old TH’ing cronies. Glenn seems to be feeling much better from his illness now. Don Latino’s brother John joined the MTHA and was present at this hunt as well.
At this Zoom meeting there were discussions of past hunts, including Shane Le-Blanc’s amazing 2013 discovery of a cache of nearly 500 US silver coins that had been buried in a crock pot and mason jar in the 1960s. Don Latino mentioned that Shane has a medical issue he’s dealing with and we all wish Shane a speedy recovery. We also spoke about a box of coins found in the Charles River, a jewelry hoard and a set of Sterling silverware detected in a river many years ago. It was mentioned that in a recent period of drought, several spills of old coins were unearthed. Rick Smith stated that there is the possibility of removing the dam in Watertown.
Scott mentioned that for the first time, at this meeting, an “outstanding citizenship” award would be given, and Sylvia Cross was recognized for this. Congrats, Sylvia!
Paulo picked up several cool collector coins for a holiday raffle, mostly slabbed by PCGS, NGC or ANACS, for raffle prizes. First prize is an 1883 Shield nickel graded by ANACS as MS63, then a 1936 Cleveland Cent Commemorative half dollar MS65, a 1943-D Walking Liberty half in MS65, a 1940-D dime MS66 Full Bands paired with an 1883 Hawaiian dime, a 1913 Barber dime MS62, and a Deep Mirror Prooflike 1883-O Morgan dollar in MS61. Lots of high-grade coins here!
Don Latino and Dan Schwartz agreed to institute a new provision, such that an outstanding find that didn’t get enough votes to place in the Find of the Month contest should still be recognized to the tune of a special prize awarded to the finder. This was done for the first time, as this month, newcomer Mike Zelinski found an 1877 Indian Head cent, which is the rarest date of the entire series. This is a really welcome addition to the Find of the Month, because it frequently happens that one or two items just blow everything else away in terms of voting strength.

For the raffles at the 4/24 meeting, Joe Mishley won a 1924 Peace dollar and
and Paulo Adams won a 1923 Peace dollar.  Mary McCue won the 50/50 raffle,which was $55. The Barber half draw was pulled for Dave Rockwell but he didn’t pick the winning envelope.
FIND OF THE MONTH
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st – 1853 Liberty Seated quarter – Stepper Camilleis
2nd – 1877-CC Liberty Seated dime – Don Latino
1900-Later Coin:
1st – Standing Liberty quarter – Erica Fletcher
2nd – 1908 Barber dime – Mike Zelinski
Jewelry:
1st and Best of Show – 5-diamong ring – Kent Blethen
Relic:
1st – 1720-1770 Open work shoe buckle – Mike Zelinski
2nd – Coin silver thimble – Kent Blethen
3rd – Late 1800s coat clasp – Danielle Suarez

Judges award  1877 Indian Head cent   Mike Zelinski

March 27th Meeting Notes

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis

There were 24 attendees at our March 27 meeting. Treasurer Paulo Adams indicated that there is a balance of around $5700. Paulo recently went to a coin show and picked up several cool collector coins, mostly slabbed by PCGS, NGC or ANACS, for raffle prizes. First prize is an 1883 Shield nickel graded MS63, a 1936 Cleveland Centennial Commemorative  alf dollar MS65, a 1943-D Walking Liberty half MS65, a 1940-D dime MS66 Full Bands paired with an 1883 Hawaiian dime, a 1913 Barber dime MS62, and a Deep Mirror Prooflike 1883-O Morgan dollar in MS61. Lots of high-grade coins here!
The MTHA welcomes new member Erica Fletcher of Roslindale. Erica came up an interesting find this month … a French inkwell stamp from 1859! Dan Schwartz mentioned that Longfellow used this type of device!
Broderick Gumpright led off the meeting by showing us a cool original Hires Root Beer bottle believed to be from the late  1800s, that he found while detecting a horseshoe in the woods. Nice find, Broderick!
A prime topic of discussion at the 3/27 meeting was the MTHA’s plan to seek out a new venue for live meetings when COVID blows over. However, at the present time we are no closer to finding a suitable and affordable site. We’re considering schools, meeting halls, libraries, churches and perhaps other types of locations.
We gave a recap of the March 20 “Leprechaun” beach hunt and party at Judi Batchelder’s house. Scott Ferguson told us how he miraculously won the Left-Right-Center game with the last dollar that was in play! Glenn Godwin attended the party and seemed to be getting around better. We wish Glenn continued recovery.
Marita Camilleis was feeling too weak to attend the beach hunt but she and Stepper came to Judi’s party. Thanks to Judi, Scott and everyone else who helped to organize this great event! Unfortunately, Sylvia Cross’ husband lost his wedding ring and noticed that it was missing at the beach hunt. He and Sylvia are hoping that it accidentally fell into a leg cast of one of his patients and that he will be able to retrieve it.
Scott aired the possibility of organizing an overnight field trip to a detecting site in Connecticut perhaps sometime in August. We would probably stay in a motel on Friday night and spend most of the day on Saturday detecting. (Heat an issue … perhaps have this in Oct instead?) Rick Smith also spoke of a camp site in Barre, MA that has conducted numerous activities for a long time, that might be a good spot to hold such a hunt.
On Saturday, April 30, a hunt is being set up on 15 acres of a Colonial farm in southern Rhode Island. Jim Meaney originally made contact on this through the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum.
Marita Camilleis told us of a similar hunt she went on with Stepper in October 2004 at a farm site in Oxford, CT, where she detected an 1860 Abraham Lincoln presidential campaign token. Dan Schwartz had also been on that hunt and he
remembered this.
For the raffles at the 3/27 meeting, Don Latino won a Morgan dollar and Christina Lamkin won a Peace dollar. Dan Schwartz won the 50/50 raffle, which was $55. The Barber half drawing was pulled for Scott Ferguson, but he didn’t pick
the winning envelope.

FIND OF THE MONTH
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st and Best of Show – 1754 Mexican 1/2-reale – Danielle Sanchez
2nd – 1794 Liberty Cap large cent – Kent Blethen
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1934 Washington quarter – Kent Blethen
2nd – 1956 Washington quarter – Stepper Camilleis
3rd – British 50 pence – Aidan Shea
Jewelry:
1st – 1917 ring-top Mercury dime – Kent Blethen
2nd – 18K gold inlaid ring from 1873 wedding – Stepper Camilleis
Relic:
1st – World War II Model 8 pistol – Broderick Gumpright
2nd – 1839 French inkwell knob stamp – Erica Fletcher
3rd – Antique book end – Kent Blethen

Current Standings Treasure Hunter of the Year

  Jan Feb March   Total
Stepper Camilleis 23 7 21   51
Kent Blethen   11 28   39
Danielle Suarez 23   13   36
Aiden Shea 5 16 8   29
Broderick Gumpright   11 11   22
Joe Mishley 2 13 5   20
Judi Batchelder   16     16
Mark Roberts 10 5     15
Scott Ferguson   3 6   9
Sylvia Cross 8       8
Bob Denault 7       7
Erica Fletcher     7   7
Mary McCue   6     6
Paulo Adams   5     5
Jen Welsh     2   2

February 27 2022 Meeting Notes

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis

There were 26 attendees at our February 26 meeting. Treasurer Paulo reported a  balance of around $5600. Paulo announced a new special raffle of two 5-ounce silver bars, one being Engelhard and the other of Italian manufacture. A total of 200 tickets will be sold for this raffle and drawing will take place when all are sold.
A prime topic of discussion was the MTHA’s plan to seek out a new venue for live meetings when COVID is over. We would prefer a site near the Route 128 belt roughly within a 10-mile radius of our old meeting site in Newton Highlands. Several ideas were discussed, such as private schools, meeting halls, libraries and churches.
Dan Schwartz provided personal contact info in case there are any questions about whether a Find of the Month entry was received.

Judi, Sharon and Danielle are going to attend the “Relicon 2022” organized hunt scheduled for March 4-6 in Orangeburg, SC, sponsored by the South Carolina Dirt Diggers.” They will get to detect over 1000 acres of large fields and camp sites stepped in Revolutionary and Civil War history. Hopefully they will have some exciting stories to tell us at the next meeting!
Glenn Godwin is further on his way to recovery from his long illness. Stepper will keep us posted on Marita health developments.

As for latest happenings, Scott announced that there will be a “Shamrock Hunt”  on Sunday, March 20, at a South Shore area beach to be determined. Afterward, there will be another party at Judi’s house in Braintree.

The Penguin Hunt of February 13 at Salisbury Beach was a rousing success! An 1856 Liberty Seated half dime and an 1892 Barber dime were detected. The half dime was believed to be broadstruck and won Best of Show at the 2/27 meeting.

For the raffles at the 2/27 meeting, Rick won a 1923 Peace dollar and Sandi  won an 1879 Morgan dollar. Aidan Shea won the 50/50 raffle, which was $65. The Barber half drawing was pulled for Sandi , who was a winner by default as there was only one envelope left, and the “pot” was 13Standing Liberty quarters!

Sandi showed us several cool video clips of the Indian Head drawings as far back as the pre-COVID days of 2016 through 2019. Exciting moments!

FIND OF THE MONTH
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st and Best of Show – 1856 Liberty Seated half dime – Kent Blethen
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1964 Kennedy half – Aidan Shea
2nd –Jewelry:
1st – 18K gold & Platinum ring – Joe Mishley
2nd – 14K gold ring – Aidan Shea
3rd – Floral Sterling ring – Mark Roberts
Relic:
1st – c. 1780 Dandy button – Judi Batchelder
2nd – Skeleton key – Broderick Gumpright
3rd – Model Airplane – Joe Mishley

February 6th Meeting Notes

The chat meeting on February 6th had a few raffles.

Winners were:

1922 Peace dollar – Stepper Camilleis
1921 Morgan dollar – Bob O’Neil
Coin collecting books – Sandi Gilardi & Christina Lamkin
50/50 raffle ($55) – Mary McCue

Barber Half drawing – John McGillicuddy, didn’t win, and now there is only one envelope left so whoever wins the drawing at the next meeting automatically wins 13 Standing Liberty quarters!

AND

The penguin Hunt (During another storm) was a fun day with plenty of finds

Penguin Hunt Feb 2022
After the Penguin 2022