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August 19th Meeting Notes

It was great to be back in person with 31 members again after the long haul of the COVID pandemic confined us to Zoom.  We have moved to the Newton Presbyterian Church right off route 90.  Guests were Doug York of Salem MA and Dave Adams from Newton. Doug started detecting more than 40 years ago
and signed up as new member. 
Mark announced that his son got married on August 15. Karl’s  wife Charlene, who is ill sent the club a thank you for our support.

Broderick made a stupendous find this month consisting of a Georgian period (probably from sometime in the 1700s) gold-plated watch winder. This won Best of Show for the month.

Georgian Watch W
Georgian Era Watch Winder -BOT

Treasurer Paulo mentioned that the club balance is a bit thin due to large purchases of silver coins including for the upcoming October 2 hunt. He said that there was about $1700 in the bank but that the balance would be back to normal in October after our hunt  income.   526 tickets have already been sold for the year-end Christmas raffle.
If you haven’t already, you need to sign up for the October hunt that will be limited to 100 hunters. Club member were offered a discount . There will be 675 silver coins and 2000 clad coins buried during two hunts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon; and a chance for a gold coin in a third hunt.   Some of us remember Roy Gouge, who as far back as the 1970s owned a metal detector shop on the upper Cape, in Wareham, and was President of the Gateway
Treasurer Hunters’ Club, and his wife Phyllis, who were very active participants at MTHA events. Phyllis died several years ago but Roy was designated as
an honorary lifetime member. Roy now lives in Tennessee and also in Florida and he recently sent the MTHA a check for $200 as a donation t toward the purchase of several Morgan silver dollars as hunt prizes. 

Club Librarian Jim mentioned that the MTHA gained 20 members since tour last meeting in Newton Highlands in February of 2020. Jim had several new club cards printed for us with the new venue address.   Mark was able to retrieve the foot locker from the Newton Highlands site for our Library.

Club President Scott told an entertaining story of a hunt he attended many years ago that was sponsored by Roy’s Gateway club.

Club officer elections will be taking place in October and nominations are due in September. At the August meeting we discussed the option of members volunteering to take over incumbent officer positions.
Silver Dime Drawing – Kent (won 25 silver dimes)
Silver Ingots (5 ticket drawings) – Dave , Sue , Mary Jane
, John , Broderick
Royal Canadian Marconi Sets (2 drawings) – Jim , Dave
1988 Olympics Proof Silver $1 (2 drawings) – Victor , Joe M
“Successful Coin Hunting” book by Charles Garrett – Paul Z
“Treasure Hunting” book by Charles Garrett – Dave
50/50 ($108) – Cam
Indian Head Draw – Glenn , didn’t win
Door Prizes (2) – Helena Minelab Equinox 600/800 manual – $10 bill contest won by Victor

Pre-1900 Coin:
1st – 1876 Liberty Seated quarter – Stepper
2nd – 1890 Indian Head cent – Kent
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1905-S Barber dime – Broderick
1st and Best of Show – Georgian Era Watch Winder – Broderick
2nd – 18K diamond and sapphire ring – John G
3rd – 18K wedding band – Bill S
1st – Circa 1840 coin silver spoon handle – Stepper
2nd – Circa 1830 Diplomatic Eagle button – Broderick
3rd – 17th century show buckle – Kent

June 19th Meeting Notes

There were 24 attendees present at the June 19 Father’s Day meeting. Before the meeting began in earnest, Dave and Glenn told stories of accidents where their cars were totaled. Luckily, Dave has suffered  only minor injuries and Glenn not at all. Hopefully they’ll both be back on the road soon with new wheels.
This month, Mary sold her house and Scott bought a new ’21 GMC Sierra SLT. Congrats to Mary & Scott! Scott also bought several US coins and received some free foreign coins for upcoming hunts scheduled for later this year.
The meeting kicked off with a recap of the schedule for the Salisbury Beach hunt on Sunday, 6/26. We will meet around noon in the parking lot for pizzas, play Left-Right-Center, have an impromptu silver jewelry hunt, and then be poised for a natural finds hunt when the low tide peaks around 4:00. We also spoke again about the second hunt planned for Salisbury on 8/7. We will meet at the Pavilion that morning, and a seeded hunt will begin at 10:00 in a sectioned-off area of the beach. There will be more games, such as corn hole, Left-Right-Center, canjam and frisbee. Anyone can feel free to bring soda and snacks, and the hunt is open to family members.
Judi Batchelder displayed several gimp projects her 2nd-grade students participated in this month, in addition to the 6/3 metal detector hunt. Judi also gave a recap of a weekend hunt she attended at an old farm  site in Jefferson, NH with Scott, Danielle and Sharon the weekend of June 10-12. They didn’t find many old coins there but still had a fun time.
Paulo gave a recap of the financial situation, where the balance is only around $2000, mainly because a lot of money was spent last month at the Nashua coin show, in preparations for hunts planned for this summer and  fall, so there would be adequate and ample prizes.
Dan gave a comprehensive tutorial of the Find of the Month, including entry rules, guidelines, voting and “level point” calculations, Best of Show, etc.
This discussion was especially helpful to newcomers and those who aren’t familiar with the process of evaluating and “scoring” a detected item. Sometimes it can be difficult for even seasoned TH’ers to estimate the age of a  relic or piece of jewelry, especially if its style carried on for a century or longer, and Dan has been recognized as an expert in this research with related business experience. Thank you for your insight, Dan!
The MTHA is still seeking a new venue for reinstating live meetings. Danielle and Stepper have some thoughts about potential sites, but no site has been yet pinned down in a feasible location and reasonably prices. This is a “work in progress” and any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.

1923 Peace dollar – Mary Jane
1925 Peace dollar – Aidan
50/50 ($65) – Bob O
Barber Half Draw – Danielle , didn’t win
Pre-1900 Coin:
1st – 1776 Mexican 1 reale – Joe B
2nd – 1848 large cent – Stepper
1900-Later Coin:
1st – 1919 Standing Liberty quarter – Stepper
1st – Antigue 14K gold ring with CWE monogram – Aidan
2nd – Ruby & diamond ring – Kent
1st – Antique chalice – Bob O
2nd – c. 1720-1790 shoe buckle – Joe
3rd and Best of Show – 1700s crotal bell – Joe M