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October 10th Meeting Notes

reported by Stepper

There were 21 attendees at the meeting, which commenced at 7:30, including new member Sylvia , along with her husband Tremaine and her daughter America.  Sylvia has been detecting for four and a half years.

The prime topic of discussion at this meeting was the recap of the 10/2 Club Hunt .  The final profit being $2334.14.

We ended up with 59 participants (32 members and 27 non-members, including 3 walk-ins.) Joe Mishley won the Minelab Vanquish, Steve from Orange MA won one pinpointer, and Sandy from Plymouth won the other. Jeff from MA went home with 2 detectors!  Cheryl won the Morgan dollar. Aidan and Jim won the $50 cash prizes donated by someone who could not make it.  The $100 fee went right back into the field. Thanks Wayne!   Please plan on coming to our next hunt or outing.

It was suggested that the turnout being lower than expected is largely due to the COVID pandemic still being very much a reality and people not venturing out into crowds so much. A man named Chris from Utah attended the hunt and had a great time, winning both the door prize and the 3rd hunt gold coin.

Sandi was asked and told us the story of how she found her stupendous 1652 Oak Tree shilling nearly two years ago, with a Fisher 44 detector she’d won at a hunt in NH.  After bringing this coin to a coin shop, she had it tested, graded, and was told it was genuine!  What a super find!  (See table finds Jan 2020)
Rick Smith spoke of a rare 1789 George Washington inaugural button he found in his home town of Watertown. Rick said it was the “chicken” or “skinny eagle” variety of the GW button, and it had been partially carved out and made into a watch fob. Rick also spoke about 1920s Presidents Harding and Coolidge beginning their political careers in Watertown, and other very interesting tidbits about Watertown’s rich history, having been first settled in 1630.

Two upcoming hunts:

1) It was decided at the meeting to host an club only hunt at South Boston’s Carson Beach this Saturday, October 16, from noon until 3:00pm  There are two parking lots on day Blvd as you drive to the beach.

2)  Scott also confirmed the date of the hunt he’s personally sponsoring at a Stow apple orchard as Sunday, November 7. The entry fee for this hunt will be $50, with lots of silver coins buried. Scott needs to have a complete head count by October 23.
As for club business outside the 10/2 hunt, Paulo & Scott said they have been successful in buying silver coins at reasonably low prices, and our club has been doing very well with membership now up around 90 people, which is nearly double what we had before Scott took over the Presidency of the MTHA. 

The September coin raffle was a 1921 State of Alabama Centennial (1819-1919) commemorative half dollar, with a very low mintage of 16,014, and the October coin is a 1923-S Munroe Doctrine Centennial commemorative half.
RAFFLES
1921 Morgan dollar – Mary
1925 Peace dollar – Sandi
1904-O Barber half dollar – Scott
Barber half dollar draw – Marita , didn’t win
Walking Liberty halves (5 drawings)
Paulo Adams, Sue , Aidan , Sylvia , Sandi
50/50 – Mark

Meeting Notes September 26th

Paulo Adams led off the meeting with a discussion of a new voting system while
we’re once again holding our meetings in a virtual setting. Basically, we will be
replicating how we conducted Find of the Month pre-COVID, with one entry per
person per category (pre-1900 coins, 1900 to date coins, jewelry and relics) and
a Best of Show. The major differences are that the entries must be submitted via
photo before midnight on the Thursday before the next scheduled Zoom meeting.
Up to two photos per entry are allowed, on a light background with no flash,
and a phone number must be provided. Photos would be uploaded to MTHA.com
/attachments.
The prime topic of discussion at this meeting was the upcoming October 2 Club
Hunt at Houghton’s Pond in Milton. We have just 36 registered so far, with capacity
to 100.

Dave Rockwell told a great story of how he bought some photos at an auction
and was able to track them down, within seconds of posting on Facebook, to a
reply from a New Bedford City Counsellor and his wife, identifying the pictures
from their wedding in 2004!

Dave also made the suggestion that we allow lead
time of an hour before each scheduled Zoom meeting. This would allow some of
us to be prepared for unexpected situations such as technical difficulties.
Don Latino discussed his recent discovery of several interesting Berkshire County
post cards he picked up at a “post card show” in Brimfield .

Scott Ferguson mentioned that there have been some issues in dealing with the
new manager of the Newton Highlands site where the MTHA met during the 38
years befor COVID broke out and forced us to go virtual.
Scott also discussed that were we to go back there to meet after COVID is done,
the rate the new manager is charging seems exorbitant, and sadly, we may have
to find a new permanent venue after 40 years of conducting meetings here.
RAFFLES
1921 Morgan dollar – Judi Batchelder
1922 Peace dollar – Mark Roberts
Barber half dollar draw – Bobby Denault, didn’t win
50/50 ($45) – Stepper Camilleis

September 12 Meeting Notes

Submitted by Stepper Camilleis

There were 19 attendees at the meeting.
Paulo Adams led off the meeting with a discussion of a new voting system while we’re once again holding our meetings in a virtual setting. Basically, we will be replicating how we conducted Find of the Month pre-COVID, with one entry per person per category (pre-1900 coins, 1900 to date coins, jewelry and relics) and a Best of Show. The major differences are that the entries must be submitted via
photo before midnight on the Thursday before the next scheduled Zoom meeting. Up to two photos per entry are allowed, on a light background with no flash, and a phone number must be provided.

The prime topic of discussion at this meeting was the upcoming October 2 Club Hunt at Houghton’s Pond in Milton. We have just 36 registered so far, with capacity to 100. This is a “rain or shine” event,

Mark Roberts mentioned that he was involved in a motor vehicle accident where someone ran a red light on September 3. Mark’s 2015 Frontier truck was totalled in the crash, but luckily he’s OK. Mark is presently looking for a similar replacement,

Dave Rockwell told a great story of how he bought some photos at an auction and was able to track them down, within seconds of posting on Facebook, to a reply from a New Bedford City Counsellor and his wife, identifying the pictures from their wedding in 2004!

Dan Schwartz told us of his exciting trip to North Carolina, to see his daughter off to college. Dan’s schedule turned out just in the nick of time to avoid Hurricane Henri, that we were so worried about hitting our neck of the woods a few weeks ago.
Don Latino discussed his recent discovery of several interesting Berkshire County post cards he picked up at a “post card show” in Brimfield.

Scott Ferguson mentioned that there have been some issues in dealing with the new manager of the Newton Highlands site where the MTHA met during the 38 years before COVID broke out and forced us to go virtual. Especially, the MTHA Library’s books that were stored in the foot locker, which raises concern of adequate storage and security.
It was  also discussed that were we to go back there to meet after COVID is done, the rate the new manager is charging seems exorbitant, and sadly, we may have to find a new permanent venue after 40 years of conducting meetings here.
Stepper Camilleis will enlighten us at the next Zoom meeting with two cool short stories from this summer, one involving an old silver spoon as well as an old silver coin, and the other related to an amazing watch fob discovery. Stay tuned!
RAFFLES
1921 Morgan dollar – Judi Batchelder
1922 Peace dollar – Mark Roberts
Barber half dollar draw – Bobby Denault, didn’t win
50/50 ($45) – Stepper Camilleis

 

August 20 Meeting Notes

submitted by Stepper

There were 28 attendees at the meeting. We had three new guests:
Bryson who is Karl ’s grandson, age 9, Jen  of Walpole, Danielle from Quincy, a friend of Judi

Paulo Adams gave the Treasurer’s Report, indicating that we’re doing well and have a balance around $2700, plus lots of silver on hand for prizes. One item in particular was a 1924 Commemorative half dollar featuring the 300th anniversary
of Huguenot-Walloon and the founding of New Netherland, which later became New York. A 4-ounce Walking Liberty silver round dated 2000 was raffled off at the August meeting.
Scott Ferguson announced that unfortunately the MTHA won’t be holding any more live meetings for the foreseeable future, due to the uncertainty of the COVID situation.

Scott will let us know what the schedule will be for resumingour meetings on Zoom. He did mention that the new Zoom meetings will be replicated like the live meetings, with one entry per person per category for the Find of the Month contest. Dave Rockwell has volunteered to help out individuals to get set up on Zoom.

Scott showed us a counterfeit silver round that had been purchased by the Club, won by a member, brought to a coin shop that tested it, and returned for a refund. This fake was so well executed that it fooled all the experts here!
Scott also played a quick game with us where he stuck Standing Liberty quarters under some of the metal chairs, and several members won an SLQ.
Sandi gave us an update on the October 2 Club Hunt. There will be a 100- attendee maximum and the cost is $80 for members, $100 for non-members. Hopefully the hunt won’t be cancelled due to COVID restrictions, but masks will
be required.  No food will be supplied. The hunt field will be about 40% larger to accommodate up to 100 detectorists. The hunt will be a “rain or shine” event.  Sandi mentioned that we need volunteers to rake the area, plant coins and help set up for the hunt.

RAFFLES
Jim Meaney won the silver dime raffle, which contained 14 dimes
Dave Rockwell won the 4-oz. Walking Liberty silver round
Two $10 Cabela’s gift cards were won by Jim Meaney and Paulo Adams
Mike Recco won a special cash prize
Standard raffles:
Silver dollars/rounds – Bob O’Neill, Dave Rockwell, Stepper Camilleis, Mike Recco
and Mary McCue
Franklin halves – Mike Recco (2x), Bryson Mikulskis, Cheryl Walsh, Dave Rockwell
1964 Mint sets – Dave Rockwell, Scott Ferguson
Presidential Coin Slab – Bryson Mikulskis
Barber dime draw – Ray Walsh – didn’t win
50/50 ($76) – Mary McCue

We are again suspending indoor in person meetings with the health of our members in mind. We plan on resuming a ZOOM biweekly format and continue to organize outings to hunt together.