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Metal Detecting Hobby Talk
    February 2018       Metal Detecting Hobby Talk News Brief                                             Volume 8 Number 95
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I would like to point out to the News Brief readers that there are a number of organizations taking on the challenge against various types of legislation dealing with metal detecting and gold prospecting. MDHTALK's recommendation is to visit their website and give strong consideration to joining the fight. In some cases your support may be to send emails and / or write a letter to specific legislators or to provide funds to help with the fight. Here are the organizations and a link to their website.
Go to the Join The Fight MDHTALK Webpage to read more about each of these organizations


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The Website's featured article for this month: Preparation for a Metal Detecting Trip to England
By: Sarah Lohberger and Lee Wiese
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A major portion of this article was contributed by an individual who has gone on many metal detecting trips to England. I would like to acknowledge Sarah Lohberger, who is very active in her metal detecting club the Treasure Hunters Society of Santa Clara Valley (THSSCV) of California. Sarah and husband (Dan) both hold or have held club offices and are active members of the club’s board. I would like to thank Sarah for her time, knowledge, and expertise in helping to make this article a reality.

Are you are thinking about taking a metal detecting trip to England for that once in a life time metal detecting target. One reason to select England is that the country has been populated with a variety of cultures much longer (several thousand years) than the U.S. therefore the metal detecting finds can be very old and sometimes very valuable.

You may think to yourself, ”How do I prepare for an overseas metal detecting adventure of this magnitude?” The objective of this article is to provide answers to important questions about such a trip. However the article will probably leave you with some questions that you must answer as you move forward with your research and planning.
General U.S. and World Wide Hobby News
  • Gold discovered in 150-year-old sunken ship will be on display at Long Beach Convention Center. Article Link
  • Million dollar Lincoln error stuns hobby. Article Link
  • Prospecting club donates $5,500 to Kids Food Pak program. Article Link
  • Exploring Tokens & Medals Through the Eyes of a Longtime Coin Collector. Article Link
  • Hoping for a return of lost wedding ring. Article Link
  • Medieval cross found on The Curse of Oak Island ‘could end up rewriting history’. Article Link
  • Jean turns metal detector hobby into service. Article Link
  • Lost Ring? Call Ringfinder. Article Link
  • Praying For Luck With A Metal Detector. Article Link
  • One of the Biggest Diamonds in History Has Just Been Dug Up. Article Link
  • The Curse of Oak Island discovery could be ‘biggest ever’ in treasure hunt’s history. Article Link
  • CES – Use Your iPhone With a Bluetooth Metal Detector. Article Link
U.K. News
  • Sixpence for you thoughts: Shropshire detectorist unearths rare coins. Article Link
  • Medieval bishop's ring found by detectorist sells at auction for £7100. Article Link
  • Metal detectors banned from Bristol parks after children’s playground targeted. Article Link
  • ‘I cannot express my gratitude enough’ - Mackenzie Crook said making Detectorists in ‘beautiful Framlingham’ will be remembered as ‘happy times. Article Link
  • A pin, two grots and the find of a lifetime. Article Link
  • Mystery surrounds discovery of holes in the West End of Newcastle. Article Link
  • Metal detecting banned in park. Article Link
  • Man finds rare £4,000 Saxon coin with metal detector. Article Link
  • Metal detector enthusiast makes find of her life when digging up 2,000-year-old ‘treasure’. Article Link
W.W. Meteorite News
  • Meteorite Hunters Recover Fragments of Fireball That Exploded Over Michigan. Article Link
  • Hunt on for spec of space rock that shook Michigan. Article Link
  • Mystery solved? Iron meteorite throne in PYRAMID was made to take Pharaoh to the stars. Article Link
  • Yes, We Can Survive A Deadly Asteroid Impact Just As Our Early Ancestors Did . Article Link
  • Stargazers stunned by New Year's Eve meteor - see their videos and pictures. Article Link
Other News Jewelry Returns
  • Man Finds A Working iPhone 6 Plus Underwater And Tracks Down The Owner. Article Link
  • Sands of war return a relic: Carrollwood man's dog tag. Article Link
  • Nico Bellamy Finds Stolen Ring in Time to Propose. Article Link
  • Miracle find: Wedding ring recovered on Northland beach returned to UK owner. Article Link
  • World War II dog tag is back with Battle of Bulge survivor 73 years later. Article Link
North America Archaeology News
  • Local historian finds rare artifact linked to Abraham Lincoln. Article Link
  • Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon. Article Link
  • Coastal Waters Threaten Florida's Historic Resource s. Article Link
  • Massive Napa archaeological dig continues at future hotel site. Article Link
  • Ancient Sunken Warship, Steamboat and Lighthouse Discovered off Coast of Mexico. Article Link
More News
Detectorists has returned for third and final series

Season Number Three
Episode One Video Link
Episode Two Video Link
Episode Three Video Link
Episode Four Video Link
Episode Five Video Link
Episode Six Video Link Final Episode

PLP Press Release
Yes, you read that right. RINEHART WINS! Although the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), denied Mr. Rinehart's petition to review the Supreme court of California's decision in his case; we have to admit, if the small mining community had 99 more Mr. Rineharts, we could really make a difference! Here is a man who for the last 6 years has stood up for his rights under federal law regardless of what the outcome might be. We must thank Mr. Rinehart for his commitment and for setting an example for everyone. That is a WIN! Unfortunately, Mr. Rinehart and all of us who have supported him are dealing with a very corrupt legal system in California (in our opinion), and we believe the SCOTUS might want Congressional clarification on the Federal preemption on Federally managed lands. So far, our high-level contacts in Washington D.C. and the Trump administration know of this problem, and are looking for a legislative solution that has not reached a consensus at the moment. The recent executive order that President Trump signed (, that MMAC/PLP had a hand in assisting in is a good first step in dealing with this problem. Read More
Metal Detecting & Gold Prospecting Events.
Now is the time to start planning and getting your club's 2018/19 hunt information on the web. The sooner it is out and available to the metal detecting community the greater the chance for people to see it and give your event some consideration.
  • February 09, 2018 (Three Days)
    Quartzsite, Arizona
    Quartzsite Gold Show
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the Complete Event Details for February
  • February 17, 2018 (Two Days)
    Monroe, Washington
    2018 Gold, Gem & Mineral Show
    Washington Prospectors Mining Association
  • February 18, 2018 (Two Days)
    Tucson, Arizona
    2018 Gold & Treasure Show
    GPAA-Gold Prospectors Assn of America
  • February 24, 2018 (One Day)
    Galveston, Texas
    All Token Hunt
    Texas Assn OF Metal Detecting Clubs
  • February 24, 2018  (One Day)
    Galveston, Texas
    36th Annual Open Beach Hunt
    Houston Archeology Recovery Clubs (HARC)
  • February 24, 2018 (Two Days)
    Pomona, California
    2018 Gold & Treasure Show
    GPAA-Gold Prospectors Assn of America

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