2019 Fall Hunt: the Frank Lupien Memorial Hunt

October 5, 2019: Thornton A. Sullivan Beach Park

16 members swarmed the beach like a rabid pack of Canada Geese, though less noisy and unsanitary. For 45 minutes they swung and probed and dug and bent and stooped, loading their finds pouches with coins, tokens, and coarse Washington state sand. 

As varied as the hunters and the tools of the trade in use, there was one commonality: find as much of the planted $750 in coins (silver and clad) as possible. 

For an October hunt in WA, we caught a break: the rain held off until just minutes before hunt’s end, and it was a very light rain at that, which bothered none present, particularly those of us observing the hunt from the dry confines of the rented picnic shelter. 

Time was called at 10:45 and all made their way to picnic tables and chairs to count the found treasure. After all tokens were turned in for silver, we were quite surprised to see an unusual number left unfound: 26 dimes, 6 quarters, and 4 halfs.

Some notable finds include the silver dollar (provided by PTHC) found by Lloyd M., a risqué button, and some type of fabricated token (not planted by PTHC) found by Ray D.


Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with planting the hundreds of coins and cleaned up afterwards. Thanks, too, to all of you who brought food and beverages to share!

 

Participation in the hunt raised $130 for the club. 

I’ve submitted a couple of group photos from the hunt to Western & Eastern Treasures magazine - like the one here. Give the club some publicity!

About this hunt

The Frank Lupien Memorial Hunt was named in honor of one of our founding members and his generous bequest to the Pilchuck Treasure Hunting Club. Like the St. Patrick’s Day/Spring Hunt, it is a planted hunt with coins and tokens for silver coins, followed by a potluck and socializing. 

 

As our club membership has grown and more hunters have attended this hunt, it was motioned, voted and approved at the August 15, 2018 meeting, that the value of the planted items be increased from $500 to $750, so there’s plenty of treasure for all!

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