Steve's Stash: The Cookie Cutter Caper

On Sunday, October 13th, Darlene D. (wife of Vaughan D.) found the buried cookie cutter near a tree at Al Borlin Park at Monroe, WA. She had never used a metal detector previous to this day and located the item within an hour of starting out. She used my secondary detector, a Tesoro Compadre, with discrimination set to “pull tabs”. She got the signal and called me over, and I confirmed the signal with my MineLab Xterra 705. The target ID was a strong “42” so time to start digging. 


What I first saw 4” down didn’t look nor feel like aluminum but I carried on, my curiosity peaked. In just another minute I had the target in hand, and could make out the word, “Reward”. That’s intriguing! Closer inspection revealed the PTHC business card. “You found it,” I said to Darlene, who yelled “Yeah!” and gave me a robust high-five. 


She was so happy to solve the caper and I sure liked seeing her big smile. She decided she wanted to look for it after I had asked her to proofread the draft of this newsletter issue, which had included a feature on the caper.  She liked the idea of having to solve the clues and going out and find it, even after never before being interested in anything metal detecting. Trust me, I tried! 

As the major award, Darlene received a silver dollar and 3 silver dimes (one for each clue solved), and has the pleasure of planting the cookie cutter and providing clues to the club as to its secret location. 

About Steve's Stash

This feature of the PTHC is named after long time club member, Steve Stretch. The club lost Steve's Stash in early 2019 when it was apparently found by a non-club member and not returned to the club. Club member JT stepped in and buried a cookie cutter which transformed Steve's Stash into the Cookie Cutter Caper.

Finds of the Month

At each PTHC meeting, members submit interesting and valuable items found during the previous month. These finds are judged, and 1st through 4th place prizes are awarded. Any  entries not placing receive a ticket for the Second Chance drawing.

Below are the Finds of the Month for October 2019 as judged by Ron A. and Paul S., at the October 16, 2019, PTHC monthly meeting.

WATER

 

OLDEST U.S. COIN

1. Ron A. - 1890 V nickel
2. Lloyd M. - 1925 wheat penny
3. Randy R. - 1941 wheat penny
4. Walt E. - 1970 penny

MOST VALUABLE U.S. COIN

1. Ron A. - 1899-S Barber dime
2. Lloyd M. - 1943 Washington quarter
3. Walt E. - clad quarter
4. Randy R. - clad quarter

 

JEWELRY

1. Randy R. - .925 St. Christopher medallion
2. Ron A. - sterling silver bracelet
3. Lloyd M. - ring
4. None awarded

 

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Randy R. - "WHATSIT": Hindu curse plate
2. Ron A. - spoon
3. Mike C. - fishing lure
4. Walt E. - bearing

LAND

 

OLDEST U.S. COIN

1. Chris T. - draped L.C.
2. Katlin - classic L.C
3. Elizabeth M. - 1854 half dime
4. Kari D. - 1904 V nickel

MOST VALUABLE U.S. COIN


1. Katlin - Fugio
2. Ron A. - 1915-S Buffalo nickel
3. John Q. - 1952-D Franklin half dollar
4. Kari D. - 1900-S Barber dime

JEWELRY

1. Ron A. - .925 ring with turquoise
2. Gerig A. - Cameo brooch
3. Lloyd M. - .925 pendant
4. Mike K. - silver cross ring

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Ron A. - 12 1/2 cent Alaska token
2. Elizabeth M. - 1734 George II penny
3. Chris T. - 1781 half Reale
4. Katlin - 1786-88 Connecticut copper

LAND OR WATER

 

EYEBALL FIND

1. Ray D. - earring
2. Kari D. - early-1800's jar
3. Mike K. - witches' glitter
4. Lloyd M. - pliers

 

UGLIEST COIN

1. Kari D. - penny
2. Ron A. - penny
3. Chris T. - quarter
4. Gerig A. - ugly coin

 

TOYS

1. Mike K. - tractor
2. Randy R. - lead soldier
3. Kari D. - Tootsie Toy
4. David L. - Jolly Rodger badge

NOTE: The judges' opinions are final and not subject to membership disputes. We all assume that the decisions rendered were made in good faith.

Coins to be Found

Please email pthc.news@gmail.com if you find one of these and claim your prize at the next monthly meeting!

Coins Found
October 2019
Quarters from previous years

(These are in the America’s National Park quarters series (2010-2021) American Samoa P / Virgin Island P / Mount Hood P / Grand Canyon P / Acadia P / Hawaii Volcanoes P / International Peace Memorial P / White Mountain P / Great Smokey Mountains Nat. Park P / New York Fort Sumter National Monument Site P / Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore P / Voyageurs National Park P / Cumberland Island National Seashore P


New 2019 Quarters

If you’re the first club member to find, with your metal detector, one of the newly minted quarters with the mint mark “W” (for West Point mint), you can claim a special prize of a “silver half dollar”.  Keep an eye on your finds pouch! 

Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts PDW / American Memorial Park in Northern Mariana Islands PDW / War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam PW / San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas PDW / Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho PDW.


Sacagawea Dollars

2011 P / 2012 P / 2013 P & D / 2014 P & D / 2015 P & D / 2016 P & D / 2017 P & D / 2018 P & D / 2019 PD


Presidential Dollars

Grant P / Hayes P / Garfield P / Arthur P & D / G. Cleveland P & D / Grover Cleveland P & D / Woodrow Wilson P & D / William H Taft P & D / Theodore Roosevelt P & D /  Wm McKinley P & D / Warren Harding P & D / Calvin Coolidge P & D / Herbert Hoover P /Franklin D. Roosevelt P & D Harry S. Truman P & D / Dwight D Eisenhower D / John F Kennedy P & D /Lyndon B. Johnson P & D / Richard M Nixon P & D, Gerald Ford P & D and Ronald Reagan P & D

 

No new issues of Presidential Dollars until a former president 
of the U.S. dies.

KD found the National Parks Quarter:  Frederick Douglas National Historic Site in the District of Columbia "P" (Sept. 30, 2019)

MK found the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam "D" 2019 quarter (Sept. 30, 2019)

Found Coins from the List in 2019

 

 

  • National Parks Quarter:  Frederick Douglas National Historic Site in the District of Columbia "P" (found by KD Sept. 30, 2019)

  • War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam "D" 2019 quarter (found by MK Sept. 30, 2019)

  • American Memorial Park in Northern Mariana Islands D 2019 quarter (found by MK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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