Minutes 05.05.16

We began arriving at 6:30. While socializing we set up the room. President Gary F. called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM.

Our guest presenters were from the Austin Metal Detecting Club. They brought examples of their “coin shooting” finds. The displays were impressive. We also were interested in learning about how they clean coins that they find in the ground. The AMDC has a code of ethics. They perform community service by seeking lost valuables at no charge, typically wedding rings and engagement rings that seem to fly off the hands of women. The club is usually pretty successful at recovery.

The three presenters, Blaine Nelson, Larry Vicker, and Scott Jacob Meyer, offered their perspectives on their hobby, their involvement with the club, and their experiences with the general public.

The AMDC was founded in 1963 and has 30 members. In addition to the Search Team, they have a youth project. For them, detecting is primarily “the thrill of the hunt.” Though barred from many public lands, they do gain permission to search private sites and enjoy old farmhouses, and similar sites. Among the coins they found have been an 1895-O Barber Dime in Good-4, an 1876 Seated Dime, and a Prussian thaler. The last is evidence of the large German immigrant population here in Texas.

We suspended the new and old business. We also postponed the Show & Tell. We drew for door prizes; and one of our guests, having signed in as a member, won a US Mint Coin Blank and One Cent set.

Attendance for the meeting was 18 members and three guests.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 and we put all the tables and chairs back in good order.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael E. Marotta

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