Saturday, April 12, 2014

4/12/14 Report - $20,000 Diamond Found, 100 Year-old Log Canoe, 1915 S Nickel & Non-metallic Finds

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3.85 Carat Diamond Found by Teen
Source: AP video.

A young girl recently found this diamond of over three carats at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, the only diamond mine in the US where you can go and for a small fee spend the day prospecting for diamonds.  The diamond she found was sold for $20,000.

I've told the story of the Crater of Diamonds before.  Here is a bit of it.

One day in 1906 pig farmer, John Huddlestone, noticed something sparkling in the mud of the pig farm that he bought for a thousand dollars, giving his mule as down payment.  Not knowing what it was, he picked up the shiny stone and kept it.  He eventually sent it to a gemologist in New York.  It turns out the shiny stone was a diamond.  John sold the first diamond real cheap, but before the story is over, farmer John's pig farm turned into a diamond mine now know as the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.  

That story teaches a great lesson and has been as an illustration for counteless sermons.  Good things can sometimes be found in the muck and mire of life.

Here is more of the story of John Huddleston and the founding of Crater of Diamonds State Park.

An old log canoe was found in Lake Minnetonka 80 years ago when the water level was down and a dock was being constructed.   The canoe was thought to be nothine special  until testing was done that estimated the canoe to be nearly 1,000 years old, the oldest of its kind in Minnesota.

“We’ve always thought it was 200, 300 years old,” said Russ Ferrin, a retiree who runs the Pioneer Museum. “And then they came back and said it was 1,000 years old. It totally shocked us.”

Here is the link for more of that story.

One of the coins that Russ found and was shown in the coin photos recently was a 1915 S nickel.

Here is a good summary on that.

This site gives a good description on how to evaluate the condition of Buffalo nickels.

There have been a couple of themes in my recent posts.  One is construction.   Russ' coins were found at such a site as were the finds of James F.  

Keep your eyes open for new construction that might be unearthing old items.  Make sure you are allowed to be there though.  Many construction sites are off-limits.

On the Treasure Coast today, the surf will be only about two or three feet.  The tides will be average.  The wind is from the East/Northeast.   That won't help.

Less than a day remains for responding to the blog poll.   We have a good number of responses so far.

One result that is showing up is the two least favorite topics: non-metallic finds and world treasures.

There are several reasons that I talk about non-metallic finds.  One is that I like them just as much as metallic finds.  Non-metallic finds can be just as valuable and sometimes more valuable than metallic finds.  And perhaps more importantly, they can serve as signs or pointers.  Ceramics and glass, for example, will often be one of the first signs of a historic area or a shipwreck.  Signs like that are important to me.   I seek out any possible signs that can point me to treasure.  they are made of.

My system is based upon following any and all type of signs that might give any clue to treasure spots.  I'm sure that if you do not use non-metallic items as signs, you can become more effective by learning to read what they might tell you.

Happy hunting,