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HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Not many members realized that they were addicted to
competition hunts until this spring. Without the Great Southern
Beach Shootout in Daytona Beach many club members suffered
withdrawal symptoms. A search was on to get a fix. Two hunts
were found – one at Fernandina Beach and the other was at
Virginia Beach. The following stories are true and the names
have not been changed to protect those addicted souls.

11TH Annual
Historical Recovery Association of N. FL
Low Country Shrimp Boil/Hunt
Betty and Jerry Laur, Karen Larson, Linda Bennett
and Ken Lubinski attended the hunt sponsored by the
Jacksonville club on May 8.

A total of 45 competitors traveled from all parts of
Florida and Georgia to participate in three hunts, plus a
kid’s hunt. The first hunt was a penny hunt. The top five
hunters with the most pennies received prizes. Karen
Larson recovered 58 pennies and placed third, earning her
a silver dollar. The second hunt was the “runway hunt.”
Prior to the third hunt, lunch was served: Low country
shrimp boil, along with hot dogs, chips, dessert and
drinks. The last hunt was the token hunt, which used
small and large keys as the prize tokens. Items planted in
the hunts were old American coins, including silver, clad
coins, and silver jewelry. All five members found keys.
Karen Larson (1) – Silver Dollar
Betty Laur (2) – Pouch with a Bicentennial Coin and
Stamped Envelope; three scratch-off lottery tickets
(one was worth $10)
Jerry Laur (2) – Two Silver Dollars
Ken Lubinski (2) – Mint Nickel and Silver Dollar
Linda Bennett (5) – Silver Dollar; 2001 Silver Mint
Kennedy Half Dollar; 1974 Set of Coins in frame; 1975
Bicentennial Coin with Stamped Envelope; Pouch with
scratch-off lottery tickets and Tesoro Hat
The Fernandina Beach hunt had great food and a large
number of prizes. Amelia Island is a great place to visit
and only a 5 hour drive. Camping is close by at Ft. Clinch
State Park. Motels were reasonably priced. Not much
was found on the beach or in the water. Betty and Linda
did find toe rings.
Thanks to Betty Laur, Karen Larson, Ina Finn and
Linda Bennett for photography submissions for the two
hunts.

23rd Annual Hunt
Tidewater Coin and Relic Club
Betty and Jerry Laur, Karen Larson and Linda
Bennett traveled to Virginia Beach for three competition
hunts that were held on May 15. Although the dynamic
duo of Larson and Bennett left 1 ½ hours after the Laurs,
they caught up with Jerry and Betty on the side of I-95 due
to a rear tire blowout near Santee, SC. That is were the
four spent the night. Although they all started off together,
Linda and Jerry’s incompatible driving styles didn’t allow
for caravanning. The early arrival of the dynamic duo
allowed for a side trip on the 17 mile section of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel with sightings of Bald
Eagles and their nests.
32 hunters from the states of Maryland, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington
State attended – many having participated in the past.
These hunts were very organized. So many items were
buried that a hunt lasted 25-30 minutes instead of the
typical 5-10 minutes. Buried items consisted of old
American coins, including silver, clad coins and prize
tokens. No one was rude or racing around the field. Each
participant received a ticket which was for drawings for
three metal detectors. Linda, Karen and Betty recovered
four of the 42 prize tokens
Linda (2) – 2010 Red Book of Coins
2001 U.S. Mint State Quarters Proof Set
Betty (1) – President’s Collection Proof Set
Karen (1) – Silver Love Token.

The GCTC thanks Nikolay Malchev for donating
Orcasound Underwater Headphones, which were
presented to the Tidewater Coin & Relic Club to be
used as a hunt prize. The winner of the headsets was
Warren Hooper from Washington State.

Warren Hooper
Linda Bennett
Ina Finn, hunt organizer, along with her husband,
joined us for lunch. She was hoping for a poker game
rematch, but our group had learned from her pirate
winning ways from a previous game at the GSBSO.
We had to make sure we had gas money to get back
home. So Ina joined us for metal detecting on the
beach instead.