Dec 31, 2010

Exploring History's Treasures

My good friend and fellow Treasure Hunter Frank Pandozzi' has an awesome treasure hunting TV show that I know might be just the cure for that "cabin fever" we are all experiencing right now.  Check it out! Let me know what you think, Just Click Here!

Dec 24, 2010

Going Deep For Treasure With The Coin Diver

Here is a cool video from a fellow water hunter .. Hope you enjoy!
P.S. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 21, 2010

Colonial History Of Upstate New York-Fort Hunter

In 1987, on the site of Fort Hunter, archaeologists started work before construction began for a parking lot for the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. The work resulted in the first recorded material evidence of the 18th century settlement. The full report is fascinating. 199 fragments of bone, teeth and shell reveal the dietary habits of the residents included pork, beef, shell fish, fowl, and possibly venison and mutton. 125 remnants of vessels and utensils were found. The only evidence of alcohol consumption were found in four dark sherds of bottle glass. Of the 114 ceramic sherds with a good percentage being tin-glazed earthenware (delft). Sherds of buff earthenware, white salt glazed stoneware were found but no creamware. Fourteen vessels specifically identified were teawares! Obviously teatime was a ritual at Fort Hunter. Other objects found include a single straight pin, two sections of a shoe buckle, a bone brush, sherds from a medicine vial and two William III and one George II half pennies. An iron Jew's harp was found, which was a common trade item, and 199 white clay fragments of smoking pipes. At least 15 were probably produced by Robert Tippet of Bristol (whose pipes were also found at Fort William Henry and Fort Michilimackinac excavations.) Architectural artifacts included nails. carpenter dividers and window sherds. Deeply buried walls were discovered, but not explored - they may be part of the original fort. All the evidence provides a glimpse into the colonial life at Fort Hunter.

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Dec 10, 2010

Golden Treasure, Wikileaks And Double Cross

TAMPA — Sunken treasure, WikiLeaks documents and a priceless French painting.
Suddenly, a great deal of international drama has touched down in Tampa and reads like a diplomatic thriller — with half a billion dollars in gold at stake.
For years, Tampa's Odyssey Marine treasure hunting company has been fighting with the Spanish government over a 17 tons of gold and silver coins that Odyssey discovered and brought up off the Atlantic Ocean floor. Click Here To Read More.

Nov 15, 2010

The Metal Detecting Mother Lode-Anglo Saxon Gold

More Videos On One Of The Greatest U.K. Metal Detector Finds to date .. Click Here
Some Excellent Photographs As Well .. Click Here

Spanish Armada Sets Sail To Protect Sunken Treasure

Spanish ministers watch as a Pluto submarine is lowered into the sea off Cadiz. The navy is trying to protect Spain's historical heritage from private salvagers.

Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to seek out hundreds of shipwrecks in an attempt to head off a US marine exploration firm accused of plundering Spanish property from the seabed.

Over the past month, more than 100 suspected shipwrecks have been located by the Spanish navy in the Gulf of Cádiz, considered one of the world's richest hunting grounds for underwater treasure.

Dozens of Spanish galleons returning from the colonies in South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are believed to have sunk in waters around Cádiz.

Royal Navy warships and other British vessels may also be among the wrecks the Spanish navy says it has located.

Between 500 and 800 ships are thought to lie at the bottom of the Gulf of Cádiz.

Three Spanish navy vessels, including two minesweepers, and 100 navy personnel are devoting two months to the project, which will end in mid-November.

Spain's navy said it had recovered evidence from potential wreck sites which was being analysed by archeologists. It said the sites could contain anything from crashed aircraft to ancient settlements.

The Naval Museum in Madrid and the National Subaquatic Archaeology Museum in Cartagena will receive much of the material recovered from the seabed.

Spain is in the middle of a legal battle with marine exploration firm Odyssey over treasure the US company has recovered from the seabed. It wants to avoid a repeat of the saga that began in 2007 when Odyssey salvaged an estimated $500m (£314m) in silver coins and artefacts from what Spain claims was a Spanish galleon. The treasure was landed at Gibraltar and then flown out to the United States.

A US court ruled last year that the find belongs to Spain, but Odyssey appealed and still has the treasure. It was due to submit its appeal at a US court today.

Odyssey has also mapped sections of the English Channel seabed. It signed an agreement with the British government in 2002 to explore the wreck of the HMS Sussex, a ship which went down somewhere off Cádiz in 1694.

In 2008 it filed claims on two wreck sites off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland. Last year it reached agreement with Britain to salvage artefacts from HMS Victory, which went down in the Channel in 1744.

Nov 3, 2010

Treasure Legends Of Upstate N.Y. - The Buried Treasure Of Rodman, New York

The Search For Revolutionary War Gold!
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Many tales of buried treasure in and around Upstate New York seem to center on the French & Indian War right on through the Revolutionary War. Their is no telling how many hidden treasures lie waiting for the resourceful treasure hunters out there, but this might be worth going after! Let me know if anybody has heard about this treasure or if you've got any intel to share on the area .. Oh and by the way from the sounds of this one, you've got about a 90% chance of hitting pay dirt at this site - REMEMBER to get permission BEFORE metal Detecting!! These are good people in this town and almost every farmer in Upstate NY has never given either myself or Treasure Dave a problem when in comes to metal detecting on their land, so just make sure to ask. Anyway here are the links below.
Get out your reader's cause here is the first link - Just Click Here.
You may have also noticed the old maps are not to scale, so take that into consideration before you start your hunt; but this is a link to historical background on the site - Click Here .. I'm practically giving treasure away .. so remember where you got your tip !

Oct 26, 2010

Hey, I Think I Just Got Ripped Off By That Old Couple!

This one is from the " just goes to show that your never to old to have a real bad day" file !
And by the way, be careful where you put your gold coins .. Click here to see what I mean.

The Mystery Of The Lucky Coin

Here is another interesting article I spotted while treasure hunting out in cyber space , hope you enjoy ..
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Oct 25, 2010

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A remake of the 20th century classic Buffalo Nickel, these beautifully-designed coins are experiencing unprecedented popularity and have become one of the most collected coins by date and mint-mark of all U.S. coins. These magnificent Buffalo 24-karat gold coins have been manufactured at West Point by the U.S. Mint.

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Oct 18, 2010

Treasure X Files- American Gold Found In English Garden

Just another example of 'you never know where you'll find it' or who put it there? Seems like treasure has been popping up all over the world lately .. Click Here To Read More

Oct 11, 2010

Treasure In The Backyard - 300 Morgan Silver Dollars!

The Case of the Missing 300 Silver Dollars, or What In The World Is Something Like That Doing In A Place Like This, likely will never be solved. That they were actually uncovered is astonishing enough, but to find out why 300 Morgan silver dollars from 1887 in mint condition were under a foot of hardened soil on former Amarillo Mayor Jerry Hodge's property, well, let your imagination be your guide.

Our story begins June 11. Plumbers were digging a trench to run utilities for a pool house and swimming pool on property Hodge had purchased adjacent to his home on Oldham Circle in Amarillo. Randy McMinn had a backhoe about a foot deep when on one particular scoop, mixed in with the dirt, was found a bunch of dingy little objects.

Whoa, time out. Work came to a halt, and closer inspection revealed them to be coins - old coins from 1887. Careful digging found a lot more in some kind of fine plastic, what Margaret, Hodge's wife, described as sort of an old version of Saran Wrap. Lest anyone think plastic is a recent invention, plastic was used as early as World War I.

The coins had Lady Liberty on one side and the American eagle on the other. A little bit of homework found them to be Morgan silver dollars, which were minted from 1878 to 1904. A count of the coins totaled 100 ... 150 ... 200 ... 250 ... 300 of them.

Avast, matey, buried treasure!

"I'm thinking, 'Oh my stars, this is unbelievable,' " Margaret said. "Then all these questions start running through my head. Were they stolen? Who did they belong to? Were they really ours just because we owned the lot?

"After you get over the initial excitement of buried treasure, then I'm thinking, 'I don't want to keep them if they're not ours. Is this illegal? I don't want to break the law. We're not going to end up in jail, are we?'

Let's see, the answers would be don't know, don't know, yes, no and no.

So, how much of a buried treasure do we have here? The coins had no mint identification. The Hodges did some research and asking around, and no identification meant the coins were made in Philadelphia. It also meant the coins, in their uncirculated mint condition, were worth about $20 to $30 apiece.

Franky Hill of Amarillo Coin Exchange confirmed as much. And too bad the coins didn't have an 'S' on them.

"If they had been made in San Francisco, they would be worth about $200 each starting out," Hill said. "And if they are in real good condition, they are worth hundreds of dollars, depending on the number of contact marks."

Well, it's known now how much they are worth, and how they were found. What's not known, and what's most intriguing of all, is how these 300 1887 mint condition Morgan silver dollars got there.

"When was Billy the Kid shot?" Jerry Hodge said. "And Frank and Jesse James were in this part of the country, too."

Alas, Billy the Kid went to his maker in 1881, and Jesse James was shot in the back in 1882, too early for the 1887 coins.

What about Bonnie and Clyde? What about some unsolved bank robbery when the bad guy was killed before he could get away and find his stashed loot?

Hodge, chairman of the board of Maxor National Pharmacies, recalls a conversation 40 years ago with the late Dr. George Royse. Royse told of his tending to Clyde Barrow back in the 1930s after a car wreck. Royse also told Hodge of two men he knew in Oklahoma who'd robbed a bank and came to Amarillo in a getaway. Hmmm.

Hodge has tried to piece together the history of the property, which the city first owned in 1927. Before that, it was the Wolflin family farm. The property, which is actually on Parker Street, has gone through several owners, including two former attorneys in the 1940s and early 1950.

The most likely theory is that someone, probably during the Depression, was afraid of banks and buried some valuable coins and may have died without telling anyone of them. Sounds good to me, though not quite as thrilling as Clyde Barrow's ill-gotten gains.

Interesting times in those days. Former Amarillo National Bank President Tol Ware told Hodge he used to play baseball in that area back in the 1930s and it was not uncommon for a fun-loving fellow to hide his alcohol near there during those Prohibition days.

"I've told Tol we have not yet found his Scotch," Hodge said.

Oct 8, 2010

History Of Quebec

These are good motivational flicks to watch prior to metal detecting!

Oct 2, 2010

Jose' Gaspar's Pirate Settlement

Their seems to be quite a bit of information floating around in cyber space on the alleged pirate 'Jose' Gaspar' I will include a few of the links that I've found at the end of this post and let you be the judge.

One thing is certain, if he did exist ( I believe he did) their is a large amount of pirate booty still buried and unaccounted for somewhere along the south and west coast of Florida stretching from the Tampa area all the way south to the Cape Sable, Ten Thousand Islands region.

Here is what I've learned, Gaspar's residence was on or near Boca Grande and in pirate days was know as 'Hightown' and his crew appears to have been located at a place know as 'Lowtown' on the south end of Cara Pelau Island. Gaspar's fortifications were located on La Costa. He supported still another settlement on Captiva Island and as the name implies had one prison like structure where he kept high ranking captives awaiting their ransom.
Communication was maintained between settlements by means of a signal tower or towers. A twenty four hour watch was kept at these sites and when ever a strange ship approached and failed to give proper signal, a sentry would give a loud blast on a conch shell horn. The sound from this would have been heard for quite a distance bringing reinforcements from neighboring pirate settlements.
A number of shipwrecks in the area are believed to be a direct result of this system.

Jose' was a man that loved opulence, as it appears that he was of royal Spanish descent and his home on Boca Grande was very extravagant  for the time. This included all the finest accoutrement's such as a  library, valuable art work, splendid furniture and all the trappings that one would expect to find in the home of a Spanish aristocrat. At one time it appears that he decided to have himself crowned King of Florida .. the neighbors weren't big on this idea.
One key point about Gaspar was the fact that he liked to bury his pirate chests on high ground.

It is a know fact that he had 100 oak chests with copper linings made to order at a carpenters shop in Madeira, off the west coast of Africa. These were shipped to him in care of his agent in Havana and were most definitely used to bury his pirate loot throughout southwestern Florida.
It is supposed that he buried at least twenty of these pirate chests around Tampa Bay alone!
I am also told that Jose' Gaspar left a diary .. However this diary was left within the archives of a church in Havana, Cuba ...  Well , the rest is up to you!!

Here are a few more links -
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Good Luck!

Sep 16, 2010

Early American Eagle Gold Coin Guide

                     All of the Early American Gold Eagles were minted from 1795 - 1804

The early Gold Eagles had two major varieties. The first is known as the small eagle design because of the scrawny eagle on the reverse. The second is the heraldic design whose reverse is derived from the Great Seal of the United States.

Since its issuance in 1795, the eagle was not a particularly popular coin. It was inconvenient in that it was too large for small transactions and too small for large sums. Since foreign coins were legal tender in the United States at this time, banks tended to use them because they were more familiar and more convenient than the eagle.

The coin’s designer, Robert Scot, probably used a Roman copy of a Greek god for the obverse. He added drapery and an over sized cap. The cap is not a Phrygia or liberty cap, which was a tight fitting felt cap worn by former slaves or gladiators after they were released. It seems to be more a high-fashion 1790’s style of ladies’ head wear and is similar to a cap worn by Martha Washington in some portraits. The draped bust is truncated, which is actually mistaken Greco-Roman classicism. The ancients would truncate a bust and then insert it on to a draped statue. The reverse is an adaptation of a sketch of a Roman cameo. The bird is difficult to compare to any bird known except perhaps a long-necked chicken with large wings. It holds a laurel wreath in its mouth and stands on what looks like a palm branch. On worn or weakly struck examples, one cannot tell if the eagle’s front or back is facing us. The 1795 obverse had 15 stars, one for each state. The next two years added a star for Tennessee as the sixteenth to join the Union. Interestingly enough, the sixteen stars are arranged differently on coins for these two years.

The heraldic or second design type reverse was used from 1797 to 1804. Taken from the Great Seal of the United States, the design is actually incorrect. Scott reversed the position of the warlike arrows and the olive branch. The resulting symbolism is either an extremely martial stance of saber-rattling or a stupid blunder. If a blunder, it was blindly followed for many denominations that Scot designed. These eagles all have thirteen stars on the obverse. Evidently it was realized that adding a new star for each state would eventually be impractical. Similarly, there are thirteen stars on the reverse above the eagle.
In 1804 President Thomas Jefferson ordered that production of this denomination be halted because, as with silver dollars of the time, there was extensive melting for bullion. The price of the precious metal content exceeded the value of the coins.
sounds familiar doesn't it?

Gold Coin Discovery At Old Fort Ann

If you look closely near the bottom right hand side of the page you will notice a little blurb on what must have been a very exciting day for one little boy. Click Here To See
This just goes to show you that their are many different sites all over the state of New York that have been, and are still hiding untold treasures  .. Trust me, their is lots more still out there.

Here are the most likely examples of the coin that the lucky little boy was holding in his hand that day in 1864 .. Even at that time the coins would have been worth a small fortune

Sep 15, 2010

Morley New York & The Old Johnston Ashery Ruins

I spotted this one the other day while searching old newspaper articles on line, and figured at least a few of my Upstate NY and Canadian Metal Detectors might get some action out of it.
These old newspapers are a literal treasure trove of info and have done me and Treasure Dave right more then a few times. This is also the type of spot that I would consider doing some serious water shooting.
If anyone knows about the Old Johnston Ashery or has shot this area, I would love to hear about it !
Click Here To Read More.  I've also included an overhead view- Click Here To Check It Out

Sep 14, 2010

Brockville Ontario - Canadian Treasure Alert!!

I'd bet you a silver dollar that this spot still has a few coins in the ground!
The trick will be figuring out exactly where the "spot" might be, if its farmland you might be in luck!
If anybody has any trouble reading the attachment just let me know, I'll send you a link. Good Hunting, DP
Get Out Your Reading Glasses And Click Here

Québec History 5 - The End of the Iroquois Wars

Sep 12, 2010

Silver Dollars- Our Constitutional Legacy

The U.S.A. is currently breaking all records for the longest period of time that a nation's economy has endured after abandoning the gold standard. Our country has been foreclosed on in the past, and its just about to be foreclosed on again. It's just a matter of time. The "endgame" is near.

" I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -- Thomas Jefferson -- The Debate Over The Re Charter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

The last thing that the powers that are engineering the devaluation of the dollar want to happen is for the world to wake up to the fact that precious metals represent un-inflatable money. Both gold and silver are rising in price. This rise is currently fueled mostly by the dollar's demise. When the resulting "demand panic" kicks in, and it will very soon, the value of precious metals will "go ballistic." Oil is already being affected by "demand panic." It's price is rising in all currencies, not just the dollar.

It is my view, (and one that is shared by a great many others), that the failure of our current monetary system is eminent. The purpose of this examination has been to "wake you up", and make you aware of the facts that support my take on things. Hopefully it has increased your respect for the intrinsic value of precious metals. From an economic standpoint, gold and silver will lend heartily to our salvation. Gold and silver will soon regain their positions as the anchors of an honest monetary system. The market will demand it, and the "powers that be" will have no choice but to let the market have its way.

The presence of gold and silver in your portfolio will insure that you will emerge from the abyss with your capital intact. There is still time for you to reallocate a portion of your equity into the commodity sector, including gold and silver bullion, and gold and silver mining stocks. This move could well provide you with an unequaled measure of security. The gold standard is part of our Constitutional legacy. The subjugation of the Constitution is the root of all economic evils. If enough of us get together on this, we might be able to "Right the Republic". Very soon, as early as next year, a lot of people will be glad they held gold and silver.
If you would like to find out how YOU can acquire Silver Dollars - American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins Just Click Here!

Sep 11, 2010

The First U.S. Silver Dollars

First US silver dollar coin -- was Spanish?

Yup… the first silver dollar coin in America was the Spanish eight real piece.
Known as a Piece Of Eight -- mainly struck in Mexico -- it was the most common coin in circulation among the thirteen colonies prior to, and even after, independence.

The eight real coin, often appears in American coin collections. It is highly regarded as an important part of the colonial American economy.

The coin was accepted at the value of one dollar.

Also known as the Spanish Milled Dollar, it was often the unit of account for a substantial amount of colonial currency.

The first type of silver dollar coin struck by the US Mint, shown above, was similar in size and weight to the contemporary Spanish coin.

The Not So Round Ones Came First

These were the original pieces of eight. Unlike the Spanish Milled Dollars that came later, these coins were irregular in shape.
This was due to their crude method of manufacture. Bars of high grade silver were extruded at the mint. Pieces of the proper weight were sliced from the bars, then struck by hand, one at a time, using a hammer, a punch, and an anvil. Hand cut dies were embedded in the anvil and the punch.

To strike the coin, the coiner placed a pre-heated piece of silver upon the anvil, positioned the punch atop the silver. A heavy hammer blow drove the punch into the silver, and the silver into the anvil, impressing images into both sides of the freshly minted coin.

Roundness was not an issue – more important was weight and purity of the metal.

Then, The Round Ones – Spanish Milled Dollars

These came later – beginning in 1732 at the Mexico City mint. The consistently round shape of the Spanish Milled Dollars, as they were known, came from improvements in the manufacturing process – the screw press and collar, as used in European mints.
As small change was scarce in the colonies, these coins were often cut into pieces as small as one eighth. These were known as bits – so 2 bits was a quarter dollar, 4 bits equaled fifty cents.

Interestingly, the stock exchange in New York priced shares in eighths of a dollar, based on the colonial practice of cutting the Spanish silver dollar coin into pieces.

Legal Tender

In 1794 the newly organized US Mint at Philadelphia began production of the first official US silver dollar coin. However, the Spanish coin and its Mexican successors remained legal tender in the United States until 1857.
As you can see, Silver coinage was the base of the financial foundation that your country was built upon.
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Sep 10, 2010

Tales Of Treasure In The Thousand Islands Of Upstate New York

Time to fire up the metal detectors. I unearthed this one from an old Pulaski NY newspaper dated 1916, so get out your reading glasses because I've included the original newspaper . Treasure Dave didn't want me to give up this one .. Let me know if anyone has any luck.                                                                  Tales Of The St Lawrence -Treasure Islands

Depression 101

Economic Suicide 

I occasionally feel the need to pull out the soap box and voice my opinion, I also want to remind you that I do buy and sell U.S. and Canadian coins- just for the sake of full disclosure.
However over the last two years I haven't sold ANY coins  .. I've been buying and holding all the Silver Dollars I can afford, and I think you will understand why ....

As our socialist progressive leaders in the developed world murder wealth
creation, the middle class and our economies under the guise of saving them.
Capitalism is now dead in the lands of its birth because there are NO REWARDS for
saving, investing, starting a business, hiring an employee, taking a risk or working
your ass off to get ahead.

The rewards for doing so now go to GOVERNMENT, public serpents and their
supporters to redistribute to themselves and to the desperate, useful idiots who
support them (because they do not have the education required to know not to). As
the something-for-nothings in society turn to government to save them, more torture
lays ahead.

Public policy responses to the unfolding depression are exactly the
OPPOSITE of what is required to restore economic and income growth.
Obama’s policies are not new; they are an AGGRESSIVE expansion of those under
George Bush. More government, more entitlements, more regulation, more deficit
spending -- compassionate conservatism was nothing less than progressive socialism
in disguise.

The middle class is being destroyed as socialist progressives, elites and crony
capitalists destroy the means for rising standards of living/incomes, rewarding savers
and investors and short circuit capitalism – ever driving the middle class into
dependence through monetary debasementunsound money and economic
sabotage, purposefully.

Marxist socialism is the economic policy of “misery spread widely”, collapsing
economies and destroying the middle class, and it is now practiced throughout the
developed world. In the developed world, capitalism is dying as socialist predators
are allowed to prey upon their young entrepreneurs and small businesses to protect
the big crony capitalists who support them. It robs the middle class of the
opportunities to thrive and rise through being superior competitors who dethrone the
corporatists by providing more for less to consumers and being rewarded for it.

You can Strike back .. All the paper dollars in circulation are doing one thing , they are becoming less valuable with every passing day!
You can chose to propagate the fiat system .. Or help return it to what it once was!
Your founding fathers designed the monetary system for a  Reason.
It has been gradually and systematically reduced to what it is today.
And for what reason you ask ?  Greed
Your politicians are asking for change .. Why don't you give it to them .. in Silver and Gold.
Buying Silver or Gold coins is one of the single most defiant acts you could commit .. I dare call it Patriotic .

Sep 7, 2010

A Treasure Hunters Dream Come True

1787 Brasher Doubloon Obverse        1787 Brasher Doubloon Reverse
Struck in 1787, the gold "doubloons" by Ephraim Brasher are among the rarest and most desirable of all United States coins - in fact, a long-standing record is the $725,000 realized by an example in 1979 (at the time, the highest price ever achieved at public auction by a United States coin).
Brasher was also responsible for a unique Half Doubloon, he was involved with the New York "Excelsior" Coppers, the Nova Eboracs, and his hallmark appears on a number of foreign gold coins that circulated during his tenure in business.
The following is a complete roster of the seven known "Doubloons" (click on any of the active links for complete pedigrees):
     The following six coins all have the "EB" hallmark punched over the eagle's wing:
     The following coin has the "EB" hallmark punched over the shield on the eagle's breast:
The "Half Doubloon" of the same design type, but on a smaller planchet, is currently unique!
I know a few of you out there are New England treasure hunters and may on occasion pop out coins that you have absolutely no idea what they are. I thought this might come in handy for everyone to use as a reference. I will keep posting these unusual colonial U.S. coins from time to time, let me know what you think.
If you have one of these .. you just hit the metal detector lotto!

Aug 31, 2010

New York Treasure Hunting Deluxe - The Oriskany Patent

A map of the vast Oriskany Patent, drawn in 1789, provides a very detailed look at the extreme Upper Mohawk Valley at the close of the Revolutionary War. This is also an excellent resource for the sharp eyed detectorist ...

At the west end of the patent (top of the map) one can see the portage between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, with the fort guarding this portage (then called "Fort Schuyler" and later "Fort Stanwix") being passed closely by the river road.
At the eastern end of the patent (bottom of the map), the relationship of the patent boundary to Oriskany Creek can be seen (see detail above). At this spot the river road branches with one segment crossing the river to the north. A modern highway follows this same alignment today. These maps are never going to have the proverbial "X marks the spot" but for those of you that already know the area or have done some research, they can be a wealth of information.
 Both myself and Treasure Dave are big believers in canoes for treasure hunting. Most of the old water routes are the best and ONLY way to access a ton of virgin spots, a canoe can help you cover a good bit of stream and this is also the reason I recommend owning "amphibious" metal detectors. I know that the Fisher CZ-21 or the MineLab Excalibur's are expensive but you really need a waterproof machine if you want to do any serious hunting and they are worth the extra cash, it's not uncommon for Dave and I to be in three feet of water one minute and high up on a creek bank the next. We could never use a land machine to do this kind of hunting.
Here is another map of the patent of Oriskany for closer examination .... Just Click Here!
Good Hunting!

Treasure's Of The Palatine Mission

Built in 1729 by Jacobus Ehle, a Palatine German, who was educated at Heidelberg and ordained in England in 1722. In this year he migrated to America. He preached in the Hudson Valley and then made his way to the Mohawk Valley. After a long and fruitful life in the work of the church, he died in 1777, at the age of 92. 
The house is no longer standing.

In 1752 Dominie Ehl's son built the house addition to the mission and his Initials, P. E. 1752, are in the round recesses in the south gable end. This story and a half building was of similar construction to the mission in its walls and roof, but had two floors and a cellar. Under the eaves and at the sides of the doors and windows on each side were the loopholes for gun fire. The brick for the chimneys and the finishing lumber was brought from Schenectady.

Not forgetting his civil obligations and in conformance with the law Dominie Ehle took the citizenship oath at Albany October 14, 1732. In 1732 he bought the land of Lot 1, Harrison Patent at the mission from Philip Schuyler that ever since has been the Ehle homestead. The easterly 100 acres was sold to George Eacker.

Following their home building the clearing was gradually carved out of the forest and along the river flats for farming. This opened up the view across the valley. The house stands on a slight elevation above the river flats so that the Indian canoes on the river and later the barges of the settlers could be seen as they passed.

On the river trail in front of the mission, the Indians traveled back and forth to trade or for conferences with the officials at Albany or Sir William Johnson, the Indian agent. Westward the settlers passed in search of homes or eastward to trade at Schenectady or Albany. By the ford across the river and through the clearing settlers and Indians passed to Stone Arabia and beyond, or across the river and down stream to Schoharie or by the Otsquago trail to the Susquehanna country. Over on the hill in front were the bark huts of the Mohawk village with camp fires smoking by day and twinkling like fireflies at night. Out of the surrounding forest strode the hunter, red and white with his kill, stopping to look at the home and children. Sometimes, that great man of the valley, Sir William Johnson passed on his way to conferences with the western Indians or marched his farmer militia and Indians to the French and Indian wars. Those were great days for the Dominie and his family when his genial patron stopped for greeting or refreshments.

The kindly Dominie won the good will of the Indians by his ministrations and on their arrival the Mission and the basement were their quarters, with their campfires in the clearing out in front. The saying that the Indian never forgets a kindness did not fail. No war danger ever reached that family or house while they were on guard. The family passed in time but the house staid on until vandals of the present days began to wreck it in times of peace, searching for relics or treasures.

That the local Indians, the Mohawks guarded well their missionary, his family and home was shown both in the French-Indian wars and the Revolution. When the Mohawks were strong enough no foe-man could reach the Mission and when the French-Indian raids were on that they could not resist, their warning came in the night to flee. In the Revolution the Mohawks were largely outnumbered by the Senecas, Cayugas, Onondagas and other fierce western tribes over whom they had but limited control. Again they warned Dominie Ehl's family when it was too dangerous at their home for their protection: The family would then cross to the island at the ford at night and with their canoes paddle downstream to their kinsfolk at Albany and safety. The house was always unharmed when they returned, once after an interval of two years.

In the urgent haste of one of those flights, the family silver and heirlooms were taken out in the darkness by the cellar way and buried In the forest a short distance away. No lights could be used and in the haste and anxiety the hiding place was not well located. This could not be found when the family returned and has not to this day, in spite of many searches by the family and treasure hunters, the latter often using divining rods, incantations and what not.

Possibly some watcher may have seen the treasure buried and secured it .....  or maybe not ???
This is just another of the many tales of treasure in the Upstate New York area that myself and Treasure Dave have researched over the years ..
We are fairly certain the treasure is still there ..
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