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Excalibur II Finds Rare Gold Medal at Chicago Beach
I recently travelled to Chicago with my hunting buddy to do some water hunting at the beaches there. Within one hour of hitting the water the first day I pulled this heavy 14k gold initial ring(12.1 grams).
On our second day hunting, I pulled the small antique 10k gold ring.
On the third day, I pulled what is one of my best finds ever! A solid 14k gold Medal given out by Sir John C. Eaton as a "Welcome Home" to an employee at one of his department store for his service in the "Great War" 1914-1918 in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
This is a very rare medal and is known as the "Welcome Home Medal" there were less than 3,000 of these made(the actual number made is unknown, but Sir Eaton only had some 3,000 male employees that enlisted during WWI and not all of them went overseas). This medal was given only to those who returned from the war.
How it wound up buried deep in the sand at a beach in Chicago is a mystery to me. I ended my trip with 18 assorted U.S. silver dimes, quarters, "War Nickels", several silver chains, medallions, rings and a ton of other newer coins and "junk" jewelry.
My hunting buddy Chris Homoya and I both use the Minelab Excalibur II and I know for a fact that no other water machine would find the things we find up there. All the beaches are infested with rusty iron, old beer cans, bobby pins, bottle caps, etc. and the Excalibur II sees right thru the junk and gets down to the good stuff!!!