Welcome to SMARTS – Smoky Mountain Artifact Research and Treasure Society. If you are from the East Tennessee area, we invite to join us. We meet the second Monday of each month and currently we do not have a set location. We will be meeting in June at the “Austin Steak and Buffet”. It is located on Merchants Drive and is the replacement restaurant for the Great American Steak and Buffet. We try to have a guest speaker, find of the month, raffle prizes and discuss upcoming club hunts. It is a great place to meet new friends and learn more about this exciting hobby. Our next meeting is June 10th – 6:00 pm if you want to eat and 7:00 pm for the meeting
Our June meeting will feature the election of new officers, presentation of plaques for out going President and for the Finds of the Year. The club members hunt was held on May 18th. Twenty four hunters attended and everyone seemed to go home happy. A total of $2,850.00 in face value pre-1964 silver coins were buried in the field and the opening bell was sounded at 10:05 am. In just over an hour the hunt was called, finds were examined, prizes were awarded to the token finders and then the six lucky people who found the buried bubble containers played trade or no trade. Each finder was offered the chance to trade their bubble container which contained 2 Barber silver dimes for an unknown item. Four people traded and 3 received 1912 Barber half dollars. The fourth one received an 1896 seated liberty dime. The two prizes not traded for were another Barber half and an 1883 replica Hawaiian gold coin. Prizes awarded for tokens found were backpacks, flashlights, Tee shirts, hats, gold pan, and find pouches. The club will be hosting a fall open hunt on October 19, 2013. This hunt will have an entry fee of $40.00 per person and will also be an all silver seeded hunt. This hunt is a smaller and quicker hunt because only the entry fee is used to purchase silver coins. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.
Please note that I have added a new link to our website. It is a Paypal donation link and it offers everyone the opportunity to donate to our club and to the maintenance and upkeep of the forums. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to donate because it is free to use and the club receives 100%. No fees are charged. We are also in the process of filing for our Federal 501C3 identification status. When it is received all donations will then become tax deductible.
Club officers elected for 2013-2014 are:
President - Robert Valenta
Vice President -
Treasurer – Randy Holder
Secretary – Ralph Waldrop,
Assistant Secretary -
Finds of the Month Secretary – Carl Patty
Board of Directors
Finds of the Month Committee
Congratulations go out to our 2012-2013 Finds of the Year winners!
Civil War: -
Jewelry: Carl Patty –
Most Unusual: –
Eyeball Find: Ralph Waldrop – Credit/Debit card with a $23,000.00 balance, 1 14 kt gold earring with 7 diamonds, and a set of 1/3 carat 14 kt. diamond post earrings
Token: Mark Martinec –