There has been a lot of digging going on since my last post. So I will hit the highlights… I metal detected (md) a 1950’s era house and found 3 silver Rosevelts. It’s good to find silver, but silver Rosevelts are not as exciting as Mercury dimes. At least for me, I think its because the Rosevelt design is still around today though now clad. I had hopes of finding silver quarters in those era of houses, but apparently not. I started md a local hundred year old park thats near me and had pretty good luck. The park has been pounded for years by other diggers, but they didn’t get it all. I hit a spot where a jumpy signals, 04-39, 10-40, 12-44, 11-41, 12-46 etc. What ever it was it was deep in the 7-9″ range. So I start by digging a deep plug, my pin pointer was quiet. So I dig more, my pin pointer chatters a little. Finally, a wheat comes out, another and another. In one hole I pulled 8 wheats and a merc! I couldn’t believe it, but I’ll take it. I ended up with 9 wheats and two merc’s. I went back there this evening and pulled a wheat and 3 merc’s in a one foot area. I’ll take it! Everything I’ve hit old there is between 7-9″. You have to go slow and double sweep your coil as you go along to give your detector a chance to ID the deeper targets.
My brother has found some awesome finds where I found the seated quarter. He found a 1898 O Barber quarter, 1888 Indian head penny and 1884 “V” nickel! My friend Galen has been hitting Merc’s left and right, in fact he found 3 in one hole! So we are finally starting to hit the silver we know is out there. Not too bad for Missouri.
I set a goal of finding 30 silver coins this year, it looks like I’m going to have a good shot at it.