Monthly Archives: July 2014

My First Liberty “V” Nickel

I found my first Liberty “V” nickel and its my oldest coin of  this year at 1891.  Its not the prettiest coin to look at, but it’s sweet to me!  Finding really old coins in our area has turned out to be a real task.  No silver for me recently, but my brother found a Franklin half dollar and my friend found his first barber dime (1902).  So I’m encouraged there is still cool stuff out there to be found.  Ironically, the Liberty nickel and the barber dime was found in a park we didn’t realize was that old.  We also found a 1910, 1912, 1919 wheat pennies and a1917 mercury dime, 1902 Indian head penny there.  We had no idea we would find anything that old, so you never know.  Happy digging!!

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Random Silver stratagy

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find silver coins as frequently as clad coins?  Since that place isn’t in my zip code, I have to try different  means/tactics to find silver.  I hunted a house built in the 1920’s with a large spacious front yard with old large trees.  A perfect setup for old coins to be lost by kids, people doing yard work etc.  I pulled a 1938 silver quarter, two silver Rosie dimes and a couple of wheats.  I was hoping for so much more considering the age, size and layout of the yard.  I found most of the coins in areas I would have considered the least likely for coins.  The quarter was found by a gravel driveway on the edge of  a narrow strip of the yard on the side of the house.   Not a convenient place to park and reach the front or back doors.  One Rosie and a couple of wheats were in the same area,  but closer to the house in that narrow strip of yard.  Narrow by the standards of how large the front yard was.   Really not an area where any activities I can think of could be done.  The other Rosie was just off of the front porch and deep mixed with old nails.  It was a bear to detect and find.  The areas I considered prime like the front yard and the smaller back yard where people parked only turned up a wheat and a few modern coins.  Conclusions, the prime areas has already been metal detected or those two areas had been disturbed by some form of landscaping.  If it’s already been metal detected, they missed two silver coins by not covering the whole yard just because it didn’t look the best.

I went back to a newer park where a 1935 map showed five houses used to be there.  I hunted the heck around the new picnic tables and swing sets etc looking for old coins.  I did find a war nickel and a wheat previously near some old large trees where the ground wasn’t really moved much.  Behind were the houses used to be and is now part of the park is a large open area with old trees.  A few of the old trees are arranged in a fashion that could represent the outer boundaries of a large backyard.  I started noticing iron hits that could be nails and then I hit a silver dime signal.  Yep, a mercury dime!  I started searching like crazy for more even digging iffy signals.  Nope, it was just a randomly dropped silver.

I used the same strategy last night at a old Catholic Seminary that is now a school to find another Merc.  It was in a far corner by some old large trees and  a drive entrance to the parking lot.   Just one silver, another randomly dropped silver.  Of course I found a few modern coins also, still random drops.  Most people don’t hit those areas, not enough excitement I guess.   Did you notice the other correlation?  Old big trees, most people who landscape avoid them because of the roots.   So any thoughts?  Better strategies?  If you want to share, I’ll listen.

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