Monthly Archives: December 2014

Another First

The weather here in Missouri is definitely Bi-polar this year.  Despite the seasonably cool temperatures, I went out digging in the dirt this last weekend.  Saturday I hit my local hunted out park for a hour or so.  I spent a few minutes looking the park over for places that didn’t have obvious signs of recent dirt moving.  There is one area that looks good, but my two previous attempts failed to anything old.  So I slowed my sweep down and paid close attention to my numbers and depths of my targets.  The area is very trashy with modern trash which I’m sure is masking deeper good targets.  I noticed I was starting to hit 6″ plus targets and then a 12-40, 12-38, 12-41 signal at 6″.  I found a wheat, then two feet away I hit another deep wheat.  I started getting excited of a possible deep silver lurking in the ground.  About 15 minutes later I start getting 11-46, 15-46, 11-44, 12-45 mixed with crazy trash numbers.  A silver quarter maybe?  Nope, sadly a very worn 1929D Mercury dime.  Still its silver #70!  I lasted about another 15 minutes before the cold wind won out.  Sunday I went with my brother back to a field behind an older school were I found two Mercury dimes last weekend.  We both believed there has to be a silver quarter or quarters there.  Buddy let me tell ya,  it was cold.  Temperature was about 31 degrees with a stiff wind of about 20 mph, luckily the ground wasn’t frozen, but it was wet.  Needless to say we went to the truck and warmed up a couple times over 4 hours or so!  At first it was looking like a couple wheats and modern coins was going to be our reward.  Then I hit 08-46, 11-46, 11-45, 10-46, 15-44 and iron numbers deep.  I thought it was probably silver, didn’t really sound like silver, but it was definitely a dig signal.  ( I dug two older iron targets with similar numbers earlier)  I popped the plug, nothing in the hole.  An inch deep in the plug I see a silver dime.  As I carefully pick off the dirt I see “One Dime” on the back and a wreath.  A barber I thought!  Sweet!!  Then as I pick away at the front I see a 1887 SEATED DIME!!!   I couldn’t believe it, needless to say we didn’t expect to find anything that old.  My first metal detecting and hopefully not my last.  It was my only old coin for the day.  Well I’m at 71 silver coins so far and I still have a few weeks left.  I’m still looking for my first big silver, who knows, maybe next weekend 😉

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