Monthly Archives: January 2015

First Silver Quarter of the 2015!

2015 is turning out to be a good year for finding silver for me.  I found my first silver quarter this year and it was a surprise find for me.  I was scanning an area of an old park where it looked like a structure once stood.  I started picking up clad quarters at 4 – 5″ ringing up as 11-47.  Which is kinda unusual since clad quarters usually ring up primarily for me as 12-46.   I came across another 11-47 signal thinking it was another clad quarter and it ended up being a silver 1937 Merc at 4-5″ standing on edge vertically.  I pulled nails out of the hole first and found the Merc off the edge of my plug.   So I slowed down and started gridding the area.  My next interesting signal could be described as a goofy wheat penny signal, but didn’t really sound right.  I don’t remember the numbers, but I remember thinking I wanted to see the date of the wheat.  My pinpointer starting signaling everywhere in the hole, not good I thought.  After removing three or so rusty nails, my pinpointer started going off on the edge of my plug.  As I removed more dirt a 1959D silver quarter fell out.  It was standing vertically on edge too!  I can only assume the silver quarter was affected by the iron nails, but ringing up as a goofy wheat penny surprised me.  So two silvers coins I found and I didn’t know they were going to be silver.  Still I like good surprises 🙂

I’m considering going back and digging every non iron signal.  It wasn’t too trashy with non iron signals and I might find a ring.   The coins I found there ranged from the 1930’s to 1970’s.  Whatever was there had been there a while.  I guess I will just have to see and I’ll let you know.  Good luck.

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My First Silver Trifecta!

So far 2015 has been good to me metal detecting.  An arctic front was heading our way bringing snow and really, really cold temperatures.  Saturday was misty with occasional light sprinkles with temperature near 38 degrees.  I debated taking my etrac out into these conditions and shorting it out.  Coughing up $700+ to replace board (Thats what I’ve read) just seemed chancy to me.  Still the thought of a week or more of arctic weather, rock solid frozen ground bummed me out too.  So I decided I would go and chance it.  I decided on another old city park with really no outstanding features other than a recently built tot lot.  Google satellite revealed possible old impressions of what might of been sidewalks now long gone that meandered through the park.   I wondered how much human traffic occurred in this park from the early 1900’s?  Only one way to find out!

I spent an hour criss crossing the park looking for signs of old areas heavily occupied in the past.  (Deep iron, deep trash and dense layer trash (pull tabs, foil etc) are usually good signs.)  Finally I started swinging over a thick layer of trash ranging from the surface to about 5″.  I slowed my swing speed down giving my etrac a chance to sort it all out when I came across a signal giving numbers from a wheat penny, clad dime and a hint of silver at 3-4″.  The park was being pretty stingy on coins and I hadn’t found anything old, so my anticipation peaked.  The ground was still a little frozen on top, but my shovel broke through.  There is nothing like seeing a silver rim in a dirt clod!  It’s even better when you see “One Dime” surrounded by a wreath!  My first silver find of the day was a 1906 Barber dime, how sweet.  After pounding the area I found 5 silver dimes, a Barber, 3 Merc’s and a Rosie.  I also found 5 wheats pennies in the area too.  It’s hard enough to find multiple silvers, but to finally find a trifecta is even sweeter.  I still found myself asking where are the silver quarters?  Anyone with a good detector and skills would have found these dimes.  So where are they?   I’ll let you know when I find them 🙂

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On the board with silver for 2015

I went out to a 1943 Park for a couple hours.  At first my hope of finding something was pretty weak.  All targets including trash was shallow since the park had been recently renovated.  So I started criss crossing the park looking for deeper targets hoping to find undisturbed soil.   Then I hit a target with numbers like 11-47, 13-47, 12-47 meaning silver quarter like numbers at 5-6″.  I found my first silver of 2015, a 1943P Merc.  So I crawled over that area and pulled 5 wheats with dates ranging from 1925 – 1952.  Two of the deep wheats rang up like silver dimes, bummer.  I was hoping for more silver, but I didn’t find any.  It was a tough hunt today, temps in the lower 30’s and breezy at times.  The ground was frozen down about 3″ and a bear to get through.  At least I started the year heading in the right direction.

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Year End Totals

Well everyone this is my best year yet of two years. I still have a lot to find to finish my “bucket list”, but I have another year to try.  I’m going to hunt this New Years Day, but temps in the 30’s with a breeze is going to make it tough.  I will write up a year end review later and my experience with the Etrac for those who are interested.  I will put my best finds of the year on the main page too.  Good luck to everyone in 2015!

2014 Totals

Silver coins -74

Clad quarters- 412
Silver Quarters – 7 (1937, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1952S, 1954D, 1957D)
Clad dimes – 359
Silver Dimes:
Seated – 1 (1887)

Barber – 3 (1895O, 1902, 1911D)

Mercury – 29 (1916, 1918S(3), 1919S, 1920, 1920S(2),1923S, 1925D, 1927, 1929D, 1929S,1935, 1938(2), 1939, 1941D, 1942, 1942D,1943(2), 1943D(3), 1943S, 1944, 1945, 1945D)

Roosevelt – 30 (1946, 1946D(3), 1947, 1947S, 1951, 1952, 1952D(2), 1953, 1953D(4), 1954, 1955S, 1957, 1957D, 1958D(2),1959D(3), 1960D(2), 1962D (3), 1963D}

Nickels – 61
War nickels – 4 (1944P, 1943S, 1943P(2)
Buffalo Nickels – 2 (1936S, 1936)
Liberty (V) Nickel – 1 (1891)

Memorial – 700
Indian Head – 3- (1890, 1893, 1903)
Wheat – 171- (1910(3), 1911D(2), 1912, 1916(2),1917(2),1918, 1919(6), 1919D, 1919S, 1920(2),1920D(4), 1922, 1924, 1925(D), 1927, 1928, 1929, 193? D,1930D(2), 1935(2), 1935D, 1936S, 1937, 1939, 1940(2), 1940S, 1941(4), 1941D(3), 1941S, 1942, 1942D(3), 1942S, 1944(9), 1944D(17),1944S, 1945(3), 1945D(10), 1945S, 1946(6), 1946D(3), 1947D(2), 1947S, 1948, 1948D(6), 1949, 1949D(4), 1950, 1950D(5), 1951D(4), 1951S, 1952D(7), 1953D(3), 1954D(3), 1955D(3), 1956D(7), 1957D(7), 1958D(3)

Gold – 1
Silver -4
Costume -1

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