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 🙂