This year is going to be my year of “firsts” metal detecting. I hit a deep 12-46, 11-47 at 6-7″. I thought to myself, “thats a deep clad quarter!” As I circled the target my numbers started hitting, 10-46, 8-46, 1-35, 1-47 etc. Has to be a deep silver quarter. So I dug my plug, pin pointer chirped at the bottom of my hole of 5″, another good sign. My second scoop of dirt revealed a silver rim of a quarter. Thinking it was going to be a silver Washington, I was very surprised to find a 1899 silver Barber quarter. My first one!! I’ve waited a long time to find one if these puppies. So I searched another 45 min and hit another spot with silver quarter numbers. Having thoughts of another Barber quarter running through my mind, I was slightly disappointed finding a silver Rosie. (I would have been jumping for joy last year. Its amazing how our expectations change in a year!) I thought to myself, silver quarter numbers from a silver rosie at 4″? Sure enough, another silver was in the hole, a Merc. Then another! I ended up pulling a silver Washington quarter, 2 silver rosie’s, a merc and a buffalo nickel! My first larger silver coin spill! Here’s the dates – 1916 Buffalo, 1941 washington, 1944D Merc and 1950, 1953D Rosie. Since 1953 is the most recent year, does that mean in 1953 mercs and buffalo nickels were still being carried around? I’ve changed my hunting pattern to hitting the woods surrounding old parks. It takes a long time to hit a target, but its been paying off for me. Plus, I’ve found a few Morel Mushrooms to boot! The weeds are down, so its now or never for these areas. My goal is 100 silvers this year, so I’d better quit typing and get to hunting! Good luck!