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First Silver Coins for 2017 are Barbers!

My first silver this year came in the form of a man’s ring inscribed “Luther” accross its face.  It rang up a constant 12-47 on the Etrac. I didn’t find an old coin that day and only a couple modern coins in that area.
       I met my brother yesterday at large local park we’ve been pounding for the last couple months.  Despite everything being covered with a thin sheet of ice and being really cold, we set out to find our fortunes. I decided to go back to an area we’ve hit several times before and where I found a Barber dime, some Mercury dimes, silver Rosies and silver Washington Quarters. My brother picked up a couple of Barber Quarters and a Rosie.  I asked myself, “did we find it all?”  After picking up a couple clad quarters, some clad dimes and those 4 -5″ deep memorials that occasionally ring up 12-45 (one of these days someone is going to have to explain to me how that works) I hit an interesting signal.  12-41, 12-40 and 12-45 once. Nice constant tone, but not a screaming silver sound.  I dug the hole and in one of the chunks of dirt I see a silver rim.  A silver dime!  As I carefully picked away the dirt I see the date 1907.  My first silver coin of the new year is a 1907 O Barber dime.  How cool is that!  So I switched to all metal and interrogated every signal in the vicinity. No more coins.  So I switched backed to my discrimination pattern and started gridding the area.  A couple minutes later I hear a good tone and looked down and 8-46 is on the screen.  As I circled the spot I noticed my numbers were 6-46, 8-46 and my hopes for a silver quarter grew.  As I flipped the plug, a flat silver disc drops to the bottom of the hole. A very worn 1903 Barber quarter is my reward.  Really?  My second silver coin for the year is a Barber quarter!  I really started rubbing my coil on the icy grass then 🙂  I hunted about 30 minutes more and gave into my cold complaing fingers and toes and headed home.  Not a bad start to 2017.

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New Silver Coin Finds Record and Another Walker

​Sadly, I didn’t hit my goal of a 100 silver coins for the year. I did manage to break my annual silver coin finds record.  I managed 87 silver coins this year compared to 84 last year.  I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment considering I live in an area of “hunted out” parks.  There’s no such thing as a hunted out park unless all the dirt is bulldozed and removed.  The Etrac has been a silver finding machine for me.  I cannot stress enough, learn your machine.  Two years ago when I first bought the Etrac, I remember wondering if I wasted my money. Then I started doing my part by researching old parks, hunting the whole park, not just the common areas.  I found my third Walking Liberty half dollar in area of a park nobody would have guessed it would have been there.  It was by itself with no other coins surrounded by pieces of tinfoil.  Who knows why, but I was glad to find it.  I’m determined to hit a 100 silver coins, so it will be my goal for 2017.  Good luck and happy hunting in 2017.

2016 year end totals:
Silver coins -87


SBA – 
Presidential – 
Sacajawea – 
Half Dollars:

Kennedy – 1

Walking – 3 (1918, 1945(2)

Barber – 

Clad – 251
Seated – 
Barber – 
Standing Liberty – 1 (no date)
Washington -9 (1936, 1940S, 1942, 1942D, 1943, 1947D, 1957D, 1958D, 1962D)

Clad – 262
Seated – 1 (1885S)
Barber – 9 (1892, 1893(2), 1900, 1901, 1903, 1903O, 1904, 1907D)
Mercury – 43 (1916S, 1917S(3), 1918S, 1919, 1919D, 1920S, 1923S, 1924D, 1928, 1929, 1929S, 1930S, 1934D(2), 1935(3), 1936D, 1937D(2), 1940D (2), 1940S, 1941(2), 1942, 1942D(2), 1943, 1943D, 1943S, 1944(5), 1944D(3), 1944S, 1945)
Roosevelt – 19 (1946 (3), 1946D, 1950D, 1951D, 1952, 1952D, 1953D, 1954, 1954D, 1963D, 1946, 1946D, 1956D, 1957, 1961D, 1963D, 1964)

Jefferson – 24
War nickels – 1944P
Buffalo Nickels – 5 (1918, 1919D, 1937D, no date(2)
V nickel- 
Memorial – 391
Indian Head – 7 (1892, 1896, 1898, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1908)
Wheat – 141  (1910(3), 1912, 1913D, 1915D, 1916(2), 1916D, 1918(3), 1918D(1), 1919(3), 1919D(3), 1920(3), 1920D(3), 1921, 1925D, 1926 (2), 1927D, 1929, 1929D, 1929S, 1930D, 1933D, 1934, 1936(2), 1937, 1940, 1940D(2), 1941, 1942, 1942D(2), 1944(9), 1944D(12), 1944S(3), 1945(4), 1945D(5), 1946, 1946D (2), 1946S(3), 1947D(3), 1947S, 1948, 1948D, 1949, 1949D(3), 1949S, 1950D(5), 1950S, 1951, 1951D(10), 1952D(6), 1952S, 1953D(4), 1953S, 1954D, 1955D(5), 1956D(4), 1957D, 1958, 1958D(2), unreadable (11)
Foreign coins:

Canadian silver dime – 1963

Canadian pennies – 2

Gold – 3

Silver – 3

Silver pendent – 

Broach – 1

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