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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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First Seated Dime and More Silver

I feel really fortunate having such great parks to hunt here in the Kansas City area.  Kansas City Parks and Recreation deserve a lot of positive credit for the work they have put into restoring the parks. If you have not visited our parks recently, I think you may be surprised by the improvements.

I’ve continued pounding the 1940’s park and I realized there were at least two old houses or structures there.  In two areas I’ve found deep square nails and a very worn seated dime.  I also found a 1903O Barber dime in the area.  I also managed to find three more silver quarters, two more Mercs and 6 Rosies.  My silver count is 80 for this year so far, but time is running out.  I guess I will have to hit 100 next year 🙂

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Two Barbers and Two Mercs

The title makes it sound like I’m killing the silver coins, but not exactly.  I went over two weeks without finding a silver coin.  That’s how it goes a lot of the time.  You spend your time finding a place with silver and then you pound it.  Then you change up your technique and pound it again.  You hit the place so many times you worry your mail may start being delivered there.  Then your out searching for a new place to hit.  It sounds easy until you think about the city your hunting has several metal detecting clubs who have been hitting it for 20+ years.  I’m constantly surprised by how much silver is still out there, but its getting pretty thin.  Soon someone is going to develop a new technology and even more silver will be found.  This morning I found two mercs and a wheat that was less than 5″ deep.  They were hiding under a old style pull tab and a piece of iron off to the side.  I was running manual 24 and using a very tight discrimination pattern.(That change of technique I was writing about)  All I got was a brief hit of 10-45 and 18-45.  I could ony pick up those numbers one in 10 other trash numbers in my swings.  I noticed a strong low tone there to so I dug it.  Then I started getting 12-45, 12-47, 12-46 and a few other numbers.  I pulled the first Merc and there was still an occasional silver number.  So I dug the iron and then I found the other Merc and wheat.  I wonder how many times I’ve passed silver thinking it was just falsing?  I hope your finds are plentiful. Good luck!

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Glory Days With Old Silvers

I know its been a while, silver finds were going slow and then boom I start banging them every time I went out. Crazy!  I started hitting a large, spread out old park.  It follows the river bluffs and the open grassy places have been pounded over the years by other metal detectorist.   They didn’t find everything 🙂  I cannot emphasize enough about going slow and check out every deep signal.  You won’t cover a lot of ground, but I bet you won’t leave much behind.  I pulled a silver Washington quarter out of a nail infested hole.  I could tell there were multiple targets in an eight inch area, but in two different angles I would hit silver dime, quarter numbers.  I hadn’t found anything but an old wheat so I dug it.  I pulled two nails with large heads, dang.  My pinpointer still chattered in the wall and out came a silver Washington quarter.  Keep in mind, I dig at least 5 or so deep nails because I will get coin numbers with iron numbers.  So it does pay off to dig them.  Besides, it would bug me to death not knowing if there was a silver in the ground or not.  While I was there I noticed hiking trails leading into woods along the bluffs.  So what the heck, I headed out.  I had good luck hitting the woods in another park and it payed off here.  I found several Mercs and three Barber dimes.  It’s such a thrill to find silver from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  To top it off I found a 1875 Seated Quarter (very, very worn) on the edge of a trail today.  I couldn’t believe it, I was stunned!  After texting a pic to my brother and friend I went on.  I found a 1925D Merc about 20 yards further down the trail.  Then I covered about a quarter mile of more trails and found nothing.  Thats how it is sometimes.  I’m at 71 silver coins for the year.  My hopes of hitting a 100 is fading.  I need to find 3 more to match my last years finds.   I did find my first War Nickel of the year.  I also found a barely readable 1916 Buffalo Nickel.  I just don’t seem to find much of those.

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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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My First Liberty “V” Nickel

I found my first Liberty “V” nickel and its my oldest coin of  this year at 1891.  Its not the prettiest coin to look at, but it’s sweet to me!  Finding really old coins in our area has turned out to be a real task.  No silver for me recently, but my brother found a Franklin half dollar and my friend found his first barber dime (1902).  So I’m encouraged there is still cool stuff out there to be found.  Ironically, the Liberty nickel and the barber dime was found in a park we didn’t realize was that old.  We also found a 1910, 1912, 1919 wheat pennies and a1917 mercury dime, 1902 Indian head penny there.  We had no idea we would find anything that old, so you never know.  Happy digging!!

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