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 🙂
Metal detecting in the woods is still paying off for me. I was cutting through a thick area of small trees heading to an open area with large old trees and the Etrac sounded off. I looked down at the display and it said 9-45. Sweet! As I worked around the spot I was getting numbers like 11-45, 12-47, 7-45 and 10-47. Maybe a silver quarter? So I dug a wide plug and as I flipped the soggy plug I could see a thin silver rim. It was a Merc! I stood up and started getting another silver dime signal and a a low tone mixed in. Yep, a Merc and a Buffalo. I checked the hole again and started getting wheat penny numbers. I pulled two wheats out. I was still hoping a silver quarter was lurking in the ground. Then I started getting goofy numbers between a wheat and zincon. I was surprised to find an Indian head penny. Wow! So this coin spill consisted of a 1923S and a 1916S Mercury dimes, a 1919D Buff, a 1908 Indian and 1919D and 1920 wheat pennies. No Standing Liberty Quarter, bummer. I love finding coin spills. It gives me a glimpse of what someone was carrying at the time they lost the coins. I was surprised finding an Indian head penny, but I guess I shouldn’t be. The dates are not that far apart. All the other coins were found in the woods except for a silver Rosie and a wheat. I found them in a really trashy part of the park where I found a previous silver Rosie. Silver is still there to be found, but I have to be in the right mind set to find it. It’s super trashy and you have to crawl over the ground to pick out a silver. Another observation was the coin spill. The Etrac picked out the silver first despite the other coins in the hole. The first Merc was a little shallower, bit not by much. So I would believe the Etrac is geared for silver primarily. Cool!
I’m still digging in the dirt and I managed to pull three more Mercs recently. I met my brother at a park that I failed to find anything old in two previous attempts. After about 30 minutes I hit a deep iffy wheat along a ridge that ran through the middle of the park. So I decided to grid this area and really slow down and challenge every deep signal. I knew it was going to be a good area, all the signs where there. (Deep iron and pull tabs ranging around 5″) Shortly there after I hit my first Merc, I was pretty sure it was going to be silver. Then I came across a target that was mostly iron numbers, except I would get wheat penny numbers and an occasional 10-45 in two directions. It was one of those “I got to see what this is” kinda targets. I dig the hole and find a nail right away. Dang it! Then the pin pointer starts chattering in the side wall of my hole. Bingo, a merc! The last Merc was a real surprise. I’d been hunting all day and the only old coins I found was a couple of wheats. I starting scanning around an old pine tree and hit a target that was a solid 12-44 and shallow. Fine, a clad dime. The dime was on top the ground and it looked pretty gray. Just before I tossed it in my pouch, I noticed it was a Merc. Really, a 1944 Merc on top the ground reading like a clad dime! It was badly tarnished from being beneath a pine tree and must have been pushed up as the tree grew. Oh well, silver number 32! Thanks for reading, good luck!
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.
The weather here in Missouri is definitely Bi-polar this year. Despite the seasonably cool temperatures, I went out digging in the dirt this last weekend. Saturday I hit my local hunted out park for a hour or so. I spent a few minutes looking the park over for places that didn’t have obvious signs of recent dirt moving. There is one area that looks good, but my two previous attempts failed to anything old. So I slowed my sweep down and paid close attention to my numbers and depths of my targets. The area is very trashy with modern trash which I’m sure is masking deeper good targets. I noticed I was starting to hit 6″ plus targets and then a 12-40, 12-38, 12-41 signal at 6″. I found a wheat, then two feet away I hit another deep wheat. I started getting excited of a possible deep silver lurking in the ground. About 15 minutes later I start getting 11-46, 15-46, 11-44, 12-45 mixed with crazy trash numbers. A silver quarter maybe? Nope, sadly a very worn 1929D Mercury dime. Still its silver #70! I lasted about another 15 minutes before the cold wind won out. Sunday I went with my brother back to a field behind an older school were I found two Mercury dimes last weekend. We both believed there has to be a silver quarter or quarters there. Buddy let me tell ya, it was cold. Temperature was about 31 degrees with a stiff wind of about 20 mph, luckily the ground wasn’t frozen, but it was wet. Needless to say we went to the truck and warmed up a couple times over 4 hours or so! At first it was looking like a couple wheats and modern coins was going to be our reward. Then I hit 08-46, 11-46, 11-45, 10-46, 15-44 and iron numbers deep. I thought it was probably silver, didn’t really sound like silver, but it was definitely a dig signal. ( I dug two older iron targets with similar numbers earlier) I popped the plug, nothing in the hole. An inch deep in the plug I see a silver dime. As I carefully pick off the dirt I see “One Dime” on the back and a wreath. A barber I thought! Sweet!! Then as I pick away at the front I see a 1887 SEATED DIME!!! I couldn’t believe it, needless to say we didn’t expect to find anything that old. My first metal detecting and hopefully not my last. It was my only old coin for the day. Well I’m at 71 silver coins so far and I still have a few weeks left. I’m still looking for my first big silver, who knows, maybe next weekend 😉
Since my last posting I’ve managed to find three more silvers in the form of Mercury dimes. I love finding Mercury dimes, but I’m ready to start finding Barber dimes. Heck, I’m ready to start finding much older coins period! The weather has been pretty mild here for July, but its way to dry. So I’ve been sticking to only digging parks, heavily hunted parks that is. The three Merc’s came from three different parks and a lot of patient scanning. The only silver coins left are the difficult ones no one else could find. One of the Merc’s ended up being one of the deepest coins I’ve found at a honest 8-9″. I could barely detect it and my numbers were all over the place. Using “Quick Mask” I was able to determine it was a coin at the very edge of my Etrac ability to detect it. Still I was pretty sure it was a coin. I’ve dug a lot of modern coins and wheats as my numbers are climbing. I’m still not a 100% confident I can find a silver coin mixed with old iron. I just haven’t done it myself. I’ve dug wheats with nails in the same hole, but not silver I can remember. Every mixed signal I’ve dug with silver coin numbers and iron numbers ALWAYS ended being a nail. That would be I picked up the head of the nail that is. So I’ve differed to only digging solid reasonable numbered targets with a nice repeatable sound. If anyone is willing to share their insights I will be happy to listen. Best to you…
BTW – I did find a Chicago Transit Authority token. Kinda odd since it was found in an old Kansas City Park. It was at about 5-6″ and rang up in between foil and Nickel numbers. Odd sounding and odd numbers prompted me to dig it. I’m glad I did. So when in doubt, be curious and dig it. You never know….