Posts Tagged With: deep silver

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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Three More Mercs!

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!

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Another First

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 😉

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Two Little Indians

Finally!  I finally found a couple of Indian head pennies.  Its been driving me crazy not finding any in parks and places where they should be.  Here’s the trick, both rang up as 1-30, 1-31 at 5+ inches deep.  I’ve been told and have read they should ring up in the ball park of 12-35 to 12-39.  Not on channel 6 and deep. Keep in mind other numbers came up as I swept back and forth, but those to sets of numbers came up the most.  I also hit another Merc and War Nickel.  I’m at 56 silver coins this year, can I hit 100?  I’m dang sure going to try.  Keep pounding those old parks, not always in the obvious areas.  If you ever wondered if some coins are just deeper or is any left?  The answer is yes!

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The Big Score!!

Finding a Barber is like hitting a home run to me.  Finding a key date Barber dime is a grand slam!  I was hunting a very old park last Saturday finding only modern coins and listening to a musical orchestra of trash (Etrac owners know what I mean) when I hit an interesting signal.  10-43, 11-44, 12*44 then some iron numbers included.  The signal was 6-7″ and hard to stay on top of.  Since all my earlier deep targets were really ugly numbers I went after it.  I saw the silver rim and I thought Merc, but then I saw it was a decent shape Barber.  I carefully picked away the dirt to see the date, 1895 O, SWEET!  It wasn’t until I got home and looked it up and realized it was THE key date for Barbers dimes.  I just found my second barber dime (1911D) the day before in an old yard.  I was pumped about that.  These finds makes my two silver rosie’s this week boring news.  So I’m at 47 silvers for the year, wow,  I’m still having a hard time believing it.  Here’s what I’m learning, don’t discriminate too much, go slow regardless of the amount of trash your hearing or the constant hum of thresh hold, watch your depth meter  and when you start hitting a lot of deeper targets, investigate each target.  I know it seems like a hassle, but the Etrac isn’t perfect and may need a little more time to make a better ID. Best of luck to you!

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