First off, I’ve neglected keeping my Blog up to date. It’s been going really slow with a long dry spell and now a ton of rain. Finding new places to hunt has been tough. I managed to find a couple of pockets in old parks that yielded a couple of Mercs, a Rosie and a very worn Standing Liberty Quarter with no date. (Thats two now with no dates, bummer) Mostly I’ve been hitting the same old places and picking up what we’ve missed. I picked up a Barber dime that was only 3-4″ deep around a tree that was been hit before. It was about 4″ from trash and I found it because I went from a different direction. Makes you wonder how much is missed? I guess that’s what keeps me going back to the same ole places. I did hit an area park that was created in 1951. I hunted for an hour or so and was about to give up when I got an interesting signal. My numbers were 1-44, 1-45 and then 12-46 and trash numbers. I previously dug two old smashed cans with similar numbers, but this target hit 12-46 a lot. It was hard to pinpoint so I dug a large plug. As I pulled the plug I saw a large silver coin fall back into the hole. It was a Walking Liberty Half and I nicked it despite the large plug. A wheat and pull tab was in the plug also. The half was dated 1945 and the wheat was 1952. I can only assume people were still carrying Walkers in the 50’s. Hopefully my finds will increase and I will try to do better with my blog. I still have a long way to go to hit 100.
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The weather this winter has been pretty mild and I’ve been trying to get out as much possible. Hunting in the woods has scored me a couple of silvers in the form of a Merc and a Walking Liberty half dollar. Finding a silver half dollar is such a rush. When you struggle to find a silver quarter and find a silver half, you thank your lucky stars. I also managed to find a silver rosie in a 1950’s yard. Other notable finds came in a form of a Missouri tax token and a Catholic rosery. The rosery was a surprise since I found it in the woods too. The wooded area I’ve been detecting is very large and I’m hopeful to find even more cool stuff.
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.
Where to start. Ok, hit 50 with a Silver Rosie in the field behind a local school where I’ve hit other silver Rosie’s. Fifty always seemed to be the hardest number to hit for me. My Pro Coil started developing problems hunting in wet grass. I haven’t had problems in the past, but who knows? So I order the 13″ Ultimate coil by Detech to keep me going. It’s slightly heavier and really pushes the detector’s balance forward. Not much harder to handle though. As soon as I put the new coil on I headed to the local old hunted out park. I managed to find a Merc at 4-5″ sitting at a 45 degree angle. That looked promising. My next hunt was another hunted out old park. The grass was fairly high and made it difficult to hunt, but not impossible. I found a deep target giving numbers like 1-40, 1-39, 1-36 etc. I thought it would be a wheat, but much to my surprise it was a bent 1898 Canadian nickel made of silver. Wow, for one I didn’t know they were made of silver and two was that it was in a Midwest city park! About 6″ away I found a 1898 Indian Head Penny. I love finding Indian Head Pennies. Maybe the new coil is giving me an advantage since I know 3 etracs have been over this area before. Since most of the parks I hunt haven’t been mowed in a while. I decided to hunt deeper in the woods in the park I found the Barber Quarter in. Yes, weeds are high in most places, but in the big timber its not too bad. It paid off with my second Walking Liberty Half, my first Standing Liberty Quarter and three silver Rosie’s and a Merc. It took about 6 hours of wandering through the brush, but 6 silvers! Guess where I’ll be going next weekend?! Happy Hunting
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!
I thought my exciting news was going to be about going out of town, hitting a really old park and finding a Indian Head penny and a silver Washington. That was until yesterday when I pulled a 1943S Walking Liberty Half! That’s my first large silver coin and it made my weekend. This last weekend was looking pretty bad since I hadn’t found an old coin until I hit the silver half (it ended up being my only old coin for the weekend). Since my last posting, I’ve found several silver coins and wheats at various parks. The weekend before last, me and my brother went to an old small town park dating in the late 1800’s. I was pumped, surely there must be a lot of silver coins. It was cold, ground was frozen and it was one of the cleanest parks (not much trash considering the age) I’ve hunted. Someone or others had cleaned it up good, maybe looking for gold rings. Modern coins were mostly pennies and I did manage to find a 2″ deep clad half dollar (another first) that must have been passed thinking it was trash. After several hours, I hit a deep signal that turned out to be an 1903 Indian Head penny and a 5″ iffy signal that was a silver Washington on its edge. I was lucky to find the silver quarter, had I approached it from any other direction I would have missed it. As I circled the target, I only got a decent signal from one side. It sounded like silver, but it didn’t a 100%. I was just lucky and being curious payed off. I’m at 17 silver coins and trying desperately trying to keep a good silver pace. My goal is to beat my last years finds of 74 silver coins which is going to be tough. So I will stay at it. Best of luck!
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 🙂
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….
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find silver coins as frequently as clad coins? Since that place isn’t in my zip code, I have to try different means/tactics to find silver. I hunted a house built in the 1920’s with a large spacious front yard with old large trees. A perfect setup for old coins to be lost by kids, people doing yard work etc. I pulled a 1938 silver quarter, two silver Rosie dimes and a couple of wheats. I was hoping for so much more considering the age, size and layout of the yard. I found most of the coins in areas I would have considered the least likely for coins. The quarter was found by a gravel driveway on the edge of a narrow strip of the yard on the side of the house. Not a convenient place to park and reach the front or back doors. One Rosie and a couple of wheats were in the same area, but closer to the house in that narrow strip of yard. Narrow by the standards of how large the front yard was. Really not an area where any activities I can think of could be done. The other Rosie was just off of the front porch and deep mixed with old nails. It was a bear to detect and find. The areas I considered prime like the front yard and the smaller back yard where people parked only turned up a wheat and a few modern coins. Conclusions, the prime areas has already been metal detected or those two areas had been disturbed by some form of landscaping. If it’s already been metal detected, they missed two silver coins by not covering the whole yard just because it didn’t look the best.
I went back to a newer park where a 1935 map showed five houses used to be there. I hunted the heck around the new picnic tables and swing sets etc looking for old coins. I did find a war nickel and a wheat previously near some old large trees where the ground wasn’t really moved much. Behind were the houses used to be and is now part of the park is a large open area with old trees. A few of the old trees are arranged in a fashion that could represent the outer boundaries of a large backyard. I started noticing iron hits that could be nails and then I hit a silver dime signal. Yep, a mercury dime! I started searching like crazy for more even digging iffy signals. Nope, it was just a randomly dropped silver.
I used the same strategy last night at a old Catholic Seminary that is now a school to find another Merc. It was in a far corner by some old large trees and a drive entrance to the parking lot. Just one silver, another randomly dropped silver. Of course I found a few modern coins also, still random drops. Most people don’t hit those areas, not enough excitement I guess. Did you notice the other correlation? Old big trees, most people who landscape avoid them because of the roots. So any thoughts? Better strategies? If you want to share, I’ll listen.