Posts Tagged With: Silver Coin Spill

Another interesting coin spill

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!

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More First’s, a Barber Quarter and Large Silver Coin Spill

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!

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