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 🙂
I was wondering when I was going to hit my first Barber coin this year. My brother and a friend had already scored Barber dimes. Not only did I score a Barber dime, I scored two! They were about 4′ apart. I also scored another silver Washington quarter and several Mercury dimes. I seem to be back to only scoring one silver coin each time I go out. I know, at least I’m finding silver. Still I would like to find several at time. I did score two Barbers in one day, but the next day I didn’t hit any. So it averaged out. I guess I’m lucky that I score at least one silver each time I go out. I remember the days when I went for weeks without hitting silver. I’m back to hitting the open public areas of the park. The woods are filling up with weeds making swinging the coil close to the ground almost impossible. So I’m crawling through the trash looking for that sweet sound. It’s still there, but a lot harder to find.
Winter here in Missouri has been extremely mild this year. Heck, we are seeing mosquitoes already. Crazy! Of course I’ve been taking advantage of the weather and finding silver. I managed to find my first silver quarter of the year and several more Mercury dimes. All my silver but the rosie has came from hunting the woods in an old park. I hit another very old park and managed to hit a silver broach, but no silver coins. While I’m at 8 silver coins, my brother is leading the pack with 10 silver coins this year. Not too bad this early in the game. While I mostly hunt in auto +3, I’ve decided to make a point to hunt in manual more this year. There are many on the net who claim by hunting in manual a little extra depth and clarity can be gained. My attempts last year only provided me with an unstable etrac. So I will figure out a way to do it if it is possible. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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.
Tags: barber dime, Buffalo nickels, deep silver, Etrac coins, etrac old parks, mercury dime, Seated Quarter, silver dimes, silver quarter, war nickel, wheats
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!
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.
The last few days has produced a silver rosie, several wheats and a lot of modern coins. So far my brother is the only one who has found a silver quarter this year, a squeaker 1964 . Last year I found 3 and my brother found 1 also. So are silver quarters deeper, already found years ago since they are larger and easier to find? I’m willing to listen to alternate thoughts on this. The silver dime was found at an old school, they just keep producing! If you want silver, your going to have to dig a lot of holes. One day I would like to do the ratio of holes dug per silver finds. I did find a silver ring, my first with the etrac, It didn’t ring up like a normal silver coin as I’ve heard, but more like 01-46, 9-46 etc. Its good to see my modern coin totals climb, I would like to crush my last year totals.