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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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!
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
I remember thinking a little while back that my silver rosie count was down. It looks like I’m making up for it now! I managed to pick 5 of them recently hunting around 1950’s schools. These are usually the least fruitful for me since most coins from the 50’s are not very deep and easily picked up by most detectors. The ones I did find were in fields behind schools or in oddball places on the property. It takes a lot of time to cover these areas and the least fun to hunt due to the taller grass. I picked up a silver quarter in an old park in very dense trash. The readings were so iffy I thought it would be a clad quarter at best. According to my records I’m one silver coin up from last year at this time. I’m still determined to hit my goal of 100. I’m still kicking around the idea of upgrading to a larger coil since most of the Etrac bloggers I’ve followed already have. So there must be some kind of an advantage there! I also picked up a child’s silver ring at 4″. It rang up mostly like a modern penny which I don’t dig much. This one rang up differently enough it made me curious. It goes to show you never really know what you might be passing up!
Daylight savings time has cut my evening hunt time down an hour 😦 By the time I get off work I barely have any time to hunt, dang it. I still managed to find two silver rosie’s and a wheat in the front yard of a 1950’s house tonight. I found another silver rosie in an old school yard last weekend. I’m still hitting the ground as hard as I can knowing time is starting to run short. I did find a sterling silver cub scout ring in the school yard too. I didn’t even know they existed let alone silver. Hopefully I will have additional finds soon. Best of luck!