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The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook

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Shield Nickel Metal Detecting Find

In order to find old things, you have to go to old places.

Recently I had a chance to travel and go metal detecting in Kansas with a friend at a property that dates to the early 1800’s. The property owner told us that there used to be an old house that once sat at the back half of his property. My friend and I decided to metal detect where we believe was the yard of an old victorian era house. The grass and brush was knee high in most areas so we concentrated on detecting the spots where it was possible to swing a metal detector.

We had dug our share of scrap metals, shotgun headstamps, tabs, pull tabs, bits of aluminum cans, square nuts and even a horseshoe. I was using my AT Pro and heard a nickel or tab tone in my headphones. I could tell that it was a smaller coin sized target, and the target ID numbers were lower than the usual nickel numbers, but the tone was what caught my attention because it had that coin sound to it.

I decided to dig the target and about 5 inches deep I noticed something round laying on top of the dirt that I had just turned over. At first I thought it was a wheat penny but I couldn’t tell because the coin was so dirty.

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883

The 5 on the front showed us it ws a nickel. I thought it might be a V nickel. We couldn’t make out the design on the reverse but when the coin was still dirty I could tell that it has some sort of shield on it. It turns out that this coin is a circa 1866-1883 Shield Nickel.

circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

circa 1866-1883
Date Uncertain

It’s unfortunate that the reverse of the coin is so worn that I haven’t been able to get an exact date off of it. Since this coin doesn’t have ray’s between the stars on the front this shield nickel most likely dates from 1867 to 1883.

The Shield nickel was the first United States five-cent piece to be made out of copper-nickel, the same alloy of which American nickels are struck today.

Read more about the interesting History of Shield Nickel Here.

We had a great hunt, and finding this shield nickel is a good indicator that we’ve located a very old property that could potentially hold a lot of great finds in the future for both of us.


It was an epic hunt for me, and I am honored to be able to detect with such a great friend on a property like this. To find a Shield Nickel while I was there was icing on the cake. I can’t wait to get back out there and see what else we can find!

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A Few Recent Finds

Lately I haven’t been able to detect at the old homesteads that I usually hunt. A combination of the humidity and the brush being grown up has forced me to limit my hunts to parks and easily detected spots that have the grass mown.

I appreciate having “somewhere” to detect, but the types of finds at my local parks are minimal at best.

Ladies Butterfly Sash Buckle

Ladies Butterfly Sash Buckle

I did brave the ticks and brush for a couple of hours one day, and that is where I found this Ladies Sash buckle with my Fisher F5 metal detector. Think it might also be called a Butterfly buckle as the opposite side would complete it in the shape of a butterfly. This example is only half of the buckle, but still a neat find either way and I was happy to see it come out of the ground! It has been tumbled since it holds no real value, and it ended up looking great in my opinion.

Washington Sales Tax Token Circa 1930s

Washington Sales Tax Token Circa 1930s

On another hunt, while using my AT Pro metal detector at an old homestead that had a small area where the brush wasn’t too bad I was able to find this neat Washington State Sales Tax Token. At first I thought it was a washer, and it appears to have been used as a washer, but it is a 1930’s sales tax token.

1952 Jefferson Nickel

1952 Jefferson Nickel

At the same homestead I also found this 1952 Jefferson Nickel. It’s not an old coin, but it was a neat find so I figured I would also share it. Most wouldn’t bother blogging about a ’52 nickel, but it’s older than me, and was the only coin I found at that homestead that day. It might indicate that silver could be found there, we’ll see.


This find is a REM UMC .45 Colt shell. I found this at a park where an old house used to stand. It was also tumbled to reveal the text. According to research it appears that this shell is from 1911-1960. Given that the homestead was there in the early 1900s, I’m leaning towards the 1911 date range. Either way, it was a neat little find.

Namco Token

Namco Token

Using my Teknetics Eurotek Pro, I found this Namco Entertainment token at a park near the swing sets. It was a cool find because I remember these tokens from when I was a kid back in the PacMan – Donkey Kong video game era. It brought back fond memories of days spent in the arcades. I am not certain that this token is from the 80’s, but the design looks exactly like I remember from back then!

A Few Recent Finds

A Few Recent Finds

Lastly, here are some of my recent finds. Nothing major to share, but it is what it is. I can’t wait to get back into the woods and have some great spots mapped out for this fall. Hopefully soon I’ll have something worthwhile to share with you.

Until then, THANK YOU for reading my blog!

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Silver Found on Video

If you follow my blog you know that I enjoy metal detecting at long forgotten homesteads in the woods. The problem lately is that I’m not able to get back into the woods with the weeds and brush grown up the way it is. So, on this hunt I was able to secure permission to detect at an old church that had the grass mowed nicely. I have shown the finds before, but here is a short video of my hunt:

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

This was my first ever Susan B Anthony Dollar, and I was very surprised to find it near a basketball goal.

1949 Mercury Dime

1949 Mercury Dime

My first Mercury dime found metal detecting. As you could see in the video I was very excited to not only find a silver coin, but to find my first Mercury Dime.

All in all it was fun and I can’t wait to get back in the woods. Not much longer now! I have some new Inventio HD 1080p video glasses to video my future hunts so I am also excited about that since they allow me to be hands free and shoot amazing high definition videos!

Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you the best of luck out there!

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Metal Detecting – A Combined Effort

What do you do when you have multiple metal detectors that you can use? Well, do what I do… Use them!

That’s what I did this past weekend. I packed the AT Pro, Fisher F5 and Eurotek Pro in the car and off I went. This weekend was a first for me because it was the first time that I have detected three days in a row. I detected a couple of parks and an old school yard where the actual school building is long gone.

One of the parks that I detected was in a neighboring town. What is a park today was once a farm. Some images I have show that old farmhouse and other images show what the park looks like today without the house since it has since been torn down.

Old Farm House - Gone Forever

Old Farm House – Gone Forever

This is what the house once looked like. I thought for sure that I would be able to find some silver coins and was very excited to detect there. I concentrated around the porch area and in between where the trees were. Those beautiful trees are now nothing more than stumps, but they provided me with a marker to know where to concentrate my efforts. My first target was a coin, a penny so I got excited thinking that this was going to be a great hunt.

1951 Wheatie found at Farmhouse

1951 Wheatie found at Farmhouse

Unfortunately, all I found there was a couple wheat pennies and the usual farm trash. There was also pieces of aluminum windows and lead slag all over the place which complicated my efforts of finding silver coins. I was surprised that I didn’t find at least one dime, but then again I believe that the area was backfilled with dirt in an effort to level the ground for a new park bench that now sits where this house was.

Toy Plane Propeller

Toy Plane Propeller

I did find this toy airplane propeller which made me wonder how many imaginary wars it had seen in it’s day. It also told me that at one time a little boy lived in that house. Items like this make me wonder who the people were that lived there and what life was like back then. Not a great find, but interesting nonetheless.

The next couple of days I detected a field that once had a school in it. That school was gone by the 1970’s so I was excited to see if I could find some old silver there. When I first started detecting around what would have been the side of the building I started finding clad coins from the 1970’s. That would be the theme for most of the day until I decided to detect along the side of an old fence.

I started finding wheat pennies under the trees and I believe that is probably where the teacher sat while watching the children play. The Pennies over there were from the 1940’s – 1960’s and since they were the oldest and best finds of the day, I was happy to find them.

1944 Wheat Penny from Old School

1944 Wheat Penny from Old School

I usually don’t blog about finding wheat pennies and clad, but that is what I found so that is what I have to write about. I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t disappointed in not finding anything worth posting, but it is what it is.

Weekend Finds

Weekend Finds

I got to get out and enjoy my hobby of metal detecting and the weather was beautiful during most of the time I was out there. I definitely dug my share of trash this weekend, and emptied my finds pouch several times a day which meant that there was no shortage of targets to recover.

I had fun, and at the end of the day that is all that matters…

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Fisher F5 Finds Silver & Dollar

I decided to detect at an old homestead in the woods Saturday morning. I have found silver there in the past, so I wanted to give it another try. I was only there for about an hour since the brush is so grown up this time of year.

I was detecting around a very large tree when I got a nice signal. I don’t remember what it rang up as, but it was a soild tone so I decided to dig it.

Vintage Buckle

Vintage Buckle

About 4 inches down I found this buckle. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I am guessing that it was probably part of a ladies shoes or under garment.

I didn’t find much else at that spot so I decided to go somewhere else and try my luck. I drove by a spot that I have found a lot of jewelry in the past but quickly realized that the grass way way too tall to be able to swing there. I decided to switch things up and see if I could find another spot to detect that wasn’t so over grown. I went by a field that had a school there back in the 1930’s -1960’s. The building is long gone, but the property is still school property. Once again, the grass was too tall to be able to detect there.

As I was leaving I drove past an old church. I noticed that there were a couple of guys there mowing the lawn, so I pulled in and asked one of them about detecting there. He told me to ask the other guy, so I did. His name was Ed, and he was a very nice guy. His main concern was that I not leave large holes all over the place. I assured him that I take great pride in my digging techniques and that I dig a U shaped plug with the back attached so that the dirt can be put back where it came from.

After talking for about 5 minutes, he was satisfied that I would take care not to leave any trace of my presence. He went back to mowing, and I grabbed my gear and headed towards the side yard.

I first started out with my AT Pro, but there were so many signals that I didn’t want to dig a target every 3 feet. I am learning my AT Pro, so interpreting the signals is still a learning experience for me. I had my Fisher F5 in the trunk, so I decided to go grab it since I understand the tones a lot better.

After about 5 minutes I got a nice high tone in the Quarter range, so I decided to dig it. About 4 inches down I found a coin that I thought was a quarter, but it wasn’t!

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar

Instead of a quarter it was a 1971 Susan B Anthony Dollar coin! I grabbed my camera and shot a short video of my find. This is my 3rd dollar coin ever, and my first Susan B Anthony Dollar. Pretty cool!

After putting my camera away I noticed that Ed was walking my way. I showed him the coin, and offered to let him have it. He declined but agreed that it was a cool find. He told me that he used to metal detect but had never detected there. As he was leaving he told me that there used to be an old outhouse behind the church building and that I might try my luck in that area.

After about 30 minutes I worked my way over to a large tree. I had detected most of the area when I got a faint high tone signal on the Fisher F5. I have learned that this type of whiney whispery tone is silver from past experiences, so I decided to dig it and find out what it was.

1949 Mercury Dime

1949 Mercury Dime

After digging down about 4 inches I still hadn’t found the target. A quick scan with my propointer told me that the target was actually in the side of the plug wall. I popped a small clump of dirt out and that’s when I saw it! It was silver colored and very clean so I knew that I had found a silver coin. It was my first Mercury dime, and the 3rd silver this year with my Fisher F5!

Man, I love the F5 and the tones it makes. The F5 has found good targets consistently and when you go over a silver coin with this machine the tone has a softer whispery high tone than the clad coins.

All in all I am glad that I stopped to ask permission to detect the old church. I found my first Mercury Dime and my first Susan B Anthony Dollar. It was a great hunt for me, and was a nice change from the previous few hunts where I came back empty handed.

I don’t usually ask permission at places like that but I may start asking more often!

Thanks for reading everyone, Happy Hunting!

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Fisher F5 Vintage Toy Car Find

Recently I had a chance to take the Fisher F5 to an old homestead that I have detected previously. The last time I was there, I found a 1953 Silver Rosie Dime, so I figured I would go back and give it another try.

The grass was completely grown up, around 2 ft tall and it was tough to swing properly, but I was able to find a few wheat pennies, the oldest being a 1919.

1919 Wheat Cent

1919 Wheat Cent

At one point, after finding a wheat penny, I had moved away from that plug when I realized that I was discriminating nickels. Apparently I had hit the knob with my thumb and didn’t realize it. Since targets were few and far between, I decided to go re-check my previous plug to see if I had missed any coins.


Sure enough, I got a solid nickel signal and dug down a few inches and there it was, a 1938 Jefferson Nickel. Wow, I would have missed that had I not realized the mistake I made when discriminating nickels!

After that I found a few more wheat pennies and some other relics. I’ve already posted most of those finds in a previous blog though.

Just as I was about to leave I got a nice high tone and decided to dig one last target. Imagine my surprise when I pulled this old car from the dirt!

I’ve seen similar toy cars by Barclay and Manoil, but I haven’t found this exact car online during my research. If you have any info on it, please let me know!

I believe that it is from the early 1900’s and I just love this little car! It appears that this car was lost shortly after the little boy got it. I say that because it has very few scratches on it and is in pretty good condition all things considered.

I haven’t been able to get out detecting as much as I’d like to due to the rainy weather lately. I recently picked up a EuroTek Pro metal detector and look forward to getting it out in the field and seeing what it can do. I think some Fisher F2 and EuroTek Pro comparisons will be interesting and look forward to seeing the results of some side by side tests!

Anyway, thanks for checking out my latest finds. If you are interested in reading my educational metal detecting articles, follow this link over to Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine to gain more knowledge about Research, Metal Detectors and the hobby of metal detecting.

Thanks for reading my latest blog, and Happy Hunting out there everyone!

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