One Good Find Saves The Day

I have been super lucky lately when it comes to finding silver. My last few hunts have all netted silver coins or a silver ring. I was hoping that my luck would continue this past weekend when I did some metal detecting at an old picnic grounds and gathering area. This spot has been popular since the early 1960’s so you can imagine my excitement leading up to this past weekends hunt.

I started out detecting in a small strip of grass and then moved over by the creek and picnic tables. I didn’t find much but modern coins, but I suspect that the gravel and mulch that had been laid down made it nearly impossible to reach the deeper coins. The mulch layer was literally 5-6 inches thick in most places around the sitting area and picnic tables.

I then switched to hoping for recently dropped jewelry items, but again, the area was clean except a few clad coins here and there.

I gave it the old college try by detecting all of the areas that had the possibility of old coins, but after about 5 hours all I had to show for my efforts was common junk, several modern coins and a sinking feeling that I was about to get skunked on silver coins at a spot that ‘Should” hold several silvers. I was wondering if someone had beaten me to the punch, or if all of the modern improvements had put the silver coins there too deep for my detector to reach. All I really knew for sure was that I felt disappointed that I was about to be skunked.

The sun was going down so I decided to detect around a large over hanging tree.  About 3 minutes later I got that sweet sound of silver on my AT Pro and I knew that it could be a quarter based on the 85-87 ID numbers.

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I dug down 4 or 5 inches and that’s when I saw the reeded edge of a silver coin! A 1961 Washington quarter. That’s only the second silver Washington quarter I’ve ever found and believe me I was excited to see silver in the plug. It saved me from getting skunked, and sometimes all it takes is One Good Find to save the day!

Before this hunt I had high hopes for finding silver in this particular area and had told the guys in the chat room that I was dedicating this hunt to the memory of Charles Garrett.

On this dedicated hunt, the Garrett AT Pro did what it was designed to do and that is a testament to the quality of Garrett Metal Detectors.

– Rest In Peace Dr. Charles Garrett, this one’s for you.

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Some Silver, Some 14K and a Pearl

My last two blogs have centered around the same detecting spot. So far it has produced 9 silvers over the first two hunts there.

Before going back to that spot, I decided to metal detect at a fairgrounds where I have had decent luck on jewelry finds over the years. It seems like I always find jewelry in that field, and Saturday was no different.

First, I found this earring. It is obviously costume jewelry, but I was happy to find another piece of jewelry there.

Costume Jewelry Earring

Costume Jewelry Earring

It’s a neat earring and came in at a mid tone on the AT PRO metal detector. I think I have literally found at least one jewelry item in that field every time I have hunted it over the past few years!

Later I got another interesting tone in my headphones and decided to dig it. Where I was detecting, you have to dig all the mid tones as they are likely jewelry finds, at least that’s what history there has proven to this point.

14KT Pearl Earring Stud

14KT Pearl Earring Stud

At first I thought that this was a metal ball stud earring. I could tell that it has some small writing on the shaft, and initially thought that it said .925. I was happy thinking that I had also found some silver in that field. Later at home with a magnifying glass I could read it better and it says 14KT. After some internet research, I learned that this is actually a 14KT white gold and Pearl stud earring. NICE!

Since those were basically the only finds I was finding there, I decided to go back to the “silver spot” a third time. :)

A friend had told me that given the ages of the silver coins, and the date range that this particular spot was popular during, that I should go back and look for a few rings.

Obviously he meant gold rings, and that was my main goal, at first. I spent about an hour detecting before I got a decent signal that I thought was a silver coin, possibly a silver quarter. Up to that point I had been diggin penny tones and tab tones, and they all turned out to be just that. But, this tone was different, and as I stated I thought it might be a silver quarter since I had found one on my first hunt there that was just a few feet away from where I got this tone.

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After diggin down about 5 inches I saw silver, and got excited as I thought I had another silver coin. When I picked up the dirt clod it was in I could tell immediately that it wasn’t a silver coin, but a silver RING! I grabbed my video camera and shot a short video of the find before putting it into my pouch. That ring find got me fired up, and over the next few hours I dug just about every signal I got.

Basically, I ended up with a few wheat pennies, tabs, beaver tails, and the usual junk finds but it was a very fun hunt anyway.

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It was a great hunt at two locations and at the end of the day with all things considered I was pleased with my finds.

Next hunt will be at a historic location that has potential to produce some great finds… time will tell.

Good luck on your next hunt!

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Went Back to The Silver Spot

I was excited about my last hunt where I found 5 silvers so I had to go back there and see if I could find a few more.

I started detecting in a couple of areas that I hadn’t detected on my previous hunt. I dug a few pieces of fencing and some other junk targets here and there mixed in with some clad coins but I wasn’t finding any silver coins. Since an hour or so had passed I decided to go back to the spot where I had found silvers on my previous hunt.

I was finding wheaties here and there and eventually I got a tone that I thought might be a silver dime. I grabbed my video cam when I saw the edge of a coin that I was sure was silver and it was a ’37 Mercury dime.

SIlvers found on 2nd hunt

Silvers found on 2nd hunt

Finally I was back in the area that was producing coins. Over the next couple of hours I managed to find 3 more silver Roosevelt dimes in the same general vicinity as the mercury dime. I also managed to find about 25 wheat pennies and some clad as well.

Bear Cub Scout Slider

Bear Cub Scout Slider

I thought that this was a neat find. It’s a Bear Cub Scout Neckerchief slide. Metal detectorists find these regularly, so I was happy to finally find one for myself.

All in all this spot has turned out to be one of the best places that I’ve ever detected. I could be wrong, but I suspect that this was a virgin area to a metal detector previously. If someone else has detected this area, then I can only imagine what he found if these are what he left behind…lol

Total from Two Hunts

Total from Two Hunts

It’s been awesome to finally find more than one silver on a hunt. I also got a few of these on live dig video, I just haven’t uploaded it yet.

Obviously, in order to get the silvers, you have to dig the trash… Those pieces of fencing and rifle brass shells kept foolin’ me. I did my part to clean up the environment by throwing this trash away.

Of Course I Dug Some Trash

Of Course I Dug Some Trash

Oh yeah, almost forgot… I got a hot tip on another spot that has some amazing potential for silver coins. If it goes how I think it should, I may have a new favorite spot… time will soon tell. ;)

Until then, stay searching my friends!

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