A Surprise Golf Course Metal Detecting Find

A Surprise Golf Course Metal Detecting Find

Some of my coolest finds have come from short hunts.  Last weekend I had a chance to detect at an old golf course where I have found a 20 Pence Irish coin, a 1943 Mercury Dime and a few other neat finds in the past.

I mostly found modern coins with a quarter mixed in here and there, but nothing major to speak of when I noticed a flat area under a couple of trees that were close to each other and figured that golfers would probably sit there to take a break.

After a few minutes of detecting the area, I got a tone on the E-Trac that indicated multiple coins in the same small area.  In the past I have heard that same type of tone where it ended up that there was multiple coins close to each other, but I have also heard that type of tone where the target ended up being a large shallow target.



That’s exactly what this was, a 1982 Kennedy Half-Dollar that was only a couple inches deep, laying flat.  Raising my coil when swinging over this target gave me a weird tone that make me think I had two quarters spread out, when in reality it was a single large coin that sounded off like a coin spill.

It was the find of the day, and only the second Kennedy half I’ve ever found so I was happy to see it come out of the dirt.

Both times that I have swung over and found a Kennedy half, I thought I either had a large target, or multiple targets spread out.  Many guys will tell you that if you raise your coil 6 inches and still get a good tone, that it is probably not a coin, that is not true…If it happens to be a large coin that is shallow, like the two half dollars that I’ve found.   Just something to think about before you raise your coil and move on to the next target because “they” said to.:)

As stated, this was the find of the day aside from some modern coins, a few golf cleats, some aluminum scraps, and even a fishing weight were the finds of the day.  This half wasn’t a Silver Dollar, but I’m always happy to find at least “One Good Find”.

Hope you guys have great luck on your future hunts.


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Software programs and apps for Metal Detecting…

Every tip helps, and this article from a good friend over at Adventures of Metal Detecting has put together a very useful article on Apps & Mapping Softwares that can help you find more treasure as well as new “old” places to detect. Worth a Read!

Adventures in Metal Detecting

It’s safe to say, that I AM a “techy” kind of guy.  I love playing with different software and apps for my phone in an attempt to improve my chances of finding more and better “stuff” with less searching.  To that end, I have settled on the following apps for use on my phone – an Android – and computer programs.


MAPRIKA ( http://www.maprika.com ) – I posted the video from Heath Jones and Task Force History last time that got me started with this app and it’s companion PC program.  I can’t speak highly enough about this combo!  You have to do the research and find the old maps, but once you have the images in your computer it’s a simple matter to create a map that you can upload to the MAPRIKA server and then download to your GPS enabled smartphone or tablet to take into the field…

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Found My First Civil War Bullet

One of my favorite things about the hobby of metal detecting is that every now and then I get surprised by an unexpected find.

Recently, I took the E-Trac to a creek that I’ve hunted in the past, but hadn’t ever really found much there. I was going a bit slower than usual and looking for old coins or silver when I got a tone that I thought could be a pull tab or even a penny, so I decided dig the target to see what it was.

At first I thought I had found a dirty rock, but the more dirt I wiped off of it the more it started to look like something…

I was like “No Way!” finally, my first Civil War bullet, otherwise known as a Minie’ ball. This was definitely a surprise find, and interestingly enough, from past research on civil war troop movements and encampments finding this bullet there coincides with some of the things I’ve read about that area



For Demonstration only – My bullet was found in S. Missouri

The following weekend I went back to see if I could find any more Civil War related relics in that area and did find some “camp lead” which is melted lead from camp fires and bullet making.



The “sprue” on this musket ball is the excess lead that forms the ‘tail’ on the ball when the bullet was cast. The sprue is usually snipped off.  The musket ball is called a ‘drop’ and was probably dropped by the soldier that was sitting there making bullets.

At first I didn’t know what it was, but now that I do, I consider is a pretty neat find given it’s history and scarcity.

Actually, both of these bullets were dropped so it’s apparent that troops were camped there, probably making bullets as they prepared for battle further up the creek.

Finds like these make you take pause and remember a time in history when life in our country was much harder than it is today. These bullets represent the struggle our nation went through as history molded our country into what it is today.

On the surface these are just bullets, but the story that they tell us about life 150 years ago is to be remembered forever.


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