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Big Silver!

28 Oct

I went to McAdams park this morning to finish hunting the spot where I found the Mercury dime yesterday. Fifteen minutes or so into the hunt I got a signal that sounded right but the VDI on the AT Pro jumped from 82 to 95 and every number in between. Thinking it may be a bottle cap I cut and flipped the plug. The Garrett Propointer indicated that the target was on the side of the hole and about four or five inches deep. I stuck my Lesche to retrieve and this huge silver disc jumps out. Man, was I grinning! Although the coin was covered with dirt, I could see the year; 1948, and I knew right away I had a Ben Franklin half. This is my first Ben Franklin and coin #31 for the year.

1948 Ben Franklin half fresh out of the ground

You can't see Ben yet but the year, 1948, gives the coin away

1948 Ben Franklin half dollar obverse

There he is

1948 Ben Franklin half dollar reverse

...and the reverse

Thank you for looking!

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3 Responses to “Big Silver!”

  1. Detecting Saxapahaw October 28, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Wow, awesome coin! Got any other silver halves or is the the first? Really great find there! If you weren’t so far away I’d come raid your park with you LOL

    • David October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks! This is my second half. My first half was a 1937D Walking Liberty that I found in a different park with my Ace 250. I love finding those big coins! I wonder if I’ll ever find a silver dollar.
      Other hunters from Wichita have tried this park with no success. Even the guys with the Minelabs (3 of them) did not get silver out of there. Well, one of them did but the coins were laying on top of the ground LOL!
      I think the reason I have found so much silver in this park is because I know it really well now. I know what dirt is where and how deep to expect the coins to be. Also, in this park, I grid 100% of the time because the coins are usually too deep to casually hunt it.
      And yes, anytime you find yourself in South Central Kansas let me know and we’ll chase some deep silver.

  2. Rosie October 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Yeah! Those Ben Franklin halves are so cool too. I think these and the mercury dimes are my favorite. Awesome find! It’s a good feeling when you find goodies that you know many other people have passed over.

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