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Silver coin at lunch

17 Jan

I wasted the first 30 minutes of my lunch hour exploring the site of an old farm house. It was only 32 degrees with a nice brisk wind but the sun was out so it wasn’t terribly bad.  Anyway, the old farm may have cool stuff buried but you’d have to get through the hundreds of aluminum cans and the hundreds of liquor bottles (with the stupid metal rings that are left when the screw cap is removed) not to mention the over growth. So on my way back to work I drove by the city-owned lots I hunted this weekend. Since I still had 30 minutes, I stopped at one and after finding three memorial pennies I got a perfect dime signal on the V3i. The depth indicated was three inches so I expected a clad dime or another memorial penny. Nope. Instead, I pulled a 1943 Mercury dime. This is my third silver coin for the year.

As an aside, I want to talk about the incredible mass of meat we call the human brain. I have pulled lots of clad and a little silver in the 7 months I’ve been detecting. Yet, my brain is now trained to recognize a silver coin even with the briefest of glimpses. As I dug the hole, the Mercury dime flew out with the first scoopful of dirt giving me a flash that lasted but a microsecond. I knew it was a silver coin before it landed on the ground. That’s how amazing the human brain is. I have been fooled by clad only once or twice out of the hundreds, if not thousands of times I’ve pulled it out of the ground.

1943 Mercury dime still in the soil

I knew it was a silver coin before it hit the ground

1943 Mercury dime on the palm of my hand

A Merc in the hand is worth...about two dollars

1943 Mercury dime, obverse

Third silver coin in 2012

Thank you for looking!

****U P D A T E****

While on my hunt, I picked up what I thought was custom jewelry just sitting on top of the ground. When I got to my office and was emptying my pocket, I checked the back of the pendant and saw that it was marked AU 925!  Sweet!

silver pendant and U.S. dime for size comparison

AU. Australia?

Front of silver pendant with cubic zirconias

Too bad these are CZs!

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2 Responses to “Silver coin at lunch”

  1. Detecting Saxapahaw January 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    “A Merc in the hand is worth…about two dollars”

    hahahaha best caption ever. Congrats on the sweet finds!

  2. Dave January 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Mmmmm, What a delicious lunch! The mercury is a really nice find and the pendant is just gravy on the biscuit. Congratulations!

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