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Private property disappointments

15 Feb

I say that private property is the new frontier in metal detecting since most public places have been hit pretty hard since the 1960’s. With that in mind I have been working to get permission to hunt private properties and having some success. Plus, my metal detecting friends have invited me to hunt private properties they got permission to hunt.

Of the ten or so private properties I’ve hunted since last Fall, I got exactly five silver coins and one Indian Head. Come on! And all those houses were 90+ years old!

Now, I am not counting my neighbor’s house, which was built in 1958, and yielded four silver coins -two Washington quarters and two Rosies. That’s the sort of results I expect from every private property.

But I will continue to solicit permission to hunt private properties. I have two 100+ farm houses lined up, one of which gave up a silver spoon already, plus a 90+ year old house that I will hunt with the owner, who wants to try his hand at this “sweeping” (his term) business. He will use my At Pro. Thankfully, his yard is pretty big, so we won’t be bumping elbows.

And just so you don’t think I only complain about private properties, my friend has a line on a sweet property. This is what he was told:

The owner of the property was a rich doctor who buried hundreds(!!) of jars with silver and gold coins in them in the property. According to his son, or grandson, the jars were never retrieved.

I don’t know how true any of this is. If it is true, I don’t know what arrangements, if any, have been made regarding any possible finds.

If I get to hunt this mythical farm, I hope it doesn’t turn out like the properties I’ve hunted so far.

I really need to find something cool soon!!

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