The double D almost got me a D

20 Mar

On my way home, I stopped at one of our city’s trashy parks. I purposely picked the trashiest area I know in the park to further test the new Garrett 5×8 DD coil. Not five minutes into the hunt, I got a glimpse of a high tone among some mid tones and grunts. One thing I am beginning to LOVE about this coil is how it bites down onto a signal once you narrow the swing. I kept swinging over the cacophony of tones and kept narrowing the swing until I was hearing mostly the high tone. After a few narrow swings, the signal cleaned up and I got a beautiful high tone with a beautiful VDI of 81-82.

The AT Pro said eight inches but the dime was only five or so inches deep. When I saw the date I flipped! My first 1916 Mercury! When I got home I gently rinsed the dirt away and spent an hour looking at the reverse imagining a D mint mark. Eventually I had to concede that there was no mint mark. This is my eighth silver coin for 2012

1916 Mercury dime obverse with dirt

Minted 96 years ago

1916 Mercury dime

By the degree of wear I say it was dropped in the 40's

So the small coil is proving itself. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Thank you for looking


4 Responses to “The double D almost got me a D”

  1. stevessunkentreasures March 21, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Very sweet find! This really helps to prove your big theory that it doesn’t matter if a detectorist has been there before or not. Glad you are liking your new coil!

  2. Dave March 21, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    That’s what I’m talking about right there, a 1916 mercury, Heck yeah! The coil has just paid for itself in my book, keep on diggin’.

    • yaquigrande March 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks Dave and Steve!

      I tell you, I get the most joy out of getting silver out of our city parks. When I think about the class of my competition and the rich and long history of metal detecting in this city of ours, I am just tickled to be able to pull a coin that was missed.

      That’s what this new little coil is about; new tools to get those hard to get targets from the hard to hunt places.

  3. gillcustomleather March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Still waiting to find our first silver. Seems around here things sink fairly quickly.

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