Felt like old times

16 Sep

I went out metal detecting this fine Sunday afternoon with the goal of spending a couple of hours detecting with my XP Deus metal detector. I was driving towards an old park when I went by some lots that the city has bought to expand one of our High Schools. Although I know these lots have been hit hard, I thought that maybe my Deus and I could find a coin or two other machines missed.

Boy! did I ever! And instead of a just two hours, I ended up spending 5 hours detecting. I just couldn’t stop finding coins. Still, it was until the very end of my hunt that I finally broke my silver slump with a beautiful 1944 Mercury dime.

1944 Mercury dime obverse

Although I prefer gold, you can’t argue with the beauty of this coin

By the time I was done, this was my tally:

17 pre-1982 Memorial Lincoln cents
11 wheat cents, several with dates in the 1910’s
7 clad dimes
3 clad quarters
1 1906 Indian Head cent
1 dateless Buffalo nickel
1 1944 Mercury dime
a bunch of zinc Lincoln cents

This goes to show that just because other people have hunted a site extensively, it doesn’t mean that the place is dry.

various coins and metal objects

Look what the other hunters missed

1906 Indian Head cent, obverse

I just love finding these

The Indian Head cent sounded just like a zinc Lincoln cent, so you gotta dig those signals when hunting an old site.

Buffalo nickel, obverse

I have found a number of these this year


aluminum play coin- twenty five

I think this hearkens back to the late 50’s or maybe early 60’s.

So I am tired and I didn’t do some of the chores I was supposed to do today but I had fun. Finding all these coins reminded me of the old days before I got gold-fever.

Thank you for looking!





4 Responses to “Felt like old times”

  1. lawdog1 September 17, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Good play! It paid off for you. Was that the place we had talked about previously?

    • yaquigrande September 17, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Yes, it is. When I got there, there was evidence someone had been there just recently, maybe Saturday. I wonder what they found since they dug quite a few holes.

  2. stevessunkentreasures September 17, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Well done Miner! You seem to be a very well balanced MDer… Must be the martial arts classes!

    • yaquigrande September 17, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Thank you sir. You know, I didn’t dig any mid tones when I was there. I wonder how many rings got lost on those back yards…

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