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Another Indian Head from the secret back yard

7 Mar

Along with the coin, I found an interesting mix of trash items that included parts of a cap gun, bronze/brass id tags, old pieces of copper slag, and a very corroded tin soldier which unfortunately, was far too toasted to see what war it was from. Everything I am finding tells me that the house that once stood here was continuously occupied until the very end of its life. There is relatively little modern trash.

This is Indian Head cent number five for the year. I only found four in 2011.

Thank you for looking!


My 1887 Indian Head cent

5 Mar

I went out hunting for lunch today. Although the temperature was hovering around the mid 50’s, the strong winds made it feel much colder. I had planned on hunting a walking path by the Arkansas river but meetings at my job didn’t leave me too much time. So instead I went to a site that I have researched carefully and where I dug up a 1951 wheat cent before.

The site is TERRIBLE! There is so much rusted iron that the All Metal portion of the audio sounded like a continuous buzz. So I decided to switch programs on my V3i from the Deep Silver program to my tried and true Coin & Jewelry stock program. Five minutes after switching programs and ten minutes after starting my hunt I got a signal among trash that jumped from the low 70’s all the way to 80 and everywhere in between with hints of iron here and there. The tone was consistent among the trash though. The dominant frequency here was 2.5kHz and not 7.5kHz like it was on all the other Indians I’ve dug up lately. One problem with the signal (other than the iffyness) was that it was relatively shallow. The depth upon pinpointing was five inches. I generally don’t dig shallow iffy signals because 99% of the time they are trash but given the history of the site and the fact that I found the aforementioned wheat here, I decided to dig it. I am so glad I did!

1887 Indian Head cent obverse

Freshly dug

1887 Indian Head

A little cleaner. A definite candidate for olive oil

There sure has been a plethora of Indian Heads lately. This one is the oldest coin I’ve dug up to date. I love Indian Head pennies. They awaken the child in me more than any other coin. The year this coin was minted, Wichita was barely 17 years old and a little more than a collection of wooden structures along one solitary street. It’s early citizens however, already had great plans for it. Plans that included the neighborhood that once stood in the patch of grass where my cent was buried. I am not ready yet to disclose the exact location where I was today at lunch because I am now very hopeful that there may be Seated coins here and I want to be the one to find them. 😀

Thank you for looking!

First Indian Head cent of 2012

17 Feb

This is the second Indian Head cent I’ve found in the old trashy park. The first one I found with my Ace 250 at a different spot in the park. It was a 1900 Indian Head and it was a darn near religious experience for me.

Thank you for looking!

Long shot site may work out

19 Sep

Here I go again with another off the wall site. This one is the top of the river bank that also serves as a sidewalk of sorts. I figured people have been walking this path on top of the bank for 100 years so there ought to be coins there. I hunted this site for a little bit the other day after work. I posted about it. I went back today and hunted for a little longer and I found a 1924 wheat cent with no mint mark. I slowed down my pace and tightened my swings and found four memorial pennies from the early 60’s in the general area. There is a lot of ground to cover and I am sure there is silver in there. While I was digging a penny, a man approached me to ask me questions about the AT Pro. He is a fellow hunter and in fact, he was coming back from a hunt in the park next to this new site when he saw me. He was a very nice guy and after introductions I told him about the forum I hang out at.  He hunts Riverside park and so do I so I am sure I will run into him again.

Thank you for looking.

1923 Lincoln cent with no mint mark

1923 No Mint mark

Hunting in Peabody, Kansas

18 Sep

I met up with several members of the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum (FMDF) today in Peabody, Kansas.

Silversmith45 and I rode there together. We left at 6 am and by the time we were on the road, it was raining. When we got to Peabody, we went into a local restaurant to wait out the rain and there we met KansasDave, Redd, MrPhoto and the new guy. (UPDATE: he is Patton in the FMDF)

After the rain we headed to our intended hunting site and we hunted there for several hours. KansasDave found the only silver there, a Roosevelt dime. We had a great time. MrPhoto is a very funny guy and he got me early at the restaurant by telling me he found a silver dollar at a local park that we hunt. The new guy seems like a nice guy.

I found some clad coins at site number one. After a while, we moved on to site number two which was an empty lot where old houses once stood and later, mobile homes. We all found clad there and MrPhoto found a really cool token for a laxative from the 30’s.  By around noon, we decided to move on to the city’s main park where the county fair was held for a few years. The park dates from the late 1800’s.

For the first couple of hours, I found nothing but pull tabs and bottle caps. Eventually, I moved toward the entrance of the park and that’s where I found my two wheat cents; a 1919 D, and a 1920 D.

By then, KansasDave had already found his very cool Seated Liberty dime and his very cool Indian Head penny. Redd found a dateless Buffalo nickel. The rest of us made do with clad. I of course, found my two wheat cents. By the time I found the wheat cents and was ready to find me some silver, we decided to call it a day. It was almost 5pm.

All in all, I had a very good time. It is good to hunt with others once in a while. We agreed that we would do it again. Meanwhile, Silversmith45 and I are planning a little trip to Winfield, Kansas, where the Bluegrass Festival is now wrapping up. There should be lots of clad and hopefully some jewelry there. Also, a local hunter there told me that the site of the festival also holds coins from the mid to late 1800’s. It should be fun.

1919 D wheat cent

1919 D

1920 D wheat cent

1920 D

30 minutes at the bad park

16 Sep

Went back to the bad park at lunch. Unfortunately, I got rained out about 20 minutes into the hunt. I managed to find some can slaw, some bottle caps, and these three things:

heart lock, bullet, 1964 memorial penny

My finds

The memorial penny is a 1964 D. I hope to find some silver in this park soon.

A promising hunt

16 Sep

At lunch time I went to the bad park. I have hunted this park before and only found clad. This time however, I found three wheat cents in the same general area so I think silver from the bad park may soon be forthcoming.

The wheat Lincolns were:  two 1946 pennies with no mint mark and one 1949 D penny.

All signals were good and solid and they read 80-81 in the Target ID of the AT Pro.

wheat cents from the 40's

A sign of silver times ahead!

1910 wheat cent

14 Sep

I have been hunting a house built in 1917.  The house may be older though, as the sidewalk stamp says 1910.

Anyway,in the past I’ve pulled 2 Mercury dimes from the curb strip but no silver coins from the house lawn itself. I carefully hunted the whole property, including the curb in a grid pattern and I thought I was done.
The other day however, I did not have a good place to hunt during the 30 minutes that I get to hunt after work, so I went back to this house. I started re-scanning the curb and I found this little gem. This proves that one should never consider a spot done. Ever.

This penny was 7 inches deep. The Target ID on the AT Pro registered it at 82-83

1910 Lincoln cent. No mint mark

My oldest Lincoln cent

Silver, Copper, and Steel

1 Sep

Another metal detectorist told me about finding wheat cents in this small grassy area on a park we often hunt. So after work, having only 30 minutes free to hunt, I went there and within 5 minutes I got a very scratchy signal 6 inches deep. The Target ID on the AT Pro read 92, 94, 95 so I decided to dig it. After digging down to 5 inches or so, out came out a 1938 D Mercury dime and a 1926 wheat cent. I checked the hole with the Garrett Propointer and there was still a signal there. Excitedly, I dug up a very rusted small disk the size of a penny. I knew exactly what it was because the day before, the same guy who told me about the spot, told me that steel pennies get really rusty after being on the ground for a while.

Unfortunately, I scratched the merc. I tend to dig very small holes right on top of the target. I am changing that. From now on I will dig 3 inches around the target. Yes, I will make bigger holes but, darn! I can’t afford to scratch any more coins. One of these days I will dig something really valuable and ruin it.

By the way, the reason why these coins read in the mid 90’s in the Target ID, is because the AT Pro adds the signals from the individual coins the same way a detector will give a 50 cent signal when two quarters are buried in the ground.  I think if the Target ID went higher than 99, I may have gotten an ID closer to 200. I also believe the signal was scratchy because of the rusted steel penny.

Merc, wheat, and rusted steel penny

A very nice pocket spill

1898 Indian Head penny

26 Aug

I found this Indian Head penny at the house of a co-worker. I had already detected his front yard going South to North and found many wheat pennies but nothing else. The house was built in 1910 in the College Hill area.

I went back another day and worked the front yard from East to West and voila! I got this IH and a no-date Standing Liberty quarter with stars under the eagle (type 2). This hunt happened on the second week of August, 2011

1898 Indian Head penny

My first 1800's coin

reverse of 1898 Indian Head penny

A little corroded but I'll take it