Tag Archives: copper coin

Indians again!

21 Feb

*** Two corrections:

1) I meant to say that I was off on my pinpointing and had to dig sideways after I dug up an eight inch hole

2) I meant to say that one out of 50 nickel signals is actually a signal at this park, the other forty-nine are pull tab beaver tails

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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.

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More stuff from the trashy old park

31 Jan

At the risk of boring everyone to tears, I will post yet another wheat cent found at the old trashy park today at lunch. Three things are special about the find:

  1. I found it at the allegedly hunted-out trashy old park.
  2. It gave me a solid pulltab signal.
  3. It has some of the original bright copper luster on it.

Hunting with the V3i, I got a very broken signal with no iron. While I was trying to figure out what it was, I kept getting a pulltab signal right next to it. The pulltab signal was at three inches deep while the broken signal was deeper but it kept changing from six to eight inches. I decided to dig the pulltab to eliminate the distracting mid tone and bam! out comes the 1920 D Lincoln cent! Whaaattt?!!!

***UPDATE***
After reading Tom Dankowski’s excellent article on iron masking (http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/behindthemask.htm) , I think I know why the wheat cent gave a pulltab signal. I think that if I had inspected the area above and around the cent, I may have found a small iron piece laying above the wheat and off center. I am almost sure of it.

A 1920 D wheat cent at three inches of depth with a solid mid tone and a pulltab VDI. After I removed the cent, no signal was present.

1920D LIncoln cent

This wheat cent was raised by pulltabs

Later, I found another shot shell. This time it’s a USC Co Climax No. 10. Cartridge-Corner says that this shell was made from 1864 to 1926. Again, given the history of the site (1901 houses, 1917 hospital) it is likely that the shell was dropped before 1900.

brass shot shell

They we' hunting wabits

So, I keep finding all this old stuff but no silver coins. Well except for the war nickel. Still, come on already! Where is my Seated?!

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Another wheat cent from the hunted out park

20 Jan

I returned to Riverside park this evening. It was very, very cold but I am extremely excited about my new ability to sniff out old coins from the hunted out park.

I decided to grid out a small area bounded by trees. The area was about 20 feet by 20 feet. I began searching and about three minutes into the hunt, bam! I got a high tone with no hints of iron. The VDI number jumped around but no matter what angle I swung the coil at, the signal remained free of iron. The depth indicated on the V3i was 5.5 inches. Nice.

I dug this 1935 D wheat penny from the cold dirt.

1935 D Lincoln cent

Another old coin from the frozen dep

If you remember from my previous post, I set the White’s V3i to process the signal very slowly by setting the ground filter to 5Hz Band. I seem to remember reading that by setting the ground filter to 5 Hz Band, I tell the processor in the machine to take its time analyzing the signal. Anyway, the end result is that I have to swing very slowly to give the machine time to do its thing.

It appears to be working ūüôā

It was brutally cold and even with gloves on, my hands were freezing. I decided to change locations after I found the wheat cent and went back to the old Girl Scout House to dig for mid tones. Soon into it, I got a nice repeatable mid tone with a consistent VDI at five inches of depth. I dug a hole and out came this Girl Scout emblem. It may have been part of a pin at one time.

Girl Scout emblem

May have been a pin at one time

Girl Scout emblem and Lincoln cent side by side

About the size of a U.S. cent

I was forced to stop when the sun went down and the wind chill was in the lower teens. My heart was aglow however. Suddenly this huge old park has become alive with possibilities for me. I love my V3i!!!

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The significance of this Wheat Cent

19 Jan

I stopped by Riverside park here in Wichita after work. I have been doing so for a week now digging up mid tones at various parts of the park. Now if you live in Wichita and you metal detect, then you know how unforgiving Riverside park is.

Old timers around here love to show off their boxes full of silver coins they found at Riverside park back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They took it all and then, drank beer to celebrate and filled the park with pulltabs and bottle caps. As another hunter put it: “There is a four inch layer of junk at Riverside park”. So us, johnnies-come-lately can’t find squat at Riverside.

That is why I decided to start digging mid tones. There are thousands upon thousands of them at Riverside. I figure if I can’t find an old coin, at least I may find a gold ring or two.

To be fair, I have¬†found silver coins at Riverside. And I found an Indian Head. ¬†And I’ve found several wheaties. The issue is that I had to get very creative to find those coins. With the exception of the Indian Head, which I found at a hunted out area, all the other coins were found in unconventional areas of the park, such as the various banks of the river. The park proper, however, is a desert when it comes to old coins.

So today, I went looking for gold. Let me interject here that I love my V3i. It’s just so darned programmable! I have been hunting for relatively shallow stuff and digging tons of pulltabs. Today however, I set the V to detect the deepest stuff. I figured if I got a mid tone at six inches or deeper, the target was bound to be something interesting. And there I was, swinging away when I got a coin signal. Wha-wha-wha-whaaaat!!!??? A coin signal at seven inches plus??!! The area I was at is heavily hunted. The local metal detecting club holds seeded hunts here for the love of Pete! So what’s this deep coin doing here? How did it get missed? Well, the answer may be as simple as this: ¬†The coin was sitting right next to a melted piece of metal and the signal was ugly. Not the kind of signal one would be tempted to dig. ¬†Unless…you have a metal detector that you can program to process the signals really slowly and thus allow you to separate targets that are sitting right next to each other!

So there’s my story. I pulled this 1934 D wheat cent from an almost eight inch deep hole. And the significance of all this? The significance is that if this was missed, then who knows what else is laying under that dirt. Stuff even I missed with both my Ace 250 and my At Pro because I wasn’t hunting the area with the correct technique.

1937 D Lincoln cent

From the depths of the hunted out park

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The first coin of 2012

3 Jan

I hunted for six hours today looking for my first silver of 2012. I was very hopeful when the first coin I dug up was a 1928D wheat cent. However, for the rest of the hunt, I found only clad.

The city park where I hunted is very old and should contain plenty of old coins and although I found no silver coins today,  I remain optimistic about my chances of finding 75 silver coins this year.

1928D wheat cent

First coin of 2012

1928D reverse

In excellent shape

My fourth Indian Head for 2011

29 Dec

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6 wheats but no silver…yet

9 Dec

I hunted with the V3i again today. I am getting more and more comfortable with the sounds and with each program. Today I spent the morning trying to detect a dime that I buried ten inches deep at my favorite park. Unfortunately, I could not repeat the magic at the park that I did in my yard. At least not yet. I still have a ways to go before I master all the relationships between settings in the V3i. I may be able to squeeze more depth from it yet.

As things stand however, I can detect a dime at eight inches fairly well at that park. I think I may detect the dime at nine inches with an iffy signal. I should have tested but I only tested at ten and eight inches. Before I left the park I managed to find a 1941D wheat which I misplaced in my car somewhere.

Later, I met with Patton from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum and we hunted a park he found hidden away in a neighborhood. I looked up the park on the Internet and learned that although the park is very new (1998), the site is an old school site. ¬†We didn’t find anything of note (I found a flattened memorial penny) but we did get to see the park surrounded by sheriff officers. We don’t know what was going on. Patton had errands to run and I went to the park where a couple of large cents (I still can’t believe it) and a Morgan dollar were found this Fall. I managed to pull five wheats, including the oldest coin so far with my new V3i, a 1936S wheat penny. I hope to continue to find older and older coins, including lots of silver soon!

five wheat cents

The thing above the five wheat is a flattened memorial penny

1936S wheat cent

My oldest V3i coin thus far

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The Game Is Afoot!

8 Dec

I went hunting with a member from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum and I took only my V3i. Right off the bat, within the first hour of the hunt, Patton found a really nice 1911 V Nickel. Later, we moved on to a site where a school once stood early in the 2oth century (that’s weird to write, since it is now the 21st century!) and it was there that I found this 1937 D wheat penny. Sure, it’s just a wheat but it is significant in that I found it with the V3i at a little over six inches deep. And as significant is the fact that I found it while hunting with a high degree of comfort and confidence.

1937D wheat cent obverse

and in pretty decent shape

1937D wheat penny reverse

Here's the reverse

I can categorically assert that I am now HUNTING with the V3i. There is still much to learn and much skill to attain but I believe I have enough mastery of the V3i to hunt with it and find stuff. I have concentrated in three programs: Deep Silver, Hi-Pro, and Coin & Jewelry.

I said it before and I’ll say it again; I expect great things from this detector!

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My first sidewalk tearout

22 Sep

A fellow hunter called me while I was detecting in a town about 40 miles from Wichita. ¬†He told me he was going to hunt a new sidewalk tearout in downtown Wichita. I rushed back home and made it just as he was starting. I only hunted for about an hour with him but I managed to pull my third Indian Head penny for the year. I never thought I’d find ONE IH in Wichita let alone three! ¬†The new addition to my IH collection is a badly corroded 1901 Indian Head. You can hardly see lady Liberty on the obverse. I can see 01 on the date and since there were no IH pennies in 1801, I can safely assume that the date is 1901.

1901 Indian Head penny

Under the sidewalk for over 40 years

1901 Indian Head penny - reverse

The reverse is in slightly better shape

Hunting this tearout with a fellow hunter who is also an Police Officer has given me the courage to hunt other tearouts. This past Summer, I was too afraid to hunt a street tearout in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. I can only imagine the goodies I missed.
Also, a little comment on the quality of my pictures. I have misplaced my tripod so I haven’t set up a good photo lab for my coins. Most of the pictures you see in this blog, have been taken with my cell phone.

Thank you for looking.