Tag Archives: copper coin

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

Where to hunt, where to hunt…

15 Sep

I may be the only guy in Wichita finding silver coins in city parks…ok, I know of another guy who found a silver dime in a park the other day.

The reason why I find silver coins in city parks while other don’t ,  is that I hunt on areas of the park other people won’t touch. I also hunt parks that others won’t hunt. Take the BAD park for example.

The bad park is a huge park in the middle of a neighborhood that is perceived as being dangerous. It is one of the earliest parks in the city and it may have been part of Buffalo Bill Mathewson’s land. By the way, Buffalo Bill Mathewson is the original Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill Cody; the one you may be familiar with, actually copied the whole character, down to the white beard, from Mathewson. But I digress.

I heard that a couple of old guys attempted to hunt this park not long ago and were assaulted by hoodlums. Hearing this convinced me that this was my park to hunt since now I know people will stay away from it and leave all the goodies to me. Now I am not dumb, although I know how to defend myself and I am no 90 lb weakling. (5′ 11”, 250 lbs of metal detecting fury) I won’t take unnecessary risks. I know the hoodlums will sleep late and not use the park until the evening so I hunt it during lunch and in the mornings during the weekend.

Plus, the park is no longer surrounded by houses so there is no neighborhood to speak of around it so there’s hardly any people there anyway.  Heck, most days there is NO one in the park but me. I haven’t found anything worthwhile yet, but I am sure I will.

The reason why I am thinking of this topic, is because there is a site that I drive by every day on my way home from work and yesterday, on my way back home, I finally stopped there and metal detected. The site appealed to me in part because it is in an old part of the city that has been continually inhabited for 150 years and in part because I figured no one else would hunt there. I only hunted for 30 minutes but in that time I dug up an aluminum cover to what may have been a powder compact or may have been a snuff/tobacco container. The piece has a monogram-style logo with letter type that looks 100 years old. I will post a picture later. So this dates the place and tells me that no one has hunted here for a while because this lid gave a quarter signal that no one would ignore. As I hunted further, I hit a pocket spill of a clad dime and a memorial copper penny. A little down the way, I found another pocket spill, this one consisting of two clad quarters. The site is obviously still active. My 30 minutes ran out too soon and I had to head home. I am definitely going back later. I get a feeling I will find interesting things here.

Thanks for looking!

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

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