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Meanwhile at the ghost town…

22 Sep

I got up early today and quietly exited the church camp. I headed towards a ghost town about 20 minutes away.  I was excited to let Maurice sniff me up some goodies from this town of less than 300 people. The town goes back to the turn of the century and I was sure I could find an old coin here.

So, even with a hunt of only 20 minutes, I was able to pull this nice 1923 Mercury dime from there.



Now, I only hunted a tiny area of an empty lot and didn’t touch the park which looked to be over 100 years old. I will certainly return!

I hurriedly got back to the church camp and made it just in time for breakfast.

Thank you for looking!

So much dirt, so little time

20 Sep

After I tweaked my Deus once again, I decided to go over some of the old sites I’ve covered before. At lunch time, I went to some empty lots that the school district bought for future expansions. The area goes back to the turn of the century so finding old coins is possible there. These lots have and continue to be hunted regularly by others in the city but this, as we all know, means very little.

It wasn’t very long before I got a mixed signal. It was a real mess, but, to the discerning ear, the highs in the signal had that something that told me to investigate. Sure enough, along with a nail and an blob of rusted iron, I found a nice 1919 Merc in the hole:





I will have to hit these lots heavily next week.

Thank you for looking!

Back to silver

29 Jun

I have been trying to make sense of the new software in my Deus metal detector. Honestly, I was beginning to get a little bit frustrated but I knew that it was just a matter of time before things started to make sense. This morning I hit my deep silver park and went over some of the areas I have hunted regularly for two years. Amazingly, I managed to pull some nickels from the 1940’s (no war nickels unfortunately) and then I found this 1939 D Mercurydime:

1939 D


A little later, I found a worn Buffalo nickel with no discernable date:



With the new program I am using, I have been finding nickels at every hunt but I also find a lot of square pull tabs and a lot of beaver tails from the old style pull tabs. I don’t mind however, because I am likely to find gold if I keep digging those signals.

Thank you for looking!

I thought I scratched The One

13 Jun

Went out at lunch time today with my XP Deus metal detector. I returned to my deep silver park safe in the knowledge that there thousands of silver coins there waiting for me to dig them up.

I was working an old creek bank when I got the signal; deep with no VDI but with that unmistakable sweet audio signal. I went down to dig it and run into my old friend dried clay. That’s a BIG problem in this park. As we are in the third day of 100+ temps, the ground is quickly drying up and at this park that means hard as heck clay. So inevitably I scratched the coin in the hole. When I pulled it out my heart sank. I was looking at the reverse of a very worn old silver Mercury dime with what looked to me to be a D for the mint mark:


The date on the obverse of the coin looked like a 1916 to me. Oh man! Although the nick was very small it was still noticeable. I was bummed. I texted my friend Stevouke and he asked that I send him a picture of the reverse. When I took the picture, I enlarged it on my phone and I could see that the mint mark was in fact an S not a D.


Upon further inspection, I now could see that the date was more like a 1918 or 1919. It’s a keeper alright, just not The One (as Stevo called it). Which makes me feel better. When I do pull that sweet 1916D from the ground, I want it in as pristine condition as I can get it!

Oh, and let me get this off my chest: I shared my settings on my Deus with a guy I’ve never met at one of the forums. I gave him the very same settings that have been getting me all this loot. Well, he tried them and couldn’t find anything but tin cans. So he posted about how I gave him these settings that got him nothing but trash and would someone else please help him set up his Deus properly so he doesn’t waste anymore time digging trash. Ha! the ungrateful rat bastard! It’s alright. I’ve shared my settings with two people; one is a local guy who is pretty cool and then this ***hole. There, it’s off my chest now.

***UPDATE*** The guy has since said that he didn’t mean to insult. After he re-read his own post, he said he could see how I would read it that way***

Thank you for looking (and letting me rant)!

1928 D Mercury dime

5 Jun

For lunch today, my XP Deus metal detector and I returned to the spot where I found the 1941 Merc yesterday.

I decided to concentrate on a relatively small area. After I found a couple of wheat cents, I knew that I had selected the right place. Soon I got a deep signal with no VDI but with a sweet tone. I dug a 7 inch hole and the target was still in the hole but barely under the bottom. One more scoopful brought up the coin ball:


Have I mentioned that I just LOVE seeing that silver edge poking out of the dirt?

After I released the coin from its dirt jail, I saw that it was a 1928 D Merc in bad shape. It it heavily scratched and worn but I’ll take it.



The last target that was not trash, was a Kansas 2 Mil tax token. It was a fun hunt and I hope to take more keepers from there.


Thank you for looking!

Deep Mercury

4 Jun

For lunch today, I went to Riverside park with my XP Deus metal detector to look for my first ever Seated coin. To that effect, I began hunting the deep chirps among the rusted iron.

After digging a number of deep, rusted nails, I got a chirp that repeated really nicely from every direction. I knew I had a coin but I didn’t know what kind yet. After I dug up my customary 7 inch hole, I got a dim hit with the pinpointer, indicating that the target was still in the dirt. I dug up one more inch of dirt and the target was in the scoopful. I located the clump with the coin:



I got very excited because the area I was hunting is nothing but deep iron signals and I thought that surely I had a Seated in my hand! It was not a Seated coin in fact but a 1941 D Mercury dime.



I’ll take it! For now, my first Seated coin is still somewhere in this park.

Thank you for looking!

Another 1916 Merc

31 May

…without a mint mark! Sigh!

I took Maurice, my XP Deus metal detector, to a city park that opened in 1925. Other hunters in my group have found silver there but I hadn’t yet. Until today that is.

When I got there at lunch time, the mowing crews were out so I picked a part of the park that I thought they would mow last and began my quest. 20 minutes into the hunt I got an ugly signal with a sweet high tone component to it. It was relatively deep so I went for it. At around the seven inch mark and on the side of the hole, I pulled this 1916, no mint mark Mercury dime:



It is my second 1916 Mercury dime ever. The first one I found with the AT Pro at a different city park. Neither one of them had the D on the reverse and both of them were in very worn condition.

Still, I am happy I pulled silver from this park. It is my life-long goal to pull silver from all pre-1950 parks within the city limits. We’ll see how I do.

Thank you for looking!

Sweet Coin Spill

23 May

Maurice (my XP Deus metal detector) and I have done it again at another old park. I began hunting this park a few days ago because it is an old park, it is a trashy park, and it is a mid-sized park. All these things told me there was silver to be had there.

As usual, I took my lunch hour and headed straight to the park. I had found in my previous hunts there a number of early wheats and various and sundry other things. Today I was more determined than ever to find silver. I began at an area that I knew from previous hunts was loaded with pulltabs and was especially loaded with bottle caps. That scenario is a nightmare to hunt but finding keepers in a spot like that is part and parcel for the mighty XP Deus.

Sure enough, after digging a number of deep, flat,and rusted bottle caps, I finally hit upon a sweet tone among the harsher cap tones. The VDI, of course, was nowhere near being accurate. The Deus reported a 98, which is a tell-tale of iron wrap-around.The sweetness of the dim tone could not be denied however so I set upon  the task of digging a hole.

At first, I pulled a 1919 wheat at about 7 inches. I stuck my pinpointer in and got nothing more so I covered the hole but as I always do, I ran the coil over the spot one more time and again I got a deep, dim high tone with no VDI but this signal was just to the side of the now covered hole.  I re-dug the hole and out came this:


I cleaned the dirt off the 1936 D Merc and I took a picture of it with the wheat and sent it to Stevouke as proof that I had pulled silver from this park as I promised I would do.

Once the message was sent, I re-scanned the hole with the Deus and I got a sweet signal on the loose dirt I had pulled. It was another wheat. I scanned again and I got a deep, not so sweet high tone in the hole. I pulled yet another wheat. Both wheats were from the 1920’s. I ran the coil over the hole and I got yet another deep signal to the side of the hole. I widened the hole and I was very happy to see this come out:


If you look closely, you can see the edge of another silver dime showing! After I broke it out of the dirt ball, I had a 1942D Mercury dime. I very carefully re-scanned the hole and pulled a couple of rusted bottle caps but no more coins. No matter; I had a sweet coin spill to post about.


Thank you for looking!

The XP Deus Is King!

14 May

Today for lunch, I returned to the park where yesterday I found a Roosevelt dime. When I got there, I remembered that there was a spot where I found an Indian Head cent almost exactly one year ago.

At that spot, there was a house back in the day and I thought I had the front yard and the back yard all figured out. After I found the Indian Head, I gridded the area carefully with the AT Pro and found nothing else. Later in the year, I returned to the same spot with my White’s V3i and again, found nothing more.

Curious to see if Maurice could do better, I began swinging and in a space of a couple of minutes I had two shallow wheats. Wow! I continued and in less than 10 minutes I found my first silver of the day:

1943-obverse 1943-reverse

A 1943 D war nickel at about 6.5 inches deep. Incredible.

I hunted the same spot carefully although not gridding and bam! I got a very faint whisper that repeated nicely from all sides. I cut the plug and at around 8 inches and on the side of the hole I found a 1928 D Mercury dime:


I just cannot believe it. I missed all these coins (by then I had four wheats in my pocket) with the Pro and the V3i.

But not with the Deus!

Towards the end of my hunt I found what I believed was a token but I was wrong. It was a 1918 10 centimes French coin:



This coin was first minted in 1917 and was last minted in 1938. A cool coin of a common date. I always wonder how coins like this come to be in our fair city.

So at the end, I ended up with a number of coins that I COMPLETELY missed with my other detectors. This is why I am having to re-hunt every spot with Maurice.


Thank you for looking!

Silver number 25

7 May

Yesterday at lunch, Maurice (aka Zoltar) and I met lawdog1 from the Wheat State Treasure Hunters group at Riverside park. We hunted for an hour with little to show and I had to return to work but lawdog1 stayed to explore the spot a little more.

Later, I got a text from him with the picture of a beautiful 1903 Indian Head. Along with this picture, there was a picture of the exact spot where he found the Indian with the words ‘X marks the spot’ or something like it. I jokingly replied that I would stop after work and find the old silver he missed.

Well, I did stop at the X after work and I pulled this:



A nice 1940 Merc at only 4 inches down. The audio signal was as sweet as they come but the VDI was 88, which at 12KHz on the Deus, it usually means a Memorial cent. Let that be a lesson for all of those who don’t dig penny signals!



This makes silver number 25 for the year. I am still behind 15 silvers. I need to be at least at 40 by the end of May to catch up. Wish me luck.

Thank you for looking!