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The 11″ beast goes to work

1 Nov

I’ve done three hunts with Maurice and the new 11″ coil. The first hunt I felt rushed and couldn’t really relax and concentrate. The second hunt, I hit a park where I’ve found silver recently. I wanted to see what the new coil would do there. It didn’t disappoint:


The rusted object in the middle is actually a really cool pin from some kind of farmer’s fair. I haven’t yet cleaned it enough to take a picture of it. Right below it, there is a wheat cent that appears to have been buffed until all detail was gone.

The third hunt with the new coil happened at a site that has long since stopped producing. That is exactly the reason why I chose the spot. Again, I spent maybe 30 minutes there and I found a 1919 wheat cent and a 1902 Barber dime.


Although the ring in the picture has no corrosion, I don’t think it’s real gold.

I sure hope this is a sign of things to come. I have many old sites that I will revisit with the new coil. Stay tuned.

Opportunity knocks

27 Oct

Today, the vicissitudes of life allowed me to take Maurice, my XP Deus metal detector, for a spin at the park. While I was there, I met a fellow Friendly Forum member from Dodge City. I hope he found lots of goodies.

And so I thought that was it for hunting for me for the day. However, as I was driving to pick up my son from a birthday party he had attended, I drove past an area of town that I hunted earlier during the year and saw that they had torn up one of the oldest streets in the city. I still had 15 minutes before the party was over so I stomped on the breaks, grabbed Maurice and hit the tear up for a blissful 10 minutes. In that time, I got an unmistakable quarter signal at a very shallow depth. I dug the hole and that grandest of geometrical figures appeared. It took me a second to realize what I had because the coin had been under that street for a very long time:


Yep, that’s a 1896 Barber quarter minted in Philadelphia (no mint mark). It has little to no wear which means it saw very little circulation before it was dropped.

So after I picked up my son, I went home and I was so agitated about having this opportunity that I was given permission to go back for 30 more minutes.

After 30 minutes, I had one 1906 Indian Head penny, one 1920 wheat, one 1952D wheat, and one wheat with an undetermined mint mark. At first I thought I had two Indians but I was mistaken. Also, I thought the 1920 wheat was a 1916. Alas, it was a good hunt nonetheless. I barely scratched the surface. I hope the street is still available tomorrow!


Thank you for looking!

The cruelty of mint marks

22 Oct

I took the day off today so I could go to the doctor. No surprises there: lose weight, exercise more, less salt, more vegetables, etc, etc. To relax after the stressful doctor’s visit, I took Maurice for another foray into Wichita’s oldest park. This park is very small and very, very trashy.

After about an hour, I got an ugly, trashy signal. I dig those at this park because I want to clean the park in preparation for the 11 inch coil that is forthcoming. Before I dug it however, I checked it with my 4KHz program and wow! the signal changed to very distinctive iron grunts and a smooth, silky, come-and-dig-me-big-boy, kind of signal. I couldn’t believe the difference changing the frequency made on this signal.

So I dug the hole and around the 8 inch mark, I saw the silver disk of my third ever 1916 Mercury dime! My last two 1916 Mercs didn’t have a mint mark and I couldn’t see if this one did. I wasn’t about to rub it though! (Just in case you don’t know, the 1916D Mercury dime is worth some $$, almost $700 in this condition)


I had to deliver some paper work to Steve so I called him and he said I could come by to wash the coin and see the mint mark.

Steve ran some water over the dime and we set into the task of determining if a mint mark existed.

It had a mint mark! Steve got his trusty printer’s loupe and after not being sure handed the coin to me. I immediately saw a D on the back!! I started dancing and celebratin’ but Steve still wasn’t sure.

Eventually, I came home and put the coin under my microscope:



Alas! the S couldn’t be more clear.

So there it is. Another dream dashed against the rocks of reality.

Still, this is silver coin number 4 from that park for me and silver coin number 51 for the year.

Thank you for looking!

Number 50 is another Barber dime

11 Oct

I took Maurice down to Riverside park again today at lunch. I decided to return to an area that appears was a pond at one time. The earliest aerial photo I can find, from 1938, shows that the pond was already dry by then. Anyway, I’ve found a few old coins along the erstwhile bank so I thought I would try again.

Not too long into the hunt, I got a deep squeak and I decided it was worth digging. Around the eight inch mark I pulled this, my fiftieth silver coin of the year.


It’s another 1899 Barber dime with no mint mark (which means it was minted in Philadelphia). Two things to note here: The coin was laying against rusted iron and the coin was at one time, exposed to water for a considerable time. I thus deduce that this coin was dropped when there was water in the pond. Brilliant, I know.

Before I covered the hole, I scanned it with the pinpointer and I got another hit! Unfortunately, it was a piece of ancient barbed wire (I think) and possibly the piece of rusted iron the dime rested next to.


I did a cursorily cleaning on the coin and this is the best I can do for now:


After my mandatory 30 minutes, I called the hunt done:


The half round object near gave me a stroke. It was at the bottom of a 9 inch deep hole and I thought for sure I had a large cent! Alas, it is a piece of a very old pocket watch. It is decorated (it is cool how long ago we even decorated pieces that were not meant to be seen) and the holes and pits you see is where this piece fit with the other parts of the watch. The wheat cent is a 1944 and the square nail is the millionth square nail I have found in our city parks. I will never know for sure why there are soooo many square nails in our city parks.

Now, I only need to find another 50 silver coins between today and New Year’s to meet my goal of 100 silver coins for the year.

Thank you for looking!

Another Barber dime and a first for me

7 Oct

I decided to take Maurice to the oldest park in the city for lunch today. I know there is a Seated coin in that park and I aim to find it.

For today however, I must be content with my 6th Barber dime of the year. This dime was barely two inches under the ground, surrounded by trash and iron. Among a cacophony of mid tones and iron signals there was a high, sweet sound, just barely discernible. Alas, my trusty XP Deus never lies (although I often misunderstand it) and out of the ground came this 1899 O Barber dime.



When I first looked at it at the park, I thought it was a D mint mark. Once I returned to my office and ran some water over it, I could see the slightly misshapen O. I love it! This is my first New Orleans mint mark ever. The mint at New Orleans was active for only a short time and now I got a coin from there.

This is my third silver coin from this park. It is a difficult park but it is loaded with goodies. Besides the silver coins, I’ve found a heavy gold bracelet here plus a number of old nickels including Buffaloes and V’s plus a couple of Indian Head cents. Oh yeah, and a bullet from the 1850’s.

It won’t be long now, before this park gives up its Seated coin to me.

Thank you for looking!

P.S. I forgot to mention that my good friends have a new nickname for me: AlmostASeated. I must say I’ve earned it. LOL!

Just trying to keep up!

6 Oct

After Stevouke found a Seated quarter and lawdog1 found a shield nickel, I went out with the dim hopes of keeping up with those two. Me and Maurice spent an hour scouring the old trashy park and managed to find a measly 1917S Mercury dime:


I tell you, I am happy to find any silver but it would be nice to find a Seated or a Shield nickel!

Thank you for looking!

30 minutes

1 Oct

Since it was a beautiful Fall day, I decided to take Maurice for a Seated coin search to the large park near my job. I have Seated fever now, thanks to my friend Steveouke, who had the audacity to find a Seated quarter the other day (Congrats again Steve!). Unfortunately, I only had 30 minutes or so to spend so I hit the dirt fast and furious(ly).

As it turned out, it was a productive 30 minutes. No, I didn’t find my Seated but I managed to extract a cool 1943 Merc and a 1936 Buffalo nickel from the park. Oh, I found a tiny alien parabolic antena. Ok, it’s either that or an old copper earring.



So my Seated drought continues for yet another day. I KNOW there is a Seated coin in them parks. I just gotta find it. 🙂

Thank you for looking!

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!

Finally, a hunt!

18 Sep

After a week of no hunting, I finally was able to take Maurice for a spin. For my triumphant return, I chose to hunt my tried and true deep silver park at lunch time yesterday. I selected an area that I have hit numerous times in the past but had not hunted in the last six months or so. Not five minutes into the hunt I got a super sweet signal with a classic silver dime VDI. It is very rare for me to get this kind of signal but I wasn’t about to complaint:


It just warms my heart to see this sight!


Out of the hole came a 1948 Roosevelt dime. Afterwards,  I found a pretty piece of old bling (not pictured) and a 1919 wheat cent and nothing else but I went back to work happy.

Thank you for looking!