So I'm still trying to milk the same cow 😄 I figured until it stops spitting silver on me, I will continue to ask for it. Long day at the beach 8:30-5:00, but the weather was decent, as I dress well for the cold. I'm getting to be a delicate flower in my advancing years 🤔 I'm using the GPX all day for this hunt and digging select areas and removing all iron so I can hear the deep targets.I hit a patch that started producing exclusively wheat pennies, so I knew that the chance for silver was very possible. It did produce some silver but the ratio was mostly pennies. Moving over just a bit, the wheats turned into memorials and the clad followed as well. Not a bad day with 8 silvers, but I worked harder than usual for it.The beach is slowly sanding in and the easy stuff is gone. No gold again, but switching the timings on the GPX did start getting me a lot of nickels, including a handful of Buffalo. Jewelry was missing as usual, but the spoons sure weren't lacking 🙄 So here is everything I dug. Lots of junk too. It was great to get out and enjoy the hobby.
Yet another spring like day today. Started out relatively warm, about 48. I decided to do some scouting on land I haven't visited as yet so I will know where to go in the future. In particular I was looking for another house that was in one of the fields back in 1917.
I think I found it. Found what looks like a drawer keyhole, and then an aluminum child's ring with no stone. It is very fragile and pretty mangled, but highly decorated.
I visited three separate areas, two yielded coins. I dug the 1967 quarter and a 1937 wheat penny. Went way out in the field near the river and found an 1867 Indian head. It was very difficult to find the date but I did. In the area that had no coins I found one small colonial button, it appears to have a backstamp but it is unreadable.
Not bad for just walking around at random, really coin shooting.
Another fabulous weather day here. Started out at 32 degrees, ended up about 63. I had a forum member special guest who may or may not identify himself, but he did a lot better than me. We started out on an old un-hunted landing, visited a very trashy point nearby, and finished up back at the landing and in the farm. 8 hours for me! Total blast. I like hunting alone but it's nice to have an esteemed visitor.
Top down in the photo:
Ford hubcap (I think) but certainly a Ford part. What I believe to be the "rest" of this vehicle is in the woods nearby. This little cap was a surprising 32 on my Equinox. Edit: Definitely a model "T" hubcap. Not sure what the "w" means. 1917-21.
Some sort of work animal tack, it's solid brass and rings like a tuning fork when dropped. Looks like it snapped off of a screw or bolt. Rein guide?
Cool brass buckle, a 26, some sort of white metal object with some decoration, an unidentifiable whatzit that was a solid 15, another "river queen" Indian head penny, an 1888 Indian head (it was tough to get a date off that one - still might not be right), broken tombac, a "D" buckle from the extremely trashy point, and yet another thimble, this one mashed flat. We left the point because it was just insanely signal-rich, and nothing we tried could help that. Apparently hunters eat their lunch there and bury the trash.
Hope this doesn't bore y'all to death. Don't think it will if the guest chimes in! One more day this week outside and then it's gonna rain for 4. Guess I'll have to get some work done around the house. Borrowed a new toy to play with, more later.
By Wendell Clark
I got out today for about 4 hours. A couple of old locals told me of an area near a WW2 air field that had civilian housing when the base was in use. During the 50's the county rented the cottage bungalows out. Small wood structures that were built on pier blocks. They were sold off and taken down by the early 60's. Looks to me to be a 10-12 acre area that had maybe 60 small units. Lots of junk but the area has not been razed. Looks like I have a new area to fiddle around at.
Now, wouldn't it be nice to find something like this!
I'm making an argument that in USA coin detecting, the Jefferson nickel is unusual compared to its peers. Let's look at a bit of history.
When coin designs change, it typically takes somewhere in the roughly 25-30 year timeframe for the previous design to disappear (not literally, but be down to say a few out of every 100 coins of a particular denomination). Examples are the Buffalo-->Jefferson nickels (1938 design change), Wheat-->Memorial cents (1958-59 breakover). But there are anomalies and when silver was removed from coinage (1964-65) it took less than 10 years for those coins to disappear. The reason was because the bullion value exceded the face value of 90% silver coins.
Coin collecting in general (i.e. simple) terms depends upon recognizing dates and mintmarks and knowing which are the scarce/rare/valuable ones. Consider the 1938-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar. There were 39 different date+mintmark WL Halves minted from 1934 through 1947 but only one carried extra value. You had to know that date and mintmark and then look carefully at both sides of each WL Half to see if you found one. And because of their low mintage, on average you had to seach through a lot of them to hit your goal. That was too much trouble for most people.
When silver coins became valuable, all a person had to do was look at a dime, quarter, or half dollar coin's edge because the new (worth less than face) clad showed an orange or dark gray tone due to its copper core. (A keen eye could also recognize a difference the color of 90% silver vs. 25% nickel faces of a coin.) That's why they disappeared from circulation so quickly, and with them went most of the fun from (cost free) coin collecting, other than possibly pennies and nickels. Along with the low bullion value of clad coins they were also minted by the train car load. Except for certain rare error coins (e.g. double dies) you weren't going to find any value by searching dates and mintmarks of coins minted after 1964.
Wheat penny attrition more/less followed the historical/traditional 30 year disappearance pattern, so by around 1990 there wasn't much to find by searching pennies, either. But the Jefferson nickel was a different story, because the design didn't change until 2004 (to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis-and-Clark Expedition). That's a run of 66 years without a design change. An exception was the 1942-45 "War Nickels", each containing about 78% as much silver as a silver dime. Their dark gray color gave them away and although they lasted longer than their 90% silver brethren they still were long gone by the the mid-80's.
Fortunately metal detecting old sites doesn't suffer from the same problems just described for coin collecting as the 'loss' of coins from circulation is our gain! However, if you're searching locations such as parks and schools which didn't exist (as public properties) before the 1970's then you are stuck with clad dimes, quarters, and halves. However, Jefferson nickels that were dropped/lost in recent decades can still be among the key and semi-key date+mm specimens.
Here are the top 9 scarcest Jefferson nickels (only date+mm's with mintages fewer than 10 million) and their mintages:
Another advantage of detecting Jefferson nickels is that some detectorists don't want to be bothered digging nickels because (among other things) their digital Target ID's fall in the same range as a lot of common aluminum trash. For older areas this can mean finding Buffalo and Liberty nickels where silver coins have already been picked clean.