Went for an afternoon hunt yesterday to an area that had several music festivals over the years. I didn't expect to find any silver coins, and I didn't.
A relatively small area produced a good number of coins, pull tabs and other miscellaneous junk along with a Swiss Army knife that was in three pieces. The handles had become separated from the knife.
After getting home and inspecting my finds,I discovered the knife handles are 925 sterling with an engraved name on one of them.I will try to contact that person. A very expensive little knife
I get out on Sundays. Some half days and some full days. Half days you don't get much except a lot of clad, and full days you will work your butt off literally, for a few worth mentioning finds.
You really gotta work these parks. You have to find areas where there aren't crowds so driving around finding that right spot takes time from your day. Leaving the house at 6am or earlier is the norm for me.
I'm still on a buffalo/V nickel quest and averaging 20 -30 nickels per hunt. Got a buffalo this past Sunday, 2 silver dimes and a few wheats. I come home dirty/sweaty due to the heat but I'm liking every minute of it.
I hope everyone had a great weekend hunt.
Yesterday started as a day to find gold, I went to the place I went last weekend with Kiwijw where he found 12 nuggets or something, seems to be his norm lately that he gets into double digits. I only had my Nox with me last weekend and I was getting overloaded with pellets so this weekend I decided I'd take my GPX to avoid getting so many pellets and hopefully a little nugget, but no such luck, the GPX was still getting lots of pellets, only they were deeper ones, missing some of the surface pellets, but not all. Now instead of digging pellets 2 cm down, I was digging pellets 10 cm down.
I am sure if there was a nugget there I would have found it, the GPX was running like a dream, even with big high voltage power lines nearby, some days they mess with it, others they don't... and this day was perfect. I followed everybody's advice and took my time, covered the area completely at a slow pace, digging everything, after a couple of hours once I'd covered the area completely with the GPX and Nugget Finder 14x9 Evo I went back over it with the Nox and 6" in Gold 2 with Iron bias 0 and sensitivity 24 and the horseshoe button pressed, ended up digging another 14 pellets the GPX missed although it had got 21 pellets and about half of them were 10+ cm and old brown looking things, not the usual pellet I get with the Nox as they're usually still grey or shiney silver. It was starting to get dark and my chicken and chips from lunch was starting to wear off so I thought I'd go get a burger for dinner.
These are the pellets, the larger rusty looking ones are the type the GPX was getting down deep, they look very old. the tiny ones below are some of the smallest pellets I've ever found, The GPX was able to detect them as a slight change in threshold but I really struggled to find them with the large coil so used the Nox to pinpoint where they were. I am surprised just how small the GPX can detect with the 14x9 EVO when my settings are fine tuned for small gold.
I really didn't want to go home with my second skunk in a row, I hate doing that as my wife questions why I bother, she just doesn't understand so while eating my burger I decided I'd go hit a local playground as I read on here often how well people do in playgrounds and I knew this one had at least one ring in it as my daughter was playing there one day about 6 months ago and a lady and her friend were wildly digging in there searching for a ring one of them had lost, she was quite upset at losing it but they eventually gave up as the fine little pebbles in the playground were about 30cm deep and so easy to lose something in. I went back the next day at 4am as this playground is on the lake and is full of people from first daylight until late at night but I was new to my Nox at the time at the 11" coil was just going nuts with all the bottle tops and ring pulls and alloy wrapper bits and so on I had no hope with my Nox ability to use it in this junk filled gravel.
Now I am much better at using and understanding my Nox and I was armed with the 6" coil which wouldn't overload so much on the junk so I was eager to give it another try. I got to the park only to find out they've ripped the entire park out and are rebuilding a new bigger better park, all the wonderful pebbles filled with treasures were gone!!!!!
I was determined to go home with something so I started detecting the waterfront and coins were popping up all over the place
I didn't dig too much junk at all even though the gravels on the waterfront are filled with bottle caps and pull tabs as I was exclusively cherry picking coins and only left the coin numbers available on the VDI, all other numbers were discriminated out, I will go back one day and hit the area without the discrimination just in case there is some jewellery to be found but on this particular trip I didn't have time to mess around, I just wanted to go home without a skunk.
The oldest coin there is a 1937 NZ threepence which is 50% silver, and it was on edge 🙂 The Nox update worked A lot of these coins were on edge, It must just be how the lake gravel lets them sink down.
The little LED on my Garrett Pro Pointer AT was a life saver and made detecting in the dark possible, it's so bright I was able to use it as a torch, the Carrot was also used to quickly recover all the coins, I really like my Carrot for coin hunting, I couldn't imagine doing it without it. The 6" coil is brilliant for trashy areas and the Nox is so versatile, gold prospecting by day, coin shooting by night!
All the modern coins are now in my daughters money box, so she's happy as can be and I turned my skunk around in their eyes.
I hit a couple more permissions on the street I've been working for the last week and half. They did not fail to produce enough finds to keep the hunt interesting all day long. I was using my 800, which made it back from Minelab in 11 days after needing to be replaced. To be honest, I couldn't tell a bit of difference from it and the 600 I was using while the 800 was being replaced.
The Nox was made for this type of hunting, tone break ability along with being able to adjust the tones to make the higher conductors really jump out. Couple that with being able to swing relatively fast and still hear the good stuff makes this machine a permission slayer. The permissions have been good to me this month, 1 Walker...3 Washington quarters....11 Rosies....75 Wheats
I'm able to cover the yards twice in different directions in less time than I could if I was swinging the FBS machines. Anyway, I'm absolutely sold on the machine 🙂
Tone Break at 21
Pitch....-9 to 21 Pitch at 1
22+ Pitch set to 25
Full Volume on both tones
I was invited by a buddy to hunt a permission that he scored a couple of weeks ago while out sight seeing with his wife. So, today we headed over to the place about an hour from my house to see if this old place would produce. The pictures tell a little history about the old house, our excitement was tempered by reality within the first hour 😞
The majority of finds were modern trash and clad, nothing what we had envisioned finding at a place surrounded by so much history. I finally scored a wheat which told me the place hadn't been hunted completely out by previous metal detectorist. Three wheats and 40 minutes later I finally score a silver rosie, 1964 🙂 Well, it wasn't a complete loss after all. I hunted my way closer to the house and picked up a couple of Colorado tax tokens, it's always a treat to score a token or 2.
While my buddy was talking to the owner of the place I decided to go back over an area I had hunted before and was rewarded with a 42 Washington quarter. My partner was not having a good day at all, he could not get his coil over anything worthwhile the entire morning. The owner had given us permission to hunt the old place next door, so we decided to go ahead and see if it might improve his luck somewhat. Well....it did for me anyway lol...first target was a wheat and within 10 minutes I dug my second Washington quarter.
I was scanning along the side walk and got a nice soft repeatable 28-29, down at 8 1/2" out comes what I thought was a Mexican coin, turned out to be a large brass token. A couple more wheaties were found before we needed to head out for the hour long drive for me and 2 1/2 drive for my buddy.
We think that this small old town has been targeted in the past, especially the Dolan house, not one find dated the place and nothing there was deep. We did see a picture of the house back in the day, could be fill was brought in at some point and the older stuff was buried beyond the range of the machines.
Not a bad day overall, went home with some silver and some cool tokens to add to my stash. My settings were what I normally run when my time is limited and I want to maximize my hunt time.
Tone break set to 22
Pitch set at 2 from -9 to 21
Iron bias 0
I'm debating whether or not to sell the 800 and just use the 600, for my type of hunting the 600 performs like a champ and gives the 800 a run for it's money.