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    Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett AT Max

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  1. Same here. One old coin makes a good day detecting into a great day. A couple weeks ago I found 31 coins in four hours, all within about 40 yards of each other and three of em in a one-foot circle. There wasn't a gem in the bunch. It was all clad and pennies, with the oldest being a 1977 penny. Had fun, and it was by far my most productive day ever in the raw number of coins found (previous record was 14), but just one green wheatie would have made it better. A 'bad day' detecting is still better than a good day working. I haven't been out yet this week due to yard work, tree trimming, the gas man replacing a couple regulators on our meters, and a couple honey-do items, and today I'm surrounded by rain of varying intensity. Radar shows it breaking up now though, so I think I'll head out in an hour or so and be able to stay dry.
  2. There are a lot of small, cold-water streams around here. Some have exposed gravel banks at the bends. At least one that's located on public land is known to have produced gold. I picked up some panning equipment over the winter and I've watched enough videos that I know enough to head out and try to find some gold. From my trout fishing days, I know that if you wade while wearing shorts, the cold water does a good job pulling heat out of your lower legs to mitigate the hot weather somewhat. If you stay in the water long enough you can even start to feel a little chilly when it's 85 degrees. I went back to the spot where I found the two silvers, covered a bit more of the ground and only found a green 1941 wheatie. I decided to go try a beach that I know has a long history of use going back to the pioneer days. Stayed on the dry sand to start with and only found a clad dime, a couple zincolns in pathetic condition, and a broken pair of cheap sunglasses. I think the river level came up an inch or so from all the sweat rolling off me, and I decided to head back to the Jeep along the edge of the water. My coil had gotten a bit dusty and needed a rinse anyway. About three feet into my walk along the water's edge, my now-cleaner coil produced a promising beep and I found my first silver Rosie, a 1952-S about six inches down in the wet sand. I'll go back to that beach when it's cooler and less populated. Given its long history I'm sure there's more to be found. That made three days in a row finding silver last week (I work a four-day week). In between the two silvers above and the Rosie from the beach, I found a 43-D Merc at another park in a neighboring town where I had found another Merc a few weeks ago.
  3. Just in my past few outings I've been seeing what seems like an unusual number of solid 16s to 19s. So many in the past have been old-style can tabs or can slaw that I walk past them, even the strong-sounding ones. After seeing this post it looks like I'll be spending more time digging. You just never know what you might be walking by. Like they say, ya gotta dig trash to find treasure.
  4. Dammit. You do realize that if I dig all those type of signals it will take me 400 years to get done with the local park, right? Congratulations. Dammit.
  5. That whole thing Robin Williams did in that movie was improv. The "Good morning Vietnam!" thing. It all came from his head. Dude was a genius. I read a book some time back written by a Green Beret who was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. He said that when you get used to 115 degrees with high humidity, 75 degrees feels cold. 75 wouldn't feel cold right now, but it would be nice.
  6. It's the first time I've found two silvers in the same day, and hopefully not the last. It was actually two silvers in ten minutes. Probably best not to dwell on, or try to top that. Like I've said before and I'm sure most of you realize, every coin we pull from the ground is one less that's out there for the next guy, which is both good and bad. We're digging ourselves out of a hobby. I used to fill the change jar on my dresser every four months or so, cash it in and get $50-60 out of it. These days, I hardly carry or spend cash anymore. I've had the same three twenties in my wallet for months now, and I almost never have even one coin in my pocket. It will probably take me the rest of my life to build up thirty bucks in that same change jar. If my ways are anything like your ways, that does not bode well for the hobby of metal detecting, at least not for coin shooting in the conventional, easy-access ways. We're in the time of year here where it's feast or famine for moisture. Too dry or too wet depending on the day. Last Sunday we had a mega-rainstorm go through and wash out some roads north, east, and south of here. We had a four-foot-wide river running in the road ditch in front of our house, which is normally part of the lawn. Today, eight days later, everything is getting dry again under the baking, terrible, horrible, sun. Sun should be banned. And wind should be subsidized, but only when the soil is moist. 🙂 I skip way too many 12-13-14 signals due to can tabs, especially in this weather, and I get a lot of those signals in the places I hunt. The rare nickel I have dug is because it held a solid 13 with maybe a slight deviation to 12 long enough to convince me to give it a shot. I carry a Predator Tools Raptor Model 31-C as my main digger, and also a brass probe along with a six-inch bronze-shafted screwdriver and a repurposed plastic spatula handle for last-inch digging to find the target while trying to minimize scratching. I'm having to be careful with plugs the last few days because they all want to break apart.
  7. Western Wisconsin. It's been hot and muggy here for a week and it sounds like it's going to last another week at least. Weather like this makes doing any little thing outside seem like a lot more work. It's much easier to dig than when the ground is frozen solid and covered in snow, though. Gotta take the bad with the good, as mom used to say.
  8. I had been there a couple hours by the time I found them and my brain was starting to go goofy from the heat, so I gave up before I started raving like a lunatic and shaking the sweat from my head like a wet dog. Was 91 and humid and I couldn't buy even a light breeze. I was hunting that particular area because it was shaded by several large trees, but that only helps so much when the air refuses to move. I found a couple clad and a 1964 nickel about 20 yards from these coins a few weeks ago. I'll be able to get out earlier tomorrow than I could today. It will be cooler and I'm going right back to that spot.
  9. Great finds. I would be very happy about that token, it has character. Also, forgive a guy who lives a long way from civil war country, but how can you tell the sinker was made from a mini ball?
  10. Found a 1926-D Mercury dime and a 1908 Barber dime today. Just about passed out from heat stroke in the process, but I got 'em.They were about eight feet apart and both about four inches under the surface. The Merc is in pretty good shape. It rang up 25-26 on the Equinox. The Barber is more worn and has a gouge in the rim on the lower right in the pic. That one rang a little higher at 26-27.Also found a very green 1936 Wheatie about a foot from the Barber dime.
  11. I've never dared to entertain the possibility of finding a gold coin, but right here is proof that it can happen. Congratulations on a great find. If it were me, I would go back and make sure I covered every inch of that place twice.
  12. Wow, that would be frustrating. Looks like UPS left it sit in New York for four weeks. That's just unacceptable. Priority Mail is supposed to be one of their quicker services and usually is domestically. At least it's finally at the Newark airport. That's a big hub for UPS international. Who knows how many stops it will make on the way to you, but at least it's moving.
  13. That's a great relic to find. Can't beat one with personal history behind it.
  14. Great find. I've found around a dozen wheaties in the short time I've been detecting and all but two or three looked much worse than this one. I wouldn't clean it any further, it looks good the way it is.
  15. There's a small gouge in the rim on the reverse side too, and that part of the edge has a bit of a 'wave' to it, being a bit bent. There is no mintmark on the coin. I looked it up, and the reel-type lawnmower was invented in England in 1830. I know my mom's family had one as early as the late 1920s or so, because she and her six older brothers and sisters told stories about having to push it around the yard on hot summer days. Your idea about the coin being driven over on gravel is a better idea though. There is gravel under the grass in the area where I found it, a lot in some spots, less in others.
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