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  1. My Apex shipped yesterday and according to UPS I will have it on Tuesday. Depending on which driver has my route, the deliveries sometimes don't arrive until after supper, so I may have to wait until next week for a chance to try it out. Glad it's finally on the way though.
  2. "strength of the strike" I like that. Coin jargon. Under a magnifier there is definition between the fine, vertical lines above the wheat also. It was a pleasant coin to find. I like finding pleasant coins. Problem is, my cousin has a dog. Handsome blonde lab named Jonesy. He's a happy, friendly critter, almost white but kinda creamy colored. The area I was hunting in has a constant aroma of dog dung. Came within inches of planting my knee into some a few times. (I found half a dozen clad, an old watch chain, the hammer of a toy gun, and some other crap on this hunt)
  3. Nicest wheat penny I've found so far. Found it in my cousin's yard, which used to be my uncle's yard, and has been a residence going back to at least 1874. Farm country in southeast Minnesota. The soil at this place is definitely more friendly to copper than other places I've found wheats that are so green you have to nearly destroy them just to read the year. I found a 1919 Wheatie here a few weeks ago. That one cleaned up easily too, but wasn't quite as pretty as this one. Minimal cleanup, and I present it for your viewing pleasure. Just don't touch it.
  4. 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, tr
  5. 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 degre
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 w
  10. 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.
  11. 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 go
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. That's a great relic to find. Can't beat one with personal history behind it.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 sp
  19. This quarter is a nice find. I love the flying eagle on the back of those. I have yet to find a silver quarter of any kind. Is there any sign of a date if you use high magnification and a low angle on the lighting? If not, it's still old silver from your yard, and that's special. Good job!
  20. Four inches down, rang 26-28 on the Equinox. Found at a fairgrounds.It has some dings and dents, so I think it was stepped on or hit by an old-time lawn mower or something. Some tarnish too. Still has fairly good detail. (The grid behind it is half-inch squares.)Also found a very green 1928 wheatie and half a dozen clad and pennies.Oh, and I found a couple pieces of cut/shaped flint in a couple of my holes. Look like small hide scrapers/blades. Must have been some native activity on that spot back in the day.
  21. My oldest coins before this were two 1961 pennies. My proudest find before this was a shotgun shell end from 1900-1906, based on the inscription. I'm still proud of the shotgun shell, but I like silver better. 😀
  22. Extremely awesome finds! But, if the coins actually "fly" out of the ground, you must have some kind of major magnetic/electrical/karmic field just circulating around you naturally. I really like that dog clasp. It's in great shape.
  23. It was right under a power line, and surrounded by other electrical buried in the ground to supply the vendor booths and tents during the fair, so maybe interference was a problem for somebody else. There are electrical sub-panels here and there, and you can see where the trenches were dug to bury the lines. I had my sensitivity way down (3 bars out of 8) to knock out most of the chatter. It was also tucked next to a walking/bike path and may have been overlooked because it was on the fringe of that particular chunk of grass. On an average summer day I bet seventy-five people passed within
  24. Four inches under the surface, three feet from a paved walking/biking trail and four feet from the base of some support cables for a power pole, not far from one of the main entrances to the county fairgrounds in town. The fairgrounds have been used for that purpose since at least 1895 according to historic maps, and maybe longer based on this coin. It's pretty well worn, with a lot of the detail gone. But, I knew I had a lifetime event on my hands as soon as it popped loose from the dirt. I saw the edge and a little bit of one side, saw the shine, and knew it was silver. I about soil
  25. Are you trying to upset me? Because you're upsetting me. 😀 If I could find even ONE of those things I would consider myself Lord and Ruler of all the Earth for at least a couple days. I really need to up the quality of the sites I hunt. To the maps! Find old sites! Pull into driveways and ask for permission! Nothing ventured nothing gained!
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