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  1. To the local ballfield today with temps in the upper 50s. I know, most of you feel bad for me having to endure the cold here in Florida. I was so cold I had to wear PANTS! Running the Equinox 15" coil on 24 sensitivity and 4 recovery in Park 1, I got an iffy high tone mixed with some iron grunts which sounded a lot like other silver dimes I have dug on the same field. While Rosie has seen better days, the hunt ultimately had a silver lining.
  2. These spectacular old finds are at "Today's Finds" forum at Finds Forums, 3rd post down as of tonight. Rafael has acquired the best detectors over the years and has shown many of his finds here, usually under the particular detector forum. We're talkin' OLD Spanish.
  3. This is my dug Indian heading Penny collection. It’s been a long hunt and still going but I sure like finding them. Especially the really nice green ones! All in the book are my wild finds except the two flying eagle cents. It makes my day when I find one that I don’t have yet but that doesn’t happen to much any more. I have a few special ones lol like the 1/4 Indian, the shot Indian, the earring or necklace Indian the railroad track Indian and two world’s fair Indians. It’s a fun hobby! Gotta love those Indians! 😀 HH and thanks for looking. Tom
  4. Got a permission yesterday from a friend, so I went right away since the ground is going to freeze shortly. The property has one of the newest houses for about 2 blocks. Most of the others are mid and late 1700s. This place is about 1850. A bunch of wheaties, a cool marble, and a whatsit. Then this thing pops out. Was only maybe 6 inches down, not much deeper than the wheats. Only my second 2 Cent dug, but wowsa! Pretty astounding high grade when it went into the ground, for sure. EMI was pretty bad as it is in town on a corner surrounded with power lines. I could only run sensitivity at 19 or 20, and 2/3 of the time I ran in disc mode to keep from going crazy. Last item of the day was a huge aluminum store token from a place about 10 to 15 miles away from the dig site, just to give me a heart attack, seeing that large silver looking disc. I will get it cleaned up later if possible, but it is pretty crusty, so we will see. When I get it completely cleaned up I will post another picture, but couldn't wait. Happy huntin..
  5. Yesterday it rained something fierce, remnants of the storm that trashed Colorado and some of the southern states. The Blue Ridge mountains are a saving grace, storm lines coming due East get ripped up, so we get a break. A low formed off the coast to meet that other low, and snow is coming along with the first day below 36 we've had all winter. We usually get something by now. I'm retired, the backyard is soupy, it was a warm but cloudy day, so what better to do than return to my new fields that are producing! There is a distinct difference between fields that are turbo tilled as opposed to fields that are deep tilled. Today 2 inches of rain kept me out of the deep field again, it was muddy the last time but not as bad as today. I stuck to the larger bean field where Chase and I found some great stuff, but went to places I hadn't been. It's sandy clay, and drains pretty fast. Today's haul wasn't spectacular, but I still got some decent stuff: First off, I stepped out of the truck, unloaded my gear, fired up my headphones and Equinox, and in two swings I got a 15/16, what usually means a button here. Imagine my surprise when I dug an 1883 IHP. 🤔 Maybe the wet ground or ground balance had something to do with it, but most of the buttons I found later were the same as the second IHP, I think it's an 1864. It was fat but put the red in red cent. 😁 1884 or 1864? I think the big round buckle is some sort of sash buckle, but please any input is welcomed. Got one big convex Tombac, here is the back: And one of the oddest things, the little ball of unknown metal that sparkles, has apparent facets, and appears to be sintered. Might be a buckshot ball, I found two of them, both 10/11. I got one stud that spears to be either pewter or silver, I'll have to test it. The other is brass. I hit a spot where either someone had difficulty with a horse, or where they rested after racing. I'll have to ask the landowner. The other stuff looks like parts of tack. Not bad for a short random hunt! I probably won't get back out there for about a week.
  6. I've been playing catch up with detecting ever since the rotten lyme got me. So I've been running hard and hitting some new spots and a fair amount of my old ones. The weather a day before new years decided to rain like cats and dogs. I was feeling like I was going to miss out on some silver if I didn't get out soon. ( I always feel like some of my good spots are going to turn into a housing development or soccer field). I guess my wife could feel my anxiety and said why don't you go out for a little bit. She said go enjoy your time off and gave me a smooch and wished me good luck. Well I headed out to the Park of plenty with an hour to play with, and a plan to focus on a small spot that has produced coins from the 40's/50's and some from the early 1900's. Tesoro silver U-max in hand with the new 10x12 concentric, I raced to the park. I started finding some wheaties right off the bat, mostly from the 40's. Time was closing in and I decided to hunt a break area where I have found some older silvers. I ran my disc 1/2 way between zinc and max to try and punch out some of the coppers. Nothing good was showing up and I only had a few short minutes before I had to go home. Walking back to the truck I saw piece of asphalt in the ground and gave a swing by it, Boom I got a loud signal and thought at first it was a smooshed can. I then realized my switch was on all metal (oops) back to disc. I still got a big sound and started to dig. At 9'' I was doubting anything good but being my last target to dig for the day I said lets see what it is. I gave a good push on (kac's) digger and pushed hard and out popped what I thought was an aluminum token until I saw the stars. At 11'' the 1902 Barber 1/2 dollar showed it's wonderful design. This is the second of 2021 and a perfect ending to a crazy year. This is the best 49 minute hunt I ever had.
  7. It's going to rain here all weekend, it went up in the 60s today so I hit the new permission. There is a road that separates two fields, one side has 18/1900s relics and coins, the other is mostly 16/1700s. It really is that different! I did dig a Brown Bess buttplate on the newer side, and gave it to the landowner when he dropped by. Not sure what the notch was for. I had a guest digging with me, and we went to the older side, even tried the "green" area but it was so muddy we went back to the bean field. You can see the difference in this photo: Here's what I dug today, hopefully my guest will post his finds at some point, we both found a few buttons each. I dug 5 today, one that was backmarked "GILT" with a wreath, the top part of a two piece, another flat one with "TREBLE GILT STD COLOUR", and a small round button with a shank. The 5th is on the right, I found it in the newer field. It's a small military service button. For coins there was a 1910 and 1944 wheat, and an 1899 IHP. Next row is a very old hinge that puts the early in early American, a D buckle and the other half of the locket I found the last time. The last piece appears to be part of a pewter horse, it was tough to figure out. Bottom is a thin gear, smallest rivet that ever gave me a 26 ID, and a buckle fragment. Trash wasn't too bad, in the older field when you get a good ID it's more likely to be something good. Can't wait for 2022! 😀 Happy new year!
  8. Happy New Years!! Got out for a New Years Day hunt with TomCA and a friend of his, and everyone made some great finds! Tom hit a home run, but I'll let him share his good fortune. After seemingly endless rain, it was great to get out and detect with friends on New Years Day and see everyone go home with some nice keepers! GL&HH, Cal
  9. I've been out of the loop on DP for a while, Not for lack of interest in the hobby but do to a tick that gave me lyme. I've spent my entire life in the outdoors and have heard of it but never considered myself a candidate for this unique tick borne disease. I had stage 2 which was not fun. The first day of symptoms was your basic extreme headaches, fever and chills. This lasted for 4 days. One day of being OK and on to a bullseye rash, which turned into 20 Rashes (everywhere). Not to be out done, I then developed Bells palsy that lasted about a month. Needless to say my ability to be outside was limited due to the meds I was on and sunlight was really tough on my eyes. More to the story but I'm good now. I have a lot of catching up to do with all of you and wanted to share my first day back finds which was on 10/18/21. I wasn't feeling a 100% that day but my buddy told me I needed to get out and start feeling better about myself, so I agreed. We hit the park where GB and I hunted. WOW he was right that day was a turning point, I never thought a war nickle, 2 Rosies and a washington could make me feel good again. I also walked away with a bunch of clad and a new drive to detect again. I'll post some more of my finds in the days to come.
  10. Good day everyone, I've shared my profile, if you'd like to know a little about me, in the welcome section. While I get out quite often, older coins here in the Pacific NW aren't easy to come by. Some are harder than others. When i very recently unearthed this stunning SLQ, it most certainly made my day. Just out beating the dense brush in a public park with some history, and squeaked this out with the new Deus I've been getting to know! The very nice Merc was a bonus that day. Both were deeper than expected, and had that nice little faint 'dig me' tone that I'm getting to know and like! A couple days later I was able to recover several IHCs, a 'seen better days' V, and a nice little 14k gold class pin from 1904. Neat history on this as it comes from maker Folger on Broadway in NYC. Kept coming up w/ Folger's coffee, but finally found the maker with no connection to dark roast! Hope everyone finishes the year off with some memories! Zincoln
  11. Virginia was blessed with a beautiful day after Christmas, it got up to 62 today, no wind, and sunny. So far I'm loving this winter, we seem to be getting a lot of great days to go metal detecting. Today I slapped the 11" coil on the Equinox, I knew I was gonna have a lot of ground to cover. This spot is huge, about 300 acres. The above shot is about halfway up the field, there is much more behind me. It's all a part of this old farm dating back to the late 1600s or so. There's a cell tower way back there that was tossing EMI out into the field but noise cancel, reduced sensitivity and ground balance saved the day. I hunted this field for about 2 hours, dug a ton of buck balls and shotgun shells and old cans, there really isn't much way out back. All the way back I finally got a good signal and popped a 1920 wheat penny. I headed back, trying all the tricks of reading the land, checking rises and areas where there would be shade in the hotter parts of the day. I started heading back to my truck for some coffee, and looked under a "signal tree" where I've found great coins in other fields. I wasn't disappointed: I got a nice 26-28 and dug this beauty, a first for me! 1876 seated liberty dime. It was kinda mangled from the get go, but still looks ok, it was about 4" down. I never expected to find silver here as I have heard this place was hit by others. Apparently not in this area. Found some old roads and followed them a bit, on the second one I dug the dog tag and the token: The dog tag has a member of the landowners' family name on it, so he may be glad when I make up a gift case for him after I've cleaned out the place 😀 The token is cool, 1890s to about 1930s ad for a laxative! I also dug the undated clad dime and the 1976 memorial on that road. It went to a really nice pond. got the old button and the ox knob on the way out, so scouting showed me where the colonial stuff will be. The button has backmarks of the typical "gilt" variety. What a day.
  12. I've been pretty busy since I did my last post, "Sometimes you have to mow". Been getting the house ready for Christmas, but I did go metal detecting a few times. I mowed another permission, an old farmhouse site that looks promising: I believe these are cannon carriages, but I'm not sure. there are 3 old buildings here, and a fourth with two silos behind it. Hunting this place before I mowed it was rather difficult, Chase was with me the first time and we really didn't find much in the tall grass. It was kinda interesting though, I dug what I think might be an old Chinese coin, but it has no identifying marks other than the square hole. a couple of buckles, remains of a small pocketknife, one no date wheat, a memorial and a clad quarter. Dug a small pistol ball, brass finial, a small nozzle and another one of those grommets that look like a ring. 😵 Chase had a similar experience. Went back and mowed the place and only searched the area in front of the truck barn and the silos, not much there but it was interesting as well: 3 clad dimes, one 1971 memorial, 4 Zincolns. Nice all brass buckle and a chrome plated peace sign. 😀 Which all brings me to today, I thought I was gonna write "Sometimes you need to mow 2", but nope. Today, Chase came and brought his mentor, I'll call her "Deb". She is a long time detectorist who had helped him along over the years with places to hunt, and a wealth of historical knowledge. We all met at the farm, but we quickly found that she was having a time with digging there because the ground is dry now. We decided to visit a farm we only scouted a while ago, it's pretty big but we didn't find much there the last time except for this little guy: "Deb" read the field, found some musket balls and then moved on to a bit of higher ground, and got us both going finding buttons and all sorts of interesting stuff. Chase knocked out the first coin of the day, a nice green IHP, and one of the most interesting Dandy buttons I have ever seen with a sunburst pattern on it. He generously gave it to "Deb" as a memento of the trip. I wasn't finding much myself: A couple of overall buttons, an interesting front of a two-piece with circles in a triangle, some buckle fragments and a copper nail washer. "Deb" left as she had a long ride home, and Chase and I continued to search the high ground. Finally we headed out across the farm to check out another spot which didn't have much of anything, so we headed back toward our vehicles to call it a day. I veered off to explore another bit of high ground, and I'm glad I did, as the find of the day hit me as a 25/26 on the Equinox, I thought I'd finally found an IHP: I realize this is a long story but the end was worth it if I didn't bore you to death above. 1690 Bolivia or Peruvian mint silver Spanish 1 Real Cob. It's a "pillars and waves" type only minted in one of those countries, the mint mark is not there. 331 years old! Officially the oldest thing I have found. I dragged Chase over to that spot but we didn't get to hunt it long, the farmer came out and told us the area we were standing in was a trading post. 😀 It's literally his front yard. We talked for a long time about the history of the place and ended up with 3 new permissions, but I'm pretty sure we will be back here soon!
  13. Local parks with the Equinox 15" coil running in Park 1. The Panama coin was on the surface right below the grass. The car was in the outfield of a ballfield, and the Firestone nozzle was in an area of a park that is now used for equine related endeavors. Any ideas about the other item that has rusting iron with the center piece that is decorative? Love being in FL this time of year vs. being in a colder climate and knowing there is a coin under the frozen layer of soil that will have to wait for the spring to extract!
  14. Returned to the new permission today, it got up in the 50s so it was pretty pleasant. I went to a spot further away from the farm where I had marked some house sites. I found two of them anyway. First I hunted this field, found nothing but buck balls and some mason jar scraps. I did two diagonals across it, walked the far end, and did find a patch iron but after a bit of walking around found nothing of interest. You can see the farm off in the distance on the other side of the highway. Heading back I spotted this old house way back in the woods, I hunted around it for a while and only found a couple of aluminum buttons. I'll probably return to this place but hunting is difficult again due to the overgrowth. There is a deer stand right next to it, and a camera. I let it photograph me 😀 Got tired of tripping on stuff at that house, so I went across the highway to this one, visible from the road. When I moved here 20 years ago I remember a light on it, I passed it every day going to work just past the farm. I searched around the house, it was tough to swing in the brush but I managed to get my best find of the day near the front door on the right, for some reason this tiny house has 2 entrances. 1925 Mercury dime in pretty good shape. It was a solid 28 and only about 4" down. There are a lot of roots so it was hard to get to but my Barracuda shovel cut them nicely. I was hoping I'd find more but only got the antique clothespin in the finds photo: I went back to the place I was yesterday and dug the rest of the coins, most of them came from under the tree swing. 2 Zincolns, 10 pre-1982 memorial pennies, the oldest being a 1959 D. 5 dimes, oldest was 1971. A 1981 quarter. Some of these were multiple coin spills. The lipstick tube top has a woman standing with two children, I'm putting it in the 40s or 50s. At least I can say for sure if there is any silver under my coil I will probably find it. The Merc was pretty heavily masked.
  15. It's been a few days since I got out but I intend to remedy that this week. Today started out at 32 degrees but made it up to the mid 50s quickly. I went to a permission that I have been waiting a while for, the farmers cleared it of soybeans last week, and left it nice and flat for the winter. 95 acres, almost 200 if you count the farm next door but I only have permission to hunt one side, the farmers plant it all but only own one side. There is a long gone farmhouse on the other side, I'll try to get it. Over by the concrete silos the grass is over a foot high, and there are power lines running through that emit a ton of EMI. It's almost impossible to hunt over there, and further up the road the lines go underground on the left side taking out the first 30 feet or so. The road is almost a mile long. There was a house near the silos on the other side of the road, the largest one is about 60 feet. Supposedly the family that farmed this place was very poor, and the log cabin style house (now gone) had about 12 occupants. That is where I searched today, and it was unusual. All I found for coins today were nickels! This means in my opinion the place got cherry picked for pennies, dimes, and quarters, by the dates of the coins I dug there should have been silver. I'm not completely done here but there really isn't much. It's really odd that the only Jeffersons I dug were both 35% silver 1943 P nickels, a first for me. I can't get a date off any of the buffalos. The Jeffs were in the low 20s, and all the Buffalos were around 12/13. Dug a ton of trash here, but the other keepers from it are below: Old Slaymaker padlock, rein guide, small crudely cast pistol ball, a piece of a "Red Cross" padlock, and a highly figured piece of white metal I found out by a signal tree with the old button. The old buckle, probably late 1800s or early 1900s was found at the house site. At the end of the day I tried to hunt a small field by the silos, a couple of large dogs herded me back to the truck. I petted them and left. Luckily they weren't mean.
  16. Was at a local park today and was able to run at 24 sensitivity. I set recovery speed at 4 and dug the good sounds. This penny sound was very faint and I would not have heard it without earbuds. It was so deep, I was about to leave the hole after digging a lot of dirt thinking it was a false signal. Most of the deep coins from this area come out around 8"-10", so this was outside of the norm. The coin was flat on the bottom and was still stuck in the dirt when I dug it out with fingers. I would not believe it if I wasn't there taking the pics. Equinox, 15" coil, Park 1, 24 sensitivity, 4 recovery speed
  17. Sunday is my day to get out and detect and today I hit a permission that I’ve been going to for the last 3 or 4 sundays. This site has a 1890s house on it that’s about to get torn down. Up until last Sunday I’ve gotten three silver dimes, an IHP, a small 18k bracelet and around 15 wheats. Last Sunday I got a 1903 barber dime and a few wheats. Today I only got 1 wheat and a 1960 memorial, but I did get an interesting little sterling. I’m sure it’s some kind of military something or other. The place where I work is an old summer camp from 1928. Some days I’ll go in early and detect, but I’ve been over and over most of the high probability areas that might yield an old coin. Friday I hit an area where they used to have a camp fire. Found a little clad, but on the way back to the car right next to a parking area I got a nice sounding 30 that was pretty shallow. I thought for sure it would be a clad quarter, but out came a slick, no date SLQ! That made my day and put me at 52 fty
  18. 1964 silver dime. At a site I have spent considerable time in last 8 years on and off.
  19. Today promised 68 degrees and sunny, unusual for an early December day, but I've seen it hit 70 here at Christmas. Then it snows. 😀 I decided to go to the new "trading post" site where I dug the 1690 Cob, just to try and find the edges of the sweet spot. My little buddy was there waiting for me, he came out meowing and purring. He's being fed, I gave him some fresh water and played with him a bit. First off I went to the long road to the farmer's house, like me his driveway is about a half a mile long. There is underground power here, I can hear it. This field is an easy one, sand mixed with clay, and open until spring because it was a bean field. There isn't much trash in it either, not like many of my other spots. It was cut pretty close. My first find was unexpected, a small silver pin that may be sterling but has no hallmarks. It's definitely not aluminum but it appears to be stamped. here is the rest: All pretty much what I expected to find here, very much like the fields in front of my house. Old Spectacle type buckle, lead bag seal with an "R" on it and "Trade 323" on the back. Clad quarter 1977 found near the driveway. Copper spoon handle piece. Small buckle fragment that is near ferrous. An extremely old button (maybe pewter) with a large shank, it might be an octagon but time took its toll. Copper pin, small Tombac stud. Bottom row is what appears to be a bent trigger guard, it's brass and flattened. Old drawer pull and another Tombac piece. Trash wasn't bad, somebody is practicing their swing 😀
  20. Was out today to a local park and came across a strong 32-38 signal on the Equinox. I raised the coil and it still was loud. I thought it was going to be deep junk, but there were a couple 32s that showed consistently on the screen. I was not aware that 1967 was still 40% silver. Equinox, 15" coil, Park 1, 23 sensitivity, 4 Recovery speed, All metal
  21. x35 coil coin deep 86 gain 2 sweep speed 10.5khzi was in a soccer field just looking for modern targets when up comes an 1891 Indian head penny .
  22. Found my first Barber yesterday! And a Model T key, too! An old, long abandoned ranch site in the middle of nowhere. No standing buildings or anything, just rubble and outlines. Found both very close to what I think was the house. Both less than an inch deep, on the hard rocky desert. Darn shame that winter snow is probably going to hit soon and lock me out of going back until next year! - Dave
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