A Couple of Silver Dimes with my Minelab CTX 3030

Over the holidays I got out and did some metal detecting a few times. Okay, more than a few times! Like, 5 times…because, I was determined to find some Christmas silver if it was the last thing I did!

One cold morning bright and early I traveled a few towns over in hopes of finding a silver coin or two in a park.  After about an hour of detecting it was pouring down rain, and the temperature was quickly dropping below 30 degrees but I was determined to find a silver coin before I left.

My pouch was quickly filling with junk, and I can’t lie, at one point I was starting to think I was getting wet for no reason when I got a sweet sounding tone on my CTX3030.  I was pretty sure it was a dime, and was hoping it was silver…


About 5 inches down I was rewarded for my efforts in the rain, and pulled this silver 1946 Rosie dime!  Suddenly I didn’t mind the cold rain as much, I finally had a silver coin in my pouch and I was doing a happy dance inside.  It started to rain even harder and since I was satisfied with finding a silver coin I decided to call it a day and head back home for some hot coffee and donuts. With silver in my pocket!

On New Years day I decided to try my luck at a park in a nearby town. I had never detected there so I figured I would take my Minelab CTX3030 with the 11 inch coil and see what I could find.  In a back corner of the park  I started finding coins from the 1970’s which gave me hope that silver coins could be there too.


17merc1My 3rd target in that area I got a sweet sounding high tone, with a 12-44 readout and I started getting excited.  Just 4 inches down I found my dime and as soon as I saw it I knew that it was silver.  I didn’t really expect to find silver at that park, but hec yeah! I’ll take it!

The rest of the hunt was mostly modern coins and some junk.  While I was there I noticed an area that looks really promising for some jewelry and rings…a return trip with the AT Pro is in order next!



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AT Pro Metal Detector Finds Pendants & More

Man, I love the 5 x 8 DD coil on my AT Pro!  It really helps me isolate these small targets like pendants and other small items mixed in among other junk targets.

While metal detecting in a field in Missouri that is occasionally used for carnivals, for like the 19th time, I realized that I had pretty much cleared the area out of high conductors, but, there were still mid and low conductors left to find, so I started digging more penny and pull tab tones and numbers.

Eventually I started finding a few trinkets here and there…


2huntsAs you can see in this picture that shows my pendant finds From Two Hunts at the carnival spot. many neat targets can ring up as pennies and pop tabs.


These finds are from two parks, on two different hunts.  

The little cross pendant up top is silver with crystals. It was laying on top of the ground, but I did find it while metal detecting!  I searched the area for the chain, but couldn’t find it… Oh well… The gold colored ‘wavy’ ring fooled me at first but turned out to be an Avon ring.  The black tungsten ring was found on a 3rd separate hunt.

Ironically, the three heart pendants were all found on the same hunt before I found the cross pendant.

The gold ‘coin’ looking thing about gave me a heart attack for a couple of seconds before I realized that it is actually an aluminum charm from an earring or something.

Maybe Next Time….

While none of these items are worth much, they’re still kind of fun to find.  You never know what’s under the dirt until ya dig it up, so don’t fall into the habit of cherry picking all of the time.

Dig some of those penny and tab tones, and you may be surprised what you find next!





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Places to Find Coins with your Metal Detector


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We’ve all read the Metal Detecting How-To’s about relic hunting at civil war sites, or the articles about How to find your first silver coin. Those type of articles are very helpful and definitely make us better detectorists but I recently noticed a weird phenomenon. Hardly anyone bothers to write about how or where to find modern coins. Most of you reading this right now are sitting there thinking “Why would anyone bother to write an article about common coins? I mean, what’s the point?” I would venture to say that most veteran detectorists do not set out on a hunt looking for clad coins specifically, but there are some casual detectorists that enjoy finding coins, any coin.

Personally I would rather find a dime or a quarter than to dig another pop tab or piece of aluminum can. Hey, it’s money, and it all spends at the end of the day. For some reason, to me, there is a weird satisfaction in knowing that my target was actually a coin and not just another piece of trash. After several years in the hobby I’ve noticed that certain areas produce more coins than others and here I’ll share with you some of the best places to go coin hunting.

Parks & Playgrounds

– Most of the coins I find at parks are found around sidewalks or in fields where people run and play.  Open fields and under trees are both fairly productive areas for finding coins in parks. On playgrounds, usually the area immediately around the swings is also a good place to find a few coins.

Fairgrounds or Carnivals

– Any area where games or food booths are set up. Coins can be dropped easily while people are reaching into their pockets or purses, especially when they’re caught up in the lights and sounds of the fair.

Swimming Areas

-Beaches, Lakes, Creeks, Rivers – Coins and other items are lost regularly around swimming areas. Most people don’t have pockets on their swimsuits, and even if they do coins are still dropped regularly. Figure out where most people sit in the shade or sunbathe, and concentrate your search for coins in those areas.

Picnic Areas

– Picnic areas or areas with large trees that create a lot of shade. People like to sit under shade trees and in flat areas. Coins can easily fall out of pockets when people are sitting on the ground, so detect in areas where people sit to read a book or have a picnic.

Grass or Gravel Parking Areas

– Grass and even gravel parking lots can be a great place to search for lost coins. When people pull their keys out of their pockets coins and other items can be dropped in the grass or gravel. A coin falling on the grass won’t make any noise and more often than not the depositor doesn’t realize that he’s dropped anything. Don’t neglect gravel parking lots either, coins are lost there as well and they usually don’t sink very far either.

Old School Sites or Churches

– Places where a lot of people gathered over long periods of time are good spots to detect. Churches and old schools are usually gathering places for special events and can be great spots to find coins.

Under the Bleachers

– If it’s possible to detect under the bleachers at your local ball field, try using a 4 or 5 inch ‘sniper’ coil that will allow you to get closer to the metal bleachers with less interference. Smaller coils also separate coins from trash targets more efficiently. Coins can fall out of pockets when seated on bleachers, so be sure to check under the bleachers.

Old Campgrounds

– Camping areas are an often overlooked place for finding coins, and can be a honey hole for you. Old camp grounds usually hold old coins, so you may even find a few silver coins there too!


Final Thoughts

Obviously there are other places to find coins. For that matter, coins can be found just about anywhere that people frequent, but this list should get you started on becoming a millionaire…one coin at a time.

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