1906 Barber Quarter found Metal Detecting

Awhile back my detecting partner and I met up for a day of detecting at a very historic house that once belonged to a Civil War Officer.  We aren’t the first guys to ever detect there, in fact we both know a couple of people that have detected the property, but that didn’t deter us!

After about an hour of pulling out memorial pennies, I looked at Odi and said “I’m convinced…” He said, “Convinced of what?” and looked at me kinda funny.  I said, “I’m convinced the others got whatever was here.  Let’s go over along the back fence row and see if the others bothered trying back there.”  

So, we did go back by the fence, and after about 5 minutes I heard a tone that caught my ear.  I could hear what I believed to be a silver dime, but there was also a mid tone mixed in with the tone.  I was using my CTX 3030 and the Conductive number was around 40-42 more often than not, and there was enough to the tone and numbers that I thought I had a chance at a silver dime.

I dug a plug about 5 inches deep, and the first thing I saw was a rusty nail, which isn’t uncommon but I knew that wasn’t the tone that got my attention so I scooped a handful of dirt out of the plug and saw something round.

I got excited because I am mainly a coin hunter and thought for a split second that I had a silver coin in my hand.  It turned out to be an Oklahoma Tax token from the 1930’s.

Some times nails are a high tone on a metal detector, but something told me the token STILL wasn’t what I heard.

There was just too much of a soft n sweet silver sound to the target to be an aluminum token and nail.

By that time I had called Odi over to check out the nail and token when I poked my pinpointer in the plug and said “I still don’t think that’s what I heard, and there’s something else still in the plug…”

As I grabbed a handful of dirt out of the side of the plug I saw the edge of a coin and said something like “Oh wow…” because  I could see an eagle on the back with it’s wings spread!

I couldn’t believe it, finally my first Barber Quarter! A 1906 – That’s crazy, a 111 year old coin!

It’s well worn and scuffed up, but that’s not a problem, I don’t sell my coins anyway. Plus, in my opinion, every scratch and ding in the coin has a story to tell during this coins 111 year existence!

The really surprising part is that a silver quarter, a token, nails, and a piece of fencing were all in the same hole, and my CTX 3030 still notified me of this coins presence.  I admit that I thought it was a silver dime pre-dig, but either way the 3030 told me there was silver down there.  The nails and token pulled the conductive number down a couple of numbers, but all indicators led me to believe it was silver, and it was!

One thing I am learning about the 3030 is that you have to reach a point where you have confidence in what it is telling you.  It seems the more confidence I give it the more goodies it gives me.  That’s a great trade if ya ask me.  🙂

All in all it was a fun hunt with some silver and a cool token. Couple that with a great day under the sun while hanging out with a great friend and ya just can’t beat it.

Mark one off the bucket list… never thought I’d find a Barber Quarter, but I did!

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Thank you for checking out my first barber quarter find!  I hope that you all make the find of a lifetime soon!


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Fisher F11, F22, and F44 Metal Detector Comparison – What Are The Differences?

Fisher recently released their new F-Series metal detector line-up.  I just got my F44, but figured that you might like to see a graphic of the different features of each machine.


Fisher F11 Fisher F22 Fisher F44
Weather Proof No Yes Yes
Pinpoint Yes Yes Yes
Visual Target ID 9-Segment 9-Segment 9-Segment
Targer ID (VDI) No Yes Yes
Audio-ID 4-Tone 4-Tone 4-Tone
Ground Balancing No No Yes
Adjustable Iron Audio No Yes Yes
Coil 8″ Concentric 9″ Concentric 11″ Concentric
Batteries 2 x AA 2 x AA 2 x AA
Weight 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg) 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg) 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg)

Comparison chart of the Fisher F11, Fisher F22  and Fisher F44 metal detectors.

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Found Will Rogers Memorial Token, Italian 200 Lire Coin, 46 Wheat Penny

In the hobby of metal detecting we always say that  “You never know what you’re going to find when detecting.”  That proved to be true recently when I detected an old school yard where I found an Italian 200 Lire Coin that was definitely a surprise. At first I thought it was a gold coin when it was still dirty because I didn’t recognize the face. Either way a neat find for around here.

After my hunt at the old school I decided to swing by an old house that I’ve been trying to get permission to detect for a long time. I’ve been by there at least 5 times, and finally someone was home. The property owner told me that he’d rather I didn’t detect the yard which is understandable because most people don’t know how we dig a plug. Anyway, I asked if I could detect his side lot and he said to go for it.  It was a small corner lot, so I started in one corner and worked my way across the yard.

Along the broken old sidewalk I found the wheat penny which gave me hopes of finding a silver coin eventually.  It didn’t take long to realize that the old house that once sat there had been bulldozed because there was metal junk everywhere.

I noticed one corner of the yard looked like it was relatively untouched along a fence line, so I decided to slow down in that area.  I was running my Minelab CTX3030 and got a nice quarter tone/ readout.  I was hoping for a silver quarter but was happy to see something round in the hole. It turned out to be this Will Rogers Memorial token.

According to wikipedia

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudevilleperformer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.

Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”,[1] Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”),[2] and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.[3] By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time, and was the highest paid Hollywood movie star. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.[4]

Rogers’s vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended.[5] His aphorisms, couched in humorous terms, were widely quoted: “I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Another widely quoted Will Rogers comment was “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Rogers even provided an epigram on his most famous epigram:

When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: “I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident [sic] like.” I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.[6]

Finds like these are what makes the hobby of metal detecting exciting for me. Learning the historical background, finding coins that I didn’t know existed and being out in nature enjoying my hobby, Nothin better!

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