Man, finding silver coins in my area has proven difficult to say the least. I’ve managed to pull a few silvers here and there, but never more than one at a time, and usually only one every few months. Given that the people in my county were dirt poor, poorly educated, usually farmers whose children didn’t even have shoes, much less coins to drop.
Compound that with the fact that during the 1980’s there was a group of guys who spent every day of their retirement going out detecting anywhere they could collectively think of. How do I know that? Well, I know one of those guys and he told me as much. I have to say that they were pretty thorough at most of the obvious places that one would figure that silver can be found.
But, I have found a few here and there that they missed due to my persistence. One thing that I have recently figured out is that I have been detecting places that are too old. WHAT? You say? Let me explain. Like I said above, most people here were poor farmers who didn’t have money to spare, and they surely were not giving their kids money to lose. They were sustenance farmers who rented the land the and usually ended up with just enough to get by. Until the early 1900’s most people in my area were poor and didn’t have many coins to lose, and if they did, they did their best to find them.
Recently, I have been detecting at places that do not date back to the 1800’s and my finds have started to increase. This past weekend I detected a spot that was popular during the 1940’s and up.
I was using my AT PRO with the 5×8 coil, and one of the very first targets was a 1943 Mercury Dime. I worked the area slowly over about 2 and half hours and had one of my best silver days ever. I managed almost 70 coins with minimal trash and pulled out 5 silver coins, including my first Washington quarter!
This was my best day ever for silver coins, and prior to this I had never had a multiple silver day and was wondering if I ever would. I couldn’t believe that almost 5 years in I had ever found a silver Washington quarter. Now, I have!
Obviously, I am going back this weekend. I have purposely been vague about where I am hunting and what was once there in an effort to not give up my honey hole. It took me close to 5 years to pin this exact spot down, but I finally did and that’s a testament to persistence that finally paid off.
Next weeks blog will be accompanied with POV video of my hunt, as I plan to go back and video this time. Last weekend this spot was muddy and I could only detect about 40% of this area, so I believe there is more there to find!