Barber Dime found with Minelab E-TRAC

Recently I have been using a buddies Minelab E-Trac metal detector in an effort to learn it for when I get my own E-Trac. I’ve used it a couple of times, but this past Saturday was my first time using the E-TRAC for any period of time, basically my 2nd hunt with it as well.

I took it to the spot where I had my best silver day ever, and then went back and found even more silver. So, I figured that I might be able to sniff some silver out with the Minelab E-Trac too.

I should say first that I have done quite a bit of reading and research via YouTube videos on Minelab E-Trac Settings for Metal Detecting Deep Silver Coins so, I wasn’t detecting blindly. I’ve learned quite a bit from the internet, friends, videos, during my short time detecting with the e-trac, so I guess you could say I am ahead of the game as far as my limited experience with the “E”.

Anyway, when I got to my detecting spot, I started detecting in the area where I had found silvers previously and was pulling wheat pennies out from around 6 inches deep, consistently. I was having fun, but the thought crossed my mind “You’ve detected here a couple of times, and maybe others have as well, but maybe they haven’t detected over there on that side.”

So, I ventured over there and started swinging using a custom Andy Sabisch pattern which I tweaked to my own settings, I started swinging. Immediately I realized that there was targets everywhere! I mean there was definitely no shortage of targets to find. I got a nice sounding high tone and decided to investigate it further.

In my short experience with the E-Trac I have learned that when looking for silver coins the fe number isn’t as important as the co or conductive number, and that if the conductive number stays fairly consistent after a few swings over the target, then you want to dig.

Using that knowledge, as I was swinging over the target I noticed that the conductive number stayed between a 42 and a 45 with each swing. Coupled with the tone, the depth meter, the cursor on the screen being in the top right corner where most silver coins display and the sweet sound of the target, I decided to dig.

I use the Lesche Sampson shovel when hunting areas outside of playgrounds and it has a 7 inch blade on it, so I stepped on it and drove it into the ground, making a circle as I dug, I pulled out a 7 inch plug and put it beside the hole. Grabbing my pinpointer, I realized that the target was just a bit deeper, so I grabbed half a scoop of dirt and laid it next to the hole, that’s when I saw something black yet silver colored.

I grabbed it, and noticed a wreath on it and realized that it was a coin and not a button like I originally thought it might be. Inside the wreath it said “One Dime.” That’s when I realized I actually had an old coin, but what type of coin? I’d never dug this type of coin, so I flipped it over and that’s when I realized that it was a Barber Dime like I had seen on the internet before.


I was MIND BLOWN, I have been looking for a Barber of any type for 5 years! I honestly didn’t think I would find one in my area. I mean, as my subscribers know, I have used many types of metal detectors in my quest to find silvers. Most of them have found silvers at some point, but, just mercury dimes, Roosevelt dimes and Washington quarters, and while I enjoy finding those, I still want to find other types of silvers that I see others find. As stated, I didn’t think I’d ever find a Barber, but I finally did!

Someone asked me “Do you think your AT Pro could have found that dime?” Yes, with the proper coil on it, it could have reached that dime, however, it must be stated that I use the 5×8 coil on the AT Pro, and I doubt the ATP would have hit on a 7 inch + dime, maybe a quarter, but I am unsure about a dime at that depth. – I DID NOT test the machines side by side on that target, so the real answer is “I don’t know if it would have hit on that dime or not.”

Fact of the matter is, the E-Trac DID find a Barber dime on my first real hunt with it! I am STOKED to finally have found a Barber dime after all these years of looking. Call it technology, call it luck, call it skill, call it whatever you want to call it, but I call it E-lation at finding a previously elusive coin.

I have a feeling that when I get some experience in the drivers seat of the E-Trac, I’m going to be posting some really cool finds!

I suspect that the area where I am pulling silver is just starting to reveal what is really there! I have done some extensive research on this area, and I can tell you with certainty, the POTENTIAL for some amazing finds there in the future is VERY HIGH that I may pull something mind blowing from there eventually! That excites me, and I bet you can guess where I’ll be spending some time in the future!

Sorry for writing a novel, it’s easy to do when you’re excited!

Thanks for reading about my Barber Dime find. I hope soon you too find something that gets your heart beating faster! Until then, Good luck out there my friends!

About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here:
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6 Responses to Barber Dime found with Minelab E-TRAC

  1. Digging History says:

    Nice one, its a great feeling when one finds silver 😀

  2. mtldtktr says:

    The sweetest sound in the world is that 12/45 Silver Whistle of the E-Trac! Nice hunt OZ…

  3. pulltabMiner says:

    Nice job! Barbers are sweet. i have been looking for a Seated for the last 3 years. Somehow I think one is in my immediate future.

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