Top Finds of 2015

2015 was a good year of metal detecting for me.  I had several “firsts” in 2015 and found a few really cool items!  One of the best parts of 2015 is the fact that last year I got to detect in several new areas!


Irish 20 Pence Coin

This coin is a 1995 Irish 20 Pence coin that I found on a decommissioned Golf Course.  It was about 7-8 inches down, and was found with the Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector.


My First Barber Dime!

This is my First Ever Barber Dime found metal detecting! I was wondering if I would ever find a Barber, and using the E-Trac metal detector I found this dime 7 inches deep by a tree row in a field.


My First Good Luck Token – Hedrick Iowa

This is my First Good Luck token found while metal detecting.  This token is from Hedrick, Iowa and was found near soccer fields that were once a horse riding trail. This token was every bit of 7 inches deep and was found with the Garrett AT Pro metal detector.


World War II Sterling Flight Wings Sweet Heart Bracelet

This is a World War II Sterling Flight Wings Sweet Heart Bracelet and it was found about 4 inches deep on private property while the owner was watching me detect.  This item would have been sent home to a wife or girlfriend and is more rare that regular flight wings.


First 3 Ring Day, Two .925 Silver Rings

This is a picture of my First 3 ring day including two .925 rings.  The funny part is, the hunt prior at this same location I had a 2 ring day.  All in all at that location, on land, I have found 6 rings so far.  I know there is more!


First Gold Class Ring – Returned to owner.

This is my First class ring, and it happened to be a West Point Military academy ring The owner was quite happy to receive his ring back, he had lost it over 15 years ago.  Surely he thought he’d never see it again.

Total from Two Hunts

Total from Two Hunts Includes my First Silver Quarter

This picture shows the silver total for two hunts! The first hunt I found 5 silvers which included my First Washington quarter. The second hunt there was a 4 silver hunt where I also puled a silver ring that isn’t pictured. That was a great detecting spot!

Likewise, I also got to metal detect with a few new friends in 2015,  it was a great year of metal detecting.

Here’s to an even better 2016! Happy Hunting out there guys n gals!


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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8 Responses to Top Finds of 2015

  1. Funny, I use an E-trac, and have been thinking of getting an AT Pro. The E-trac is an awesome machine, and I’m curious how you like the AT Pro? Quite a year for you in the finds department. I’ve been focusing on old coins & relics, but think I should start hunting for gold again–those rings are sweet.

    • Ozarks says:

      Hi Diva! I love the AT Pro, it’s a great all around tool, and would compliment your E-Trac very well. The AT Pro has a much faster processor, better target separation, as well as a few audio features that afford the user much more tonal information than other detectors in it’s class. One cool feature is tone roll audio, helps with those pesky twist caps as the tone will be a low-high-low tone when you go over it where most detectors simply beep over the target. I like to use the ATP in situations where I want to be able to cover more ground quickly and also for situations like playgrounds where you swing next to playground equipment. With the E-Trac I can’t get within a foot of the metal uprights lol Both have their place, and both shine in their respective fields. The ATP had a great year for rings, so if oyu’re looking for rings the ATP is a great choice. I’ll give ya a lil tip for your ATP, almost every ring I have dug with mine sounded similar to a penny tone, but it had a “warble” to the tone regardless of numbers. After you hear it once or twice, you’ll know what I am referring to. Dig those penny “tones” regardless of numbers, you’ll be surprised at the rings you find. I think it makes that tone due to the hole in the ring. Best of luck Diva, thanks for the comments!

  2. Thanks for the tips! One of the great things about the E-trac is it’s a silver & quarter magnet, so I think I have almost enough clad to cash in for the AT Pro. I’ve often told folks that my E-trac makes an off tone when it detects gold–they scoff at this, but I know my machine. Seems like the AT performs similarly. It’s also much more reasonable pricewise. Happy Hunting!

    • Ozarks says:

      Yeah, I believe you about that gold tone. It’s those nuances that we have to learn in order to separate good targets from the bad. I don’t know how to explain this ring warble the ATP does, but it is something I had noticed over time, and one day I found 3 rings inside of 10 minutes and all had that same nuance to the tone! It’s even similar to the tone a zinc penny makes on the etrac, when you hear that you know it’s a penny…when I hear that warble as I call it I dig, 2015 was my best ring year ever, and all were found with the AT Pro. A very good machine for not alot of money, I know you are going to love yours!

      • I appreciate your insight, and the tips. I’m eagerly awaiting the upcoming detecting season, hoping I will have an AT Pro by then. Good luck, and Happy Hunting to you, and the blog is great. I’m looking forward to your tales of the hunt.

  3. Brandon says:

    My favorite is the “World War II Sterling Flight Wings Sweet Heart Bracelet.” That thing is awesome, great stuff in 2015!

  4. Denis Lavoie says:

    You found a lot of goodies ! Really nice !

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