When I first started the hobby of metal detecting over 5 years ago I started out with the Fisher F2 metal detector. As most of my long-time readers know, I highly recommend the Fisher F2 after having used one for a few years and finding just about all types of precious metals with it. The F2 a great detector, and this post is not meant as a detector comparison. I only mention brands to tell the story about how I found a silver this weekend in a previously detected spot.
Back when I first started detecting I went to a park in a near by town and shot my first metal detecting video ever. Looking back I did pretty good with that machine, my hunt totals were 77 coins, 16 of which were modern quarters, 40 of them modern dimes and the rest were pennies. Given the number of coins found, I figure the park hasn’t been heavily detected in the past, but still… where was the silver coins?
Fast forward to this weekend. I was trying to figure out where to go detecting when I remembered this park and the number of coins it gave up last time. That got me to thinking, maybe with more experience under my belt and a new Minelab E-Trac detector I might be able to go back to that park and find a couple of silvers.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t a bunch of silver coins laying around, just like the first time I had detected there, but after detecting around the old swings and slide, I concentrated on an area in between two large trees that are close together. The thought process was that maybe back in the day parent’s had sat in the shade of the trees and watched their kids play.
After digging a few pieces of junk here and there I heard a nice high tone and investigated it further. Numbers jumped around like 12-46, 9-46, 12-47, 11-46, 12-46 and given the cursor location and depth of the target I had a good feeling that the target might be a clad quarter or silver dime, but fully expected it to be a deep clad quarter.
Over 7 inches deep (the depth of my digger blade and then some) I finally found the target. I knew when I first saw it that it could be silver because most dimes I find are either black or red, so when I saw the silver luster on the coin I got excited. A quick wipe of the muddy dirt revealed the date, a 1957 Roosevelt dime! Silver!
Why am I so excited about one silver dime? Well, because my last silver coin was found back in October when I found my first Barber dime…been a long drought.
Let’s hope the new silver streak continues…lol
Note: It should be said that many many variables play into metal detecting, and that no area is ever truly “hunted out” and that this coin “could” have been found with just about any metal detector…as long as it was within that machines detection depth range.
‘This’ dime was deeper than most I’ve found with other detector’s, and at the end of the day all I can say is the ole E-Trac sniffed it out and broke that darn silver slump…finally.