An Unexpected Silver Find

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. This weekend I went back to an old homestead in the woods to do some metal detecting. I’ve hunted there in the past but after looking at some older maps recently, I noticed that what is shown as a barn on some maps is shown as a house on earlier maps. So, I decided to return and hunt the immediate area where the building had been to see if I could find anything.

I spent about an hour detecting in what was once the yard and mostly found old farm junk like aluminum twist caps, nails, and bullet shells and various sized pieces up rusty buckets. 🙂 I didn’t have very high expectations of finding much there anyway since I haven’t found much there in the past, but figured that it was worth a try. I did find a penny and was satisfied that it was at least a wheat penny, until I turned it over and realized that it wasn’t a wheat penny lol.

I decided to go somewhere else to try my luck and went to a park where they are pushing dirt around and doing improvements to a walking trail & repairing recent flood damage. I was loosely gridding along the dirt path where the walking trail will be when I got a nice high tone that also stayed in the high 40’s on the E-Trac.

I knew there was a possibility of a coin being down there, but I was also finding various sizes of mangled aluminum cans all over the area so I didn’t get too excited. I was hoping for coin and after digging around 7 inches down I saw a dime in the plug, so I grabbed it and looked at the edge…

I didn’t see any copper on the edge, so I got excited and thought I might have a silver Roosevelt dime. I flipped the coin over to see the date on the front when I realized I actually had a 1943 Mercury Dime!


Wow, talk about an unexpected find in an unexpected place! I’m glad that I actually decided to leave the first spot that wasn’t producing any good finds for a chance at a different place.

Final Thoughts:

Sometimes it’s a good idea to be flexible and have a couple of places to detect lined up so that you Don’t Eat A Loser’s Lunch.

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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