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I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: JC99328
Date: October 16, 2016 07:50PM
I've been digging a bit over 1 1/2 years. I'm starting to think the only way to get an old coin or even a silver one is to buy it.......

1 1/2 years and my "old coins" are 5, count'em 5, wheat pennies. Only one before 1950, a 1940.

Either this area has been detected to death or like prohibition, it's a dry county. I have a couple tons of scrap iron, nice collection of pull tabs, a trash can or 2 full of AL cans and some steel ones, a couple sprinkler heads, some odd stuff, an axe head, many empty rifle/pistol brass, a few live rounds too, 5 pocket knives, one watch (timex), an old hose nozzle, probably $15-20 in assorted junk/clad coins... meaning I have been digging. I must not be living right????

Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: quicksilver
Date: October 16, 2016 09:49PM
Don't get discouraged. It's all about location. I pound silver with my mxt nearly Everytime out. But I door knock old houses in old neighborhoods. Guaranteed to make old finds that way. Location, location.

Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: masterjedi
Date: October 16, 2016 09:57PM
Its all location... dig only 1950's houses and you will dig silver...

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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 17, 2016 06:44AM
JC, As they said, "Location, location, location". Don't give up. Last Friday we went detecting. HUGE corner lot, house built in 1900 or earlier. We were very excited to be able to hunt that yard and we were ready. Only one oldie was recovered, one lonely wheat (1945) cent. I couldn't tell you how many pieced of Tootsie Toy vehicles I found. So it shows that any place can look like there's going to be silver but in reality, nothing but junk.

Depending on where you live, you might want to go to the public library and look at old plat maps. Many times there were old homesteads, churches, schools, etc. where something else is. Such as out in a field. Field hunting is really fun also.

HH,
Nancy



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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: GA1dad
Date: October 17, 2016 12:00PM
Something I've been trying lately is "find 5 deep repeatable targets" on each outing. I forget where I read about it, but the author explained that if detecting a "hunted out" area, try isolating 5 really deep repeatable coin size targets that might have been missed by others. His other point was to ignore VDI numbers, just focus on depth and size.

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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 17, 2016 04:31PM
But sometimes there's NO deep coin signals at all and what was a deep signal was trash. Happens to the best of us. We've run across this many times in private yards. It happened this past weekend. Nothing to speak of. Some places look so enticing and we get permission to hunt and there's not one deep signal. Not one.

You'll get that first silver coin JC and when you do, I bet you won't be expecting it. HH, Nancy



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: JC99328
Date: October 17, 2016 06:15PM
If it will quit raining, I'll be back out there. A promising looking park was to contaminated with junk to even think about it. Might have been more interested but it a newer par. I dug it for several hours with 1 penny to show for it, also a trashed Timex. At least the Timex got my attention.... gold colored edge was in the plug!

Finding older coins -
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 17, 2016 07:09PM
jc -

Location and knowing your detector.

I took a road trip this weekend, 6 hr drive there and back. Solo this time. I had a particular house in mind to hunt and was granted permission to do so when I arrived and knocked on the door. Permission was granted and I found out the house was built in 1904, and I found out it had been hunted before. I don't concern myself too much when I find out a house has been hunted before, there are so many levels of skill, patience, disciplined coverage as well as the capability of the detector used. Unfortunately, after the first few hours, I determined the lawn has been redone somewhere in the past as I was recovering zincolns and clad in the 3-6" mark all across the front yard. And there were very few 'other' targets you expect to find around a house that has been lived in for 112 years.

The owners also had another home 2 doors down they gave me permission to hunt. It was built a year later, in 1905, and nobody was living in it. After a quick look, it was obvious the unoccupied home wasn't getting watered on a regular basis and I talked to the home owners about my concerns of dead plugs if I found any deeper targets. They said to go ahead, I would only be killing weeds. They didn't believe that house had ever been hunted. I carefully covered the smaller front lawn as well as the back yard. Hardly a target. Not even garbage. This is very unusual at a house this old that hasn't been hunted. There should be junk from everyday living; keys, washers, bolts, nails, aluminum foil, toys, etc. Again, a few newer coins in the surface to 6" mark. Another lawn replaced. So, from the standpoint of finding old coins and tokens, pretty much a bust.

My big success of the day was having a couple 6 year olds helping me 'treasure hunt' while their mothers watched from the porch. They were so excited, it was priceless. Being a softie like I am, I gave up all my zincolns and almost all my clad trying to keep things even between the two. I have to admit it was fun and gave me a smile on the long drive back home.

If I have a suggestion or two for you, it would be to see if you can spend some time with an experienced detectorist and see how they go about hunting. I don't know if there is a local club in your area, but being able to associate with a couple veteran hunters would help speed up the experience process.

Second, if you haven't already done so, do some experimenting with your detector in your own yard and learn how your detector sounds over deeper targets. Many newer detectorists expect a plain-as-day target response from a target that is on the fringe of detection depth. The two responses do not sound the same. Nor do they show up the same on the target ID display. The goal is to learn how to use your detector as a exploratory tool and know how it responds over different types of targets at different depths.

Best of luck out there finding that first silver coin.

Rich (Utah)



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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: JC99328
Date: October 20, 2016 03:23PM
And then this......

We took the Lab to the river for a swim and on the way back my wife said let me try to detect. She does not walk well due to an old injury so I headed to a sports field which is nice and flat. I set up a mid level brand X for her. She said She didn't want to mess with a bunch of junk so I notched out everything but the top level for coins. I pointed to an area where people usually are when watching soccer matches.

While I'm digging 4 pennies, She's detecting and heading to where I pointed, She finds a silver chain with a gold ring on it!!:surprised:

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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 20, 2016 06:16PM
What a great find and a great start to a fun filled hobby. Pictures please!!!! Congratulations to your wife!



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

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Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

She finds a silver chain with a gold ring on it!!
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 21, 2016 12:27AM
JC,

Stay close to that girl and hope some of that luck rubs off!

I have a friend that is 'lucky' like that, but then again, he always has that attitude of "I'm going to find something". That's a good attitude to have.

Rich (Utah)



* etrac * racer 2 * eq 800 * . . and others *

1st day of detecting school . . . . . . . . . . . .

Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: JC99328
Date: October 21, 2016 02:40PM
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Nancy-IL
What a great find and a great start to a fun filled hobby. Pictures please!!!! Congratulations to your wife!

You want pictures of my pennies!!!:lmfao::lmfao:

Sorry, photo bucket seems to be down. I've tried to log in for 2 days with no luck.

Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 21, 2016 09:21PM
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JC99328
You want pictures of my pennies!!!:lmfao::lmfao:

Sorry, photo bucket seems to be down. I've tried to log in for 2 days with no luck.

I think Nancy is hoping to see a photo of the silver chain and the gold ring your wife found. :poke:

And you don't need photo bucket to post a picture on findmall, you can upload a photo file directly to your post. See the Attachments: above and the highlighted Upload File.

Rich -



* etrac * racer 2 * eq 800 * . . and others *

1st day of detecting school . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 22, 2016 08:03AM
Hey, if you want to show us your pennies, that's fine with me. But as Rich posted, I would love to see the necklace and ring your wife found. HH, Nancy



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

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Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


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Re: I might have to buy one or two.
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 22, 2016 08:04AM
You've got that right Rich. Thanks!!!



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

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Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
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