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Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Fletch88
Date: May 07, 2016 03:14PM
Went out to a late 1800's house I just got permission to hunt and found my first V nickel. I thought it was a pultab since it was only about 3" deep but boy did my adrenaline start flowing when I saw the V on the back and pre 1900 date on the front!



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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: RHG
Date: May 07, 2016 05:45PM
Nice job!!

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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: May 08, 2016 08:57AM
Congratulation! I am SO jealous. My oldest V is a 1900.

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Fletch88
Date: May 08, 2016 09:36PM
This is actually the first coin I've found older than 1900 period! I was using a 12x10 SEF thinking I would find deeper silver at this house built in 1880's. This coin was very shallow and I was actually thinking pulltab or possibly gold! I have found 3 silver mercs within a mile of this area and 2 were less than 5" deep. Maybe there are no deeper coins? Starting to wonder!



Garrett ATPro- 8.5x11, CORS Fortune 5.5x9.5
CTX 3030
Silver uMax- 8" Donut, 8x11 RSD, 3x18 Cleansweep
Excalibur ll- 10" Tornado

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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: May 09, 2016 09:03PM
That's certainly possible. Soils develop profiles based on a lot of things (the rocks from which they derive, climate, ecology, etc) not to mention man's alteration of all of that thru time. Many places I hunt have a dense clay layer that (at a minimum) slows the movement of coins once it is reached. Sometimes that is just a few inches and there are Zero targets, good or bad below, that level. I jokingly say that there is a law in TN that when you tear down an old schoolhouse, you have to haul away all the soil down to that clay layer and hide it where detectorists cannot find it. Seems like almost every old school site in my 6 county area has a very shallow soil profile.

On the other hand, I often find silver dimes and quarters in the top few inches where they should have been detected long ago. Even at very public sites. Other than something moving them upward (frost heave, animals, etc), I cant explain how I found them there.

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: klever
Date: May 10, 2016 01:40PM
Sweet find, congrats

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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Goldstrike
Date: May 12, 2016 11:21AM
Awesome find!:thumbup:



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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: RHG
Date: May 12, 2016 09:12PM
how did it ring out?

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Fletch88
Date: May 13, 2016 11:48AM
It rang up a perfect mid tone just like a regular nickel/ pulltab.



Garrett ATPro- 8.5x11, CORS Fortune 5.5x9.5
CTX 3030
Silver uMax- 8" Donut, 8x11 RSD, 3x18 Cleansweep
Excalibur ll- 10" Tornado

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: Fletch88
Date: May 23, 2016 05:32AM
Well I went back to my 1880's permission site wanting to try out the M6 I just got last week. I chose a very trashy area in the back of the house that seems to be where trash was burned based on all the black dirt and debris in the area. After listening to the M6 go crazy over all the trash I quickly stepped over to the truck and grabbed the Safari with the 6x8 SEF. I decide to grid an area that was about 20'x40' right outside the backyard fence. The first pass through I dug several pieces of canslaw, brass fixture pieces, mason jar lids, modern clad, etc. As I about to turn around to grid back the other direction I get a soft, solid repeatable med-high tone 33 on the VDI. I knew it was not copper penny or silver nor a zinc penny but it had such a perfect round sound compared to all the other trash I had just waded through. After digging down 4-5" my X1 starts picking it up. When I saw the 1901 Indian Head on the front I got a shot of adrenaline and gave my wife, who is sitting in the truck by the way, the "hooray" sign. This is my first IH in about 3 years and only my 5th one ever!



Garrett ATPro- 8.5x11, CORS Fortune 5.5x9.5
CTX 3030
Silver uMax- 8" Donut, 8x11 RSD, 3x18 Cleansweep
Excalibur ll- 10" Tornado




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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: kschae4
Date: June 11, 2016 09:23PM
Fletch, congrats on the v nickel. I know the few that I've recovered rang in at 14-15 tid (same as Jeffs and buffalos).



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Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: sasquache
Date: May 11, 2017 04:33AM
Awesome coin finds Fletche :thumbup:

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: okdirtjunky
Date: July 01, 2017 01:24PM
Cool find man

Re: Scored an 1889 V Nickel with the Safari
Posted by: okdirtjunky
Date: July 01, 2017 03:46PM
Nice

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