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Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: August 05, 2017 08:09PM
Do you remember years ago when the Explorer forum was a daily barrage of great finds? People all over the U.S. were
finding incredible finds and posting them here.
I wonder where everyone went? Did their finds dry up?

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: August 06, 2017 02:45PM
After 17 years of pounding sites with the Explorer, Etrac and other Minelabs, I'm thinking the sites are getting rather cleaned out, this is what I'm facing here in the small town I live in.

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: August 06, 2017 05:48PM
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Dan(NM)
After 17 years of pounding sites with the Explorer, Etrac and other Minelabs, I'm thinking the sites are getting rather cleaned out, this is what I'm facing here in the small town I live in.

Exactly the same here guys,the silver is gone when it's gone. We have all done pretty well considering how many came before us and picked everything easy. The machines we have are at the top of the crop, but the coins have to be there in the first place. Things are certainly dried up in public places. Working the edges,under bushes,etc. might get a few more,I've done just that and had a few more good finds. Kinda like eating an ENTIRE container of yogurt..you know, where you have to use the very tip of the spoon to get under that edge at the top...we're just batting cleanup in most places.

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: August 06, 2017 07:58PM
Dem were da days (sings Archie Bunker).------We're just cleaning up the crumbs guys!!------I started in this great hobby 42 yrs. ago and I'm STILL having fun though (even at 78 yrs. of age):thumbup:

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: diggervance
Date: August 07, 2017 06:16AM
Hey Tony,

4 years ago I found 78 silver coins, 3 years ago 74, last year a record high for me at 95, this year 22 and struggling to hit that. lol

I'm not complaining I only take what the silver gods throw at me.lol This is a hobby I enjoy for the artifacts and it keeps me off the couch.

D.V.



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2017 totals

33- silver

2- V nickel

13- buffalo nickels

4- silver jewelry

5- I.H.

Favorit Finds

Civil War Martingale Shield, Civil War Gen.Mcclellan Dog Tag, W.W. 1 Canadian Dog Tag, W.W. 2 Navy & Marine Gold and Silver Aviator Wings, Victoria Young 1838-1887 Six Pence love token, Complete 1880s to 1910 Lansing Mich. Captains Fireman Badge, 1890O Morgan Dollar

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: tiftaaft
Date: August 07, 2017 09:47PM
Been detecting for about a year.... sure wish I had started this hobby years ago. I am jealous of you veterans that helprd clean out all the sites lol! While the finds are tough tbese days... it sure is a blast. Best hobby ever.

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Elton
Date: August 08, 2017 11:17AM
Etrac , Safari, 3030 ................ People move on buying the latest detectors. Does not mean the Great Explorer can't still find the good things..Just not as many people use them now.



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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: August 08, 2017 12:51PM
I have noticed the lack of finds in the past few years when i detected land . Now i detect mainly beaches and now its happening again .
Only this time its beaches building up and most importantly the "cashless" society thats happening .
My finds rate for this year is 40% down on last year and i will be lucky to hit my revised target .

I wonder what new delight Minelab will launch next month ?
Will it be a X.Terra replacement ? 75% Most likely , the Terra's are now old and need a replacement
Will it be a replacement for the ET / Safari ? 20% They may be old but a new machine will clash with sales of the CTX
Will it be a new Excalibur ? 5% Hope not , just bought one

OR maybe a new digital Sovereign on a lighter straight stem with a Pro coil ? but thats just a pipe dream .



Uses = Minelab E.Trac , Minelab Equinox 800 , Minelab X.Terra 705 , Garrett Carrot , Minelab 35 , Gray Ghost/ Nugget Busters

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: August 08, 2017 07:29PM
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diggervance
Hey Tony,

4 years ago I found 78 silver coins, 3 years ago 74, last year a record high for me at 95, this year 22 and struggling to hit that. lol

I'm not complaining I only take what the silver gods throw at me.lol This is a hobby I enjoy for the artifacts and it keeps me off the couch.

D.V.

D.V., I sure wish I knew your secret to finding so many silvers. I'm lucky to find about four a year.
Detecting with you has been better for me in the silver department. It used to be many years ago I was finding a lot more silvers.

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: August 08, 2017 07:31PM
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IDXMonster
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Dan(NM)
After 17 years of pounding sites with the Explorer, Etrac and other Minelabs, I'm thinking the sites are getting rather cleaned out, this is what I'm facing here in the small town I live in.

Exactly the same here guys,the silver is gone when it's gone. We have all done pretty well considering how many came before us and picked everything easy. The machines we have are at the top of the crop, but the coins have to be there in the first place. Things are certainly dried up in public places. Working the edges,under bushes,etc. might get a few more,I've done just that and had a few more good finds. Kinda like eating an ENTIRE container of yogurt..you know, where you have to use the very tip of the spoon to get under that edge at the top...we're just batting cleanup in most places.

There's a guy here in Michigan in our club who consistently finds at least 300 silvers per year. He uses the E-trac only and has done so for 10 or so years when they came out with it.

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Charles (Upstate NY)
Date: August 09, 2017 07:43PM
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tiftaaft
Been detecting for about a year.... sure wish I had started this hobby years ago. I am jealous of you veterans that helprd clean out all the sites lol! While the finds are tough tbese days... it sure is a blast. Best hobby ever.

That's what I said 16 years ago when I started, after guys who started 20 years before that told me stories about filling up cigar boxes with old silver coins :cry:

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: August 10, 2017 09:21AM
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Charles (Upstate NY)
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tiftaaft
Been detecting for about a year.... sure wish I had started this hobby years ago. I am jealous of you veterans that helprd clean out all the sites lol! While the finds are tough tbese days... it sure is a blast. Best hobby ever.

That's what I said 16 years ago when I started, after guys who started 20 years before that told me stories about filling up cigar boxes with old silver coins :cry:

When I was in California I heard of this man who donated all his finds to the local Catholic Church. He started detecting many many years ago and from what I understand, had some 5 gallon buckets filled with coins he detected. It amounted to a lot of money.

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: August 10, 2017 12:26PM
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Tony N (Michigan)
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Charles (Upstate NY)
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tiftaaft
Been detecting for about a year.... sure wish I had started this hobby years ago. I am jealous of you veterans that helprd clean out all the sites lol! While the finds are tough tbese days... it sure is a blast. Best hobby ever.

That's what I said 16 years ago when I started, after guys who started 20 years before that told me stories about filling up cigar boxes with old silver coins :cry:

When I was in California I heard of this man who donated all his finds to the local Catholic Church. He started detecting many many years ago and from what I understand, had some 5 gallon buckets filled with coins he detected. It amounted to a lot of money.

Literally in 6.5 years I think if I kept all my clad it would've filled a 2 gallon container. I have a quart pickle jar I fill up then take in,and have done so many times...it adds up for sure! That being said,I've found about 200 silver coins,mostly with the Explorer2 and CTX. And I'm aware of how well Mr. Holliday does, he's a phenomenal hunter from what I understand....
All the Minelabs and other machines as well will pluck the silver. Location is EVERYTHING. All else is secondary.

Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: DougF
Date: August 10, 2017 01:14PM
About the time I got my Explorer (2009), I ran into one of the old timers in a park I was hunting. He told me how many old coins they used to find there in the "old days" (1980s ?). He didn't say it to discourage me, though (He has since passed away). I have since found many old coins in that park and others. One of the "secrets" is that around 1960-1970 maintenance at the parks was cut back, and many of the picnic grove areas were allowed to get overgrown. If you're willing to deal with the ticks and poison ivy, you can find good stuff there.



SE Pro since Aug. 2009, located in Maryland.

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Re: Remember years ago . . .
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: August 10, 2017 03:41PM
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DougF
About the time I got my Explorer (2009), I ran into one of the old timers in a park I was hunting. He told me how many old coins they used to find there in the "old days" (1980s ?). He didn't say it to discourage me, though (He has since passed away). I have since found many old coins in that park and others. One of the "secrets" is that around 1960-1970 maintenance at the parks was cut back, and many of the picnic grove areas were allowed to get overgrown. If you're willing to deal with the ticks and poison ivy, you can find good stuff there.

Or wait till just after Winter when all the weeds and grass is down in those areas and hit 'em hard.

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