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Two hunts in the woods...Two silvers and a couple of buffs
Posted by: REVIER
Date: November 12, 2017 07:20AM
Temps are lower now, after a bit of rain drought conditions are gone now and digging is better everywhere so my season part 2 has begun.
Another good thing is the flora is dying back in the woods plus the bugs are gone so the last two hunts I have been hunting around a small mountain in some woods, part of and right next to one of the oldest parks in the city circa 1881.
The park has had a lot of dirt moved around in the last few years due to renovations and improvements but we are still finding some older coins here and there.
The woods have been left alone because they sit on a pretty steep little mountain so you never know what you might find in there.
We talked to a guy that has been hunting in there for years and has found several Barber dimes there so that is my goal although there is a lot more than that if you are lucky enough to get your coil over them in this decently large area.

On Thursday I went in there for a short hunt and hit a small spill with two nice dated buffs and a younger merc.
The 37 is sharp and nice and with a d mint mark...but it has all four legs, darn it!
I was using mostly all metal with blasted up settings for that one and they were only a few inches deep.



Yesterday I was using all metal a lot but also tried some strange settings that worked on a very worn 1917 merc.
Disc up to 65
Gain at 95
Thresh at +5
Notched in iron, nickel, tabs and zinc
4H tones and sometimes monotone here and there.

For some reason turning up the disc mitigates noise and chatter on my F70...if you only notch in one or two areas it seems deadly quiet, with these others notched in too a bit more noisy but not bad at all.
A lot more quiet than using normal settings with lower disc and thresh for some reason.

It really isn't necessary to use higher settings here, most targets aren't all that deep and even those Barbers weren't supposed to be much deeper than 6-8" but you never know, plus like most places there are rumors that the original land owner buried a cache of gold around here back in the mid 1800's civil war years so I would hate to miss that if I rolled over it.
Not that I would know what that kind of signal that would be if I did...could be buried in a chest or come in as iron for all I know and I don't dig much iron when I am hunting this site and there are still a lot of iron signals up there for some reason.

Walking around moving the Nel Sharpshooter coil fairly fast trying to cover as much area as possible I was in multi tones and heard a nice, sharp high tone so I stopped to dig it.
Could have been modern clad or a copper cent because that stuff is all around here too but from about 3-4" deep I pulled up some dirt and I saw a dirt covered dime with shiny edges all around and I knew it was silver.
I cleaned it off and saw it was one of the most worn mercs I have ever dug.



1917 but it had to be dropped decades later after being in circulation for a long time.
I am actually happy it was not a 1916...the entire edge of the back is also worn and any mint mark is long gone so if it was a 1916 that would have killed me not ever knowing if I had found a 1916d...or not.
Pure luck I got my small coil over it in such with large space but I have depended on luck as long as I have been in this hobby and on these two hunts it showed up.

There are probably, hopefully, more Barbers up there, dimes, V nickels and who knows what else so as long as my luck holds I will make like a mountain goat and keep searching.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2018....Mostly just some clad so far...more to come!



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/12/2017 07:29AM by REVIER.


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Re: Two hunts in the woods...Two silvers and a couple of buffs
Posted by: still looking 52
Date: November 12, 2017 10:41AM
Sounds like we need to get headed to the woods here in WV and see how our luck holds up, we've had some heavy frost so now's the Time to get in the woods.
Revier, that's some nice finds right there. Around here all of our finds in wooded areas aren't that deep either. You would think with the leaves falling every year that would pile up and bury all the old coins but somehow that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Re: Two hunts in the woods...Two silvers and a couple of buffs
Posted by: dfmike
Date: November 12, 2017 06:16PM
Very nice finds !



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Re: Two hunts in the woods...Two silvers and a couple of buffs
Posted by: Gannon
Date: November 13, 2017 07:52PM
Well done man!



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Re: Two hunts in the woods...Two silvers and a couple of buffs
Posted by: REVIER
Date: November 14, 2017 07:33AM
Third hunt in those same woods with the F70, I am starting to dial in this place now and my luck is still holding.
My targets are getting older on each hunt.
Found two V nickels stuck together inside a rusted out bottle cap yesterday.
Those are Barber coins so I am getting closer to his dimes...maybe the next hunt.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2018....Mostly just some clad so far...more to come!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/14/2017 07:35AM by REVIER.




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