Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Satisfying Saturday

I had off today.

But instead of sleeping in, I woke up thinking of where I could detect.

I didn't have anywhere special planned, so I decided to go back to one of the sites I previously detected.

I threw on the big 8x14 DD coil, to see if I missed anything...

I hunted the yard for about 45 minutes, and I came up with two wheat pennies and some clad.

Feeling satisfied that I had gotten most of the good stuff, I packed up and left, but I wasn't fulfilled for the day - I still didn't get enough detecting in.

On my way home, I noticed a lady sitting on the porch at a house that I've been wanting to detect for a while.  

I turned around, pulled over, and asked for permission.  I explained what I do and how I do it, and we talked about what we could do if something potentially valuable came up.

She was interested and eager to see what I could find! 

I've been detecting since I was a kid, and it's still always exciting to get the 'yes'.  

She even wants me to come back and look for her property markers.

So after getting set up and swinging a few times, she came over and watched me dig a button and a few clad pennies.

I dug for approximately another hour, but most of the signals turned out to be modern change, all in the 2-3" (two to three inch) range.

But as I worked my way to the backyard, I started finding a few older items:

First, I found a Home Life Insurance Co. of America thimble.  (The second I've found in 2 weeks.)  

Then, I dug a few wheat pennies.  

Next, I found a neat old key - with patent dates from the late 1800's.

Then I dug a button, but I'm afraid it might be a reproduction.  It's dated 1776, with two stars and United States written on it.

Another neat item was a souvenir token from the Pennsylvania state fair.  The fair was held nearby in 1891.  I believe this was the only year it was ever in the Lehigh Valley.  The token has a hole in it - someone would have worn/had it on a string or a necklace.

Overall, I had a great Saturday!  I was surprised to get the 'yes' at a house I've been wanting to do.  I'm always kind of surprised and thankful to get a yes. I'm glad there are good people out there who are willing to let me search for history and continue the hobby on their property.

It was so nice of today's homeowner to give me permission.  Getting permission is one of the most challenging aspects of this hobby.  I really do appreciate the kindness of strangers.


  1. well dune and you sound like a nice person keep up the good work im in the uk