Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Site - Old Grounds

I recently got permission for a new site and today was the perfect day to get out there.  The house was probably built in the 1930's or 1940's, but I knew the grounds were much older.

I've done my research and I know the area pretty well.  This property borders a mid-late 1800's park/recreation area.  I had a good feeling that there could be some old stuff there, if the ground hasn't been manipulated.

Researching your sites really pays off and this is a perfect example.  At first glance, you wouldn't pay much attention to this yard.  I definitely would have passed it over if I didn't know the history.

The yard was pretty small, maybe 20' x 30' and it looked like the original posts for the washlines were still there.  This is always a good spot to look for coins and jewelry.  But surprisingly, I wasn't getting very many signals at all for the first 20 minutes.

I'm still getting used to the All-Pro and I started with my new 9" coil, but I switched back to the familiar 10" D2.

I worked my way to the backyard and found a few pieces of trash before I got the first good signal.  I dug the plug and out popped a large copper coin.

At first, I thought it was a large cent, but then looking closer, I knew it wasn't.  I brushed off some of the dirt and then I thought it was a hard times token, but when I saw that it was dated 1864, it ruled that out because they were issued in the late 1830's.

So at that point, I didn't know what I had, but I was excited to continue digging.

As I worked my way to the other side of the backyard, I found the center part of an old lantern, where the wick would go.  A few steps later, I found the head of an old large pewter spoon.

Four or five swings later, I got THE SIGNAL.  The one I love to get on my machine...

I was hunting in relic mode to look for the deep stuff.  The display read: Big Item.  And the VDI number was 89-90.  On the MXT, this means big silver!

I dug the plug, and...

 got out my phone to take a video.

There it was.  My first silver coin of the year and it was a nice one:

1944 Walking Liberty Half 

 in beautiful condition.  

I was thrilled!  I love these coins.

So I continued to hunt that area of the yard.  

I got a deep "iffy" signal.  It was jumpy and went from a nickel all the way up to a penny signal, but it was deep so I was digging it...

And I got myself a nice old 1902 V-nickel at 7" deep.

The day was getting nicer and I knew I could return to this site again, so I wanted to finish up and spend some time with my family.

I hunted for another half-hour and came up with three pennies. One was a 1944 wheatie.

I'm really happy with how this hunt turned out and I'm glad I didn't pass it over.  

After a great morning, I headed home to my two other treasures... my ladies!

And, to be honest, I wanted to research that unidentified copper coin I found.

It turns out, I got a 1/4 Real from Sinaloa, Mexico, made of copper.  Finding this coin is extraordinary.  It's not silver, but it's still an amazing piece of history.

Here it is cleaned up a little bit:

 And here is the half, after cleaning:

Today's coins:
Today's finds:

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