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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Best Finds of 2012

The Silver:
The Gold:
The Injuns:
The Bronze:
The Keys:
The Cars:
The Cheap Jewelry:
The Tokens:
The Buttons:
The Dangles and Tags:
The Horse Tack, Cartridges, Locks and Seals:
The Oddities:
Also was about 10 pounds of Wheaties...
Clad totals  = 1655 coins for $152.92

Happy Holidays and See you next Spring!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

More Silver with the E-Trac

Went to a park on Wednesday and found a 1925 Merc, a Sterling Catholic Cross, and a Sterling link from a chain (only 1 link), and a bit more clad...

Hit another park today and found only clad...The Gold Di is fake,and fake stone is missing...3rd nickel down looks kinda wierd???

 This might be the last day of the year for us to hunt with no snow...It is supposed to start here tonight...

Happy End of the World...Throw one back for me...See ya all tomorrow, one way or the other...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Met 2 Friends for a Saturday Park Hunt

The Park we hit was a large one, split into 2 "upper" and a "lower" section...We stuck to the upper section Saturday Afternoon...The place is loaded with pulltabs and screwcaps...I do not dig many pulltabs anymore, but them 12-40 screwcaps fool me when they get crushed and then read 11/12-43/45...Did not find much to write home about, but did manage a good deal of clad by the basketball courts.
Oldest coins: 1962, 65, 66 Memorials, 1966 Dime, 1965 Quarter (missed again)
Is that a gear or a spur in the clad scan???


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Scratch One Off The List

Went back to the trashy park that is rumored to be the old village dump...I was not finding much but clad and junk, then...that sweet clear high pitched 11-47 ping of SILVER rang in my headphones...Dug down only about 5 inches, and out pops a no date (1920D to the best my eyes can tell) Standing Liberty Quarter...This is the first of these I have dug since I started detecting in 2005...I rescanned the hole and got another 11-45 silver ping about 3 inches from where I found the SLQ...Dug down about 5 inches again, and I find a 1963D Rosie...I am now crawling slowly over this area and get 4 more 12-41 to 12-43 signals...All 1960s Memorials...All these coins were within a 1x1 foot square area...I was doing the happy dance for about 10 cannot believe this weather...I hope it holds out at least till Christmas day.
I thought the bicycle plate was cool...The other item I think is an old brass door knob plate.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Silver at the Trashy Park

Went back to the trashy park I hunted the other day...I managed to squeak out a 1964 Rosie in the same hole with a 1956 Canadian Cent, 1964D and 1968D Memorials. The Rosie was at the bottom of it all, and a pleasant surprise...I have been on a roll with the old brass locks lately...I cannot find a like lock anywhere on the Internet...I am taking it this may be another rare variety Yale & Towne lock??? Clad totals were $2.06 for a little over 2 hours hunting time.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Iron Infested Park Hunt

Got out Monday Afternoon and hunted a park that I knew was infested with Iron and Copper (plumbing pipe and fittings) trash.  The E-Trac did well on the iron, but some of the copper trash still fooled me.
Got one 1952 Wheat, and a little more clad for the collection...When I started digging the dog tags, I was afraid I might find the whole tag is my birth year...1965...Weather was so warm, I had to shed my jacket.  I hope it keeps up like this right to Christmas day...
Again missed the Silver Quarter by one year...Darn 1965s!!!
The small rivet cover was found in a tot lot and thrown in just to show how small of an item will give a good signal on the E-Trac.
I think the item with the toothed gear is part of an old electric can opener???

Happy Hunting,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Same Lot - Same Stuff

Hit the same school lot that I hit yesterday...I have hunted this place at least 25 times with about 5 different detectors...The E-Trac still pulls out coins that were left behind by others...I love the challenge of trying to find what other machines left behind...Nothing special again today, but a fun relaxing hunt...I hope the weather holds like this for a bit longer, but I feel it is not going to last much longer.
Oldest coins were a 1966 memorial Cent, a 1967 Dime, and a 1967 Quarter...I also found one of our Bus tokens from probably about 8-10 years ago at least.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Nothing Special, but a great day for a hunt

Thursday Afternoon hunt for about 2 hours in a lot I have hit many times...I like the challenge of seeing what I can find in places I have hit again and again...It was 2 wheats ('55, '56) and buffalo nickel (1926), and the junkiest jewelry you can dig...nickel plated plastic...YUK!!!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

The End is Nigh!!!

It is that time of year again when the evil white crystals fall from the heavens and the ground grows hard...The detecting season is coming to a quick end my friends...Overall it has been a good year...I switched up detectors 4 times this year...From a Garrett AT Pro to a Garrett GTI 2500 to a Fisher CZ 7a Pro to a Minelab E-TRAC...All were good machines, but I only have the E-TRAC and the CZ now, and the CZ may be going next.  The Summer was brutal with high temperatures and humidity levels, but the mild Fall more than made up for it...I think Winter is going to be a real bear this year though...I will continue to hunt when I can, but I do not trust laying the E-Trac down in the snow so much...Here are my totals for the year...

Gold - Not much to speak of...Some plated chains and that is about it...


 Current Melt Value is aproximately:  $45

Clad count:

Pennies:           540
Nickels:           199
Dimes:             399
Quarters:          320
Halves:                 1
Dollars:                1

Total coins:     1460  for  $136.75

Happy Hunting,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Took a Road Trip

Took a Road Trip to Tully, NY to hunt a park down there...The place was barren of coins I tell ya...You could walk 50 yards between signals...We did not stay long, and went farther on into Ithaca, NY to hunt a park on the lake there...My Friend Kevin pulled a Barber Dime. 2 Years Earlier, and he would have had Seated..I only managed a small speck of .925 with turquoise. The brass ring is a tack maybe...Found in the woods.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great Saturday for a Hunt

Temps were great, and I even had to shed a layer to keep cool...Closest I came to silver was a 1965 Quarter...Did manage a 1941 Wheat, a cool Pendant from Ontario, and a spinner thingy from Las Vegas...
Some of this was found in the Woods, some in a Park...Best find of the day was a $10 bill I eyeballed in the park...


Clad totals Since 11-17-12

Pennies   -  519
Nickels   -  198
Dimes     -  381
Quarters  -  314
Halves     -  1
Dollars    -  1

1414 Coins for $133.19

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Interesting Finds Back on the Hill in the Woods

Started the day off Wednesday, at my pounded out Wood's Field ball parks (Been hunting it since 2005). I still manage to pull out a few surprises from time to time. I snagged me a 1971 Ike Dollar (My 2nd Dollar ever), and a few clad.  My Buddy called me up and wanted to go back to our Hill in the Woods. With all the Silver pulled out of there, who was I to say no...I hit one hole that kept giving up Wheaties (13 total...1911, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24x2, 25, 27, 28, 42, 56, 57), and a 1926 Buffalo nickle. I think some child buried his treasure back in the late 50s. The strangest find was the Greek Dekadrachm of Syrakusa coin...Now if this was real, it would be circa 400 BC, but the date reads 1897...I live near Syracuse University in NY, and think this was some sort of token or maybe paperweight??? It appears to be made of cast pot metal...


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I hit a large field and 2 tot lots at Stonehenge Elementary School in Camillus, NY today.  I know there is a local hunter who hits this field...I have seen him there before, but when he sees me, he takes off for some reason...I even used my Old Spice in case I saw him today...I did not want to scare him away, he was not there. I found 2 wheats (1941D and 1957), a ring that looks to have been nickel plated copper, inlaid with turquoise...It appears to be hand done...The E-trac sure hits hard on dimes and Copper Pennies...I was impressed that it found the 2 tiny charms in the tot lot bark chips...They are not silver, but still cool.  Again I ask how 9mm bullets get in the bark of a tot lot, unless the tree the chips were made from was hit by a bullet out in the woods?