Multi-Silver Day

First multi-silver day in like forever.  A couple of dimes at a new site, a 50s era ballpark.  Not much density at this place, and they were deep.

The site doesn’t seem to have much potential.  Figured it would be a 5-10 silver site initially, now I think I’ll be lucky to get 5.

Also, turns out I have Lyme disease, which I guess explains why I haven’t felt like detecting much lately.  This is the second time I’ve had it, for some reason it is worse this time.  I’ve just felt like laying around and doing inside hobbies instead of detecting.  Hopefully it will go away and I’ll feel like doing more stuff outside again.

Finds For This Week

Got out a couple of times early this week.  First site was a school I hit last year that gave up a few silvers.  Site is huge, and I spent a long time there, but didn’t get any silvers despite getting some good tells.  Very frustrating.  Did get a silver ring, and a bizarre silver wheatie pendant.  Have no idea what this thing is actually coated in, or why someone would go to the trouble to make it, but it rang in as a silver Q.  Very frustrating.

Next day did some random field theory at a brand new field.  Somewhat promising, as I pulled a pair of wheaties and a silver dime.  Field goes back to the 1700s; a bit of a letdown when the silver dime signal turns out to be a ’51 rosie.

Update

Haven’t detected since the last update, except for a couple of days this week.  Only find of note was a deep sterling ring.

I’ve been traveling and working alot, including an exotic trip to South America, where I managed to catch an equally exotic virus, and had to cruise on back home prematurely, and lay around in bed for a while.  Yikes, its been a rough month overall, in all honesty.

Anyway, hopefully all that badness is behind me.  I’m still not sure how much detecting I’ll be doing the rest of the summer, but hopefully slightly more.  I feel I’m in semi-retirement mode, but one good day or good site could change that.  We’ll see.

Just a Dime

Got out a couple times this week to close out another site, which turned out to end up at 24 silvers, and pulled a lone ’63 rosie.

Beautiful, isn’t it?  We’ll take it.

Started working this site for real last fall, and finished it this spring.  An old park in southern Chester County.  Interesting that I tried other machines there, such as the DFX and V3, and even the E-Trac a little bit, but it was only the E-Trac with the Big Unit that was able to solve it.

Well, I don’t really expect to do any detecting between now and the middle of summer, as I am just way too busy, so this may be the last update for a while, tho, maybe I’ll get out for a random hunt and find a random silver between now and then (sort of like what this was since the last post), we’ll see.

Back to Boyertown

Not much detecting so far this week, but on Monday, I did manage to nab this 7 gram sterling ring at my Boyertown site mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

The Boyertown site also gave up the barber and merc from my last entry.  I didn’t mention it then, cause after the first entry, I noticed someone had come in to the site with fresh plugs.  Are you kidding me?  I don’t know if it was anyone reading me, or just coincidence, who knows?, and who cares?, but dude, if its you, hit me up, and we’ll hunt sometime.

Anyway, I closed the site out today without silver.  Bummer.  Total take, three silvers including a barber dime, and a 7 gram ring.  Not bad.  The only reason I was there was cuz there is a locally renowned sports doctor in the area, and I needed some serious PT, but hopefully (knock on wood), I won’t need to go back.

So that’s that for my Boyertown adventure.  I love going into unfamiliar areas and pulling silver (who doesn’t?  I mean, who doesn’t like going into any area and pulling silver?).  Anyway, its back to Chester County which we know and love, tho with so much going on, I don’t expect to do much more detecting this summer, so the entries will be even more sporadic.

Barbers

Couple of barbers recently, one on Thursday’s hunt, one on Friday’s hunt.  These are from different sites; both previous silver sites from recent entries.  Came up one short of the trifecta on each day.

Thursday’s dimes –

Friday’s dimes –

Both sites are on the stingy side, and I don’t get too many barbers, so we’ll take ‘em.

Thursday’s was shallow and a bit weird, rang in like a silver quarter, and was right in the middle of the park.  Really weird.  I think it was on its side, cause coins on their side tend to ring higher on the E-Trac, or maybe it was affected by something.  Hard to believe it was missed in a smallish, sparse park.

It also cleaned up quite nice, aside from a blemish on the back, which may have been caused by being pressed up against a mineralized rock for 100 years.  I wonder how it would grade, ex damage –

Not the best pic, but it looks good in person, trust me :)

Friday’s barber was a really difficult dig, in a trashy site where everything was difficult, and the density was much less than I had hoped, tho I did have the merc, a few wheaties, and what I thought were a couple of coppers (they weren’t, as it turns out).

This one was just a tiny silver chirp thru all the trash.  What I call a “good ears” silver.  Down I went into the hole and didn’t find it, and I often give up on these, but another scan of the PP and I heard the faintest chirp on the side of the hole.  Worked the spot, and out it popped, another one on its side, and deep.  This one was possibly one of the most difficult silvers I ever dug.  Too bad I don’t have a video camera, as it is hard to describe these.

Turned out to be a 1902.  The merc was a 1939D, my first one, which fills a hole in my dug merc album.  Only need 23 more, including all the hard ones (except the 26S).  Good luck with that project.

Career Copper #100

Career copper #100 today.  And, it true tradition, it is a complete unidentifiable toastie.

Also a 1919 buff with the front toasted, a sterling turquoise ring, and a handful of deep wheaties.  No silvers, and that’s too bad, cause there should have been.  Oh well.

This is a new site, a field where there was a baseball diamond on the 30s aerials, but it was gone by the 50s.  I had high hopes that no one remembered it, and the competition had overlooked it, but it was not to be.  Targets were sparse and deep.  There prolly were not a ton of targets to begin with, as it is not near a large town, but there should have been at least 1 stinkin’ merc for 3 hours of trouble.  Thought I had one right at the end of the hunt, but it turned out to be that sterling ring.

Also found another ring that rang in high, but was stamped 18 and then a crown symbol.  I think that means its supposed to be 18K.  I think it was gold-filled, as the metal tested as gold, but I could see copper everywhere.  I think it was pretty old,. cause it was deep like everything else.  Prolly $10-20 bucks of gold on it, but the refiners won’t take ‘em.  Too bad.

Boyertown Silver

Sometimes doing this blog gets so tedious, especially with all the real crap that’s going on, that you just have to throw a completely different title out there, one the gives away the location of the site.  Maybe a better idea is to shut the whole damn thing down.

Boyertown is a town about a half hour from where I live, and despite having lived where I live pretty much my whole life, I’ve never been there.  I have no idea why. cause I just like to drive around an explore places, just to piss off the enviroalarmists who think my doing so causes global warming.

Its actually a pretty cool town, and is a nice place to metal detect.  Best of all, it has silver,  Hopefully it has more, tho I don’t think it has much as the site I was on had been hit hard.  Only there for about 90 minutes and managed to score a Q that was deep, on its side, and affected by ferrous.  No slam dunk silvers here.

Have a nice holiday everyone.

Yesterday’s Silver

Got out yesterday for a rainy day hunt at the same place as the previous day.  Just a dime.  Machine was really going crazy in the rain, as it usually does.  I should not have gone out, but I just had to, as my hunting opportunities are limited these days, so I take ‘em when I get ‘em.

Hat Trick Today

Found three silver dimes today.  Woohoo.  I never get tired of it, baby.

This is from a site I worked back in October of last year.  Everyone says its hunted out.  At that time, I had 19 silvers.  Now I have 22.  Not bad.  Interesting that pretty much every site that gets past 21 silvers in my log makes it to 40, with only a couple of exceptions.  I expect this to be one of them.

Relics

I’ve been out once since 5/7 before today.  Just to close off my 76 silver site.  Didn’t find anymore silvers.  Oh well.  So sad to see such a special site go.  Found 2 half dollars there, including a Barber, a shield nickel, a largie, and of course all the silvers.  Just a normal town park.  Who says you can’t find silver in parks anymore?  Bet there are quite a few still there.  Found most of them in the summer of 2011, my 516 silver year.  Learned most of what I know about metal detecting at that place.

Back to the real world, where I am no longer finding silver, but, in all fairness, I rarely have to time or the circumstance to get out anymore.  I did get a rare weekend hunt in this morning tho, at an abandoned house.

Frustrating hunt, as I got alot of deep high tones, but not one single coin for about 4 hours.  It was hard to tell if the place was hunted out or not.  I did get 5 old copper buckles and a big ass skeleton key (about 5 inches long), which suggested that there could be goodies here, but there weren’t.  Those buckles sound so good too, like silver pretty much.

I also got a silver relic as a consolation prize, looks like the back of a pocket watch.  Its marked “junior coin No 1″, with some number stamped below it.  I couldn’t find anything on this, but I’m guessing that means it is coin silver,  It certainly tests as silver, and comes in at a hefty 12+ grams.

Finally, at the very end, got the only coin of the day, a toasted King George III copper with 3 (are you kidding me?) holes.  Certainly not photo-worthy, there just for reference for the big silver thing.

Well, it looks like that kind of year, where I don’t get out much.  We’ll see.

Another Rosie

Well, not much too exciting going on around here.  Went back to my “pennies from heaven” site from recent days, just hoping to score one old silver, and instead got another penny, another 1912.  Site is too overgrown to do more there, so that’s that.

Yesterday pulled a another rosie, woohoo!  They all start to look the same after a while, don’t they, tho I’ll admit I never tire of finding them.

This was from my (now) 76 silver site, which pretty much now has all the loose ends cleaned up.  One more day there, just to do a farewell hunt at some point.  Its sad finishing such an awesome site.  Not only that, its a really beautiful and pleasant place to be.

Well, I’ve been swamped lately, and had some particularly unpleasant business to deal with recently, plus I’m injured, so I’ve been a bit cranky and haven’t been able to get the hours in detecting.  At least the unpleasantness is over, but I doubt I’ll me getting many more hours in anytime soon.

Silver Yesterday and Today

Well, nothing too exciting, a dime yesterday, and a dime today.  Also got a silver bling yesterday — its been a long time since I’ve gotten a silver bling (and nearly 2 years since I’ve gotten a gold bling).

Yesterday’s site was my third best site, now at 75 silvers.  I was happy to get it to that 75 milestone.  Most of my production there came in the summer of 2011, and I’ve rarely been back since.  Still going thru my old sites and cleaning up loose ends from the days when I wasn’t such a meticulous record keeper.  I was going thru unfinished zones from memory, and I’m sure I went over the same areas twice (one thing I hate doing, as it is obviously inefficient).  I think the place is more or less dry now, but there are still some loose ends.  We’ll see when and if I get to closing it out.  Its an amazing site, and I miss it.

Today was a rare weekend hunt — a more or less new site.  The problem with this site is that it is far from home.  I hunted it once last fall, and IIRC, had a double digit wheatie day, but no silvers.  I’ve been drooling over this site for years, and always imagined it as a triple digit site, as it is so massive (well larger than any site I’ve ever worked), and quite old.  Also apparently hunted hard, as I only pulled a few targets today; 3 wheaties and the merc.  Density is also an issue here, as it is with any massive site.  On the upside, it is impossible for it to be hunted out.  Still could be a triple digit site, but it might take 10 years to get there at my rate.  More realistically might be a 10-20 silver site, we’ll see.

Monster Site Silver

I have 2 monster sites, one that has produced 140 silvers, and the other 127.  That’s alot, as these things go (40 is alot as these things go).

I went to the larger of the 2 today.  Most of the silvers were found in 2011, but I keep going back, and occasionally find a stray silver.  Some areas I’ve gridded over 6 times now, and still get the goods.  (The whole thing isn’t that simple, and merits a long article (a small part of which I posted to Minelab’s find of the month site when I found 112 silvers over the span of 17 days, including a 23 spot, in 2011), but today isn’t the day for that article, as I’m just way too pressed for time.

Now, its just a normal site that I’m in the process of closing out, but it gave up #141 and #142 today.  Whohoo.

Another Penny From Heaven

Back to the ruins of 4/24, where I pulled 8 pennies, all of them old, including 4 coppers ranging from a Jersey copper to 1826.  Figured I had a shot at some bust silver, or at least some dead zone silver, but it wasn’t to be.

Spent a couple hours working new parts of the site, but found bupkis. Decided to do something I rarely do, but figured it was appropriate in this case, and re-grided the hot zone where the 8 old coins came from, from a 90 degree angle of the first grid.  The theory was, with so much awkward vegetation and iron, it would be impossible to hit every target the first time, so no doubt I’d get that seated half dime from a different angle this time, wouldn’t I?

I didn’t, but I did yet another largie.  Just proves re-gridding has some value.  I’m not surprised I missed it the first time, cause I almost missed it the second time as well.  Was a deep, iffy, 11-45, maybe silver, maybe ferrous, that I was certain would be a seated, and was a grueling 8-9 inches deep in rocks and iron.  Took me 10 minutes to dig it out,  I was, of course, a bit disappointed that it was yet another penny, but, for Chester County coppers and our acidic soil, its not half bad.  Possibly my best largie ever, but that ain’t saying much.

Its an 1816.  The coin is better than the photography.

I’m a bit mystified by the site.  A large colonial era ruins, active til the 1930s aerials, derelict in the 1950s aerials, having bupkis everywhere except a very small hot zone which produced 9 pennies spanning 3 centuries.  And, this hot zone is only 10 by 30 yards.  Well, I’ll never figure this game out, will I?

Park Silver

A rough week (but with some good coins), but no silver, and I needed a fix, so I went to a park which has given up the goods in the past,  Just a 3 silver park, last visit was Jan 2012.  I don’t always walk into these places when I need a fix and drop a hat trick, but it is sweet when I do, isn’t it? :)

I could write more, but I’m swamped.  I thought the park was mostly dead last time I was there, except the out of the box section I worked at the time, but now that I’ve gotten better, and have a big unit, I figured I’d give it a go.

Merc was on the edge of the park.  Silver Q was with a memorial penny (weird signal, but should have been dug by the competition), rosie was a slam dunk,  After that, about 90 minutes of dead.  So now, a 6 silver site, not sure if there is more.  Tough to read,

Pennies from Heaven

Had a couple of rough days in the field of the last entries, like, I didn’t find anything, like not not even junk.  My swinging arm felt like lead.  I decided to move on, at least temporarily, and most likely permanently.

Hit a brand new site, which is some ruins in some woods I recently discovered via some research (as if there are other paths to discovery, like random wandering or space aliens implanting visions in my brain :) ).  Had only 90 minutes to hit the site yesterday, and pulled my second career 3 ringer.  I’m not a relic guy, but I do know these things are rare here in Chester County.  That said, all this is to me is a tell for the hope of dead zone silver –

Today was the first full day of hunting at the site, and I managed to pull 8 coins, all of them pennies.  Are you kidding me?

4 coppers, 2 IHs,. and 2 wheaties.  Not the greatest pic, so it doesn’t show that the coppers aren’t as abused as what usually comes out of the ground around here.  The dates on the largies are 1810, 1816, and 1826.  The shield copper is a New Jersey copper, the 3rd of my career, and by far the nicest of them (tho admittedly, the front is toast).  The IHs are also somewhat decent for around here, a 1901 and 1902.  The wheaties are 1912 and 1944.

I guess that means this is a double penny trifecta.  Whohoo!  Those who follow me know there are only three types of coins I like to find: silvers, silvers, and well, you get it.  But this seems actually kinda rare, 4 coppers in one day, as well as the IH’s.  Whatever, where’s the dead zone silver?

The interesting thing about this hunt was that all the coins were concentrated in a very small area of the site.  Yesterday I spent 90 minutes with only one diggable target, and today the first hour or so went by with bupkis, until I hit this hot zone, with diggable target after diggable target.

The site was extremely awkward — thornbushes, other bushes, downed trees, and so forth.  It was hard detecting (and digging, thru rocks and roots), but that is the nature of colonial era sites in the woods.  It was so grueling that I left an hour before I had to, due to burnout (imagine tight low and slow swinging thru thornbushes and downed trees in an iron infested zone, and you get the idea), but in all fairness to leaving early, I’m sick, so I just had to walk off.  Too bad, cause the one section with all the stuff almost seemed like a virgin site,  at least based on the run rate of diggable targets.  I may grid that section the opposite way sometime.

Here are some of the relics from the hot zone –

A couple of buckles and a monogrammed spoon.  I found most of the spoon, but not the middle part.  It looks like silver, but, sadly, is base metal (prolly silver plate, actually).

I also found this cool whatchamacallit –

Its hollow thru and thru, including the bulbous part being totally hollow. I have no idea what this is, or could have been used for, but it must have been cool, given the effort to make such a thing in that era.  If you have any clue what this thing is, please comment. (Edit: I’m told on one of my Facebook groups that: It’s the top to an 18th(?) century fireplace andiron [sic]. I have yet to google any of that to see what it means).

Big Silver

Back to yesterday’s site, just one good target, a beautiful 01-44 with a silver sound.  Could have been something older, but turned out to be a Franklin half.  We’ll take it.

I don’t get too many of these, in fact, its only my second out of 33 silver half dollars, which includes 5 barbers, and 22 walkers.  I guess they fell out of favor.

Well, that’s that, no time today.

More RFT

RFT = Random Field Theory, for our new readers, in the unlikely event there are any :)

Anyway, first, running an ultra is hard.  50K is alot of K’s (and miles as well, 31 or so to be more or less exact, which is 5 more than a marathon, which doesn’t sound like alot, but try running a marathon, then run 5 more miles on top of it).  Then on Monday I had a plumbing crisis to deal with, and went DIY rather than calling a pro, took 4hrs when calling a pro prolly would have taken 15 minutes, but DIY is so much more satisfying, isn’t it?  (well, only when it works, of course).  Tuesday it rained like all get out, but today I went metal detecting.  Woohoo!

I just wanted a stress free experience, so I hit this huge field that I’ve known about for a while (which is public property), but never thought it worthwhile until I did the Random Field Theory thing over the past few months.  That site was private property, and possibly had never been detected.

This site had been detected, cause I saw some other clown’s plugs.  Are you kidding me?  Who detects random fields?  It sounds so inefficient, but it is so relaxing, and, as I’ve shown before, you find great stuff once in a while.

I didn’t get great stuff, but I didn’t come away completely empty-handed either; I nailed a barber in the first hour, but the next 3 hours were deader than a [well nevermind, I was about to say something highly political which would have offended someone, despite it being correct :) ].  In any case, we’ll take it, cause silver coins are hard to find, especially in random fields, but a 1 in 4 hour run rate takes some patience indeed, doesn’t it?

But, there’s a bit more.  Not related to metal detecting, but tomorrow I see Iced Earth live at the Troc for the first time, prolly my all-time favorite metal band.  I get to see if I can survive my first ultra, a DIY plumbing crisis, and the metal pit all in the same week.  No doubt the plumbing will be remembered as the hardest of the three :)

Silver Train Derailed

Too bad, cause I was having a bit of a lucky run lately.  A couple of days ago, I went to my favorite metal detecting town, where I’ve pulled 205 silvers, by far my most for any town, to close off a couple of sites.

One was a 40 silver site that just had an hour left to do, always the completist, and I guess I could have blown it off, but if its a silver per hour site, or better, you have decent odds, so why not?  Not only that, I once got a barber half in the last hour cleanup section, so I always do it.  But, I didn’t get anything.  Oh well.  Onto another park in the same town, a small park that had only given up 7 silvers, and I had already covered it, but 6 were all in one small area, including a barber Q, so I wanted to cover that hot zone with the big unit.  Bupkis.

Onto a third site in that town, which I’ve only hunted briefly, and I figured had decent potential.  It doesn’t.

So, that was the end of the mini silver streak on Wed.  Yesterday, tho, I did score a 46 rosie at a new site in a much tougher town (an 11 silver town).  This was a vacant lot site where some 30s houses stood.  Pulled a ton of clad but just one silver and one wheatie.  Hard to tell whether it had been hunted or not.  Probably, as there should have been more silvers, but these sites tend to be hit and miss.  Anyway, a one and done site.  I don’t really have time to take a pic of lone rosie; we’ve all seen ‘em, tho I’m sure I would if I had more time, cause every silver coin remains hard to find, no matter how many you get.

So tomorrow I’m running 50K.  That’s alot, as these things go.  So, no detecting today to rest, and who knows for how long after.

The Silver Train Rolls On

Gotta love that title.  I do, anyway.  Here they are baby! — a sweet sixspot:

And all shinyed up.  I have no idea why I still do dirt on, and dirt off pics.  I guess old habits die hard, don’t they?

All modern silvers, of course, but we’ll take ‘em.  For me, its still about the experience of “that sound”, and then seeing the shiny in the hole.

Anyway, is there a story here?  I’m not sure.  I don’t think so, but I’ll try.

These are from a park I first hit in Feb of 2012.  Huge park, but mostly dead.  I did find a couple of silver dimes then, but wrote it off, due to the lack of a good run rate (especially compared to what I was getting elsewhere in those days), and no clad (not that I’m a clad hunter, but those who follow me know that clad is a good tell).  I found my third silver there in Dec of 2012, but bupkis since.

I went back cause recently I’ve been inventorying some of my old sites with by big unit and better skill, to see if one or both of those factors could make these hopeless sites sing.  It certainly worked on the one of the past couple days, so why not this one with short grass and superwet ground as well?

But it wasn’t quite like that.  5 of the silvers were found in an out of the box section, and not only that, 4 of those 5 were found on the edge of the out of the box section.  Are you kidding me?  Dude, if you are smart enough to find the out the box section (and it appeared to be mostly hunted out outside a stray rosie, which we’ll take, of course), then be smart enough to hunt the edge of the out of the box section.  I couldn’t believe I found 3 Q’s and a merc there, and bupkis pretty much everywhere else.  Two hours, 5 silvers in that section.  Not bad, not bad at all, as these things go.

But that section ended, at it was onto the main section.  Not much goin’ on there.  In 90 minutes, I dug just 4 coins, and 3 deep wheaties that all sounded like slam dunk silvers.  All were in standing water,  I wonder if the water jacks up the CO #.  Apparently.

The 4th was my 6th silver of the day, a merc that I was pretty sure was ferrous before I dug, but only dug cause I needed to rest my swinging arm, and the sound had a bit of fight to it. But it was a real iffy signal.

7.5 inches down I was surprised to see the merc, and then swung the PP around the hole (as I always do), and got another signal, figured I was in business for a second silver in the hole, but the ferrous showed its ugly head after all –

I’m not sure if I was lucky digging ferrous and happened to find a merc, or it was skill to hear the merc next to the ferrous.  Who knows?  All I know is that it was the only silver in the “main section”, and only one of 4 coins dug in 90 minutes.  We’ll take it.

So, its hard to assess this site.  Clearly, 5 of the silvers were circumstantial, and don’t count towards evaluating the site (but we’ll take ‘em anyway, won’t we?), and the 6th may have been blind luck.  Its a huge site, supposedly hunted out, but similar have lead to the 30s and 40s in the past.  This one is now at 9, but I just don’t see it going much further, tho we’ll see.

Its still nice, tho, to periodically reevaluate old sites with new skill and new equipment.  You never know what you’ll find.  One more aside — my silver to total dug is now at a record 5.45%, due to the absence of clad at the last couple of places.  I think that’s good, pulling silver from parks where there is no clad, but unfortunately, the only other time it was this high, I went into a bit of a slump.  I’m expecting the same this time, due to the excessive, non-repeatable luck lately, but we’ll see.

Another SLQ

Back to Friday’s park for another couple of hours today, and pulled another merc and an SLQ.  This one is dateless, unfortunately.

Both were on their side — the merc was just one inch deep but in a grass-free area up against a fence.  It was prolly pushed around a bit when they did work on the fence.

I’m pretty certain there was another guy’s plug where the SLQ was, but its hard to be certain.  Some machines have trouble with coins on their side, so its possible he heard it, or thought he heard it, and couldn’t find it. Or, maybe he hit another target or it wasn’t a plug at all.  Who knows?

Well, that section of the park is done.  I’ve been all over this place, but have only ever pulled silver from the one end.  I wonder if there is any more for me in other sections?

Fivespot Today

Managed to double my YTD silver count today by dropping a fivespot.  Not bad, as these things go.  Last time I pulled 5 or more silvers in a single hunt was way back in November.  Of course, we lost a few months due to the endless winter, but, realistically, the fivespot is the new double digit day.  We’ll take it, cause silver coins are hard to find.

What’s remarkable about this hunt is that the site is a place I’ve called “Chester County’s most difficult silver park” in previous posts.  Now that I have 12 silvers from the place, I guess I can’t call it that anymore.

But, it really is like that.  My first 5 hunts at this park produced bupkis.  Most people would have given up, but I don’t give up.  Eventually, I got smart enough to do the sidewalk strips around the park, and got a couple of mercs in the trash.

Once I got the Big Unit, tho, this park seemed to open up a bit.  Outside the sidewalk strips and a stray merc with the stock coil, all the other silvers have come with the Big Unit.  All have been hard and on the edge of detection.  While I have no science to claim the Big Unit outperforms the stock coil on these targets, and while I also think this is a very high skill hobby that I’ve gotten better at over the years, I think the Big Unit has helped.  So that’s that.

What’s also helped is that it has rained alot around here recently, and the grass is short.  I doubt I would have found today’s silvers in the middle of August.  I also think I was unbelievably lucky, but we’ll take it. Still the (2nd) hardest park in Chester County to pull silver from.  (There is a new first, a very old park where I’ve hunted 6 good hunts, including with the Big Unit, and still have scored bupkis, but today’s hunt gives us hope for all of those really difficult sites.).

Ok, this entry sucked, but when you pull a fivespot from a hunted out park, it just doesn’t matter, does it?  Here they are all shinyed up –

Back to an old Honeyhole

Today I went to a site I last detected in Spring of 2012.  As of that time, it had produced 45 silvers, making it an official honeyhole in my scoring system, and my 9th best site overall. Now its produced 46 silvers.  Whohoo!  We’ll take ‘em all, cause silver coins are hard to find.

I hadn’t been back cause they don’t mow the grass short in summer and fall, and last spring I was in other opportunities.  And, this site seems safe.  I’ve only done 20% of it, and therefore, it should be a 100+ silver site, but I’ve been working the edges and the soundings in the middle seem dead, so its more likely a 50 silver site.  We’ll see.

V Nickel

Dug a V nickel on 3/30.  Isn’t she a beauty :)

The 5th one I’ve ever dug.  Compared to 1252 silvers.  That’s why I don’t dig the low tones too much (forgetting the fact I get so many silvers in low tone trash), cause even when they are something good (as if that treasure is something good), they end up looking like that around here.  Digging is expensive, and swinging for silvers is cheap.  Only an economist would metal detect as I do :)   But, in the middle of a field, where the diggable signals might come once an hour, you dig ‘em all.  Its a 1911, if you are curious.

From the fields of dreams site of the last couple entries, which sadly, is now officially closed. My permission expired today; It was a long time coming — I was only allowed there until they broke ground — its a development site — being turned into office buildings or condos or something.  Too bad about the effing winter cause I missed a couple of months of detecting while they were waiting for final approvals, and I was looking at effing snow on my fields of dreams while the clock ticked.

But that’s that.  The fields only produced 6 silvers, but they included a beautiful 1830 bust half, 2 seated dimes, a half reale, and a pair of rosies.  Also 6-8 coppers or so (I feel the same way about coppers as I do this nickel, so I don’t remember the exact number, but like wheates, they are great tells, and keep you going), and, of course, this nickel.  No IH’s, but I never get those. I wonder why?  I don’t care; they always look like garbage around here as well.

Most importantly, I got a couple months of stats on the random field theory.  It takes alot of 5 hours days of not getting a single coin to get the coins I did get, but it seems worth it in the end.

Farewell Farewell Fields of Dreams.

Into the Dead Zone, Baby!

Back to the fields of dreams, while it lasts (same site as yesterday), and pulled an 1820 largie pretty much straightaway.  A bit later on, a rosie, and when you are in old fields giving up copper after copper, when you get a silver dime signal, you hope it is a bit better than a rosie.  Tough to be disappointed on a silver coin, but I was on this one.

But keep gridding on and on and on, and eventually we got one baby!.  A badly worn 1840 seated dime!  It was an iffy signal, as it turns out due to the fact it is on the thin side  Then not 10 feet on, a slam dunk silver dime signal, and I say please be a bust or another seated, and there is was, a rather nice 1876 seated dime, and my first ever silver coin in the dead zone (those who read me know that means 1858-1891).  Not a bad amount before, and plenty after, but my first right in the middle.  We’ll take it.  (Someday I’ll write up why I think the dead zone is dead, but that won’t be tonite).

Unbelievable baby!  First ever multi seated day.  A single seated day is awesome in my book.  In fact, I didn’t dig a single seated coin in all of 2013, now I have 2 after about 7 hunts this year.  My season is made already, baby!

 

A Couple of Coppers Today

I’ve only been out a couple of times since the last entry.  Rough weather and a rough life. I didn’t find much on either of those other hunts since 3/3, but I found a couple of coppers today.  This is from the same field site that gave up that bust half last year, and, including today, has given up 7 coppers as well.  Problem is, and I knew this was coming when I got permission on the site, is that my days here are numbered.  Maybe next week.  Such a sweet site.  I never knew field hunting could be so fun and relaxing. Too bad about all that snow, three months lost.

Anyway, here are the coppers.  A totally abused 179x draped bust largie, and a mostly abused 1864 two cent piece.

When I pulled the two-center, I thought it was a half cent.  Nice that it was a two-center instead, as that is in the “dead zone”.  There is hope for dead zone silver here, we’ll see.

By this time last year, I had 75 silvers.  I have 1 so this year, and it is from southern Virginia.  Yeah, the weather has been rough, but it has also caused me to lose momentum and take up other activities, in particular ultra running, which takes alot of time and energy, and Carcassonne, which is cool (and also takes alot of time).  Plus, there is all the yardwork from all the storms.

Now that spring finally appears to be here, I may get more into detecting again, but maybe not.  I have alot of ultra running on the calendar.  I guess we’ll see.  I’m thinking it could be a struggle to meet my goal of 30 silvers this year, but all it takes is one hot site.  Hopefully I’ll find one.

Virginia Silver

Scored my first silver of the year, on 02/27.  Whohoo!  Lets show that one big, strong, and proud, cause I ain’t seen one come out of the ground in a very long time –

There is still too much snow around here to detect, but I took a roadtrip to Mississippi to escape the cold and snow (not with any intent to detect, but I threw my detector in the car just in case), and I stumbled upon a sweet looking site along the way in small, remote town in Virginia.

In the first 5 minutes, I had a bottlecap, wheatie, and silver.  I figure its a 50 to 100 silver site, but I had to press on.  Too bad, cause I don’t know when I’ll be back that way.

I didn’t have a chance to do any other detecting on the trip.  Too bad, cause its still to cold and snow-covered around here.

So, Virginia is my 11th state where I’ve found a silver coin.  Finding silver on the road actually turns out to be kinda hard, cause its not the thing you are gonna waste time researching, so you have to luck into driving by silver sites.  In this case, tho, I might research the site and go back someday (but only if on the way to another goal).

So, I’ve found a total of 8 coins so far this winter.  3 coppers, 2 wheaties, 1 silver, and 2 clads.  Nice ratio, I guess.  Hopefully, winter will be over soon, we’ll see.

The Endless Winter

This is just a test post cause there was an issue with my ISP making posting impossible.

More ice and snow.  Last one was a massive ice storm, knocking out power to our house for 5 days.  It was cold.  It was miserable.  It was actually a bit traumatic for some reason.  You worry about all kinds of bad things happening when the temp in your house is just at freezing for 5 days, and you have no idea when it will be fixed.  I still had the jitters 12 hours on after it was fixed.  It was an ordeal..

Its 7 degrees now, and we have about 6 inches of snow on top of frozen ground.  The whole east cost is gonna get blasted again this week.  The south may go thru ice/power issues like we did.  Knowing what it is like firsthand, my heart goes out to them.  I’m not even thinking of when I’ll ever detect again, which sucks cause this is a metal detecting blog.  I’ve found a total of 6 coins so far this year.

So that all is what it is.  Sometimes life is hard.  I know people live in areas where it is like this most of the winter.  It just isn’t like this around here too often, and I not used to it, and am growing weary of it.

Update

I haven’t detected since the last entry.  Snow, polar vortexes, frozen ground, and so forth.  First month in forever where I have not found a single silver coin.  I don’t expect to get out this weekend either, but its gonna be warmish this weekend, so maybe next week, we’ll see.

Well I guess I could write about politics or something to keep the page going, but I don’t feel like it.  Hopefully I’ll find some silvers next month to have something to put here.

Anyway, happy Imbolc/Groundhog Day/Super Bowl if you celebrate any of those.  I celebrate the latter, and its the only holiday that really matters to me, cause it means we are halfway thru the hell of winter, baby!  The worst is behind us, I think (or hope).

Coppers and other Cruft

Well, it thawed out a bit quicker around here than I expected it to after the last entry.  Two days on from the last post I went out, just to test things, and dealt with a mudfest/rainfest at my mega field site where I pulled the bust half last year.  I detected for 2 hours in random fields, and did not pull a single coin.  Such are the foibles of the Random Field Theory.  You keep telling yourself — if you want big bust silver, these are the hunts you do.

Hunt was called on account of rain, as the E-Trac started to get a bit wonky, as it always does in the rain.  (And I got a bit wonky as well, as I always do in weather less than 90 degrees.

Anyway, yesterday was back extending the same field, with the same results (more or less; at least this time I pulled a crusted zincoln and an abused wheatie — not bad, as these things go, I suppose.  I also pulled some deep copper relics that some ogle over.  I’m not one of those people, so I have only a vague memory of what they were, except that they were sort of floral or something in that vein).

Three and a half hours in I got frustrated, and started just freestyling in the various fields.  Just 5 minutes into one, and 5 minutes before I had to get to work, I hit a copper.  Woohoo.

So, next day, which would be today, I obviously set out for the field that gave up the copper, set up a grid, and got another copper just 5 minutes in.  Are you kidding me?  10 minutes in this field, and I had 2 coppers.

Not soon after, I got a bizarre masonic badge, and a musket ball.  The reales and bust silver weren’t far behind, but I had to go to lunch.

After lunch it was getting bupkis, I mean worse than bupkis.  I was throwing my digger and coins on the ground just to make sure the machine still worked.  2.5 hours of detecting without digging a single target.  Are you kidding me?  Not even junk or ferrous.  Such are the foibles of the Random Field Theory.

But, just at the end of the hunt, just before I had to get back, I got a deep, iffy 11-47 or so, which turned out to be my 2nd copper of the day.  3 coppers over 2 days.  Not bad, as these things go (if you are into these things, that is, and, of course, I’m not).  Projecting that out, that suggests a run rate of 72 coppers this year,  It also projects a run rate of 0 silvers this year.  We’ll see how it goes (In some sense, these Random Field Theory hunts don’t count from a statistical prospective.  I’m doing them cause I’m gonna lose the site soon, and who wouldn’t bang a site that gave up a bust half?).

So, lets break the coppers and cruft down.  Real treasures, don’t we agree –

The first and third coppers are King George III’s, but, like my teenage years, are dateless (except for what’s her name, a story for a different day).  The middle one is even worse, its a UC (mapsurfer.com metal detecting database speak for “unidentifiable copper”.  It likely was some sort of coin at one point, but, more importantly, it counts as a copper for prestige value).  The musket ball is cool, cause musket balls are just cool, and, more importantly, it is consistent with the age of the coppers.

But, that masonic thing is real cool.  It seems sinister, menacing, and benign at the same time.  This is in a field were nothing was coming out but old coppers and musket balls just as old,. and that masonic thing.  I wonder how old it is?  I doubt it is that old, but who knows?  I googled a bit, but wasn’t interested in going down the rabbit hole of mis-informed masonic BS that was coming up on my screen.

Well, it feels like its gonna be a different kind of season this year.  More time looking for bust halfs, and less time looking for bulk silver, but we’ll see.  I could easily see this being a 20 silver season, with at least the chance of something stunning (not that that bust half wasn’t, but you always want more, don’t you?).

But, there’s more.  Well, just a bit more.  Just after lunch, I got that dreaded “Over Voltage” message again, which previously prompted me to assume the OEM battery had given up the ghost, and prompted me to buy the RNB battery, which I’ve been keeping stats on.  I did the usual things, power cycle, pull the battery, and so forth, and nothing helped, so I decided to go home.  As I was walking back to the car, I realised I forgot my gridding cones (yeah, I use these small sports cones to set up my grids), and went back to get them.  Turned on the machine, and it was fine, and I finished off the hunt.

So, the “Over Voltage” occurred when the battery had lost 2 bars.  When I went back, after the machine was off for a while, it was only down one bar, and was fine for the rest of the hunt.  I have read that when the RNB battery starts to lose it, it loses it quick.  Anyway, I decided to recharge it, rather than do the science to see the maximum hours I could get out of it.  As it stands, it gave me 29 hours on one charge (and may have been able to give more), but also gave that “Over Voltage” message when down two bars.  So that’s that; into the zeitgeist of the RNB battery.

Still Frozen

Well, I obviously haven’t updated this page in a while, simply because, between the snow, rain, polar vortexes (WTF?) and general frozen conditions, I haven’t been out since 12/31.  But, it was relatively warm on Friday around here, and yesterday it made it to the mid 60s, so I gave it go today.

But, the ground was still frozen, aside from the top inch or so.  Some guys detect in frozen ground, but I just can’t deal with it.  It takes too long to get the targets out, and you have to chisel with a Lesche or something, and that risks damaging a good coin.  And forget about digging deep, iffy targets.

I got one beautiful signal, that had a good chance of being a copper or silver, but turned out to be a copper colonial buckle.  Those and crotal bells get you every time.  It took me 5-10 minutes to get it, and it wasn’t all that deep.  This is a hobby, and supposed to be fun, not work.

I guess I could clean it up, but I’m not a buckle guy.

So, I guess that “polar vortex” really did a number on our ground, and it could stay frozen for quite some time, even if the daytime temp is above freezing.  I’m imagining a huge block of ice down there that will take forever to thaw, so I may be out of business for a good long while.  We’ll see.

(And, just a note tracking my new battery life, I was out for about 45 minutes today).

Year End Summary

Well, the year is over.  I dug 209 silver coins this year, down from 380 last year, and my personal record of 516 two years ago.  They don’t regenerate, after all. Too bad.

I found 4 coins that made My Best Finds list: an 1821 2 reale, 1875 Indian head, 1803 half reale, and 1830 bust half.  The latter is certainly a highlight of my career, and I still relive the experience of digging it. Here are the pics –

I’m also fairly confident that I dug an 1918/& S SLQ this year, but it is to hard to see with the date worn down, that I doubt the grading services will go for it, so it has to be scored as the really big one that got away.  Too bad.

I dug 13 coppers this year, down from 29 last year.  I’m not big on coppers, and last year was a blowout year in that department.  13 is more or less consistent with where I usually end up.

I dug about 3500 coins this year, compared with 5500 last year, so total activity is down as well.  I get a new digger each year, and the less wear on this year’s digger shows that.  I’d provide a pic, but I just don’t have the time.

One stat that is up is silver blings.  I dug 36 this year, compared to 35 last year.  Go figure.

One stat that is hideous is the wheatie to silver ratio, coming it at 2.91 this year.  Well above historical norms, and driving my career ratio from 2.35 to 2.45.  Not sure what’s going on here with that.  Bad luck?  Economists don’t believe in luck.  More likely aggressive reaching in the face of the decline.

So, that’s that.  It was a good year.  I hope everyone reading this had a good year, and has an even better year next year.

Year End Silver

Got out today for 3 hours, for the final hunt of the season.  My new battery now has 18 hours on its first charge, still with full bars.

Managed to pull a rosie, a large sterling ring that looks like it fell off a suit of armor, and a quarter than someone made into a guitar pick.  That seems pretty bizarre.  Is it a coin or a relic?  All up to the role of the reader (as is everything, of course).

So, that’s that for the season.  Its expected to be bitter cold around here going forward, so that may be it for a long time, as the ground freezes, the E-Trac hates the cold, and so do I.

Oh, and I guess I still have to do the year end summary.  I’ll do that in another post.

More Silver

Pulled 3 more silver coins today, at the site of recent entries.  This is now a 62 silver coin site; my 6th career 60+ silver site.  I didn’t think the B and C class zones at this site had it in them to produce much, but that’s why you get out and swing the coil.  You just never know.  We’ll see how the class D zones do someday.

Not much to say about the hunt, except the first couple were a bit tough to nail.  Got a pretty decent silver signal after about an hour of hunting, and just couldn’t nail it.  Spent about 5 minutes hacking at it, and just couldn’t find it.  Decided to move on, and just a swing later, hit an obvious deep silver Q, which I proceeded to pull.

That gave me confidence to again work that prickly one I couldn’t nail, and sure enough, I got it.  Not sure if it was the confidence of the silver Q, suggesting a one event spill, or the fact the the silver Q prolly pulled the pinpoint off on the first target,  Maybe a combination of these things.  Who knows?  Who cares, so long as the silver is flying out of the ground?  (Well, I care; but that is for another time).

Well, all I can say is that it is nice that we are now having our typical December weather around here, and I’m able to hunt during this holiday period.  Didn’t look so good 2 weeks ago.  Today’s hunt was 4.5 hours, putting the total time on my new battery at 15 hours, without a charge.  Still full bars.  Who’s taking the over/under on 30 hours?  I know I’m taking the under, but, we’ll see.