Family is doing a mall crawl (something I will not do under any circumstances, especially this time of year), so I got to do some detecting this morning. I may even get to tomorrow morning if it doesn’t rain.
Anyway, a member of our Facebook club put together a hunt for this morning, it was an hour and a quarter drive for me, but I decided what the hell, I just wanted to meet some of the other people.
I had no time to do any research on the site, and had no idea where to go, so I just started milling around these woods more or less where everyone else was, and was finding nothing. As far as I could read the terrain, the woods were second growth (reclaimed farmland), so it was like hunting a farm field. I couldn’t even get iron nulls, and if you ain’t gettin’ that, the odds of getting anything else at an old site are between slim and none.
Eventually I did find where an old house was, you can tell from the domestic vegetation, bricks, and so forth, and most importantly, constant iron nulls. So I focused there for quite some time, carefully gridding, and still got nothing but junk. I did have one heart pounding moment when I found a small ceramic jar with a metal lid, I says, ok here is my first cache, but it was empty.
I was about 2 hours in, and still had not found a single coin or other keeper. These sorts of hunts can be like this, and more often than not they are for me.
Burnt out on constant nulling/TTF, I decided to go into the purer woods from the homesite grass for some peace, got a 12-43 which I figured was a wheatie or a copper, but it turned out to be an abused 1919 merc. Are you kidding me? Just randomly in the woods when the homesite turned up bupkis.
Then I found an old road bed, and this was something worth focusing on, and I hit a spill of a wheatie and a 1946 Q. On the board with my second silver of the day. Two ahead of what I expected. There was also a huge hunk of iron in the hole. First I got the iron, and I said, are you kidding me? I hear silver in here. Scanned again, got the wheatie. Scanned again, got the Q.
Found another old roadbed and got another weird signal, but I heard silver in there. I pulled out of that hole 2 coppers fused together, a silver dime (1913 Canadian), and a huge hunk of iron.
The above pic shows the coppers fused together. I cannot identify either one. Here is a side view of the fusion –
After forcing the coppers apart, I still can’t identify them. Since they were shallow, were in a hole with a Canadian dime, and rang a little light (12-40 range), I’m think the possibility is that they are Canadian large cents (tho some early 1800 American LCs have been pulled from this site by others), who knows? The one with the X looks like it has a bust, the other looks like a mirror image of that bust. The one with the X also looks like it has the LC wreath on the back. I’ll never know; scored as unidentifiables/smoothies.
One final thought on the iron. At sites like this, it seems if you are not getting lots of iron junk, your odds of a silver or copper are low (occasionally you get a random one in the woods for fields, but that is rare, at least for me).
Below is the iron I had to deal with in 2 of the 3 holes with silver. The Q is for size reference. The smaller piece was on top of the wheatie and the Q in that hole, and the E-Trac still heard the silver; the larger piece was in the hole with that Canadian dime and fused copper pair.
All in all a fine morning hunt when I did not expect to find anything.