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.

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