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Old 05-17-2018, 11:34 AM
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Default Park Hunt - First Silver Spill & First Quarter!

I had some time available to hunt on Tuesday evening, but since we had a ton of rain that day and the night before I knew I couldn't go back to the farm field I've been spending most of my time in - I'd have a couple inches of mud stuck to my boots before I walked 10 feet! With no permissions that were easily accessible for an evening hunt, I had to decide between a couple of public spaces - no time to do both, especially since they were in opposite driving directions. One was a park I had been to two or three times before - trashy and almost no keepers, not even clad, but one trip resulted in my oldest coin The other was a new-to-me old school site in an out of the way town.

Well, I decided to go with the park - I figured it was closer, giving me more time to swing…plus I was curious to see if all the rain would improve signals and change my luck at the site. On top of all that, there were still plenty of areas at the park that were still new for me.

There used to be a farm house at the park, so I initially focused my hunt around it. I started in what used to be the backyard area, and the very first signal was pretty nice sounding high tone, reading in the 4" depth range. Too bouncy to be a coin or similar for that depth, but too good to ignore. So I dug down, past 4" and on to 6" - I already knew I had something bigger than a coin, and I was starting to suspect trash, not only because of the deeper than suggested depth, but also the pinpointer was hitting on a wider area the more I dug. At 6" I reached a big silvery object that turned out to be a pretty cool makeup compact - I opened it once when I got home, and it still had a metal tray inside along with a strip of fabric that was attached to a metal tab. I can't open it again - unfortunately, I realized that the hinges weren't turning, it was just the metal bending at the hinge, and one broke in the process

After that find, the trash started coming out in droves. A few of the signals sounded very good and ended up yielding bits of copper pipe & fittings that'll go into the scrap bucket. Soon after the makeup case, I hit on the bike sprocket and two steps later came the bike brake handle..."Holy Schwinn, I'm gonna go home with a whole bike at this rate", I said out loud to myself! And I promised myself if the next signal was a bike seat, I was switching to the sledding hill! No bike seat, but the trash kept coming - I kept digging some of the less iffy signals knowing it was probably junk, mostly on the assumption that "you never know", plus I figured it might help unmask other targets. And I'm still learning my machine, so it's worth it to me to confirm my guesses still. Among the trash, the back of the former house grudgingly gave up the spike from a weather vane or iron fence and a piece of an old cap gun in addition to the copper bits and makeup case...not a lot to write home about.

The sun was getting close to kissing the horizon, and I was getting tired of digging junk with limited reward. I spent a couple minutes debating just wrapping up and heading home, but like the previous visit here, I decided to stick it out and just move positions. This time I left the home site behind, and moved to a section of the park that I hadn't hunted before. The very first signal I ran across was a steady high tone, compact enough for a coin, but the VDI seemed too jumpy - ranging mostly from 82-90, even an occasional 78 popped in. Honestly, the signal looked a lot like some of the can slaw/metal scrap I had spent an hour digging up - except this signal showed 6" depth. Have to dig this one...

I cut the plug deeper than normal anticipating that I might just have deep trash. I flipped the plug, and swiped the hole with the detector again, and the target was still in the hole - still a high tone, and still jumpy, but much less so, 80-85. The pinpointer sounded off immediately and solid at the bottom of the hole, easily the full 6" down - a gentle pop with my digger, and out comes a clump with a nice sized silver rim! I instantly knew I had my first silver quarter! I was elated!! I was beginning to think a silver quarter was going to be my white whale, as I went all last year without one

After a couple field pics, I popped the quarter into my pouch - I could see it was a GW through the dirt, but I never rub silver in the field, so the date needed to wait! But I was so ecstatic about the find that I did start to make a different rookie mistake - I already had the dirt back into the whole and the plug flipped back into place before I suddenly thought, "Wait a minute....why the heck did a silver quarter ring so jumpy...and why did it ring relatively low even once the plug was turned??"

I swung the detector over the spot again, and sure enough...solid high tone, 80-81. Reopened the plug, and in no time I had a Merc! Woohoo! My first silver spill!! Swing over the hole yet again, 80 high tone. I had to fish around a bit more to find the Wheatie camouflaged in the dirt to round out the old 36 cent spill! After getting home and rinsing, the silver is in pretty nice shape, especially the Merc. All three coins being from the early 40s suggests it was a drop from around then - maybe as late as the 50s. Interestingly, I've now found more Mercs than Rosies in my short one year experience with detecting!

I continued to hunt for a little while after the spill, and got a little clad and a key. Among the clad was a 1960D and 1962D Memorial cent, so there’s potential for more silver – looks like I’ll have to go back!
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:03 PM
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Really nice finds! Congrats!

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Old 05-17-2018, 01:16 PM
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Congrats on the silver and spill! Some nice finds there!

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Old 05-17-2018, 01:36 PM
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You need to go back and find the War Nickel to go with that haul

Great job and way to re scan the hole

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Old 05-17-2018, 02:24 PM
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Congrats on the silver spill,and the other good finds.You got a good park that’s still producing good finds!
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:12 PM
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Congrats on the finds, nice write-up too.

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Old 05-17-2018, 04:32 PM
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:20 PM
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Sweet spill you uncovered there! Thanks for the pictures and write up. Goes to show that there are treasures under those weird bouncy signals. Sometimes there is a penny next to that silver quarter. Good instincts to dig it.

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Great spill! Looks like you cleaned every last bit of metal out of there!

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Congrats on the silver.
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I could not agree with you anymore that is a very trashy Park. Congratulations on the silver spill I left that there just for you. and that is a nice makeup compact. Keep up the good work pulling out the trash maybe I will get lucky and find something there too.

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Nice finds! Good luck on finding more coin spills.

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Old 05-18-2018, 10:37 AM
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Nice spill! I'll find one one day and you better believe it will be posted here!
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by SoOregonMd View post
You need to go back and find the War Nickel to go with that haul

Great job and way to re scan the hole
Absolutely! Sure looks like a WWII era spill, doesn't it? And maybe a steel cent in with that War Nickel Yep, I got so carried away by the excitement of my first silver quarter, I almost forgot to rescan...MDing 101: Always rescan the hole!

Originally Posted by woodbutcher View post
Congrats on the silver spill,and the other good finds.You got a good park that’s still producing good finds!
Thanks Wood! That park definitely seems to have some surprises left - proves the idea that places are never really "hunted out".

Originally Posted by Junkminer View post
Congrats on the finds, nice write-up too.
Thanks Junkminer - glad you enjoyed the write up!


Originally Posted by Stiffwrists View post
Sweet spill you uncovered there! Thanks for the pictures and write up. Goes to show that there are treasures under those weird bouncy signals. Sometimes there is a penny next to that silver quarter. Good instincts to dig it.
Thanks Stiffwrists! Spills are always a little tricky that way - easy to convince yourself it might be trash, especially if it isn't deep. If it stays high tone when jumpy, and pinpoints as a coin size/shape, etc...you pretty much gotta dig it and find out

Originally Posted by TundraPlugger View post
Great spill! Looks like you cleaned every last bit of metal out of there!
Ohhhh....I only wish I had! Truth be told, I probably only succeeded in making Dan B.'s life a lot easier the next time he hits that park!!


Originally Posted by Dan B. View post
I could not agree with you anymore that is a very trashy Park. Congratulations on the silver spill I left that there just for you. and that is a nice makeup compact. Keep up the good work pulling out the trash maybe I will get lucky and find something there too.
I knew you would know the place by just by reading the story! Thanks for leaving that one behind for me - I've returned the favor by eliminating half the trash in the top 5" for your next trip!

Originally Posted by Rigoler012 View post
Nice finds! Good luck on finding more coin spills.
Thanks Rigoler! I've found a few spills lately. Just last week I got a 50s spill, a nickel and 3 Wheats, all from the early 50s except a '37 Wheat. Also got a couple clad spills the week before. The goody content of the spills seems to be increasing for me...I like that trend!

Originally Posted by StratTone View post
Nice spill! I'll find one one day and you better believe it will be posted here!
Just a matter of time for you, StratTone...don't be afraid to dig some of those bouncy VDI signals if the tone quality seems right. Spills rarely create solid VDI numbers, especially if a non-silver nickel is in the mix - that can really drag the VDI and overall tone down and make it sound trashy.

Originally Posted by cellrdwellr View post
Really nice finds! Congrats!
Originally Posted by Vermonster View post
Congrats on the silver and spill! Some nice finds there!
Originally Posted by beephead View post
Nice going!

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Originally Posted by MoBob View post
Congrats on the silver.
Originally Posted by ynnek4 View post
Awesome silver!
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it!

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Old 05-19-2018, 08:04 AM
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very nice finds. Makes digging up the junk worthwhile and keeps us back out hunting the next time.

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