For the first time in a few weeks, I was able to get out and hunt today. I knew in advance that I only had time for a short hunt, but nonetheless I wanted to get out anyways.
I got to a local park that I've hunted before with little success. It is VERY trashy, and I knew that going in. In the past, I have dug a few memorials and a LOT of trash. However, knowing the short amount of time I had, I decided to hunt along the walkway into the park.
I start up the Ace 250 in all metal mode, sensitivity 5 and I'm off. Shortly after I start I get a silver signal, but it's jumpy. I figured it was probably trash but I decided to dig anyways.
It was. A bottle cap to "Blue Label," but probably not Johnny Walker...
I continue, and get a good solid penny hit. I dig, and out pops a really dirty penny from about 4 inches deep.
I rub just a bit....a 1958 Wheatie...I'll take it!
I continue a short distance down the side of the walkway, and all of a sudden the Ace starts going crazy on a dime signal. It's telling me it's 4 to 6 inches down, and it's hitting on it solid.
I start digging, hoping it's something good. As I dig down, I don't even have to break out the pinpointer....I see silver....
I pick up the round, metallic disc, hoping it is what I think it is... Could it be, my first silver dime?
YES IT WAS....A 1950 Roosevelt Dime.
To say I was elated is an understatement. I couldn't believe it. My first silver dime.
I'm sure some of you can attest how excited you were the first time you found any of your first silver coins. I have 2 silver Jefferson Nickels under my belt, but this was my first dime, so imagine my excitement.
The next signal was a memorial. Ok, I'll take it.
A few feet down from that (I'm now about 50 feet in on the walkway) is another solid dime hit. I'd take clad at this point, but I dig anyways.
Clad? Huh. A 1957 Rosie.
I pocket it, elated, and check the area again. Another signal! A pocket spill? For the Love of God I hope so...
Another memorial. Oh well, close enough.
I left that park today with 3 memorials, the wheatie, and the 2 Rosie's. This was all in less than an hours time. Now, is that all I dug? No. I also left with a few beaver tail pull tabs, some canslaw, and a lot of old glass. However, for me, this was easily my best day ever, for what I found in such a short hunt. Be sure I will be returning to those walkways!
Now, I have to say I was pretty impressed with the Ace 250 today in all metal mode. I found that any time a signal hit on silver but jumped, it was trash. As well, any time it hit on a solid penny or dime signal, it was just that. I'm still in the market for a more powerful detector; however, today, between finding what I did and digging some clean plugs, it was a great day, and all in less than an hour.
I LOVE this hobby...
Now that I'm done ranting on my hunt, I want to make mention of some metal detecting websites. I've mentioned some forums/sites in the past, but since then many new ones have popped up, and I want to make mention of them.
There are honestly so many metal detecting websites and forums that I don't have the time to participate in all of them, as much as I would like to. However, there are a few that I visit regularly.
The first, and one of the best I have found, is We Detect. We Detect is a social media website for metal detectorists, set up in a similar fashion to Facebook. You can have your own page, put up finds on your wall, and make friends with fellow detectorists. It is honestly one of, if not the best metal detecting social media sites that are out there now. If you haven't already, I strongly suggest you check it out and sign up. It's awesome.
The next one I frequent often is the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum. This forum is huge, and there are a lot of great people there, all of whom are happy to help with detector purchases, give tips, ID finds, and talk about the hobby. I'd say it's probably one of the largest MD forums on the Internet right now.
The next one is region based, but if you live in the Northeast, as I do, check it out. It's the Northeast Metal Detecting Forum. This forum is linked to Streeter's Electronics, a New Hampshire based metal detector store owned by George Streeter. Here, you can talk about MDing in the Northeast, find out about B.O.N.E. (Best of the Northeast, a show and hunts that I missed this year), and as well meet some great people.
There are several other sites out there that I do visit, including:
Metal Detector Reviews
Adventures with Jim
If you don't frequent any of these sites, check them out. They're really useful in finding out a lot of information about metal detecting, and as well for talking about the hobby when you're not out actually hunting. There may be more dedicated to your region as well, so check them out using Google or Yahoo! and typing in "metal detecting in..." and wherever you live. You may find sites that I haven't mentioned here.
That's it for now. Always feel free to drop a line, and thanks for listening.
This is Treasure Noir saying Happy Hunting! Have a great weekend all...