Silver hunt – 31 March
The weather for the day was supposed to be sunny, in the 70s with light winds. In other words, an absolutely perfect day for some metal detecting. Work took me out of town which would mean I lose a part of the hunting day in the name of earning an income. I took the opportunity to take the Equinox back over an old silver producing site for a few hours.
A previous favorite site
This a site I’ll call “CHP”. Evan Granger (aka gonehunting for history) and myself first hunted this site about four years ago and it was unbelievable. We finished every hunted a dozen+ wheats plus Indian Head cents, plus numerous silvers. We hunted this site every chance we could as long as the finds kept coming. It was hunted with E-Tracs, CTXs, AT-Pros and Deus. To say we covered the grounds is an understatement.
Fast forward to the end of last year when business took me back to this area. Since I was there I decided I might as hunt it again to kill some time. I didn’t expect to find much, but the grounds opened up once more. I pulled more Indians, more wheats and more silver. It was had to believe this was the site we previously hunted to the point of no longer making any old finds.
Return to try again
Now to today’s hunt with the Minelab Equinox 800. With only 13 hours on the EQX800 I know I still have a lot to learn but I’ve been highly impressed with the abilities of this detector. It’s strength of sensitivity and speed also make it difficult to transition into. Even moderately trashy sites are a sea of sounds. The amount of iron and aluminum in the soil is staggering. As I begin working my way through the site, I listen for the fainter tones of nickels, pennies and silver.
My first target is solidly in the cent zone TIDs of 22/23/24 and the pinpoint VCO shows its deeper (at least its not a screaming surface target). Digging the plug reveals a wheat cent with a beautiful green patina. It certainly was a good way to start the hunt. After an hour of digging clad and trash I hit my next wheat cent. This one was deep, about 8 – 9 inches and the TID was erratic. It was like I was getting a half dozen responses on every pass. It would be as low as 2 and as high as 25 but there was a high tone present in every sweep, and the response was over the exact spot every time. Add to those two traits that it registered very low in pinpoint mode told me I probably had a deep coin.
The hits keep coming
Soon after I hit a smooth, almost perfect TID of 13 (nickel) with a deeper pinpoint response. I wasn’t disappointed when I uncovered a great condition Buffalo nickel. After digging a few more “beaver tails” that love to mimic deep nickels, I got another deep one that turned out to be a “V” Nickel.
Finally, my last good target was another of those deep coin signals. Jumpy TID numbers and tones but always present was that repeating high tone. Even if it was clipped in one direction of swinging it was always there. This one was proved to be another 8 – 9 inch deep coin, but this one had the beautiful white shine through the dirt. A little water revealed my second Barber Dime of the year.
So, 3 hours of hunting produced 2 wheats, 2 old nickel and one silver dime along with a couple old lead bullets and an old boyscout pin. It wasn’t a great hunt but it certainly was a good hunt. The old nickels are always fun to find just for the age and the design, and of course, any hunt that ends with silver is a good hunt!
Good luck and happy hunting!