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Last week of April metal detecting hunt report

Last week of April metal detecting hunt report

Last week of April metal detecting hunt report

OK, so I’m going to combine several hunts from this week into a single, end of April metal detecting hunt post.  We’ve been getting a bit of rain across the region over the last week, so the ground is nicely hydrated to help all those deep targets get noticed.

The first place I went back to was the new permission at the house my friend owns.  I was hoping that after removing so much trash last week that another hunt would reveal some more goodies.  Unfortunately, that didn’t prove to be the case.  The only items dug this time around were trash, although I’m still not 100% done with it.  It’s a small yard, so I’ll probably pop back in to search a couple more time just for the sake of being thorough.

Watch for construction

As I drove around looking for new places to search, I saw ground work being done at a park across from my  {wheaty spill site} location.  Always, always, always get your coil over fresh dirt any time you can.  In this case they were putting in a small parking spot and a sidewalk.  Stripping off the top few inches of soil gets rid of the majority of modern trash so there’s less distraction, less items to mask deeper ones, and of course it gets you several more inches of depth!

While I waited for the work crew to finish and move out, I began hunting the curb strip at a place I call the “CTA” site.  Now, this is a site I have hunted many times over the years.  I first hunted it with the E-Trac, then I hunted it more with the CTX.  I have pulled a lot of wheat cents and silver from there in the past so I thought it was worth the time to search it again with the Equinox.  Long story short, I didn’t find anything at the ground clearing, but I found plenty at the “CTA” location!

Old site + new detector = new finds

Note for all hunters, it always pays to dig coins at ALL depths until you learn how things are layered at any particular site.  At this spot, I knew that the old coins could be on the surface.  I have recovered wheats and even silver barely covered with dirt from here in the past.  With this in mind I began the search.  First target was right next to the street, BAM! wheat cent, only a few inches deep.  Then another.  As I worked my way along the strip I dug the usual trash and modern clad.  This stuff sure does multiply over the years!

silver dime

Then I heard a great tone mixed in the aluminum trash.  I couldn’t isolate it in pinpoint mode, but I could single it out using very short coil sweeps (aka the “Minelab wiggle”).  There was a Mercury dime, and not very deep!  Working my way to the corner I got a jumbled high tone that showed a lot of promise for a quarter.  Again, I think I missed this one all the other times because of the dense trash it was hiding in.  After pinpointing, I broke open a clod of dirt to see a beautiful Barber Quarter staring up at me.  Freed after 100+ years in the ground.

1909 silver quarterdeep, old Buffalo nickel

I worked my way up the next block with more shallow wheat cents and a couple more Mercury dimes.  Along the way I also had numerous deep nickel targets which turned out to be several WW2 era Jeffersons, a 1919 Buffalo and a 1905 V-nickle.  The most surprising target turned out to be 9 wheat cents in a single hole!  I’m not sure how that one was ever missed in the past, but it was.  It was also a clear “dig me” signal on the Equinox detector.

9 wheat cents in a plug

Some days are silver, some aren’t

I was excited about the latest finds from this spot I had worked over in the past. I eagerly looked forward to the next section I planned on hunting that Saturday.  When I started the next hunt, again my first target was a wheat cent.  I took that as a good sign of more great recoveries to follow, but sadly, that was the only old coin recovered this day.  Despite lots of digging and listening for the hidden coins everything else was trash or modern clad.  I had  the briefest renewal of hope when I dug a ring but after clearing away the dirt I could tell it was just costume junk.

costume jewelry

Overall, they were good hunts.  Even the last one was more experience in listen for gems among the sea of trash.  It can take hundreds of hours of use to really develop the ear for the language of a particular detector.  I’m up to 50 hours so far. Still a ways to go before I feel I will have a true understanding of this Minelab Equinox, despite what I’ve learned so far.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting! – SilverFiend

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