Treasure Finds and Stories
360 and Still Counting
Last week I had the opportunity to hunt on a family member's property for the first time. Their property is adjacent to the first house built in their community which dates back to sometime in the 1700’s. I started out by finding two wheats along with a few other pennies from the early 70’s. I eventually pulled up my first Mercury dime, a 1941. I couldn't have been more excited because I've only been detecting for just over a month and this was the oldest silver that I had found. About 10 minutes later I got a fairly weak signal but strong enough that I felt I should dig it. As I was going through the plug I saw what I first thought was another dime but then realized that it was smaller than a dime. Not wanting to scratch it up, I put it in with my other coins and decided I would wash it off when I got home.
I was expecting that it was probably a 3 Cent piece like I had just seen in my brother's book of coins that he has found detecting over the last 35 years. Much to my surprise after washing it off and spending a few minutes with a coin book, it ended up being an 1834 Capped Half Dime. For me being a newbie, I'm very excited about this find.
I would have liked to have stayed longer but I was relying on the light from my Pro Pointer during my last couple of digs. I plan on going back in the next week or so. What makes this even more exciting is that the gentleman that owns the house next door which is the oldest house in the community came out shortly after I found the Merc and asked how I was doing. I expect that he's probably pushing 80 years old and was very personable. I told him about finding the Merc and he proceeded to spend about 5 minutes or so telling me the history of his house and the surrounding area. Near the end of our conversation he said "feel free to look around over on my property". I told him that I was chasing daylight but would definitely love to come back sometime. He said "come back anytime". Needless to say I can't wait to see what else I may find.
I took my X-TERRA 705 out of the box on May 14, 2010 and have found 360 coins so far. I could not be more impressed with this product.