Treasure Finds and Stories
MXT Pro finds 316 Quarters, 457 Dimes, 49 Nickels, 997 Pennies and more
FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO IDAHO AND BACK
Hi my name is Dwight Reed I am from Vista, California. I have been detecting for almost three years and am now vice president of the San Diego Treasure Seekers, it is our local detecting club in Escondido, California.
I now have seven different metal detectors and enjoy hunting the local parks and beaches in this area. My favorite detector, to date, to use in the parks is the new White’s MXT Pro with my S.E.F. Butterfly coil. I bought these from Kellyco and they are an exceptional combo very easy to set up and the result is very rewarding.
That's where my story begins.
I enjoy RV'ing, camping, and metal detecting along the way. My favorite places are old fair grounds, parks and of course KOA Camp grounds. They for the most part always have tent sites that have always been very productive especially outside of California. Hardly anyone detects these campgrounds and there are so many to choose from. I always ask for permission and show them my tools of the trade so far I have never been denied access while I am camped at these spots. If I find a very good campground I will normally stay an extra day. I'm also always on the lookout for old parks along the way while I travel. Normally I take three weeks to a month traveling the RV each trip since I retired, coming home with $75.00 to $100.00 in coins alone. When I got into Oregon I planned my trip so I would get into Sweet Home to take the tour of the White’s manufacturing plant. I called the company in the morning and asked for customer service and Mary Hudson set up the tour for 2:00pm that same day. The tour took approximately one and a half hours. I had a great time talking to all of santa's helper in all the different departments. Mary even made sure I meet the C.E.O. for White's
The off the Washington state but I didn’t have a lot of luck there, so after two days I left there and headed to Idaho. While in northern Idaho visiting my sister in law I found an old fairground in the city of Bonners Ferry. I went there the following morning. After an hour or so I found 8 to 10 dollars in coins. While there a fellow came up to me and stated I would probably not find anything except junk because that is all he had ever found detecting this same area. I asked him what brand detector he was using. I helped him set it up and gave him a couple pointers. Off we went in different directions. A while later we got together and share our finds. He had approximately two dollars and I had added another five dollars to my total. My total for that morning was fifteen dollars and a lot of junk. My best find was a half dozen wheat pennies the oldest one a 1911 and a buffalo nickel in good shape for a 1930. I told him how much I like my White's MXT Pro with the seven tone ID and the threshold feature, and the S.E.F. coil. I let him listen to the different tones. From what I could tell he was sold. Especially when he asked where he could get one. I told him I got mine from Kellyco in Florida. The butterfly coil is also sold through them. The coil comes in different sizes. Kellyco made me a package deal and I saved over one hundred dollars on the detector.
The next day it rained almost the whole day but rest was needed.
The second day out after the rain I was finding some older and deeper things, especially after I recovered most of the shallow coins and junk the first day out. Most of my finds the second day out were at the 4” to 6” range and a few at 7” and deeper. I also discovered most of the coins were in very good shape for being that deep. The only thing I could think of would be the type of soil in the area. In a couple of hours I found another eight dollars and two rings before it started to rain and I had to stop for the day. The next day out I started my day detecting at an old school. The building must have been built on a gravel pit. I only found a couple dollars in coins and a half dozen wheat pennies and one 1940 dime.
I returned to the old fairground. After all the rain from two days before, I slowed down and tightened my grid and listened for those wispy sounds of deeper targets. This paid off. I found a 1957 half dollar, 1948 quarter, 1957, 1961 nickel, 9 more wheat pennies and 3 Canadian coins. After I pretty well cleaned out the fairgrounds I found another place along the highway before you enter Canada. This is Smith Lake and campground about four miles off the main highway.
The next morning after the fog lifted and the sun came out I was off hunting around the lake. This lake is about 50 to 60 years old. From what I could tell no one has ever detected here. There were just as many coins in the tent camping sites as were in the parking areas in front of the tent sites. You could hardly take two steps without hearing a target. After about four hours I was getting a little tired and something told me to head down to the boat dock. I no more started to detect when I got a loud silver target. Approximately 4” down I found a 1944 mercury dime in extremely good shape. A few minutes later I found a real nice silver earring and a few more Wheaties. So I called it a day.
On the return trip back to southern California and home I took a different route. The first night we stayed at the KOA in Deer Lodge, Montana. After getting settled it was already cold and windy outside, for there was snow on the mountains. I only had one hour before sunset. At the far end of the park there is a stream and what looked like an old house foundation only a few rocks left in place. After about 20 minutes of hunting I found a few coins and then I got a strange signal about six inches down. I retrieved the item carefully and found a very old bullet casing. I could tell it was a size and type I had never seen before. Ten minutes later I had the same signal again at the same depth. It turned out to be another shell casing of the same vintage. I kept detecting until dark. The next morning I hunted the tent area for about an hour until it was a time to pack and head south for the Salt Lake Utah and another KOA campground adventure.
In Utah at the KOA campground the next afternoon I hunted for three four hours all together. I had very good luck and found approximately twelve dollars in coins by that evening. I was a happy camper/detector. From there it was off to my sister in law and Arizona and the return home.
After returning home I went to a local gun shop and found out what the bullet casing was from. It turned out to be a 50-70 Government Remington rolling block carbine that was issued between 1866-1873. The only thing I could think of was that someone was hunting buffalo in years past.
I can't wait to use my new MX Pro in England next August and see if it does a better job than my old M-6 did in 2010.
MY FINDS FOR THIS TRIP
316 Quarters, 457 Dimes, 49 Nickels, 997 Pennies
Best Finds 1-50 cent 1957, 1-25 cent 1948, 2-10 cent 1940 & 1944, 3-5 cent 1930, 1957, 1961, 24-1 cent Wheaties the oldest 1911, 1925, 1929, 24 tokens, 3 rings, 2- very old shell casings.