Treasure Finds and Stories
Sept. 12, 2013: My detecting buddy and I went to a new park that is on a 1905 map of the area. I saw some plugs that had been made probably the day before, and they were filled in but pretty obvious. Disappointing. So we started using our CTX 3030's near where those plugs were to see how good they did. HA! They missed plenty of easy clad near most of the plugs we saw. I got some karma by re-digging a hole my friend gave up on and I said "you can have what's down here, I just wanna see what the machine was seeing." It turned out to be a 1905 Indian in really excellent shape! It was down 6 inches, so we knew that any targets 6 or more inches were the good stuff.
We went for 4 hours and only got a bunch of clad, 5 wheats between us (mine were 1916 S, 1919, and dateless) and another Indian. I was doing my grid, and got a deep hit, showing 7 inches that seemed to be close to silver dollar/silver half numbers, and it was really solid. I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic. So I dug down and on the bottom edge of the hole I saw the glint of silver(because I nicked the edge DOH!). I said OMG some silver down there, finally! It looked like a dime so I was even more careful in extraction, and popped the clod with the silver in it. TWO stacked Barber quarters fell out!!! I was shaking, I couldn't believe it, another first and it was a double! The dates are 1898 plain and 1899 O, in about a very fine grade with decent details(you can see all the letters of liberty in the headband). No wonder the machine thought it was a half with all the silver down there! I was using the CTX 3030 silver mode at the time with Manual at 23, but my friend had checked the undug signal in Combined/FE coin in Auto and still got the hit. Love this machine's capabilities and hitting coins DEEP!