Treasure Finds and Stories
The Very First Coin Find With My Detector Was Silver!!!
JW-Just wanted to write and say "THANK YOU!" Recently, while searching for a new detector, you guided me toward the Minelab Explorer II. I have owned over ten different makes and models of detector over the past decade, and I was excited to try the Explorer II. After a month of nice weather, here in Ohio, UPS delivered my new Explorer just in time for 14 days nonstop of rain and thunderstorms. Just my luck! I have been cooped up in the house with my face pressed against the window like a kid at Christmas waiting for the sun to come out so I can play with my new toy.
Finally, a few evenings ago, we were given a several hour break between raindrops and I used the time to break out the new Explorer! Seeing as I didn't have much time to detect before the next big downpour, I decided to stay at home and detect my own yard. Talk about beating a dead horse. I have hit my yard a hundred times with the various other detectors that I have owned. (No, this isn't another story about making a big find in a worked out yard) After finding a few pieces of aluminum from a soda can that was recently chopped up by my lawn tractor, I decided to head over to the neighbor's house. I have wanted to detect there for years, but the old neighbors weren't about to have it. Fortunately, they decided to move out, and the new owners were a little more receptive to my request.
The original portion of the main house was rumored to be late 1800's. The remainder of the house was a large, newer addition. Being the first time I had the detector out of the box, and not being familiar with the Explorer, I was running it in Quickstart Digital mode. Prior to this outing, I had taken a few of my old coin finds and tested them on my basement floor to see how the Explorer responded. (I really love the ferrous reading on the digital mode, by the way). Anyhow, I walked into the neighbor's back yard, set the coil on the ground, and began to sweep. I had not been in the yard more than 5 minutes before I received a strong, high coin tone. Looking at the meter, I saw the familiar high 20's digital indication with a ferrous content of zero. I knew from my testing in my basement with my old silver coins that I might just want to dig this signal. Using the pinpoint feature on the Explorer and my trusty brass coin probe, I quickly located the target at about 6 inches. Carefully digging a plug to retrieve the target, I soon spotted a quick glimpse of silver in the hole. After a few handfuls of mud were removed, I knew I had a quarter-sized object covered with dirt in my hand.
To my very pleasant surprise, I wiped away the dirt to uncover a Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar. I would love to tell you what year it is, but as you can tell by the pictures, the date is worn away entirely. The very first coin find with my detector was silver! Wow. I sure hope this is a sign of good things to come with the Explorer II.
I cannot say thanks enough to you, JW. Thanks for turning me on to a stellar detector and thank you for all of the many tips you have given me since I have purchased it. It is nice to buy from a person who has actually used the detector, and has enough experience with it to help me cut past the learning curve and right into productive treasure hunting. Happy Hunting!Chris S. Akron, Ohio