Why We Hunt Fields

By: Anonymous

We have used our E-TRACs in many settings, parks, private homes and other venues. One of our favorite places is in farm fields where old houses, schools or churches once stood. If you have not tried this, I heartily recommend you giving it a try. On this day we had hunted one field and did not find much, so we went out to check another site I had found on the 1874 map and I could see the brick in the field from the car.


Since this was in another county I was not sure who owned it but had a hunch that it was the same farmer who gave us permission for a lot of his fields. A quick drive back took us back to his equipment barn to check if anyone was there and fortunately his son was. I talked to him and he told me yes they owned that field too and “to have at it”. We did not have much time left so we quickly drove back and I quickly found two wheat cents and some artifacts but after 45 minutes we had to go.

So a few days later we got back to it and the farmer’s son was disking the field but had already done the area we wanted to hunt, as he made another pass close to us I asked if it was a problem and he laughed and said “go ahead” so we started.

Within a couple of minutes I got another wheat cent, a crusty 1917. Making another line I got a bouncy 12-37 which turned out to be a very nice 1904 Indian. Diane had found a wheat cent a bit earlier.

I found some buttons and some neat relics when Diane called me and gave me the silver signal. I went over and she had dug a nice 1907 Barber Dime! After a while with just more buttons I got a good 12-46 13-47 signal and I was digging it when Diane called out and said she had a token or something. I went over leaving my stuff and saw she had a copper disc with a figure of a Standing Woman and the word “Libertad” above her. Looked amazingly like a version of the Standing Liberty Quarter, Diane came over to see what I had and out popped a silver disk the size of a quarter.

I laughed and said Oh it is probably one of those Shell Tokens. She bent over for a closer look and said No that is definitely a Silver Quarter. Well, she was right. A beautiful Standing Liberty Quarter is what it was, clear date which at first almost looked like the rare 1918 over 1917 and I could tell it had a mint mark but could not see it clearly. The 1918 over 1917 is an S mint mark. It turns out to be the a very nice semi key 1918-D.

Unfortunately a couple of scrapes slight mar the finish of this Extremely Fine condition coin but nevertheless it is still a beauty and I am glad to have it!

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