I had not set any goals for the year other than finding a Seated Liberty coin. I knew it would be challenging to top last year's 299 silver coins, especially since I hunt the same sites all the time. In fact, in 2010 I think only three or four of my hunts were on private property. Everything else came from parks and schools. In November alone though, I found over 20 Indian Head cents, so I set a late goal of having 50 for the year, but the cold came too quickly and I only ended up with 47.
Important factors in my results for 2010 were:
1) Learning my detector more and honing in on deeper, less solid signals.
2) Lack of new sites, squeaking more out of the same old places.
3) Avoided digging shallow clad coins, spending time seeking deep old targets.
4) Spent more time at the heavily hunted, oldest parks seeking old coins.
About $140 in clad coins (last year was nearly $350)
Over 1,500 total coins and tokens.(last year was over 4,700)
167 silver coins, (last year, 299)
575 wheat cents (last year, 1244)
Many pieces of silver jewelry and one gold ring.
A lot of firsts for me in 2010. I finally found a Seated Liberty coin, it's in terrible condition, but that's fine by me. It's great to cross it off the list. I also found my first "fatty" Indian Head cent, dated 1862 and also of that era my first 3-ringer minie ball. Other firsts included a Chinese cash coin and Canada bank tokens and large cent.
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