Dave called this morning and said he and Anthony were headed over to a park nearby. I wasn't feeling so good (I have a cold) and dang it was cold outside, but I figured I could go out for a bit since it was close by. Dave was dead set on finding all the pulltabs he could. Oops, I mean, finding some gold jewelry. Anthony was the first to succumb to the cold (he found a piece of silver necklace), I was second to go and Dave stuck it out. I turned up a "B" pin and two junk rings, both old, one marked with the U and arrow mark of Uncas Manufacturing Company. In business since 1911, that ring probably dates to the 1920s. The other ring is a circa 1935, Babe Ruth Quaker Cereals Club Member's Premium Ring. Also got two old tokens, a few wheats mostly in the teens and a 1925 buffalo nickel. No silver for me today.
Stopped by an old school and picked up some wheats, including a railroad smooshed one and a 1944 dime. Went back over to my old park in the area that was good to me in November and was digging sick, weak, iron-y signals and came up with two deep wheats and two Indians, 1906 and 1907. At the park, the first 4-5" was thawed, but there was a 3" thick frozen layer under that that fortunately wasn't too hard to get through.
An almost 60 degree day on December 31 was a great way to end the year. This was a year of quality over quantity. In sheer numbers, 2010 was not as good a year as 2009. I found only half as many silver coins and wheat cents as last year, but the quality and age of my finds increased, and overall for old coins it was much better, Two large cents, two Canada bank tokens, a two cent piece, 47 Indian Head cents, Seated dime, multiple Barber dimes and quarters and many old nickels.
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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I'm Nick A. and I am a metal detector hobbyist in Central Ohio. I have been metal detecting since 1990, and currently use the Minelab E-Trac detector.