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  1. #1
    Charter Member
    Jan 2019
    EQ800, T2SE
    281 times
    Metal Detecting

    Question The Invisible 1943 Steel Wheat Penny

    Thought I would bring this up as an interesting find. Many years back when I owned a Tesoro Cortes I found a 1943 Steel Wheat Penny.
    Ever since then I've tried it on other detectors and that coin is essentially invisible.
    So far the list of detectors that can't pick it up:
    Garrett Ace 250=Nothing
    Minelab X-Terra 70=Not a trace with 2 coils
    Minelab Equinox 600=Not a trace on any mode or with horseshoe
    XP ORX= only if it is very close detects as 00

    Has anyone else ever found a 1943 Steel Wheat Penny and if you did what detector did you find it with?
    If you have a 1943 Steel Wheat Penny would you mind testing it for results?
    I find this to be an odd coin and really lucky the old Tesoro Cortes back then found it.

  2. #2

    Mar 2019
    New Jersey
    Tesoro tejon/Garret AT pro
    121 times
    Metal Detecting
    I have 74 of them. Not found, but inherited. I will try with my Garret AT pro and tesoro tejon.
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  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Jan 2019
    EQ800, T2SE
    281 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Kype View Post
    I have 74 of them. Not found, but inherited. I will try with my Garret AT pro and tesoro tejon.
    Thanks, I look forward to hearing how they do with those units.
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  4. #4
    Mar 2013
    Fisher Gold Bug Pro Tesoro Cibola Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
    3430 times
    Metal Detecting
    Sure, will try my two machines on the one I carry in my wallet...tonite.
    thanks, gave me thought...
    Wonder how many I might have passed-over some, discriminated-out, as iron
    Ferrous...! Yuk! =p

    Well, both of my machines knew there was "something" under the coil, but at
    readings below the normal amount of disc. level set....
    Yes, I would normally pass over the steel wheat cents...!!
    Last edited by eyemustdigtreasure; Mar 16, 2019 at 10:03 PM.
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  5. #5

    Apr 2016
    60 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I found one in 1988 with a Whites 6000di coinmaster .. but it was in a spill that contained about 5-6 wheats..
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  6. #6
    Wood Butcher

    Apr 2013
    Indian River Co., Fl
    AT MAX & Carrot, Nokta Pulse Dice (:
    819 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I used a re-plated 1943 that was lying on my desk from a Coinstar find.

    Using my AT Max w/concentric 6x9 elliptical & coin on the surface:

    "All Metal" registered a higher pitch tone in the 19-28 range (even on the coin edge).
    "Custom" I haven't set anything up but still got a lite scratchy blip.
    "Coins", a little audible blip if I moved slooooowwww enough.
    "Zero" registered a lower pitch tone in the 8-18 range.
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  7. #7
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    Mar 2013
    SW, VA - Bull Mountain
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    Digging in the dirt & scooping in the water!
    I dug one in the 80's with my Deepseeker ADS III. The coin itself was gone, but the impression of the coin in the sandwiching dirt was still there.
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  8. #8
    ebay "ulster-relic"

    Dec 2012
    port ewen ny
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    I always run all metal & no disc on ATPro--- hey, wit da iron targets---- ya never know what might be lurking in "terra"

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    Jun 2013
    East Tennessee
    6705 times
    If the Zinc plating on the Steel core is what is causing the 1943 Steel Cents to be invisible to some metal detectors, then maybe you found a new coating for Stealth Aircraft to be invisible to radar. If it turns out to be the case, the Military could have saved billions of dollars on research and outfitting aircraft to be only somewhat invisible to radar!
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  10. #10
    Dec 2006
    Tejon, Cibola, T2
    1111 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    They do detect much stronger in the ground than they do once they are out. I always assumed it was the rust "halo" in the ground that caused it.
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  11. #11
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    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
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    You only know if you dig it...IMHO: dig everything!

    Yes, you will dig lots of junk, but I can assure you the keeper finds will increase.

    For example, I've dug gold with the AT Pro from 36 - 69 and we know that lots of junk lives in the lower numbers.

  12. #12
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    35027 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    I have found 1 and found it with the AT PRO
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  13. #13

    Jun 2019
    Minelab, Fisher
    713 times
    Lol, I used to call this the disappearing signal, I've got a few that I found in the 70s with a Garrett Master Hunter TR... If the park was heavily fertized you would dig this signal and it would just be a rusty type coin spot, you would hear the leftover zinc halo, when you disturbed the spot it was gone.. Nice find for sure if you could dig one now.. Geo
    Last edited by alaskaseeker; Jun 29, 2019 at 01:22 AM.



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