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  1. #1
    us
    Mar 2011
    Beaufort NC
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    What are the odds?

    What are the odds of finding coins in just any ploughed field?

  2. #2

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
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    Re: What are the odds?

    excellent but you might have to hunt a long time to get one in some fields!!!
    Debby

  3. #3
    us
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
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    Re: What are the odds?

    I would place it in the don't waist your time if it is coins you seek, unless it is a known cache.

  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2007
    Michigan
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    Re: What are the odds?

    The odds may be good if you do your research. The coin finds from my dad's field from 1996 to 2005. About a two or three acre area. And to think of all those times I spent putting up hay or helping plant corn at the spot while growing up, never dreaming of what was just below the surface.
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  5. #5
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    Son of Eagles

    Mar 2010
    Minnesota
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    Re: What are the odds?

    ^^^ Very cool Scott.



  6. #6
    us
    Jul 2010
    Middletown, Pennsylvania
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    Re: What are the odds?

    A plowed field in itself doesn't mean diddler's squat, and it might be said you could spend a lot time in searching a plowed field for nothing or almost next to nothing unless something happened in that field that made it a good place to search. I can hardly make it any more crystal clear but I will try. If something happened in that plowed field you might be onto something because like here in the US of A maybe a circus set up in that field or maybe the fire company once held a carnival or three there so as you can clearly see it might pay to hunt there but if you are living in place like the United Kingdom almost anyplace you put your coil down might be a viable place to hunt unless it was the Queen's bedroom in which case she might offer you a cigarette while you wait for the Yeoman Warder to haul your azz out to the Tower. They don't allow metal detecting there. The ravens hate it. A ploughed field in the UK is a far different thing than in the US of A. In over 2000 years almost every inch of the Island was built over three or four or more times so what appears as a pasture for Welsh Cobs today was maybe a bustling town 1200 years ago. There are rivers over there that have silted up over the years and while it may be hard to comprehend but those river towns were once busy seaports. No more. Here in the US I know of a old gypsy campground that has yielded interesting finds. Back around 1920 the gypsies got run out by disgruntled farmers who lost too many pigs, sheep and chickens. I understand the gypsies left rather quickly and may have left some of their stuff laying about which I have found some of and I am not giving it back unless they can show receipts that they legally purchased such things.

    Good luck and happy hunting.
    Dispenser of sage wisdom

  7. #7
    us
    The Past Tells the Future! Let's try not to do it over .

    Feb 2011
    Strafford , Missouri
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    Re: What are the odds?

    One of the best items I every found was in a field that I was told nothing was in. You would be surprised at how many things are in the fields in the U.S .
    Now I would say that the East coast area would be the best , but I found this in the Midwest .
    Few things I love to do is , Metal Detecting for anything of the past!
    Making Detectors better ! Tuning and finding ways to upgrade Detector hardware , To make them work the Best that is possable !

  8. #8
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    Mar 2011
    Beaufort NC
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    Re: What are the odds?

    I live in Carteret county NC and have fields on three sides of my house. The farmers here use to raise potatoes on this land. Back then they picked these potatoes up mostly by hand. A truck would drive between the rows in the field and the farm help would load the truck. Just wondering if any of those people may have dropped any coins?

  9. #9
    gb
    Aug 2009
    SWEDEN
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    Re: What are the odds?

    Rule of thumb...if people have ever been there, then they've lost/dropped/thrown away/buried stuff!

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    Re: What are the odds?



    The odds are either 100% or zero.

  11. #11

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Re: What are the odds?

    old-coon's answer is right on spot. He says: "unless something happened in that field that made it a good place to search".

    Like if you researched and found that that was the spot of an old camp-stop grounds, or a stage stop had been there, or any other such human activity in yester-year. But to simply go out to any old furroughed field, will not be productive. Oh sure, a field-worker might loose a coin now and then, but that's utterly random and doesn't make much sense. It's much more productive to go where something used to be (old homesteads, saloon, etc...)

    Now in Europe this advice may not hold true. Over there, a lot of their cultivated fields have been continuously plowed and worked for 1k to 2k or more years. So do the math, and you'll see, that a random passerby or fieldworker loss adds up over time. So yes, over there, they can just walk into any random field, even if nothing except agriculture had ever gone on there, and yes, find things. But over here in the USA, especially on the west coast, our history is just too short. Where I'm at, for instance, we've had barely 100-ish yrs. of agriculture (before that was cattle). So if I walked into any random field, and worked for long enough, sure, I'd eventually find a wheatie or something. But it would be utterly pointless as the time spent would be better spent going to a park. However, if I researched and learned that there used to be a 1-room school house, or stage stop or something there, then the period targets would turn up perhaps.

  12. #12
    us
    Sep 2009
    Southern tier of New York
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    Re: What are the odds?

    Funny this was brought up! Last year while having a BBQ on land that has been in my family for over 150 years I grabbed my detector and went to searching. I found some clad. All of a sudden my dad bent down in a freshly plowed field and scooped up a 1850's dime and jokingly said, "I don't need a MD to find em'"! This was always farmland and a barn used to be very close by. When I'm in plowed fields I usually dont carry a MD because my eyes are fixed to the ground searching for arrowheads, etc. but, you never know where you'll find somethin'. GOOD LUCK!

  13. #13
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    Son of Eagles

    Mar 2010
    Minnesota
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    Re: What are the odds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch


    The odds are either 100% or zero.
    Actually, they're 50/50.

    You'll either find something, or you won't.


  14. #14

    Re: What are the odds?

    Quote Originally Posted by WIT
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch


    The odds are either 100% or zero.
    Actually, they're 50/50.

    You'll either find something, or you won't.

    Ahhh.... not exactly. All or nothing is 100% or zero.

  15. #15
    us
    Jul 2007
    NC
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    Re: What are the odds?

    Check the fields.

    At the very least, you should find some arrowheads.

    Don't forget all the military activity scattered around 150 years ago.

    Fields are rough, tractors vibrate, things get lost, coins, knives, ect.

    Never know until you try.

 

 
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