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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2011
    Swampeast Missouri
    Minelab Etrac, CTX 3030
    306
    193 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    I recently got permission to detect a couple of houses I'd been eyeing. One of the homes was built in 1900 and the other is older (and a 3rd across the road is older still but I havn't contacted the owners there yet, saving that one for last). They are both on a hill which is within sight of known civil war encampment areas. I thought that just maybe there might be Civil War relics laying about here waiting for me to find them! Of course I was also hoping to add more silvers to this year's total. The first property I detected for a few hours on Monday. The yard is absolutely full of modern pennies! I dug a few but mostly fished around them for the dimes and quarters (I imagined kids doing cartwheels in the yard or something because there were a lot of little pocket spills). There are also a truck-load of nails and other trash spread over the property so I had to use the 6x8 SEF coil. After a few hours of frustration I had a bit over a dollar in change, a pouch full of rusty nails, and other assorted trash. Just when I was about to give up I got a steady 1-38, 1-40 signal (settings are deep and fast on, medium/high gain and manual sensitivity at 28/30). To be honest I wasn't excited at all and just figured it was more trash. Even when I dug the plug and saw the large silver-gray disc inside I was thinking aluminum token...until I saw the eagle and some letters from "Half Dollar". I know I said OMG a few times and then thanked Him profusely! My very first silver half and it's a 1941s Walker, not ancient but still big silver. I swung the etrac for another half hour and then headed home.
    Tuesday I got permission to hunt the other house and went to check it out for a few hours. I had/have high hopes for this yard as it is fenced in and the last occupants lived there for many, many years. Not much to post about though but it may have been the drizzle and wet ground affecting my detecting. I ended up with a '44D merc and some more modern coinage. I'll try that yard again in the near future.
    Back to the first yard again this afternoon and 1st signal was a large flattened coin that may have been a large cent, with a couple of holes punched thru it. Later, and largely by mistake, I dug a 44 cal. CW pistol bullet. So...I opened up my discrimination pattern a bit more to allow bullets in. Close by and 8 to 9 inches deep was an ancient and gnarled man's sterling silver ring with some remains of 14K Rolled gold plated decorations on the sides (not much left of those). It's marked Sterl. 14K R.G. inside. Not sure but doubt if it's as old as Civil War, could be. Within a few feet was another little pistol bullet, this one a .36 cal St. Louis Arsenal bullet if I'm not mistaken, and within about 7 inches of that was a nice big toe tap. Started feeling pretty darned good about this yard, a silver half the first day and now this! Started circling that area and found a 1919 merc and then a small buckle probably from a bridle and most likely Civil War era. Not long after that I get another 44 cal bullet. As my search area got wider I started getting back into the modern coinage again and hit a 12/46 signal, figured I may as well dig that quarter since it wasn't too deep. Out pops my first dug Sacagawea dollar coin. And that was about it for the day. Needless to say I am very excited about getting back there. I didn't dig a lot of lower conductive signals because I was trying to cherry pick but now that I know there was at least a small CW camp there I'll be looking for buttons and other relics next time.
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  3. #2
    us
    May 2011
    Central VA
    7
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    The two bullets kind of look like colts, but the one on the right is odd and familiar. I'll check.

  4. #3
    p2c
    p2c is offline

    Apr 2009
    Matteson, IL
    Minelab Etrac and Grey Ghost NDT; Garrett Pointer Pro
    1,356
    4 times

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Congratulations on the nice find and your first silver half.

    The only silver half I got (a Barber) rang up 1-41 on my E-trac, like yours, which is interesting. Most compiled lists give Etrac as registering halfs at the FE 7-12/ CO 46-47 range. They also say that silver dollars ring up 1-40 to 1-42. Interesting and goes to show numbers aren't always reliable. I can also tell you weren't using the factory 'coins' pattern, because you would have never heard that with that pattern. Glad you decided to dig that 1-40...

  5. #4
    us
    Mar 2009
    834

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Great finds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like you found a virgin site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #5
    us
    Aug 2011
    Swampeast Missouri
    Minelab Etrac, CTX 3030
    306
    193 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky the Wonderdog
    The two bullets kind of look like colts, but the one on the right is odd and familiar. I'll check.
    That bullet is a .36 cal St. Louis Arsenal bullet, my first. The 44 cal.s I have several of.

  7. #6
    us
    Aug 2011
    Swampeast Missouri
    Minelab Etrac, CTX 3030
    306
    193 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Quote Originally Posted by p2c
    Congratulations on the nice find and your first silver half.

    The only silver half I got (a Barber) rang up 1-41 on my E-trac, like yours, which is interesting. Most compiled lists give Etrac as registering halfs at the FE 7-12/ CO 46-47 range. They also say that silver dollars ring up 1-40 to 1-42. Interesting and goes to show numbers aren't always reliable. I can also tell you weren't using the factory 'coins' pattern, because you would have never heard that with that pattern. Glad you decided to dig that 1-40...
    Not only were the numbers not reliable on this half, the tone was more "penny" than silver and that really had me convinced it was trash. The soil in the yard is playing some tricks on some of the signals, I think. There are a lot of numbers off in one direction or another. And...to be honest, I've not used any of the factory programs since soon after I got my etrac. I have a couple of patterns I downloaded from the exchange and a few that I've "tweaked" myself. I have one that I use for sites where I'm mainly looking for coins/high conductive targets, and a couple that I use to look for CW relics. One has very little discrimination, just a bit on the top and bottom lines to knock out nails & small ferrous stuff, the other has a bit more discrimination for the trashier sites such as this yard. Next time around I'll be using the more open pattern with Two tone ferrous and will dig some of the lower conductors.
    HH

  8. #7
    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
    White's XLT
    5,731
    978 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    great finds. I sure do love those walkers

  9. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    It's there,you just gotta look for it!

    May 2011
    Western Mass.
    Whites M-6 W/ DD6x10 SunRay DX-1 Garrett SeaHunter MarkII used with a Hookahmax
    5,829
    1786 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    OOOO, PRETTY LADIES God Bless Chris
    Ever wonder where your thoughts come from?

    Everyone has a right to be WRONG,but,

    it's not RIGHT to be wrong.

  10. #9
    us
    Dec 2006
    Colonial Virginia
    Teknetics T2
    1,137
    379 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    I'm starting to be a believer in Missouri! Great finds

  11. #10

    Feb 2007
    627
    11 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Love those Wlakers and Mercs.

  12. #11
    us
    Nov 2010
    Ohio
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro
    538
    192 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Sweet Finds!!

  13. #12
    us
    Dec 2010
    Pike County Kentucky
    Garrett Ace 250, Garrett Pro-pointer, Lecshe Digging Tool, Predator Mauler T-Handle
    415
    5 times
    Relic Hunting

    Re: 1st Silver half, couple of mercs and some CW relics

    Nice!
    Relicminer

 

 

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