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  1. #1
    May 2017
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    First Hunt - Silver, Button, and Coin Spill

    Hey all,

    Just got a metal detector (cheap Harbor Freight to see if I enjoy the hobby). Went on my first hunt for a couple of hours on a relative's property. The house was built around mid 60's and store next door maybe 50's so I knew not to expect much. Was hoping to find maybe a silver dime or quarter at best.

    After digging a couple of pull tabs and turning up the discrimination to eliminate them ( I'm just learning but don't want to dig everything here as the store was a grocery.) Ended up finding 3 clad quarters, a 1944 silver quarter, a Great Seal military button, and my first "coin spill". The spill was a dime and 6 pennies clad. Also, some other trash.

    The back of the button is a third gone so I didn't bother with a photo of it. You can make out "Scovil" and the "Water" in waterbury. I looked it up in another thread here.

    Was happiest with my first silver. Thanks for looking.

    (Edit to add) What is the best way to clean up the button with what I might have in the house?

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  2. #2
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fisher F75, Garrett AT Gold, XP Deus, Fisher 1270
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    Good first hunt. A silver quarter on your first hunt is enough to set the hook.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

  3. #3
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    XP Deus V3.2 9" & 11" Coils, AT Pro, ProPointer AT, Lesche 55, 75 & 80LT
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    That's good for hunt #1. it took me several months to find the first silver coin.

    I use a toothbrush, soap and water on the Great Seal buttons I find. If you find older buttons, I would NOT do them that way though.

    Best of luck to you sir!
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  4. #4

    Jan 2017
    XP Déus & a Carrot!
    906 times
    Metal Detecting
    Congrats on a Silver your first time out!
    Welcome to MD'ing! I think you are hooked!
    Soon you will have 2 or 3 units and then there is no looking back! Enjoy!

  5. #5
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Maryland's eastern shore
    whites MXTPro whites MXSport
    12966 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Welcome to the hobby and forum and congrats on a super first hunt
    Growing old is not for sissies I thought it would take longer to get old.

  6. #6
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro
    1159 times
    Like many of us, first silver for me was a Roosevelt dime. Grats on the finds and good luck not getting the itch now that you've scratched. It's a fun hobby for sure.

  7. #7
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    Fly Navy!

    Jun 2008
    York County, PA (USA) Brevard County, FL (USA)
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  8. #8
    Apr 2016
    Twin Cities
    White's M6; Tesoro Compadre; Bounty Hunter QD2
    586 times
    Metal Detecting
    Great job! Some guys have the luck early. I went over and detected my coworker's house a couple days ago. Showed him how to run my Compadre real quick and turned him loose with it.

    Get this: He had me come over to his VERY first target ever so I could dig it for him, since he didn't have a digger or pinpointer, and it turned out to be a silver ring! Hope your luck continues.

  9. #9

    Feb 2014
    Martinsburg, Pa. in the summer and Apache Junction, Az in the winter
    Whites Spectrum XLT, Garrett AT Pro, Macro pinpointer, Garrett carrot pinpointer, Lesch digger
    2440 times
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    Nice finds. I use lemon juice and a toothbrush to clean the old military buttons, but that is just my way of doing it.

  10. #10
    May 2017
    61 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks for the comments and welcomes. Oh and the cleaning tips.
    I definitely plan on doing quite a bit of digging. Told my wife I wouldn't buy a better detector until I found at least $100 worth of stuff. (Didn't tell her the next detector would be double that!)

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ― Thomas Jefferson

    Apr 2016
    Abita Springs....Born in New Orleans
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    I love that button. Congrats on the silver.

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