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  1. #1

    Sep 2007
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    96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    With my goal of 100 a virtual lock, I was wondering if I would ever find a silver half. Last night, I found a 1953 Franklin. Very nice to see big silver in the ground. I couldn't believe that about 20 minutes later I popped another one out of the ground. 1944 Walker. I only pictured the back, b/c I don't want to show you guys what I did to the fronts with my digger. The place I am searching is a huge early house on about 5 acres.
    Regards,
    Jon Dickinson
    www.prehistoricartifacts.com

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  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2007
    Texas, Old River Winfree
    Garrett Ace 250, Garrett 2500, Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, Garrett AT PRO, Garrett ADS Master hunter, Garret Pro Pointer.
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Really nice half you have there. Congrats!!

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    south central ohio
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    I am curious what spots you are hunting to have that many silvers already? I went out nearly every day last yr.... clear through december... and only hit 59.......

  4. #4

    Sep 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Minton,

    I just started metal detecting last November. The first thing I did was buy the best machine. I may not ever pay for it with finds, but I like knowing I am holding the best. My strategy was to learn the machine in the local parks hunting for newer coins, and then branch out. I figured 100 silver coins was a reasonable goal based upon what I read here. After learning the machine, I practically abandoned the parks. I started asking friends to hunt their yards, and just kept my eyes and ears open to potential new sites. I have a couple buddies who have really helped me get permissions. There was also 2 great strokes of luck. The first was the discovery of a park within 1 minute from work(lunchtime hunts) that the metal detectors never hit. My friend Lostlake and I have pulled between 30-50 silver coins, and well over 400 wheat pennies from this location. Then, we discovered an old voting location that was also virgin. That site has produced about 20 silver coins for me. Basically, I have been extremely lucky getting into places, and finding silver coins is 90% location. Hope that helps,
    Jon Dickinson.

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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    "I only pictured the back, b/c I don't want to show you guys what I did to the fronts with my digger."

    Jon,
    Sorry to hear about the digger attack. I think most of us have made that fatal mistake. Mine was on a 1917 SLQ.
    Congrats on the big silver. 100 would be fantastic!!! Good luck.
    -MM-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

  6. #6
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    Apr 2007
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Nice going, Jon, on your 2 silver halves. I remember when you were just a newbie, emailing me on how to operate your machine. You've come a long way!!

    Congrats,
    CAPTN SE
    Dan

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    us
    Oct 2007
    Quincy, CA
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    I only pictured the back, b/c I don't want to show you guys what I did to the fronts with my digger.
    First, congrats on the coins!! I have yet to hit a silver half, and I've been at this for 9 years. Secondly, you should check out some of Dan's videos and watch how he recovers his coins with his SE and pinpointer. That should save you from scraping up your next silver half.

    Keep up the good stuff!

    Ray

  8. #8
    us
    Semper Fi!

    Jan 2007
    Indiana
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Congrats on your two "firsts" and both being Half Dollars, nice score!! Easy to damage a coin when being a little careless, I've got some nice date coins that are damaged in that way, so your not a first, hopefully you'll be a little more careful when digging those silver Halves!!
    "Two things are infinite, the Universe and Human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the Universe"
    ~Albert Einstein~

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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Jon, I was really happy for you. We shall get back there soon. I need earphones and RD's machine..................and some motivation. We got permission to dig the lot next to the house from today. What a mess that was!!!
    Chuck
    I want to start a new life with my valuable hunting knife.

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    us
    Apr 2007
    Costa Mesa CA
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    my first big silver was a walker and I think I did a backflip when I seen that in the hole. It's a great feeling. Congrats

  11. #11
    us
    Huntin' since 1851.

    Dec 2007
    Mercersburg, Ohio
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Jon, it was awesome to see you pull both of those out of the ground. I still think you give your machine too much credit- you are a natural at this hobby! Tell Brett that he should come out this Saturday and watch us dig the pit next to the place we were at yesterday. The house is older and hopefully we paid some dues for a good dig this weekend. -Rob
    "Be it wise to judge a man by how straight he hoes his rows."

  12. #12
    us
    Huntin' since 1851.

    Dec 2007
    Mercersburg, Ohio
    Minelab Explorer SE White's XL Pro Treasure Mate Pinpointer Nikon
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Quote Originally Posted by ohio
    Jon, I was really happy for you. We shall get back there soon. I need earphones and RD's machine..................and some motivation. We got permission to dig the lot next to the house from today. What a mess that was!!!
    Chuck
    you can use it any time, buddy. RD
    "Be it wise to judge a man by how straight he hoes his rows."

  13. #13
    us
    Seeker of lost treasure's

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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    I should do so well, Those are great coins.
    Keep digging. The more you search, the more you find.

    Roadquest
    Sometime's there's not a right way, or a wrong way.
    Sometime's there's only one way.

    Where there is no economy, people will create one.

    No one rule fit's all

    '' 17 Tons of Gold in New Mexico " Thread started in 2005.

  14. #14

    Sep 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    Thanks for all the replies. I decided to picture the other side of the coins. The damage to Ben really was just bad luck. He was sticking out of the bottom of the plug, and I just caught him as I flipped up the plug. The Walker was stupid, b/c I missed it with the plug, but heard it loud and clear with the pinpointer just outside the hole. Instead of digging a big hole around the area, I just sunk my digger into the side of my hole. I actually felt the tool hit the silver.
    CaptainSE- I have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. I am ordering the new SE coil this week. I have gotten to a point where some of the falsing bothers me on the stock coil. Thanks for all your help.
    Rob and Chuck - We need to get out there more before the dozers come in. I think there are still some nice things to be found.
    Regards,
    Jon Dickinson.
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  15. #15
    us
    Sep 2007
    N. San Diego County
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    Re: 96+97 Silver for year yield 2 firsts

    When it rains, it pours!!

 

 
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