Keep digging modern clad?

eddie13

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Found a small park with tons of modern clad all over very shallow in the ground.. Can barely go 10 feet without digging more..

Almost nothing very old and a lot that is very new.. Even quarters but mostly state quarter era stuff..

I think a layer of topsoil has been laid because once in a while I’m finding like a 8-10” aluminum can and the soil changes at that depth..

Found one kids ring.. Junk..
Wood chip areas around play equipment are incredibly clean..
Plenty of foil to dig.. Very few pull tabs but much can slaw..

Would you gladly dig modern clad like this all day though your pretty convinced their isn’t anything old, or would you call it and go somewhere else?
 
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cudamark

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I'm not a fan of modern parks as a general rule. I'd rather hunt older areas that have a more likely possibility of pre-60's coins. If I just want modern coins, I might as well get a job.....:tongue3:
 
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eddie13

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I would keep it on the back burner list as a good place to eventually take my grandkids when I get them started in the hobby, good area to teach them how to use a machine.

THIS is an excellent idea!
Great place to take the GF to teach her how to use machines, and keep her excited with “good” finds that keep on coming..

Excellent thinking!
I'm not a fan of modern parks as a general rule. I'd rather hunt older areas that have a more likely possibility of pre-60's coins. If I just want modern coins, I might as well get a job.....:tongue3:

Yeah.. I kindof don’t want to dig 50 holes in nice grass, infront of people, in public, for $2.50..

I thought this park might be good because their are many quite old trees in it and figured that would mean the ground hasn’t been replaced or covered or whatever..
Nope..

I’m really trying hard to find good places.. Old places..

The only good place I have found is more of an old hiking area, shooting/hunting area, and beer drinking area, but the terrain is so incredibly difficult that it has kindof been “closed” probably because people are soft these days and maybe because they don’t want to keep it up anymore..
The trails there have been moved to much less steep grades, instead of straight down the face of this infamously steep hill..

So yeah.. It’s difficult and a bit dangerous, famous for bears being there, extremely steep, and probably not the best place to be alone deep in the woods trying to wield a detector and wearing headphones..
 

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Found a small park with tons of modern clad all over very shallow in the ground.. Can barely go 10 feet without digging more..

Almost nothing very old and a lot that is very new.. Even quarters but mostly state quarter era stuff..

I think a layer of topsoil has been laid because once in a while I’m finding like a 8-10” aluminum can and the soil changes at that depth..

Found one kids ring.. Junk..
Wood chip areas around play equipment are incredibly clean..
Plenty of foil to dig.. Very few pull tabs but much can slaw..

Would you gladly dig modern clad like this all day though your pretty convinced their isn’t anything old, or would you call it and go somewhere else?


Hunting a trashy park is way better than sitting at home and posting on Tnet! There may not be any older coins on the surface, but there is more than likely a lot of jewelry that you're passing up. If I don't have time to drive to my gold prospecting areas for nuggets, I'll hunt the trashy parks in my city. I usually find a lot of clad, tungsten rings and a lot of junker jewelry. But last night I found a gold-plated .925 ring with diamonds on a random line across a soccer field and the day before I found a large .925 cross on a silver chain at some parking meters set in grass. You have to dig a lot of targets to get better on your detector. All the clad and junker jewelry is just practice and stress relief.
 

Clad2Silver

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you shouldn't even have to ask......
 

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If people are losing modern clad they could be losing rings and other jewelry. I'd keep that park as a backup for when you hit a dry spell and just want to go swing somewhere with guaranteed finds.
 

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:wav: I think you're all nuts! I'd gladly hunt that park until I picked every single coin, pull tab and signal out of the ground. When you start being that selective in this hobby, you will lose out on a lot of great finds. Just when you think you know what every target id is, fate steps in and surprises you with something you could never imagine. I do agree it would be an amazing location to get someone excited for the hobby though!
 

Clad2Silver

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Here are just a few of the things I've paid for with clad finds. I'll take all the clad I can get. The silver dimes were paid for with clad from 2015 and 2016. I doubt that there are many people who dig that many silver dimes in one season.
 

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cudamark

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Here are just a few of the things I've paid for with clad finds. I'll take all the clad I can get. The silver dimes were paid for with clad from 2015 and 2016. I doubt that there are many people who dig that many silver dimes in one season.
Including yourself..... Don't get me wrong, finding clad in the pursuit of older/better finds helps pay for the gas it took to get to the hunt site, but, hardly the target I'm hoping to find. As I pointed out earlier, if the goal is to buy silver, or, convert clad to something more desirable, getting a good paying job will accomplish that much easier. To me, detecting is a treasure hunt, not working for pocket change. To each their own though.....
 

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..... detecting is a treasure hunt, not working for pocket change. .....
Exactly my feelings.
I only detect for entertainment. Stabbing clad and other modern items just isn't enjoyable to me.
I only like hunting old coins and relics.
 

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Found a small park with tons of modern clad all over very shallow in the ground.. Can barely go 10 feet without digging more..

Almost nothing very old and a lot that is very new.. Even quarters but mostly state quarter era stuff..

I think a layer of topsoil has been laid because once in a while I’m finding like a 8-10” aluminum can and the soil changes at that depth..

Found one kids ring.. Junk..
Wood chip areas around play equipment are incredibly clean..
Plenty of foil to dig.. Very few pull tabs but much can slaw..

Would you gladly dig modern clad like this all day though your pretty convinced their isn’t anything old, or would you call it and go somewhere else?
Yes and No
Yes, because they (the clad coins) are spendable, and cleaning them before exchange, gives you something to do - I've resolved to doing the same kind of stuff (Work!), with the hope of finding that one real old coin, the one that truly must exist...! ...it has happened, it happened to me....!
No, don't give up! You seem to notice important things, things that make the difference, in becoming a successful TH-er...!
Go for it...! :icon_thumright:
 

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I personally agree that I would rather work an extra shift of overtime to make the same money it would take a whole Summer to accumulate digging clad. But I also see the point if someone is using the time spent for exercise and just getting out of the house... with a little profit to boot. My grandparents lived across the street from an elementary school and huge little league sports complex; my grandmother metal detected it almost daily for decades right up till her mid 80s. She accumulated well over a couple thousand dollars that she invested into her other hobbies (doll collecting).
 

Clad2Silver

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Including yourself..... Don't get me wrong, finding clad in the pursuit of older/better finds helps pay for the gas it took to get to the hunt site, but, hardly the target I'm hoping to find. As I pointed out earlier, if the goal is to buy silver, or, convert clad to something more desirable, getting a good paying job will accomplish that much easier. To me, detecting is a treasure hunt, not working for pocket change. To each their own though.....
Getting a good paying job is something you do to support you and a family if you have one, all throughout your life. Not only did I have a career, but I'm now retired. I don't look at detecting as "working for pocket change". My coin collecting hobby is funded by my income PLUS my disposable clad finds.
 
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