Ranch Revisited - 8 Years Later with Equinox 800

winslow

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There is a small 15 acre ranch right down the road from me (less than a mile) that I detected pretty hard 8 years ago. There was one corner area loaded with iron that I avoided. I decided to go back with a new machine (Equinox 800) and a positive attitude aided by the fact that this place is only a 2 minute drive from my house. Eight years ago I pulled out several seated coins and a number of relics. It's an active ranch with horses, cows (no bull thank god!) and sheep all nicely separated from each other. Now to brave the junky area. Maybe it was a dump or someones iron hoard. Anyway I hunted with 5 gallon buckets nearby in an attempt to thin out the iron a bit. Here is a days work on the iron front:

Iron.jpg

I've had several friends saying it's just not worth digging all that. I don't mind and did I mention it's only a 2 minute drive from my house? Ha!

I did find a 1912S wheat and one nice silver 1897S barber:

Barber obv 1897S.jpg Barber Rev 1897S.jpg Wheat 1912S.jpg

Also found an interesting brass grommet with a Aug 26 1884 patent date with a No. 3 on it. Maybe used on a flag??

Grommet 8-26-1884.jpg

Also found a newer (probably 1990's) high-end knife that will be fun to work on:

Knife KW.jpg

There is still a ton of iron in that corner. Would you go back or spend time trying to find greener (and cleaner) pastures?
 
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pepperj

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Well done on the silver.
I have a site 5 minutes away dug a GW Button, military, coinage, relics.
I want to actually sift it out, as the iron is so concentrated.
But after many buckets of iron, it's a labour of love.
 

Digger RJ

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There is a small 15 acre ranch right down the road from me (less than a mile) that I detected pretty hard 8 years ago. There was one corner area loaded with iron that I avoided. I decided to go back with a new machine (Equinox 800) and a positive attitude aided by the fact that this place is only a 2 minute drive from my house. Eight years ago I pulled out several seated coins and a number of relics. It's an active ranch with horses, cows (no bull thank god!) and sheep all nicely separated from each other. Now to brave the junky area. Maybe it was a dump or someones iron hoard. Anyway I hunted with 5 gallon buckets nearby in an attempt to thin out the iron a bit. Here is a days work on the iron front:

View attachment 1986095
I've had several friends saying it's just not worth digging all that. I don't mind and did I mention it's only a 2 minute drive from my house? Ha!

I did find a 1912S wheat and one nice silver 1897S barber:

View attachment 1986092 View attachment 1986093 View attachment 1986094

Also found an interesting brass grommet with a Aug 26 1884 patent date with a No. 3 on it. Maybe used on a flag??

View attachment 1986097

Also found a newer (probably 1990's) high-end knife that will be fun to work on:

View attachment 1986096

There is still a ton of iron in that corner. Would you go back or spend time trying to find greener (and cleaner) pastures?
I have a couple spots within 5 minutes that have a ton of iron like that. I am normally always scouting out new possibilities on a daily basis, but when none come to mind I usually end up digging a wheat or Indian out of these spots with all the iron. Not always do I find anything though, and it's a ton of work in a pretty good sized field. But hey, it's good Practice no matter!! I say go for it on any days that You have nothing lined up. Or until there aren't any more signals 😳
Congrats on the early Dime & Wheat!!
And You're using the right machine😁
 

oldmxrat

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Oh yeah, I'd go for it close by like that. That IS an amazing amount of digging though, might want to pace yourself a bit. Congrats on the silver!
 

billb

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There is a small 15 acre ranch right down the road from me (less than a mile) that I detected pretty hard 8 years ago. There was one corner area loaded with iron that I avoided. I decided to go back with a new machine (Equinox 800) and a positive attitude aided by the fact that this place is only a 2 minute drive from my house. Eight years ago I pulled out several seated coins and a number of relics. It's an active ranch with horses, cows (no bull thank god!) and sheep all nicely separated from each other. Now to brave the junky area. Maybe it was a dump or someones iron hoard. Anyway I hunted with 5 gallon buckets nearby in an attempt to thin out the iron a bit. Here is a days work on the iron front:

View attachment 1986095
I've had several friends saying it's just not worth digging all that. I don't mind and did I mention it's only a 2 minute drive from my house? Ha!

I did find a 1912S wheat and one nice silver 1897S barber:

View attachment 1986092 View attachment 1986093 View attachment 1986094

Also found an interesting brass grommet with a Aug 26 1884 patent date with a No. 3 on it. Maybe used on a flag??

View attachment 1986097

Also found a newer (probably 1990's) high-end knife that will be fun to work on:

View attachment 1986096

There is still a ton of iron in that corner. Would you go back or spend time trying to find greener (and cleaner) pastures?
Try to get back there again those are nice coins and I’m confident there’s more rewards there
 

ToddsPoint

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It's amazing how much stuff falls off of farm equipment. Your iron finds look just like mine from old farms no longer here. I'm still looking for the coins though.
 

Bart@Big Boys Hobbies

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Nice silver! It's just not fair that you have that place so close. Ha ha. The equinox 800 is an outstanding Detector to hit a place like that!
 

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Nice "S" mint coins that are some tougher dates to find. :icon_thumright:
 

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There is a small 15 acre ranch right down the road from me (less than a mile) that I detected pretty hard 8 years ago. There was one corner area loaded with iron that I avoided. I decided to go back with a new machine (Equinox 800) and a positive attitude aided by the fact that this place is only a 2 minute drive from my house. Eight years ago I pulled out several seated coins and a number of relics. It's an active ranch with horses, cows (no bull thank god!) and sheep all nicely separated from each other. Now to brave the junky area. Maybe it was a dump or someones iron hoard. Anyway I hunted with 5 gallon buckets nearby in an attempt to thin out the iron a bit. Here is a days work on the iron front:

View attachment 1986095
I've had several friends saying it's just not worth digging all that. I don't mind and did I mention it's only a 2 minute drive from my house? Ha!

I did find a 1912S wheat and one nice silver 1897S barber:

View attachment 1986092 View attachment 1986093 View attachment 1986094

Also found an interesting brass grommet with a Aug 26 1884 patent date with a No. 3 on it. Maybe used on a flag??

View attachment 1986097

Also found a newer (probably 1990's) high-end knife that will be fun to work on:

View attachment 1986096

There is still a ton of iron in that corner. Would you go back or spend time trying to find greener (and cleaner) pastures?
Wow! That is an impressive amount of iron you dug. Where the coins truly masked by iron or did you get a scratchy high tone for the coins in the iron? I used my Nox at a very old site and got a scratchy 12, dug a big plug and pulled out the front of a cast iron stove, like 10 lbs of iron. Filled the hole, but decided to swing it again for the heck of it. And the 12 signal was still there, another scoop below where the big iron was and an old nickel popped out. Crazy how the Nox sniffed it out.
 

Trezurehunter

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Nice looking coin. I would dig all of that iron for a Barber, (and trust me I have ) !
 

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Great Job Thad very nice . Do you want to buy ANOTHER digging tool i am sure you almost wore the one you have out LOL !!!
Good Job again
 
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