- Dec 27, 2012
- Detector(s) used
- safari, ATPro, infinium, old Garrett BFO, Excal, Nox 800
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
My experience has been that really old small schools produce few coins, kids didn't carry much in the way of money back in the 1800s and early 1900s. I have done extremely well at schools that were in use from the 1930s-now. Like others have said, early on kids brought their lunch to school but later on carried lunch money. I was the first to hunt several elementary schools in my area back in 1970-1972 and we cleaned up on silver, like sometimes over forty-fifty silver coins a day. After the first summer hunting my girlfriend and I each had a pint jar of silvers (war nickles didn't count). These were schools that were still in use but had been there since the early 1900s. We actually found few coins from the early days the schools were used, most coins were from the 1930s-when we hunted. Of course in 1970 silver was only six years out of circulation. Churches have been better for early coins but I live in an area where there are many churches that are two hundred years or more old and they were there before any schools in many cases. More social events were held at churches than schools 1700s-1800s, they were the community centers. Of course, schools and churches along with parks and picnic areas have been written about in treasure hunting books since the 1960s so it is pretty hard to find virgin ones any more. There are likely a few left, but very few, there is somebody with a detector in most towns all over the country these days. The #1 spot was by the swings, second the slide, then jungle gym. Hunting a ball field, second, third, and home are better than first, nobody slides into first. Detecting is tough nowadays, so many hunters, so little virgin ground. Yes, still a lot of good hunting for those with patience, but the days of finding fifty dropped silver coins in a day are pretty much gone in most areas.