I know this isn’t exactly metal detecting, but … I have a unique source of coin treasures.

I am the pastor of a church. Every summer during our Vacation Bible School for kids, we take up a week-long offering for a missions project. For instance, last summer the kids’ gifts paid for veterinary supplies for a team serving in Peru. This summer, their offerings bought chickens for families in Africa through Samaritan’s Purse. We kind of make it a competition thing … boys against the girls. The kids really get into it. Every day we weigh buckets with their offerings. It’s all in great fun, and all for a great cause. For the past two years the kids gave over $600 to help people in other countries.

A couple of summers ago, I spotted a silver dime in one of the buckets when we made our daily trip to the bank (it has a coin counter … awesome). I quickly grabbed it and dropped a dime out of my pocket into the bucket. I realized that there was truly no telling what these kids were dropping in the buckets each day.

So … since then I have carefully checked these buckets full of change before redeeming them at the bank each day. If I see a coin that’s a keeper, I replace it at face value … after all, that’s all the bank would give us for it.

Over the past three summers I’ve salvaged several collectible US coins and a plethora of foreign coins (even a few Chucky Cheese tokens … aren’t kids great?!!).

Here’s a picture of the keepers. My silvers are on the left, including three war nickels. I’ve found one buff, several wheaties (including two 1943 steels) and many, many pre-1959 Jeffersons.

Pretty cool, huh? And it might get a few of you to volunteer to work in VBS in your churches next year.

NOOB: Hunting Since 11.24.08 / Garrett GTP 1350 & Pro Pointer / Oldest Coin – 1912 Barber Dime / Silver Coins – 14 / Coin Count – 188/ Clad Total – $14.78 / Ring Count – 5