I received permission yesterday to hunt an empty lot in a historic area on Main Street in my hometown. There was an early 20th century home on the site that was demolished about 15-20 years ago.

I evaluated the weather for the rest of the week (which is calling for rain and cold starting tomorrow) and decided to grab a couple of hours of hunting this afternoon. I left home with about two hours of daylight. I approached the wonderful old lot with high hopes of silver.

And what did I find??? Nothing but amber waves of grain! A whopping seven “old” wheaties, but not a single piece of silver. I found a 1913, a heavily corroded and worn 1919-S (my heart skipped a beat at first … thought it might have been a 1909-S!!), an absolutely pristine 1920, a 1930-D, two 1936, and a 1937. I was, obviously, on a good “old” site.

All cleaned up nicely in a hot peroxide bath. Here’s my pic ...

I will, of course, hit the area again. I’m planning to go back, turn 90 degrees, and hit it all from another direction.

And the owner is a super-nice guy. He has invited me out to his home to investigate some trenches in the woods on his land. He apparently has several shallow trenches with earth berms on the “high ground” on his property, very close to the Cumberland River. He is convinced that it is a Civil War site. He wants me to investigate, and I plan to take him up on it!

Thanks for looking!


Garrett GTP 1350 / Oldest Coin – 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent / Silver Coins – 41 / Coin Count – 1,677 / Clad Total – $121.07