So … I went back to the old lot where I hunted earlier this week. And, remember, I hit the spot at least three separate times last year. Before today the site had yielded eight silver coins, numerous wheat pennies, one IH, and various medals and various other pieces … even a large copper!

I continued the pattern that I started on Monday, working at a 45-degree angle compared to my last time on the site. After popping a couple copper Lincolns, I got a jumpy nickle-to-dime signal. Kind of strange, so I dug. And I was thrilled when I saw this Jefferson on the bottom of the plug!

It is, hands down, the mist “silver” War Nickel I’ve dug. It’s a 1943-P. I think the copper oxidation from the alloy is pretty cool. I was stoked … I had struck silver. After that, the rest of the day was, “gravy.”

Here’s a pic of my total take:

I was getting several nickel signals, most of them shallow. All of the shallow ones turned out to be can slaw, so I finally gave up on them. But when I got a solid nickel signal 3 inches or deeper I dug. I managed to pull a no-date Buffalo (only my second one ever!) and two older Jeffersons.

I’m not sure how I missed the 1958 quarter before now. It was dead-center of the old front yard … just three inches deep and screaming that Garrett silver song. I didn’t do the happy dance, but I think I did wiggle just a little.

I also dug three wheaties, two are 1952-D and the other is completely encrusted in thick copper oxidation. I could barely even tell it was a Lincoln,

A large chunk of lead, an aluminum play knife, and two play coins rounded out my day. The play penny is actually copper and dated 1950! It is a razor-thin disc. The play dime is way cool.

An awesome three-hour hunt, if I do say so myself. Silver makes me SMILE!

Garrett GTP 1350 / Oldest Coin – 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent / Silver Coins – 46 / Coin Count – 1,827 / Clad Total – $133.64