My daughter, Katie, and I had quite a detecting adventure today.

We had high hopes for our first stop. It’s a doctor’s office located in a home that was built in 1899. I didn’t find anything but a bunch of pennies from the 1970’s. Katie did manage to find a really nice 1917 Wheat Penny, and a brand new Washington quarter, freshly dropped. (Katie even ran her coil over it to get the “official” beep and make it legal … excellent detecting form. ). But the yard was so full of dog poo that we finally gave up and headed for the old hotel site.

We first took a trip down to the old spring house so Katie could see the beautiful blue sulfur/mineral water that continues to bubble up out of the ground. We both even had a taste … not too bad … Here’s a picture of Katie at the spring.

Then we headed up to the front of the property, what used to be the “front lawn” of the old hotel. This is the area where I dug the Indians and the Barber yesterday. It took a few minutes to walk to the far side to begin. And here’s how it went down …

Katie turned on her Ace 250, took two steps and three swings when she exclaimed, ‘Penny!” She dug, and, amazingly, pulled an 1891 Indian Head penny out of her plug. Un-friggin-believable! She practically still had one leg in the truck! I still can’t believe it.

Here’s a close-up. The Indian is in rough shape, but it’s still an Indian!

Now, I want you guys to get this straight. Katie has detected with me three times. About 6 or 7 hours. During that time she has detected a grand total of six coins. Here’s the breakdown:
*2 clad quarters
*2 Wheat Pennies (1958 & 1917)
*1 Barber Quarter (1902)
*1 Indian Head Penny (1891)

Let me say it again … She dug a wheat penny on her first time out, a silver quarter her second time out, and then broke into the 1800’s on her third time out! I can’t seem to help her understand what she has accomplished in so little time. She simply won’t believe me that there are plenty of people who have enjoyed this hobby for years and never found anything silver or pre-1900.

She definitely has the touch.

Here’s a picture of our total haul, including her pennies and various relics. Notice the beautiful brass doorknob from the old hotel. I’m particularly proud of it. Oh, and I did dig a bent 1941 Wheatie. Woo hoo.

Garrett GTP 1350 & PP / Oldest Coin – 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent / Silver Coins – 49 / Coin Count – 2,006 / Clad Total – $143.43