Archive for July, 2011

My final day stunk through the first two hunts.  I only managed four Indian Heads and two silver dimes.  No tokens, which really stunk, since they were giving away detectors in all of the day’s hunts.  It was getting ugly.  I knew my luck was turning a bit when I found a dime on the ground while waiting for the afternoon hunt.  It was, obviously, a drop by one of the other hunters.  You can see it in the picture below, the 1957 at the top.  The picture does not do it justice.  It is brilliant uncirculated, if not a proof.  I suspect that it is a proof that somehow was sold to a silver dealer.  Anyhow, it was a good indicator that my luck was a-changin’!

I was VERY relieved when the final hunt field was much more spread out.  It really made it more challenging for everyone, I think.  In the final hunt I had my best total for the week … 13 silver dimes and two more Indian Heads.

All totaled, I finished with sixteen silvers and six Indians for the day.  57 silvers for the week.  Not bad, but not quite recovering my expenses, either.  I doubt I’ll do this type of hunt again.  Old spots and actual digs are more my style.

Here’s the pic of my Saturday loot:

Thanks for reading, and happy hunting to all.  More pics and stories will be on the way when the weather cools down a bit.


Well, this morning started out with a big thud.

Robert and I arrived to find that the morning hunt was a “Poker Hunt.”  All hunters were divided into teams of five, and each went out one at a time to dig a coin with a playing card wrapped around it.  Translation:  I just got to dig one target.  😦  I dug the five of diamonds wrapped around an Andrew Johnson one dollar coin.  My team did manage a pair of fives, but we only came in fourth place.  The first three places received prizes.  Again … 😦

The second hunt of the day was tokens and Indian Head pennies.  I dug six Indian Heads and absolutely no tokens, ergo, no prizes.  Again, a big thud.

I hoped that I might redeem myself in the final hunt of the day.  It was an all silver and token hunt.  Reportedly, it would have the highest concentration of silvers for the entire week.  I managed to dig 12 silver dimes and two tokens.  For those tokens I received … get this … a set of meat scissors (who the heck thought that Dollar Tree meat scissors would make a good prize at a metal detecting competition?!!!!) and a 1988 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set.  That’s pretty cool.  Maybe I can sell it on EBay or something.

Anyhoo … here’s a picture of the total haul:

Well, I pretty much stunk right up until the last hunt today.  In two hunts I only found six Indian Heads and a 3-ringer.  No tokens.  No special prizes.  I was ticked and mighty frustrated.

I know … I know … pathetic.

But I will say this.  The fields for all of the hunts today were TINY!  The people running today’s hunt like smaller fields (for the sake of me, I don’t know why).  Fifty people with detectors running into each other, with detectors interfering and chattering with each other.  Drove me nuts.

But the last hunt today was the silver hunt.  They saved all silver dimes until the last hunt.  I chose a spot about half-way up the side of the field to start.  I got on my first couple of targets really fast, and was thrilled when I glanced up and saw that my lane was completely clear.  No one was coming toward me and no one had crossed my space yet.  So, in a matter of ten minutes, I dug twelve dimes!  Six Mercs and six Rosies.

Redeemed the day for me, as far as I’m concerned.  That makes 29 dimes and 16 Indians for me this week.

Here’s my pic of today’s loot …

Well, I’ve never done any “competition” fast hunting before.  This was a first for me.  I’m quite accustomed to taking 3 or 4 hours to work a good sized yard.  So it blows my mind to see a 2 or 3 acre field cleared out in 15 minutes.  But that’s how things went today.

I must admit that I did pretty well … a lot better than I expected.  In three hunts, totaling about one hour total, I managed to pull 17 silver dimes and 10 Indian Head pennies. Here are my total finds:

I also dug four prize tokens, which earned me an 1834 Large Cent, a Beach Scoop (retail $12.95), two White’s Electronic hats, two water bottles, and other little White’s trinkets.  (White’s was the sponsor today …)  Here are those prizes:

I’ll be back at it tomorrow.  It’s Garrett day.  Hopefully, I’ll have lots more pictures then!  🙂