Archive for December, 2011

We finally got some sunshine in Kentucky, so I got out to swing this afternoon at the “Dime School.” Before today I had dug 11 silver dimes (8 Rosies / 3 Mercs) and a sterling Catholic medal.

Chalk up two more today! Unbelievably, they were my first two targets out of the ground! One is my oldest find on the site … a 1936 Merc (nicely worn), and the other is a 1958-D Rosie. I also dug 6 wheats and $1.29 in old clad.

I’ll be hitting it again tomorrow afternoon, really slowing down and going for the gold signals!

These make silver/gold find #’s 95 & 96 for me in 2011! I only have three days to find four more and break 100!

Whites MXT & Garrett ProPointer / Oldest Coin – 17** 1/4 Cut Spanish 8 Reale / Silver Coins – 134 / Coin Count – 2,804 / Clad Total – $191.89

A Little Christmas Silver

I managed about an hour and a half of hunting right before dark yesterday.  And that’s not easy, considering that the Winter Solstice day (Dec. 21) is the shortest day of the year.  I am soooo tired of it getting dark at 4:30 here in beautiful Kentucky!

Anyhow … I hit another section of the very large schoolyard that I have been hunting this past couple of weeks.  Right now I’m just “cherry-picking” the higher VDI signals, trying to clear out the silver.  And so far my methodology has worked out just fine! 🙂

I added two more silver dimes, both (interestingly) 1964-D’s. Here they be:

That makes a total of 11 silver dimes from this school yard!  I just wish I knew where the quarters are hiding!!  Once again, I dug a pouch full of high VDI copper Lincolns.  Every one of them read 78-80 VDI, and some even gave a whisper of 81-82.  Must be the soil in this particular yard.  I dug close to $3 in clad, including a very fresh drop of four shiny quarters, right on top of the ground. (Not sure where those came from … this place has been abandoned for over 40 years.)

But my “banner find” for the day was one of my very last digs, right before it got too dark for me to see.  I got another 79 VDI and, expecting another 1960 Lincoln, was thrilled to roll over this gorgeous sterling Catholic four-way pendant medal.  It’s a little bigger than a quarter, with roughly the same mass (weight) as two dimes.  Here are front and back views:

It’s cool finding this piece of history, which has been in this ground for at least 40 … most likely for 50 … years.

And I might just be able to hit 100 silver/gold finds this year.  These account for finds #92-94.  If I can just pull out six more before next weekend!


I hit the jackpot this afternoon!  I went for a couple of hours to hunt an old school that I’ve been working lately.  It’s a school with an odd time period of use.  It was in operation from the early 1960’s until the early 1970’s, then it was closed down.  I found three silver dimes there last week.  Honestly, I didn’t hold out much hope for finding any more.

Boy, was I wrong!

I dug 8 wheat pennies …

And, curiously enough, I dug 3 old Canadian pennies from our Wheat Penny period …

But the real “goods” was the 6 silver dimes that I found!  All in a relatively small area!

I also dug a pretty good pile of clad.  Actually, there’s not a Zincoln in the bunch.  All of the pennies are genuine copper from the 1960’s.  Every one of them gave a really high / borderline dime VDI.  Frustrating …

Another Rosie …

I got out for just a little while between rain showers today.  I dug 29 coins total, including four wheaties from the 1950’s and a single silver … a 1952-D Rosie.

Love that silver!

I’ve been out on several short hunts lately. No stellar finds in recent weeks, but I have gotten onto a few decent digs.

Here is my latest video, with story and pics below.

I hit up an old school in my community that was only used for about 10 years. It was just after the “age of silver,” around 1965-1975 or so. I didn’t hold out much hope for finding anything good. But I managed to dig 57 coins, including 7 wheats and these two “bonus” silvers!

I also dug this old “Senior Key” from 1988. My heart skipped a beat when I rolled it over in my plug. I thought it was gold at first. It is initialed on the back, and with just a little detective work I managed to find out the name of the owner. She still lives here in this community. I’m waiting to get her number from a friend and reunite her with her lost jewelry this week.

Finally, yesterday I hunted a trusty cornfield with my buddy, Western KY Digger. I pulled several flat buttons, pieces of buckshot and various small lead pieces, as well as a brass o-ring and j-shaped hook. Hard digging, but lots of fun. Digger dug a rather large flat button and the biggest zouave button I’ve ever seen.

Thanks for reading and looking! I hope to have more for you next week. I’m working on permission for a couple of new spots.