I was really wanting to get back to hunting with the E-Trac. I was missing the depth that the E-Trac was capable of. I stopped at a home that was built in 1917. I had hunted it before but really didn’t find that much. Today was different.
I recently won the Minelab Success Story for the Month of March. I just received the prize pack and here is a video of me opening the pack..
Only had about 2 hours before it got dark, and really didn’t want to film after dark. So I hurried back to the intersection where I did so well this weekend. I got permission on a rental house that looked to be as old as the one the day before..
After day one Day 1 click to read, I had no clue that I was going to have a second day of great finds..
When I got there, I again headed up the sidewalk and found more pre-1920 wheat's. After the sidewalk I headed back up into the yard to start where I had left off the day before.. Immediately, I found a 1914-D wheat cent.. I was pretty sure that it might have been a scarcer find but did not realize it’s value till I got home.
After getting the dirt off of it I looked it up and was shocked at what the value started out at..
I continued up the line I was working and found these two Rabies vaccination tags from 1949.
A few feet further came a rusty “Old Timer” pocket knife. Continuing on I got a 94-95 on the Deus and out came my first silver of the day..
I needed some water to clean it off, so I went next door to fill a bottle up. While I was there I gained permission there.
Moving on I found my first Indian Head Cent of the day.. A 1901. Later in the day I moved over into the second yard I had gain permission, The yard was super trashy but managed a second 1901 Indian Head.
Only moving a few feet back into the original yard I got a high “quarter” sound that was right on the top of the surface and out comes my second silver of the day, but this was a ring. It looks like bones, but it does say .925 and it has a hallmark.
Only moving a few more feet into my grid I got another repeatable tone and dug… The weird thing about this ring is back in November when I found my first Indian Territory token I also found a smashed ring just like this one.. That hunt was in a different yard over 6 blocks away..Very odd coincidence.
After finishing my grid, I moved back into the middle of the yard and started concentrating on questionable signals and immediately dug these two Buffalo’s..
Feeling tired and was getting ready to go home, I told myself, “one more signal”… what a surprise…
I couldn’t believe a 2nd token in 2 days.. I was shocked!
Here are the two together…
Here is a pic of all of the days finds.. I had several more wheats. Needless to say my weekend with the Deus was one heck of a weekend….
It was definitely worth stopping for the permission... Thanks for looking
I had some really good hunts last year while hunting what I called Silver Road and the surrounding streets. After January of this year everything seemed to dry up. I found several good finds but it was hit or miss. All of the large older homes were hunted hard and just weren’t producing any finds. I would go several days without finding anything of interest.
I changed up my strategy and started hunting homes that were newer(nothing newer than 1940) and chose smaller homes with multiple rooms. I payed careful attention to the older curbs and sidewalks. One such home stuck out.. It was built in 1933 and had the original square curbs and sidewalks. I gain permission by asking to hunt the sidewalk right of way(in between the sidewalk and road). It is the city’s easement. I don’t have to ask to hunt it, but it is a courtesy to the landowner, and a foot in the door to hunt the yard..Especially when the landowner sees what you are finding, and how when you dig a plug it doesn’t tear up the ground or the grass.. The addition to split any gold coins found always excites them.
So with permission given, I started the usual and headed up the sidewalk..I started finding pre 1920′s wheat’s immediately. I knew then that this spot had been missed by others..
The first day alone I had a total of 12 wheats.. the oldest was a 1910 and the newest was a 1954. After getting into the yard the older relics seemed to be coming from the NE corner of the yard. Here is pics in order as they came out of the ground minus most of the wheats.
This ring was found earlier that day in a previous yard and was the only notable find before moving to the site in this story.
The rest of these came from this one yard on day one.
The first wheat of the yard was this 1912 D cent. I thought well maybe there will be more.
I moved about a foot and found this.. when I saw the letter, I hoped this would be a sign on what was to come…
Next was this lamp wick adjuster.. although it is smashed it helped give a time frame for the yard.
A few swings later, I recovered two compacts. One still had the mirror intact. The second had the words “ARMAND Cold Creme Rouge”
This novelty token was next. It was much closer to the sidewalk and I don’t think it was related to the house.
An interesting animal control tag. It is from Tishomingo, which is around 25 to 30 miles away. Evidently the animal control wasn’t to strict cause this guy escaped and made it to Durant.. haha..
My next find is something I have yet to ID. The bottom of it appears to be waves or water, with that in mind I think it may be a ship. It isn’t aluminum. It is heavy like copper and has a green corrosion on it. There is no apparent writing or backmark on this button. Where the shank or pin would have been is corroded away, leaving a raised green residue.
This nice Boy Scout button followed.
A cool out of State Tax token from from the Depression Era
Although this was the only silver coin of the day, I was still excited on what else could be found.. I was already happy with the finds, but nothing could prepare me for what was coming…
About this time my friend called me and we talked as I detected. When I found this I immediately went to the landowner to see if his children played football..they did not.
This next find was one of my favorites, I could have went home after this one
Still excited over the soldier, this 1906 Indian Head Cent showed up.
Now we were both kinda of excited and I didn’t go a half a foot and the find of the day came.. I nearly dropped the phone, and camera.. My nickname about came to pass..
This Indian Territory Token is the 2nd one I have found. I did a little research and found that S.W. Stone was a Pharmacist that had settled in Durant around the 1880-1890′s. The first one I found was in November and I ended up selling it to get my wife her own detector. It was extremely rare to say the least..until this day.. now there were two..
After collecting my self and getting an “way to go” from my friend I hung up the phone and headed home.. thinking that was an awesome day.. unaware the 2nd day would be even better… to be continued….
In one of my earlier posts, I filmed a hunt where I recovered an old ring with the initials “RR”. Family Heirloom Returned. At the time I posted, a couple of new metal detecting shows were airing on tv and it caused a lot of flak for the hobby. So I revamped the video and submitted it to the Minelab Success Story’s of the Month. I honestly had no thoughts of winning, to be honest there are tons of great finds I thought that was considerably better than mine, I just wanted to get the video so others could see it. A few evenings ago I got a phone call from Minelab letting me know that I had won. I thought it was a joke at first, but the next morning the announcement was made on their website.. I was shocked to say the least. Minelab is mailing me a $250 Minelab gift certificate and a Minelab backpack full of their stuff.. I can’t wait to get it.. I will post a video of the prizes when it comes in.. thanks for reading and thanks to Minelab for the Honor…
Minelab Success Story-Family Heirloom Returned
Robo99 came up to Oklahoma today to do a little detecting.. We were really coinhunting and he had a great find, but I ended up finding more relics than coins. He brought the SE and had coil issues so he used my E-Trac coil to test. I used the Deus. We hunted one spot that was a waste of time. I did manage a 42 wheat but, a few clad was it. So we moved to a spot where I had done really well last year and hit the backyard. After hunting there all day, I think that someone had cherry picked it before us but, we still came out with some goods..
My first find of the yard was this pocket watch or stopwatch.
I found another wheat and it was a 1919.
I found 3 nickels, a 41 Jeff, and two no date buffs.
While Robo was making his find of the day, I had a large piece of iron that was covering a lot of area so I wanted to dig it up to make sure there wasn’t any good targets being covered by it.. It has to be my biggest cool relic in a while..
This thing measures 16 1/2 inches from tip to blade end…
and the blade length was 5 1/2 inches. This thing is massive
There is and interesting story from the early days of Durant. Just across the street from where we were at was the scene of a grizzly murder. A Jewish's couple's daughter was murdered in the house. The killer(s) left the scene, and fled down the street and headed to a house that was being built at the time. The workers the next day found a set of bloody clothes in what was then the basement. The mother was so distraught that she burned her home down, and it was later rebuilt. Now I don't know if they know what the murder weapon was or if it was found.. The yard I found it in was an orchard at the time and no house sat there..Due to the rust and the way it the cleaver was broke down I would think it had been in the ground for quite a while, possibly at the time of the murder....
After finding that, I found several other relics, including this pocket watch back(doesn’t fit the other).
Also a piece of Durant’s history with this token….Robo99 said this explained the bankers hours saying.. they usually work till about 10 then go home..lol
And this cub scout button
We had fun didn’t find alot of coins, but some good laughs and am ready to hunt again… Hope you enjoyed the read..