Recently I've been hunting a road construction in Enid. The location was in between the present day Garfield County Courthouse and the U.S. Post Office. The street covered up the 2nd Garfield Co. Courthouse that was destroyed by fire in January 29th, 1931.
Some of the finds from yesterday's hunt with my little buddy. She found all the glass. This is a spot that I have hit 5 times each time something nice is coming out of it..I will posting a more in depth blog about the hunt and location..
With the rain, my cabin fever was too much. The first day I was hunting between storm banks. These are spots that I have hunted and re-hunted. I had cleaned out almost every high tone and was concentrating on the lower tones...
I had one more try at the property from the last trip. This time I was able to detect the back and the joining yard. I started late one even at dark and the very first target of the yard was a promising find...
I have updated information on this story. New info is in red.. Evan
Recently I have hunted heavily with the CTX, and have really been wanting to take out the Xp Deus. I went back to a spot that I had hunted part of for the last couple of month. Here is what I know abou the property and the home that sat there.
I had to run to town to pickup a few things and the bug was biting me. I had the Deus in the back seat so I looked for a spot to hit. I went over to a house that was built in 1897, unfortunately it burned down around 8 years ago. I had skipped over this spot because of all the old pipes and junk metal left there on the ground.
Most of the targets were either near the surface or under 5 inches.
Here is a list of the finds as they came.. lol sorry nothing exciting.. just a quick hunt.
In the last week I have had 2 chances to return to some of my spots from this summer. With the CTX3030 in tow, I had upgraded my machine with addition of the 6 inch coil. One spot in particular had produced quite a few coins this last summer that were in the 1920′s and older.
I know it has been awhile since I last posted, but the Internet is spotty where I have been. The following was written on the 10th of October…
After having the Dime Grand slam a few days ago, I called my buddy Sam to see if he wanted a try at that lot where I scored the silver dimes and other finds.. It didn’t take him long to say yes.. only problem was it finally began to rain some here in SE Oklahoma so we were in a waiting game.. I tried hunting in between cloud banks while Sam waited at the house. One particular time it started to lightning and about 20 seconds after I turned off the camera a lightning strike hit a tree about 30 yards from where I was at.. Luckily I had already put the camera back in the car and was leaning in the car when it hit.. I nearly ran through the opposite side door. lol I didn’t know where it hit but knew it was close..
After regaining my composure and waiting for the storm to pass I began hunting.. First target proved to be good…
After, that several Buffalo Nickels also were around this wheat…
One of my cool finds of the day was this cool little toy.. I have only seen one other, but have no reference for it..
Caprock finally arrived and we got to hunting more of the yard… He dug a couple of wheats, plus two silver Rosy’s.
His find of the day and mine too, lol was a large $20.00 Jewelry Token. I love tokens and this one is cool…Information states that this token was from the 1940′s and was good for $20.00 off a purchase of $67.50 or more on a Diamond ring from this dealer..
At the same time he was digging this I scored my only gold item of the day…This “Forget Me Not” locket…
I have found 3 of these pins in Atoka recently. Thinking the 19-20 on the bottom was for the year, was a mistake. The 19-20 signified the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1915, the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, created the Modern Health Crusade, which enlisted children in a campaign for better hygienic habits.
Not of much importance other than the date was this piece..
I did rescue this lonesome Indian Head cent. I was right next to the bush where the all the silver dimes came from…
I did manage to keep up the silver count with Sam.. with a Rosy and a War Nickel…
1944D War Nickel
The lot still had few wheats left.. 11 1/2 to be exact..lol
We had a blast and am ready to get back out. I also have a second right now, but waiting for it to load to YouTube also… I also have an interesting find from a small town nearby here that I am trying to get all the info together before I post it.. I will just say it has to do with a safe being blown….
Gonehunting for History…..
We are still in the process of trying to find a house. I haven’t got to hunt much, but I have gotten out a few times. Most of my hunts have been at older 2 or 3 story homes and they just haven’t been producing much and nothing to film. So I changed back to the way I had hunted in Durant by checking smaller 1 story homes that where built before 1940 and it payed off on my last hunt.
I gained permission at a house that was built in 1948. I knew the landowner well and he was more than happy to let me detect a little. There wasn’t much there but I found several wheats, a pocket knife, a no date barber dime, and a good for 5cents in trade token. It was a maverick(no town or affiliation). We discussed the other homes on the block that were all built about the same time and I started getting permissions. One spot in particular was a vacant lot in between 2 homes. They both appeared to be built in the 30′s and 40′s so I headed there. Immediately I found 3 wheats’(one a 1920) in the same hole. All told I found 16, ranging in years from 1909(VDB) to 1947.
The first silver of the day came as a 1947 D Roosevelt.
I really expected to find several of these because of all the wheats that were coming out of the ground. Nothing, and I mean nothing prepared me for the next couple of finds…I had grided the area closest to the road and was working up the west side that had a gravel drive that encircled the lot. A couple of plated bushes lined the drive and I started going around them. The first couple of swings the tones were all over so I slowed down and bam! Mid 12-40's. I was using combined/ferrous coin setting to get the good clear tone, then switching to 50 tone/low trash to see what type of coin it was. This target was promising to be silver but.... well....
1881 Indian Head Cent… My oldest IH to ever…
I still was working around the bush when the very next target was a low 12-12, 12-11.
I moved around some more and dug more wheats, I kept coming back to the bush and this time a the silver was back to back… First was this 1943 Mercury Dime.
3rd Silver of the day 1943 Mercury Dime
Getting excited that I had gotten my first trifecta(sorta) with the CTX I wasn’t expecting the 4th silver… and the Grand Slam…
1912 Barber and a Silver Grand Slam!
I was pretty much done but had a lot of daylight left and a few minutes left on the camera so I dug a few more wheats and got this really neat Modern Health Crusader Pin. I had found one of these before in this same town a few weeks earlier.
Modern Health Crusader 19-20 made for the National Tuberculosis Assn. NY by the Greenduck Co CHI.
I usually don’t go on a good coin hunt without finding a foreign coin and I wasn’t disappointed lol.
1900′s Chinese Tai Ching Copper Coin
I was able to get all of these on film. I hope you enjoy and will try to post more frequently, but until we get settled it will be difficult..
Thanks for reading
This was this weekend’s hunt with the CTX. Hope you enjoy.
Day 1-Saturday 6-9-12
I wanted to see what the CTX would do in cleaning up a yard that I had already hunted with both the E-Trac and the Deus. I went over a grid portion that I had cover with the two other machines. First thing that showed up was an Indian head.
My next few targets were wheats. I had a grand total of 12 in this yard.. 5 came from a pocket spill.
Next came my first gold charm. It is labeled on the back of the pin, “Gold Front”. Probably nothing real, but coming from a depth of 7 inches it still shined like gold..
The next signal was my first silver of the day this 1944 Mercury dime.
Then this tiny aluminum thimble.
About 3 inches from it was this toy ring. It has a cowboy hat attached.
Not sure what this partial find is. It looks like the cupped end of a spoon.
This buffalo was the deepest coin I have found so far. It was at least 9 inches. It was sort of impressive because it sounded like it was at 5 inches. I may have the volume limit too high. Depth reading showed 8 so I wasn’t sure till I got down to it. The Jefferson came shortly after.
I found a third silver with this strangely bent 1925 Mercury dime.. Not sure how it was bent but looks like a mower hit it. Never found one that old hit by a mower, but it was around the 6 inch mark.
Next was a very deep tiny gold locket. Same size as a dime, and was at 9 inches.. Not really sure how I heard it, but again it gave a strong signal and was actually deeper than my 7-8 inch plug.
What I think is the coolest find of the day was this One Drachm 3i apothecary weight. In the days before electronic scales and pre-packaged medicines, pharmacists used a balance beam scale to measure the appropriate amount of medicine to a customer. One would put the appropriate weights on one side and then pour the powdered drug on the other until the balance was centered. I had never seen one before or even knew they existed.
My final target of the day, was also a cool relic. This is my deepest target so far at 11 inches. After researching this piece, I found that it was one side of a brass pocket knife. The other side would have said “The Patriot Shoe”.
Here are the total finds from day one….
I will be posting Day 2′s shortly and the Real Gold show’s up…
Hope you enjoy.
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