Lately I have been hammering this old school that is now a private residence. The last two trips netted me 5 silver dimes and 5 silver war nickels. The coins are thinning out so you have to slow down and investigate every signal now. After leaving the area in 1985 they built a ball field next to the old school. Last weekend our area got blasted with a foot of snow in October which is unheard of here in Pennsylvania. Today was a nice sunny fall day with the temperatures in the mid 50's.
I arrived at the school around 10:00am. The frost had melted and it was starting to warm up. I grabbed my gear and headed for the rear of the school and hunted a thin strip of land that borders a neighbors property. The first coin I dug up was a silver Roosevelt 1946-P. It was all of 2" deep. Pressure was off now, everything found now would be gravy! I continued hunting this thin strip and found a few modern coins and decided to head over to the ball field. I started finding new coins right away as I don't think it was ever metal detected. I dug a wheat penny at 5" which was very surprising. I knew the ball field was not old enough but theorized that it was probably kids from the nearby school. Soon I got another piece of silver, a ring with a blue stone at 4" deep. A few more steps and a target turned out to be a silver war nickel. This new area was turning up some surprising finds. In the middle of the field I found an 1800's flat button at around 6". Maybe there was an older home here or perhaps lost by a hunter. I continued finding modern coins and then moved back over to the school.
I switched to a modified High Trash program on my White's V3i metal detector. I changed it to accept all targets from 0-94 and then boosted up Disc and All Metal and the Rx Gain. I also changed the filter from 10Hz to 5 Hz. Within a few minutes of hunting the exact same ground that I had hunted in the previous weeks I dug up a girls thin silver ring at around 6". At first I thought it was a pull tab until I saw the setting. It is marked Sterling inside the band. Probably dates to the 1940's.
It was mid afternoon by now and two more wheat's and a dateless buffalo nickel made an appearance. All total I found 11 clad quarters, 10 clad dimes, 3 nickels, 6 new pennies, 1 silver dime, 1 silver nickel, three wheat's and two silver rings.
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