The Following Story Appeared in Treasure Found Summer 1989.

At last the event we'd both impatiently waited for arrived. My hunting buddy Jeff Herke and I would finally be reunited. Jeff lives in Atlanta, Georgia and I live in Reading, Pennsylvania. When he took his vacation in Deposit, New York, I drove up. Together again, we caught up on the events of the past year and laid out a plan of attack. We decided to travel in a circle around Deposit, hitting all the small towns and any place that looked promising along the way. It would take the rest of the week-end.

Jeff Herke.
Jeff Herke

In Windsor, our first stop, we found two churches in the middle of town. An old gazebo sat in the park in front of them. This was prime coin shooting territory. We started off slowly finding a few modern coins and some wheat's to keep us interested. Then Jeff ran over to me. In his hand was a nice Barber dime dated 1894. What a way to start! Next I popped up an 1890 Indian Head penny from four inches. I'd barely gotten the penny into my pouch before Jeff ran over again. This time he was grinning. I knew why when he showed me another Barber dime, this one dated 1910. We found a few more Indian Head pennies and wheat's then moved to a new location.

At our next stop, an old high school, we found a Roosevelt dime. Although this area looked promising, we only found wheat's and modern coins. We soon packed up and headed for Afton. A church on the side of the road yielded more Indian Heads and wheat's. When we had detected our way to the end of the grassy area we headed toward a steeple in the middle of town. After getting permission to hunt the grounds of this church that doubled as a museum, we found our first V nickel, a 1903 in good condition. Then we dug a few more wheat's and headed toward Sidney. Our first stop was--you guessed it--an old church right on the town's main drag where we found lots of wheat's and Indian Heads, and one Mercury dime. It was nearly dark by then, so we tried to spot a few places we could hunt tomorrow while looking for a motel.

After breakfast the following morning we stopped in Unadilla. At an old school built in 1931 we found more wheat's and modern coins. Then we decided to hunt an old two-story house adjacent to the school grounds. It, too, had been converted into a museum. Here we popped up more Indian Head pennies. Jeff even found a well worn Machin's Mill Copper, a colonial era coin. Though the date was not visible, it was still an exciting find.

About two blocks away we found an old church with a cornerstone dated 1809. After popping up wheat's and one more Mercury dime, we realized that the patrons of this church must have really hung on to their hard-earned money. It started to rain, so we ducked into the nearest diner for lunch. The rain stopped after an hour or so, and we headed back toward Deposit stopping at all the old schools and churches along the way. We found a few more Indian Head pennies. The rain started again and we realized our weekend was ending.

Jeff and I found a total of 473 coins in a day and a half. The denominational breakdown is a follows: 16 clad quarters, 46 clad dimes, 17 nickels (2 Buffalo and 2 V), 231 Memorial pennies, 131 wheat's, 21 Indian Head pennies (oldest was 1864), 6 silver dimes (2 Barbers, 2 Mercury's, 2 Roosevelt's), 4 Canadian coins, 1 Machin Mill Copper. This added up to $14.88, a real good time and the pleasure of being reunited with a treasure hunting buddy such as Jeff.