When metal detecting, jewelry items are those unexpected finds that pop out of the ground and really make your day. Gold, by far is the most sought after and the most elusive as it is in the same range as foil, pull-tabs, and nickels. Silver is the most popular form of jewelry that most coin shooters dig up as it usually falls in the coin range on most detectors. The majority of the gold items that I dug up have been sold to buy new detectors or to update equipment. All of the items pictured in the Jewelry category are made of silver.
Old coins are what treasure hunters and coin shooters strive to find. It is a combination of hard work and research that pays off in finding older coins. Remember, if you want old coins you have got to hunt the old sites. Old churches before 1900, old schools, parks (especially the ones with a gazebo or band shell) and forgotten picnic groves. Ask your grand-parents where they use to go to picnics at. I did and it paid off in Barber coins, Indian Head pennies and a Flying Eagle cent. County courthouses are a good spot if you can get permission to hunt the grounds.
During my military career I was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas several times. I always enjoyed being stationed there since it was out in the desert. The current Fort Bliss was built in the 1890's and was around the third location for the fort. I did some research at the post library and found where some of the old barracks and parade fields use to be. What helped was that I attended first and second grade at Fort Bliss Elementary and also hunted some of the places where I used to play when I was a kid. I would coin shoot these sites on my day off and did very well. The old post theater was a great place to coin shoot. I lived about one block from the theater when growing up there. Behind the theater is the post cannon that fires off at 1700 hours everyday for retreat. It was a kid magnet back then and still is today. The elementary school that I attended on Fort Bliss was built on the grounds of the old cavalry horse stables. This would have been in the 1900 to 1920 time frame. I did find some old brass harness buckles there.
Toys, lighters, pins and other items are collectibles that the coin shooter will eventually dig up. Sometimes they come out of the ground in good condition and other times they are barely recognizable. It all depends on climate and soil condition. Keys are items that all of us treasure hunters, coin shooters, and metal detectorist eventually find. I keep all of mine on key rings, divided into categories such as house, car, locks, cabinets and unknowns. The keys are kept in a wooden jewelry box on the coffee table. They make for some very interesting conversations and if they could talk...
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