Civil War Relic Hunting

A total of 51 bullets were recovered along with a few unknowns. Nine varieties of bullets were recovered.

All total for the 2 1/2 day hunt was 51 bullets, one button and pieces of cast off lead.

Read the latest civil war relic hunting trip Civil War Relic Hunting Part 10.

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Metal Detecting a Schoolyard

I metal detected the same school where I found the 1926 Mercury dime. This time I hunted the far side of the property along the fence row. Coins and objects were deep. The dog pendant was 7" and the four coins pictured were all 6" deep. One button and the top of an old pencil were also recovered.

The nickel is a 1945-P silver war nickel. The wheats are 1950, 1936, and 1925.

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Metal Detecting a Churchyard

I went back to the 1922 Catholic church for a couple of hours of metal detecting. These were the only four coins I found today. No clad or new pennies. The signals were all "iffy" because they were mixed in with iron and other junk.

After digging the Mercury dime at 5" there was still a large signal in the hole. At first I thought I had another coin but it was just a piece of deep junk. The V3i sniffed it right out through the junk.

The buffalo nickel is dated 1919. The wheat's are 1929 and 1939. The Mercury dime is a 1924-D. Also found a gold plated religious pendant and a cheap ring. That makes 9 silver coins from this location.

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Metal Detecting a Schoolyard

Metal detecting an old school from the 1940's produced these finds from the ball field. The Roman button was down 6" as was the 1928 wheat penny. The 1940-S Mercury dime was all of 3". The rings are cheapies.

Total coins found 12 clad quarters, 10 clad dimes, 4 nickels, and 20 new pennies. Just enough for a gallon of gas!

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1954 Ben Franklin half dollar found with a detector.

Metal Detecting a Churchyard

I found this 1954-P Ben Franklin Half while metal detecting at the 1922 church. This is silver coin #8 that has popped up at this location.

The White's Vision/Spectra V3i gave a 79 vdi reading at 3" and I was expecting a new dime. I found it at 4" on edge which would account for dime reading. Sure was a nice surprise!

Large cent found with a metal detector.

Metal Detecting the Canal

I found this large cent using the V3i Coin & Jewelry program (modified). It was 10" deep and I almost gave up digging for it. When it first popped out of the ground there were shiny copper areas on the coin like it had been lost when it was brand new. It is an 1816 - 1839 Liberty Head (Matron or Coronet) Large Cent.

1944 Mercury dime.

Metal Detecting a Churchyard

Metal detecting around the same church where the Standing Liberty quarter (below) was found produced these two silver dimes. Both were 6" deep. 1944-P and 1948-S. The Roosevelt dime was found after switching the V3i to High Trash. I found it in the same area I had just hunted minutes before. It was at a slant, but I still missed it the first time. It pays to go over the same ground. That makes 5 silver dimes in one small area. All total for this trip was two new pennies and the two silver dimes.

.44 caliber Colt in dirt.

Civil War Relic Hunting

Read the latest civil war relic hunt in Fauquier County, Virginia Civil War Relic Hunting Part 9.

A good mixture of bullets were found. .58 three ringers, .52 Sharps, .54 Merrill's, .54 Burnside, .50 Smith, .44 Colt, .36 Colt.

Metal Detecting a Baseball Field

I was metal detecting in an old baseball field that has been hit very hard as it is right off a major highway. The three coins were all in the 5.5 - 6" range. The baseball medal is junk metal and hit around VDI 53 but it was 4.5" deep so decided to dig. The new pennies are hitting in the 51 to 59 VDI range.

1953 wheat, 1952-D wheat, and a 1953 silver dime.

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1926 Mercury dime.

Metal Detecting a Schoolyard

I metal detected an old school back in 1985 while I was stationed in the Army. I would also hunt the school yard whenever I would come home on leave. It appears that it was hit pretty hard while I was away. The place is now an art gallery. I asked the owner for permission to hunt the school yard and my request was granted. Found the Mercury dime, one wheat penny, clad quarters, and a clad Kennedy half dollar. Not like the old days but any day you find silver is a good one!