THEDA silver ring.

Metal detecting an old soccer field.

Metal detecting an old soccer field produced this nice sterling silver ring. It was 5" deep and registered a VDI of 73. A solid hit and I was looking for silver.

The THEDA is for The Ideal Jewelry Manufacturing Company, Inc. Providence, R.I. They have been in business since May 1921. A leading producer of military-motif "sweetheart" jewelry in the WWII era, the firm often marked pieces with the "THEDA" brand name.

Bucks County watch fob.

Metal detecting an old house.

Metal detecting an old house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Incorporated 1682 watch fob. Found in a yard where the house dated 1797. This fob dates to the early 1900's to the 1930's. No old coins found...not even a wheat penny. The fob was 8" deep.

10K amethyst ring found metal detecting.

Metal detecting an old swimming pool area.

I asked for and received permission to metal detect around a public pool. It pays to ask permission. The groundskeeper unlocked the gate, let me in and said "I hope you find a big diamond ring". Well, I did find this 10K two stone amethyst ring. It hit a solid 16 VDI. It was entangled in the grass roots and probably was not lost long ago.

Also found $4.36 in change.

Metal detecting a soccer field.

Silver bracelet from Italy. Metal detecting in a park turned up some surprising finds. I have passed by this park for the last 15 years but always thought it was too new for silver coins. I hunted the soccer field area hoping to pick up some gold jewelry. The first good hit was the Mercury dime at 6" and the wheat penny at 4". The silver bracelet was right next to a clad dime, but dug the bracelet first and then the dime. The cheap ring hit at 30 VDI and I thought it was gold until I cleaned it up. Not bad for a 2 hour hunt.

The bracelet is marked Italy 925 and weighs 4.9 grams/.17 oz. A Mercury dime weighs 2.5 grams.

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Metal detecting a baseball field.

An old ball field that was used as a fair grounds produced these two finds. I found them in an out of the way area. The grounds have been hit hard by everyone passing through town as it is located right on the major road. The 1902-O Barber quarter was 6" deep and the 1909 Lincoln cent was 2" deep. If only they were 1901-S and 1909-S VDB!

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1953-D Franklin half dollar found metal detecting.

Metal detecting a schoolyard.

I stopped at a 1940'ish school along a major highway recently. It has been hit hard. I found two coins while I was there. A memorial cent and this 1953-D Franklin half dollar. It was 5" deep and was on top of another piece of deeper trash. I was using the V-rated 5.3' coil. The White's Vision/Spectra V3 sniffed it right out. Sure am glad I stopped by!

1951 silver quarter found metal detecting.

Metal detecting a schoolyard.

Metal detecting the same school where the 1945-P quarter was found I popped up this nice 1951 Washington silver quarter. It was about 6" deep but was hidden from other detectors by a large piece of trash. The White's Vision/Spectra V3 didn't miss it.

Metal detecting a churchyard.

Metal detecting the same church as below with the White's Vision produced this nice 1898-S Barber half dollar. It was located next to a huge tree, 8" deep. The VDI indicated 83 so I was pleasantly surprised when this half popped up.

Silver dimes found metal detecting around a church.

Metal detecting a churchyard & schoolyard.

Metal detecting a church and old high school with the White's Vision produced these two dimes, both at a depth of 6". The church and high school have been hammered hard. I've been hunting the both locations since the 1970's. The Barber dime came from the church and the Mercury dime from the high school.

1945 quarter.

Metal detecting a schoolyard.

Metal detecting an old school produced this 1945-P silver Washington quarter. It was 8" deep. I was using the 9.5" coil to see if the depth problem was eliminated. It was. Coins were "spot on". Clad quarters were banging down to 5". The DFX300 had no problem seeing this quarter. It was loud and clear. I found $4 in clad quarters, $1 in clad dimes and 10 new pennies. I did find a 1949-S wheat penny at 5.5" deep.