Okay, so I gave you the initial scoop that I called an older gentleman about a property. It was built in 1900 and I was anxious to get over there today. So, let me walk you through my hunt and show the results.
I drove up to the house. It sits on a prominent road that was an old stagecoach line. I know this because I did the necessary research. I also know that the building next to it was build in the mid 1800s. It was also a saloon at one point. Again, I know this because I spend a lot of time researching sites. The house is simple timber frame structure with a tin roof. There was a small room added to the back. That bummed me out because I knew the ground was disturbed. And that always means less stuff. In the back of the property sits two small barns.
I drove into the driveway and immediately started doing a quick recon of the different areas. I immediately knew that the site wasn’t going to produce as much as I had hoped. I moved around to the front, still not getting anything of note. When I moved to the other side of the house, my heart sank. This would have been the most productive side as it afforded a nice play area for the kids. They had moved topsoil in at some point and built it up. Yeah, nothing of interest at all. So, I headed to the barns.
Now, one thing you will notice is that the area around barns is heavily iron infested. This makes sense as they work in those areas a lot. I moved slow but was only getting modern coinage. Well, at this point I was getting very bummed. But, I decided to go back to the side near the driveway as it seemed somewhat untouched. I decided to really work that area and it paid off.
I ended up with a 1952-D rosie dime (silver), 1905 Indian Head penny, 1941 nickel, 1916-D wheat penny, and a very cool token. I took as many pics as I could of the finds as soon as I found them. I was hoping to get pics of them still in the hole, but b/se I didn’t use a pin-pointer, pretty difficult.
What’s the take-away here? I spent 5 minutes on the phone getting permission, 1.5 hours hunting, and came up with an okay haul. Try that at a public spot. Not saying you can’t do it, but it’s much tougher.
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