Metal Detecting 1900 House Results

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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