« Back to Finds Posted May 1st, 2010 by Dave T.

Item Found: Coin

Location: California

Metal Detector Used: Other (621-0270)


May 1st, 2010
  

Hello,

Some years back, I bought a new White's 6000 DI Pro Series 3 metal detector from Kellyco. I lived in a medium-older part of Modesto, California, in a house that had been built in 1939. My neighborhood had been built up in the 1930's and 1940's, and we had so-called grass "parking strips" between the curbs and sidewalks along our streets, which had been there only since the late 1940's or 1950's, only for 30-some-odd years. But they had accumulated a real treasure trove of coins in that time.

I took my new metal detector out and started searching the grassy areas of these parking strips after work. I went out every weekday for a couple hours, and for 3 to 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. And this is important: I only worked within TWO BLOCKS of my home. But in the parking strips of that 4 block area, I found 749 coins and a half coin, in the first 30 days I had my detector! The half coin appeared because one penny had been cut in half by a reel-type lawn mower. I did not find the other half, it had probably been thrown out in the street, or back on the lawn behind it.

My finds in that Modesto neighborhood in that first month with my White's detector included mercury dimes, a 1901 Indian head penny only a half inch deep, right next to the curb, several silver quarters, a Franklin half dollar, silver buffalo (war) nickels, a number of wheaties, silver and gold rings (one of which I was able to return to its owner), earrings, a penknife, many clad coins, marbles, and miscellaneous junk. Actually, much of it was not very deep, most was within 3 to 4 inches of the surface.

I have now been using metal detectors 48 years, since 1962, when I built a metal detector of my own design in my high school electronics class. It was a 6 transistor BFO (Beat Frequency Oscillator) unit. My instructor entered it in the State Fair, and it won the blue ribbon and a $50 cash prize in the California State Fair in 1962. I had soldered a rectangular metal box to mount the electronics in, and mounted it on a notched broomstick, with an old AM radio antenna loop at the end of the broomstick, as a search coil. The judges at the fair were reported as saying "It looks crappy, but it works good." I had to graduate to top of the line commercial hobby detectors, and started with best the White's detectors available.

But this is a "heads up" to all of my metal detecting buddies out there, not to overlook those parking strips, if there are some in your area! They can add greatly to your collections, with many years' accumulation of items that people lose while getting out their car keys, approaching their parked cars.

Sincerely,

Dave T.
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