Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0319)
I first want to thank everyone at White's who was involved in producing the best metal detector in the world, the Spectra V3. I have been metal detecting since my grandmother gave me my first White's detector as a birthday present in 1977. It was a White's Beachcomber and I still have the original glossy two page flier. I was hooked from day one and since then I have worked my way up the White's line I have been a loyal White's customer over the last 32 years and will be one for as long as I can swing a coil.
My current detector is the Spectra V3 and I have to say I'm blown away by the technology of this machine. This machine is far superior to any other detector I've used in the past. My first season with the V3 was my best in 32 years. I logged about 120 hours during my first season with the V3. It took me about 20 hours to get used to and learn the finer points of the V3. After playing with most of the preset programs I settled on the Hi-Pro with a few minor tweaks so it would perform at its best for the area I was in.
I mainly hunt areas that have the possibility of producing older coins. I'm a coin shooter at heart. My hunt time is limited to about one outing per week during our 8 month season. My philosophy is quality not quantity, as in avoid clad coins if I can. I managed to find five first time coins in my first season with the V3 one of which was my oldest to date. The first was an 1898-S Barber half from a worked out park. The second was an 1899 V Nickel from an old church yard. The third was a 1902 Barber Quarter from a farm field that once housed an old one room school. The forth was 1942 War Nickel from the same field. Lastly was an 1851 Large Cent in EF condition. It was found in an old church yard that dates back to the late 1840's. I would like to add that 1851 for my area is extremely rare. Needless to say I was very surprised when I pulled that beauty out of the ground.
Here is a list of my finds for the first season with the V3.
$34.65 in clad and the following
1 - Large Cent
2 - Indian Head Pennies
74 - Wheat Pennies
1 - V Nickels
4 - Buffalo Nickels
2 - War Nickels
2 - Barber Dimes
7 - Mercury Dimes
6 - Silver Rosie's
1- Barber Quarter
4 - Silver Washington Quarters
1 - Barber Half
2 - Walking Liberty Half's
That's 26 pieces of silver and a total of 34 keepers. Keepers are the ones I put in plastic and display in my finds folder. I can't wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw so I can break a few more personnel records. Enjoy the photos!
Jeff from Wisconsin