Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)
I bought my first White's metal detector (DFX) a little over a year ago. Shortly after getting the machine and learning the basics about using it, my mother showed me where she grew up out in the country of North East Indiana. She pointed to a spot where her mom (my grandma) had told her there was a store when she (grandma) was a little girl. Today that spot is just a farm field.
I asked and received permission to hunt the spot from the land owner and found 8 Indian head pennies my first hunt. This area had been part of the oil boom that touched Indiana during the 1890's. The coins shown in the pictures were all found in approximately a 1 mile radius of that corner. Other area farmers would stop and ask what I was doing, or what I was finding. Usually that question was followed by... "You know, over on my land..." To date I have hunted the site of the old store, a restaurant which was once just across the road. An old township school (17 coins found there), and the sites of three homesteads.
The thing I like best about hunting in farm fields is the ease of digging, the lack of trash, and knowing that just about anything I dig is going to be old. I have certainly invested plenty of time hunting these spots; yes the corn stalks can be a pain, and I have found my fair share of old square nails and farm equipment parts... but to date I have found over 60 coins, and most of them are from the 1800's. What a great hobby!Jeff (Indiana)