Metal Detector Used: M-Series (NONE)
I’ve had my MXT Pro for almost two months, now, but was a little timid about taking it out. I’ve been reading as much as I can on the forums and watching videos to learn about my new machine. My son-in-law has been frothing at the mouth and asking at every opportunity if we could try metal detecting. I had to go to his house to help install a new toilet so thought that might be the best time to give it a go. I packed up the MXT Pro along with my Coinmaster TR, some digging tools and an apron. I figured after the installation maybe we would have time to search the yard of their 1930’s house, probably for the first time. I must admit, I was somewhat excited at what might be laying under the ground all these years.
We started out each with a detector, him with the Coinmaster TR and me with the MXT Pro. Soon, however, we were sharing the MXT Pro and taking turns detecting and digging. Although I had it set to all the presets, just to learn a little about it, he wanted to dig every signal. So, dig we did. I think a shade-tree mechanic must have lived in their house before them. We found all manner of nuts, bolts, washers, spark plugs, small tools, and all kinds of junk.
As we went, I started paying more attention to what the MXT Pro was telling me. The VDI numbers, depth, tone, etc. Soon, I could call out exactly what was in the hole before digging. We did not find any spectacular treasures, but did begin to find coins, which is what we were looking for. All in all we found 12 memorial cents, one wheat cent, one quarter and a couple oddities. One was a token for a place called Ellwest Jolar. It is marked on one side with “Heads I Win” and “Toy Gift” and on the other side with “Tails I Lose” and “Ellwest Jolar Amusement Centers.” It’s about the size of a quarter and seems to be brass. The other odd item was what turned out to be a “blazer button” but after watching so many videos of those that have searched Civil War sites, for a minute there I thought we had found a significant find from the period! It is a two piece button with the back missing. It is inscribed in Latin with something that means “We put our trust in God.” Pretty cool!
I know none of these are significant, but the excitement generated, and my new found ability to tell what kind of coin was down there, has made me much more willing to take the MXT Pro out and get it dirty! Besides, my son-in-law is so excited, even to find the junk, I think we are going to make great hunting partners.
Can’t wait until our next outing! Thanks, White’s, for making great machines that are easy to learn and use!Phil (WA)