Since the last time i went to my new metal detecting site i have been itching to get back over there. The last finds i found there have got me eager to go back and metal detect some more. Today I tried to get everything done that i had to do in my day as quickly as possible.
I wanted as much time as I could over this new metal detecting site. Well, i managed to get there only slightly earlier then I did yesterday, so this time i had about an hour and a half, still not as long as i would of liked, but hey, I can dig some serious holes in an hour and a half!
I arrived at the site, this time i didn't want to look around, I just got the metal detector set up and off swinging the coil i went. I had LOADS of signals, almost too many, I couldn't swing the coil without getting a decent signal. So what do you do - Not dig them? Forget that, my curiosity always gets the better of me. It's like I just have to see what it is, and i just will not stop until i find it, I can't be reasoned with!. Anyway, most of the signals ended up being bits of electrical circuits, cans, ring pulls, lumps of iron etc. But then i had a slight bit of luck. I found the blade of a knife, just a kitchen knife, not far under the ground. At least it was something.
Then, after I dug a few more signals that turned out to be junk, I got a very strong signal from the Ace 250. This was the signal you mostly get when you have found a coin! So i cleared the area of leaves, bits of wood, and undergrowth with my spade. I scanned the area again, now on the clear ground, the signal was strong. The Garrett Ace 250 said it was 4 inches deep, so i dug a nice square piece out of the ground with the spade, tossed it to one side and scanned it, nothing. I scanned the hole again and whatever it was that was giving off the signal was still there somewhere. So I dug more and more, scanning all the unearthed dirt as i went. After a while one of the dug up mounds of dirt had the item inside, but I couldn't see it at all.
For ages I was sifting through all the dug up dirt, but i just couldn't find whatever it was. So in the end I had to use the pinpoint option on the Garrett Ace 250, in the end i found what it was..It was a coin. It was so hard to find because it was totally black with dirt. I was very happy to find a coin, it made the day worthwhile. It turned out to be a Half Penny Dated 1931. I put the coin in my bag and carried on hunting around, but had no more luck, just a ring pull. By this stage it was dark and i had to use my torch to pack away. All in all a good day. This site really is huge and i can't wait to go there again. I really think there is something valuable there. Stay tuned..