January Newsletter

Well, It’s the first day of February already and the winter here in the Upper Peninsula hasn’t been all that bad. We’ve got about 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground and only had a handful of days below zero. Two of those days I remember were 11 below but if that’s all old man winter can throw at us, no problem!!

I went metal detecting on January 30th at Pioneer Trail Park and their was about 6 to 7 inches of snow on the ground and when I swung my coil from left to right I couldn’t see it because the snow so far has been fluffy and my coil was out of sight under the snow. The temperature was 18 degrees but there was no wind to speak of. I found 4 memorial penny’s and one newer nickel. All of the coins were only about 2 to 2 ½ inches deep but each one took 8 to 10 minutes to retrieve because the ground was frozen from ground level to who knows how deep because I couldn’t get any deeper than 2 or 2 ½ inches. I used a hammer and a screwdriver to retrieve the coins and the screwdriver didn’t have much of the hard plastic on the handle anymore by the time I’d finished. Oh well, at least I got out of the house and away from the boob tube for awhile.

I had another meeting with our city manager today representing yoopercoinshooters Metal Detecting Club and suggested getting a permit at city hall or on the weekends at Public saftey to metal detect on sodded city property. There are several cities in the lower peninsula and other states that you need permits and some have a seasonal cost to obtain the permits. well at least it could be a way to get detecting back in Gladstone parks,etc. She said she would get back to me on it. They would have to post a few signs that stipulate a permit is required to detect.

This past month I’ve been doing some CRH hunting. Going through rolls of coins from the bank looking for wheatbacks, silver coins, or old nickels, including war nickels. They’re 40% silver. I went through a $100 bag of loose nickels (2000 nickels) and found 2 war nickels and 46 other nickels from the 40’s and 50’s. I also went through a $50 dollar bag of loose pennies (5000 pennies)and found 27 wheat backs. One of the wheatbacks was 1931d in xf condition, worth about $10.50. I also found 3 canadian pennies from the 40’s. It’s one of the ways I pass away the winter and still do a form of treasure hunting.
Ok, that’s it for this month. Keep warm and cover your holes.
Billy B.

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