The next meeting of the yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club will be Saturday, December 22nd, at Bayview Manor in Gladstone Michigan at 12:30 EST. If you need directions, call Bill Bruner @ 906.241.9150 or send an email.

2012 coin totals

I thought I’d better get going on my 2012 coin totals before the 2013 detecting season gets going and I won’t have the time. Ok, here goes:
1222 Lincoln memorials
184 Jefferson nickels
332 clad dimes
266 clad quarters
2 one dollar coins
217 wheat cents
15 Indian cents
7 silver war nickels
9 Buffalo nickels
1 “V” nickel
2 seated liberty dimes
3 Barber dimes
12 Mercury dimes
11 silver Roosevelt dimes
1 standing liberty quarter
2 silver Washington quarters
1 1906 silver Canada quarter
2 King George Canada cents

total is $129.11

I’m running out of parks and beaches to hunt as I and who knows who else and how many others have hunted the same spots, so I’m going to do a little traveling and try and get some new territory to hunt in 2013.

I’ve been doing a lot of viewing youtube coin hunting videos and up til this date (2/1/2013) I subscribe to 53 different metal detecting youtuber’s. I really enjoy watching the ones where the detectorist is just starting out in the hobby. Watching their progress in detecting as they move up from low end detectors to high end like White’s and Minelab etrac, just to name a couple, I know there not the only high end machines but, they seem to be the most popular 2 on the youtube videos. A lot of the guys (and a few gals) start off with a cheap detector and also a cheap and easily breakable digging tool and they slowly progress, many of them to the Lesche digger and the Garrett Pro Pointer pinpointer along with the better detectors and start finding better targets as far as coins and jewelry go. I’ve recently starting watching a guy in the Pittsburgh, Pa area that goes by pulltabpirate and he stepped up to a high end machine within a couple months of his detecting debut and has progressed in detector knowledge faster than any of the youtube detectorists I’ve watched. His finds increased noticeably too.

One thing I get a kick out of (but shudder) is some of the videos where the detectorists that seem very knowledgable will detect a coin, dig a plug, locate the coin in the bottom of the hole and attempt to pick up the coin, but seem afraid to touch the coin and using their thumb and index fingers pick the coin gingerly out of the hole (which is the way you should handle a coin in case it’s a key date) then they put the coin in their palm and…….up comes the thumb and they start rubbing and rubbing the obverse and reverse until they can see the date. Some time they’ll pour a little water on the coin and start patting it with their finger til the dirt gets like a slurry and then wipe it off the coin. YIKES ! My suggestion is, why not carry a small spray bottle that has an adjustable spray, like from a stream to a fine spray, which is better than using your thumb or pants leg.

When detecting, if you wear glasses such as bifocals take them with you. If you don’t wear them while hunting, leave them in the car in case you need them. I see a lot of guys say, “I can’t see the date cause I don’t have my glasses on”. Also, carry a small loupe to see the dates better.

Swing your detector LOW & SLOW ! You’ll never know what your missing until you do it this way and by going over the same ground low & slow you most likely will be surprised by what you’ve been missing.

I like to detect around old large trees. I check the bottom where the trunk enters the ground. If it goes straight, it’s probably been filled in that area. If it flares near the ground and there’s surface roots, start detecting. You may have a difficult time digging when a coin is located, but good things don’t always come easy.

A little side note on using a spray bottle. Last summer I found a 1921d Mercury dime at my son in laws property in Perronville and took it out of the hole and used the ole thumb method to get the dirt off. Well, I got $250.00 for the dime but, I probably would have got $300.00 or more if I’d cleaned the dirt off with a spray bottle.

Well, that’s about it, sorry for getting so long winded this time, cya, and don’t forget to double check and then, cover your holes, please.