Metal Detecting Old Campsite for Silver & Relics

esterday our group went out to an old campsite to do some metal detecting. The site is host to numerous primitive campsites along with a few cabins and a lodge….

Metal Detecting Old Campsite Turns Up Interesting Relics and Silver

Yesterday our group went out to an old campsite to do some metal detecting.  The site is host to numerous “primitive” campsites along with a few cabins and a lodge.  The property was used as a sort of “prehistoric Oceans of Fun”.    At the time there weren’t any water parks but there were some inventive people who knew that people would gather around a good clean watering hole for a summer cool down.  A small creek had been dammed up to create a swimming hole that was over 26′ deep at one time.  At one time, for quite a long period apparently, this was used as a Girl Scout camp before being sold to a private individual.  We detected around the cabin and the swimming hole for nearly 4 hours and it turned out some very cool finds.

Immediately upon starting the metal detecting hunt, Scrap Iron found an 1865 2-cent piece!  A first for him and the group.  He found it while I was still putting my new Minelab Safari metal detector together.  It seems Scrap Iron had the best day of the group (by sheer silver count and oldest coin).  He found two more silver dimes and some Wheat Pennies.


1865 2-Cent Piece


1865 2-Cent Piece

Kevin did very well also.  He found two very unique coins from the Netherlands only feet from each other.  The first was a 1914 10-cent piece from the Netherlands, the next was a 1898 2 1/2 – cent piece from the Netherlands.  What made these two finds so interesting is that they were clearly dropped in the early 1900′s in the middle of Kansas!  There is hardly anything here in Kansas worth traveling that far for nowadays let alone in the early 1900′s.  Yet, there they were.  How they got here is anyone’s guess.


1898 Netherlands 2 1/2 Cent Piece


1914 Netherlands 10-Cent Piece

Tyler did really well too.  He found quite a bit of clad and some really old (what we assume to be) ladies’ hair pins.  He found this belt buckle that has an anchor and a life saving raft on it.  It is a two part buckle which indicates it is pretty old.  We weren’t certain of the age but it was in really good condition.  After having sent an image to a buckle expert he told us that this is certainly from the late 1800′s.  Most likely it was a buckle that people wore as an accoutrement to a swimming outfit.  He said they are probably not extremely valuable but very unique.  He said he has only seen a couple before but they were nowhere near as good of a condition as Tyler’s.  His still had a good solid silver plating on it.  The other’s he had seen were completely tarnished.  We are happy to have it in our collection!


Late 1800′s Two Piece Buckle

My finds (Turp) were probably the least impressive…why do I always find myself saying that?  Probably because someone has to spend they entire hunt videoing everyone else’s finds, right?  Anyway, my prominent find was a 1944 Mercury Dime.  Another intersting find was a smashed penny vrom The Duquesne Incline, an old wooden cable car in Pittsburg, PA.  The car serves as access to a viewing platform that overlooks the City.  It was opened in 1877.  The penny is clearly solid copper.  I cannot find a date so, who knows how old it could be.  Other than a couple Wheat Pennies, that was it.  I was pleased though.  I had gone detecting with a metal detector that was totally foreign to me and found silver the first day!  In my opinion, any day you find silver is a good day metal detecting.


My best find of the day. 1944 Mercury Dime.

Smashed Penny From The Duquesne Incline in Pittsburg, PA

Smashed Penny From The Duquesne Incline in Pittsburg, PA

Here is a link to the video of the hunt.  There were a couple other things that were really neat that we show at the end of the video.  Go check it out and see if you can help us identify them!


Five Favorite Fisher F5 Finds

Shared by Ozarks Detector

Fall is coming soon and I can’t wait to get back out there with my metal detector and start finding some more relics. I enjoy detecting at old homesteads in the woods and in my opinion fall is the best time to go.  Metal detecting in the woods is a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about getting your coil snagged up in the underbrush. I’ve only had my Fisher F5 since last fall and during that time it has found some pretty neat relics and coins. Relics tell a story about the past residents of the old homesteads that I detect. That’s why I am excited about getting back out there and seeing what else I can find with my Fisher F5. Here’s Five of my Fisher F5 Finds from last season.

The Fisher F5 is a good all around machine for relics and coins.
The Fisher F5 is a good all around machine for relics and coins.

 1950′s Roy Rogers Saddle Ring

This ring was a medium tone in the nickel range and was 4 about inches deep. I found it next to a large tree in the woods. It’s from the 1950?s and is a silver plated Roy Rogers Saddle Ring. This style is one of two styles. The other one is silver and has Roy Rogers signature on the saddle. Pretty cool!


Roy Roger’s Saddle Ring

Silver Coins


This was my 3rd silver coin ever and what makes this coin significant is that I found this on the first real homestead hunt with my f5. I also found several wheat pennies that day and plan to return to that site. I was very happy to find a silver coin after waiting for so long. Around here, silver coins have proven hard to come by, so seeing silver in the hole was a very welcome sight!

Silver 1953D Rosie

Silver 1953D Rosie


This 1945 Silver ‘war nickel’ was a jumpy signal on the F5. It jumped from nickel to tab occasionally, but the tone was good enough to get my attention. After struggling to locate it in the plug, I finally found it in the root layer. Imagine that, a 69 yr old coin only a couple of inches deep! This is silver coin #2 for the year, and silver coin #2 for the Fisher F5 in just 4 hunts!


1945 War Nickel

1942 Mercury Dime

On one of my more recent hunts I popped a small 4 inch clump of dirt out and found my first Mercury dime, and the 3rd silver this year with my Fisher F5! Man, I love the F5 and the tones it makes. The F5 has found good targets consistently and when you go over a silver coin with this machine the tone has a nice whispery high tone that is music to my ears.


1942 Mercury Dime

Vintage Toy Car

This toy car is one of my all time favorite metal detecting finds. Just as I was about to leave after a long hunt I got a nice high tone and decided to dig one last target. Imagine my surprise when I pulled this old car from the dirt! This car is likely from the 1920′s-1930′s and was found where a house once stood back in the woods.


Vintage Toy Car

Final Thoughts

“Relics like this are what keeps me coming back for more. My Fisher F5 has proven to be both a good coin shooter and relic machine. It’s a versatile machine, and I can’t wait to get it back out there and see what other items we can find!”

Face Plate View of the Fisher F5.

Face Plate View of the Fisher F5.


Lost Family Heirloom Recovered by High Plains Prospectors’ Recovery Team

A Very Happy Owner of a Lost Ring

A Very Happy Owner of a Lost Ring

Just before Labor Day 2014 we received a call from a man named Brent who wanted to rent a metal detector.  Brent was a local businessman and volunteer football coach for a middle school football team.  Ritually he removes his wrist watch and ring and puts them in his pocket during practice.  He had remembered taking his watch from his pocket to check the time multiple times during the practice.  He suspected he had lost a ring while coaching a local middle school football team.  His plan was to rent a metal detector and detect the practice field.  I told him no problem.  We rent metal detectors to people looking for all sorts of things such as lost keys, cell phones, boundary markers, pipes, lawn sprinklers, and of course rings.  This ring, however, was not just an ordinary ring.  The ring had belonged to Brent’s father it was 14 karat gold and was sat with a large diamond.  The father had a tremendous value both sentimentally and financially.  We’re not typically open on Sundays.  My experience, however, in the recovery of rings is this:  There is a direct reflection in successful recoveries and the speed in which you get on the recovery job.  Since this was a special item to Brent, we made special arrangements for him to pick up the metal detector that Sunday.

Two days later Brent’s wife returned the metal detector.  Her demeanor was enough to tell us they had not recovered the ring.  Needless to say, both her and Brent were seriously bummed.  Brent had spent several hours scouring the entire practice field trying to find the ring with no luck.  Having metal detected the places he spends most of the time during practice multiple times, he was seriously questioning whether he lost his ring on the field or somewhere else completely.
The day after they returned the metal detector I called Brent up to discuss his loss.  At this point, I believe he had accepted the loss and decided he would just have to turn it into insurance.  Although it wouldn’t be the ring his father had given him, at least he would not take a financial hit too boot.  That is when I told him about our recovery services.  Having spent the better part of two very hot days looking for the lost ring, I could sense his skepticism when I discussed our services.  I let him know that it was not uncommon for people to rent a detector and have no luck finding their ring.  Then, subsequently hire us to search only to end in a successful recovery.  The reason is experience.  There are so many competing signals scattered across nearly every square foot of any public place.  Anyone who is inexperienced at metal detecting will investigate every signal because they do not know what to listen and look for in the metal detector.  Pull tabs, pieces of “can slaw” (aluminum cans that are hit by a mower), bottle caps, and even targets that most metal detectorists normally want to hear, can create an “analysis paralysis” for an inexperienced metal detectorist.  After a few hours (yes, I said hours) the person will either begin losing hope and dismiss signals or spend the whole time chasing signals an experienced detectorist would not give a second’s thought. If the person doesn’t almost kill themselves doing lunges as they investigate each target, they will likely fatigue mentally and abandon the search altogether.

I informed Brent that we had a lot of luck finding rings that other people miss with a metal detector.  He  was intrigued and decided  it was worth it to him to have Scrap Iron and I come out and see if we can find the ring.  We arrived and he showed us where practice took place.  He explained where most of his time was concentrated. We had  arrived after school was out and be finished before practice started.  So, with only a couple hours at hand, we were pressed on time.  Before we got started Brent asked how we bill for our services.  I told him about the Ring Finder’s policy where we work on a “rewards basis”.  This means that the person who lost the ring sets the price.  After some quick mental calculation on his end, we determined a fair rate and shook hands.  The beauty for the ring owner is that if we don’t find it, there is quite often no charge.  “I told him our success rate is over 95% and we don’t like to lose…and I suspect the other 5% situations, the ring was not lost where the person may have thought it was.” Brent left to go prepare for practice and we got to work searching for the ring.

I told him, “Our success rate is over 95% and we don’t like to lose…and I suspect in a large portion of the unsuccessful 5% of the situations, the ring was not lost where the person may have thought it was.”

Scrap Iron and I took a quick lay of the land and decided our hunting method.  The practice field was laid out in an L-shaped pattern.  I would hunt the vertical part of the L and Scrap Iron would hit the lower/horizontal end, criss-crossing where the two met.  After about 40 minutes of metal detecting I had found only a handful of pull tabs, some aluminum pieces, a couple quarters and a dime (okay so the money was not anywhere near the type of signal of the ring, but I wasn’t about to let that money just lay there :).  Then, in the background I hear a quick little crow whistle, a “kaw kaw” whistle very familiar in my group of friends.  It had been used for years to get the attention of one another at ball games, bars, or hunting grounds.  When I heard it, I knew what had happened.  I glanced at Scrap Iron who was probably 30-yards from me in an area that I had come very close to covering in my portion of the grid but had apparently missed by only inches.  He was holding up a large shiny ring and wearing a huge smile.  Had he not been there criss crossing the areas where my grid overlayed his, we may very well have missed this ring.

I went over and looked at the ring.  It certainly looked like the one he described.  I picked up my phone and asked Brent how far out he was.  He said he was only a few minutes out.  In a humorous tone I asked, “How would you like to come and try to positively identify this ring we found.”


Large Men’s Ring With Diamond Located By High Plains Prospectors

He chuckled, “You guys…”.  He was in total disbelief we had found the ring.  “I will be right there and I will bring my checkbook!”

He showed up a few minutes later, said it was the right ring and put it on his finger.  He was grinning ear to ear.  We chatted for a while and told him where we found it.  He had thought he metal detected that area.  I told him that I thought I did too, but it was Scrap Iron who found it.  He thanked us for our work and said he was glad to pay the finders fee for people who were willing to put everything on the line and start a business like ours.  Both parties left feeling pretty good about the transaction.

Day 2 Metal Detecting Missouri Ghost Town with Diggers’ KG & Ringy

Bhis is day two of our couple days spent metal detecting with KG & Ringy from Diggers and the guys from Garrett Metal Detectors. We started by hitting the same site as day one but wrapped it up exploring a couple new sites in equally historic places.