100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #26  “$100” V Nickel

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #26 “$100” V Nickel

In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  This is a 1901 V Nickel with a great story.    The groundskeeper that gave me permission to hunt told me he had hunted it a thousand times and was so sure that I wouldn’t find anything that he would give me $100 if I found anything of consequence.   As he stood there as a witness, my first target about 10 feet from my truck was this 1901 V Nickel at over 14 inches.  I insisted that he keep his money, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer and now is a regular reader of Detecting365!

SITE:  Old Church Yard

SITE EVALUATION: 2 of 10  Hunted hard over the years, but no place is hunted out.

PERMISSION:  Groundskeeper


No Place is Hunted Out:  In the year 2015, you can detect hard or go home once you are told or realize a site has been scrubbed very hard.   It’s an attitude.  Accept that the relics are still there, but you are going to have to push your skills and luck to the extremes to find them.  Large coils, high sensitivity sacrificing VDI, small coils hitting small areas, attacking iron or trash, and thinking outside the box are just a few ways to “win anyway”.


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