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 1922 silver British shilling. Possibly a WWII bringback from Europe to Mississippi.
SITE: A schoolyard in central Mississippi.
SITE EVALUATION: 8 of 10 Previously probably never hunted. Lots of silver and Buffalo nickels. Everything in the photo above was just one hunt!
PERMISSION: Deacon in the church next door. The school was gone and now was the parsonage, the house where the preacher lives.
Transition Areas: This is a key concept that is easily overlooked. The most common transition area is a small side yard of a house, usually crowded with an air conditioning unit, that you and I skip over or half-ass detect on the way between the front and back yards. Transition areas are any boundary between two logical parts of a site. In this instance, the school yard ran flat towards a highway and suddenly dropped off at about a 30 degree slope to the road. I imagined kids sitting on the top of that slope during lunch or recess or whatever. This shilling was found on the very crest of that slope, where the ground suddenly went flat when walking uphill from the highway. These transition areas are almost always good to me even in the most hunted out of sites.
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