100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #59 Silver Military Marksman’s Medal

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #59 Silver Military Marksman’s Medal

Note:   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 sterling silver marksman’s medal awarded to a WWII era soldier.    Seems like lots of medals and buttons were given to children upon return, who proceeded to lose them playing in the yard.  At least that’s my theory.

SITE:  Yard of home in neighborhood built for vets returning from WWII

SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10  Several nice deep relics!   All of these yards seemed to produce WWII relics and silver coins!

PERMISSION: Chained permission.    While hunting a yard we saw a guy drive up and struck up a conversation with him.  He was happy to let us hunt.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Change Gears:   I had hunted several yards without finding anything and changed detectors just for the heck of it to shake things up.  I then went on a tear that afternoon that included this medal and everything seen above including a gold ring.

If one thing is deep, more deep items are there:  The targets all seemed to be in the very front of the front yard, and boy were they deep.  I dug a super deep Indian head cent, and then slowed down and tried to listen for any deep signal I could try to isolate and get to talk to me.  This medal was over a foot deep in the ground.

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