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 was the first Kennedy Half I ever dug. Although it is just clad, I love finding the big coins, and marvel at how someone could possibly lose one. Errant coin flip?
SITE: Construction tearout in a bad part of town
SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10 Me and my hunting partner were too late and they had already laid footers for a new house, so we didn’t have a lot of space to detect.
PERMISSION: Workers at the site were glad to have us around, as the neighborhood was dicey.
Curb Strips: This was found in the curb strip in front of the house between their sidewalk and the street. I fail to hunt those all the time, and only hunted this one because space to hunt was at a premium here.
Be Objective: When hitting a lot with a torn down house, it is important to not assume every target is going to be trash. Try to evaluate each signal separately, and assume there are keepers in the debris, which there almost always are.
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