I took a vacation day and spent the morning back at the park along Lake Michigan, just north of Milwaukee, WI.
I hunted the area where I found the 1935 Washington quarter
and the five Wheat cent
spill last Saturday.
I found three more Wheaties in the same area. At the very SE part of the park, exactly where it ends, with a drainage ditch marking the border between the park and a private home, I dug up a dirt covered silver dime. I resisted the urge to wipe off the dirt right away and waited until I got back to my car where I could pour water over it to remove the dirt. I was rewarded with a very nice 1935 Mercury dime
. . . the same year as my Washington quarter
Later, as I worked up a steep wooded slope, about thirty feet downhill from the trail that leads to the water, I got a quarter signal about two inches down. Expecting a clad quarter I was surprised to see silver.
I was even more surprised when I realized it wasn't a Washington, but a 1943 Australian .925 silver shilling! My best guess is that some GI brought it home during or after World War II, was carrying it around as a souvenir and lost it on the hillside.
It was 22 degrees when I got to the park. It had warmed up to a balmy 33 by the time I left three hours later. With spring approaching, I hope to get back there several more times before the undergrowth sprouts and the wooded areas of the park get more difficult to hunt.
I've attached photos of the dime and shilling as they came out of the ground.