Hell in a Field: The companion to the video on Youtube

headed out to a new permission at 1220 this afternoon, it was already 35 degrees celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The new permission had freshly been turned over, so the dirt was still fresh, and with luck many relics turned within it to the top of the soil.

Hotter than hell in summer. At the end of the hunt, Direct sunlight was at 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit)

Hotter than hell in summer. At the end of the hunt, Direct sunlight was at 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit)

The remains of the hay on the field was crackling in the heat as I stepped onto it, and placed my Panasonic headphones on, turned the Tesoro Cibola on, and got 6 beeps telling me the batteries were still in good standing.

I swung away, the heat not affecting me so much with my tank top on and shorts.

Within 30 feet of starting, my first really good signal rang out. it went above pull tab, so I dug, and there lay a harmonica reed.

Left behind by the Army during their Maneuvers? A german farmers Harmonica? This is why I love metal detecting, the unknown stories behind the relics found.

Left behind by the Army during their Maneuvers? A german farmers Harmonica? This is why I love metal detecting, the unknown stories behind the relics found.


This photo does not do justice,

the 1903 coin is in great condition.


The backside. Again is in great

condition, all images and

words are clearly discernible.

The photo does no justice.


continued on for a while, getting a few signals. nothing really worthy of digging, until about at the one hour mark, a signal caught my attention. It was weird. It registered as iron from one direction, and from the other as tab. I was confused. It was also sounding deep so that may have been the culprit. Above me the high tension power lines were also making the pinpointing function of the Cibola chirp, but nothing that hampered the functionality of it.

I dug the hole not expecting too much, and as I flipped the first shovel full of dirt, there lay a dark coin on the top. I picked it up, and grabbed my soft metal brush and gave it a light scrub. There it was, a 1903 one Pfenning from the old German Empire. Oh man I was happy, after an hour my first coin… And it was in great shape. all the markings and dates still noticable.

I closed the hole and continued on. 2o feet later, another great signal. I kicked at the soil to clear some of the hay away, lying on top, and saw that I had moved the signal.

I bent over, and moved a small clump of hay, there it was. A 1924 5 Reichspfenning, one of my bucket IMG_0026IMG_0027list finds. It is also called the Wheat Pfenning as it had on the back side, 3 stalks of hay crossing over 3 others. I am really looking for the 10 and 50 Reichspfenning from the same year. The 50 Reichspfenning can go for over €1,000. But it is not the money I am looking for. the fact that I have a pice of history. That is where my happiness lays. This is a beautiful coin, and I have one from the second year it was made. To me that means more than its true value worth is.


WW2 was horrendous, and the size of these pieces, the biggest measuring a whopping 6 inches in diameter shows the deadly nature of the purpose of these things.

I continued on, not many more finds that made any excitement. Then I had a signal, large and deep. I dug it up, and there it was, a piece of a bomb. Shrapnel from most likely the October 14th 1942 daylight bombing raid on Schweinfurt that took the lives of ±590 military, mostly allied, lost when 77 of the B-17 bombers were shot down and 121 of the in total 291 were damaged. It was a daring raid that went down in history nicknamed Black Thursday. (Read more here on Wikipedia)

Piece after piece was dug up, and it became evident, in this field directly in the line of flight to, and back from the Schweinfurt Ball Bearing factories, one of the bombers either dropped one of its payload early, or after the mission, was on the way back and dropped one that may have been extra. Whatever reason, it was clear it had exploded in this field.


the only intact blank ammunition casing found. it was manufactured in 1960 for the U.S. Army. I found 2 others during the hunt, but they were both broken.

The detecting in the field became tedious, as I was unable to get more signals other than bomb fragments, ons of the pieces I dug up ended up being 6 inches across and 5 inches wide. All of them are about 3/4 inches thick.

I was just on the way to the car, when I started feeling dizzy, the heat was really getting to me. So I took a swig of my water, and  a quick pause, to regain my composure. When I got to the car, it became clear why I felt like that, the car thermometer was reading 44 celsius or 111 Fahrenheit in the direct sunlight. I was soaking with sweat, and the drive home felt great!!! Better than that, the breeze on the wet tank top was almost heavenly.

The day was over, and most likely any more finds on this field.

The Tesoro Cibola has really helped me lessen the amount of rubbish I am finding on the fields, Now on my 8th hunt with the device, I am able to better discern the signals I am hearing, judging depth, type of metal, and easily pinpointing the item without using the pin point feature. The accuracy is unparalleled on this device. It is able to locate an item as small at the 1 Pfenning shown, which is 1mm thick and less than a centimetre in circumference, at a depth of about 4 inches. I was able to determine depth with just my ears.

There is no need for the fancy LCD displays, or all the depth gauge doohickies, as it is the user with the Tesoro Cibola that determines its true power. After only a couple outings with it, it has proven to be a truly powerful machine. Even under extreme conditions such as today, 111 degree heat, and high tension lines directly over head, it performed like it was designed to. Flawlessly.


The scrap found. Percentage wise, the Tesoro Cibola greatly reduces the amount of bad digs when detecting. consider 8 good relics to 12 pieces of scrap.

I will eventually try the field again. But if I find more fragments, this field will become a bust.

Thanks for reading.

Dig it up Y’all!!!


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