A few days ago I had a member of the metal detecting forum send me a message. In this message they asked a simple question. They live in the same area as I do and were wanting help finding silver coins. I typed him a response of what I thought. Today I was going through some archived broadcasts of the American Digger Relic roundup. I found an episode that meshed pretty closely to my advice. I would encourage anyone new to the hobby to listen to it here.
Happy hunting and thanks for reading!