Well, today’s hunt was awesome. I only scored one older coin, but boy, was it a good one! I went back to a public park that I have hit in the past. The only other silver I have gotten out of there is a 1920’s mercury dime. On the old aerials, I saw a farmhouse used to stand close to the park. I think the park used to be a field in the back, if I remember right. Well, today I grabbed some history out of that field.
I have also gotten a lot of 19430s-1940s wheat pennies in an area that used to be an old baseball diamond. They were all right at the edge of the infield. It was kind of strange. I decided to go back with my 5×8 coil as I hadn’t tried that yet. I honestly didnt expect anything as I have gridded this area to death with the larger coil! Well, this just goes to show you that bigger is not always better.
I slowly made my way to the same area where I have found all the older coins. On the way, the earliest I could grab was 1970s coins. As I was heading toward what would have been the old farmhouse, I got a deep (around 8 inches) faint signal. It rang up in the low 70s. I didn’t hesitate to dig it because of the depth. I thought I might get an Indian penny on edge – because of the low reading in the 70s. Well, I cut the plug and turned it over. The reading was in the hole, but the vdi was higher now – upper 70s. “Yeah, Indian head penny on edge,” I thought.
Well, I dug down pretty deep when the signal was finally out of the hole. I was surprised when my pinpointer had trouble finding it in the dirt. I picked up what I thought was a child’s button. I have found pewter buttons that were right around this size. Tiny! Well, I shook the object and was amazed to see reeding on the side of it. When I turned it over, I knew it was a seated coin. Honestly, my knees got weak.
I went over to the creek to clean it off. Once I did I was amazed to see I had found an 1840 half dime in great shape. Gosh, I was stoked. Oldest silver coin. First seated. First half dime.
What a great find!
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