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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2007
    Fort Lauderdale Florida
    Minelab Excalibur Minelab Sovereign GT Minelab CTX3030
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    663 times
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    1836 Gold $5 piece

    I have found some awesome old finds on the beaches of South Florida recently but none more exciting than this 1836 gold half eagle, classic head type 1834-38. What started out as just another Sunday evening beach hunt turned into an unexpected beach relic hunting adventure covering several more evenings over a three week period. I spend countless hours researching and metal detecting at what I refer to as ugly beaches, places that do not get searched as much as the well known over hunted sites. I hoped that one day this beach hunting strategy would pay off and I would find a site that had never been searched for a long time. That is exactly the situation I found myself in as some terrific sand movement on a less glamorous area of a popular South Florida tourist beach had put relics left over from the Seminole indian wars within my metal detector search coil range. I began finding musket balls and military uniform buttons along with other interesting finds from the 1830s as I gridded the beach every evening until I finally found the ultimate beach hunters dream find, a gold coin. I will never forget the thrill of seeing the gold coin laying on top of the sand and picking it up knowing that I was the first person to hold that gold coin since the 1830s, an awesome end to an awesome beach relic hunt.

    Happy Hunting
    Gary T. Drayton
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  2. #2
    us
    May 2011
    FL / NY
    Whites Dual Field, Excaliber 11, Sovereign, CTX 3030
    249
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    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Wow! Congratulations. Incredible condition - hard to believe its been on the beach for so many years. Well done!!

  3. #3

    Mar 2008
    upstate ny
    se pro
    1,103
    16 times
    dirty pennies
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    whoa!
    that's ridiculous.
    would love to hear the story behind the find,
    and see the rest of the loot.
    dirty pennies...

  4. #4
    us
    Jun 2009
    Bradenton, Fl
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    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Super find ! perhaps it was an officers pay. Enlisted personel usually got paid in silver.

  5. #5

    Dec 2003
    Porter Township, Western Schuylkill County, Pa.
    2 MINELAB EXPLORER SE PRO's .......3 Garrett Pro Pointers…… Sovereign XS-2 Pro ....... 2 Sovereign GT's
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    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Quote Originally Posted by dwayne sueño
    whoa!
    would love to hear the story behind the find,
    and see the rest of the loot.

  6. #6
    us
    Nov 2009
    Gulf Coast Florida
    Minelab CTX 3030
    220
    26 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Wow - nice score!

    Excalibur or GT? Wet sand or water? Inquiring minds want to know. . . . . .


  7. #7
    us
    Tuberale

    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    White's Coinmaster Pro
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    3425 times

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Congratulations! WTG!

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2011
    Gulf Coast FL
    Minelab Excalibur 2, Minelab Sovereign GT
    406
    117 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Hard to believe!! Other than a couple scuffs on the front, it looks uncirculated! Are those scuffs from your scoop? It didn't travel very far because if it had it would be in not as good a condition. Looks in way better shape than most of the modern clad I find.

    +1 on waiting to hear the full story

    Aaron
    Starting 5-23-15:
    Ring Count(Total): 3
    Gold: 1
    Silver: 1
    SS, Tungsten, etc: 1
    Junk:

  9. #9
    On extended Holiday.

    Dec 2008
    10,708
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    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Wow!

    Great find on its own but the condition is out of this World!

    Congrats!!

  10. #10
    Charter Member
    us
    Apr 2007
    Oklahoma
    Whites, Tesoro, Fisher and Minelab
    2,315
    10 times

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Happy Hunting

    Desertfox
    (Paul)

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2010
    New Hampshire USA
    Fisher F70
    1,127
    73 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Quote Originally Posted by dwayne sueño
    whoa!
    that's ridiculous.
    would love to hear the story behind the find,
    and see the rest of the loot.
    This!

  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2007
    Fort Lauderdale Florida
    Minelab Excalibur Minelab Sovereign GT Minelab CTX3030
    357
    663 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in FL
    Wow - nice score!

    Excalibur or GT? Wet sand or water? Inquiring minds want to know. . . . . .

    Sovereign GT beach find, we have had quite a bit of sand movement down here in South Florida and I guess that this beautiful coin was lost very close to the site that I dug it out of the sand along with the other older finds, buttons, musket balls etc that I have been posting recently. At first I thought it was gold colored chocolate coin cover until I picked it up and felt the weight then I started doing the Walter Huston gold dance from the treasure of the sierra madre movie!!

  13. #13
    us
    Nov 2005
    va beach, va
    se pro, excal. II, ctx 3030
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    bought two condos last week - i see one more in my future :)

    that is the 2nd G R E A T find you have found in your scoop.

    i like it
    .
    .
    <")))))<>(

  14. #14
    us
    Sep 2009
    13

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    That is bloody brilliant mate. One word "BANNER"

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2011
    Gulf Coast FL
    Minelab Excalibur 2, Minelab Sovereign GT
    406
    117 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1836 Gold $5 piece

    No doubt banner! My vote is in!
    Starting 5-23-15:
    Ring Count(Total): 3
    Gold: 1
    Silver: 1
    SS, Tungsten, etc: 1
    Junk:

 

 
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