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    Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Being self-employed (I own an old book and antique shop on the North Shore of Long Island) I get a chance to get out hunting fairly often. Yesterday morning I was driving on a very old road (the area was settled in the late 1600s to the early 1700s) about five minutes from my shop. Like most metal detectorists, as I'm driving, I'm always looking for new spots to hunt. So I see this section of woods that looks enticing and I figure it probably had to have some activity 100 to 200 years ago. So I make a mental note to check out these woods as soon as possible.

    Today was a beautiful day, with temperatures in the low to mid fifties, so I closed the shop around 3:00 PM and headed to those woods. I enter the woods and I notice some of the trees have ribbons on them, so apparently this site is going to have houses soon. For about the next hour or so of hunting, about the only thing I'm finding is shotgun shells. Since I do a lot of woods hunting, I'm real familiar with those 18-22 nickle signals, which most always are shotgun shells. But you never know so you dig them. But while I'm digging them, I thinking at least people were here years ago, so maybe they dropped some coins.

    Anyway, a little while later, I finally get a good signal on my MXT. It's a strong penny reading, and I know it's not a can or something like that, since it's a small target, with a nice sound. I pinpoint and the depth is something like 4 or 5 inches, and again its a tight signal. So at this point I'm pretty optimistic that the target is a coin and I'm even hoping it's a large cent. I pull out a plug and scan the hole and the target is still in the hole, still with a strong penny reading. I pull out a decent amount of dirt from the hole and pile it on the side. Scanning the pile, I now see that the target is in the pile, and again, still reading penny.

    Now it gets good. I bend down and start sifting the pile and I see some partially exposed gold color. Immediately, as I'm reaching for the object, in nano seconds, I get several thoughts: is that gold? is that a gold coin? it's gotta be gold, nothing else looks like that coming out of the ground! I pick up the object and the dirt just seemed to fall off. Now I know it's a coin and I'm staring at a crown and a shield, I flip it over and now I see a portrait with a date of 1825! I've found an early 19th century gold coin! The feeling is indescribable. When I'm out hunting, very, very rarely do I let myself daydream about find a gold coin, since the odds are it ain't gonna happen. Though, when I am hunting a very old area, I will think about finding an early 19th century American silver half or quarter, cause it might happen. But never gold. Well today, I had the ultimate feeling of finding gold, and all I was hoping for was a Large Cent. It wasn't until I got home this evening and researched the net, that I found out I had found an 1825 George IV Bare Head Gold Sovereign. So keep the coil to the soil cause it's still out there. Happy Hunting and Good Luck! Oh, by the way, the sovereign is slightly smaller than a quarter.
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    Oct 2005
    Washington State
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    What an amazing find! And a great story too! That makes you the newest member of the gold coin club!!!

    Paul
    Friendship is like peeing your pants....... everyone can see it, but only you
    can feel the true warmth.

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    us
    Jul 2004
    Indy
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Wow! Bookfisher, as you say there are no words to describe that feeling,,, What a find, WTG!!!
    I haven't found any gold coins, but I did find a cache of (8)silver coins. It's a feeling of almost disbelief...
    Get back to those woods before the developers get to it and get ya another one...
    Good luck, & Happy hunting~

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    Royal84

    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    That has got to be one of the coolest things i've seen someone dig up......i am so jealous.....i don't think we have stuff like that down in fl.....i wish........big congrats to ya.......WTG...

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    Aug 2005
    Idaho
    546

    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    wow -- congrats -- amazing find!!

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    us
    Jan 2006
    Houston, TX
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Awesome...what a great moment! Looks like it's worth quite a bit from what I gleaned from the web, although I would never part with it. Congrats!

    HH!
    TBGO

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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Thanks alot guys. By the way, I kept hunting till it almost got dark and as a little icing on the cake, I found these three silver dimes and the key all within a couple of feet from each other and the 19th century Navy button by itself.
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    dneyedli@res1.mts.net

    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Beautiful coin! Good for you! Reading your story, I almost thought you started talking about me, since I also am self-employed, deal in out of print books, and buy and sell antiques, so I too have alot of time to detect (when the snow melts) but unfortunately, I have NOT found a gold coin in 20 years!
    Do you sell your books on ABE? I am looking for certain books for my personal collection. Maybe we can talk later about it?
    Nice finds.
    Muddyhandz.

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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leon
    Wow! Bookfisher, as you say there are no words to describe that feeling,,, What a find, WTG!!!
    I haven't found any gold coins, but I did find a cache of (8)silver coins. It's a feeling of almost disbelief...
    Get back to those woods before the developers get to it and get ya another one...
    Good luck, & Happy hunting~
    Hi Leon,

    Tell me more about the 8 silver coins you found, dates, ect.

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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddyhandz
    Beautiful coin! Good for you! Reading your story, I almost thought you started talking about me, since I also am self-employed, deal in out of print books, and buy and sell antiques, so I too have alot of time to detect (when the snow melts) but unfortunately, I have NOT found a gold coin in 20 years!
    Do you sell your books on ABE? I am looking for certain books for my personal collection. Maybe we can talk later about it?
    Nice finds.
    Muddyhandz.
    Hi Muddyhandz,

    I've been in old and rare books since 1982. In the past several years I've been concentrating more on art (that's where the big hits and the money is). I don't sell on abe, what I do is list semi-rare and collectible books on ebay (books with keyword words like Parrish, Rackham, Polar, Big Game Hunting, ect) and the truly rare books are auctioned off by Swann Galleries in New York. If you want, send me an email - bookfisher@aol.com and I'll give you my phone number if you want to talk.

    Bill Fisher

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    us
    417 Area Relic Hunters

    Sep 2005
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Thats a find of a lifetime! Congratulations! Tsgman
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    us
    Jul 2004
    Indy
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Hi ya,, Bookfisher,,, I thought everyone had seen my post about the cache but, you only having 59 post, it was probabaly made before you got here... Here a link to my Cache Page:
    Leon's Cache Find...
    The story and the dates for the coins are all listed there...
    It was a once in a lifetime find for me and I think it would be very hard for me to top...
    Again,, that is an awesome find, I can only hope to find something like that someday...
    Good luck, & Happy hunting~

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    Mar 2006
    Japan.
    10

    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    Congrats on the find. I would like to see a picture of your face when you pulled that sucker out.

    Can you imagine the poor #@!$%#@! who lost that.

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    us
    Tesoro Cibola

    Jul 2005
    Massachusetts
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    WoW Thats a great coin! you should look the area up in some history books and see what happened there in 1825

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    Diggincoinz

    Dec 2004
    Wayne County, NY
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    Re: Today I Hit The Metal Detecting Jackpot - 1825 George IV GOLD Sovereign!

    That's awsome!
    .~.~.~.~. Dig it up .~.~.~.~.

 

 
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