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  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2003
    Stafford, VA
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    Update...Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Back in October 2006 My buddy Dale and I went relic hunting at a freshly cleared construction site. The first few hours were fairly productive as we were digging both union and confederate bullets and a few buttons. The finds were becoming few and far between so I decided to move on to another area of the large site. I saw an area that had many holes dug from the previous weekends hunters so I thought I would see if they had missed anything. Right away I dug a deep Gardner bullet, then another, and another. A foot away I received another bullet signal on my Explorer and I dug a hole fully expecting another Gardner. I was shocked to see a small silver coin on top of my dirt pile. I picked up the coin and first thought it was a Spanish half reale. Then I looked more closely and realized it was an American coin and then I saw the date 1792. I wasn't sure what I was holding but it was old. I knew I had seen the bust before but where. I flipped the coin over and found the reverse very worn but I thought for sure I could read Half Disme. I called my buddy over and we looked at my find for a few minutes and then went back to detecting. I tried hunting some more but I couldn't concentrate. I just had to know what I found. I walked to my truck and called my wife. I asked her to get my red book and look up the coin I had just dug. She said that the half dimes started at 1793. Thats when I realized what I had dug. I told her to go to the colonial section and she found it. When she told me what it was worth I about died. Needless to say my day of digging was over.
    I spent the next few days searching the internet and learning about the history of the half disme. The half disme was the very first coin ever minted by the United States. The silver used in these coins was donated by George Washington mainly in the form of Martha's silver serving set. Three thousand 1792 half dismes were minted in a basement in Philadelphia. The US mint building was still under construction. After the coins were minted Thomas Jefferson personally took them to Monticello and then delivered them to George Washington at Mt. Vernon. From there George gave many to friends and dignitaries and many others were put into circulation. Between 250 and 300 1792 half dismes are known to exist today.
    I never thought I would ever dig a very rare coin and I had no idea what to do. I consulted with many people and received lots of good advice. I first had it authenticated and then came the hard decision as to sell it or keep it. I knew that coin prices were at their peek and there was always the chance that more 1792 half dismes could be found and come on the market which would drop the price. I also thought that such an historical coin did nobody any good sitting in my safe. It needed to be in a major collectors collection or in a museum. I decided to consign my half disme to Stacks Rare Coins in NY City and it was auctioned off at the Baltimore Coin Auction in March. Do I regret selling it? Not really. I have the memories, the pictures, the Coin World article, and the W&ET Best Finds issues and award. My advice to anyone who digs a valuable coin or relic is this. Seek advice from reputable people. Dint rush into anything. Be prepared to make a very hard decision, to sell or not. And if you decide to sell do your homework. Ebay is not the place for rare coins. Go with a trusted and reputable auction firm such as Stacks. Thank you for looking and I hope everyone someday makes their find of a lifetime.

    Marc
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  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Thanks Marc.

    That is the Holy Grail of U.S. Coins !

    You Must be Flying !

    CONGRATS !

    Jeff

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    us
    Sep 2003
    Allentown Pa.
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    shes a beauty Marc!! wtg i love finds like that!! what a day buddy
    10,000 light years from nowhere, our planet shot to pieces, people starving, and I'm gonna get us in trouble!! Whats the matter with you!?

    http://www.reverbnation.com/akiaslanfear

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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Marc, what a find. Make sure you submit it to best finds. Congrats on an outstanding find...Lance

  5. #5
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    um
    Jul 2004
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    I wanna go detecting with you!!!!! Please,pretty please! Sweet coin,Looks like one for the record books! Or at least "best finds"! Get that sucker graded and slabbed!Congrats.


  6. #6

    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Outstanding! Sounds like the Holy Grail!
    If the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor!

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    Jun 2006
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Wow- a MDer making a profit!!
    Nice find- I would have been
    doing a happy dance too-LOL
    Congrats
    Garrett GTI 2500 , BH Discovery 3300,Automax pinpointer

  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2005
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Congrats on a awesome coin.

    That is for sure a find of a lifetime. Never seen one before today.

    HH Jer

  9. #9

    Oct 2006
    Way Northern California
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    I'm new enough to treasure hunting that I thought you'd misspelled DIME!


  10. #10
    Charter Member

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County ; Turn right or left off I-81
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Definately Submit it to W&E Right away !

  11. #11
    us
    Jan 2005
    Great Falls, Montana
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Congratulations, Marc in VA, on a find of a lifetime. I bet you're floating on air right now.

    Now.....what are you going to do with it? Keep it or sell it?

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    us
    Aug 2005
    Illinois
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Congratulations on the most amazing find I have ever seen on this site. Just holding that coin and knowing that Jefferson carried it is just amazing.
    MXT,  and just dumb luck.

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    ca
    Digging History

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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    That is definitely a find of a life time!! you did it bud and congratulations on a dig well done!
    just remember to start breathing!! two thumbs up!!!
    Love to detect history

  14. #14
    Thanks for playing. You lose.

    Aug 2006
    smAlbany, NY
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    H.S.! That's one of 1500? Hurry up and get that sucker graded! I'de love to see what it grades and what it's worth! Got any close ups or high res pics?
    Never underestimate the stupidity of people.

  15. #15
    **Bring History Back to Life**

    Nov 2005
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    Re: Find Of A Lifetime!!!!!! 1792 Half Disme!

    Bar none!!!! ...........That is one for the Tnet History Books! Great , Great Find.........
    Think about it..... NATURE doesn't need PEOPLE --- But PEOPLE do need NATURE!!! Hummm.......

 

 
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