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  1. #1

    Oct 2004
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    Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Heres a strange story for you. There is a place near my house in Wyoming called the 1838 rendezvous site. Way back when the Mountain men used to gather there every summer to party, sell their furs and replenish their supplies.
    I modern times people still go there and do reenactments and play mountain man. There is usually quite a crowd camped there so I decided to go do some detecting after it was over.
    I hadn't found much besides some clad, when I went over to an area that they do their hatchet throw contest.
    I got a signal that was kind of unusual and after digging I found what at first I thought was a nail head. I almost tossed it aside but then took a closer look. It turned out to be one of the coins below. I rechecked the hole and got another signal and out popped the other coin.
    Actually digging is not an accurate term because these coins were less than an inch down.
    I have seen pictures of coins like these and the are probably a couple thousand years old. So how did they end up in Wyoming? Well I found out that there was a Guy running a booth that was selling mountain man stuff and he also happened to be selling old coins. He must have sold these to someone who in turn lost them again in a differant continent two thousand years later.
    I put my best Barber dime in there for size comparison. Hope you enjoy.






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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Isn't it amazing what turns up in unexpected places. Attached is a picture of a Parthian coin from 120 - 80 BC. I found it on a beach about 12 miles east of Portland Oregon.
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  3. #3

    Oct 2004
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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Thats a nice coin Waseeker. How did you go about dating it?

  4. #4
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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    All three coins are nice. I read a post where a guy from St Louis found a roman coin in a Park there. Can't remember the date but it was OLD! I believe there are quite a few of those across the land. Congrats to both on those old coins!
    "Two things are infinite, the Universe and Human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the Universe"
    ~Albert Einstein~

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    May 2006
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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Sincerely,
    Randy Wright
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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    I am astonished....

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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    I have been roman around looking for coins like that good post AA

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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by WYO1
    Thats a nice coin Waseeker. How did you go about dating it?
    I went to a local coin show. A couple of the ancient dealers told me they thought it was parthian. From there I went to the internet for research. I found a web site www.parthia.com and thanks to a gentleman named Edward C. D. Hopkins, the coin was identified. Examples can be seen at http://parthia.com/mithradates2.htm

  9. #9

    Oct 2004
    46

    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    Thanks for the info. I have been checking the pictures on Ebay. There are thousands of differant coins. :P

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    Lindenmeier sEEker

    Apr 2006
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    Re: Possibly the Oldest Coins Ever Found In North America With a Metal Detector

    if you contact "gunner" here in t net, he may be able to help identify
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