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    MD'g PA's canals,worth the effort ???

    Hi All,
    Was wondering if anyone in PA has had any luck MD'g around the various remnants of the old canals that were used in SE PA back in the 19th century ??
    By luck I mean any period coins, not old iron spikes and hardware.
    I've had the opportunity to check out a couple of sections, but have come away pretty much empty handed, except for the odd brass cartridge case or pewter spoon handle.
    I'm using an Etrac with a 10x12 coil, which can usually pickup a LC or quarter at around 10" depending on soil conditions.
    Thanks for your time.
    Oldest identifiable coins 1700,1732 English half pennies

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    Where at in PA r u doin the canals

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    us
    Anybody can buy an old coin, but not everybody can find one !

    Nov 2011
    Southeast Pennsylvania
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    Lately, I've been searching a short stretch in Dauphin (?) county that is on private property; with permission of course.
    Some years back, I searched a section up in Berk's County.
    I think these were part of the "Union Canal".
    Oldest identifiable coins 1700,1732 English half pennies

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    I wish that I was more active a few years ago when the water level was lower. I remember driving by Springton Reservoir and seeing ground that's probably never been in open-air for a hundred years. I think with some patience any of the canals in Montgomery County or Manayunk would be productive.

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    Anybody can buy an old coin, but not everybody can find one !

    Nov 2011
    Southeast Pennsylvania
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    Could be there'd be some goodies to go after.
    But, I have to wonder how much money those boatmen carried.
    I understand it was low pay to begin with, and there wasn't much along the way to spend money on; unless there was a tavern close by.
    One spot I've been hunting has an 1830's era farm house within 75 yards of the canal. You'd think there'd have been some interaction there.
    Unfortunately, significant landscaping had taken place back in the late 40's; so anything old is probably under a couple of feet of fill dirt.
    Oldest identifiable coins 1700,1732 English half pennies

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    I haven't made any period coin finds, but haven't made any concentrated efforts either.

    only canal areas I searched were northern Lebanon county along the Union Canal/Swatara Creek
    & Northern Dauphin county along the Wiconisco Canal/Susquehanna river.

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    The guy I detect with did a section in muffling county ddnt find anything but scrap. But the thing is they get flooded out so much so any coins are probably really deep or washed away.

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    Oct 2011
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    i hunt the canal next to my house runs along the field ,formerly fed a gris mill, i have found fishing reels, nails, junk few older coins which where the two barber dimes they where along the edge of the field and canal but not much else comes out but keep at you may get lucky

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    If u can find what they called the gate or lock keepers house I'm sure that would be worth hitting.

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    us
    Anybody can buy an old coin, but not everybody can find one !

    Nov 2011
    Southeast Pennsylvania
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    The gate keeper's house would be the place alright.
    Wonder if every lock had one ?
    I had a chance to check a lock out before Blue Marsh lake was completed.
    Nothing but scrap iron.
    A lot of potentially good places are under water now.
    Guess that's what wet suits, scuba gear, and CTX's are made for ! LOL !
    Oldest identifiable coins 1700,1732 English half pennies

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    Lol there's one bout 10 mins from me but they have a hiking trail around it now so I dunno if I could get into it

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    I hunted some of the canal remains in Huntingdon County and came home empty handed. The finds were too deep or just weren't there. That won't stop me from trying though. DD.

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    you all are more than welcome to hunt in mine

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    I've got an ace 250 now I'm looking to get a minelab safari here soon. As soon as I get it I might hit the ones by my place to see what comes up with a better detector.

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    us
    Anybody can buy an old coin, but not everybody can find one !

    Nov 2011
    Southeast Pennsylvania
    Minelab Etrac & 'Nox 800, XP Deus, Nokta Fors/Cor
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    Could be the old stuff is too deep to find without serious equipment, but somebody somewhere shoulda come up with something of interest.
    Pretty amazing to think those guys polled them boats back and forth for what, 85-90 years and didn't lose a large penny along the way
    And they were rough housers too, so drunken fights were probably pretty common; and things woulda flew then !
    Just hafta keep lookin............
    Oldest identifiable coins 1700,1732 English half pennies

 

 
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