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  1. #1
    Jun 2015
    The Grants
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    Metal Detecting

    Bag of coins from 1700s plus Loyalist button

    Hi there. This is my first time posting…finally had something really worth sharing. I had a pretty incredible experience last weekend.

    About a mile into the woods of Vermont on what I believe is an old wagon road I discovered all of these finds within about a 1000 square foot area, in less than three hours. It was the experience I had always dreamed of. I found a Royal Provincial loyalist button about 10 minutes before discovering a spill of coins about 30 feet away. The "spill" actually included 4 coins still in the leather pouch that originally contained them all...12 in total, 3 stuck in clumps. I have to say, I’ve never before experienced a thrill quite like I did when I realized it wasn’t just one coin, but a pouchfull! My hope was that they were large cents or colonial coppers.

    It turns out that of the 12 coins, 7 were identifiable and all are British halfpennies. Three dates are legible: 1723 (George I), 1729, and 1730 (George IIs). Edit: one of the remaining coins was identified in Sept as a 1694 William & Mary halfpenny.

    Before this, I had detected quite a bit as a new hobbyist two summers ago and found 2 mercs and a WWII Victory Medal; the latter was special as my maternal grandfather was a WWII Pacific theater combat vet and I myself work for the VA. Afterward I grew frustrated with endless pulltabs and trash, especially since I have so little free time, and nearly gave up the hobby. But watching inspiring videos and having a thirst for treasure and history drew me back, with a new detector (AT Pro) and new approach (research!). This is just my third time out this season!

    Prior to this, the most I had ever hoped for was a silver from the late 1800s. But this experience just blew me away, and taught me things that a 19th century silver couldn't. This find has made me far more curious about the history of my area and New England, and given me a totally new perspective on how deep and enriching this hobby can be.

    Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the pictures, and I look forward to connecting with members of this community.
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    Last edited by Z.K.; Oct 17, 2015 at 05:00 PM.

  2. #2

    Feb 2015
    North Central PA
    Tesoro Compadre, Tesoro Vaquero, Garrett Pro-Pointer
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    First post and a banner find!!
    Great job on the research, the dig and the perseverance to push through...........!!
    McClod and tokameel like this.
    Back to the hunt.........

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
    Minelab Explorer
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    Outstanding finds!
    Welcome to Treasure Net !

  4. #4
    Jan 2015
    236 times
    Well done! Thank you for sharing.

  5. #5
    May 2010
    Northern Ohio
    Fisher, Teknetics, Minelab, XP
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    Awesome find!!!

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Look at the Historical Gold Mining photo albums on my page

    Jan 2013
    Huntington, Or./ Stanton, AZ/ former Outlaw California Gold Dredger
    Tesoro Vaquero, Whites MXT, Vsat, GMT, 5900Di Pro, Minelab GPX 5000, GPXtreme, 2200SD, Excalibur 1000!
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great Story and a great find

  7. #7

    Jul 2012
    Holmes County Ohio
    Tesoro Lobo
    1734 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    awesome! thanks for posting.
    Two rules in life: Don't sweat the small stuff.

    It's all small stuff.

  8. #8
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    XP Deus V3.2 9" & 11" Coils, AT Pro, ProPointer AT, Lesche 55, 75 & 80LT
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    Digging In Strangers Front Yards
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    Welcome and WOW. Very well done.

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & an F2 (loaner)
    17445 times
    Metal Detecting
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    Outstanding find. Some people have all the luck, Congrats on pulling all those old coppers. Living in Ohio I dream of joining the 1700's club.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  10. #10
    Jun 2013
    Minelab CTX 3030, Garrett Pro Pointer and Whites TRX Pin Pointer.
    211 times
    Metal Detecting
    Z.K. That's one heck of a way to get on the board LOL! Congratulations on an amazing find, and colonial on top of it!!! Welcome to Tnet. Man, if I had waited until I found a colonial fond (or even 1800's) No one would ever know my name here, fact is I expect most don't anyway as I don't make many nice finds, my "claim to fame" hehe are 2 barber dimes and a no date SLQ! I'm afraid the closest I'll ever get to a banner find is if I find somebody's party banner in a park.

    I really enjoyed reading the story of your find! It sure does make a person think about how that pouch of coins came to rest where you found it 2 centuries later! Congrats and I hope you keep hunting now that you got a taste of the real old good stuff!
    dansalata and jksweendog like this.

  11. #11
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
    4603 times
    Great story and finds!

    Thanks for sharing, grats to ya and HH ALL.

  12. #12
    Detector Collector

    May 2015
    Madison, MS
    Fisher F75SE, F44, F2 and CZ-20. Minelab E-TRAC and Go-Find 60. Tesoro Tejon. BH Quick Silver.
    2232 times
    I mainly coin shoot, but I also enjoy relic hunting and shallow ocean hunting.
    That is AWESOME!!! Congratulations!!!
    Clad - 2 dollars, 274 quarters, 282 dimes, 115 nickels, 787 pennies, 1 foreign
    Older - 1 Barber Half, 1 Walker, 1 Franklin, 1 Seated Qtr, 1 Barber Qtr, 5 Washington, 4 Barber Dimes, 12 Mercs, 13 Rosies
    1 CB Half Dime, 1 Shield, 3 Vs, 8 Buffalos, 4 War Nickels, 10 IHPs, 137 Wheats, 1803 Half Real
    Relics - 1 3-Ringer, 1 Round Ball, Silver fork, 3 pocket knives, Gem Micromatic razor, small compact, Silver bib clip, Silver brush, skeleton key
    Jewelry - 2 Gold rings, 2 Silver rings, Silver bracelet, Silver earring, 3 Silver charms, lady's watch

    Fisher F75SE, F44, F2 and CZ-20. Minelab E-TRAC and Go-Find 60. Tesoro Tejon. BH Quick Silver.

    Captain Caveman

  13. #13
    Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!

    Apr 2011
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    Sweet story there and great find for sure !!

  14. #14
    Virgin Hunter

    Apr 2013
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    Banner from me!
    It's OK to be disappointed AFTER you dug it - as long as you never forget; that BEFORE you dug it, it had the POTENTIAL to be life changing!

  15. #15
    Charter Member
    Feb 2015
    6285 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Holy Moly! I have yet to have that kind of find and to make it my first post. Congratulations in spades! Oh and BTW Welcome to this outstanding place to share all those wonderful finds like that in the future.
    Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. - Tribe Unknown. Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. - Blackfoot


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