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  1. #1
    PADI Divemaster #181371

    Feb 2019
    Phillipsburg, Warren County, New Jersey
    Minelab CTX 3030 Minelab Vanquish 540 Nokta PulseDive
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    Metal Detecting

    Finally hit the 1800s

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    Pretty bad shape, but it's the oldest I've found so far. I could barely make out the date of 1886 on it. Detecting an old housing spot in my town that was long ago demolished. Found it next to what I think is either a root cellar or cistern (still not sure what they are - Stone lined holes, 3x3 up to 6x4 in ft, and between 2 to 6ft deep, no stairs at all). Even if it's not worth anything, it's my oldest now. Picked it up on my Fisher F44, but don't remember what it rang in at now. Was on Jewelry mode, sensitivity around 15 with iron disc'ed out. All the rest was trash. Soooooo many rusty nails there.

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    That's one of the "pits" around where the houses used to be. Anyone know for sure what they are? Too shallow to be a well, and that wouldn't make sense since they're pretty far up on a hill. That's the 4ft x 6ft by maybe 5-6ft deep one. This area's in the NW section of New Jersey, Warren County.

  2. #2
    Mar 2017
    Western North Carolina
    Equinox 800, Garrett AT Pro Pointer
    408 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Congrats. Still waiting to hit the 1800s myself. I have gotten as close at 1914.
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  3. #3

    Mar 2019
    New Jersey
    Tesoro tejon/Garret AT pro
    123 times
    Metal Detecting
    cool find. im on the border of somerset and hunterdon.
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  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Aug 2017
    Northern Virginia
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    Cool find
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  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    Southern California
    Equinox 800 / XP Deus
    9818 times
    Congratulations on getting into the 1800’s. I can’t make out what coin it is. An LC?
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    – Albert Einstein

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    Diggin up TEXAS!

    Sep 2009
    Fort Worth,Texas
    CTX 3030 / AT PRO / Etrac w/ NEL
    3724 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Awesome find! Indian Head pennies always read funny for me, so saying it was in jewelry mode makes total sense.

  7. #7

    Mar 2018
    240 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I guess that makes me feel a little bit better about not making it into the 1800's yet... Oldest coin to date is a 1918 S penny... Got a couple of permissions I'm working on that just might get me into the 1800's tho...

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  8. #8

    Apr 2015
    Cortland NY
    Garrett ace 150, bounty hunter gold digger
    200 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice indian!!
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  9. #9

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
    Equinox 600
    11835 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice find. Congrats
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  10. #10
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ― Thomas Jefferson

    Apr 2016
    Abita Springs La....Born in New Orleans
    EQUINOX 800
    26069 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Oh man congratulations!!! I remember the first time I hit the 1800s I just giggled like a little boy.
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  11. #11

    Sep 2013
    Erie Pennsylvania
    Tesoro Tejon
    95 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great find! I just found my first 1800's last week in my backyard. I live on an old farm site. I found an 1899 Indian penny!
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    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
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    Congrats on the breaking the 1800's!
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  13. #13

    Jun 2019
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Cool find,
    Man congratulations, Keep sharing.
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  14. #14

    Sep 2012
    N.E. Texas
    Ace 250 , Pro pointer, AT Pro
    610 times
    fossils, artifacts, metal detecting
    congrats on the IHP. I just recently found what I think and hope is my first 1800s coin, also IHP. Mine is in identical shape as yours, although I can't make out the date.......Don't know about the ground pits. Could they have been used for salt curing meats?...just a wild guess.
    Last edited by kenstein; Jun 11, 2019 at 05:41 AM.
    We've all got holes to fill, and them holes are all that's real. Some fall on you like a storm, sometimes you dig your own. Townes Van Zandt

  15. #15
    Charter Member

    Jan 2018
    Central Massachusetts
    Minelab Equinox 600,Equinox 800 AT max, 6 coils, 2 Garrett carrots, 2 trash barrels (full) and some dull shovels.
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    Coin shooting
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    Congrats on the IHP!! I agree, the pits could have been root cellars, meat smokers, made even an outhouse?
    “I was a kid once, but I wasn’t very good at it”

    2020 YTD totals
    Silver coins 76
    Large coppers 19
    Silver rings 10
    Gold rings 5
    Silver items 20
    Skeleton keys 5
    Military buttons 7
    Flat buttons 81
    IHP 53
    Flying eagle cent 1
    Spanish silver 2


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