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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2020
    Western Wisconsin
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    Boom! First Silver! 1853 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

    Four inches under the surface, three feet from a paved walking/biking trail and four feet from the base of some support cables for a power pole, not far from one of the main entrances to the county fairgrounds in town. The fairgrounds have been used for that purpose since at least 1895 according to historic maps, and maybe longer based on this coin.

    It's pretty well worn, with a lot of the detail gone. But, I knew I had a lifetime event on my hands as soon as it popped loose from the dirt. I saw the edge and a little bit of one side, saw the shine, and knew it was silver. I about soiled myself and passed out. Not only because of the silver, but partly because it was 91 degrees F, humid, no breeze, the sun was pounding me like a professional boxer, and sweat was dripping off my nose.

    Yes, I scratched it, right next to the date. Somehow I always knew I would scratch my first silver, and I came to accept that in a dream some time back. But that's okay, it makes it mine. And it wouldn't have been for sale at any price, so it doesn't matter. Well, if it was mint condition and worth $3000, maybe I would have thought about selling it for a minute or two, but I really don't think so.

    Found 11 other coins today, all clad and pennies, along with a copper token from Grand Slam Sports, which is a laser tag and "family entertainment" place in Burnsville, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from here. The token rang up like an old penny or a dime. I didn't scratch the damn token. Oh no, of course not, not the token, that looks as good as the day it was struck. 😭

    I have probably 20 hours into hunting this fairgrounds and I've found about 40 coins, but this one is the king (queen?). Just by chance, the head groundskeeper came by right after I found it, was pretty interested, took a picture of the coin, and told me that other people detect here from time to time, and drove off on his golf cart. Bad news about other people detecting there (which I suspected because of what I was finding and not finding), but they missed this one, the *******es. 🙂

    I bought an AT Max to give some variety from using my Equinox. I found this with the AT Max. It rang up at 87-90 in the ground and 89-90 on the surface. I wish I had found it with the Equinox because it really has a hold on my heart more than the AT Max does, but I made the decision to use the Garrett today, and now I have to live with it. I think I'll be okay.

    My life felt complete for about 15 minutes afterward and I was walking on air, but then I realized that that fairgrounds is old, and even though other sad schlubs have been detecting there, there is still more old silver to be found, there has to be. I've only covered about ten percent of the total ground available there, and I will keep at it. I have no choice now.


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  2. #2

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    Incredible coin, Congrats!

  3. #3
    us
    Jun 2020
    Missouri
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    That's awesome! If there's one, there's gotta be more! Congrats!

  4. #4
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    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
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    Put it in a nice holder there will be many more but the first is special ..Well done ......Tommy
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  5. #5
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    Tommy

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    Welcome to tnet
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  6. #6
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    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
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    Real good find ,love that coin !
    Gary
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  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2020
    Ohio
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    So what's the verdict? AT Pro or Equinox?

  8. #8
    us
    Jan 2014
    Utah
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    You have to love that silver adrenaline rush, finding clad will never be the same
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  9. #9
    us
    Mar 2015
    Bodymore, Metalland
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    Thats a heck of a first silver. I've found hundreds of silver coins but only one seated liberty. 1853 o mintmark. Nice first. May you get many more. Keep looking in those unconventional places where the other guys assumed it was just trash.

  10. #10

    Dec 2013
    North Carolina
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    Wow, that's got to be the best "first silver" ever! Congrats!

  11. #11
    us
    Apr 2019
    Northeast Wisconsin
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    Great find. Thats a moment that you will never forget. Keep looking im sure their are more around there.

  12. #12
    us
    Jun 2012
    Michigan
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    Beats my first silver - a 62 Roosevelt by long way!

    Congrats and hope you find many more.

    Pete
    "Silver Train is coming' think I'm going to get on now, oh yeah" - Jagger/Richards

 

 

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