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  1. #1

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
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    $1 gold piece - Updated now with the "after" pix.

    Got this love-token $1 gold piece on a beach in central CA today. The zone where this came from produces coins back to seateds, barbers, etc... when it erodes. Even Spanish reales at times have come from here There's a beach cut that's going on 2 months old at this location, that ....... every few week's ..... mother nature readjusts the sand back and forth here, revealing a few more zones each time.

    This is my 12th gold coin (not counting jewelry) and my second of the $1 denomination size. Even though this was technically made into jewelry, I'm counting it in my coin's count, d/t the phenomenom of love tokens seems to be strictly a mid 1800s thing. Ie.: you never see love tokens done on coins past seateds, if I'm not mistaken. And also because the stretch of beach is known for coins of the era means it's not a modern loss. Other targets this morning were a 1900 barber dime, another as-yet unknown silver coin, a few wheaties, skeleton key, suspender clip, etc.....
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    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2007
    Wisconsin
    1,358
    33 times

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Great find, the artwork is awesome on that coin.
    "Carelessness, overconfidence and arrogance are our greatest enemies."

  3. #3
    us
    Jul 2008
    Virginia Beach
    Excal 2 and E Trac
    1,755
    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Wow, thats a beauty! Looks like the initials read USN to me. VERY cool find!!
    Anthony
    It is amazing what men will do for an extra inch.

  4. #4
    us
    "WP"

    May 2005
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    White's IDX Pro, Vibraprobe 570, Minelab Explorer XS w/ Sunray X-1 Probe & Sunray Stealth X-12 DD Coil
    3,542
    116 times
    History, Metal Detecting, and Survival & Self-Sufficiency

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Wow... that's really unique! This is the first time I believe I've seen a Love Token made from a gold coin!!?
    Congrats on the great find!!!

    Bran <><
    Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

    Rom. 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

  5. #5

    Mar 2008
    upstate ny
    se pro
    1,103
    9 times
    dirty pennies
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: $1 gold piece

    great love token! doubly great that it's gold. well done.
    dirty pennies...

  6. #6
    us
    Oct 2007
    Pascagoula Ms.
    minelab exp.
    2,129
    39 times

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Niiiiiice!Very nice.....

  7. #7

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Super find Tom, a $1 gold would be alright for you but to get it as a Love token is what makes it special. I believe you might get more of the same in that area possibly, since I think when the holes are like that it was part of a bracelet with perhaps and half dozen others on it!! (Can alway hope )

    Don

    http://www.geocities.com/lovetokensociety/

    Love Tokens were the rage in the 1890's, the one I found is inscribed with the date 1890 on it, and I have read that at the Amusement parks of the 1890s that there would be a stand where an individual would make a Love Token on the spot for you...............(Mine was found in the lake where such a Amusement park was in the 1890s).
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

  8. #8
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,686
    161 times

    Re: $1 gold piece

    That is a very sweet find!
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  9. #9
    us
    Dec 2008
    South Korea
    Cobra II/Minelab Sovereign
    1,268
    25 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Great find.....and REALLY GREAT GOLD FIND. By all means, count it. It still is a coin, even tho having been reshaped/tooled
    to become a love token. Have found a few of those, when in the States, but never never even heard of a gold coin being
    remade. And, sounds like that place you are hunting could continue to give for a long while. Keep us posted on what else
    comes out of the sand.
    Can't find it if you're watching tv at home, your machine isn't on, and the head of your detector is pointed up!!

  10. #10
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    Mar 2009
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    Re: $1 gold piece

    Awesome find token/Dolar
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  11. #11
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    Jun 2006
    Moonlight and Magnolias
    Fisher F75, Whites DualField PI, Fisher 1266-X and Tesoro Silver ÁMax
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (6)
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    Re: $1 gold piece

    Killer find! Some wood bleach (oxalic acid) will remove the staining on that piece and leave every bit of gold. It's what they used to clean the rusty stains off of that San Francisco cache of gold that is posted in "Best of Tnet"--and also what rtde used to clean the gold coin from the Shark Pit.


    BIG congratulations on such a beautiful piece!



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  12. #12
    us
    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
    ace 250
    20,039
    104 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: $1 gold piece

    wtg on that aweome coin/love token !!
    ALLEN

  13. #13
    us
    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000, Whites TRX Pinpointer
    3,282
    205 times
    Metal Detecting
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    Re: $1 gold piece

    Great love token...I've seen silver coins made into them but this is the first gold I've seen.

    12 gold coins...wow. How many years of detecting to find all of them

    Congrats and I hope you find many more.
    NJ

  14. #14
    us
    Treasure Hunting America Texas Style

    Oct 2007
    born in 3 sisters, tx. now living west of tilden texas towards laredo on a ranch as a ranch hand
    X-Terra70, X-Terra 50, Ace250, Ace150, GTI 1500,GTA 1000 Ultra, Tejon, Vaquero
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    Re: $1 gold piece

    Yes a Love Token and the initials are L. H. S.
    according to a friend of mine who deals in
    these type of coins.

    Indian Princess Head, Large Head (1856-1889)
    Designer James B. Longacre
    Weight 1.672 grams
    Net weight .04837 pure gold
    Type 3
    90% Gold 10% Copper
    15mm

    If not altered in very fine condition value $165.00 low....$9,500 high side
    all according to date and mint mark.

    Dave
    [i]Treasure Hunting America Texas Style
    [i]http://davemann.webs.com/

  15. #15
    us
    Apr 2007
    Mine lab se pro/ Teknetics 7500 / teknetics 8000 / fisher m-scope (aquanut) 1280x/2ea compass relic magnum 6 /compass yukon 77b (professional) /compass yukon 71b
    2,002
    160 times

    Re: $1 gold piece

    Awesome gold coin,I'm still looking for my first.

 

 
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