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  1. #1

    Jun 2006
    Southeastern PA
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    A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Yesterday afternoon I spent some time hunting along an old trail through the woods. The trail dates to at least the post-civil war era. It is used today mostly by bicyclists and some hikers. I had found some good stuff on and around this trail back in the winter, even though I'm not the only detectorist who hunts there. Yesterday, I walked about 300 yards up the trail and had found only one nickel. Then along the side of the trail, I got a strange, deep signal which I thought was either a screw cap or possibly an Indian Head cent. It seemed to be pinpointing in a couple different spots. I dug down about 5 inches and lifted the dirt out of the hole. There was a target in the dirt, which turned out to be an Indian Head. There were still more targets in the hole. As I lifted each one out of the hole, I discovered three more Indians and a smaller piece, which I thought might be a civil war token. But after closer examination I could just barely make out a liberty head on one side and a Roman numeral III on the other. I knew I had a 3 cent nickel, only the second one I had ever found.

    There were two 1883 cents, an 1885 cent and, a semi-key 1872 cent. The 3 cent piece turned out to be an 1865 piece. It must have been laying up against one of the Indian Heads as one side of the coin was somewhat protected from the elements, while the other side shows alot of environmental damage. There was some chemical reaction between the two coins which caused some green corrosion over Liberty's head. This was removed by soaking the coin in lemon juice.

    Here's a shot of the whole 7 cents together:

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    The three cent nickel:

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    The 1872 cent:

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    The 1885 cent:

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    And the 1883's:

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    Thanks for looking.

  2. #2
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    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    i found a pocket spill yesterday also,
    but they where all 2010 pennies
    That trail really paid off nicely for you !!
    ALLEN

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2010
    Delaware
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Nice finds Bob! You never know what those strange signals are unless you dig them

  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2009
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Outstanding coin spill probably what happened to the 3 center nice coins
    Where Ever You Go , There You Are
    I ignore threads with ALL CAPS titles .... if you crave attention: , get a puppy.
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    daWG

  5. #5
    gr
    Sep 2009
    Hades
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Wicked pennies man...

    Continue on that road, no doubt about it there are more goodies.

    How long is this trail roughly? Was it well known and well traveled? I'm just curious

    I've been looking for old trails in my area too... but I'm a chicken poop around here in the woods by myself. Need a hunting buddy or a gun. lol
    Metal detecting addiction counselling... does it exist?


  6. #6
    On extended Holiday.

    Dec 2008
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Sweet pocket spill. Congrats!


  7. #7
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    ray.b

    Jun 2010
    Middle,Tennessee
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Awesome finds Congratulations


  8. #8
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    May 2010
    newport vermont
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    wow what agreat find
    vermont hillbilly

  9. #9
    ca
    May 2008
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Good spill. Your soil is kind.

  10. #10
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    us
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    The 1872 Indian Head Cent is a key date. Is it in nice shape?
    Could you show a bigger and better picture of that coin?
    roger

  11. #11
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    presidential campaign items, 1860 JOHN BELL-EDWARD EVERETT tin type pic token, 1888 Benjamin Harrison pin. 1876 CENTENNIAL REVOLUTIONARY WAR MEDAL WITH BARON VON STEUBEN AND GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON. CW RELICS 1864 Union store card,3 I,1 R, eagle buttons

    Dec 2008
    ILL
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    that is a killer 3 cent nickle!!!!!!!!!! MR TUFF
    oldest dug 1831 William IIII. 1844 1/6 Skilling. 1834,51,54,72,76cc,77,84-87,89,92,93o,94o,96,97-99o,1900o-11,13 Dimes. 1854,56,76s,94,99,1902,06,09d,11,15s Qtrs. 1864,65 2cent. 79,83cc Morgan. 1867,68,69,70,75,82,87,88,90,91,93,95,97,98,1900,0 2,04-09,11,12d Nickles. 1848,56,59,61,64-67-69,73-75,81-85,87-09 Cent.

  12. #12
    us
    Jun 2009
    The Frozen Tundra
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Those 3 cent nickels turn up in our hobby VERY seldom. Nice work.

  13. #13

    May 2005
    Maine
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    Nice spill. Ive only found one three cent nickel, they are few and far between.

  14. #14
    us
    Apr 2007
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    That is outstanding!!

  15. #15
    us
    Jul 2010
    Illinois
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    Re: A 7 cent pocket spill circa 1885

    amazing find! I just got back from a 4 hour hunt at a local park. found 3.18 in clad a ring and two necklaces.. I would love to come across a coin spill like that. best spill I had today was a hole with two quarters about 2 inches apart in the same hole.

    very very nice finds for you bud! keep up the great searchin and good luck!

    Neil

 

 
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