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    Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Hello All,


    My apologies to all for the late night post. Close to 20 hours of the last 48 have been spent detecting. But true to form, here's a great story and some fantastic finds. First off, something to listen to while you look at the post.



    I got up yesterday morning and met Shanegalanag and hit the cane fields.


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    We knew that the fountain of Spanish Silver coming from our Colonial site would not last forever, so we decided to track down another spot in the morning. So we hit an old plantation property we have permission for hoping to find some goodies. We split up and walked the cane fields searching for the Big House and any other structures on that vast farm. Eventually we ran across the row of tenant houses. We were hoping that there might be some mid-to-late 1800s finds underneath the modern crappe, but after I dug the 4th wheat cent I was starting to feel sick to my stomach. Here's Shane with one of his wheats and a cheesy grin. Massive fields out behind him. We had rough gridded the fields for hours with little to show but farmer-dropped coins. You do that much wandering around, and you get happy just to find a site.


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    After picking up a few marbles and digging some aluminum crappe I was ready to go and leave these for another day--or another decade. So we decided to spend our last two hours of daylight back at the Spanish Silver Field of Dreams. We got started and immediately were digging flat buttons. It was like coming home to a warm freshly baked pie.

    After digging a few buttons, I got a nice can slaw signal and opened up a hole. The silty mud in the bottom of the hole was dense, and I took out a nice chunk, separating it in half and in half again until I had a small clod in my hand. I broke it in half once more, and saw a tiny silver coin staring me in the face.


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    I knew immediately that it was another half real. This is the SIXTH Spanish silver from the site. The plow had done its work on this one, bending it into a Colonial Taco. I put the coin in my pouch without investigating the date or type and kept swinging.

    Feeling the confidence that only someone with a spanish silver in their pocket can feel, I left Shane to clean up the scraps and headed towards a spot in the field that I had eyeballed a pipe stem or two on a previous hunt. I started right in gridding, digging can slaw and pieces of old melted lead. After a couple flat buttons came up, I was feeling much better about my choice. Then in the bottom of a cane row I got a great signal. When I picked up the button, I couldn't believe it. A Second War of 1812 Artillery button!


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    It's pretty beaten up by the fertilizer and the plow, but I'll take it gladly.

    Darkness was falling, and after digging a few more targets we called it a day. When I got home, I investigated my finds, and to my surprise the half real was a pillars type rather than the usual bust type. I was thrilled to see the date of 1740, which makes this my oldest coin dug in 20 years of detecting.

    Somehow I managed to get to sleep after that rush, then met up with Shane again before dawn to drive to the site by first light. Bolstered by my success with the 1740 Half Real the day before, we headed back to the Field of Dreams. We dug a few more buttons, and I got a Jew's Harp. The field was starting to thin out a good bit, and we were having to work hard for each target. By noon we decided to take a lunch break.

    During a fantastic Cajun Lunch, we discussed our plans, and decided to take a drive to another property and look for an early house. When we got out on that massive property, we drove a while, hoping to eyeball some brick, pottery, or oyster shells, then when that failed we got out in the field and started swinging. We rough-gridded some of the field, and found a site. After I eyeballed a large marble, and Shane dug an old brass skeleton key, we knew it was late 1800s. I dug a V nickel, and a Catholic medallion. (I was actually angry that the nickel was a nickel and not a flat button.) We piddled around for a while, then decided to spend the rest of our time back at the Field of Dreams again. :P

    When we got out there, we decided to tightly grid a section that we had never done before. We picked up a few more flat buttons, more pipe stems, and some pottery shards.

    We pause our regularly scheduled Canefield Bandits program to bring you a game called "Find the Colonial Clay Pipe Stem in the Sugar Cane Stubble."


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    Let me give you a hint. Those little things are hard to see!


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    Now back to the story... On the next cane row I dug a nice octagonal plantation token. Then I got a great hit that I was sure would be a copper. When I flipped the soil over, I saw the flash of silver and thought 8Reales--


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    --but it was a Walking Liberty Half. My last Walker was dug in the 90s (although I have dug Seated Halves since), but that big silver is always a welcome sight.


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    I took ten steps and got another great signal, and dug this:


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    An 1892 Barber Dime. Thank you, Farmers, for dropping some goodies for us to find. Later on I dug a Buffalo Nickel in the middle of the field, and thanked the farmers again. I didn't mind digging some coins today of types that I haven't dug in years.


    Here are my finds from the two days of detecting. Shane will either post his, or I'll add them to this post later on.

    First off, I have to show you the Gaw Gag. Pack studs and pocketwatch parts (Gaw), Wheat pennies (Gag!), melted old lead, mardi gras doubloon 8), etc.:


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    MORE PHOTOS OF FINDS BELOW!!!
    2019 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Solid Gold Monogrammed Thimble, c. 1840-50
    Civil War ID Disc
    1826 2 Reales
    Louisiana Pelican Civil War Button
    Eagle Cuff Button
    Eagle "I" Coat Button
    Colonial silver shoe buckle piece
    Boxlock Pistol hammer plate
    1865 2 Cent Piece
    1788, 1819 and one dateless Half Reale
    1848-O and 1854 Half Dimes
    1842-O, 1858, 1876-S and 1888 Seated Dimes
    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
    1905-O Barber Dime
    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
    Silver "Indian Head" badge
    Maynard Carbine casings (Civil War)
    Louisiana Knights Templar Badge
    Shield Nickels
    V Nackles, Beefalo knuckles and Gaw Gag

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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  2. #2
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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Non-metal finds. The large marble is from the newer site and the marbles in front are from the tenant houses the first day. Nice pottery shards and clay pipe stems.


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    The octagonal plantation token. This is really a GREAT find from this area. The name of the plantation is on the back (omitted to protect the names of the innocent).


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    The 1918 Walking Liberty:


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    The 1812 Artillery Button (no shank ):


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    And the 1740 Half Real. 8)


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    Here is a group shot of everything except the glass. Heel plate piece, some sort of finial, Jew's Harp, V and Buffalo nickels, 1740 Half Real Taco, Walker Half, Barber Dime, and flat buttons. I know we'll hit it again soon.


    Best Wishes,



    Buckles
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    2019 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    Solid Gold Monogrammed Thimble, c. 1840-50
    Civil War ID Disc
    1826 2 Reales
    Louisiana Pelican Civil War Button
    Eagle Cuff Button
    Eagle "I" Coat Button
    Colonial silver shoe buckle piece
    Boxlock Pistol hammer plate
    1865 2 Cent Piece
    1788, 1819 and one dateless Half Reale
    1848-O and 1854 Half Dimes
    1842-O, 1858, 1876-S and 1888 Seated Dimes
    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
    1905-O Barber Dime
    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
    Silver "Indian Head" badge
    Maynard Carbine casings (Civil War)
    Louisiana Knights Templar Badge
    Shield Nickels
    V Nackles, Beefalo knuckles and Gaw Gag

    OUR 2018 YEAR-END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...nths-late.html
    OUR 2017 YEAR-END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...ts-photos.html
    OUR 2016 YEAR-END POST:
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    OUR 2015 YEAR-END POST:
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    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Wow! Great old coin! Congratulations!

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    AWSOME!... some great finds. Nice music to go along with it. Thanks for sharing.
    "You might see me in your local park"!

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    This was a classic, well-written post, Buck. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and the pictures were top-notch. Gaw Gag! I had to say it. Congratulations on your oldest coin! It looks to be in decent condition. Killer 1812 buttons as well!

    The Cane Field Bandits will never disappoint. Colonial detecting along a Baayyyoooooooooooooouu!

    Kirk
    Keep the passion high!

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    ROFL!! You just can't get away from that field!! Great finds I wish you more pieces of spanish silver, and please keep the posts coming

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Very nice...congrats!

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Congratulation's Buckle's Great story and awesome find's.....Love the Music!!

  9. #9
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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    congrats on the oldie the artillery button is a very nice find as well

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    Reale nice hunt
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Great finds..I love the Token and really LOVE the Marbles!!

    Scott
    " He who says he can, and he who says he cant, are both right"

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Gotta love the Wheaties and a Jew's Harp.
    Congrats to you Buck on the oldest coin ever for you.
    You must have a put a good ole skunkin on Shane, I can't hear him this AM.
    I told you things would swing your way at some point.
    Great post and glad to see you finding places to hunt down there.


    HB

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Excellent post, story and music Will.

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    You guys are the kings of Spanish silver. I have one of those taco reales. Congratulations on your oldest coin to date. The Spanish Silver Dynamic Duos will be the ones to watch this year. Stay tuned everybody for a grand show.
    Chris

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    Re: Dug My Oldest Coin in 20 Years Today--272 Years Old!

    Awesome finds Buck , you gonna straighten that taco ? Awesome button and love the silver !

 

 
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