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  1. #1
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    us
    Oct 2008
    SE Virginia
    F75, MXT, CZ-21
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    Colonial relic hunting and pit digging
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    What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Just got permission for a new colonial site that I've had my eye on for some time. No, this is not the holy grail site I referred to in my last post, but the way it turned out it might as well have been. As I was driving down the lane approaching the house a beautiful bald eagle flew directly in front of my truck so things were starting out right. Then the first signal I got when I walked out in the field was a NY cuff button that fell apart in my hand, but that was still a good sign. After that I wandered around for a bit without finding much, then ventured to another part of the property where I found a musketball, then a 3-ringer and an eagle button not long after. So I decided to hunker down in that spot for a while. As I usually do at colonial sites I dig all non-ferrous targets as many of the tombacs, other small buttons, buckle pieces, etc, often come in quite low on the conductivity scale. As a result I end up digging loads of lead buck shot which I was certainly doing yesterday. I got another one of those hits, maybe just a tad higher on the scale of my F75, and it was a very consistent 27. I knew it was very shallow so I stuck my shovel in at a low angle, then flipped the 2-inch scraping upside down. Immediately I saw a beautiful gold coin staring back at me. I was lucky I didn't hit it with the shovel. I eventually had the nerve to actually touch it, and it turned out to be a gorgeous 1852 one dollar gold piece. I was stunned to say the least. Took me a while to get my wits about myself, then I started hunting the same area a little more slowly. I think I dug one more bullet, then got another nice deep sounding bullet signal. Dug a fairly deep hole (12") and the target was still in the bottom. Finally I got it out and was looking at the back of what I thought was a large pewter spoon. But it was quite heavy. I flipped it over and started scraping the wet dirt out with my fingers when that magical "US" started to appear and I realized I had just unearthed my first US boxplate complete with lead backing. What a hunt this was turning out to be! Later in the day I found a nice piece of cut silver which completed the trifecta. I also dug a nice assortment of other colonial and CW relics including a colonial hoe I pulled from a trash pit. When I was cleaning the finds this afternoon I noticed that what I thought was another beat up NY button turned out to be a Mass coat, also a first for me. And to top things off I thought I saw some writing around the edge of one of the large flat buttons, and after putting it in a warm hydrogen peroxide bath for a while I could see the word "Carolus" so I knew I had dug a spanish colonial copper. Anyway, it was an incredible day that I won't soon forget. This is probably my best hunt ever aside from the 2 days I found the twin hammered silver caches 4 years ago. HH to all!
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  3. #2

    Mar 2008
    upstate ny
    se pro
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    dirty pennies
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    dang!
    that last picture is a banner shot if i ever saw one.
    great hunt. what a fantastic site.
    dirty pennies...

  4. #3
    us
    Jul 2010
    SS of MA.
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab E-Trac w/Sunray probe and 15' WoTcoil.
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    my god

  5. #4

    Feb 2007
    Goldrush Area
    XLT
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    3 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Awesome! Banner day!

  6. #5
    us
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Wow!!!!!!

  7. #6

    Jun 2007
    MA NH seacoast
    what ever works
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Not sure there is enough room on the Banner for more gold.
    Oh well hop on up .

  8. #7
    us
    Jul 2010
    Garrett Ace 250, Bounty Hunter Quick Draw
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    261 times
    Coin roll hunting, British coins, ancient coins, antiquities

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Wow, I can only dream of a day like that

    Nice finds
    Speeding up Gresham's law one roll at a time

  9. #8

    Aug 2006
    484
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    Amazing finds Bill that gold coin is a stunner! Congrats on the plate as well.

    Definitely Banner worthy, you have my vote.
    -Evan

  10. #9

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    AMAZING day is right (my vote is in)
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT, YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' - me 25/06/08
    How do you find Gold coins? Reply: 'By finding lots of Silver ones..'
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground.' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.

  11. #10
    us
    Aug 2011
    Maine
    Garrett GTAx 500, Teknetics G2, Garrett Pro Pointer
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    58 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Banner!!!

  12. #11
    us
    My Find of a Lifetime!

    Oct 2006
    Philadelphia Area
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    That is a great day of digging! Is there any more room on top for gold coins?

  13. #12
    us
    real pirate

    May 2011
    NE Ohio
    Garrett Ace 350 and AT Pro
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    190 times
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    beautiful gold coin

  14. #13
    us
    Dec 2008
    Claremont, NC
    181

    Way to go Bill!

    I'm guessing this was a day you will not soon forget! Congratulations my friend!
    "Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God the Father, means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us." James 1:27

  15. #14

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!



    A high better than drugs ain't it! I dug my best and most valuable silver coin in much the same way you did the gold and I too was pretty lucky I didn't smoke it.

    I have three fields I'm anxious to hit this Spring, and two I've been waiting to do for years. If the results are anywhere close to that I'd call it a successful Spring.

  16. #15
    us
    Mar 2010
    Southwest Georgia
    White's DFX
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    My day would have ended with that gold coin because I would have had to go home and change!

  17. #16
    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
    White's XLT
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    995 times
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Holy Cow what hunt! that is nothing short of awesome. congrats!
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  18. #17
    us
    Dec 2006
    Colonial Virginia
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Outstanding Just another day in the life of Bill D.

    My banner vote is in

  19. #18
    us
    Oct 2011
    Ohio
    AT PRO
    147
    13 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    WOW!!!JUST WOW!!!!!
    Dean

  20. #19
    DMN
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    Apr 2009
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    Quite the little spot of gold, Bill. That's a nice and difficult find to make. Hardest thing to find next to a three cent piece.
    And, since gold rarely misses the banner, your little dot should do the same. Congrats.

    BTW, looks like a nice spot. Keep showing those superb finds.

  21. #20
    us
    The Past Tells the Future! Let's try not to do it over .

    Feb 2011
    Strafford , Missouri
    Minelab Sovereign GT / MineLab X-Terra 705
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    Re: What an amazing day - gold coin/colonial silver and copper/US box plate & more!!

    This is just awesome ! Nice going on the Gold Coin .
    I think you have found a very good spot to be hunting at.

    Good Luck on more finds .
    Few things I love to do is , Metal Detecting for anything of the past!
    Making Detectors better ! Tuning and finding ways to upgrade Detector hardware , To make them work the Best that is possable !

 

 
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