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    us
    Dec 2005
    Upstate NY
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    My First Large Cent

    I didn’t have a lot of enthusiasm for the site I was metal detecting at the time… It was near a library in the middle of a city.
    This 1817 Large Cent was found 6 inches down and 6 inches away from the corner of a NEW side walk. I would have never believed it if I had not dug it out of the ground myself.
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    Keith
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    us
    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    You don't dig many LC's in that nice of condition! Congrats on a fine looking first

  4. #3
    us
    Oct 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
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    that is a super nice early one! and again, it just goes to show you that you never know what you will find. i love it.

  5. #4
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    very good shape LC nice find congrats on your first
    I`v been detecting for 45 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
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  6. #5
    us
    Dec 2005
    Upstate NY
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    6 times
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    Thanks guys! Yes, I could not believe the condition... it’s a little corroded, but very little wear...
    Keith
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  7. #6
    us
    Mar 2012
    South Jersey
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    Nice!! I know the feeling,I found my first LC last week and I was really happy..yours in beautiful shape. Good job

  8. #7
    us
    Jan 2011
    Dalton,Ga.
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    MAN! that thing is in great shape, I have a 1846 that i found in a church parking lot, no where near that good a shape congrats


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    Dec 2011
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    Wow!! You have my first one beat by 22 years and condition!!! Well done!!!
    Respect the research and permissions of others...Seriously...



  10. #9
    us
    Aug 2010
    Pa
    Minelab Safari
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    1 times
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    Nice large cent that was the same date as my first large cent. And I found mine about six inches from a newer sidewalk in a park. Mine was a bit toasted though nowhere as nice as yours.

    HH
    Tim

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    Jan 2009
    Jersey Shore
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    Great find. I see you restored it a bit -- in a good way. You didn't go down to the bare metal but simply removed the dirt. Ammonia?
    On a chamois cloth, very lightly rub the coin's surfaces a few times to restore shine. No, that won't harm it. You're actually working with the coin's thick patina, not the actual surface metal.
    J-Mann

  12. #11
    us
    Dec 2005
    Upstate NY
    White's XLT
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    6 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerbeetle View Post
    Great find. I see you restored it a bit -- in a good way. You didn't go down to the bare metal but simply removed the dirt. Ammonia?
    On a chamois cloth, very lightly rub the coin's surfaces a few times to restore shine. No, that won't harm it. You're actually working with the coin's thick patina, not the actual surface metal.
    Soap and water was all I dared to use.
    Keith
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    Apr 2012
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    Lovely find!

    That's one thing that hasn't changed I see. They're never where you think they are, they're where you find them.

    HH
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  14. #13
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    Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!

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    Large cent cleaning suggestion

    Here is how my last large cent turned out that I cleaned up. Check this thread out. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-pictures.html While not all large cents will benefit from an attempt to clean. I believe that results are proof at least that what I did worked. I first water soak for at least 24 hours. The water i use has no chlorine in it. I think chlorine could be bad perhaps, so city folks should use distilled water. Then I soak in fresh non-rancid extra virgin olive oil for a few hours at least then I use my fingers and nails to rub remove crust etc, all the while closely examining the progress and not just blindly grinding away. When I believe that all the crud that will easily come off without removing the coins details I then move on to the next step. Then I like to use mild soapy water to remove olive oil residues. Then pat dry with paper towel. Final step is to smear some vaseline on the large cent then use a dry paper towel to gently remove the excess. Cannot guarantee you will have the same results I did but maybe this description of my method will give you some ideas to ponder. Happy Hunting! CARM

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    Nov 2008
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    that one would be the 13 star variety. nice. willy

  16. #15
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    Dec 2011
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    Congrats on or first large cent!!! I also found my first two weeks ago, it was also a 1817 13 star variety, but it looks like somebody hammered the edges flat on mine. Yours is in beautiful shape.

  17. #16
    us
    Dec 2007
    Chicago and Florida Keys
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    Great find!!

  18. #17
    us
    Dec 2005
    Upstate NY
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    6 times
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    Thank you everyone!
    Keith
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  19. #18
    us
    Dec 2011
    Ashland, Or
    DFX 300, XP Deus
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    Metal Detecting
    Great Large Cent. I'm still looking.

  20. #19
    us
    Nov 2011
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    Nice find. I would leave it just how it is! I just found my first large cent a couple weeks ago. 1818, but it was holed. I didn't use anything but a toothpick and a q-tip to clean mine.
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

  21. #20
    us
    Apr 2011
    Ohio
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    Sweeeet large cent only if it could talk very old and very cool, congrats!!!

 

 
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