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  1. #1
    us
    May 2011
    North Carolina
    Teknetics T2 SE
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    Relic Hunting

    You don't see these everyday...............1877 American Silver Trade Dollar

    I almost fell over when I saw the thick reeded edge of this silver dollar sticking out of the dirt. I've been hunting this 1795 plantation home about 5 times before and never dug anything better/older than a 1935 wheat penny. The current owner has lived in it since 1974 and says that only one person had detected the front yard area (at least with permission). I've searched the yard area around the entire perimeter of the house and found very little which brings me to the conclusion that it has been pounded by detectors or there is fill dirt over the yard area.

    I decided to move out further from the house this afternoon and see what I could find. I was detecting along the old driveway area and got a dead solid 93 reading on my Teknetics T2 SE and thought probably an aluminum can but the signal sounded too good so I started digging. Using my Raven relic digger and cutting around the target on 3 sides I laid over the plug and immediately recognized the reeded edge of a large silver coin. I grabbed it out of the dirt and with it mostly still covered in dirt I could see the 1877 and quickly realized that meant it had to be a Seated Liberty silver dollar. I was dying to see it but wasn't about to try and clean it there in the woods.

    When I got home I ran it under water then soaked it for an hour or so to soften the dirt then lighted blotted it under water with a sponge. At first it looked to be in excellent condition but a little closer inspection revealed an old gash on the obverse above Liberty's feet. It makes me feel a little better knowing that I didn't gash it but still kinda bummed about it. I had to look in my Red Book to learn about US Trade Dollars, didn't know anything about them (see link below for more info). Either way I am still in disbelief over this find and can't wait to hit the woods around this property again.

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    Last edited by screwynewy; Sep 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM.
    Teknetics T2 SE | Best Coin Finds - 1732 KG II Half Penny - Cut Spanish 2 Reale - 1781 Spanish 1/2 Reale - 1877 Silver Trade Dollar - 1621 Valencia, Philip IV

  2. #2
    us
    Aug 2011
    Swampeast Missouri
    Minelab Etrac, CTX 3030
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    Now that is WAY cool! I'd flip out if I saw that in one of my plugs! I've been looking for my first decent shaped seated anything for a while now, and to find an uncommon trade dollar seated...wow. Congrats!!

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Let me be the first to say .............. man, what a great find! You certainly "paid your dues" by hunting a yard that old "5 times" so far, to only find a few wheaties. And now..... to pork out this! I've found about a dozen silver dollars, and ....... they're all normal boring ones. You skipped right to the top and scored this!
    Last edited by Tom_in_CA; Sep 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM.
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  4. #4
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    us
    Jul 2012
    USA
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    Incredible Find! That Is One Beautiful Silver Dollar! Your persistence sure paid off! Way To Go!

  5. #5
    us
    Aug 2004
    Timbuktu
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    A Liberty Seated Silver Dollar is just about one of the toughest of all 19th century U.S. coins to ever find metal detecting!

    Oddly enough, when they do show up on rare occasion, invariably the coins are the Trade Dollar variety minted for International Exchange, rather than those intended for domestic circulation. Congratulations on a beautiful coin, and commendations on carefully handling and softly rinsing this fine recovery!

    A note of interest as well, is my own introduction to the metal detecting hobby actually began over three decades ago in the Tarheel State. Nice to see there are still really nice finds to be uncovered there.

    Banner Find Indeed.

    CC Hunter

  6. #6
    us
    Jun 2004
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    AT Pro, CZ-20, Pro-Pointer
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    There is a good discussion, with pix, of a counterfeit 1877 trade dollar at
    http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=82270.

    Good find, no matter what.

    Chuck



  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2012
    Riverside,California
    MXT PRO,Whites PI dual Field,CZ21,Stealth 790
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    Awesome silver dollar WTG,,HH

  8. #8
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    us
    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
    S.W. Schuylkill County
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    Nice find ! I dug mine in 2000

    Nice thing about digging one, you know odds are it's real
    yours looks like it was lost in the 1870's

  9. #9
    us
    Dec 2011
    Winchester, VA.
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    Awesome job. I to am hunting a spot that was built in the 1800's but have not found anything around the house but trash? I think the trade dollar is one of the nicest dollar coins they minted! Way to go.
    If it sounds good, Dig It

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2012
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    Find of a lifetime.

  11. #11
    us
    May 2011
    North Carolina
    Teknetics T2 SE
    440
    232 times
    Relic Hunting
    Thanks everyone for the comments and congratulations. It's a great feeling to put in so much time to this hobby and have it pay off with finds like this.
    Teknetics T2 SE | Best Coin Finds - 1732 KG II Half Penny - Cut Spanish 2 Reale - 1781 Spanish 1/2 Reale - 1877 Silver Trade Dollar - 1621 Valencia, Philip IV

  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2006
    upstate N.Y.
    Fisher cz-20/minelab explorer xs
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    Awesome find ...got my vote for banner

  13. #13
    Charter Member
    us
    Pull-tab Rescue Squad Leader

    Feb 2008
    Mitchellville, MD
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    look authentic to my untrained eye. (Comparing to the link which shows fake vs real) This dug coin has all characteristics of a genuine specimen. *takes off monacle* Now weigh that baby and confirm your good fortune!! NICE JOB

  14. #14
    us
    May 2011
    North Carolina
    Teknetics T2 SE
    440
    232 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by CC Hunter View Post
    A Liberty Seated Silver Dollar is just about one of the toughest of all 19th century U.S. coins to ever find metal detecting!

    Oddly enough, when they do show up on rare occasion, invariably the coins are the Trade Dollar variety minted for International Exchange, rather than those intended for domestic circulation. Congratulations on a beautiful coin, and commendations on carefully handling and softly rinsing this fine recovery!

    A note of interest as well, is my own introduction to the metal detecting hobby actually began over three decades ago in the Tarheel State. Nice to see there are still really nice finds to be uncovered there.

    Banner Find Indeed.

    CC Hunter
    Quote Originally Posted by kieser sousa/rip View Post
    Awesome find ...got my vote for banner
    Thanks guys for the banner votes!
    Teknetics T2 SE | Best Coin Finds - 1732 KG II Half Penny - Cut Spanish 2 Reale - 1781 Spanish 1/2 Reale - 1877 Silver Trade Dollar - 1621 Valencia, Philip IV

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    lost hunter
    Congrats

 

 
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