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    Nov 2011
    The Low Country
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    G W BUTTON DUG 12-5-2012

    Thought some of you folks would like to see this button I just dug from the South Carolina Low Country the other day. Me and three digging buds were hunting a hayfield that had given up a few eagle buttons and old coins. It's a place that's been pounded for 20 years but not long after we got there I dug an 1890-O Morgan dollar so I knew it wasn't totally hunted out Then I got a signal that read around 32 on the F-75. That kind of number usually ends up being a buck shot or some other small piece of junk but to my surprise it turned out to be an eagle coat button that got hit by the plow. Then about five feet away I get a 27 reading and out comes a little bitty button. I could just make out a shield on it but not much else. One of my buds was nearby and looked at it and we thought it might be a one piece Navy cuff or something but after it started to dry out a little I saw the G and could make out the eagle a bit better. That's when I alerted the boys that a GW had just been dug! It was near the end of the day so we were all digging every little blip that even tried to act like a signal but nothing else was found. This button is an Alberts WI23 but in an unlisted 14mm cuff size. These have just recently been discovered and are all being dug in the same general area as this one came from. This makes the fourth one I know of but the other three are all silver plated, so this one, as far as I know, is the only one in gold gilt. Now I've dug and cleaned hundreds of coins and buttons over the last 20+ years but I was actually scared when it came to working on this one. I started off with the hot peroxide method but it didn't do anything to help so I broke out the aluminum jelly and camel hair brush. A few finishing touches with a toothpick and here is the end result. Thanks for looking, Dave in SC
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  2. #2
    Feb 2009
    schuylkill county pa.
    whites xlt,vx3
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    good job.
    haurang likes this.

  3. #3
    Charter Member

    Nov 2012
    Garrett AT PRO/Garrett Ace 250 + 8.5x11" DD Coil/ Garrett Pro-Pointer & Pro-Pointer AT/ Vibra-Tector 730/ Radio Shack Discovery 1000 (Retired)
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    Congratulations on an awesome and very rare button find!

    "...if this is tea bring me coffee, and if it is coffee bring me tea."
    An unidentified “distinguished citizen of North Carolina, January 1840 in the “Madison Courier” of Madison, Indiana

  4. #4
    Keep your coil to the soil!!!

    Jun 2011
    Chesapeake, VA
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    That's a beauty. I'm thinking that will be in the banner very soon! Nice find!

  5. #5
    Nov 2011
    Charles Town, WV
    Fisher F75 with 11" DD coil, Garrett Ace 250 with 9x12 coil, Garrett Pro-Pinpointer
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    Awesome find. Never see anything like it.
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

  6. #6

    May 2008
    XP Deus
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    Really great find. Congrats! I was in South Carolina this week myself on business. Apparently I should have brought my detector with me

  7. #7
    Aug 2012
    Minelab CTX3030, E-TRAC, ProFind25, Garrett Pro Pointer
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    congrats on a rare find!! never seen one before.

  8. #8

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
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    wow!! that is just incredible!! what beautiful condition!

  9. #9
    Jun 2008
    Minelab Explorer XS Minelab E-trac
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    Just superb and very rare. Please post a before cleaned picture, I want to see the wonders of aluminum jelly.

  10. #10

    Nov 2012
    87 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdigger1581 View Post
    That's a beauty. I'm thinking that will be in the banner very soon! Nice find!

  11. #11
    Jun 2011
    White's XLT
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    that's beautiful and no doubt very rare. congrats!

  12. #12
    vaquero44 Brandon Moore

    Dec 2009
    Deep Tech Vista RG 1000, Deep Tech Vista Gold, Deep Tech RELIC, Garrett prop pointer.....bazooka gold 36" gold trap, Angus MacKirk Grubstake sluice, my version of mikes trommel, echo crevice vac, Gold
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    thats a super find of a life time
    always on the quest of finding the machine that fits me!

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    real pirate

    May 2011
    NE Ohio
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  14. #14
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
    Etrac, Equinox 600, Cibola with whites and minelab pinpointers Equinox 800 on order..
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    Looks like another banner find!
    God and country.

  15. #15
    Jan 2009
    Nova Cæsarea
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    Now that is what Im talking about! Congrats on the mother of all buttons. And something that BELONGS up top. Just beautiful.


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