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    Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    I took my 6 foot bottle probe, shovel, and the XS with me this morning to a homesite I discovered this past fall and had yet to find a coin at it. Plenty of buttons and a few buckles but no old coins.

    After trying the probe out in a few places, I decided it was not for me to do today and turned on the XS. I hunted about 45 minutes before I finally got one signal that was diggable and only by going real slow in thick iron hit areas did I detect a somewhat good coin type reading.

    The depth was deep and one thing I noticed at this site was the top soil went down about 10-12 inches, which is unusual in South Jersey pinelands. The target, which did turn out to be my first coin from this site was about 10 inches down, very deep for any homestead in this area.

    I thought the coin was going to be a totally worn out King George III Halfpenny, since they are so common, I knew it was smaller than a regal KGIII.

    Not till I got home and cleaned it in Peroxide did I get the pleasant surprise of seeing a crown and the number 73. I instantly knew then it was my second ever 1773 Virginia Halfpenny!

    I was hoping this one would be in real good shape, just worn, but no, the soil was not kind to it, but compared to my first one I found over ten years ago, she is a beauty.

    I do want to emphasize that where I found the coin, both my son and I went over a few times and I think the fact that the ground was very wet after our 3-4 inch rainfall two days ago and also that I was going real slow is the reason I did get the signal today. It easily could have been missed.

    Next time I go to the site I will put on the XS stock coil for that extra inch or so that might be required on this site. But still the 8 inch coil picked up a copper the size of a quarter at 10 inches, so not too shabby.

    HH

    Don


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    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

  2. #2

    Oct 2006
    South Jersey
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Amazing find, yet again. I'm jealous that you can find these coins in Jersey
    Water boarding is little more torturous than doing the backstroke (swimming) without a nose plug. - TreasureTales

  3. #3
    us
    Feb 2005
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Awesome coin and nice post Don! HH, Mike

  4. #4
    us
    My Find of a Lifetime!

    Oct 2006
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Don, you are having a banner year!

    Looks like the variety with no period after GEORGIVS.

    I see the weather was kinder to you near the shore. We have a thick ice coating over everything here closer to Philly. It may take a week or more for the ground to thaw out fully.

    It takes great patience and thoroughness to find those deep ones! Well done!

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    Sep 2005
    Cleveland, OH
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Good deal.

    I stick with the 7.5" coil myself in these iorn infested type of sites. Especially at first.

    Minelab Exp II, Whites DFX, Whites Classic III(former Tejon, CoinStrike & Quattro user)

  6. #6
    vi
    Jan 2007
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    great find,maybe it was that deep because the top soil went so far down.the coin density had to equal out maybe.
    Another world inches below us.

  7. #7
    us
    Looking for that ONE find.

    Nov 2005
    South Central Kansas
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    I think I would die if I found something like that. 1773 WOW!!!
    Burdie

  8. #8

    Mar 2007
    West "by god" Virginia
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    And there's another coin I haven't found yet!

    Nice find!!........HH

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    us
    Jan 2007
    Utah
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Don, another great find for you in Jersey. Hope You save some for me. When I'm vacationing this summer.

  10. #10

    Jun 2006
    Southeastern PA
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Good job, Don.
    Bob

  11. #11
    doyboy

    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    You always seem to sniff out those Colonials. Great recovery, Jyes, and thanks for the action pics. 8)

  12. #12

    Jan 2004
    North Carolina
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Nice work!
    I'm looking forward to seeing all the artifacts you pull out of there.

    Ridley

  13. #13
    us
    Jan 2005
    Great Falls, Montana
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Wowie Zowie, Jyes!

    Another fantastic post! Your patience really paid off! Thanks for the pics!

  14. #14

    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Hey Don, Great Coin! It's nice you were able to ID it.

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    us
    Aug 2005
    Illinois
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    Re: Something Different - 1773 Virginia Halfpenny

    Congratulations on a very nice find.....
    MXT,  and just dumb luck.

 

 
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