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  1. #1
    us
    Mar 2014
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    Found...The Holy Grail!...on the second try

    Jmastny78 and I headed back out to the old honey hole. The tear-out is progressing towards downtown. We spent a while exploring new territory with little luck. "If you can't find them where you are...go back to where you found them before...you're bound to have missed something." So I told Jer I was headed back to the church. I had gridded this patch of ground twice in the last two nights. We had found some older coins over the last two nights but I noticed we weren't finding any of the oddball coins (trimes, flying eagles, half-dimes, or any of those coins that seemed to circulate after the large cents). So I decided I was just going to dig everything.

    Came across a signal in the foil range. The dirt had already been disturbed around the signal so it was obvious that the signal had been dug by someone previously. Yes, that someone would be me the night before. Obviously I gave up on the target figuring it wasn't worth my while. Well it was giving a signal between 42-46 on the ATPro. Same signal I got earlier this year when I dug up a three cent nickel. Poked around in the dirt a bit. Ah, a piece of foil. "Man that's a shiny piece of foil". Flipped it over and rubbed the dirt off of it. OH...MY...GOD! I recognize that bust!

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    $1 Gold Coin, Indian Princess Head, Small Head Variety(let me know if you disagree)...minted 1854-1856. Unfortunately, or more interestingly, depending on your vantage point...it had been modified into a love token.

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    I raised my hands in victory as I walked towards Jmastny to show him. ...and received the "What did that ******* find now?" look.


    I realize this has been modified into a love token and was probably worn around someone's neck for a number of years...but someone please assure me that I can now claim to be a member of the gold coin club...a membership I have aspired to for the last 20+ years. A lofty goal, if you're hunting in Michigan (and probably a number of other places).

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    Today's digs...

    Love token crafted from a $1 Gold Coin (1854-1856)
    1898 Barber dime
    (2) Wheatbacks 1911, 1939
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  2. #2
    us
    Feb 2008
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    That is an Amazing and Wonderful find - BANNER all the way !!!!!!!!!! Wow what beauty !
    ( I think the love token aspect enhances the find massively !)
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    us
    Jul 2014
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    Heck yeah, that is a awesome find!
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  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2009
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    certainly not "unfortunately" it was made into a pendant, because it if wasn't made into jewelry, you probably never would have found it because it wouldn't have been lost as a coin. Major plus for the modification of it

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    us
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    Holy crap, I think that's even better that it's a love token- served life as a currency and then as a symbol of love. Very personal, beiautiful find. Banner!!
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    us
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    Found...The Holy Grail!...on the second try

    dollar piece is a dollar piece wow nice banner all the way!!!
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    where ever you go their you'll be !

  7. #7
    us
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    That is better then a normal 1 dollar gold piece in my opinion .... that had a lot of meaning for someone and it is very cool that you brought it back into the light to be enjoyed once again
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  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2012
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    Personalized love token gold coin pendant ! Banner!
    Awesome find! Congrats!
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    Sweet save PBS. How's it feel to have joined the gold coin club? I'm not a member of that exclusive club. Someday maybe...
    That is an awesome dirt fishing site you found. GL and keep exploiting that area.
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    ca
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    It's gold, and it's a coin...I'd say you're in! What a cool find!
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  11. #11
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    bolle

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    Thats a great story and good luck for sure!!!!
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    I's this was a full-time job; I would always want to go to work!!!

  12. #12
    us
    Oct 2010
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    A US gold coin turned into a love token is 100x rarer than a US gold coin, which is 100x rarer than a foreign gold coin. You have a Banner Find sir! Congrats!
    Last edited by Erik in NJ; Aug 05, 2015 at 10:51 PM.
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  13. #13
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    Mark Dayton

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    Wow, what a surprise when you saw the back, good for you to re-dig that signal, a lesson you will never forget. Incredible find and as others said, way better than just a $1 gold coin. A 19th century U.S. Gold Coin, love token is a holy grail in our hobby. Huge congrats :-)
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  14. #14
    us
    Jul 2013
    Ohio
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    All of the above and my Banner vote is in....
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    TALK ABOUT KNOCKING THE BALL OUT THE PARK . BOY THATS A SWEET GOLD PEICE . MY EYES ARE KINDA BAD CANT MAKE OUT THE INITIALS ON THE BACK . AND IF I HAD FOUND THAT I WOULD LOOK LIKE CURLY ON THE GROUND SPINNING ON HIS SIDE.

 

 
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