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    Oct 2014
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    My First GOLD Coin

    Hello Everyone,

    I was working a wooded area near a circa 1912 homestead cellar hole. I was finding the usual junk iron and nails; usually run a wide open screen on my machines and dig everything. After about an hour of digging nothing of great value (coin, button…etc) I began searching the rear of the house area (now part of a corn field) in a small grid based on my search flags positioned in the ground. While overlapping the first with the second at 90 degrees I received an interesting/odd mid/higher tone with a VID of 67 on the Garrett AT Pro. In many of the places I hunt this range 63 — 68 is very old can slaw, so I wasn’t expecting anything of significant value. Although, I have dug Indian cents in this range!

    I dug a plug (actually removed about 8” of dirt) in the nice rich garden type soil and began exploring the area with the pin pointer so not to damage whatever was in the hole; you never really know! After two sweeps of the pin pointer “it shouted” about an inch more and I scooped dirt out of the hole with my gloved hand. I very quickly noticed a shiny gold object that looked at first glance like a golden screw cap that I’ve dug about a thousand times. My disappointment to sheer joy happened when I observed an image on the object. I screamed to myself inside “Holy Crap” it’s a gold coin. A 1909 D Indian Head Half Eagle was in my hand! I think it will be tough to top this find, unless of course a Pine Tree Shilling “pops out of the hole”.

    I put the coin in a protective finds case (after rinsing with water, drying and reburied for a photo; in my excitement I forgot to photograph the coin in place.) and brought it home. I know not to clean it (never cleaned valuable coins before), but since selling the coin was not an option…I cleaned it. First using water, then soapy water and lastly a jeweler placed the coin in an ultra sonic cleaner for gold jewelry. I know everyone is cringing at this point, but it was my first gold coin and was not a key date or mint mark and definitely not for sale. The jewelers cleaning made the coin look beautiful, only making the experience of the find more significant. After carefully examining the coin it appears to have a grade of Fine. So, in the case it goes sharing the space with his new Spanish Reale friends!

    GL & HH



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    One day I hope to be typing that out.... when the Pine Tree Shilling “pops out of the hole”. (or a gold coin)

    I don't cringe at all for cleaning any type of dug coin, as long as the coin was made better in one way or another. in this case maybe it was made better in general, maybe just better for you, or maybe better in both ways... that's the nature of detected coins and dealing with them.

  3. #3
    Mar 2016
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    Fantastic find! Congrats. Everyone knows how rare they are to find. A day to remember for a long time.
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  4. #4
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    Jul 2016
    Central MI
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    Thats a BEAUTY!!! Congratulations!

  5. #5
    Well Doc Fantastic find. And as worthy as any Gold coin I say BANNER. Vote in.

  6. #6
    Diggin up TEXAS!

    Sep 2009
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    Great find!!! I could only imagine how great that would feel. I have had my highs of finding first, but still waiting for that one.

  7. #7
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
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    Holy cow batman !!!! Ya looks pretty banner to me too. That looks incredible when I zoom in on it.
    Beachrock likes this.

  8. #8
    Aug 2016
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    Prof, it is absolutely gorgeous. Huge congrats to you! -Lisa & John

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    Beautiful coin. Congratulations!

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    The Holy Grail of metal detecting.
    Congrats on finding a Gold Coin.

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    Sep 2016
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    Well done.

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  12. #12
    Oct 2014
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    Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    There is something truly exhilarating about digging an item of remarkable value out of the ground.

  13. #13
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    Jan 2009
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    Well glad you decided to share this coin. It looks amazing cleaned. Very good shape and nice display. I would be very happy also.
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    All finds posted by me are from private property with landowner permission.

  14. #14
    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
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    Amazing find Hope to do the same someday.
    back of the boat

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