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    1783 Nova Constellatio …Cool and Rare!

    Hello Everyone,

    I had a fantastic day at a new permission farm field in central RI. The crop was just harvested and the field was “ripe” for a bit of detecting. I was gridding north/south on the property using the Garrett AT Pro in Pro-Zero, full sensitivity and zero discrimination. On the first few passes two nice old (Barber and Seated) dimes found my coil, definitely a good start! Upon the 3 and 4 pass an Indian cent, wheat cent and Mercury dime found the coil. BUT on the 6th pass a strong/solid tone alerted me as I casually looked down for the VID number, it was 81. So, I thought cool another silver dime. I dug a 6 inch scoop of farm dirt and much to my surprise, out popped what I thought was a common large cent. I removed a soft tooth brush from my finds pouch and began to very gently brush away the years of dirt only to realize it was a fantastic find. I placed it on the mound of dirt and took a “after dig/clean” photo. I could not believe my eyes a Nova Constellatio copper! I carefully wrapped the precious treasure and placed it a secure plastic case. The rest of the day was a total dream…I did find a few relics and old coins, but I could not stop thinking (what year? What type? Is it rare?...etc.).

    Upon arriving home, I continued cleaning with a soft tooth brush and nothing else; as of this penning have done nothing further to the coin. The cleaning slowly uncovered a year of 1783 and according to Colonial and Early American Coins, David Bowers: a type of Crosby 2-B Pointed Rays – Small US, Rarity: USR-11.

    I am still “jumping for joy” over this very cool rare coin find and hope to get back to this field in the near future.

    Thank you for looking.

    GL & HH

    Doc

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    TOM

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    Congrads on a great find !
    A BAD DAY OF DIGGING IS BETTER THEN A GOOD DAY AT WORK

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    Giant congrats PoE, that’s a super coin. Nice readable condition too. Very well done.

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    Very nice Professor. As you stated cool and rare. We can feel the excitement just from your post. A Big-O-Congrats to you Mister.

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    That’s absolutely amazing! Congrats!! That is a absolutely dream find!!
    Metal detecting is 99 percent location and 1 percent luck.

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    What a fantastic find! Congrats ! Needless to say, the silver dimes are a great bonus addition to your day too.

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    Treasure hunter

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    What a fantastic day you had! Congratulations on your dream find!

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    FANTASTIC FIND

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    You know you're really excited when you don't even post pictures of Seated & Barber dimes, Indians, and Mercs!!! Well done on that rare old beauty. May the high of this find carry with you back for another round in this field.
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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    First you find a cob and now you find a Nova Constellatio in Rhode Island. That's it, you're officially banned! Don't even think about setting foot in this state again! LOL!

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    Kenny

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    It’s awesome to find that kind of US history!!!!! Congrats!!!!!

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    That is so AWESOME professor!!!
    Congrats!!!
    Somebody tried hard to hang onto it.
    I bet it was hard to detect afterward with your feet not touching the ground!

    Your field is a treasure chest!



    Sent from my VS810PP using Tapatalk

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    Congrats on the 1783 NC, a copper that few will ever dig up, but on the wish list of many.

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    Do not forget me 24601

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    WooHoo a Nova Constellatio! Seriously the most beautiful coin made in this country. I'd love to just see one in person. Major congratulations!

 

 
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