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  1. #1
    Oct 2008
    Northern California
    Minelab EQ800 & Makro Multi Kruzer, the rest are collecting dust...
    1348 times
    Banner Finds (4)


    Tom(CA) and I have been working a site that we found from hard work and research and it's produced several 1850's - 1860's seated coins, and some rogue early 1900's coins, as well as a variety of period relics.

    We tried to get one more trip in before Old Man Winter completely shut us down, and it did in fact shut us down, but not before I finally, got something I've been looking for for a long time, and after watching others find them over the years, I was starting to think it would never happen.

    Well it finally happened, and it turned out to be a good one, an 1865 San Francisco minted Liberty Half Eagle!!

    Here she is out of the hole:

    Here she is rinsed off:

    Here's a video of the hunt:

    Here's a bit of background on the coin from PCGS:

    Less than 100 known, Mintage: 27,612

    Although the mintage of the 1865-S is quite a bit higher than the mintages of the S Mint Half Eagles from 1858 to 1864, it compares in overall rarity to the 1858-S, 1860-S and 1863-S and is only slightly less rare than the others. Almost all known examples of this date are well worn with VF and lower being all one can expect to find. The 1865-S ranks second in the entire $5 series according to average grade and I do not know of a specimen that would grade better than EF. The very few specimens that I have seen were rather softly struck and the mintmark was always quite weak.

    Thanks for looking, hopefully the next one comes easier

  2. #2

    Jan 2013
    North Carolina
    Teknetics T2 SE, Garrett Pro-Pointer
    796 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    WOW! So glad your hard work paid off! Beautiful coin
    “Work is the curse of the detecting classes.” - paraphrase of Oscar Wilde

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 & 600, Tesoro Compadre 720i Stealth Scoop
    6636 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I’m stunned. That is awesome, congratulations.

    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

  4. #4

    Feb 2017
    EQ 800 & 600, Fisher F75 +, Tesoro Tejon, Tesoro Conquistador, Bounty hunter Tracker iv
    3721 times
    Metal Detecting
    Absolutely stunning coin! Congrats!

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Sep 2015
    Southeast Grundy, Illinois
    EQ600, EQ800 and a Carrot
    3219 times
    Smokin' hot coin there. Congratulations on the GOLD! Banner here!
    Last edited by digger460; Dec 05, 2017 at 06:12 AM.
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

  6. #6
    Detect smarter, not harder.

    Mar 2014
    17th century
    Minelab CTX 3030 & XP Deus
    13061 times
    FOUNDING MEMBER: Basstards of Bramble
    Banner Finds (6)
    Congrats on that beauty coin! We all hope to find one under our coil someday, but the truth is not many will. Cheers!

    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"

    Running totals:

    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - We’ll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
    1665 1-reale Spanish Cob
    Revolutionary War stirrup
    1812 2nd Regiment Artillarists pewter button
    1695 Willam 3rd Halfpenny in excellent condition
    G.W. Inagural Buttons - 6 Point Estoile cuff variety
    Love token etched on 1859 seated Dime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii

    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

  7. #7
    Sep 2004
    Western Mass
    XP Deus, Fisher 1275 LTD, Fisher 1265, Fisher 1270, Tesoro Vaquero
    815 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    What a beautiful rare coin, congratulations. Banner all day, I expect we'll see her up there before this afternoon!
    seek and ye shall find sayeth the Lord

  8. #8
    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
    "Kan-a-we-o-la" Head on a Pole N.Y. Seneca Territory of The Six Nations 1779.. now in Catlin N.Y.
    Deus, 11" Low Freq. , 9" X35 Coils, MI 6 Pointer Tesoro Tejon, Land or Sea Pointer, Garrett Pointer, King Of Spades 40" KS-D SA and 40" KS-S-SA Lesche 28" Ground Shark Treasure Wise Diggers
    5411 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Wow that`s one beautiful coin,everyone loves Gold...outstanding find !
    I`v been detecting for 49 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
    See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
    I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
    "Success is just Rented, Never Owned and the Rent is due Daily"
    "Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"

  9. #9
    Oct 2010
    Teknetics T2SE
    3837 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Absolutely beautiful!

  10. #10

    Mar 2008
    340 times
    Condition census Civil War Era Gold Coin ! Woo-Hoo ! for you ! I voted BANNER.

  11. #11
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    XP Deus V3.2 9" & 11" Coils, AT Pro, ProPointer AT, Lesche 55, 75 & 80LT
    15844 times
    Digging In Strangers Front Yards
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Congrats on an epic find. That is everybody’s dream come true. Wow.

    Just goes to show that research and hard work equal success.

    Well done and good luck sir.

  12. #12
    Feb 2009
    Deus, Minelab 3030, E-Trac,
    16312 times
    Relic Hunting
    Congrats on the beautiful gold coin, and your first.

  13. #13
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
    FL keys
    Mine lab primary fisher secondary
    16983 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Wow that is a rare one !! Nice score !! Great work ,congrats !! Banner !!!

  14. #14
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
    FL keys
    Mine lab primary fisher secondary
    16983 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
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    Pricey little guys, congrats again !!

  15. #15
    Oct 2009
    7421 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    congrats on an absolutely incredible find! How long did it take for your heart rate to return to normal (or has it yet)


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