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Thread: BUCKET LISTER!! LESS THAN 100 KNOWN!! $5 GOLD HALF EAGLE DUG!!

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    Oct 2008
    Northern California
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    BUCKET LISTER!! LESS THAN 100 KNOWN!! $5 GOLD HALF EAGLE DUG!!

    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
    [color=red] [b]
    Oldest Coin - 1776 Spanish 1 Reale
    Oldest Relic - Silver plated 1700's Colonial Buckle

  2. #2

    Jan 2013
    North Carolina
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    WOW! So glad your hard work paid off! Beautiful coin
    “Work is the curse of the detecting classes.” - paraphrase of Oscar Wilde

  3. #3
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    us
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
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    I’m stunned. That is awesome, congratulations.

  4. #4

    Feb 2017
    Pa
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    Absolutely stunning coin! Congrats!

  5. #5
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    us
    Sep 2015
    Illinois
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    Smokin' hot coin there. Congratulations on the GOLD! Banner here!
    Last edited by digger460; Dec 05, 2017 at 07:12 AM.
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

  6. #6
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    us
    Detect smarter, not harder.

    Mar 2014
    The NorthEast
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    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 - 13
    Colonial State Coppers - 7
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 122
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 102
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - 900-1000

    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
    1852 Trimmy trimmy trime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 King George II Farthing (mint fresh)





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

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

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    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 Montour Falls N.Y.
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    Wow that`s one beautiful coin,everyone loves Gold...outstanding find !
    Gary
    I`v been detecting for 48 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"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdSl2jFjlE

  9. #9
    us
    Oct 2010
    Georgia
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    Absolutely beautiful!

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

  11. #11
    us
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    Charlotte
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    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
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    Congrats on the beautiful gold coin, and your first.

  13. #13
    us
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
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    Wow that is a rare one !! Nice score !! Great work ,congrats !! Banner !!!

  14. #14
    us
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
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    Pricey little guys, congrats again !!

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    us
    Oct 2009
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    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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