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    Another silver day at the fort...

    Well today Truth and I made another trip back to “Fort St.John” or the “Old Spanish Fort”. Truth just got his new 15” coil for his Equinox and he was out the gate running and nailing an IHP right off the bat.

    Things were a bit slower for me, I was running my 14” Elliptical Coiltek on my CTX and besides some trash and clads the first thing I found worth mentioning was a flat round piece of lead with a hole through the middle. Neither of us have any idea what it was or used for, maybe someone here can ID it for me.

    I dug a little more trash, you know the common stuff nails, bottle tops, can slaw and the likes until I detected by a huge live oak that I’ve been around more times than I can remember. I’m a sucker for those huge horizontal live oak limbs that I call “Kids Climbing and swinging limbs”, which are as big as a regular tree themselves. Anyhow, I was starting to sweep under one and got a solid 12 / 43 on the CTX, but it was only audible one way and when it did hit, it showed seven (7) inches in depth, so I decided this one I’ll dig even though it’s only hitting at only one angle.

    Well of course it was right in the middle of a bifurcation of two (2) huge roots, but it was slow and I wasn’t giving up on it just yet. I dug between the roots and when I probed It with my pin pointer, I knocked some dirt loose along the left side bifurcated root where my pin pointer was going nuts and just under the root I could see about a ½ inch of the rim of a large silver coin!!! The remaining 7/8th of it was still under the root. I began calling Truth on the two-way and when he got there, he couldn’t believe his eye’s. I tried taking pics of it while under the root, but I think my gloves messed me up and I missed the shot.

    We gently recovered it, still not knowing exactly what it was and once out of the ground, Truth said “Congrats Possum, You’re the proud owner of a “Franklin Half Dollar”, being a relic hunter, I had no Idea what a “Franklin Half Dollar” was, but I do know!!!

    After finding the “Franklin Half” my luck ran out and it was back to clad pennies, dimes and a Quarter… Oh, I did pull out a nice “square nail and a square spike”, which I included in the pics below, just for the heck of it.

    The only thing pictured that I didn’t find today was the piece of black coal looking stuff with metal slivers inside that drove me, my CTX and my pin pointer crazy the other day trying to isolate it in that black clay around the parapet of the fort. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s what some call “Coke”, please correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s very light, about 1 1/2” x 3/8” x 1/4”.

    Hope y’all enjoy the pics, thanks for looking, take care, HH and may God Bless!!! “D”




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    Last edited by Possum; Dec 05, 2018 at 02:24 AM.



    "Blessed is the Nation, who's God is the Lord!!!" Psalms 33:12

    "I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them." General Robert E. Lee


    "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." General Stonewall Jackson

    Founder / CEO of the "Indian Creek Historical Society"

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    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ― Thomas Jefferson

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    It’s was a great day that pic you missed was beautiful in layers you saw that beautiful brown oak root which the rick black soil and the a beautiful shinny silver raided edge streak running through the the middle big enough to see its not a quarter. I go over there an looked it was beautiful his hands where shaking so I extracted it out immediately feeling the weight of a half. I looked and said, “Here’s you Benjamin Half” he asked what year and I mistakenly said 1848 meaning 1948 and he starts freaking saying,” omg a 1849 Benjamin!!!” Correcting it and confusingly looking at him like he nuts, not knowing he really doesn’t know NOTHING about coins I mean nothing. This country boy’s been in the relic woods to long. But the boy knows his relics. I can tell you when he does though he goes big 2 Halves for Possum 1 Walking, 1 Benjamin and 2 Washington Quarters in the last 3 trips. Congratulations “The King of all Halves!!!”

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    Nothing cooler than digging a large silver, Congrats!
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    Congrats on an awesome find Possum! Sounds like that was your first Franklin- got my first not even 2 months ago after 27 years of trying. You did a fantastic job recovering that beauty- out of roots and not a mark on it- Great work!
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    -- Jeff --

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    Great find Possum. After 30 years of detecting, I'm still looking to dig my first Franklin Half.
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    Rust never rests

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    Hey,that is a very good condition first year of the Franklin half. Congrats on that big silver find.
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    Well it was going to be a crushed beer can or silver half, glad you got your first Franklin! Congrats
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    Congratualtions on the large silver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffInMass View Post
    Congrats on an awesome find Possum! Sounds like that was your first Franklin- got my first not even 2 months ago after 27 years of trying. You did a fantastic job recovering that beauty- out of roots and not a mark on it- Great work!
    I've never been much of a coin shooter, except when I needed battery money, I'm mostly interested in Relics, but I was excited to get another Half dollar. Thank God it was under that root because I was banging away at the smaller root with my shovel to access the hole better. I'm glad I brushed that small amount of dirt off of it with my pin pointer exposing the edge of it, otherwise with my luck it would've been scratched to all heck and back. I don't have a Barber so that's next on my bucket list, but that's just a wish, my luck can't last much longer… Lol I'll keep hitting that old fort with Truth as long as possible or at least until I find some more places to relic hunt after hunting season, but to be honest, I'm starting to get addicted to these silver finds!!! Lol "D"
    Last edited by Possum; Dec 05, 2018 at 09:24 AM.



    "Blessed is the Nation, who's God is the Lord!!!" Psalms 33:12

    "I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them." General Robert E. Lee


    "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." General Stonewall Jackson

    Founder / CEO of the "Indian Creek Historical Society"

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    That's a nice Frankie ! First year of issue too .
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    Hawks88

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    Nice silver save Possum. That’s a great looking coin. Still has lots of detail. Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrifty76now View Post
    Hey,that is a very good condition first year of the Franklin half. Congrats on that big silver find.
    Thrifty,

    Just goes to show you how much I know about coins, first off I haven't ever seen a Franklin half and secondly I had no Idea 1948 was the first year they were minted... I've been in these woods to long, this city hunting has me all discombobulated!!! LMBO

    "D"
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    "Blessed is the Nation, who's God is the Lord!!!" Psalms 33:12

    "I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them." General Robert E. Lee


    "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." General Stonewall Jackson

    Founder / CEO of the "Indian Creek Historical Society"

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    Nov 2017
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    Anyone have any Idea what the charcoal looking or lead things are? "D"
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    "Blessed is the Nation, who's God is the Lord!!!" Psalms 33:12

    "I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them." General Robert E. Lee


    "My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." General Stonewall Jackson

    Founder / CEO of the "Indian Creek Historical Society"

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    us
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    Ha! You cracked me up Possum. Well, if you didn’t know what a lot of these old coins are you sure are becoming acquainted with them quickly by popping one out of the ground after another. Well done!

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    Feb 2016
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    First things first...congrats on the great half. There are rewards in life for persistence. You found one!

    About your holed lead...Folks in Florida used to do that with scrap camp lead for weights for fishing as well as for nets and sashes. Homemade, and very functional.
    Don't know if that is yours, but I have seen some similar in the area of FW/SW fishing holes.

    Nicely done.

 

 
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