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    Max

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    Mini Pocket Spill with a Scarce Date Seated Half Dime

    I managed a short hunt on Friday at the cellar hole that produced all those civil war tokens. The warm week melted all the snow but the ground was still pretty solid in most places. I managed a good number of relics that I had missed in iron infested spots so I'm sure there's still more even after this hunt:

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    The DM & Co padlock was a surprise since it's a rare find for me and this is the second from this site. I may try tumbling this one to see how it looks and to decide if that's the way to go with future padlock finds.

    I also found a number of buttons including one tombac that still has an almost mirror finish. It's crazy how well those tombacs do in the ground compared to the other alloys:

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    The real find of the day though was a 2-coin pocket spill. I had just dug and removed a chunk of iron and I re-scanned the area when a tight 78 signal turned up. I pulled out a copper-nickel IHP and was about the refill the hole when I got a beep in the leaf litter. It must have fallen out of the dirt and it took me a while to find it since it was so small it stuck to a leaf and I kept shifting it around. I thought it was a trime at first, but a quick rinse revealed a seated half dime!

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    Believe it or not with all my hunts this is only my third seated coin. It ended up being in great shape and after cleaning it turns out that both coins are 1859 which is quite the coincidence! I looked it up and the 1859-P half dime is a scarce date with only 340,000 minted. That's less than half as many as there were 1877 IHPs, but there are a bunch of ultra-rare half dime dates so this one is actually not worth all that much. Still, it's in fantastic shape and any US silver from around the civil war is unusual so I'm happy. I do hope this means there's more silver hiding around this cellar!

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    There was one mystery piece that I'm hoping you guys can help me with. It's very intriguing and I haven't seen anything like it before:

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    The material is brass and two loops on the back are intact while it looks like a third loop was broken. It reminds me or a cloak clasp but I've never seen one in the shape of a fist and the wrist has a chain mail like motif to it. If anyone knows what it is I'm very curious to hear.

    The night after this hunt the ground froze up again so I'll be out of commission for a while. Hopefully we have an early spring and I can get back out there!

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    Brendan75

    Aug 2017
    Pretoria
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    Hi, nice hunt with some nice finds. Congrats
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    Lookit Tha Size O' Those Hog-Mollies!!!

    Jan 2009
    SW MO
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    Very nice!!

    Looks like part of a military decoration piece?
    Last edited by lairmo; Feb 11, 2019 at 12:14 PM.
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    Jul 2010
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    Congrats on the half dime and other finds. I'm like your when it comes to seated silver. Even though I have found 69 Spanish silvers, 2 Draped Bust Dimes, 2 Capped Bust silvers, and dozens of Barber silvers....I have only found 3 Seated silvers in 30 years.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 19
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

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    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
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    That is one sweet half dime! Congratulations and Good Luck next time out on that site!
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    Max

    Aug 2016
    Upstate, NY
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    Congrats on the half dime and other finds. I'm like your when it comes to seated silver. Even though I have found 69 Spanish silvers, 2 Draped Bust Dimes, 2 Capped Bust silvers, and dozens of Barber silvers....I have only found 3 Seated silvers in 30 years.
    Oh good so it's not just me! I think at the moment my Spanish silver to seated ratio is 3:1 which seemed bonkers, but I guess it's just what ground you tend to cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paleomaxx View Post
    I managed a short hunt on Friday at the cellar hole that produced all those civil war tokens. The warm week melted all the snow but the ground was still pretty solid in most places. I managed a good number of relics that I had missed in iron infested spots so I'm sure there's still more even after this hunt:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00969.JPG 
Views:	57 
Size:	4.21 MB 
ID:	1679834

    The DM & Co padlock was a surprise since it's a rare find for me and this is the second from this site. I may try tumbling this one to see how it looks and to decide if that's the way to go with future padlock finds.

    I also found a number of buttons including one tombac that still has an almost mirror finish. It's crazy how well those tombacs do in the ground compared to the other alloys:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00973.JPG 
Views:	59 
Size:	4.25 MB 
ID:	1679836

    The real find of the day though was a 2-coin pocket spill. I had just dug and removed a chunk of iron and I re-scanned the area when a tight 78 signal turned up. I pulled out a copper-nickel IHP and was about the refill the hole when I got a beep in the leaf litter. It must have fallen out of the dirt and it took me a while to find it since it was so small it stuck to a leaf and I kept shifting it around. I thought it was a trime at first, but a quick rinse revealed a seated half dime!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00974.JPG 
Views:	85 
Size:	4.09 MB 
ID:	1679837Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00975.JPG 
Views:	79 
Size:	4.22 MB 
ID:	1679838

    Believe it or not with all my hunts this is only my third seated coin. It ended up being in great shape and after cleaning it turns out that both coins are 1859 which is quite the coincidence! I looked it up and the 1859-P half dime is a scarce date with only 340,000 minted. That's less than half as many as there were 1877 IHPs, but there are a bunch of ultra-rare half dime dates so this one is actually not worth all that much. Still, it's in fantastic shape and any US silver from around the civil war is unusual so I'm happy. I do hope this means there's more silver hiding around this cellar!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00978.JPG 
Views:	89 
Size:	3.72 MB 
ID:	1679844

    There was one mystery piece that I'm hoping you guys can help me with. It's very intriguing and I haven't seen anything like it before:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00970.JPG 
Views:	65 
Size:	4.24 MB 
ID:	1679842Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00971.JPG 
Views:	62 
Size:	4.09 MB 
ID:	1679845Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC00972.JPG 
Views:	62 
Size:	4.19 MB 
ID:	1679846

    The material is brass and two loops on the back are intact while it looks like a third loop was broken. It reminds me or a cloak clasp but I've never seen one in the shape of a fist and the wrist has a chain mail like motif to it. If anyone knows what it is I'm very curious to hear.

    The night after this hunt the ground froze up again so I'll be out of commission for a while. Hopefully we have an early spring and I can get back out there!
    Your mystery piece with 2 loops is part of a colonial cloak piece the chain would connect to the loops,
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    silver coins to date= 314, large coppers= 47, best coin 1836 capped bust quarter in au condition. best button= nc button only a few exist, favorite= 1733 spanish cob, 3 early 1700s cut spanish silver, 1794 colonial Italian silver, 1757 half real, 1783 half real

  8. #8
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    Oct 2010
    Georgia
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    Some goodies there, but that half-dime is awesome. Congrats!
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    Great hunt thats how we do it
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    Finger Lakes Region, Upstate NY
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    Nice hunt, the seated is really sweet, cool cloak piece, congrats on all
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    Aug 2007
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    Wow! Really nice seated! Great detail! Nice LC too! Congrats!
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    Sep 2005
    Seattle, WA
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    Really good stuff, love the half Dime. Well done!!
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    Kona Koma

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    Really nice finds. Good job.
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    Sep 2018
    Massachusetts
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    Great finds that metal fist is awesome! It's tough to beat a half dime in such great condition! I have not found one yet. It's strange how different people find different stuff... Last year I found two seated dimes within two months of each other yet I have not found a barber dime yet!!! I have found way more large cents than indian head cents as well. That's fine by me though as I love the big coppers. Spanish silver... found 1 half reale compared to one Morgan doller… it's a bit of apples to oranges in comparison, but it is what it is... you never know what you'll find I think that is what is so exciting about this detecting thing we all do.
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