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    2000+ year old Roman coin

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    I did not find this but have permission from the person who did find it last week to share it with Tnet (he is not a member of Tnet).
    So in New York State there was a prep school that was opened in the early 1800's. It was for the most wealthy and well to do boys with last names of whos who of the time. The school is long gone and is a park now where detecting is very hard but allowed. I hate this place because of the garbage. there is a good amount of dirty fill, it looks like decades ago the lawn was mowed along with any cans and bottles that may have been laying around, both steel cans and aluminum.
    I have ever only found a few coins there after many trips and hours, mostly 20th century coins. The people I hunt with have much more patients than me and I've seen them get very old silver, some rare gold etc. Also they have 40+ years experience each detecting.
    Last week my friend got a very deep signal that has in the past that usually has gotten him a large cent. This time it got him a roman coin of all things. 12" deep using an Equinox 800 in wet soil.
    The coin has to be 1/8" thick, that's a quarter next to it, and it looks like bronze. I can imagine a student got it from a collection and lost it in the field. I've deleted the message with the name of the emperor, possibly someone here can translate it. The finder knows but I cant reach him now.
    Just goes to show what's under the ground.

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    Sep 2018
    Massachusetts
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    Wow talk about a mind blowing find! Finding a roman coin in America is probably harder than finding a tree coin or a gold coin... but it happens! Congrats to your buddy!

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    Nov 2012
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    It's a hard thing to do but not impossible by any means. I have found two in NJ, and a 1300 year old Byzantine coin in SC. Took 30 years to do it, however.

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    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
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    Yep...again, you just never know, last week in a "tot lot" at a city park, in the wood chips, a 1890 Silver dollar. Who would have thought.

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    Very cool find, great condition too!
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    Randy

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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Jun 2011
    Southwest Georgia
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    Just goes to prove that you can find anything anywhere!

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    Tommy

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    That's what I love ya never know what's next that's in great condition wow hes gotta be happy. Great job. Tommy
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    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
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    When I was a kid my aunt traveled to the middle east and Egypt, circa 1957. She knew I liked old coins and bought me back about a half a sandwich baggie full of old copper coins. There were Roman, Egyptian, Israeli, and other ancient coins. They were all in the thousands of years old range and they were all real. These things are or were found in large quantities in those areas and sold in antique shops there so she bought me a sackful. By the time I was seventeen, say seven years later I didn't have a one. I had carried and lost many, traded some for a pocket knife, traded away a few more. The kids I traded to lost theirs within a few years, we were all kids who lost stuff all the time. Somewhere around this village and woods there must be a bunch of them. I have hunted my old elementary school and not found any but a large part of the old playing fields had been built over with an addition to the school. A friend found a Phoenician coin in a local school yard, probably dropped by a kid. I would love to find one, even though they are more modern drops it is the only way we find these cool coins on our side of the Atlantic.
    Ya won't find nuthin' if ya don't hunt

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    Tuberale

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    Congrats!
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Caracalla, 198-217
    32 mm. 24.00 grams.
    SECVRITATI PERPETVAE
    Securitas seated right, languid air, head supported by right hand resting on back of chair, holding scepter

    Sear II 6952. RIC 512d. "213"



    Don......

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    Tommy

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    Great info Don
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Obverse reads:

    M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right
    Meaning:
    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius Augustus Britannicus.

    Don......

    Last edited by Mackaydon; Jan 14, 2020 at 06:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post


    Caracalla, 198-217
    32 mm. 24.00 grams.
    SECVRITATI PERPETVAE
    Securitas seated right, languid air, head supported by right hand resting on back of chair, holding scepter

    Sear II 6952. RIC 512d. "213"



    Don......
    If only they still printed treasure magazines. They could have an "Ask Mackaydon" section!!

  15. #15
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    Jul 2009
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    That is great. I thought finding a Nazi war medal was surprising, but Roman has that beat.
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