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    Jun 2007
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    1849 Territorial Half Eagle

    It had been a year since I had been able to hook up with my buddy Strick to do some relic hunting. This day was day 3 of my visit with him and we were off to a private property in the low Sierra foothills of California to meet up with Strick's friend, the ranch owner, and detect an early gold camp. We have been hunting this area for a few years when our schedules will allow. The last time I was here with Strick he had found a Quarter Eagle and some seated coins while I had only found buttons.
    On this day things were not looking so great for me as I had only found one nice button and the usual assortment of period trash while Strick had scored a nice cast buckle wreath. We had just taken a break and had compared finds with the ranch owner, discussing the "whatizits" we had found. It was getting later in the day so we went back to detecting. I had earlier got into an area with quite a bit of scattered iron which developed into a nail bed which was obviously the remains of an old structure. So I returned to the heaviest area of nails which was about 250' away from the location of Strick's gold coin find, and was carefully searching through the machine gun iron signals when I hear a definite but scratchy signal on my Deus. It was jumping around depending on which direction I swung but was repeatable. Just another bullet or cartridge I think as I pop the plug. Then I see about a quarter of a gold coin sticking out of the plug as it crumbles. I didn't stop to savor the moment or reflect on my find like you hear so many times. I started screaming like a 14 year old Valley Girl, " I found a gold coin" and waving my arms at my friends who were a short distance away.
    On the journey back to Stricks' I looked up the value of the coin as people always ask. I didn't much care as I did not plan to sell it but that is usually the first question from family and friends. I had not cleaned it well or looked at it too closely but I knew it had some wear so I figured a ball park figure of $500?
    It wasn't until we returned to Strick's place that he was looking at it through a low power microscope and he says" Her headband doesn't say liberty it says Moffat". I had never in a million years ever dreamed I may find a Territorial coin but I knew in an instant that I had just scored the find of my life.
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    "Press on! Nothing in the world can take place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

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    us
    Jan 2013
    SouthwestVirginia
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    Now that's what you can call an amazing gold coin find! Oh and forgot to add...I want to be the first to congratulate you on this banner!
    Last edited by Worm-Slicer; Jan 15, 2020 at 07:52 AM.

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    May 2017
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    What's a territorial gold coin? This is new to me. Anyway, HUGE congrats!

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    Aug 2019
    Maine
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    Absolute find of a lifetime ..Congratulations !

    ==My 1st Banner nomination==

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    Nice Gold Coin- your first?
    What is it's value?
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT,YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

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    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
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    Aug 2017
    Northern Virginia
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    Feb 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    I think that's the first Territorial Gold coin I have ever seen posted here ! I'm not sure if mintage figures exist for these , but suffice it to say they are all quite rare !! That is a Banner find !
    (or nothing is ).

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    TOM

    Dec 2012
    UPSTATE NEW YORK
    1970 COMPASS- WHITES SILVER EAGLE- WHITES DFX, 4X6DD COIL, 6X8DD COIL, 950 COIL, 10X12SEF COIL- GARRETT PRO POINTER AT, GARRETT AT PRO , MINELAB EXPLORER SE with 8.5x12.5 Cors coil
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    Nice when value goes from 500 to 5000 plus ---Great find, coin has varieties also if you didn't know. Your reverse has a clear "S" IN S.M.V.--Here Is a picture of another "S" variety --------Click image for larger version. 

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    A BAD DAY OF DIGGING IS BETTER THEN A GOOD DAY AT WORK

  10. #10
    us
    Sep 2018
    Massachusetts
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    Great story and out of this world find! Not only is it gold it's a rarity within a rarity!!! Congrats and banner all day!

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    I can't say that I've ever seen one of those. That's one heck of a find and deserves a trip across the top. Banner vote submitted

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    BILL

    Jul 2015
    s.tier NY
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    What a fantastic find...holy cow....BANNER...without a doubt..

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    Randy

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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    Outstanding!!!! Awesome!!!! Congrats!!!!
    AviTech Associate
    The Cygnus 1X, soon to find All that’s been missed, & left behind!

    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

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

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    Bingo !! BANNER !!!
    Some history: Moffat & Co. always offered to redeem its coins with federal money at par, they always passed at face value.
    Their coinage was the only privately made California gold that was not discounted.
    The SMV letters stand for Standard Mint Value.
    Don.....
    .


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    Banner for sure, congratulations....brother in Law and thanks for all you’ve taught me about this wonderful hobby....

 

 
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