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  1. #1
    Apr 2012
    Left coast
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    First Ben!


    I have had a detector maybe 7 years now, and have known how to use for almost 4 years. And today I found my first Franklin Silver Half dollar!

    I did a big walk around town, and found this in the middle of a sidewalk stripe. The area is pretty decently hunted out, I only got 1 wheatie today, 1940, but a bunch of clad and other odds and ends.

    The signal was only 4 or so inches down, so it came in loud and clear.

    Iíve dug 2 barber halves - and 12 or so walking halves. First Ben! No silver kens yet.

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  2. #2

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
    Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800
    13854 times
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!! Bucket Lister!!!
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    The Cygnus 1-X, soon to find All thatís been missed, & left behind!

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

  3. #3

    Nov 2019
    160 times
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    Congrats, I just got my first a month ago. Always exciting opening up a hole to a big silver.
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  4. #4
    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /Garrett pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger
    4496 times
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    The details look crisp, show a cleaned up picture when you can.
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    back of the boat

  5. #5

    Dec 2014
    Far North Corner of CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back-of-the-boat View Post
    The details look crisp, show a cleaned up picture when you can.
    What he said!
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    An Ode
    To William Jefferson Clinton

    He smoked but didn't inhale
    Poked, but didn't impale
    Made aware of the dress
    He was forced to confess
    A snail can't deny his own trail

  6. #6
    Mar 2014
    south central ohio
    At Pro At Max
    4482 times
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    Coinfetcher... great save! I too, have been stumbling around for about 7 years, but have yet to pop a Ben out of the plug. I’m also blanked on the Barber Half... man I gotta get out more! Congrats on your big silver, good luck on the next great find. Ddf.
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  7. #7
    Feb 2020
    Eastern Ohio
    XP Deus * Minelab E-Trac
    163 times
    Metal Detecting
    Nice one !
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    XP Deus * 9" LF Coil * Deteknix Headphones
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    1724 - K.G. Half Penny * 1736 - K.G. Half Penny * 1783 - Half Real * 1787 - Connecticut Copper
    1817 - Large Cent * 1829 - Capped Bust Dime * 1837 - Capped Bust Half Dime * 1852 - Three Cent * 1857 - Flying Eagle Cent * 1865 - Two Cent * 1877 - Seated Quarter

  8. #8
    Standing Firm in the Faith, Wherever I May Roam- Nothing Else Matters

    Jan 2006
    Cape Cod
    Minelab Explorer SE Pro, Explorer XS, Fisher CZ6A
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    Congrats on your first Franklin! I, like you, had found Barbers, Walkers and Seateds, but until last year, never a Ben. Good job finding yours, hope there are more in store!
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    -- Jeff --

  9. #9
    Apr 2012
    Left coast
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    Here she is after a rinse.

    Thanks for all the kind words fellas (and maybe gals) - I’m off to wrap my soon to be wife’s green house with 6mm poly film! She’s doing her first time by her self this year, and it should be a beautiful thing.

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  10. #10
    Apr 2013
    Eastern Massachusetts
    AT Pro, XP Deus
    4005 times
    Metal Detecting
    Congrats on your first Big Ben CoinFetcher! It's always a thrill to see a giant hunk of silver in the bottom of the whole. I'm still working hard to complete my collection of US half dollars. I've found Ben, Seated, Capped Bust, and some Walkers...but never a Barber. That one is quite high up on my bucket list. Good luck going forward.
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  11. #11
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
    3836 times
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  12. #12
    Feb 2005
    Three Rivers
    Minelab Etrac ,Xp Deus, Ctx 3030, Whites Dfx, Equinox 600
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    Yeah the Ben doesn't come up often.

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  13. #13

    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    White's Coinmaster Pro
    2810 times
    Hard enough to get any half, let alone a spectific half. Cpmgrats on your '60d!
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  14. #14
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
    31111 times
    Relic Hunting
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    Great save and nice large silver, congrats!
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  15. #15

    Sep 2005
    Puget Sound
    Minelab CTX 3030, Whites DFX
    12107 times
    Very Nice Woody, congrats on the first. Canít imagine you have many firsts left when it comes to 20th century US coins, huh?
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