frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Charter Member
    us
    May 2007
    central pa
    Equinox 800, 11" & 15" coils
    945
    647 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)

    frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    hello all,

    vp here, got out detecting today, the other Bone Dry guys couldn't make it so i went out solo ... went to an old colonial farm field that has stumped me in the past - literally i have not found one coin here, BUT the land is so old and is mentioned in numerous old texts that when i have time, i just keep hitting it, there have to be coins on the property somewhere, it's a large field too so i keep hoping i'll hit the hot spot

    anyway today was frigid, about 20 degrees out and the wind was blowing, not the greatest day to detect but when you have time it's better than working so i figured what the heck

    i dug two targets in the matter of an hour, first one was can slaw at 6 inches which normally wouldn't phase me except the ground was frozen SOLID to a depth of about 3-4 inches - so it took me about 15 mins to dig it out - boy was i mad when i saw it !!! so i went on and promised myself only to dig "perfect" targets

    about 5 mins later i got a "00 29" on my SE, now anyone who has an SE knows your heart beat starts racing when you get a signal like that because 95% of the time it's a coin. the depth read 5 inches, i started to dig - only it was more like chiseling - about 15 minutes later i popped this large copper out, i rubbed at it a bit and saw the "One Cent" and a wreath on the back, immediately recognizing the large cent - the front was too hard to see a date

    so i checked around a bit more and found nothing, freezing but very happy, I decided to call it a day

    now next i made a BIG mistake, i learned a couple weeks ago that with a dug copper there is not an aweful lot you can do to improve the coin, but there is an aweful lot you can do to make it worse, i had washed my 1835 copper with soap a few weeks back trying to get the dirt off and now it looks terrible

    paco always tells me to just rub the dirt off and leave it alone but STUPID ME i wanted a date on this coin - i tried the peroxide treatment - well i must have left it in too long or the coin was more corroded than i thought because now the pretty wreath and "One Cent" i had seen so easily when i dug it are totally gone !!!!!

    i know it wasn't worth anything anyway, so i'm not too upset about it but i think i've learnt my lesson - that's 2 coppa's that look worse than when i dug them !!!!!

    so here is the picture of my coppa large cent slug

    take care,

    vp
    Bone Dry Detecting
    demoted back to junior member

    Attached Images Attached Images  

  2. #2
    **Bring History Back to Life**

    Nov 2005
    Keep on Digging!
    MINELAB Explorer-II
    2,492
    78 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (4)

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Soap and water and copper coins just don't mix. Unless their memorial cents..............I have found out in the past that the best way to clean large copper coins is just use plain water and let them dry , then put a little olive oil on them. Put a little on your finger and put a light layer on the coin. I then store them in a 2x2. If its a better coin and could be a rare or disirable dated coin , then get someone who is good at cleaning and preserving coins. Good luck going back to your sight and in 2008...........HH
    Keep on Digging!

  3. #3
    A swinger to the end!

    Nov 2007
    Trego, Montana, all over nevada and Arizona
    F-4, X-70, Delta 4000
    246
    6 times

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Awesome find, way to brave the cold!!!

  4. #4
    us
    Nov 2006
    Central,Ny
    XP Deus
    1,047
    110 times
    Rev.War Artifacts & Colonial Relics

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Hey Vpone..

    Live and learn man.

    Just water on copper ...Sometimes the dirt hides in what is left of any details and even washing it in warm water takes away what detail was left.
    I dont even like to rub dirt off coins since its an abrasive and can leave scratches and devalue a possible valuable coin

    If I find a Lg Cent ,KG,etc etc with green oxidation crusties A tiny dab with a Q-tip of lemon juice on the green crusty can break it down to pick at it with a toothpick.

    Name of the game is be carefull with the chemicals if you think you have a rare coin.

    On the other hand I have coppers so incrusted with whatever that anything I do cant hurt the coin

    Still you got out in the ice age and dug a coppa !!

    Good find !

    D.

  5. #5
    us
    Looking for that ONE find.

    Nov 2005
    South Central Kansas
    Etrac
    5,587
    88 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    It is one thing to find a coin that old but it is another to brave the cold like that. My hat is off to you and any thing else I got. Nice dedication to the hobby.
    Burdie

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Bryce-IL

    Aug 2007
    Wherever Silver's Hidin'
    Minelab Explorers and E-Trac
    4,060
    1069 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Nice find buddy. I'm hoping to get out this Sunday when it hits mid 50's here...but I don't know if I will be able to or not.
    My field test of the Sunray X-5 coil is published in the May 2010 Issue of Western & Eastern Treasures.

    My field test of the Sunray X-12 Coil is published in the June 2010 Issue of Western & Eastern Treasures.

    My field test of the Coiltek 5x7 Coil is published in the July 2012 Issue of Western & Eastern Treasures.

    My "Deep Coin" Explorer settings, and finds are published in Andy Sabisch's Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook.

    Here's the story of my BEST FIND EVERhttp://www.treasurenet.com/forums/be...find-ever.html

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    us
    May 2007
    central pa
    Equinox 800, 11" & 15" coils
    945
    647 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    hey thanks everyone for the posts (and advice !) i think i have it down down MAYBE a little water but never soap, and only use the chemical treatments if the coin is beyond all hope, like i said, this one had some good detail on the back - HAD !!

    i guess i can laugh about it now

    as far as braving the cold, don't mind the cold but digging thru the frozen ground is another thing !

    thanks all,

    vp
    Bone Dry Detecting



  8. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    May 2007
    central pa
    Equinox 800, 11" & 15" coils
    945
    647 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfreak
    Nice find buddy. I'm hoping to get out this Sunday when it hits mid 50's here...but I don't know if I will be able to or not.

    hey bryce,

    yeah supposed to be in the upper 40's here sunday also, we have an old colonial road and homestead lined up that is only a couple properties away from our colonial tavern site (5 coppas and a half dime) so i'm hoping the ground will thaw a bit - that was some rough diggin'

    on another note, i air tested my 6" excell a bunch the other day, and yeah i'm liking what i'm seeing, had no idea it went that deep, i know it's just air testing though, but it was right on par with my 10" stock coil !

    take care

    vp

  9. #9
    DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!

    Jan 2007
    Virginia
    TEKNETICS T-2 LTD, Fisher F-75, White's MXT w/ 11 x 14" Excelerator Coil, WHITES Pulse TDI, WHITES Beach Hunter ID, Garrett Propointer and Lesche Digging Tool
    4,739
    286 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (12)

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Nice Large Cent....Seems like you might be able to get something to come out....You have already used the treatment so mine as well try to get something out of it....It is CLEARLY a large because I can see the press spot in the middle which I also had on mine.....THese were made many times by presses that were powered by people and I can always tell these older pressed coins because many times they have those shallow BUT noticable round depressions in the middle. Good Find!



  10. #10
    us
    May 2007
    southwest Indiana
    White Coinmaster classic III
    26
    1 times

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Nothing like a "big old shade tree" in the mid summer months. That is, before a/c! Any big old trees near old foundations on this property? Kids would have played around them, ppl could have picnic'd under 'em. I hit 4 or 5 mid 1800 coins around a big tree, next to this abandoned church, in the middle of town even.

  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2007
    New York State..Vestal, NY
    Fischer CZ-3D
    533
    4 times

    Re: frozen needle in a frozen haystack (coppa slug)

    Man that is some serious dedication to the hobby! It is cold and snowy where I am at. All that I am willing to do is research right now, still nice finds.
    Dig It, Done It, Love It..Man I love this Hobby with a Passion.

 

 

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0