Jun 18, 2012, 11:09 AM
Found my first token!
I started my day at 5:30am at the Jersey Shore with my new Fisher CZ-21, but didn't find anything notable. Recap here: My first beach day with the CZ-21
Later in the afternoon my family was BBQing for Father's Day (my first as a dad!). We were at my parents’ house, the same property I found my 1891 fish scale (see pic). They’ve got a small property, but I wanted to hit part of the front lawn with my Garrett Ace 350. My 10 year old nephew joined me. Because time was short, I discrimmed out iron and just focused on mid and high tones. Every other dig produced a clad coin (the rest was junk metal). Pretty good percentage. So I declared, ok, one more hole. Let’s get a nice high tone. So we got it and we dug. I pulled out a big rusty old nail, and thought, oh well. I started to brush off my knees and my nephew asked, “How come this isn’t going off?” He was swiping the detector over the nail, but no tone. Hmm… OH! I discrimmed out iron! There’s something else in there!! I can’t believe I almost broke the cardinal rule and didn’t recheck the hole. As I pinpointed, I saw silver! I grabbed it and saw “ver” and thought SILVER!! I jumped up and down and yelled “DUUUUDE!” My nephew thought I was nuts.
Well, it wasn’t silver. Upon closer investigation, it seemed like a token or play piece. After some research, I learned that Shell Gas Station used to have a promotion game of historical facts and figures. Paul Revere was one of the game piece tokens. Not worth much monetarily, but it’s definitely a great find for me. Always the last dig!
Jun 18, 2012 11:09 AM
Jun 18, 2012, 12:01 PM
Congrats on your finds !
Shell has had at least one very successful marketing scheme. 'Back in the day' (late 60s), Shell gave out token of presidents; some were Instant Winners ($2 or $5 as I recall) while getting all the presidents gave the holder a special reward (which I have forgotten.)
Jun 22, 2012, 04:26 PM
Congrates on the first token!
You are now traveling down a pathway of glorious token hunting!
Very nice silver nickel, I have a decent older Colorado token collection, but cannot seem to ever dig any Canadian silver.
Aug 17, 2012, 04:40 PM
The good thing about starting off in this hobby is that the more you dig the more firsts you get.
Aug 22, 2012, 11:34 AM
ticm, agreed. Many more firsts to come! And, since this post, I got my second token. NJLargeCent then dug up a cache of them. Cheap gas station pieces from 1968. In mint condition worth about a buck each.
Sep 03, 2012, 09:37 AM
That's great. Found my 1780 Reale in a last dig.