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  1. #1
    Grant Hansen

    May 2012
    New Jersey
    Minelab CTX 3030, Garrett Ace 350, Fisher CZ-21, Garrett Pro Pointer
    551 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    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!

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  2. #2
    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
    Minelab Explorer
    8727 times
    Research and History
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    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.)

  3. #3

    Nov 2007
    Largo, Florida
    Whites Silver Eagle, DFX, Shadow X-2
    657 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    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.

  4. #4
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
    797 times
    The good thing about starting off in this hobby is that the more you dig the more firsts you get.

  5. #5
    Grant Hansen

    May 2012
    New Jersey
    Minelab CTX 3030, Garrett Ace 350, Fisher CZ-21, Garrett Pro Pointer
    551 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    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.

  6. #6

    Aug 2012
    14 times
    That's great. Found my 1780 Reale in a last dig.



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