19th Century Coins Found at Old Swimming Hole

UnderMiner

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Broke out the detector today to uncover some history from my grandpa's old neighborhood. This is from a location that he told me he and his friends would go swimming in the 1930's and 40's. All land finds. I will break out the Excalibur II to do some underwater detecting of the area next week.

1883 Indian Head Cent:
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1890 V Nickle:
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1919 Buffalo Nickle:
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1945 Wheat Cent:
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A silver-plated brass belt buckle with a patent date of Nov. 13th 1923. This was most likely lost by a kid who took off his belt to go swimming as I found it just by the water's edge:
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Some of the old shell casings I dug. A .22 short rim-fire casing, a .32 short rim-fire casing, and a .32 short center fire casing:
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My grandpa told me that he and his friends would sometimes shoot .22 rifles in this area as well. According to him it was where the locals historically always went to do target practice with small arms. I feel that the presence of a .32 short rim fire casing gives credence to the fact that people have been shooting small arms here for a very long time. I don't know when .32 short rim fire pistols were last produced but I know it was likely before the turn of the 20th century.

This place was a popular swimming hole so I used the detector in places where I imagined people would throw their clothes before jumping in the water. I just thought, where would I put my pants if I were going swimming? Where would I sit to chill with my friends? I saw this big rock and said, that's the place I would sit, and boom an 1890 V Nickle right there, right where a pocket would spill a coin. Some kid sat there 130 years ago and lost his nickel.

Here is mostly everything I dug minus a few wrappers and balls of tin foil I threw away:
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The two nails below the coins are hand-made square brass rivets. I am quite certain that these are from a boat. Alot of pull tabs.

As I was digging a Praying Mantis crawled on my arm. I took alot of pictures of it as it crawled and then when it was on my elbow I held it up to the sun to make it look like it was grabbing it. I call this picture Praying to The Sun:
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Digger RJ

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Broke out the detector today to uncover some history from my grandpa's old neighborhood. This is from a location that he told me he and his friends would go swimming in the 1930's and 40's. All land finds. I will break out the Excalibur II to do some underwater detecting of the area next week.

1883 Indian Head Cent:
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1890 V Nickle:
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1919 Buffalo Nickle:
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1945 Wheat Cent:
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A silver-plated brass belt buckle with a patent date of Nov. 13th 1923. This was most likely lost by a kid who took off his belt to go swimming as I found it just by the water's edge:
View attachment 2046686

Some of the old shell casings I dug. A .22 short rim-fire casing, a .32 short rim-fire casing, and a .32 short center fire casing:
View attachment 2046687
My grandpa told me that he and his friends would sometimes shoot .22 rifles in this area as well. According to him it was where the locals historically always went to do target practice with small arms. I feel that the presence of a .32 short rim fire casing gives credence to the fact that people have been shooting small arms here for a very long time. I don't know when .32 short rim fire pistols were last produced but I know it was likely before the turn of the 20th century.

This place was a popular swimming hole so I used the detector in places where I imagined people would throw their clothes before jumping in the water. I just thought, where would I put my pants if I were going swimming? Where would I sit to chill with my friends? I saw this big rock and said, that's the place I would sit, and boom an 1890 V Nickle right there, right where a pocket would spill a coin. Some kid sat there 130 years ago and lost his nickel.

Here is mostly everything I dug minus a few wrappers and balls of tin foil I threw away:
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The two nails below the coins are hand-made square brass rivets. I am quite certain that these are from a boat. Alot of pull tabs.

As I was digging a Praying Mantis crawled on my arm. I took alot of pictures of it as it crawled and then when it was on my elbow I held it up to the sun to make it look like it was grabbing it. I call this picture Praying to The Sun:
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Very Cool!!! Congrats!!!
 

Jose The Goon

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Congrats ! Great finds. To think your grandfather used to go there with his friends & could have owned some of the things you found. That Buff/Indian must have been in great shape the day it was lost. Nice detail on the 1919. Old swimming holes are great places to hunt. You have a great place to keep going back to. Who knows what's waiting for you in the water. Some gold perhaps ?? Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!
 

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copied this statement from the wikipedia page for .32 short rimfire: During its lifetime, the .32 rimfire was loaded with black powder, followed by semi-smokeless and smokeless powder loadings. While it was popular as a very effective small game caliber, it was considered obsolete by the late 1930s, in part due to the introduction of high-velocity versions of the .22 Long Rifle using smokeless powder
 

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Nice going on the land finds.
Your Grandfather must be getting up there in age now to have been swimming back then.
Living history I call them now-can't beat the old historical memories passed along.
Best of luck on the water hunt.
 

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NICE FINDS and BTW Thanks for saving PEOPLES FEET from the TRASH YOU GOT ALSO :)
 

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Broke out the detector today to uncover some history from my grandpa's old neighborhood. This is from a location that he told me he and his friends would go swimming in the 1930's and 40's. All land finds. I will break out the Excalibur II to do some underwater detecting of the area next week.

1883 Indian Head Cent:
View attachment 2046688
View attachment 2046689

1890 V Nickle:
View attachment 2046693
View attachment 2046694

1919 Buffalo Nickle:
View attachment 2046690
View attachment 2046698

1945 Wheat Cent:
View attachment 2046692

A silver-plated brass belt buckle with a patent date of Nov. 13th 1923. This was most likely lost by a kid who took off his belt to go swimming as I found it just by the water's edge:
View attachment 2046686

Some of the old shell casings I dug. A .22 short rim-fire casing, a .32 short rim-fire casing, and a .32 short center fire casing:
View attachment 2046687
My grandpa told me that he and his friends would sometimes shoot .22 rifles in this area as well. According to him it was where the locals historically always went to do target practice with small arms. I feel that the presence of a .32 short rim fire casing gives credence to the fact that people have been shooting small arms here for a very long time. I don't know when .32 short rim fire pistols were last produced but I know it was likely before the turn of the 20th century.

This place was a popular swimming hole so I used the detector in places where I imagined people would throw their clothes before jumping in the water. I just thought, where would I put my pants if I were going swimming? Where would I sit to chill with my friends? I saw this big rock and said, that's the place I would sit, and boom an 1890 V Nickle right there, right where a pocket would spill a coin. Some kid sat there 130 years ago and lost his nickel.

Here is mostly everything I dug minus a few wrappers and balls of tin foil I threw away:
View attachment 2046685
The two nails below the coins are hand-made square brass rivets. I am quite certain that these are from a boat. Alot of pull tabs.

As I was digging a Praying Mantis crawled on my arm. I took alot of pictures of it as it crawled and then when it was on my elbow I held it up to the sun to make it look like it was grabbing it. I call this picture Praying to The Sun:
View attachment 2046699
Excellent finds, excellent post, excellent creativity on the photo. thanks.
 

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Broke out the detector today to uncover some history from my grandpa's old neighborhood. This is from a location that he told me he and his friends would go swimming in the 1930's and 40's. All land finds. I will break out the Excalibur II to do some underwater detecting of the area next week.

1883 Indian Head Cent:
View attachment 2046688
View attachment 2046689

1890 V Nickle:
View attachment 2046693
View attachment 2046694

1919 Buffalo Nickle:
View attachment 2046690
View attachment 2046698

1945 Wheat Cent:
View attachment 2046692

A silver-plated brass belt buckle with a patent date of Nov. 13th 1923. This was most likely lost by a kid who took off his belt to go swimming as I found it just by the water's edge:
View attachment 2046686

Some of the old shell casings I dug. A .22 short rim-fire casing, a .32 short rim-fire casing, and a .32 short center fire casing:
View attachment 2046687
My grandpa told me that he and his friends would sometimes shoot .22 rifles in this area as well. According to him it was where the locals historically always went to do target practice with small arms. I feel that the presence of a .32 short rim fire casing gives credence to the fact that people have been shooting small arms here for a very long time. I don't know when .32 short rim fire pistols were last produced but I know it was likely before the turn of the 20th century.

This place was a popular swimming hole so I used the detector in places where I imagined people would throw their clothes before jumping in the water. I just thought, where would I put my pants if I were going swimming? Where would I sit to chill with my friends? I saw this big rock and said, that's the place I would sit, and boom an 1890 V Nickle right there, right where a pocket would spill a coin. Some kid sat there 130 years ago and lost his nickel.

Here is mostly everything I dug minus a few wrappers and balls of tin foil I threw away:
View attachment 2046685
The two nails below the coins are hand-made square brass rivets. I am quite certain that these are from a boat. Alot of pull tabs.

As I was digging a Praying Mantis crawled on my arm. I took alot of pictures of it as it crawled and then when it was on my elbow I held it up to the sun to make it look like it was grabbing it. I call this picture Praying to The Sun:
View attachment 2046699
Love those Indian Head coins. ๐Ÿ˜€
Was super lucky to find one once here in Oz. Not the best condition but one of my favourite finds for sure, very rare to get them here and nobody I know had ever found one in Australia ๐Ÿ‘
Great finds there.
 

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Great finds! I love the mantis pic!!
 

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