Big Barber … A surface find story

lenmac65

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Jul 28, 2009
1,682
4,507
Massachusetts
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2
Detector(s) used
Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800 (as of 10/2019)
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
My kid had my car and my Equinox was unavailable, so I grabbed my trusty old AT Pro and walked to a town project near my house, which involved truckloads of fill. The spot never had houses, farms, or a road, but I was hoping that maybe the fill was surplus from a sidewalk or road project, and that perhaps there was a coin or two in the mix. I was detecting for only about five minutes when I got a screaming 88 high tone on the AT Pro. I prepared to dig, when I saw the half sitting right on the surface of the hard packed dirt. I wish I thought to take a picture of it on the ground, but I was too excited to think straight. The reverse was caked in dirt, but the obverse looked good, as shown in the photo. This is my first silver surface find ever. There were lots of other signals, but I only dug a Lincoln penny and some scrap. I’ll probably try it again soon. Happy hunting!
 

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Digger RJ

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Aug 24, 2017
12,421
21,165
SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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1
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Detector(s) used
Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
My kid had my car and my Equinox was unavailable, so I grabbed my trusty old AT Pro and walked to a town project near my house, which involved truckloads of fill. The spot never had houses, farms, or a road, but I was hoping that maybe the fill was surplus from a sidewalk or road project, and that perhaps there was a coin or two in the mix. I was detecting for only about five minutes when I got a screaming 88 high tone on the AT Pro. I prepared to dig, when I saw the half sitting right on the surface of the hard packed dirt. I wish I thought to take a picture of it on the ground, but I was too excited to think straight. The reverse was caked in dirt, but the obverse looked good, as shown in the photo. This is my first silver surface find ever. There were lots of other signals, but I only dug a Lincoln penny and some scrap. I’ll probably try it again soon. Happy hunting!
Very Nice!!!! Congrats!!!
 

billb

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Sep 23, 2010
2,292
3,797
Upstate NY
Detector(s) used
Excalibur2,,silver sabre
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
My kid had my car and my Equinox was unavailable, so I grabbed my trusty old AT Pro and walked to a town project near my house, which involved truckloads of fill. The spot never had houses, farms, or a road, but I was hoping that maybe the fill was surplus from a sidewalk or road project, and that perhaps there was a coin or two in the mix. I was detecting for only about five minutes when I got a screaming 88 high tone on the AT Pro. I prepared to dig, when I saw the half sitting right on the surface of the hard packed dirt. I wish I thought to take a picture of it on the ground, but I was too excited to think straight. The reverse was caked in dirt, but the obverse looked good, as shown in the photo. This is my first silver surface find ever. There were lots of other signals, but I only dug a Lincoln penny and some scrap. I’ll probably try it again soon. Happy hunting!
Congratulations on your major accomplishment
It’s beautiful
 

Florida Finder

Hero Member
Dec 17, 2020
687
1,780
Southern States of America
Detector(s) used
AT Max
Primary Interest:
Relic Hunting
My kid had my car and my Equinox was unavailable, so I grabbed my trusty old AT Pro and walked to a town project near my house, which involved truckloads of fill. The spot never had houses, farms, or a road, but I was hoping that maybe the fill was surplus from a sidewalk or road project, and that perhaps there was a coin or two in the mix. I was detecting for only about five minutes when I got a screaming 88 high tone on the AT Pro. I prepared to dig, when I saw the half sitting right on the surface of the hard packed dirt. I wish I thought to take a picture of it on the ground, but I was too excited to think straight. The reverse was caked in dirt, but the obverse looked good, as shown in the photo. This is my first silver surface find ever. There were lots of other signals, but I only dug a Lincoln penny and some scrap. I’ll probably try it again soon. Happy hunting!
Congratulations on that half. I’ve always thought it’s on of the most beautiful coins produced.
 

Joe-Dirt

Silver Member
Jan 18, 2018
3,385
10,173
Central Massachusetts
Detector(s) used
Minelab equinox 800 & XP Deus II (soon) 2 Garrett carrots, 3 NX6 shovels 2 broken, 31” Lesche shovel, whites digmaster, Lesche hand trowel, 3-5 gallon buckets full of crappola
Primary Interest:
Other
1905-S, great snag. What I find is weird is 90% of the barber coins I find in Massachusetts have mint marks and not the Philly variety. Of the 3 barber half’s ive found, 1 was a San Francisco, 1 New Orleans and one philly, of the 6 quarters I’ve found only one philly. I wonder why…….. great find!!!
 
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lenmac65

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Detector(s) used
Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800 (as of 10/2019)
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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Such a beautiful coin and exciting experience! I had a similar experience but my coin was a badly scratched 1918 Canadian half. You and I won't forget these experiences.
I have never found a Canadian half - nice! I got lucky with the condition on this one, as the front end loaders were going back and forth leveling the ground. It was a longshot finding it at all, but especially in this shape. I definitely won't forget this one any time soon.
 
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lenmac65

lenmac65

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Jul 28, 2009
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4,507
Massachusetts
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Detector(s) used
Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800 (as of 10/2019)
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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Sweet Save!!! Great example of thinking out of the box to find Treasure:icon_thumleft:
Thanks! Now that my good spots are drying up, I am forced to get creative. I really did luck out on this one though, as this coin was definitely out of place. Might have to see if there are any more fill sites around now.
 
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lenmac65

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Jul 28, 2009
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Massachusetts
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Detector(s) used
Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800 (as of 10/2019)
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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1905-S, great snag. What I find is weird is 90% of the barber coins I find in Massachusetts have mint marks and not the Philly variety. Of the 3 barber half’s ive found, 1 was a San Francisco, 1 New Orleans and one philly, of the 6 quarters I’ve found only one philly. I wonder why…….. great find!!!
Thanks. That is a bit weird with the mint marks on your coins. For my 1905S, I think it has a lot to do with the mint numbers, as San Francisco easily accounted for the most half dollar coins that year. Still a long way from home though.
 

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