Oldest US silver to date

HighVDI

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Got out to an old farm field my Dad used to detect about 20 years ago. I've dug a little here before but never found much. He always told me the field had potential.

This time I was digging the usual lead and shotgun head stamps when I got over a choppy high tone. It was one you can't pass up in an old field. Flipped the plug over and it was a solid signal in the zinc penny range. I saw some silver in the outer ring of the plug and it looked thin.....and old! I figured it was a half reale but after a little dirt removal it turned out to be an 1801 draped bust half dime!

I found it interesting that right on the top of the hill I was detecting on another farm is where I dug my first large cent about 25 yrs ago and it too was an 1801. After telling my Dad about the silver coin he said he snagged a NJ copper and a few LC's out of there. I guess that's why he always felt it had potential! Thanks for looking!
 

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Hunk-a-lead

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Got out to an old farm field my Dad used to detect about 20 years ago. I've dug a little here before but never found much. He always told me the field had potential.

This time I was digging the usual lead and shotgun head stamps when I got over a choppy high tone. It was one you can't pass up in an old field. Flipped the plug over and it was a solid signal in the zinc penny range. I saw some silver in the outer ring of the plug and it looked thin.....and old! I figured it was a half reale but after a little dirt removal it turned out to be an 1801 draped bust half dime!

I found it interesting that right on the top of the hill I was detecting on another farm is where I dug my first large cent about 25 yrs ago and it too was an 1801. After telling my Dad about the silver coin he said he snagged a NJ copper and a few LC's out of there. I guess that's why he always felt it had potential! Thanks for looking!
great save and love that silver!
 

Cptbill

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Got out to an old farm field my Dad used to detect about 20 years ago. I've dug a little here before but never found much. He always told me the field had potential.

This time I was digging the usual lead and shotgun head stamps when I got over a choppy high tone. It was one you can't pass up in an old field. Flipped the plug over and it was a solid signal in the zinc penny range. I saw some silver in the outer ring of the plug and it looked thin.....and old! I figured it was a half reale but after a little dirt removal it turned out to be an 1801 draped bust half dime!

I found it interesting that right on the top of the hill I was detecting on another farm is where I dug my first large cent about 25 yrs ago and it too was an 1801. After telling my Dad about the silver coin he said he snagged a NJ copper and a few LC's out of there. I guess that's why he always felt it had potential! Thanks for looking!
Really nice find
 
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As a half dime collector, I have to tell you that you found a good one. An 1800, 1803 or even a 1797 would not surprise me much, or even a 1795. An 1801 is really an unlikely find. Congrats!

Now you have to figure out which die marriage it is. The LM-2 die marriage is very scarce, but it's the most likely to locate. The LM-1 die marriage is really, really rare. You can start by checking out this page with a photo of an LM-1....

https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1801-h10c-lm-1/38605

... and this page with further information about the date.

https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1801-h10c/4267
Thanks!
As a half dime collector, I have to tell you that you found a good one. An 1800, 1803 or even a 1797 would not surprise me much, or even a 1795. An 1801 is really an unlikely find. Congrats!

Now you have to figure out which die marriage it is. The LM-2 die marriage is very scarce, but it's the most likely to locate. The LM-1 die marriage is really, really rare. You can start by checking out this page with a photo of an LM-1....

https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1801-h10c-lm-1/38605

... and this page with further information about the date.

https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1801-h10c/4267
Thanks for that info!
 

Bluegrassriver

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Got out to an old farm field my Dad used to detect about 20 years ago. I've dug a little here before but never found much. He always told me the field had potential.

This time I was digging the usual lead and shotgun head stamps when I got over a choppy high tone. It was one you can't pass up in an old field. Flipped the plug over and it was a solid signal in the zinc penny range. I saw some silver in the outer ring of the plug and it looked thin.....and old! I figured it was a half reale but after a little dirt removal it turned out to be an 1801 draped bust half dime!

I found it interesting that right on the top of the hill I was detecting on another farm is where I dug my first large cent about 25 yrs ago and it too was an 1801. After telling my Dad about the silver coin he said he snagged a NJ copper and a few LC's out of there. I guess that's why he always felt it had potential! Thanks for looking!
How deep was this find?
 

Coinstar magnet

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Got out to an old farm field my Dad used to detect about 20 years ago. I've dug a little here before but never found much. He always told me the field had potential.

This time I was digging the usual lead and shotgun head stamps when I got over a choppy high tone. It was one you can't pass up in an old field. Flipped the plug over and it was a solid signal in the zinc penny range. I saw some silver in the outer ring of the plug and it looked thin.....and old! I figured it was a half reale but after a little dirt removal it turned out to be an 1801 draped bust half dime!

I found it interesting that right on the top of the hill I was detecting on another farm is where I dug my first large cent about 25 yrs ago and it too was an 1801. After telling my Dad about the silver coin he said he snagged a NJ copper and a few LC's out of there. I guess that's why he always felt it had potential! Thanks for looking!
Still enough detail to make that a gorgeous coin. Very nice recovery HighVDI
 

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