One Hole, Two Coins - 19th Century Pocket Spill

Fugio

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Today I was hunting on the farm, and got my first 19th century pocket spill. The signal, initially, was strong in the one cent range (mid 40's on the Legend). I had been digging modern cents earlier and figured this would be another. I was quite excited to see a nice 1837 large cent after flipping the plug. I figured it was pretty toasted, put it in my finds pouch and rescanned the hole. The soil where I am hunting is filled with iron trash, and I am having serious issues with EMI due to a nearby radio tower (I think). So when I heard a very scratchy and jumpy (between about 45 and 50), I was skeptical that there was anything remaining. I opened the hole a little wider, and flipped some dirt, and out popped an 1883 Seated Dime! Tragically, it is quite bent. I don't believe I damaged the coin, as the contact marks appear to have patina. I figure a plow or mower wacked it long ago.

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I continued to grid the general area, and nearby I got a solid nickel signal. Flipped the plug, and out comes a first for me: a 1945 war nickel. Unfortunately, the obverse on this find was pretty rough, but a cool recovery nonetheless.

I have been getting pretty well skunked on my last few outings, so these finds were a welcomed relief from the monotony of digging foil and bottle caps. Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you out there!

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E-Trac-Ohio

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Outstanding ! :icon_thumright:

I've straightened several Silver coins that were bent like yours.
Just put the coin in between two pieces of Hardwood - put in a Vise or hit the wood with a Hammer.
 

pepperj

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Nicely done, it's good that you rechecked the hole.
 

Oldrvrrat57

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I agree with you not damaging the dime! Nice to find silver congratulations! E-Trac-Ohio's method of two pieces of hard wood will work, I've done it more than once. Try the vice first and if that doesn't work go for the hammer!!!
 

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Great finds, congratulations!
 

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Fugio

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I've straightened several Silver coins that were bent like yours.
Just put the coin in between two pieces of Hardwood - put in a Vise or hit the wood with a Hammer.

I agree with you not damaging the dime! Nice to find silver congratulations! E-Trac-Ohio's method of two pieces of hard wood will work, I've done it more than once. Try the vice first and if that doesn't work go for the hammer!!!

It’s funny, I was just about to ask if anyone would recommend an attempt at straightening the dime out. I was so bummed when it came out of the hole bent. I will give this a go and follow-up with results.
 

Drew61

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Would try a rubber mallet before a hammer, best of luck, great finds!!!
 

Digger RJ

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Today I was hunting on the farm, and got my first 19th century pocket spill. The signal, initially, was strong in the one cent range (mid 40's on the Legend). I had been digging modern cents earlier and figured this would be another. I was quite excited to see a nice 1837 large cent after flipping the plug. I figured it was pretty toasted, put it in my finds pouch and rescanned the hole. The soil where I am hunting is filled with iron trash, and I am having serious issues with EMI due to a nearby radio tower (I think). So when I heard a very scratchy and jumpy (between about 45 and 50), I was skeptical that there was anything remaining. I opened the hole a little wider, and flipped some dirt, and out popped an 1883 Seated Dime! Tragically, it is quite bent. I don't believe I damaged the coin, as the contact marks appear to have patina. I figure a plow or mower wacked it long ago.

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I continued to grid the general area, and nearby I got a solid nickel signal. Flipped the plug, and out comes a first for me: a 1945 war nickel. Unfortunately, the obverse on this find was pretty rough, but a cool recovery nonetheless.

I have been getting pretty well skunked on my last few outings, so these finds were a welcomed relief from the monotony of digging foil and bottle caps. Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you out there!

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Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
 

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