- Nov 4, 2004
- Detector(s) used
- Minelab Equinox 800, Nokta Makro Simplex+, Nokta Pinpointer
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
Back at the church yard, I hit the curb strip on my way to my truck. I get a penny signal and my pinpointer says it’s very shallow...bummer! It’s dry, sandy, rocky with very little grass so I slip my digger tool in an pop out the plug. Still there, so I scoop out a handful and there it is in my palm...a wheat cent! A nice surprise! Back at my truck my friend looks at it for me and says “did you hit it with your digger?” He shows me and I say “I guess so, dang!” He then says it’s a 1914 and I’m happy because I don’t have one in my penny collection but bummed because I scratched it. Once I get home I look it up and see that a 1914-D Lincoln Cent is not a common cent but a potentially valuable coin! Now I’m really bummed! Lesson learned, treat every target like it’s the Holy Grail and you might not make the same mistake I did. I’ll also add that I’m no slouch, I haven’t hit a coin in years, I’m very careful and generally remove more soil than needed....but again lesson learned....the hard way!