Smoker's site 1853 Half Dime

pepperj

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Looking over the maps and doing some measuring. I figured that there was another possibility on a permission.
So after a tilling up the gardens it was time to get a bit of playtime in.
Not a heavily targeted site for finds, but it was for glass, and pipe stems. For the 1/3 acre spead and the amount of eyeball finds it was fun filled couple of hrs.
First target was what looks like a whizzer?
(Seems like a curse as it has happened twice before,first and last good target)
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The next hour was nails, iron, one piece of lead. I started to work down the slope
and got a nice sounding 95.
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Just broke the soil and it appeared. I could see by the stars and size I had a good one!
Now it needs a like soaking to take off the crust, but no less it was an easy retrieval.

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Then another hour before I got the candle snuffer end.



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So an ok little scratch the itch from a new site.
First time I've gotten a grey pipe stem.
There's the open pontil ends again. Teasers they are!
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Thanks for looking, and best of luck to you all on the next dig.
 
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pepperj

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Nice hunt. Seated coins are great, and those half dimes are a tough find. Congrats!
Thanks lenmac
They are a rarity up here, kind of like finding our Fishscales in the fields, hard little silvers to find.
Old parks in the big city was better-28 in one season
 

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Congrats on the half dime. Somehow I have never found a seated half dime :dontknow:
do you cherry pick silver? The half dime comes in as a pretty low signal for silver. I find some people miss them not only because they are so darned small, but they also give a id that most don't identify as silver usually.
 
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Also well done on the half dime! love when those suckers pop up. they are so small it makes you wonder how they didn't lose every single one of em
Thanks Tpmetal
Here's a comparison on the silvers (very close )
Canadian 5 cent 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper; Weight: 1.16 gram; Diameter : 15.5 mm;
USA Half Dime .900 silver, 10% copper: Weight: 1.24 grams; Diameter: 15.5 mm
 
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do you cherry pick silver? The half dime comes in as a pretty low signal for silver. I find some people miss them not only because they are so darned small, but they also give a id that most don't identify as silver usually.
It came in being a high # and tone.
Though it being on the surface would be the difference
Though I have dug fishscales at depth and they've always produced a high tone also and #
 

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Pepp... did not see these posted in The RCT... or i missed them... looks like your finally able to dig this year. heh
 

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Thanks Tpmetal
Here's a comparison on the silvers (very close )
Canadian 5 cent 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper; Weight: 1.16 gram; Diameter : 15.5 mm;
USA Half Dime .900 silver, 10% copper: Weight: 1.24 grams; Diameter: 15.5 mm
I have been lucky enough to dig several of both seated half dimes and fish scales since I live in western ny. Also lucky enough to get one capped bust half dime as well. They all rang up just under a penny on my machines. I believe it is mostly due to size they ring up so low? either way my mind is always blown that those tiny things ever get found. You either got to be very lucky or a decent detectorist to find one of these suckers.
 

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Looking over the maps and doing some measuring. I figured that there was another possibility on a permission.
So after a tilling up the gardens it was time to get a bit of playtime in.
Not a heavily targeted site for finds, but it was for glass, and pipe stems. For the 1/3 acre spead and the amount of eyeball finds it was fun filled couple of hrs.
First target was what looks like a whizzer?
(Seems like a curse as it has happened twice before,first and last good target)
View attachment 2024374 View attachment 2024375
The next hour was nails, iron, one piece of lead. I started to work down the slope
and got a nice sounding 95. View attachment 2024380 Just broke the soil and it appeared. I could see by the stars and size I had a good one!
Now it needs a like soaking to take off the crust, but no less it was an easy retrieval.

View attachment 2024377

View attachment 2024379
View attachment 2024378 Then another hour before I got the candle snuffer end.



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So an ok little scratch the itch from a new site.
First time I've gotten a grey pipe stem.
There's the open pontil ends again. Teasers they are!
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Thanks for looking, and best of luck to you all on the next dig.
Nice find! Those half dimes are difficult to find. I'm a non-smoker but I do love the smoking sections.
 
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Pepp... did not see these posted in The RCT... or i missed them... looks like your finally able to dig this year. heh
Ya missed it on RCT
I've gotten out-just posting a few more hunts up this year for some odd reason.:dontknow:
 
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Nice find! Those half dimes are difficult to find. I'm a non-smoker but I do love the smoking sections.
Thanks cannonball
I named it that from all the stems in such a small area.
I might find a single one occasionally on a bare ground site.
 

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do you cherry pick silver? The half dime comes in as a pretty low signal for silver. I find some people miss them not only because they are so darned small, but they also give a id that most don't identify as silver usually.
Considering all the tiny buttons, cufflinks, and bucky balls I find on my old sites, if there was a half dime there I would find it, unless it was too deep. I have found 25 half cents, countless large cents and flat buttons, so I am hunting the types of sites where they should be.
 
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Considering all the tiny buttons, cufflinks, and bucky balls I find on my old sites, if there was a half dime there I would find it, unless it was too deep. I have found 25 half cents, countless large cents and flat buttons, so I am hunting the types of sites where they should be.
I'm at 69 pieces now that I have gathered up out of storage over the winter. Probably there's a few more lurking in a pouch dump/or squirreled away still.
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Looking over the maps and doing some measuring. I figured that there was another possibility on a permission.
So after a tilling up the gardens it was time to get a bit of playtime in.
Not a heavily targeted site for finds, but it was for glass, and pipe stems. For the 1/3 acre spead and the amount of eyeball finds it was fun filled couple of hrs.
First target was what looks like a whizzer?
(Seems like a curse as it has happened twice before,first and last good target)
View attachment 2024374 View attachment 2024375
The next hour was nails, iron, one piece of lead. I started to work down the slope
and got a nice sounding 95. View attachment 2024380 Just broke the soil and it appeared. I could see by the stars and size I had a good one!
Now it needs a like soaking to take off the crust, but no less it was an easy retrieval.

View attachment 2024377

View attachment 2024379
View attachment 2024378 Then another hour before I got the candle snuffer end.



View attachment 2024381
So an ok little scratch the itch from a new site.
First time I've gotten a grey pipe stem.
There's the open pontil ends again. Teasers they are!
View attachment 2024382 View attachment 2024383
Thanks for looking, and best of luck to you all on the next dig.
Nice half dime. I would be pounding that site many more times.
 
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Nice half dime. I would be pounding that site many more times.
Oh I will be spending some more time at this site.
Being under 5 miles away it's an easy go.
 

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Looking over the maps and doing some measuring. I figured that there was another possibility on a permission.
So after a tilling up the gardens it was time to get a bit of playtime in.
Not a heavily targeted site for finds, but it was for glass, and pipe stems. For the 1/3 acre spead and the amount of eyeball finds it was fun filled couple of hrs.
First target was what looks like a whizzer?
(Seems like a curse as it has happened twice before,first and last good target)
View attachment 2024374 View attachment 2024375
The next hour was nails, iron, one piece of lead. I started to work down the slope
and got a nice sounding 95. View attachment 2024380 Just broke the soil and it appeared. I could see by the stars and size I had a good one!
Now it needs a like soaking to take off the crust, but no less it was an easy retrieval.

View attachment 2024377

View attachment 2024379
View attachment 2024378 Then another hour before I got the candle snuffer end.



View attachment 2024381
So an ok little scratch the itch from a new site.
First time I've gotten a grey pipe stem.
There's the open pontil ends again. Teasers they are!
View attachment 2024382 View attachment 2024383
Thanks for looking, and best of luck to you all on the next dig.
Pepperj…that half dime is so nice.
You are off to a great start this season
Congratulations
 

Steve in PA

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I'm at 69 pieces now that I have gathered up out of storage over the winter. Probably there's a few more lurking in a pouch dump/or squirreled away still.
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That's quite a few small silvers. Looks like you've been to the UK as well.
I think my lack of half dimes is related to my lack of seated coinage. While I have found 74 Spanish silvers, including 34 half reals, and hundreds of other US coins that were circulating at the same time as seated US silver, all I have to show for it is 4 seated dimes in 37 years :icon_scratch::dontknow:
 
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That's quite a few small silvers. Looks like you've been to the UK as well.
I think my lack of half dimes is related to my lack of seated coinage. While I have found 74 Spanish silvers, including 34 half reals, and hundreds of other US coins that were circulating at the same time as seated US silver, all I have to show for it is 4 seated dimes in 37 years :icon_scratch::dontknow:
8 trips across the pond.
You have have a huge # of Spanish.
Well done!
I only have a couple of Spanish.
We're not old enough in the area to get a hammered over here.
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