Waiting 170 years

McCDig

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Got a late start this afternoon in getting back to the watershed but had one of my best hunts there today. I did go back to the cart path but soon left that to check open land. Two twenty-something targets about 20 feet apart turned out to be a 1919 wheat an then a 1901 IHC, consistent with known years of habitation. IMG_8216.JPG IMG_8211.JPG IMG_8212.JPG IMG_8214.JPG

After that, the next hour brought lots of shotgun bases and centerfire brass. I looked at my phone at 4:44 and knew it was time to be heading out, so I made a
'beeline' for the hillside, swinging as I went. Nothing, until I crossed a footpath and went a little ways up the hillside only to come upon a high-pitched 31-34 on the Equinox and I thought, 'sounds like a large cent'. Well, the first coin I uncovered, pretty much right on the surface, was an 1843 seated quarter. I checked the immediate area with the pinpointer and uncovered an 1837 LC just a quarter-inch deep. These have been just laying there, undisturbed, for maybe the last 170 years, until I came along today with the Equinox. Perhaps you have a story of a similar surface find?

P.S. The quarter and large cent are the oldest 'coin spill' I've ever dug. This seated Liberty quarter is the third I've dug....first in Baltimore, second in Shrewsbury, PA and now this one from Baltimore County.
 
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That seated quarter is beautiful, one of my favorite designs! I have had some similar experiences, the one that stands out the most is an 1833 Bust half I dug at the very edge of a paved parking lot where the grass just starts. I got a super loud signal that I figured was a recent dropped quarter so I casually thrust my Lesche into the sod and out popped that 1833 half from about a half inch down. Surprised the heck out of me, and on the plus side I somehow didn't scratch it. Strangely enough at the same site I found a Barber quarter laying directly on the top of the ground. You just never know.

Steve
 
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Loch Raven is where the site is located. Check out the 1877 Hopkins map for possible sites.
 
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Those are some amazing surface and near surface finds!
 

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One of my best finds was an IHc that I think may be UNC that I found on top of the ground in front of the John Day library.
 
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Great story. Congrats on that IHC, Tuberale.
 

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Wow 1843, Incredible condition seated quarter! Congrats! :o:occasion14:
 

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Nice. Dont see early seated quarters often
 

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Incredible! What a great find. I have yet to find a seated quarter after several years of hunting. Good for you!!!!
 

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Very nice hunt!!! I need to find one of those seated quarters! I know they are out there! Very cool to find it right with a large cent! They were meant for you to find!!!
 

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Awesome read that's a great coin to add to your collection amazing job. Keep em coming. Tommy
 
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Killer old coin shooting, BIG congrats! :icon_thumleft:
 
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Finally got the video for this hunt uploaded to YouTube; here it is, Enjoy!
 

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Beautiful finds...amazing...it reminds me of the sword found in Iceland just lying under the surface for a 1,000 years or so....
 

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Congrats on the great finds !

Every now and then I find an old coin that's very shallow or on the surface.
I was hunting in undisturbed area of woods around an old one room school house a few weeks ago and when I moved the leaves aside to dig ... a 1939 Merc was just sitting there on the surface.
All of the other coins I dug at this site were 3" to 6" deep.

Good Hunting !
 
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