What's your Rarest Find

ken135

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It's been a while since anyone has posted on the Finds - Indiana forum so I thought I'd post my rarest find to date.

I found this about 21 years ago on the SW side of Indianapolis near an old 1870's church. I had no idea what it was, but later found some information on the internet at an auction site (see below).
It turned out to be an 1855 George Washington Mechanical Brass Medal...still intact and working.


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ken135

ken135

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Sep 24, 2017
129
169
Indiana
Detector(s) used
F75LTD, G2+, Tesoro Mojave & Bandido 2 micro-max, Deep Tech GG & X
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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1855 California Gold Half-Dollar (BG-432)

One of the unexpected and exciting things about metal detecting has been the discovery of so many items from the past that I had no idea existed. About five years ago, I found something round and gold colored but much smaller than the US $1 gold coin. So I didn't get too excited, perhaps the back piece to an earring? I yelled over at my hunting buddy that I found something gold. He ran over, looked at it, got excited and told me I found a California fractional gold coin. Never heard of them and thought he was joking.

Well, he was right. I gently blew off some of the dirt and could see the California & Half. In the excitement, he told me to get a picture of it in the hole with the detector.

Gold Half Dollar with G2+.jpg

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When I got home I gently cleaned it, did some research online and was able to identify the coin as BG-432. Also learned there were over 400 different types of California gold coins of the quarter and half dollar denomination. You don't see a lot of these being found or mentioned on MD'ing forums. They are so small it's hard to believe someone would carry them in their pocket.

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Here are some useful links for those who want to learn more about these coins. Very interesting history.

https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/category/territorial/california-fractional-gold-1852-1882/1659
https://cgobr.com/rare-coins/territorial/california-fractional-gold-1852-1882/
https://www.ngccoin.com/coin-explorer/california-fractional-gold-pscid-84-desig-ms

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This was the first time I used my new G2+ and this was the first coin I found with it. Right place, right time, I guess. We had hunted this site many times previously finding trimes, trickles, half-dimes, dimes (bust and seated), half reales, shield nickels, etc.. The gold coin was about 6-7 inches deep. My setup was no discrimination, 2-tone with V-break at 35 (most iron hits less than 40). The gold half dollar air tests at 46-47. Reference: Shield nickels at 55-56.

I'm sure there are many unusual and/or rare finds by Indiana MD'ing hunters each year. We don't live in an old Colonial state or Europe with their ancient coins, but there are some nice items being found in Indiana. Please share your discoveries and stories to the Indiana Forum.
 
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