Everybody who starts the great adventure of metal detecting will start building their bucket list collection. Both seasoned and beginner detectors find great excitement finding coins, jewelry, relics, etc. I am a coin shooter, so I am intrigued by coins. Don’t get me wrong, I like old military buttons. My prior bucket list was an old colonial shoe buckle, which I found two in one day. I also discovered two 2 cent pieces, which I found in one day! It’s called having luck.
So Denise, George and I went on a road trip towards Western Massachusetts. This past weekend, I have been thinking a lot about a Capped Bust coin that has been on my bucket list for 5 years. We were detecting a farm field for about two hours and I finally had a good signal! It ended up as an Indian penny. Ok, I am on the board now. Another two hours went by and I had no great signals, but plenty of old iron in the soil. I went to the other side of the field where you could see separation in the stone wall. This is where the entrance was. I detected that area and I got a slamming hit 14:36/ 7 inches on the Minelab CTX 3030. I said to myself, “This is silver!” If only you could see my excitement!
dug a nice plug and I saw the old grey looking at me. I rinsed the coin with water and to my surprise, it was a Capped Bust dime 1827! I was so excited! I said the day is a success if we are leaving and I’m fine with that. George and Denise both congratulated me. So, with a big smile, I started to circle the area. Would you believe 5 minutes had gone by and I came across another slamming hit? It’s true! I had a great sound on
silver with the same readings and depth. I said, “I think I have another one!” I pulled out the one that was in much better shape-the 1829 Large Capped Bust dime. Again, 5 minutes later another great hit! It was telling me a quarter or a half dollar. The find was a sterling silver butter knife. I think when you’re detecting a large field, you just have to patient. We detected for about seven hours that day looking for the right spot. Treasure is out there, but it is just very hard to find some days. Still, we carry on.
Here is the history of the Capped Bust dime. In 1809, production started again for the creation of dimes. The Capped Bust design was the newest design. The Capped Bust design replaced the Draped Bust design and was introduced by a German immigrant named John Reich. He was an assistant to engraver Robert Scot, who helped design the first draped bust. On the obverse, you’ll see a bust of lady Liberty, facing left.
The cap she is wearing symbolizes freedom and dates back to ancient Greece. You can see the words “Liberty” on the cap with 13 stars, which represent the 13 states in the union. On the reverse, there is an American eagle with its wings spread and a larger shield at its breast. There’s an olive brand in the eagle’s claws and the phrase “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, which means in Latin “out of many, one”. It’s the motto of the USA. You’ll see UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the right of the other wingtip.
There are five major varieties of the 1829 Capped Bust I found: small, medium, large and an extra-large 10 C. The 10 C is on the reverse of the coin. The 1829 version was made by chief engraver William Kneass and all coins were minted in Philadelphia. The “curl base 2” version of the Capped Bust coin is supposed to be rare as only 30 are known to exist across grade levels!
Another awesome find from that road trip adventure!
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Sources: USA Coinbook.com, Cappedbustdime.com