My Detecting Buddy, Jason, has had several great coin finds from an area he has been Detecting for months. The area keeps producing amazing finds. Again I was working and could not join him in his latest Treasure Hunt. When I read Jason’s story I thought to myself; how many times have I passed up on a signal like this. In my experience when I dig these targets, they produce shotgun shells and scraps of tin or small pieces of copper or nails. This is Jason’s story he sent me.
Skipped out of work on a Wednesday around 2 pm and went to the spot that has been hit a hundred times. Last week my brother found a 1752 King George in the corner area of the field. We said why not go back to the same area and try our luck. I had to be home in a couple of hours, so it was an improvised short trip.
I was detecting with my brother who was about 60 feet away. I use the Garrett AT Pro with the Nel Big coil. Within 30 min of being on the site, I got a growly hit that was jumping from 46/53/54/60 on the VDI scale Dept. was reading 6-8 inches down.
I started to dig my plug and clear out the hole with the pinpointer when I saw the rim of the coin and my heart skipped a beat. Immediately I knew I had found what I thought was a quarter. I yelled to my brother to come over. As I am inspecting the rim of the coin, I suddenly noticed that’s it’s not silver and started to think it was a copper that had been toasted out. When he gets to me I pull out the coin and to our amazement, it’s a Five Dollar Gold coin. The complete shock that we found that coin hasn’t really gone away. This coin is why I am so thrilled about Detecting. I finally found a real piece of Treasure.
Congratulations to Jason. From the Official Red Book, the coin is a Liberty Head half Eagle, Variety 2- Motto above Eagle (1866-1908). It was designed by Christian Gobrecht, who was also instrumental in the seated coins that are so popular.
Happy Treasure Hunting