Treasure Finds and Stories
1864 Two Cent Piece
It began when I spotted an article in the local newspaper about an overnight fire that had destroyed a very old house in a nearby central Illinois town. I immediately called my friend and local White’s dealer, Graham McCoy, positive that he would want to ride over to the town with me to see if we could locate the owner and, perhaps, obtain his permission to detect the site. Unfortunately, although we did find the owner, we were unable to hunt the property because a fire investigation was in full swing. So… there we were in a very old town filled with houses well over 100 years old, and we had no place to hunt.
Not about to give up, we simply drove around the old neighborhoods watching for anyone outside who might be able to give us permission to hunt their yard. As we approached a huge old home on a large corner lot, we spotted the owner doing some yard work. She was happy to give us permission, so Graham, with his White’s DFX, and I with my White’s M-6, headed into the yard and went our separate ways. I yelled out “Wheaty”, Graham followed with “Indian Head” and from there on, the day just got better and better.
Graham found (1) 1896 Indian Head penny, (4) Wheaties, (3) Barber dimes, a brass George Washington bicentennial (1732-1932) commemorative token, a Winona Zinc Co. token dated December 12, 1891, an old clock key and a “whatchamacallit.” Not to be outdone and after digging (2) Wheaties, (2) Indian Heads, a brass coin tag for a Madame Hendren doll and a Mercury dime. I got a solid penny signal on my M-6 at about 4”. I could not believe my eyes as I pulled out an 1864 two cent piece in very good condition. My very first! I felt like leaning over and kissing my M-6. Thanks White’s for this great little machine.