Treasure Finds and Stories
My Oldest Coin to Date
Saturday, June 4, turned out to be a beautiful day, not only for the great weather. I finally broke through the 1800 barrier and found this 1775 King George III half penny on property that I had hit pretty hard over the last few years but obviously had missed with the Bounty Hunter Land Star.
The property is slated for residential development and a neighbor had told me that an engineering firm had recently drilled three holes around the property to test for and measure the water table below. I decided to hit the first hole about 30 feet away from the main building which dates from 1906, per city tax accessor records.
I was working the stock pro 11" coil slowly across the filled in hole when I heard and saw a clear 37 TID reading. At about 4 inches I recovered a 1937 wheat penny saying to myself that there may be some silver to be coaxed from this area. A moment later I see TID bouncing between between 36-37 but the tone sounded a little higher, like a barber or merc dime.
I dug down about 8-9 inches after using the pin point mode and when holding the target I thought it was a slug or a washer about quarter size, but when I brushed some soil away, I saw the patina and waited until I got home to clean it. I had no idea what I had found and when researching colonial coins I did not see a match.
Thinking outside the box, knowing that I live in Monmouth County, NJ, settled in the mid 1660's, I then searched on British coins and luckily found a match of a similar coin recovered in the state at Lake George, Vermont in 1993! A quick bath in both warm soapy water and then olive oil before pics were taken.
I can't wait to get back there and check the two other holes. Just two months earlier I found my previously oldest coin, an 1840 Large Cent with the Safari.
Stats: coin/auto - sens/high density.
The Safari continues to give me the confidence to sniff out deeply buried targets from even the most detected of sites.
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