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Metal Detector Treasure Finds, Pictures and Stories
V3i Unearthed a 1798 Spanish Pillar Dollar
I was using my V3i in the deep silver program with 2.5kHz normalized and with a bit of custom VDI tones, all with me in the back country of PA.
This was one of my best finds this year, which the story started out with getting the landowners permission to do some hunting, and with that out of the way I was able to find a spot where a colonial cabin used to stand that was used by George Washington during the Rev war. So I got out my V3i and put it in my custom deep silver mode and went at it. There was a ton of relics that I recovered that day, but this takes the cake!
I spent a good two hours finding spoons, trinkets, copper and brass stuff, and then I went to climb out of the foundation, which I forgot to turn my detector off and when I pulled it up onto the side of the stone wall it went absolutely +95, and I went over the spot a few swings and still the same, at this point I was really puzzled as why there would be something in the wall, but I removed a few of the stones and underneath one of them was this large coin and I immediately rinsed it off with my water and went to show the landowner.
I have found a great deal of Spanish coins so I knew its origin, and the landowner let me keep it and when I showed it to a coin dealer he told me that it is a Spanish milled or pillar dollar, which was the equivalent to our one dollar coin of that era, and furthermore it has a huge, punched hole where someone wore this as a piece of security! I can't thank White’s enough for making such a nicely operating machine that is well worth its cost.