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Item Found: Coin

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Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)


July 1st, 2009

I just had to write about some incredible metal detecting I'd had with the DFX recently. I've only had the unit for a few months of off and on detecting, and already feel quite comfortable with it.

Recently I hit an old field which I know has been in use since the 1750s. Eventually I hit a nice quarter signal, but it wasn't a quarter, it was a King George II copper, about 3 inches deep, minted in the 18th century, and circulated widely in the colonies.

That told me the site had potential, and working the site over the next few weeks, I found another copper and a silver Spanish half-reale, also a coin minted in the 18th century, and circulated widely in the colonies. So far so good, two large coppers and a silver reale, all from the 18th century. This copper was a good six inches deep.

Then I hit the jackpot. I got another signal reading VDI +88, indicating a silver half dollar, but about 4 inches down was a Vermont Copper, issued by (and I didn't know this), the Republic of Vermont, before it became a state, in 1787. One source claims only 5000 such coins are known to have survived. Thanks to the DFX, I now have one of them. Then, the very next signal was another large copper from the colonial period! And I kept finding them with the DFX -- over that period of 4 days, I found 6 large coppers, for a total of 8, plus the silver Spanish reale, from this site.

All were about 4 to 6 inches down, and have probably been buried for about 200 years. The site is tricky to hunt, due to lots of buried iron, but the DFX has done an excellent job of sniffing out these old coins amongst the iron junk.

Thanks Whites!

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