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I've been metal detecting for about two years now. I recently bought myself a White's MXT for Christmas. Throughout the month of January I have been hunting an old hotel site in rural western Kentucky, near my home, as weather has permitted. This old hotel was built on the site of a sulfur mineral spring. There was activity and commerce on the site from approximately 1817 until 1925, when the hotel burned.
Over the past few weeks my daughter and I have dug one Barber dime, six Indian Head pennies, several old Wheat pennies, and an 1852 three-cent piece. But my find of a lifetime came on Monday, January 24th!
I was hunting on the downhill slope from the back of the old hotel, going toward the spring. I got a signal of 76 VDI showing about two inches of depth. Thinking it was a probable wheat penny, I cut a large plug with my shovel (it is a hay field now, so I cut large plugs to protect good targets). I broke it apart by hand and finally located the target, just two inches below the grass.
It was an 1805 Draped Bust Dime!!! When I washed the dirt away and saw the bust, along with the year, I must admit that I was a bit mystified. I wasn't sure what it was at first because of the odd size (it's about the size of a modern nickel). My hands were shaking as I filmed the find for my YouTube channel. But when I got home and dug out my Redbook, I realized what a real treasure I had just found! Sure, it's a bit rough on the obverse... it was buried among large chunks of limestone rock ... but who cares?!! It's an incredibly rare piece of American coin history.
It was just an awesome afternoon. I also dug a perfectly round 65 caliber musket ball drop, a gorgeous flat button with shank intact, a 1900 Indian Head, and a piece of a colonial shoe buckle. I can't wait to get back and pound that old ground!
Here is a link to my post on the White's forum ... http://forums.whiteselectronics.com/showthread.php?52635-**NEW-VIDEO**-1805-Draped-Bust-Dime!-I-Never-Imagined-... And here is a link to the YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mpN0JPvluw