Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)
In April 2006, I made a trip with a metal detecting buddy to a site in Alabama where we thought the Old Federal Road might have been located. We also felt that there might have been an old fort nearby that dated from the Indian Wars in the early 1800’s. I began searching with my XLT in an area under some trees that looked like it might have been a shady haven in years gone by.
I found a pewter button, but not much else and was about to move to another area when I got a solid “dime” indication. I dug a mint condition 1829 silver dime. Since it was getting dark, we had to leave, and were not able to return for several weeks. When we did return, my buddy took off in another direction, but I really felt that there had to be something in this grove of trees.
So, I continued to search and soon turned up a set of keys hung on a copper chain. I even found the rusty nail that held the chain! The keys were probably used to lock an armory or other valuables in the fort. Then I began to find musket balls, military buttons, name plates, and several more coins, including a 1712 Spanish Real and an 1810 Two Skilling Courant from Norway.
The buttons were Artillery Militia and Army General Service buttons dated 1814-1821. But even, more interesting was the discovery of a counterfeit “white metal” US Dollar coin! Then, I found a 1900 “V” nickel and a Shield Nickel that indicated that the area was populated in later years even though there was no evidence to indicate that.
We were probably not the first to hunt in this area, but with my XLT, I didn’t let that stop me. It’s a great machine and I have the finds to prove it!
By the way, a photo of the keys and three of the coins were published in the Nov-Dec issue of American Digger magazine.
Thank you again for your help, and for making a great metal detector.