« Back to Finds Posted January 1st, 2011 by Scott

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Item Found: Coin

Location: New York

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)


January 1st, 2011
     Hi,

Just wanted to share a story about an amazing discovery I made this summer. I was detecting at a 1780's home on Lake Champlain in August. I had been to this site probably ten times already, making many interesting finds including:

1753 one Reale
1798 large cent
George III Irish Halfpenny token w/ no date (circa late 1700's)
1814/1815 Canada halfpenny tokens
1822 large cent
1837 "Boquet Sous" Canada Token
1847 large cent
1843 British halfpenny
1875 seated dime
1882 Canada Large Cent

This doesn't include the numerous 1900's silver coins, early Indian head pennies, v nickels, or all the interesting relics I have found here (not to mention the 1700's coin I lost after I found it!).

Anyways, I was detecting the front yard which I had been over many times before. I got an interesting signal in the penny range on my XLT. I dug about 4 inches down, and saw a silver glimmer. I was surprised to see silver because of the low VDI number that showed up on the screen. I carefully removed the object and noticed it was an old button in very nice condition. I knew it was pretty rare, so I went inside to rinse it off and show the owner. I went back outside and rescanned the hole, only to receive another similar signal. I thought there was no way I could find 2 of these buttons in the same hole. I carefully removed handfuls of dirt, and much to my surprise I saw an enormous cluster of buttons sitting in the pile I had removed!

There ended up being a total of SIXTEEN of these buttons!!! Most of them were attached by a string that fell apart upon cleaning. They have an eagle on the front, and the words "REGIMENT OF INFANTRY" around the outside, and "21 RT." beneath the eagle. The back reads "GILES RICHARDS BOSTON". I determined that they were from the war of 1812. Why they were all attached on a string, and why they were in a civilian front yard makes me wonder what they were used for and how they got there. They're in amazing condition...I'll let the pictures say the rest.

Thank you so much White's for making such amazing machines. This find is what the hobby is all about.

Scott (NY)

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