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Item Found: Coin

Location: Oregon

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


September 1st, 2009

White’s Electronics,

Although I live close to the beach along the Pacific Ocean -- not really a hot spot for Morgan dollars -- I have been fortune to recover 9 of them in the past few years. When the search coil swings over one and the unmistakable high-pitched tone rings through one's headphones, it brings the term 'having the moment' to a whole new meaning. I enjoy both of my White's DFX detectors for the Morgan dollar search. Their ease of handling in both salt water and out-on-the-beach/dry sand environments make them a pleasure to own, and detecting is consistently on track without interference from the salts and ferrous materials that are ever-present.

I enjoy searching for Morgan’s and other late 19th century coins out on the beach when winter storms stir up the sand and give one a chance to claim finds from past eras. Although saltwater has a dramatic effect upon silver, turning most coins into various shades of gray, damage is usually minimal, and the coins clean up nicely when using conservative methods.

When traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest and on over to Idaho and Montana, I enjoy seeking out permission to hunt at the older county fairgrounds areas, especially in the arenas. And too, the older towns often have large gathering areas in parks and out in fields. These have paid off well for me, not only for Morgan dollars, but for various denominations of the Barber coinage as well.

My personal best in recent years was while searching out in the water of a coastal river, running through water several feet deep. The DFX doesn't skip a beat when using this technique. My morning was kicking up various single coins for me, ranging from fairly new coins to various denominations in the 1930's and 40's.

At one point, by an old partially submerged stump, I hit a target signal that was literally through the roof, and found, in a small clump: 2 Morgan dollars dated 1882-S and 1904-S, and 4 Barber half dollars with dates of 1898-S, 1902-S, 1905-S, and 1906-S. Close by were two more silver half dollars: a 1943-S Walker, and a 1951-S Franklin. And too, a 1900-S Barber quarter and a 1906 silver Canadian dime. For this detectorist, the excitement of the morning was euphoric, and I am deeply thankful to White's and its employees for producing the quality in their detectors that have made my detecting time so much fun.

Best to you always,

Rich

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