« Back to Finds Posted January 20th, 2008 by Louis

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Item Found: Coin

Location: New York

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


January 20th, 2008
 

Dear whites,

I recently upgraded from my old Silver Eagle to a DFX, and had almost instant results! I live on the property of an old Hudson River estate in New York, and was sure there were deep targets to be found. I have done some detecting in the yard using the preset programs of the DFX. I was finding wheat pennies and mercury dimes in areas I’d searched many times before.

I have also been reading the operating manual since the day I ordered the DFX a couple of weeks before. I figured I would begin tweaking the controls to coax a little something else out of the machine. One evening after work, I stepped out in the yard, dialed in a program I was working on based on the factory relic preset, and almost no sooner than I air/ground balanced I got a strong 89 reading at 6” inches. The signal was so strong I thought it had to be a junk, especially because I had passed over this spot many times before with my old detector.

Even if you think something is junk, you can’t ignore a signal like that. I cut a plug and immediately hit two large tree roots. I almost replaced the plug right then and there, because I had read about and had experiences with roots giving false signals. But when the VDI was still reading in the 89-91 range, so I pushed on, I cut the roots out, reached down to pull the loose dirt out of the bottom of the hole, and there it was! A half dollar-sized green and brown disc, the light was fading and I couldn’t make out any details, so I took it inside and gave it a light bath. I saw a man’s profile I didn’t recognize on one side of the coin. Turned out to be a Connecticut copper from the late 1780’s, no date, but identifiable. I couldn’t believe it!

I am also sending along a photo of a few of my other finds with the DFX, which include an 1805 large cent, a dateless matron head large cent, a large cent-sized token I haven’t been able to identify, and curiously, a sliver 1987 100 franc coin.

Thanks,

Louis, in NY  

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