Location: New York
Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)
I was able to get out for my first hunt of 2008 yesterday 3/13/08. My buddy Steve had a great old foundation site lined up for us to hunt thanks to an old map he had from the late 1800's. This home site was on this map that dated back to 1867 but we were both sure it was older. We just weren't sure how old.
We had a lot of iron hits in the first half hour near an area that appeared to be where an old barn or shed was. I finally started to get a few good signals in a clear area between where the house site was and where the barn looked like it used to be. Due to the area being clear, I changed to my trusty White’s 12 inch Spider Coil which works great in open areas. I dug two flat buttons and turned to my buddy Steve and said "Buttons are good, Where there are buttons there are usually coins too".
My statement proved to be clairvoyant as my very next find was a large copper coin. I couldn't tell what it was in the field because it had way too much dirt caked on it but found out it was a draped bust large cent from the 1790's when I got home. The last digit of the date is weak on the coin. My very next find was another coin which due to the size I thought was a 2 cent piece. I rubbed a little of the wet dirt off of it being careful not to damage it and staring back at me were the words "HALF CENT". I was pumped. This is the first half cent I have ever found. This is the best hobby in the world. Thank you White’s for providing such a great product.
Rob (Upstate New York)