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Item Found: Coin

Location: Alabama

Metal Detector Used: M-Series (800-0308)


April 1st, 2011

White's Electronics,

My name is Rick, I'm 21 living in Huntsville Alabama. I've been detecting for 9 months now and wanted to share this with White's. The video of the live dig is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ztNh5OVl30

When I upgraded my first detector to a White's MXT I knew I had a solid winner before I ever turned the machine on. I'd heard that White's were the best in the business. When I first ventured out with my new machine I hit some 'hunted out' spots and dug a wheat in a modern playground at 5 inches. I was sold at that point. I knew I had found my dream machine. Since owning my MXT I've found 4 silver dimes, 3 silver quarters, a 14kt gold necklace and a very large antique gold earring. I've also found plenty of other silver rings and valuable tokens, etc.

Let's get to my best find though. I've had dreams of metal detecting and of finding some really cool things but nothing like this. I had been hitting a 1.5 acre lot of a church built in the 1970s and was finding the regular clad and some interesting keys and other 'stuff'. One day I dug up a silver ring and got excited. Little did I know there was so much more on the site. As I was cleaning it up one day I dug a CW bullet. Fast forward several months and I own 20+ CW bullets in excellent shape and 2 silver rosies! Thanks to the VDI system on the MXT I was able to identify almost always whether a target was going to be old.

On December 2nd, 2010 I wanted to do a little hunt after work. You have to get in that digging time! I turned on my MXT with the stock coil and walked around aimlessly just listening for those sweet high tones. I came across an 88+ VDI and I thought, "Maybe a clad quarter on its side or a buckle can't be such a good signal. I've been over here too many times."

I got my video camera just in case it might be something good. It turned out to be an 1848-O Liberty Seated half dollar in AU-50 (or so) condition! It's the most beautiful and valuable coin I've ever dug up and will probably remain that way for some time. I was literally shaking at the sight of the coin and could barely film the dig. I ran home and cleaned it off and just couldn't believe it. I thought someone was playing a trick on me. I just thought I was dreaming.

My White's MXT allowed me to dig up the oldest and most amazing coin in my collection and I thank everyone at White's for giving me the best hobby in the world! I'll be detecting with White's the rest of my life.

Rick

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