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Item Found: Coin

Location: Northwest

Metal Detector Used: Other (NONE)


May 2nd, 2014

Last July I was detecting a lot in Phoenix Oregon where 2 small, old houses were mowed down and hauled away. In one small area about ten feet by ten feet there were around 150 newer (non-wheat) cents about 1 to 2 inches deep. One signal registered as a quarter on my White's Prism V and sure enough, it was a silver quarter. Imagine my surprise when it was an 1870 Carson City mintage. I thought, "Carson City...those are the good ones." I figured it was about an $800 coin. I took it to Burton's Rare Coins in Grant's Pass and asked him what it was worth after telling him I'll never sell it. He told me $17,000! That was exactly what my coin value book said. I then asked him if I were to ever sell it to you, what would you give me? He thought a bit and made a phone call. I heard him tell the person he called, "I'm holding one right now." He hung up and told me he'd give me $13,500. I told him I'd think about it and about a month later, I took him up on his offer. In 18 years of detecting, including about 120 pounds of coins, it's the only thing I've ever sold. I just want to thank you folks for a fine detector. It's safe to say the Prism V has more than paid for itself!

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