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GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: garwadd1
Date: January 30, 2014 10:11PM
My Greatest Find ever was finding this Barber half dollar in April of 2012. I was using my Garrett ATPRO that I had purchased the year before. I have been hunting this site for 23 years now and it keeps yielding good coins. How I missed this for 23 years I cannot explain. My first detector was a Fisher CZ6,followed by a CZ70 Pro.then a Garrett Ace 250. The ATPRO is a great machine. The coin was about 7 ~ 8 inches deep and laying at a slight angle. It did not give a good signal at first. The site is polluted with nails and shotgun shells and big iron.I guess it was masked for all those other years. I did not realize at first what I had found other than my first Barber half which made me pretty excited. It looked like it was in pretty good shape with some corrosion on the reverse.Once I got home I showed it to my wife who always asks jokingly "Well did you find the big one?" I went and got my Red Book and looked up 1904s half dollar, Wow what a great surprise! I really had found the Big One.As it turns out the coin is a R5 rarity due to low mintage and hard to get in the upper grades.I had the coin professionally cleaned as I wanted to show it's full beauty. I sent it to be slabbed by SEGS and it came back AU50 details cleaned. A local coin appraiser valued it at $3000 ~ $3500 dollars. I sent pictures and my story to Western and Eastern magazine where it was chosen as one of the best finds of 2012 and made the cover of their magazine for April 2013.It also was published in The Silver and Gold issue by Western & Eastern and my story was published in the Barber Coin Collectors Society quarterly issue of last year.The coin also took Find of the Year at all three metal detecting clubs I belong to. Since finding that coin I have purchased a Blisstool metal detector and going back and finding more old coins at that old site. So far I have been able to coax 2 barber dimes and a merc along with some Indian head penny's out of that tough site. I can't wait for spring to come.:detecting::detecting::detecting:
garwadd1




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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: Goldstrike
Date: January 30, 2014 10:40PM
That's a beautiful coin and a great story of how you retrieved it and took all the right steps to have it professionally cleaned and graded etc;. You deserve all the recognition you recieved for this awesome find!! H.H. as you go for more silver at that spot:clapping:

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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: Roland58
Date: January 30, 2014 11:07PM
Makes you wonder how you were never able to get your coil over that beautiful coin over a 23 year period.....amazing! Congrats on hanging in there and finally nailing it!!!



Roland
Tyler, TX

Minelab CTX3030 w/WM10, Fisher F75 (Standard)
Sun Ray Pro Gold headphones, Garret Pro Pointer
Hori Hori knife, Lesche digger, Lesche Sampson WW Manufacturing T-handle shovel (the best I have ever seen!!)

Electrical devices and small appliances derive their power from smoke..........if the smoke escapes, they will no longer work.

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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: MikeO
Date: January 31, 2014 12:33AM
Hard to top that. :cheers:
Would love to see a picture of the coin cleaned up slabbed.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Started out with a :bounty: 840 VLF/TR. Then I have owned a :whites: 5900, 6000Di, 6000Di Pro, XLT and a DFX, :fisher: CZ6 CZ6a, CZ7.
Started using :minelab: in 2000 with a XS . :thumbup: Then I have used and owned the XS-S, SE.
I currently still swing my XS-II I bought in 2003 and have a SE-Pro as a back-up that my son often uses when he goes with me.
I also have some coils and use the Sun-Ray X1 probes on both detectors and three pair of the DetectorPro "Grey Ghost Originals"


Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714


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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: park pirate
Date: January 31, 2014 05:38AM
Thats one sweet coin, outstanding find...:thumbup:

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: metalfun
Date: January 31, 2014 07:44AM
WTG I've never found any kind of half.Only pennies dimes quarters.Still on my wish list. Maybe this year.

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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: looknforgold
Date: January 31, 2014 08:17AM
Great Story AND an even better Coin, Congrats

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: burlbark
Date: January 31, 2014 09:42PM
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MikeO
Hard to top that. :cheers:
Would love to see a picture of the coin cleaned up slabbed.

I also need to see final pics...please....pretty please.

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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: E-TRAC-OHIO
Date: February 01, 2014 02:45AM
Great find - great story - congrats ! :clapping:



Minelab E-Trac * Coils 5" - 4.5" x 7" - Stealth X-8 * Killer B & Gray Ghost Headphones * Garrett Pro Pointers * Lesche Digger

Oldest Coin .-------------1724 - K.G. Half Penny
Oldest Silver Coin -----1783 - Spanish Half Reale

Favorite Find
2011 ----1837 - Capped Bust Half Dime
2012 ----1829 - Capped Bust Dime
2013 ----1877 - Seated Liberty Quarter

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: morris-code
Date: February 01, 2014 06:12PM
way to have confidence in a spot for 23 years - GREAT find!

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: garwadd1
Date: February 01, 2014 06:31PM
Thanks to all for the kind comments.I sure do appreciate them. I resized the pics I have of the coin slabbed by SEGS for those that want to see them. It cost me about 35 bucks and it took only a week to get it back.
garwadd1




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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: MikeO
Date: February 01, 2014 07:54PM
Sweeeeeeeet.
Without a doubt a beautiful coin. Congrats once again and thanks for taking the time to post up after pics.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Started out with a :bounty: 840 VLF/TR. Then I have owned a :whites: 5900, 6000Di, 6000Di Pro, XLT and a DFX, :fisher: CZ6 CZ6a, CZ7.
Started using :minelab: in 2000 with a XS . :thumbup: Then I have used and owned the XS-S, SE.
I currently still swing my XS-II I bought in 2003 and have a SE-Pro as a back-up that my son often uses when he goes with me.
I also have some coils and use the Sun-Ray X1 probes on both detectors and three pair of the DetectorPro "Grey Ghost Originals"


Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714


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Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: Bunited2
Date: February 01, 2014 08:28PM
Niiiiice,

If you ask me though I'd think your local appraiser may have wanted that
coin for himself, did he offer to take it off your hands?

At that grade of almost being uncirculated, $ 3-3.5K seems very low, there
were only 553K minted also....and it's an 'S'.

Great find!!...keep looking for the twins.

Bunited2

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: garwadd1
Date: February 01, 2014 09:26PM
The picture of the Reverse doesn't do justice to the detail on the eagle and the banner it holds. The wing tips,banner and tail feathers are part of the way they grade the coin besides the Liberty on the crown she wears.Speaking of offers the coin dealer that I first showed it to offered 600 bucks just they way it was in the first two pictures, right out of the ground with just some of the mud washed off.He did do a nice job cleaning it to remove the dirt and almost all of the corrosion off of the reverse. He graded it Fine to XFine. After it was cleaned and slabbed he offered 800,even though it was graded AU 50.When I asked why so low he said " because it was cleaned". Catch 22 I guess.Before it was slabbed I took it to a coin show where there was a lot of dealers and went around getting opinions on the value.They ranged from, "That mint mark was applied" What?? I guess some people have taken mint marks off of other coins and applied them to no mint mark coins. I just laughed at him and said it's been laying in the ground for about 100 years and I had found it metal detecting earlier that year.Other dealers quotes ranged from $500 to $1200.One dealer looked at it and said" You know you really have something here" and said it could be over 3 grand. He recommended I send it to SEGS for slabbing.The cost included $5000 insurance in case it was lost( Gulp) I was nervous to send it,but he assured me he had never lost any coins through them.It came back in a week. They had called me to say they had received it and called me again to say it was shipped. I thought that was very considerate of them. By the way that dealer was the only guy I bought coins from at that show. I felt he was honest with me and would buy from him again.
After it came back slabbed I decided to enter it in Western and Eastern Treasures Best Finds issue. But that's a whole other story.
garwadd1

Re: GREATEST FIND EVER
Posted by: broadestpower
Date: February 04, 2014 06:01PM
Very sweet find, it's something any one of us would be thrilled to have dug. Your jaw must have absolutely dropped, pulling that bad boy out of the ground. Hope you hit more on your favorite old faithful ground. George

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