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My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: January 13, 2019 07:20PM
Well, it only took 30 years but it finally happened. I was able to mark one off the list today and it sure felt good doing it. I've had a plan all week to hunt the old zoo with the CTX and dig all targets from 7 up in a spot close to where the old train depot used to be. I arrived and got set up and began hunting, within 10 minutes, my battery in my pinpointer dies. I check my battery stash and no 9v, so I walk across the street and grab some new ones and proceed with my hunt. Not 15 minutes later I get a text from a guy I've been trying to meet up with for the last 3 days. Ok.... I drive over to his house and an hour later I'm able to take care of business and head back to the zoo.

Finally I'm able to settle in and start with my plan of seeing what all I had left behind..... pulltabs, can slaw, beavertails and aluminum misc junk. Ok...I had enough of that crap, so I load my cherry picking pattern into the CTX and head into the zoo to an area I had hunted last week and managed to pull a couple of silver coins and 3 or 4 wheats.

First target I hit was a nice deep wheat at 7-8", a good sign after nothing but interruptions and junk all morning. I meander around and decided to grid an area that had produced some silver and wheats in the past. I had left my jacket in the car and was hunting in the shade and it had clouded up. I decided to work my way back to the car and grab my jacket. I'm more focused on getting warm than hunting at this point, Then it happens, I get a slight repeatable high tone and I see 11-47 12-48 on the screen a couple of times. I'm thinking maybe a deep silver, possibly a quarter or just a clad quarter.

I cut my plug and flip it out of the way, take my shovel and begin to loosen the dirt in the hole so I can stick my pinpointer in. I toss the dirt around and there it was..... a big grey round disc. At first it didn't register what it was, I'm thinking token or flattened alunimum until I pick it up My mind was racing and I just can't believe what I found, I couldn't get my phone out out of my pocket fast enough to call Jimmy, my hunting buddy. I don't have my glasses and at first I thought it was a Barber. My buddy says he didn't know they minted Barber dollars, and I can't think straight enough to realize they didn't

I head to the car to get my jacket and my glasses, as I walking there, Jimmy calls me back and tells me I had found a Morgan dollar, not a Barber haha and tells me to look for a mint mark because a CC is a key coin. Well...no mint mark, but, I really didn't care one way or another, I had my silver dollar and it was an old the oldest coin I had pulled out of this place so far. I'm stoked and it's still early in the afternoon, so, I head back to hunt some more, I ended up finding 5 more wheats. It took everything I had to stay focused after digging old, big silver, but I'm greedy and I wanted some more

I've dug plenty of halves, and they are a special treat to find, but the silver dollar has eluded me for a long time.... now, it's on to the holy grail, a gold coin. Thanks for looking and letting me ramble, I'm still pumped




Congrats great find.N/T
Posted by: Jim Robertson
Date: January 13, 2019 07:27PM

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Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: Big Treble
Date: January 13, 2019 07:44PM
Nice, congratulations still waiting for mine! Great story as well!

Congrats, I'm 40+ years of detecting and still waiting for my first.
Posted by: Chris(SoCenWI)
Date: January 13, 2019 08:04PM
I bet if was shiny silver in the hole you would have......

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: January 13, 2019 08:19PM
What a great find Dan! You want a good laugh? Put that next to a half dime if you have one. It is CRAZY how big those things are,I can’t see how they could be lost. I’ve been very lucky to have found 2...and one is an 1879-o. Look closely at the reverse just above the space between the D and O in “dollar”. It almost looks as if there is an O there but it could be an incidental mark of some kind. Mine would be a Micro O and yours a Large O if it’s there,the mark I see is bigger than the O on mine...regardless......WOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!:clapping:

Re: Congrats, I'm 40+ years of detecting and still waiting for my first.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: January 13, 2019 08:21PM
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Chris(SoCenWI)
I bet if was shiny silver in the hole you would have......

lol....no doubt :)

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Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: wvrick
Date: January 13, 2019 08:27PM
Congrats! My first was 1888 with an Etrac.

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: January 13, 2019 08:43PM
Twins! And I finally figured out how to crop my photos in IOS! :lol:




Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: January 13, 2019 08:52PM
Another guy in WA state found an 1879-S with the EQ in November...and then I think his hunting buddy ALSO found one shortly after that! It is UNREAL how hard they are to find,yet...we are seeing more of them than usual. More people hunting? Better tech? Luck? Who knows,but it’s pretty cool!

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: January 13, 2019 08:54PM
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IDXMonster
What a great find Dan! You want a good laugh? Put that next to a half dime if you have one. It is CRAZY how big those things are,I can’t see how they could be lost. I’ve been very lucky to have found 2...and one is an 1879-o. Look closely at the reverse just above the space between the D and O in “dollar”. It almost looks as if there is an O there but it could be an incidental mark of some kind. Mine would be a Micro O and yours a Large O if it’s there,the mark I see is bigger than the O on mine...regardless......WOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!:clapping:


Thanks....

I have to wonder how in the world I missed it after hunting that same spot at least 20 times or more with the Explorer, Etrac, CTX and the Nox. :wacko:

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: January 13, 2019 09:01PM
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IDXMonster
Twins! And I finally figured out how to crop my photos in IOS! :lol:


Great looking coin you have lol

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: trojdor
Date: January 13, 2019 09:20PM
Dan,

That's awesome, dude...:thumbup:

Big silver is a real treat these days, and getting your first SD is a special occasion.
:)
mike

Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: January 13, 2019 09:33PM
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trojdor
Dan,

That's awesome, dude...:thumbup:

Big silver is a real treat these days, and getting your first SD is a special occasion.
:)
mike

Thank you, it was a most unexpected treat!!

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Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: PryorCreekJoe
Date: January 14, 2019 06:44AM
Dan, Congrats on the bucket list big silver! I am in my 50 year and this one has eluded me too! Maybe this year...

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Re: My First Silver Dollar :)
Posted by: wltdwiz
Date: January 14, 2019 10:52AM
wtg :thumbup:



Bounty Hunter Tracker IV the grab & go

Excalibur 800 with custom shaft

Fisher Gold Bug 2

Minelab SDC 2300

yup im going analog old school

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