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O.M.G. look what I found!

still looking 52

Well-known member
Found this barber 1/2 dollar today in the park we've hunted a million times. I was using my f5 while hunting with my brother WV62 and got one of those faint far away tones and called him over to check it out before I dug it, it showed high 70 to low 90 on the VID and a depth of 7". We dug down to about the six inch level and he put his pinpointer down in the hole and off to one side right under this small root he got a signal and we both looked at each other and said that's a good sign. He then took out a portion under the root and that's when I had my heart attact.
 

MarkCZ

Well-known member
NOW YOU DON'T FIND THOSE VERY OFTEN IN A LIFE TIME!
Nice find!

Is this a,
Sled Run Find?
Flat Lands Find?
Or A Den Find?

All that rain yesterday and last night and a little lower temperature today might have helped your detector reach that forever lost coin!

Mark
 

Elton

New member
Great find ................ What's next ???..........:thumbup:
 

still looking 52

Well-known member
hairymonsterman said:
What makes for a good coin find in the US, i'm from the other side of the pond and a bit ignorant on your coinage??
Any silver coin is hard to find since they quit making them in 1964 and everyone with a detector has been looking for silver coins since they quit making them plus silver half Dollars weren't lost that much since they were so big. This Barbara half goes back 4 generations in silver mintage so that also makes it a good find.
 

BarryL

Active member
Congrats on a nice find for sure been hunting for over 25 yrs and found my first one two years ago I think I have it dated and carded it was 1903 at Casino Beach in Lake Worth Texas
 

hairymonsterman

Active member
Thanks, i think we stopped full silver here in around 1920, nice to find it though, well done in finding yours!

still looking 52 said:
hairymonsterman said:
What makes for a good coin find in the US, i'm from the other side of the pond and a bit ignorant on your coinage??
Any silver coin is hard to find since they quit making them in 1964 and everyone with a detector has been looking for silver coins since they quit making them plus silver half Dollars weren't lost that much since they were so big. This Barbara half goes back 4 generations in silver mintage so that also makes it a good find.
 

REVIER

Well-known member
Great find...be proud!
 

jim tn

Well-known member
Wonderful find, for sure. They don't crop up all that often. See, no spot is ever hunted out! LOL Good hunting. HH jim tn
 

MarkCZ

Well-known member
The area of the park he found that Half in is an area that's been scoured with detectors for decades!!!! especially from the mid seventies through the nineties. Back in the 80's they were several detecting clubs in our area and on any decent day you could drive by this park and at a distance the hunters looked like bee's in a clover field and by the mid eighties there was some very high end detectors out there as well.
In more recent times sense the MineLabs E-Trac came out the park started getting hit with them pretty hard. So, even unearthing a silver dime there is pretty rare, but a silver half that's remained hidden like that is pretty unreal!!!!!!

Now, by judging by its wear I'm going to say that its was probably in circulation for somewhere around the 20-25 range (that's just a guess) its for sure not a 1902 fresh drop, but its in pretty darn good condition.
So its wear,
Its date,
Its depth,
Its possible time in circulation,
I'd say that it was lost in the around the early days of the parks developing years of the 1920's

Mark
 

Larry (IL)

Well-known member
Congratulations, what a sweet find :clapping:
 

Herb Jones

New member
Fantabulous find! Schweeeet! I love hearing about real life finds in heavily hunted areas, it gives me hope that one day my patience and perseverance will pay off....Congratulations.
 

WV62

Well-known member
Glad I was there to share in the find.

Brother SL52 took the plug, and was getting the dirt out a little past the root he was talking about, so when I put the PPer in the hole I told him it is right under that root. The digger I was using had a little longer blade than his, so I got the best angle I could to get under the root. Thinking the second scoop out came the half, being I was right there I had the coin and dirt in my hand before the new owner.

I was getting a little of the dirt off it and hear him saying something a WL, I said something like how about a Barber. So the way it worked out he got 2 surprises.

It was fun,

SL52's brother Ron
 

RLOH

Well-known member
Fantastic find! Any big silver is rare, especially in a public park. Seeing the shape of silver that big is a heart stopper.
 

dfmike

Well-known member
That must have really made your day. Heck it probably made your year ! Congrats.
 
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