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Gold Coins and the Finders I've known.

May 23, 2019 08:11AM avatar
After mentioning Gold Coins yesterday, and taking a break during a windy, rainy weather event, I thought about people I personally know who found a US Gold Coin, what they were using, and the type of environments where they found it.

The earliest one I know of was made by a co-worked in March of 1969. She and her husband were at a high-desert ghost town with another couple. The husbands were using their BFO's in search of anything and the gals were walking around looking for old bottles or anything of interest w/o a detector. She eyeballed a circular disk object in the business area of that structure-free town site and picked it up, brushed off the loose dust and was holding a $2½ Gold piece.

In 1978 I was using a Garrett VLF/TR-Disc. Ground Hog w/7" coil and got a $2½ 1913 Gold coin in the very small town I lived in where there was some renovation work behind one of the oldest old business buildings in town.

In 1986, October to be more specific, my new hunting buddy, Debbie, and I were working a ghost town where she was using her first real metal detector, an original Tesoro Silver Sabre w/7" coil that I sold her in May to get started. Her thrill for the day, and likely one of her most prized finds to date, was an 1880 CC $5 Gold coin. (There's more to that story that is sort of an educational tool, but it's better explained in person.)

In April of 1987, at a different high-desert ghost town, Donnett, who was also using a Tesoro Silver Sabre w/7" coil, found an 1892 (if I remember) $5 Gold coin.

Over a decade ago, in a large-scale metro area, Aundrea was using a White's Classic ID w/6½" coil, when she found a $2½ Gold coin while enjoying some urban Coin Hunting.

Almost ten years ago, L.G. was using his Minelab Explorer II w/10½" DD coil when he was working an older city park in a town of under 1950 population in Oregon when he was surprised to find a $5 Gold coin.


I know of others who have found a US Gold coin, or more than just one, but here is a look back at these six Gold coin finds that I am personally aware of and was either 'on-site' at the time or quickly notified about, that were made be me or good people I know.

Total Gold Coins Found: 6

Gold Coin Types: 3 - $2½ and 3 - $5

Gender of Finder: 2 - Male and 4 - Female

Type of Location where found: 4 in a Ghost Town or renovation around old area structures, and 2 in urban Park environments.

Equipment used: 1 - Eyeballed on the surface and 5 - while Detecting.

Type of Detectors used: 1 - older VLF/TR-Disc., 3 - Turn-on-and-Go and 1 - higher tech w/Auto-Tracking GB

Size of Search Coils used: 4 - smaller-than-standard 6½" to 7", and 1 - a standard 10½"


Conclusions:
You don't have to be a guy.

You don't have to use high-tech or big-dollar detectors.

You do not need an over-size search coil.

Long-time, highly-skilled detecting time is not a must.

Surprises might happen anywhere, from an everyday urban Coin Hunting location to a desolate Relic Hunting type like an old town site.


And the above examples all have two things in common:

1.. There is a 'story' behind each of these that can have one or more examples of things to learn from.

2.. In each of these examples, even though maybe hoped for unconsciously, each and every one was a total surprise when it occurred.

Just something to keep in mind the next time you head off detecting ... anywhere. Also, only one of the detectors used featured visual Target ID or audio Tone ID, but L.G. came from using a simple 'Beep-Dig!' type detector and seldom referred to his display.

Best of success on your next detecting jaunt!

Monte

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Gold Coins and the Finders I've known.

Monte 228 May 23, 2019 08:11AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5 Attachments

Kickindirt 175 May 24, 2019 08:42AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

Utah1971 77 May 27, 2019 11:09AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Here's mine 1859 $5. Thanks Eric see you soon buddy!! N/T

Kickindirt 79 May 27, 2019 11:35AM

Here’s my 1859 $5. thumbs up

UtahRich 107 May 27, 2019 10:37AM

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OregonGregg 82 May 27, 2019 11:52AM

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Kickindirt 78 May 27, 2019 12:03PM

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Kickindirt 83 May 27, 2019 10:49AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

jmaryt 101 May 24, 2019 06:52PM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

Kickindirt 93 May 24, 2019 07:17PM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

jmaryt 61 May 26, 2019 09:38AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

NWCindy 101 May 24, 2019 11:18AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

OregonGregg 100 May 24, 2019 11:16AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

Kickindirt 93 May 24, 2019 11:26AM

Re: Gold Coins and the Finders I've known. Hers mine 1859 $5

NWCindy 95 May 24, 2019 11:20AM

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D&P-OR 140 May 23, 2019 10:22AM

Tom's Gold Coin success and thoughts forthe rest of us.

Monte 125 May 23, 2019 10:45PM

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Cal_Cobra 80 May 31, 2019 11:12AM

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NWCindy 163 May 24, 2019 08:29PM

I don't know if you know him, personally, or have hunted with him.

Monte 140 May 25, 2019 02:15PM

Re: I don't know if you know him, personally, or have hunted with him.

NWCindy 154 May 25, 2019 04:08PM

Re: I don't know if you know him, personally, or have hunted with him.

NWCindy 127 May 25, 2019 04:03PM

Cindy, please read the replies before you respond. Also, if you will, quit with the 'woman' talk.

Monte 110 May 27, 2019 03:15AM

Re: Cindy, please read the replies before you respond. Also, if you will, quit with the 'woman' talk.

WM6 94 May 27, 2019 09:00AM

WM6, here is a corrected reply.

Monte 138 May 27, 2019 11:04AM

Re: WM6, here is a corrected reply.

WM6 89 May 28, 2019 06:29AM

Re: WM6, here is a corrected reply.

jmaryt 80 May 28, 2019 09:00AM

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OregonGregg 165 May 25, 2019 07:40PM

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NWCindy 102 May 26, 2019 12:10AM

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D&P-OR 123 May 25, 2019 07:55PM

Re: I don't know if you know him, personally, or have hunted with him.

D&P-OR 104 May 25, 2019 05:36PM

Re: Tom's Gold Coin success and thoughts forthe rest of us.

WM6 137 May 24, 2019 08:20AM

Re: Tom's Gold Coin success and thoughts forthe rest of us.

Cal_Cobra 81 May 31, 2019 11:27AM

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WM6 80 June 03, 2019 06:46AM



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