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Large Cents are generally tougher to find 'Out West'.

September 14, 2020 01:02PM avatar
My count is at '8' but they have all be a surprise find. In the early '70s I found my first in Portland Oregon. Then I went a spell until I lucked upon four Large Cents at an old-use, out-of-the-way location on the Yamhill River south of Portland a ways in the latter '80s. Those all dated from the teens through the forties.. Then in '87 I pulled an 1851 LC out of 'Twin Flats' Utah ghost town hunting with my friends, Debbie and Donnet, followed a month later by an 182? at the old stage-stop in Huntsville Utah.

There I was hunting with my friend Davis at his brother's house, since they owned the old stage stop site. I had parked by an older tree and was hunting maybe fifty feet away and kept looking at my vehicle for some inquisitive reason. So, I walked back, pulled forward about twenty feet and started searching where I had been parked. A half-dozen sweeps later I was holding that Large Cent. That got me to LC #7 and I figured I was very fortunate to nab those because I might not find another.

Then, thirty long-years later in 2017, OregonGregg, UtahRich and I were hunting 'Lone Tree' and I thought for sure I was going to recover a nice Seated Liberty Half with the high VDI reading I got with my Nokta FORS Relic. Rich walked over from a short break and watched me recover that one, an 1853 LC. I'd kind of preferred a Seated Half, but beggars can't be choosers, and whenever you venture out to any old ghost town .... you are a beggar, for anything good, so you don't leave skunked.

You never know when one might come your way. Matter-of-fact, OregonGregg was surprised at my find that day, and for a few days after saying he couldn't believe I found a large Cent there ... even had a ring in the tone like he questioned my find because he had just hunted 'close' to that spot. Then, surpprise0surprise, just about two months later, hunting there in 'Lone Tree' Gregg found his first Large Cent. And that was just in his 4th year of detecting so he didn't have to hold out as long as you or I did to make such a find. It took me almost nine years to snag one.

You just never know, and since you get out to as many old and out-of-the-way places as you can find, in a metro area that had some early history, you just might chance upon a 2nd, or more, Large Cents. If so, however, you'll have to be VERY lucky to find one in the condition like your new recovery is.thumbs up


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zincoln 579 September 14, 2020 12:36AM

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NWCindy 333 September 30, 2020 07:22PM

It was quite the surprise

zincoln 333 September 30, 2020 10:52PM

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Druid 354 September 14, 2020 09:05PM

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Sodbuster 377 September 14, 2020 12:50PM

That was kind

zincoln 348 September 14, 2020 01:10PM

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OregonGregg 360 September 14, 2020 12:47PM

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Druid 359 September 14, 2020 09:07PM

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OregonGregg 344 September 14, 2020 09:16PM

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diggindeep 366 September 14, 2020 08:26AM

A productive outing adds to your productive year.thumbs up

Monte 345 September 14, 2020 08:25AM

Chief Half-Eagle's success, once again, leaves me wondering .... thinkingthinking

Monte 352 September 14, 2020 01:25PM

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OregonGregg 332 September 14, 2020 07:31PM

The V3i does it again. thumbs up Hats off. smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float

UtahRich 375 September 14, 2020 06:00PM

Yes, the V3i does work for him ....

Monte 351 September 14, 2020 11:22PM

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zincoln 339 September 14, 2020 11:06AM

Large Cents are generally tougher to find 'Out West'.

Monte 346 September 14, 2020 01:02PM

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Remfire 344 September 14, 2020 08:22AM

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zincoln 354 September 14, 2020 11:08AM

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