Thanks to everyone for all the comments and congrats! ^^ Time for a new avatar.
Originally Posted by gordonquixote
Middle of nowhere or near an old town or battle?
Pretty much the middle of nowhere as far as I can tell. No old houses around at all. I did find some square nails though, so something used to be there.
Originally Posted by pocketspill
Any clue why these coins are where they are?
Originally Posted by txhunter
Wow man that is amazing! Do you think is was an old cache that maybe your grandfather hit with the tractor all those years ago?
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that it was a small cache. I don't think that many high denomination coins were just dropped or lost individually. All I can figure is that maybe someone burried them there before the depression and the bulldozer hit whatever container they were in and spread them out.
Originally Posted by diggerdan
Congratulations! Your days as a metal detectorist are now behind you! Continuing pursuit of this "silly hobby" will surely only lead to disappointment now that you have found what everyone is hoping for! Charge people 5 dollars to hold it and enjoy an early retirement!
Hehe.. You know, the night after finding the gold coin, it did cross my mind that I would most likely never top that find in my lifetime, and anything less just won't excite me like it used to. I almost felt sad for a minute.... almost.
Then I realized how much I enjoy this hobby even when I don't find anything. Its just the thought of finding something nice that keeps me going. Besides, its always possible that I can find more of 'em.
Originally Posted by Bonesquat
:lalalala" (that's me short circuiting) Why no pic of the gold coin in the dirt?
The second day it was really wet and muddy, so I didn't bother with any pics. But had I known that I was about to pull a gold coin out of the dirt, I definitely would have got a pic. By the time I realized what I had found, I was so excited that it didn't even cross my mind.
Originally Posted by Raphis
You're in shock, I'm in shock, the whole world is in shock after reading your post and viewing your finds. I'd take your grandfather's tractor and clear out a bigger area of brush, and continue detecting until I was satisfied I recovered everything I possible could find.
What year is the SLQ? You didn't mention finding that coin.
Major congrats on finding some amazing coins, especially your Double Eagle! Submit your story to Whites and Western/Eastern treasures. I think you will take top honors for 2012. Going to be really hard to top that!
Unfortunately the dozer wasn't his. I think he just borrowed it or rented it for a little while. But I'm definitely searching all of the surrounding area. I'm starting at the hotspot and working my way outward. Thats actually where I've been for the past two days.
The SLQ is so worn that its hard to see the date. It looks like it might be 1877 but I can't say for sure. One of the seated dimes has some crud covering half of the date, but looks to be in really good condition. I just need to figure out how to clean it properly without doing any damage.
Originally Posted by William-NM
And you know there's probably a few more still hiding out there! I wish they could tell the tale of how they came to be there!!
One can only hope, and me too!
Thanks again for all the comments.