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Old 03-04-2019, 10:59 PM
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Default The Fat Lady Still Hasnít Sung.

A few weeks ago I got a permission where a restaurant was razed. Before that a 2 story house had stood. Before that who knows.

The lot is very full of metallic trash. The owners originally refused me access. But we talked a bit and I asked what their plans for the property were and they are putting in a miniature golf course. I stood silently for a minute after hearing that and quietly asked ď Wouldnít you WANT somebody to remove some of the trash thatís buried in the ground? It can be a safety hazard especially for kids to have it there. ď

They quickly reconsidered and gave me their blessing. And itís been a real treat to hunt. I have harvested a couple hundred pounds of metal to sell at the recycling center and much is brass and copper.

But Iíve found a crazy mixture of finds. Among them have been: my first horse shoe. 3 axe heads, one is a broad axe. A .69 caliber Minie ball. A pocket knife a .38 pearl handled Saturday night special ( the knife, gun and a brass drawer pull were all in the same hole. The weapons were likely in a bedside night stand that burned up when the house did. )

And coins. An 1864 Indian head penny. An 1855 Seated Liberty Dime. A shield nickel. A Barber dime and 3 Mercs and a Roosevelt. A number of wheat pennies.

I went back 2 days ago and found a solitary Zincoln. Apparently the well had run dry.

But today I could not resist going back. I found a VERY deep Zincoln. Then a very crusty penny and what appeared to be a tiny button. And later I found what is an 1898 spark plug.

I went home and found the penny was a 1907 Indian Head. And I was studying the ď buttonĒ and realized it only had one hole. Further study showed the reverse side said ďHALF DIMEĒ. I carefully cleaned it and itís a beautiful 1853 Half Dime.

The Fat Lady hasnít sung yet.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:13 PM
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Nice job! Love that half dime.Those crispy Silver's cleaned up nice. How did you clean them?

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Old 03-04-2019, 11:34 PM
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Very impressive finds. Nice work!
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:24 AM
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Man thatís some dang good hunting! Congrats!

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Old 03-05-2019, 02:22 AM
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You lucky dog on that permission. Well done

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Old 03-05-2019, 04:24 AM
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Very nice. And I second the how did you clean them question
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:49 AM
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Some awesome silvers and Axe head, sir.

Also, congrats on your finds publication in American Digger Magazine!

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Old 03-05-2019, 07:12 AM
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Most silvers I simply wet and rub with baking soda. The really challenging ones I do electrolysis ( checking every minute), then scrub with grade 00 steel wool and then baking soda.

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Old 03-05-2019, 08:11 AM
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You truly earned those rewards Chip with the efforts you made with the clean up of the lot. Some really nice work with the coin clean up also . Congrats on the Half Dime, the rest of the Silver's and some very interesting relics. Trapper

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Thatís some killer finds, congrats on the permission


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Old 03-05-2019, 07:35 PM
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good spot there!

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This is a WOW! report. You just keep "removing the trash" for them nice folks. I am left wondering what an 1898 spark plug looks like. Didn't know they went back that far.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:33 PM
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Way to persevere and earn a "yes" on that permission! I gotta add that to my repertoire: "But the children...." with sad puppy-dog eyes!

Seriously what a fun hunting spot, and a cool mix of finds! That half dime is fabulous! Great hunting!

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Old 03-06-2019, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Foragist View post
This is a WOW! report. You just keep "removing the trash" for them nice folks. I am left wondering what an 1898 spark plug looks like. Didn't know they went back that far.

I havenít cleaned it yet and itís missing part but here you go. Feast your eyes. Lol.
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What a neat assortment of finds! Congrats on the surprises and keepers!

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Old 03-08-2019, 07:29 AM
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Now reading this post and seeing what you found really gets me ready to go hunting. Amazing finds, love the half dime. still on my bucket list!

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