My 2 Cents Worth

22 Aug

Friday morning, as I was heading in to work, I noticed that they had removed a sidewalk across the street from my office. My office sits at the site of the first Presbyterian church in town back in the early days of the city. I have seen pictures of it and it was pretty much a dug out.

I didn’t think much of the tear out because I figured it would be covered by the time I left work. When I left work however, about  1/3 of it was still open so I slammed on the brakes, found a place to park, and Maurice and I went to work.

My second swing (really!) produced a signal just north of pull tab. I decided to dig it and 4 inches down, I found a coin slightly larger than a U.S. nickel and made of copper or bronze. To say I was excited is an understatement.


Images of Seateds and gold coins dancing in my head, I continued the hunt for another hour and a half. Unfortunately, nothing else came out. The site was heavily iron laden as multiple railroad lines ran through here until about 10 years ago. It was really cool because I hit a couple of very old wooden foundations.

Thinking I had a large cent, I went home and began the process of cleaning the coin. To my surprise, what was revealed was, in my opinion, something cooler than a large cent: a 2 cent coin!

I tried cleaning it further with masking tape and the freezing method which removed the dirt but not the iron encrustations. Finally, today, I soaked the coin in WD-40 and managed to expose a bit of the date: 1864, my oldest coin to date.



I am doubly proud of having found this coin in my city. This coin was dropped by one of Wichita’s early inhabitants. I wonder what was going through his or her head as they walked along, possibly to attend church just a few yards away. I am still missing that Seated coin but this is definitely one off my list. It almost makes up for the total lack of detecting for me this year.

Thank you for stopping by!


4 Responses to “My 2 Cents Worth”

  1. Dick Stout August 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Nice find…congratulations. Looks like the coin still has a lot of detail as well. Way to take advantage of the situation too.

  2. disc440 August 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    Nice find. Congratulations. Looks like the coin still has a lot of detail as well….

  3. lawdog1 August 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    Truly an amazing find in Wichita! Congratulations! I am happy for you, buddy.

  4. John Grice September 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    It’s in better shape then the one I found in town. Congrats.

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