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Opportunity knocks

27 Oct

Today, the vicissitudes of life allowed me to take Maurice, my XP Deus metal detector, for a spin at the park. While I was there, I met a fellow Friendly Forum member from Dodge City. I hope he found lots of goodies.

And so I thought that was it for hunting for me for the day. However, as I was driving to pick up my son from a birthday party he had attended, I drove past an area of town that I hunted earlier during the year and saw that they had torn up one of the oldest streets in the city. I still had 15 minutes before the party was over so I stomped on the breaks, grabbed Maurice and hit the tear up for a blissful 10 minutes. In that time, I got an unmistakable quarter signal at a very shallow depth. I dug the hole and that grandest of geometrical figures appeared. It took me a second to realize what I had because the coin had been under that street for a very long time:


Yep, that’s a 1896 Barber quarter minted in Philadelphia (no mint mark). It has little to no wear which means it saw very little circulation before it was dropped.

So after I picked up my son, I went home and I was so agitated about having this opportunity that I was given permission to go back for 30 more minutes.

After 30 minutes, I had one 1906 Indian Head penny, one 1920 wheat, one 1952D wheat, and one wheat with an undetermined mint mark. At first I thought I had two Indians but I was mistaken. Also, I thought the 1920 wheat was a 1916. Alas, it was a good hunt nonetheless. I barely scratched the surface. I hope the street is still available tomorrow!


Thank you for looking!