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Thread: A Beautiful Semi Key Indian

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    Global Moderator Fire Fighter 43's Avatar
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    A Beautiful Semi Key Indian

    I obtained a new permission a few weeks ago for a pasture that had a homestead that dated back to the 1860s. The owner of the property stated that the farm house burned down in the 1960s and the rest of the buildings were raised shortly after that. The only thing left standing were 2 silos. As you can imagine the site was loaded with iron. When swinging the Deus it sounded like a machine gun going off with all the iron grunts. I slowed my swing down and just listened for the squeaks from the non ferrous targets.

    My first couple coins were wheats from the 40s. After about an hour I got my first of 6 Indians from the site. The Indians are 1865, 1879, 1884, 1890, 1902 & 1902. The semi key Indian is the 1879 and it is the most beautiful Indian Ive found in 40 some years of detecting. I gave it a wash in water and soaked it in olive oil for a few days. It has a really nice patina and I would grade it MS40 plus. I still can not believe this coin came out of the ground let alone a field. I also found a couple more wheats and a lone silver dime 1918 Merc. There were also several relics among the iron.
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    Veteran Member Bucknut's Avatar
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    That is an awesome indian! Congrats on that indian and all of the other coins!
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    Incredible Indian, congrats! Lots of other neat finds too. Noticed that "Body by Fisher" tag. Remember those on my old GM cars!
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    WHAT A GREAT SITE! Those Indians are still bronze colored too! I'm very happy for you. Best wishes and HH, Dave.
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    Fantastic looking Indian...can you see the diamonds in the ribbon? Sounds like a tough site to detect but you got some great keepers............
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    Elite Member Digger Don's Avatar
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    The good news is, there is a lot more there!!
    Awesome 1879 Indian

    Great Hunt, Great Finds. Congrats
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    That is a great collection of finds, well done!
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    Wow ! Some nice older finds Jeff and the indian is stunning !
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    You got a winner of a site, Jeff! You've been detecting 40 years? Wow, you're old

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    That is one spectacular IHP! Wow.
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    Congrats on the great looking silver and all the rest of the finds. WD
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    Heck of a haul of Indians Jeff! Man, maybe one of all my Indians looks as good as your worst one shown. Besides the IHs a real nice set of relics as well. Congrats sir.

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    very nice. congrats!
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