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    I thought it was a foreign coin at first (and I need help)

    Hi everyone. I thought I would try the big coil on my CTX3030 to get accustomed to it. Went to a local school that was built in the 60s (that is 1960s for you East Coast people). I decided to go to a field behind the school that I have hit hard just because the kids lose a lot of quarters and it is a good break at lunch.

    Had a 12-31 signal that was solid. Out popped this 1832 half-dime. Initially I thought it was a foreign coin since half-dimes are not even a thought in my head when metal detecting in WI (at least for me). I saw the back and through the dirt I could see United and Amer. Since I was just "testing the new coil", I didn't have my water. Now that the dirt is caked on, what are your best suggestions to clean this. It looks to be in pretty good shape. I can see some minor old wear on it. Sorry for bad picture, when I clean it, I will send more.

    You know, yesterday while out, I thought to myself that this metal detecting thing is getting a little old. Had a bad day, bugs were aggressive, getting dehydrated, not finding much. Then today happened. Got this little gem. Oh by the way, a silver ring and a silver/gold ring as well. Will show those later too.

    Please give suggestions on how to clean once the dirt is caked on. I have looked online, but would rather get the latest greatest from you guys/gals.

    Thank you!!
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    Veteran Member Bucknut's Avatar
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    That sir is a great find! I would soak it in water for now. Then Q tip the lose debris off. Avoid rubbing it if possible.

    well done again!
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    Thanks Bucknut. Hope it is as nice as yours that is on display!
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgers325 View Post
    Thanks Bucknut. Hope it is as nice as yours that is on display!
    Yours from what I can see looks to be in pretty good shape. But really ANY capped bust silver is special. Just a rare coin!
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    WOW...under 1 mil mintage! Can you post a petter pic...and the reverse?

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    Awesome find! Congrats!

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    I will OxShoeDrew. Just want to clean it up first. Should have something later this week for sure.

    Thanks rharris

    Bucknut - still in shock when I saw this. It just shouldn't be there. I have to wonder if there was an old house at some point in the area. when I look around at the topography, back in the day, I would have set up a place there. Kind of on a hill with wildlife and water nearby. I haven't found any other old items here. No square nails, nothing. My guess is just great luck!
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    Wow, what a find! It looks to be in good shape too. I agree with the comment above about just soaking it in water. Perhaps you could add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to help loosen the soil. Let it soak overnight and the dirt should rinse right off.

    I can't wait to see the pictures of it after it's cleaned up!

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    Thanks Tony. I just changed the water out and added a drop of dish soap. There is one spot that is still caked on.
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    That's one great find! Looking forward to more pic's!
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    That's a truly awesome find!
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