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    Saturday hunt leaves me feeling sick

    I'll preface this post with a hunt I had several years back. I was at an old park that was producing clad quarters in amazing numbers. For some reason among the 50+ quarters I got a similar signal 1' under the ground same as all the other quarters, the only problem was it was a '24 SLQ in great shape. Amazingly no digger marks. Moving ahead to Saturday I was having a decent hunt with 3 silver dimes when I decided to look for some gas money. 30 clad quarters later I get another quarter maybe clad half signal an inch or 2 under. After hacking away at the hard ground I see a Walking Half and this time I was not lucky on missing it. Worse yet it was a gorgeous 1918. I hunted this area many times and the signal was plenty strong, no idea how I missed that signal. Hopefully lesson learned as it was a costly one. Makes you sick when you ruin a beautiful old coin like that one. Wisconsin Digger
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    1 Barber Half, 1 Walking Half, 1 Washington, 1 SLQ, 1 Seated Dime, 5 Barber Dimes, 31 Mercs, 20 Rosies, 3 V nickels, 8 Buffalos, 5 War Nickel, 5 Indian, 276 wheats, Clad $157.22
    2019 Goals: Wheats 3147/3000 Silver coins 1333/1300 Clad Dimes 5074/5000 Rosies 398/400 Mercs 584/600 Clad Nickels 2545/2500

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    I think most of us know that sick feeling. (I know I do!) It's one of the hazards of the hobby, unfortunately. Sometimes it is unavoidable, especially when the ground is hard or the digging is difficult because of tree roots.

    It's a cool find! Hey, it's still a Half Dollar that's over 100 years old! Don't beat yourself up over it.
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    8 Large Cents, 372 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 119 Buffalo Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 125 Barber Dimes, 380 Mercury Dimes, 229 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 83 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Still a great hunt and coin. I whacked that capped bust dime I posted the other day. It is a sick feeling for sure.
    Detectors I use: Minelab Etrac & Equinox 800
    2019 Season Totals:
    Clad: $40.88
    Indians: 22
    Wheaties: 182
    Silver: 52
    Silver Jewelry: 4
    Gold Jewelry: 1
    Favorite 2019 find: Gold wedding ring & return.

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    Wow, you dig a lot of quarters!
    The left merc looks weird, I wonder what happened.
    I've scuffed coins just by moving them...they hit a rock or something. Unavoidable. Congrats!

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    I think the Merc was in a fire as it was pretty rough. There also was charred remnants in the hole. Found a 1909 wheatie about a foot away but it was not burned.
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    2019
    1 Barber Half, 1 Walking Half, 1 Washington, 1 SLQ, 1 Seated Dime, 5 Barber Dimes, 31 Mercs, 20 Rosies, 3 V nickels, 8 Buffalos, 5 War Nickel, 5 Indian, 276 wheats, Clad $157.22
    2019 Goals: Wheats 3147/3000 Silver coins 1333/1300 Clad Dimes 5074/5000 Rosies 398/400 Mercs 584/600 Clad Nickels 2545/2500

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    Did the same with a barber half so I know how sick you feel!!

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    What I want to know, why is it just the nice coins we ding? It's never the toasted featureless coins. Dinged or not, still a great find.
    Oldest find: 5,000 year old copper spearhead
    Oldest coin: 1699 William III halfpenny
    Purdiest coin: 1832 Capped Bust quarter
    Coolest find: USA button with blue threads still on shank

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