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    A real old Nickel tonight

    After last nights hunt at the old school which produced 2 coins in 1+3/4 hrs. I decided I'd put in 2hrs. tonight with the Explorer with the 6x8 coil. The first 1+1/2 hrs . I dug only junk and solid signals were far and few between . I almost packed up and left but I decided I wanted to find at least one coin .
    A memorial copper penny showed up shortly thereafter. Next came a pipsqueak of a high tone the Smartfind showed all the way top right . Of course it had to be six inches under a whole bunch of crisscrossing Ivy roots.
    I had to get on the old knees which I don't particularly like to do but In got a nice 36S Merc dime out of the deal ( it was caked with dirt and I didn't know which type it was until I got home and rinsed it off ) . As I was making my way back to the car I got a nice Nickel signal .I couldn't tell what it was either because it was pretty dirty and worn but I figured it was just another one of those foreign coins I had been finding there . I was both shocked and happy to see it was a V nickel I had to use my Microscopic camera and hold a small flashlight just right for lighting to make out a date ,it's an 1886 !
    Needless to say " I shall return" .
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    Great find. Key date coins don't pop up much (I guess that's why they are key dates). Congrats on the recoveries. WD
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    I love old nickels! Well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisconsin digger View Post
    Great find. Key date coins don't pop up much (I guess that's why they are key dates). Congrats on the recoveries. WD
    Thanks WD , I hadn't even realized it was a key date , sweet ! I'll have to take a look in my Blue book of coins and read up on it .

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucknut View Post
    I love old nickels! Well done
    Thanks Bucknut , i do as well , this one was a most unexpected and thrilling find !

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    Great job! Love digging those old nickels
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    You're hot lately, George! I love making a good find on the way to the car. Keep it up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger Don View Post
    Great job! Love digging those old nickels

    Thanks Don ! Every time I get a really oxidized nickel , I'm hoping it's a buffalo or older . It doesn't happen very often for me .

    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    You're hot lately, George! I love making a good find on the way to the car. Keep it up!!
    Thanks Drew , I'm hoping I can manage to pull another goodie or two out of there . The targets are really dwindling now . Last night I hunted there for a little over an hour and got two Memorial pennies and the usual junk . I kind of knew that it was junk but I was hoping for a miracle . This place has got to have at least one Indian head penny there , that would be another fun find for me as I have not found very many at all in my career ( 3 to be exact ) .
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    Sweet!
    Nice find(s) George!
    Congrats on the V and Merc!
    I love finding the old nickels too!
    I hope your able to squeak out a IH or 2 out of your spot. If the V is there, there stands a real good chance that there at least one laying there waiting for ya!
    Go get it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill Digger View Post
    Sweet!
    Nice find(s) George!
    Congrats on the V and Merc!
    I love finding the old nickels too!
    I hope your able to squeak out a IH or 2 out of your spot. If the V is there, there stands a real good chance that there at least one laying there waiting for ya!
    Go get it!
    Thanks Timmy ! I've went back and pounded that spot hard several more times . I had no more luck I'm done there unless they scrape the soil again .

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    Great coins. It's amazing how good and clean the old silver comes out of the ground. Seems like a good alloy. I bet you see these coins glowing in the moonlight. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menzl View Post
    Great coins. It's amazing how good and clean the old silver comes out of the ground. Seems like a good alloy. I bet you see these coins glowing in the moonlight. Congratulations!
    Thanks , this spot in particular was very kind to all the silver finds . Some spots like parks and sport fields which have been heavily fertilized can really mess them up .

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    Way to stick it out Cheap Thrills. You were rewarded minus getting on the knees part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgers325 View Post
    Way to stick it out Cheap Thrills. You were rewarded minus getting on the knees part.
    Thanks Badger ! I've been back a few times since but without much luck .

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