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Old 10-17-2021, 05:19 PM
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Default HUGE Bucket Lister : 1845 Seated Half !!!

Today a hunting buddy took me to a local schoolyard that I hadn't been to before. After about three hours of hunting with only clad, a token, a foreign coin and a whole lot trash to show for it, I was getting ready to call it a day. I was making my way towards a ball field when I got a high tone signal (33 on my Nox). I had been getting a lot of these high tones all day and they were always junk, so I almost skipped this one - I'm glad I didn't.

I cut a plug, dug about 8 inches down and poured the dirt on my drop cloth. The coin was covered in dirt, but I saw the silver reeded edge immediately. The coin looked too big, I didn't know what it was at first. I carefully rinsed the dirt off with some water, saw the seated liberty on the front and then just about lost my mind.

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It's an 1845 Seated Liberty Half Dollar - a HUGE bucket lister for me. I still can hardly believe I found it.

It's a shame it's stained from being in the ground for 150+ years, because the details on this coin are in really terrific shape. (This photo shows the coin lit from one side to highlight the details).

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I called my buddy over to see it and he was as excited as I was (but was also a little jealous, which made the find even sweeter). I definitely owe him a couple of beers for bringing me to this site.

Thanks for looking - HH!
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:17 PM
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A rare find in MINT condition. Congrats!

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Old 10-17-2021, 07:25 PM
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Stunning find and condition! That's the real deal of what metal detecting is all about. And the pics are just as good too. Major congrats!

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Old 10-17-2021, 09:20 PM
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What do you say ? Hell yeah Pa. OUTSTANDING ! SoC That is about the nicest old silver coin I've seen posted. A huge ATTABOY, A big congrats and my hats off to you on that save. Well done. Mark

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Old 10-18-2021, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by stetam View post
A rare find in MINT condition. Congrats! Steve
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Stunning find and condition! That's the real deal of what metal detecting is all about. And the pics are just as good too. Major congrats!
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What do you say ? Hell yeah Pa. OUTSTANDING ! SoC That is about the nicest old silver coin I've seen posted. A huge ATTABOY, A big congrats and my hats off to you on that save. Well done. Mark
Thanks, all - much appreciated.

I'm debating whether it might be worth sending this coin in to PCGS or NGC to get restored and graded - they might be able to do something about the stains, and the details really are super-sharp on this coin.

I'm still in shock - this coin is no doubt one of the best finds I've made. Just goes to show that there are still good finds waiting for us out there, even at a "pounded" public schoolyard.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:33 AM
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Wow talk about a stunning coin! very nice find!!!

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Old 10-18-2021, 01:53 PM
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Beautiful !
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Old 10-18-2021, 02:10 PM
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Wow, congrats!

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Old 10-18-2021, 02:30 PM
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Beautiful coin!!! Major congrats!

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Old 10-18-2021, 03:02 PM
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wow thats a crazy find, I've never noticed the liberty cap on the pole shes holding until now, probably because I've never seen a seated with so much detail.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:10 PM
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Great job. Amazing find in amazing condition. It looks stunning.

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Old 10-18-2021, 06:43 PM
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holy Cow ! That is one bodacious coin ! Striking detail on that one ! Congratulations on that eye popper !
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Old 10-18-2021, 07:02 PM
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That is one of the best dug seateds I've ever seen, worth getting conserved and graded in my opinion! Mega congrats!

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Old 10-18-2021, 08:35 PM
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Gorgeous Seated coin. The holder and loser of that beauty did not have it long from the bank before it was lost 😞

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Old 10-18-2021, 08:36 PM
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Wow..congrats on a great find! It looks like it was dropped the day it was minted!
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Incredible find! Would love to pull one of those someday, congrats on a wonderful recovery!
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:33 PM
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Wow!! What a fantastic find! Incredible condition. Congrats!

I would definitely get it graded. It would do the coin justice just to get it encapsulated.

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Iíd have to say thatís one of nicest coins Iíve ever seen posted! Huge congrats!!

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Dang! That's a killer find for sure. Big congrats and you will forever owe your buddy
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Wow, that's in unbelievable condition!

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