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Old 08-16-2019, 06:18 PM
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Default Half inch deep Barber half dollar and a few other goodies

I went to a spot I had noticed a few days earlier where the town had scraped up some old neighborhood public dirt into a big pile just waiting to be hauled off or spread out. The rest of the site was ready for concrete, and I wasn't going to risk messing anything up, so I turned my attention to the dirt pile.

Sensitivity at 50% to just focus on targets shallow enough to pop out with the tip of my pinpointer. I didn't notch anything out. I could have done this hunt with any detector that can signal low versus medium/high conductors.

I hit a couple of memorial pennies, then a wheat, then a a nickel so badly corroded I could only tell it was likely pre-Jefferson. Then, with a few minutes to spare, I hit a "too good to be true" shallow signal. But, in this case, that's what I hoping to hear. Out popped a Barber half. It was completely black with tarnish and I could only see the outlines.

I had to go, but I came back the next evening and popped a few more wheat pennies and a decent looking Buffalo. No more silver.

I cleaned the 1897 Barber just enough to leave some tarnish to show detail. It's pretty smooth. The line across the face is a weird pattern in the tarnish and not a gouge. She ain't pretty, but she looks good to me. You can see some recent scratch marks, but that must have been from when the dirt was scraped.

The unknown nickel was as corroded as I've ever seen. I tried gentler measures to ID it, but resorted to something more drastic and it turned out to be a buffalo. I've censored the results to protect sensitive viewers. The better looking buffalo barely gave up the last two digits of the date. 1924.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:05 AM
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Congrats on the nice finds.

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Old 08-17-2019, 01:46 PM
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Nice finds. I've thought about checking a few piles around here that I have seen. But they tend to rope off the area and I don't feel comfortable jumping the line. Now thinking I should have.
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:14 PM
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Nice finds. I've thought about checking a few piles around here that I have seen. But they tend to rope off the area and I don't feel comfortable jumping the line. Now thinking I should have.
They had the area where they were doing the construction roped off, and I didn't go into it. The dirt I detected was piled up chest high along the sidewalk just outside of that area.

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Old 08-18-2019, 07:01 AM
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Yep thats a nice haul there! Timing is huge when looking for tearouts, they pour them so quick. I had a street tearout here in MA that we hunted for about a week and a half and found some really good stuff. I just remember driving through one day and it was all covered, I almost cried good luck out there, and happy hunting!

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Old 08-18-2019, 06:06 PM
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Unbelievable finds! nice work
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:14 AM
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awesome silver barber half!
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:55 PM
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Great job netting that Barber half!! Sure looks good to me too, regardless of condition! The “censored” nickel made me chuckle - I’ve definitely learned a few lessons the hard way by taking a cleaning just a tad too far And it always seems like nickels end up being the poster child just no easy way to clean ‘em.

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Old 08-21-2019, 12:13 AM
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Great post and pictures . Congrats on the Barber Half , one of those has been on my bucket list for years .
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:25 AM
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Way to take advantage of a opportunity Soldier. Congrats on the Barber Half, the Buffalo's and the Wheat's. I'd bet there is more in that pile that is deeper in Trapper.

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Old 08-21-2019, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by jack&jill View post
Way to take advantage of a opportunity Soldier. Congrats on the Barber Half, the Buffalo's and the Wheat's. I'd bet there is more in that pile that is deeper in Trapper.
I bet you're right. My guess is that they're going to take a foot or two off of the dirt piles and use that as backfill around the new concrete. Then, the rest will get hauled off or spread out. I don't get to that part of town much, but if my timing is good I might get a chance to find out.

Normally I wouldn't go through the trouble, but digging options are limited right now. Yards are like concrete and the occasional thundershower isn't enough to make a difference.

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Nice Barber half! Congrats! That's one of the highest ones on my "bucket list"; had you ever gotten one before?

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Old 08-23-2019, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by PrussianBleu View post
Nice Barber half! Congrats! That's one of the highest ones on my "bucket list"; had you ever gotten one before?
Nope, first Barber half!

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Old 08-23-2019, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ToySoldier View post
Nope, first Barber half!
Good for you! The Barbers/Morgans were our most attractive coins IMHO.

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