In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: This is an 1863 dated silver coin called a Gulden. It is about the size of a silver half dollar. One of the most beautiful silver coins I’ve ever seen. It was almost certainly dropped or lost by the documented German speaking Federal troops at the Battle of Nashville.
SITE: House being torn down on Battlefield. A corner lot.
SITE EVALUATION: 3 of 10 Only other find on the lot was a wheat penny.
PERMISSION: Construction worker
All It Takes is One Find: I started on the opposite side of the average size lot and worked clockwise with no look whatsoever. I knew I was on the core battlefield. As I approached a strange hump of land coming off the main road, a loud signal almost knocked my coil out of my hand. When I dug this at only 4 inches or so, I had no idea what I had. When I saw the 1863 date on the back, I thought at best it was some kind of souvenir token. I couldn’t accept that it was real silver or a coin, much less an awesome war relic!
Research: Research your finds. I found documented evidence of Confederate soldiers being captured by German speaking troops right near this location. Researching a find thoroughly can turn an awesome find into a museum quality find.
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