100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #44 Indian Head Cent du Jour.

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #44 Indian Head Cent du Jour.

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 Indian cent is special to me because of conditions in which it was found

SITE:  Construction Tearout

SITE EVALUATION: 6 of 10  Several bullets, etc.

PERMISSION: Developer was as cool as they come.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Cracker Jack Prize:  This is fun.   I did it because I let daylight slip away; it was dark and I had not brought a light.  I got a solid target, grabbed a clump of dirt, hit it with my pinpointer to confirm it was in my hand, and put the whole dirt clod in my finds pouch.  When I got home and cleaned finds I was shocked to see I had an Indian cent.  It was only about 3 inches deep and very unexpected.

Shallow Indians Usually Hit Pretty Solid:    I don’t look at target IDs that much, but I’ve dug enough this year to notice Indians hit a solid 36 on the e-Trac.    The early 1860s Indians however, are a different alloy and can hit in the pull tab range or lower, even when almost on top of the ground.   I’ve dug several 1860s Indians at hunted out sites like this.  And all bets are off for deep Indians.  I’ve dug them deeper than 15 inches, using non discrimintation, sound and my depth meter.   They can initially sound like nails but give you enough hints to tell you to dig.

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