100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #51 Unidentified 1800s Trade Token

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #51 Unidentified 1800s Trade Token

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 a crude trade, coal, sutler, or other type of trade token, probably good for 10 cents.   The initials “GB” are individually hand stamped.

SITE:  A yard in an area that had produced Civil War and pre-Civil War relics.

SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10  Trash and iron had apparently chased other detectorists in past off of the site.    Silver pocket spill, lots of bullets,  and plenty of other great relics made this a fun site to hunt, albeit tough to get in the iron.

PERMISSION:  Super friendly homeowner that was fired up about what we were doing and didn’t care how much we dug up his yard!

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Iron Hunting Skills:  The key to hunting in iron is detecting slowly, with little or no discrimination, and listening for high tones in between low tones of iron.   This token was in a good bed of nails and I dug because something just didn’t sound right down there.

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