100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #63 Love Token Dated January 1, 1894

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #63 Love Token Dated January 1, 1894

Note:   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 love token carved from a Seated Quarter.   It is dated January 1st, 1894 on one side, and carries the initials of the couple on the other side.  It is well worn.   It is extremely rare to find a love token in the US made from a silver quarter.  Most are made from dimes.   One of my favorite finds.

SITE:  Yard of antebellum home that had been repurposed into a small neighborhood

SITE EVALUATION: 10 of 10 Plenty of bullets, relics and old coins here.

PERMISSION:  Friendly homeowner was just leaving, yet said “make yourself at home and have fun.”


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KEY PRINCIPLES:

Under the Tree and In the Brush:  This was found under a weeping willow tree.  I’ve found many great items by getting under branches and up inside of big trees that go all the way to the ground.

 

Pictured with other finds in yard, including a soldier chewed bullet from the hospital used after the battle.

Pictured with other finds in yard, including a soldier chewed bullet from the hospital used after the battle.

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  1. Rick Anderson at 9:57 am

    Great find Clark! Recently found an 1856 Seated Half love token at 9 inches (unheard of here in Utah) and it also was up under a tree. Displayed now as my favorite find.

    • Clark Rickman at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Rick! A seated half itself is incredibly rare to dig, but a love token made from one is obviously EXTREMELY rare. Most were made of dimes, and some of the long-time detectorists here in Middle Tennessee had never seen one made from a quarter. Love tokens are much more common in England, I understand, as they were kind of a long-standing tradition prior to the turn of the 20th century. Thanks again and congratulations on that half dollar love token!!!!

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