100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #69 General McClellan Campaign Token

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #69 General McClellan Campaign Token

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 an 1863 campaign token for General George McClellan, who ran against Lincoln.   According to my research, the token doubled as a patriotic token.

SITE:  Small front yard on battlefield

SITE EVALUATION: 7 of 10 This area has produced a ton of relics, and had been overlooked and lightly hunted for years.

PERMISSION:  Caught a lady working at home having coffee at a table at a picture window overlooking the street.  Was awkword, but she waved at me first!!!!

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Scan then Scrub:  This yard was small, but my hunting partner dug an Enfield and I dug a nice Sash buckle.  After that it is on.  I’m going slow and low, scanning every square foot at different angles, and digging lots of signals.

Deep is Good:  On a battlefield, anything deep can be something amazing.  This token was over a foot deep, and gave an iffy signal.   I was hoping it might be an Indian cent instead of a wheat cent until I wiped the dirt off it.

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