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: 5 Commemorative Presidential Tokens issued around 1890-1910. All in same hole. Gave 5th to homeowner. I put a little olive oil on them for the photos and they look great considering they’ve been in ground close to 100 years probably.
SITE: House that had produced Civil War relics.
SITE EVALUATION: 9 of 10 One of those yards that is just in the right area!
PERMISSION: Guy was getting ready to go for a bike ride when I knocked on his door. He was cool but took a minute to get what I was asking as I caught him off guard. Once he saw I wasn’t selling anything we made friends quickly.
Always Rescan Your Holes: And keep rescanning until you are sure you are done with it. I dig a lot of targets out of other detectorists holes. It stands to reason that people do not always lose only a single item at a time. I’d hate to dig a piece of clad, not rescan, and miss the gold coin that was under it.
Take Time to ID: I must admit I thought these were just nicer versions of those tin Shell gas station presidential tokens I dig all the time. When I looked it up, I actually found them on the Smithsonian Museum’s website, and found they were struck by Scovill, the button company that made tons of Civil War buttons. Proper ID can help you enjoy your finds much more.
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