Five Signs a Site May Hold a Gold Coin

Five Signs a Site May Hold a Gold Coin

Recovering a rare gold coin is on the bucket list of almost every detectorist, including many expert coin shooters that have been detecting for years.  Detecting365 is always interested in gold coin recoveries, so we ask a lot of questions.   Certainly there is no substitute for luck, but almost without exception, other fairly hard to find  items were recovered on the site that yielded the gold coin.   We interviewed 23 detectorists that have recovered at least gold coin.  Here are five finds that repeatedly accompany the recovery of a these treasures.

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1) Silver Halves or Dollars earlier than 1935

half ohio metal detectingEvery time I recover a silver half dollar or dollar coin, the exact same thought pops into my head:  “How in the world did someone lose one of these?   How did someone not walk right behind them and see such a large coin on top of the ground?”   Gold coins were minted in the U.S. until 1933.     Keep in mind that prior to 1935 a silver half dollar or dollar coin was worth a vast more substantial amount than today.   People that had “big silvers” to sling around and lose very likely also carried gold coins from time to time.

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1) Silver Halves or Dollars earlier than 1935



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  1. Donnie Vaughn at 7:16 pm

    In all my years of metal detecting, I’ve never found a gold coin. I know others who have dug them but not me! Maybe 2015 will produce one for me.

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