In the hobby of metal detecting we always say that “You never know what you’re going to find when detecting.” That proved to be true recently when I detected an old school yard where I found an Italian 200 Lire Coin that was definitely a surprise. At first I thought it was a gold coin when it was still dirty because I didn’t recognize the face. Either way a neat find for around here.
After my hunt at the old school I decided to swing by an old house that I’ve been trying to get permission to detect for a long time. I’ve been by there at least 5 times, and finally someone was home. The property owner told me that he’d rather I didn’t detect the yard which is understandable because most people don’t know how we dig a plug. Anyway, I asked if I could detect his side lot and he said to go for it. It was a small corner lot, so I started in one corner and worked my way across the yard.
Along the broken old sidewalk I found the wheat penny which gave me hopes of finding a silver coin eventually. It didn’t take long to realize that the old house that once sat there had been bulldozed because there was metal junk everywhere.
I noticed one corner of the yard looked like it was relatively untouched along a fence line, so I decided to slow down in that area. I was running my Minelab CTX3030 and got a nice quarter tone/ readout. I was hoping for a silver quarter but was happy to see something round in the hole. It turned out to be this Will Rogers Memorial token.
According to wikipedia
William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudevilleperformer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.
Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”, Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time, and was the highest paid Hollywood movie star. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.
Rogers’s vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended. His aphorisms, couched in humorous terms, were widely quoted: “I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Another widely quoted Will Rogers comment was “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Rogers even provided an epigram on his most famous epigram:
Finds like these are what makes the hobby of metal detecting exciting for me. Learning the historical background, finding coins that I didn’t know existed and being out in nature enjoying my hobby, Nothin better!