1876-S Seated Liberty Quarter
1876-S Seated Liberty Quarter

I noticed that the canal was low again on October 9th. I was doing some work at my parents house and noticed how low it was on the way home. I decided to drive north along the canal and soon enough discovered why it was low. There was major construction going on. Bulldozers right in the middle of the canal moving dirt everywhere. Since it was already late, I decided to hunt the next day.

I arrived at 8:00 AM and decided to hunt south because the last time I hunted the canal I found the 1853 three cent silver. After digging up what seemed like a million .22 shells and .22 lead bullets I finally got a good penny/dime reading. This turned out to be a memorial cent, 1980. After three hours of this I went back to the house for a break. The time now was 11:00 AM. I had two cents to show for my three hours. (I found a penny on the towpath on the way back with the eye detector). Arriving back at the canal I decided to hunt north. I hadn't hunted this area in at least four years. The first coin of course was another memorial penny. Five total for the day. Finally, I got a quarter reading at three inches. I sunk the gator digger down deep enough to bring up a nice chunk of mud and rock. Immediately, I saw the silver edge of a disc shaped object sticking out of the mud. Pulling it out revealed what you see above. There was too much mud caked on the reverse side and I didn't dare scrape it off for fear of scratching the coin. Later, I rinsed it off under running water and using a toothbrush, gently knocked the mud off revealing the "S" mint mark. I would grade it somewhere between Fine and Very Fine...around a $28-$59 coin.

The quarter was found right across from my uncle's house. There was a dock on the opposite bank where I used to fish when I was a kid some 35 years ago. You just never know! This area has been good to me in the past. Two cent pieces, Indian head cents, the two Spanish reales and one seated Liberty dime. How did I ever miss a quarter? Well, that's why you keep going back. I finished the day out with two wheat pennies from the 1940's. Total coins for the day: 8, but at least one was a heck of a good silver coin!