Submitted by Chris Farrow in New York

I was detecting in my yard in Rochester and found what appears to be a commemorative item from the unveiling of the Lafayette Memorial in Prospect Park. I have done much research and no one I have spoken with has any clue about it. Well, one person I spoke with told me she had been contacted a short time earlier about someone who had inquired about a similar item, but nobody else has any info on it.

UPDATE: Worth about $150 in excellent condition.

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Submitted by James Vogt in Alabama

Just wanted to send a picture of the coins I found last weekend. My first Barber dime. A 1911!! Couldn't believe it when I dug it at 1" deep. It read a 78 on the VDI. Thought it was just another clad dime. The picture shows all the silver coins found for Saturday and Sunday combined.

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Submitted by Frank Kelch

These are a few of my favorite finds from 2002. The first two are the Dodo Bird tokens that I found in a strip of grass along a sidewalk, approximately four feet apart from each other. They were both quite dark, so as an experiment, I cleaned the one on the right with vinegar. One the front, they say "DODO BIRD" "SYMBOL OF EXTINCTION". On the back: "In COMMEMORATION OF THE BIRD THAT ONCE WAS" "THE COIN THAT NEVER WAS 1964" "NOT NEGOTIABLE". I have no information on these tokens, but they are interesting.

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On the bottom left, you can see my very first silver coin: a 1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar that I found at about one inch deep next to a Baptist church that was built in the 1930's.

The object in the lower right corner was found in my yard. It seems to be a badge or button that is somehow connected to the Maria Teresa Thaler coin. The following letters appear on it: APOMID AVST DUX BURG CO TYR 1780.

UPDATE:Four or five years ago, I submitted a photo of an old badge/button, a walking liberty half dollar and a couple odd unusual Dodo bird tokens. In fact, you still have the image on your site. After all this time, I finally figured out what those tokens were. I found someone offering a few of them on ebay. This is what they had to say about them:

"This token was designed by a teenage college student and avid numismatist to be sold prior to the 1964 Presidential election. LBJ was running against Barry Goldwater and felt he had to make some serious campaign promises. We had just gone off the "silver standard" so he promised to get us out of Vietnam and to have a coin produced by the U.S. government of 90% silver and weighing 1 oz. The numismatist student was enraged by the obvious lie and decided to make a satirical political coin, The Dodo Dollar. The striking was 3000 and was an economic failure resulting in approx 1/2 being sold at the time of the 1964 election, and most of the rest were lost in a later burglary. The token measures 1 3/8" in diameter and is made of nickel-steel. It has a great high relief head of the Dodo Bird on obverse and "Dodo Bird Symbol Of Extinction." The reverse, "In Commemoration Of The Bird That Was, The Coin That Wasn't 1964, Not Negotiable."

Anyways, I contacted the woman, and she told me that she was selling the tokens for the guy who designed them in 1964. She also told me that roughly 1,500 of those tokens were stolen from a home in Port Huron (which is where I live) and never recovered. So far, I've found three of them. I don't know if this means anything to anybody other than myself or the token's designer, but I thought it was fascinating. At any rate, I've finally got my answer.

Submitted by Douglas Dorrer

Although I am new to the hobby of metal detecting, I feel the urge to search. Last November 2001 while on vacation in Florida, I met a man searching the nearby beach with a White's DFX. So what did I get for Xmas...a DFX. Last week I returned to Marco Island, Florida on vacation again, but with my DFX. Over a two day period I found nearly ten dollars in coins and the lovely find below. Not bad for a first timer! Appraised at $1500.00 USD.

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Submitted by Teri Davis

I had a good week and an interesting one. After foraying in the recent warmer weather into the park next to my house, I found a cobblestone road that runs through the park. Right along the walk I got a huge signal. I reset my detector and pinpointed it. I dug about 3 inches down to brick but nothing, so I began to search in between the bricks thinking a coin may have slipped down there. Nothing...Okay, but still a record noise! I pulled up a brick and dug about 8 inches and found this. Leather badge??? I have no idea what it is. I study the civil war lightly and had a thought maybe it was a drum badge lost in a parade? I don't know, just guessing, but what a fun day!

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Submitted by Jim, a beach hunter.

I was hunting wet sand at the beach when I found this ring. I hunt with a Minelab Sovereign and boy, does it get down there. The ring is 18K yellow gold and platinum head carved top. 3 center stones 4mm each or 25 pts., 6 side stones 2.25mm or 6 pts. each, brilliant cut. Genuine jade half barrel 75mmx.6.50mm. fine green jade. Final weight of diamonds is 1.11KT.

Value: $6,200 (Not bad for digging a penny signal at 10 inches).

Submitted by Larry Peters

This 1926S and the 1.73 oz. of gold were found using the XLT during the 2001 season. An old dance hall revealed many Barber thru clads, including this Peace dollar. The gold was found at the foot of a long dead cottonwood tree. A fellow retired MSG, Larry Peters. Good Hunting!

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Submitted by Troy Herrick of Iowa

After running across the picture of your Pony House token and almost falling out of my chair, I had to know more about my find! I have been detecting for two years and the token had been sitting in my "cool jar"...a jar I use to put neat stuff in. I found the token at my neighbors in an area between the street and sidewalk in some hard, compacted gravel. It's a wonder I didn't destroy the token getting it out. It is one of my few early finds I didn't clean, other than with soap and water. I had a bad habit earlier of wanting to clean and polish everything! I have also sent a picture of another relic I found on the other side of town. I know nothing about it except the obvious and that it is another neat piece of history.

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Submitted by Barry L. Sparr of Bernville, Pennsylvania

Barry was building a wood shed on their property along an old tree line in Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania . Taking time out to check the grounds with his metal detector produced this Draped Bust large cent 1796-1807. Not in the best of shape but it sure has some great conversational value!

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Submitted by Jeff Herke of Atlanta, Georgia

Left: Seated Liberty quarter found under a stone used as the home base in an old ball field in northern Pennsylvania. Right: A "one bit" piece (Spanish) found in the yard of an old house in Illinois that was being torn down.

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Submitted by Roberto Airoldi of Italy

Roberto found this silver coin with his Garrett metal detector. It is from the Genoa Republic. Jesus Christ is pictured on the obverse along with the inscription " NON SURREXIT MAIOR" and the date which appears to be 1670. On the reverse is a coat of arms and the inscription "REIP. GENV DUX ET GUB". The value is 10soldi.

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Submitted by Francesco Ferraresi of Italy

The coin on the left is from between 1540 to 1598 medieval coin of the Milano State. On the front is a crown and Latin words MLNI DUX (Mediolani dux) = Milan's leader. On the back is a mans head with long hair and beard. When Milan was under Spanish domination the king was Filippo II. The coin on the right is dated 1832. It is a 1 Centesimo of regno lombardo-veneto when Lombardia region was under Austrian-Hungary domination.

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Submitted by Jim O'Hern of Fayetteville, NC

Found on January 1, 2001, this 1946 half dollar was found near an old "shack" on a rural North Carolina road. It was the only find of the day (and my FIRST silver find). The area around the shack was root-bound and very much overgrown with briars and small-diameter trees. The coin was found near a very small (10 ft) clearing next to the shack. Since the flooring of the shack was mostly gone, I gingerly swung my Radio Shack detector between each of the beams but found nothing. The area was littered with cans and other debris so I had the discriminator turned "way up". I have to say I'm now officially hooked.

Having only been coin shooting for about two months now, my previous finds were all clad coins. I did find one wheat penny beneath a group of oak trees about two weeks ago. I've also found an 18K gold girls ring. That was found beneath the bleachers of an old elementary school. I go out about every weekend now and am running out of free-bee spaces...it's about time for me to start asking permission and hunting some old churches. Wish me luck!

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Submitted by Joel Manuel of Baton Rouge, LA

This is one of my favorite finds: a fire chief's badge from Eunice, LA. I found it in front of an old house in Eunice, across the street from a church and the elementary school I attended. The funny thing is that the house is nowhere near the fire station. It was about 3 inches or so deep; not very deep at all.

Submitted by Tim Lopez of Elgin, Illinois

The token came up with the Barber dimes on the left of the picture in the nearby park which is one of my favorites. I would place it in the same time frame as well, as I found several V's, Buffalos, Indians and wheat's from the period there. That 1906 popped out with mint luster about an inch from the token and 1" down under a 5" cut during the reconstruction at the park, so I know they were not recent arrivals there, as I was actually pacing the bulldozer about 10' behind.

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Submitted by Craig E. Parsons of Huntsville, Alabama Found: One-Room Schoolhouse, Ardmore, Tennessee
Depth: Approx. 2"
Diameter: 1 3/8"

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In 1910, the L&N Railroad decided to locate a more direct line between Nashville, Tennessee, and Decatur, Alabama. This line was to cross the Tennessee and Alabama state line where Ardmore is now located. In 1911 actual construction for the railroad line was begun. The late Alex Austin of Elkton thought that the railroad company would likely place a station at the point where it crossed the state lines, so on a July morning in 1911, he cut out of the wilderness an opening just large enough on the Tennessee side to erect a 30' x 60' building. By the time the railroad builders needed supplies, Austin was ready with a well stocked store. Soon M.Y. Douthitt and sons erected a cotton gin. A blacksmiths shop and a small lumber mill were then built, all on the Tennessee side.

Obverse: In Trade Only, Ingle Systems,PAT. APR. 7, 1914
Reverse: O.E. Austin & Bro., $1.00,Elkton, Tenn

In the spring of 1913, M.Y. Douthitt and sons and T.M. White and sons each erected a brick store building east of the railroad. H. B. Mangum opened a grocery business. Next a barber shop and another blacksmith shop were all built on the Alabama side. By the time the railroad was completed in 1914, the village of Austin, as it was originally called, was a flourishing community. The first depot was a box car, located where Austin had conceived it would be. When the depot was first opened, the railroad company called it Ardmore, and that name was taken over by the town.

In the fall of 1939, fire destroyed the first store building erected in 1911. An up-to-date hardware store, grocery store, and a doctor's office made of concrete blocks and bricks, were built on that lot immediately. Ardmore is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. It has grown from a one store-house built on the Tennessee-Alabama line in 1911 to a thriving town of business, banks, factories, churches, and schools today. In 1990, the population was 866.

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