Metal detecting got off to a very good start this morning. The area to be hunted was around an old band shell. Permission was granted to hunt the area as long as the holes were filled back in. No problem there. The first coin detected and dug was the 1833 Capped Bust Type dime. It looks to be the "high 3" type dime as the last 3 is higher than the first. It does not make it any more valuable, however, it is still a $40 dime. It was 5 1/2" deep and registered an 80 dime on the VDI meter. The dime has at least 25 to 30 years of wear on it. It was probably lost around 1860? This was within the first 5 minutes of detecting. Hunting between the tree and the outhouse produced a nice 1918-P Mercury dime from a depth of 5 inches. The band shell area is across the street from a church built in 1877.
Directly across from the church you can see part of an old house that pre-dates the church. I am guessing that the dime was lost by someone in the house as it was only 100 yards from where I found it. I did not find very many coins. The area has been hit hard as it is right on a main county road. I hunted it once back in 1995. I finished the day out with the 2 silver coins, 1 wheat 1945-D, 1 clad Kennedy half dollar, 3 clad quarters, 6 clad dimes and 3 new pennies. Also found was an old gold plated wedding ring, 5 1/2" down.
The 1833 dime was found about 20 feet this side of the tree in front of the outhouse. The 1918
Mercury dime was found between the tree and the outhouse.
The band shell does not look old enough for the type of coins found. Perhaps it replaced an older
wooden band shell. This one has a cinder block foundation and is not dated.
The church is dated 1877 and the bell tower was built in 1919. The home on the left appears to
be much older than the church...1800 to 1830 would be my best guess.
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