Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1872 shield nickel and more!

May 30, 2018
It was a perfect day for metal detecting, temps around 70F and clear and sunny with a light breeze.  Lots of good signals like the padlock and keys that got me excited.  The flea market closes around noon, but there is this one old guy who takes HOURS to pack up his 3-table booth, so he's often still there well after 4:00pm.  He's quite a character with a full white beard and clearly not in any hurry.  He fills every inch of his SUV and straps things on the roof, I hope he does not have to drive far.

My best find is the 1872 shield nickel.  I looked it up and it is worth $25-30 in "good" condition.  I found it close to the property owner's house.  She told me that her family have been on the property for at least 3 generations.  Not sure how old the house itself is, but given that I find civil war stuff it might go back to the early 1800s.

Also interesting is this 1980-1985 vintage brass New York City Transit (subway) token.

And finally this peacock pendant that might be made of pewter.

A good day of hunting that included many pennies and some quarters.

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