Another Penny From Heaven

Back to the ruins of 4/24, where I pulled 8 pennies, all of them old, including 4 coppers ranging from a Jersey copper to 1826.  Figured I had a shot at some bust silver, or at least some dead zone silver, but it wasn’t to be.

Spent a couple hours working new parts of the site, but found bupkis. Decided to do something I rarely do, but figured it was appropriate in this case, and re-grided the hot zone where the 8 old coins came from, from a 90 degree angle of the first grid.  The theory was, with so much awkward vegetation and iron, it would be impossible to hit every target the first time, so no doubt I’d get that seated half dime from a different angle this time, wouldn’t I?

I didn’t, but I did yet another largie.  Just proves re-gridding has some value.  I’m not surprised I missed it the first time, cause I almost missed it the second time as well.  Was a deep, iffy, 11-45, maybe silver, maybe ferrous, that I was certain would be a seated, and was a grueling 8-9 inches deep in rocks and iron.  Took me 10 minutes to dig it out,  I was, of course, a bit disappointed that it was yet another penny, but, for Chester County coppers and our acidic soil, its not half bad.  Possibly my best largie ever, but that ain’t saying much.

Its an 1816.  The coin is better than the photography.

I’m a bit mystified by the site.  A large colonial era ruins, active til the 1930s aerials, derelict in the 1950s aerials, having bupkis everywhere except a very small hot zone which produced 9 pennies spanning 3 centuries.  And, this hot zone is only 10 by 30 yards.  Well, I’ll never figure this game out, will I?

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