Treasure Finds and Stories
Bounty Hunter Metal Detector Finds Gold The Only Dahlonega, Ga. Gold Coin Ever Found
My favorite places to hunt with my metal detector are torn-up sidewalks and old, demolished house sites and with good reason! When I took my favorite find to a coin dealer he looked up and asked "Where did you get THIS?!"
I've been metal detecting for about 7 years, all because I got curious one day about what was laying just underneath the surface. I had been using my detector for about a year, and I was hunting alone this particular day with just my detector and a trowel. After about an hour and a half of searching I wandered over to a demolition site where an old home's yard was all shaved down to dirt. The top 8" of ground was completely gone and scraped off, but I got a good signal about 3 to 4" down.
That was my best find to date - an 1843 small D $5.00 gold piece. You see, Dahlonega, Georgia was home to a U.S. mint from 1838 to 1861, and only minted gold coins. It was a small mint and ceased operation after the Civil War was over, so these coins are pretty rare.
I was on cloud nine when I found it, and the first person I told was my wife. Unfortunately I can't go back to this site for more, but I'll keep my eyes open for those torn-up sidewalks and old, demolition home sites.Pete N. Billings, Montana