This Johnson School “Penny Lunch” token (aluminum) was OVER 13″ deep on private property on the North side of Lexington. It remains one of the deepest coins I’ve ever recovered. I estimate this to be from 1890-1900. The term “penny lunch” had been coined in the Northeast in the late 1800s and early 1900s as
Winchester Railway 1-Fare Token…..Sometimes a small artifact found in an old house really gives us a rare connection to local history. This very rare brass Winchester City Railway Company token (~1890) offered one fare. Found in Georgetown, KY before construction was about to destroy it. The “Winchester Railway, Light and Ice Company” sold it to
I wanted to show this amazingly great condition musket wipe, apparently lost in the chaos of a major artillery engagement. These were attached to the end of the steel ram-rod and . used to clear debris from the barrel, such as paper wadding that had not been expelled. Some worm designs were sturdy enough that they
While detecting an old school house site in Central Kentucky, I found an object that I had researched before. I knew exactly what I had before I had even cleared off the dirt. This 1925 watch fob was issued by the Coca Cola company as a part of a promotion.
Not that common in Kentucky, but was thrilled to see this 1807 1/2 Reale Spanish Silver in the dirt this weekend.
Fun find near the location of a Union hospital in Central Kentucky was this Naval Petty Officer button from the union army. I plan to offer it to the property owner after cleaning. Found with Deus XP at 6″ – running 12khz with relic mode in the iron… two square nails in the hole with
In 2012, I located Mr. Edward Yellman’s dog tags laying side by side while metal detecting. I looked him up in an online database and then did some sleuthing through real estate transactions, obituaries and so forth to locate him, including a mailing address. I wrote a short note and included his tags – I
A farm manager contacted me regarding the loss of his pocket pistol while he was mowing at his farm. Of course, their primary concern was the safety of any kids who might find the gun – it was small and could be mistaken for a toy. Recent rains would likely render the shells useless, but
I’m going to begin posting some of my mystery finds in hopes that some of the thousands of visitors to this site could help me identify them. This tag was machine pressed, found at 11″ and is brass. It was at an 1835 home site in Paris KY. The stamping on the front is
During a recent metal detecting hunt at an 1810s location, I was scanning a hillside that had very few signals at all. Suddenly, my headphones exploded with a solid 11-47 on the E-trac. It was so shallow, 2″, that I was sure I’d found another modern, Clad Quarter. I almost walked by! But I