I decided to head out today to a section of the Webb Farm at Victory Calls where I had found some older relics, but the ground has been so dry lately. We finally got some rain yesterday and today, which really helps loosen up the clay and increase detection depth. I only found a few new targets in the area, but one of them turned out to be this great 1844 large cent!
These larger pennies are nearly the size of a US half-dollar, and were the standard size before 1857. They were replaced by the short-lived Flying Eagle cent (1856-1858) and the Indian Head penny (1859-1909), both the size of our smaller modern penny. The change came as a result of complaints about the unwieldiness of the larger coins in volume, as well as increasing copper prices in the 1850's. Increasing copper prices would again affect the penny in 1982 when the coin composition was changed to zinc with a thin copper coating. The ground is not kind to copper coins around here, so I've also included a picture of what this coin ought to look like, courtesy of coinauctionshelp.com.
"most common finds" from my previous post - shotgun shells, part of a pocketwatch case, the front plate from a large lock, and even a complete harmonica reed.
Overall, this was a fabulous day of detecting, good finds and good friends. I'll leave you with a short video of the two best finds of the day as they come out of the ground for the first time in more than a century. Be sure to sign up for the facebook group to stay up to date on the latest finds, history, and detecting articles. Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed!