Searching For Large Cents In the Taconic Mountains

Do not Take A Regular Car To The Areas With Rough Terrain - You Might End Up Camping For A Week!

Soon, the smooth highway ride was over. And the adventurous part of my outing began!

Dirt Road Leads Up To The Mountains

At This Point, It Was Time To Put My Truck Into 4-Wheel Drive

Four Wheel Driving Is Required

According to the 1861 Beer's Atlas of Rensselaer County, a few homesteads stood along this road in 19th century. I chose one particular house location as it seemed to be found easily due to the still existing land marks such as the road bend and a creek.

I had already marked all the interesting points on the topographical map during map research prior to my trip. A quick scouting along the roadside resulted in discovery of the remains of a small cellar hole: a rectangular earth mound with a hole of a similar shape inside. The hole used to be lain with stones which had fallen in over the time.

The Cellar Hole Is Still Recognizable

Remains Of A Cellar Hole

I put a 10.5 inches search coil on my Explorer XS and set up my favorite discrimination pattern: reject "Nail", accept everything else. Soon after I started metal detecting, out popped the first Large Cent.

A First Large Cent Is Dug Up

Now I knew that the site still had good leftovers. I began to pay attention to "whisper" signals and dug every signal. Soon I recovered another Large Cent. The soil was saturated with water. While I was setting up my camera, the hole got filled with water almost instantly.

Second Large Cent

A Third Copper Appeared An Hour Later

A Third Copper

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