Metal Detecting Imperial Coins in Central Russia (Story 16)
Meanwhile one of my hunting colleagues recovered a similar coin and was extremely happy. Other three could not find anything and started moving back towards the party.
My next coin find was the largest of all I had dug up by that moment. It was not uncommon coin to find, but still a desirable one among treasure hunters.
This coin was 4.5cm in diameter.
The Coin Before Cleaning
1789 5 Kopeks, Tsarina Catherine II, after being cleaned
NOTE: To learn the methods of cleaning the dug coins, you can visit my Cleaning and Preserving Coins page.
Within next hour, my last remaining partner got tired and finally gave up. I was by myself again, but stopped receiving the good signals. The party also died out, and everybody crawled inside their tents and were sound asleep.
As I assumed, this site had seen a metal detector before our arrival, and the productive spot which I hit by accident was the only spot untouched by previous visitors. Maybe that was where they parked their vehicles and did not bother to move them before leaving the site.
I covered as much area as possible before I got really cold in the wind. I decided to stay until I would get a good signal and then call it a night. The last signal I received turned out to be a bronze relic.
The Front and Back of Temporal Pendant, circa 16th Century
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