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Amazingly Rare Find!: An Appalachian Metal Detecting Adventure #73

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Mountain Style Digger makes a once in a lifetime find in the mountains of Western NC and I was there to get it on film!



  1. John Majer - December 30, 2017 11:52 am

    read a long time ago,from a diary,from the civil war,they put holes in some of there coins so they could sew them inside of a pocket,so they wouldnt lose them,money was scarce and they didn`t want to lose them if they fell down,or hapend to come out of their pockets.while sleeping on the ground

  2. Pothole Pete Floyd - December 30, 2017 3:05 pm

    Great going! That makes for a great year end find!!!

  3. Tara Martin - December 30, 2017 8:31 pm

    nice to find the unexpected

  4. sue thomas - December 31, 2017 1:05 am

    I lived in Asheville and Madison county for over twenty years. Been in gastonia now for several years . Hoping to return home though. I am a metal detector and magnet fish. Love my mountains.

  5. coin spader - December 31, 2017 1:24 am

    Great find!

  6. sue thomas - December 31, 2017 5:12 am

    Where are you at.

  7. Chunkski Farms - December 31, 2017 2:31 pm

    Nice find! Could have also been lost in 1881. A hundred years after minting. The culture in America has changed to not recognize real money nowadays. Back then even a baby knew that silver and gold were real money. Merry Christmas!

  8. TNBIGdave - December 31, 2017 2:38 pm

    Congratulations Ben and Andy, Great video and a fantastic find, I'm just across the hill from you guys in ET, found one also holed near Mcty year was a beautiful 1776,glhh

  9. McDigs Bmore - December 31, 2017 6:58 pm

    Congrats on Spanish silver!!! Dig 'em here rarely in Baltimore and surrounding area. Thanks for bringing the surprise and excitement of finding old silver!

  10. Larry Stephens - December 31, 2017 9:00 pm

    Enjoyed reading the best guess on how it got there.!  We will never know the full story.  Amazing find for your part of the world.  Someone please explain why someone would give this video a thumbs down.  I give it at least three thumbs up.!  Well done… Happy New Year…

  11. Benjamin Gary - December 31, 2017 9:06 pm

    good find and Merry Christmas guys

  12. Shawn Stoffel *RelicSeekr* - December 31, 2017 10:40 pm

    Suspiciously clean for a 1700's coin in the ground.

  13. Rusty Nails - December 31, 2017 11:22 pm

    That's such a great story. Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy 2018!

  14. History Unearthed - December 31, 2017 11:57 pm

    Merry Christmas guys! Congrats on the find of a lifetime!

  15. Julesluvzslots - January 1, 2018 12:44 am

    Great find!! Thought they were only found here on the Treasure Coast , Melbourne Beach , my neighbor has found 2 half reals here on the beach. Still waiting to find mine!

  16. Heartbreaker Relics - January 1, 2018 1:22 am

    Great job on the find and the video. It's obvious you put a lot of time and work into your videos and it shows. From one YouTuber to another, it is appreciated. Keep up the good work.

  17. Riverteamsix MetalDetectors - January 1, 2018 1:28 am

    Sweet find!! What part of North Carolina you in?

  18. Michael Marriam - January 1, 2018 1:55 am

    The Hoover Boys would have been just excited. Congrats to your friend.

  19. I Dig Ohio - January 1, 2018 3:37 am

    This is awesome! Glad you guys filmed this, really captures the feeling most of us get when we pull something great. What a beauty too.

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  22. Richard Duddy - January 1, 2018 8:35 am

    That wing looks like a piece of a Hood ornament

  23. chris anderson - January 1, 2018 8:02 pm

    That is an incredible find.I have never watch your videos before but plan on watching more. Nice job GL&HH in 2018

  24. DanPat56 - January 1, 2018 11:37 pm

    Hey y'all. My mom is from Watauga Co. and I am not so far from there now. My grand dad used to dream and detect in the late 60s early 70s; he would delight in your finds.
    Keep up the good work.

  25. TreasureHuntingSWPA - January 2, 2018 12:51 am

    Wow what a great coin!

  26. Detector Dave - January 2, 2018 2:56 am

    Congrats, nice find. Loved how excited you guys were. Never know what it's gonna be, that's what makes it so fun.

  27. Preston Williams - January 2, 2018 12:19 pm

    What a great find. I've been metal detecting for about four years now, had to give it due to exposure to agent orange. So I know just how it feels to get a really great find. The oldest coin I have ever found was a Chinese coin 1760. I am no longer able to metal detect, but is was great while it lasted.

  28. 925inder - January 2, 2018 6:24 pm

    Great find, congrats! It was probably dropped much later than 1700s.

  29. Keith Tyson - January 2, 2018 6:39 pm

    The wing reminds me of the top of an old radiator cap. The ones that had the the guage in the middle

  30. Tom Jones - January 3, 2018 9:09 am

    That's the find of lifetime for sure! My family has history in that area just south and west from Mars Hill. We eventually moved a few miles west into Tennessee, but for most of the 19th century, my family lived in that area. I think the area was a little more populated than you may realize. In fact, Buncombe County was founded in 1791. By 1850, the area had many farms.
    As to the real, it is an absolute great find. It is not that far fetched that it was found there. Reales were still considered legal tender in the US until 1857. I would theorize that someone received this in payment and decided to make a necklace out of it because of its rarity. It could have been a Cherokee or an early settler. Also, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the real is counterfeit. Counterfeiting has always been a problem even in colonial America. Congratulations again!

  31. Metal Detecting Oregon - January 3, 2018 2:52 pm

    Sweet find for sure!

  32. Saving History ™ with SCdigger - January 3, 2018 10:33 pm

    Nice job guys! Where in WNC are you guys? Anywhere near Franklin?

  33. Frugal Drew - January 4, 2018 10:32 am

    11:20 pure ecstasy your buddy there having a mess of himself.. super cool guys glad I found the channel I subbed!

  34. Jim Smirh - January 4, 2018 4:53 pm

    That thing is awesome.