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 Posted 10/06/2021  6:03 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ironhorse to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey hey diggers! (and all my collecting friends!)
Well here we are in the middle of harvest season and the crops are coming out of the fields at a pretty steady rate. I got a chance to get back to an older site I hunted a few years back with decent results and it's been a couple of years since I've been down there and the plough has gone through a couple of times so there was a chance things got tossed around out there in the ground and I might get a shot at a few targets I missed in the past.
Great conditions as the field was just seeded for a cover crop and signals were few but I did get a few chances at something good. Feeling the spot was hunted out I decided to head for the car and on the way at the edge of the site I got a great coin tone...I was right it was and a good one too! The sheaf of wheat token is about as rare as they come in the token world so I'm happy to have this one.
Not in great condition but easily identified and not as bad as some other coppers I've found.
It's not very often these gems pop out so I'm pretty happy to have this one!
Until next time...the rare ones are out there!! Go get 'em!

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 Posted 10/06/2021  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great find for sure. Looks to have considerable value despite the condition. Congrats!
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 Posted 10/06/2021  7:29 pm  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Interesting, to say the least! I wonder if conservation is a sensible option. You might want to discuss that a bit with the experts in the Canadian Tokens forum here:

I never pay too much for my tokens...but every now and then I may buy one a little too soon.

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 Posted 10/06/2021  11:56 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice find!
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 Posted 10/07/2021  06:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ironhorse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks for your responses guys!

@daltonista...I'm not too sure if there could be any further conservation to this piece. My experience with dug coins over the past thirty years tells me that unfortunately this is about as good as it's going to be from now on.
It will always be detailed due to heavy corrosion from the ground.
Sadly in this case, all remaining detail remains mostly in the surface patina...remove that and you remove the visible detail left in the devices.
I'm happy to leave it the way it is for now knowing that fooling with it further will only destroy it.

Please keep in mind that I had to remove dirt and corrosion already ( via a soak in hydrogen peroxide which removes dirt etc but preserves patina) and for photograph purposes a thin coat of Renaissance wax to remove the dry look h2o2 leaves.

However, my methods may not be the end all here...I would be happy to get another perspective on preservation from other collectors.
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