Metal Detecting Monday

9 Apr

Since Papa Bear spends the majority of his weekends medal detecting, it would seem that many Monday’s here on the blog are about much of the stuff he ends up finding. Therefore, unofficially, I think Mondays here on the blog will be Metal Detecting Monday.

I say unofficially because I don’t want to put any pressure on PB to feel like he has to metal detect and I especially don’t want him to feel bad if he doesn’t find something particularity cool.  Although, I will admit, he does seem to be on a roll lately.

Here’s this weekends finds.

“Gold ring was found on Emerald Isle beach”

“I think it is a snuff box lid. Looks colonial to me. It is 1 1/4 inch across”

“Half dollar was found on property north of Swansboro, NC”

“Gaskin Token was found north of Swansboro, NC”

When I first saw this picture of the token and saw the swastika, I thought, “WHOA, what the heck?”  Turns out, before the Germans latched on to it, it use to symbolize good luck.  Who knew?
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about these tokens out there on the Internet but PB did his homework  and found a site that shed a bit of light on it’s origins.

Gaskin Cycle Co was located at 92 Middle St., New Bern, NC (the eastern part of NC). The owner since 1912 was Mr. J.F. Deppe, a popular and progressive man who lived in New Bern since 1892. The text on the front of the medal is GOOD FOR FIFTY CENTS ON EVERY FIVE DOLLARS WORTH PURCHASED, DON`T WORRY JUST PURCHASE. The reverse side of the medal contains the text MEMBERSHIP MEDAL OF THE DON`T WORRY CLUB and bears the image of a swastika which was a positive symbol of Good Luck at the time. The swastika symbol was later adopted by Nazi Germany at which time it became a negative symbol to most of mankind. In the open areas of the swastika there are 4 other symbols of Good Luck; (1) a four leaf clover, (2) a wishbone, (3) a horseshoe, and (4) an All Seeing Eye. The words GOOD LUCK appear below the swastika. The diameter is 32mm (1 1/4 inches).  ~ Howie Cohen’s-Everything Bicycles {Collection}

Out of curiosity, PB emailed Mr. Cohen to ask him how much he was selling his Gaskin Token for.  Mr. Cohen responded that the cost was $120.
I don’t know if PB is going to try and sell his or not but it was cool to find out that it could potentially be worth that much money.

Can you tell what this is?  No?  It’s the front and back of some sort of coin.

After it’s hydrogen peroxide bath, it turns out it’s a one cent coin.  After close inspection, and at a sharp angle, PB could just make out the date of 1839.  How cool is that?!

Referring to the property north of Swansboro, NC, PB wrote, ” Both the one cent and token were found in the front lawn of the house between the house and the horse paddock. The half dollar was found in the horse paddock. The horse paddock used to be a farm field.”


Well done.  Another good weekend PB!



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2 Responses to “Metal Detecting Monday”

  1. PB April 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks MB. With this hobby, quality is better than quantity. I have been in a roll. I can only imagine what next weekend will be like. In honesty, if I only found an old button, or just one bullet a day I would be happy. Of course, a gold ring every weekend would be very beneficial………


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