1787 Fugio Cent

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Our Sunday hunt was at an old football field that dates back to the late 1950's and is no longer played on. The old rusty goalposts still stand as does the scoreboard which is faded, rusted, and no longer keeps score. We spent two and a half hours before darkness put an end to the hunt and we dug 75 clads with a face value of $10.23. With a half hour or so before dark I got a solid hit on my AT Max with a VDI of 87 which generally means a clad quarter. The depth reading was at four bars meaning somewhere between six and eight inches which was kind of deep for a clad quarter but not impossible. When I saw the coin in the plug I first thought it was a clad half but after rubbing some of the dirt off it, I could see that it was in fact a Fugio Cent, minted in 1788 but dated 1787, and minted in my home state of Connecticut in the town of New Haven. It's unfortunately pretty well toasted but is now my oldest US coin find.
 
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Would love to know the route it traveled to end up on that field. Congrats on a great find Ed.
Thank you.....It's quite possible that in the 1700's and 1800's there could have been a farm or an old house in that spot. My search on Historic Aerials showed that prior to the football field being there, the area was wooded with a clearing in the middle of it. I dug the coin in the area where the clearing was. The question is: What set of circumstances caused this coin to travel from New Haven, Ct. where it was minted, to the town I dug it in......more than 100 miles away.
 
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Congo on your oldest U.S. find. I can imagine you will be detecting that field again in the future.
Thanks Dave.....we're hoping to hit that spot again before the ground freezes here. There's still quite a bit of ground left to cover. The weather forecast for this weekend is not too good.....cold and very windy. If we can't get to it this year it'll be on the top of our list to start next year's hunts. :)
 
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Hey Ed, that was a super outing 75 clads for $10:23 and that toasted but recognisable Fugio cent.
I've never heard of a Fugio cent.
At a guess I'd say it could be the name of a town or the actual name of the mint.
Bearing in mind that I'm only a simple Scotsman.
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Hey Ed, that was a super outing 75 clads for $10:23 and that toasted but recognisable Fugio cent.
I've never heard of a Fugio cent.
At a guess I'd say it could be the name of a town or the actual name of the mint.
Bearing in mind that I'm only a simple Scotsman.
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The Fugio Cents were minted in 1788 but for a reason yet unknown to me were dated 1787. They were minted in my home state of Connecticut, in the city of New Haven. Fugio is Latin for "I Fly" and on one side of the coin is a sundial and a depiction of the sun with a face on it. Simply put it translates to "time flies". Other inscriptions are the words "Mind Your Business" and the word "Fugio". Supposedly Benjamin Franklin helped with coming up with the design for the coin. These coins were not minted in any official USA or state mint but were contracted to a private individual.
 
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