Coins found in clothesline pole
By SCOTT NILES
Art Cochell has
discovered a coin collector’s paradise in his
A couple years ago when he was tearing down part
of an old clothesline pole on his property,
Cochell noticed some antique coins on the ground
that had fallen from the severed pipe.
Cochell has lived at the residence for around
five years now. He had heard a rumor that the
man who lived in the house prior had put coins
down the clothesline pole.
When they cut down part of the iron pole, some
of the coins must have fallen on the ground.
Cochell said curiosity got the best of him, so
he took his flashlight and metal detector and
discovered more coins embedded in the ground.
Most of the coins have withstood corrosion and
weathering, but with a little washing up, they
could be very valuable. Cochell estimates the
coins that he has already recovered are valued
at $150 or more.
“I will probably put them in a collection,” he
said. “I have nine grandkids that I will pass
them down to later on.
“This is more than I would have ever dreamed I
could find in my lifetime.”
Cochell said as he digs deeper, the older the
coins are. He uses a Shop Vac to get the coins
out from the pole in the ground, but Cochell
said if necessary, he will dig up the entire
pole to retrieve more.
So far, the collection consists of several dozen
Liberty and Franklin half-dollars, several
Mercury and Roosevelt dimes and older pennies
and nickels, all silver coins, except the
pennies. Most of them date back to 1964 or
earlier and they have found coins from the
“This is a dream find for metal detectors,” he
“We’ve hit the motherload.”
Scott Niles can be reached at (641) 683-5360 or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.