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    This is it.
    As of this post we are all caught up.
    These last two finds were not kept for the last because they were the best.
    They were simply the last finds made before I left Victoria for the east coast.

    This odd looking coin turned out to be my oldest coin find by far.
    It actually beat the 1551 English shilling by more than a thousand years.

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    As you can guess, I was stumped when it first came out of the ground.
    And the initial cleaning did nothing to improve my knowledge of it.

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    So what could be smaller in diameter than a dime?

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    And a the same time be more than twice as thick???

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    Just to tease you a little more , this is a group shot of the days finds.

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    And finally after quite a bit of cleaning the face side was revealed.

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    Bruce
    In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

  • #2
    I don't have an exact date yet, however it is Byzantine circa 524 to 604

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    If any of you can explain how this got buried 7 inches down in a park in Victoria BC you have a great carrier ahead of you predicting lottery wins.

    The last find will not seem like much.
    It is just another beat up, over used coin.
    Until you realize ghat it is my first seated half dime.

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    Bruce
    In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

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    • #3
      That's wild, Bruce. I suppose a coin collector lost it, but 7" down? That's wild, Bruce. It reminded me of Gloria Farley's old tale of "the coincidence of the coins":

      http://www.gloriafarley.com/chap11.htm
      Rhode Island

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      • 2ndoldman
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        That was an interesting read Charlie. The area where this was found has seen no ground alterations since the park was formed in approximately 1874. It could have been dropped by an early European settler, they started arriving on Vancouver Island in the late 1840s. However
        I leaning more towards it having been dropped by a Spanish sailor sometime in the 1600s.
        My reasoning is that whoever brought it to the island had to have been in the Mediterranean at some point and likely picked it up there.

      • CMD
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        Sounds like a logical choice to me, Bruce.

    • #4
      Oh great, thanks to some metal detecting guy we now have to rewrite the history of the Americas!
      Very cool find.
      Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

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      • Lindenmeier-Man
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        Bigfoot

      • Kentucky point
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        Alien Bigfoot.

      • 2ndoldman
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        🤣🤣🤣 Some of the stuff I find is crazy. 🤪

    • #5
      I am stumped. In Kentucky, they have found Roman coins and Welsh petroglyphs and so far nobody has come up with a good explanation. Maybe it was an old coin collector who lost it. That's my best guess.

      All in all, you have done superbly this year. Fantastic finds!
      "The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Thank you Ethan.

    • #6
      Wow what an interesting find maybe someone's lucky coin fell out of their pocket. Congratulations on the seated half dime!
      N.C. from the mountains to the sea

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Thanks Frank, that half dime had eluded my coil for close to 6 years.

      • Sugaree
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        I'm sorry if I've been Frank lately? I'll work on it and maybe one day you will call me sugar again😊! Just messing with you so glad you are posting again you have been missed!

      • 2ndoldman
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        Well SUGAR I apologize, 😔 I try to keep my replies personal however I seem to screw up with a lot of the names.

    • #7
      Congratulations on your unusual finds. I’m sure that’s what keeps you doing it. Very nice
      South Dakota

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Exactly. Weird, crazy old, funky and fun finds are what I thrive on. 👍👍👍

    • #8
      Awesome Bruce..Nice finds
      SW Connecticut

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Thanks Red.

    • #9
      So the Roman Empire did in fact discover North America ?!?!? Great...now I'm thoroughly confused
      The chase is better than the catch...
      I'm Frank and I'm from the flatlands of N'Eastern Illinois...

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Hahaha, I love your response. 🤪🤪🤪

    • #10
      Years ago, underwater archaeologist/treasure hunter Robert Marx thought he had discovered a Roman era galley off Brazil. Several amphora(ancient vessels for wine, etc) were brought up. They were identified as Carthaginian amphora, dated to 3rd Century AD. The response of the Brazilian government was to ban Marx from any more work at the site and to dump thousands of pounds of boulders on the wreck so nobody else could study it either. The Portuguese discovered Brazil, period. On a less conspiracy-minded note, it only takes being blown off course to accidently bump into Brazil. It's not that much of a stretch to speculate accidental discoveries, never recorded, might have taken place that way.

      Coins could have easily been dropped by modern collectors. Farley's story of the ancient coins was called "The Coincidence of the Coins" because the exact same coin, with horse head on the reverse, was found in several different locations around the US. Which is weird, or a strange coincidence. Nobody is rewriting history based on such things. It's just that there are anomalous things that are noted and forgotten. We don't know everything there must be to know about the past, and there is no real need to feel threatened by anomalies. Just my two pesos, or two Roman denarii, lol...
      Rhode Island

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      • 2ndoldman
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        My thoughts as well Charlie. It is always fun to speculate, however without conclusive nonrefutable ironclad evidence it all goes for naught.

    • #11
      Trophies, injuries, and Byzantine coinage... thanks for sharing the adventure. You are on the "A" list of detectorists and finders of ancient artifacts. As a member of the bush league, I am always amazed at the quality and quantity of your finds.
      Hope the tendon is mending well,
      fldwlkr
      Headwaters of the Little Miami, Ohio

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      • 2ndoldman
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        Thank you Tim, the tendon is not as much of an issue now as my knees are. ☹☹☹
        Getting old sucks.
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