1600’s Spanish 8 REALES COB!, King William Halfpenny, 1773 VA Halfpenny, Latten Spoon Bowl
What a beautiful day! Low tide was at 9am so I headed out around 8 in hopes to catch it at it’s lowest so I could dig around in the muck close to where I located a potential trash pit last week. When I got to the gate that leads to the field I ran into a member of the hunt club that hunts on the property. He was there trimming some orchard trees and offered to give me a ride the site which is over a mile and a half down the old colonial road. He told me he metal detected as well and had hunted the site that he was taking me to numerous times but didn’t really find much other than a few modern coins. He did admit that he never detected around the old 1600s house site .
The tide was really low but the muck was so thick that I called it quits within 5 minutes. There’s a spring that feeds into the creek where the old ship landing is so it makes the muck extra thick from the bank to the water. I’ll have to wait until the summer to kayak to the spot I want to go to.
I decided to head back up the bank to field and do some detecting close to the house site. The area is laden with iron which is a good sign but I assumed that it’s been pounded to death over the years so I didn’t really give it a thorough check last week. The fact that the hunt club guy told me he didn’t detect around the house site gave me some hope so I decided to turn my sensitivity down and grid the area really slow and I’m glad I did. Almost immediately I hit a solid high tone and dug a smooth King William copper coin:
Then 10 feet away I get another solid high tone and dug a nice 1773 VA Halfpenny:
Next I got scratchy high tone that was being masked by some iron so I hit it from another direction and it’s a solid 93-95 on my T2 vdi. I dug a plug and rechecked my hole and it’s still a solid 93 on my vdi. I’m not guessing it’s Spanish silver because they come in lower so I’m thinking it’s a Standing Liberty but in the back of my mind I’m thinking this may be something special. I pull out my knife and dig a big wide scoop out of the side of the hole and BAM!
Now I’ve dug quite a few cobs but I’ve never dug a monster 8 reales like this!
The rest of the day was a blur. Somewhere along I dug a few buttons, buckles and a pewter spoon bowl with a maker’s mark. I had planned on digging until the sun went down but my dumb butt left my water in the car which was a mile and a half way so I decided to call it quits and trek on back.