Location: New Hampshire
Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)
Recently I started working an old property with my XLT about 10miles away from my home. It's the site of a Colonial Homestead with approximately 7 acres of open fields. When I acquired permission to hunt the site, the grass in the hayfields had already grown up to about 8”, so I know my time was limited until the first cut in July.
On my 3rd visit to the site, and some really nice finds already unearthed, I began walking the stone wall that bordered the field, for this was the area where the grass was the shortest and easiest to detect. After about an hour with not much to show for it, I got a faint signal that read +81 at 7.5". I had my hopes high, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to unearth!
At the bottom of the plug a small glimmer of silver shined in the sun....and as I broke the small coin free my mouth dropped as I read the date, 1747!! The coin is about the size of a modern day dime, and turns out to be a Half Reale. I have dug 4 other Spanish Reales, but none as old as this...what a find!!
This is my oldest silver find to date, and I can't wait until the fields are hayed so I can get back out to find some more great colonial coins and relics.
Thanks again White’s!