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  1. #1
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    DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!

    Jan 2007
    Virginia
    TEKNETICS T-2 LTD, Fisher F-75, White's MXT w/ 11 x 14" Excelerator Coil, WHITES Pulse TDI, WHITES Beach Hunter ID, Garrett Propointer and Lesche Digging Tool
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    William III Shilling!

    What's going on guys! Today, Jeff and I decided to head back down to one of my old honey holes that I've been digging at on and off for the last couple of years, the same one that Jeff dug the stellar 1861 Half Dime at a few days ago. As I told him the other day, "there's still more stuff in here to be found" well we found out just how true that was AGAIN today! After a couple hours of digging we wandered into one of the areas that use to be an old colonial homesite on the top of a hill and we began to get the nice iron signals all over. Now up until this time we had only a few bullets between us and we were just leisurely swinging and all of a sudden I got a NICE signal hitting in the 70s and I at once called Jeff over to listen to it with his machine....he came on over and scanned it and agreed it was hittting in the 70s on his too! I sank my shovel in and dug a nice BIG hole and dug down about 5" and then started probing the hole with my Propointer. When it started freaking out, I rubbed the side of the hole with the tip and suddenly a silver milled edge was exposed and both Jeff and I was thinking Reale at that point!!! When I popped it out, it didn't quite look right for a Reale and I was thinking, is that King George?? NOPE, after blowing the loose dirt away I could see William in Latin on the edge and at that point knew almost certainly that it was a William III shilling but STILL couldn't believe it and had to get Jeff to confirm what I was seeing Indeed, thats what it is he said! My nerves were shot at that point as it was in unbelievable good shape! Hands down the BEST milled coin I've ever dug! When we got back to the house, Jeff grabbed his 1697 William coin from earlier this year that we thought was a shilling. Turns out, we measured them and Jeff's is a sixpence (21 mm) and mine was the shilling (25mm). Enjoy the pictures! Josh


    Here's a couple in-situ shots after rinsing with water about five minutes after dug

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    Look at the gilding left on this flat button that was about 20 yards from the coin
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    1695 William III Shilling

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    Jeff's 1697 sixpence next to my 1695 shilling


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  2. #2

    Re: 1695 William III Shilling



    What a Cracker Josh looks like a first bust first year of issue for the shilling I believe

    SS
    Don't piss down my back, then tell me it's raining.

  3. #3

    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Joshmeister,
    OUTSTANDING coin!!!! That button is a beauty too. You guys are on a roll.
    Off to go check out your video.
    Congrats big guy!
    -Doug-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

  4. #4

    May 2009
    Pennsylvania
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Holy crap, I just clicked on this post and I have to admit, my friend, this is INCREDIBLE! I am in shock at the condition of this beauty. Un-be-lievable! You guys are the best! Good friends. Great Colonial diggers. I am happy for you, Josh. WOW!

    Thanks, Jeff, for the play-by-play. You are the best at it!

    Kirk
    Keep the passion high!

  5. #5

    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Beautiful, I vote BANNER on that coin !!

  6. #6
    us
    Sep 2004
    Massachusetts
    Minelab Explorer II
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Just WOW !!!. What else can you say?

    Absolutely beautiful !!

    Somehow you guys just keep finding better and better finds. It will be tough to top this one. But, somehow I think you guys will do it. Can't wait !!

    Congrats on an unbelievable find. My vote is in...

    Brian in MA

  7. #7
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    Jul 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Awesome coin for this side of the pond Josh! Both your shilling and Jeff's sixpence are in beautiful condition. I have only dug one English silver coin in my career - a worn 1697 sixpence that was bent into a love token.

    PS that silvered button is sweet too!
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  8. #8

    Jan 2007
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Whites Vision Spectra
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    WOW Josh That is a dream find. I would pinch myself repeatedly to see if I was dreaming. Congratulations buddy.
    Chris

  9. #9
    us
    Dec 2007
    Virginia
    Silver umax w/ 7in Deep Search Wide scan coil
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    That is an awesome coin,good things happen for good people. Congratulations!

  10. #10
    us
    May 2008
    CT
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    What a beautiful coin!! That is just awesome!!!!!!!!

  11. #11
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    Mar 2009
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Good post, good narrative and amazing coin.
      No matter how long the storm, the sun always shines again between the clouds ...... 

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2009
    Connecticut
    Prizm III Teknetics T2
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE! I seldom vote for this banner thing, BUT MY VOTE IS IN!

  13. #13
    umrgolf

    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA
    Awesome coin for this side of the pond Josh! Both your shilling and Jeff's sixpence are in beautiful condition. I have only dug one English silver coin in my career - a worn 1697 sixpence that was bent into a love token.

    PS that silvered button is sweet too!
    thanks and very cool Steve, also my only english silver

  14. #14
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    Relics from a bygone era.....

    Jun 2009
    Nautilus
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    English silver on a Colonial site, well is, non-existent!
    In 40 years of Hunting I have only dug one piece of English silver....and it was worn to hell....

    BANNER!!! BANNER!!! BANNER!!!
    REB
    "Broken to pieces, and cast away, never more to be recollected, and formed into a Quart mug" Benjamin Franklin

  15. #15
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    Aug 2010
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    Re: 1695 William III Shilling

    nice find sent!! awesome hunt!! good luck and keep digging krazyhorses
    BOTTOMLESS HOLE

 

 
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