πŸ₯‡ BANNER Beyond Epic Colonial Hammered Coin Cache!

smokeythecat

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Or, perhaps call it a spill. How many coins does it take to make a cache anyway? A friend of mine has a nice colonial site which has been totally hammered for years and years and years. At the end of the year I got a HUGE iron signal on the XP Deus, and decided to go for it and dig it. Well, it was a nearly intact colonial hoe. Now that's something you don't see every day. It was about 15" deep. I noticed some shells and charcoal in the hole, so covered it over and determined to come back and dig some more. I did that a couple weeks ago (I really lose track of time these days). In the hole was a little piece of exquisite yet broken late 17th century Venetian glass. The ground was so muddy, and the cat so out of shape, I recovered that and a couple buttons and called it a day and covered the hole back in and left.

View attachment 1674974 IMG_1446.jpg View attachment 1674975 000BBB.JPG These are finds from then and the piece of glass. IMG_1533.JPG

Well, the ol' cat was just itching with curiosity as to what was in the hole? There was a lot more metal there, for sure. So my buddy Tommy couldn't go Friday, so I went by myself and started digging the same dirt out...now for the third time. The owner came by and said hi, and the sight of me sitting in what amounted to a mud pit with a newly found piece of the glass had to have him laughing for hours. Well, the first thing out of the hole, didn't want to come out of the hole. I keep prying and banging and banging and prying and finally this big iron thing plopped out of the side and into the bottom.

View attachment 1674976 000ccc.jpg View attachment 1674978 View attachment IMG_1535.jpg A side plate with frizzen to an extremely old flintlock gun! Amazing! But Wait! There's more! I found a few buttons, late 17th to early 18th style, and a few tiny buttons (which were not buttons) with no shanks. It's coming, hang in there. The oyster shells were huge. Check it out. View attachment 1674979 View attachment IMG_1536.jpg IMG_1538.JPG View attachment 1674980 That's my HAND holding it! Bigger than my outstretched hand they be!

Then some pipe stems started falling out of the sidewall, along with some ceramics. I was actually looking for the ceramics, and glass, I wasn't expecting much else. View attachment 1674981 View attachment IMG_1540.jpg View attachment IMG_1541.jpg View attachment 1674982 Redware, Delftware, stoneware, and a piece to a pancake onion bottle.

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View attachment 1674983 View attachment IMG_1539.jpg At that point I'm excited. I noticed another icky button (not a button) and a grey lead disc pop out, and put them in a pouch. Again, not a lead disc. When I quit, leaving the huge hole open, I started cleaning up stuff.

I had SEVEN HAMMERED COLONIAL COINS, TWO IN SILVER! From one tiny (but huge to me) hole! I had six, then a last one came tumbling out. Including the one, shown below, the old German one, that's EIGHT in 2019.

So Tommy and I went back Saturday (yesterday). The glass and ceramics had disappeared. We started finding "rocks" in a place that should have not had them, and we also detected after we got tired of the hole. Hidden in all my "stuff" were three little square pieces of metal. One was just a square little piece of metal, the second, a late 17th century to early 18th century brass hand made nut and the third - I couldn't believe it! A Spanish 1/2 reale cob! The first one I ever found! Actually these are pretty much firsts of everything.

I got 1 broken buckle, a nice 1575-1700 buckle, and from another spot a couple hundred yards away while just detecting a complete tombac button and broken late 18th century shoe buckle.

OMG! Thank you Lord! If this isn't the best day detecting and digging I have ever had, I do not know what is.

And to boot, one of the rocks looks like a sharpening stone, and the roundish rock I think is an American Indian game ball or other stone. Your comments appreciated. I have a lot more iron, I do not THINK I have the hammer to the gun, but one of those larger pieces looks really odd.

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I hope nothing is upside down. Iphones are not picture friendly for me.

The coins again: View attachment IMG_1531.jpg German 17th Century token or jetton and Charles I Shilling

View attachment 1675001 And since the other one won't load again, Two Charles I rose farthings, one Charles I Sixpence and a 1702-1728 Spanish 1/2 Reale cob, minted in Mexico City. Plus Another copper Charles I something or other.

I can't believe I dug the whole thing. I gave the shilling and token/jetton to Tommy. We only got 1 coin Saturday. Same hole.

SEVEN HAMMERED COINS IN TOTAL, ONE HOLE! View attachment IMG_1540.jpg View attachment IMG_1539.jpg View attachment IMG_1541.jpg View attachment IMG_1535.jpg View attachment IMG_1536.jpg IMG_1538.JPG View attachment IMG_1542.jpg View attachment IMG_1547.jpg View attachment IMG_1466.jpg IMG_1537.JPG View attachment IMG_1543.jpg IMG_1446.jpg IMG_1553.jpg IMG_E0173.jpg
 

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Lunch Bag

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Simply amazing and congratulations.

I dream of the day when I might be lucky enough to find even one of your finds.
 
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Villagenut, I don't think I have a basket. Started cleaning the iron. It's going to take awhile. And it can get messy.
 

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One word...BANNER!
 
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Lunchbag, you might try wandering over into coastal SC and get a permission of two. That was very early there also.
 
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I finally calmed down a little. Red James Cash, the aluminum here (thankfully) is sparse. I found two pull tabs and a top to an aluminum bottle with the paint still on it. Nothing that looks old for sure. If memory serves (that's a joke anymore), once upon a time ago they knew about aluminum, but had a hard time smelting it and called it the "witch's metal".
 

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when the cat prowls, things are found. things that are totally awesome like crazy! Lady, you still ROCK! are you sure that the Deus is a decent machine? hard to argue with your finds
 

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I am gobsmacked!!!!! BANNER BANNER BANNER :notworthy:
 

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awesomepossum.jpg ​Finds Smokey, I agree... Banner vote from the Ol Possum as well!!!
 

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My jaw is locked at the floor. Congrats yet again Smokey!!! A no brainer Banner vote.

I found 30 cents today. :BangHead:
 
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Now remember, except for the one picture that has the abundance of buckles in it (last picture in first post), which was found a couple weeks ago and the one oddball 14th century German coin thingie, all this was in the ground this Friday at noon. For true! The hole itself would up 3' deep, 3' across and probably another 2.5' to 3' in the last direction. We tunneled somewhat in it to get the goodie layers out. We then collapsed it from the top in, and that's when the last coin came out. I've been trying to get two pics of the hole to upload, but they are coming in upside down. IMG_0165.JPG On the shovel blade is what I had hoped to get, a piece of the cool Venetian glass. The hole is on the left and that was in the first hour Friday. And the pic rotated itself. It got a lot larger. Computer refuses to load a pic of Tommy in the hole!
 
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View attachment 1675159 Ok, this will give an idea of size but for love of life I can't get it right side up! If you know how, please clue me in.

ARGGHH! And any comments on the round rock and plate to flintlock? Iron items still cleaning.
 

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Sure would love to see everything. I always get the old "Invalid Attachment specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator" message every time I click on any attachment on Tnet. What I can see looks great though. Congrats, Smokey!
 

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