On Friday, I headed to a new archeological site that my farmer friend showed me the week previous. The arkies last dug here in the fall of 2020, so the 12 - 18" of dirt the excavator had scrapped off the top of the homesite was for the most part weed-free. This is the site standing alone in the field marked by a green 'X'. You'll notice this site is not identified on my c1870, which means that it likely burnt sometime before this date. I also found evidence of a melted pewter teaspoon and a lot of 'red' square nails here, which is evidence of the building having burned. I found the 2 IH's in the dirt piles at the sides of the site, several flat-buttons and lots of early porcelain and pottery fragments. I also found an early axe head here, unfortunately the back portion where the handle ran through was split wide open, so I left it at the site.
On Sunday morning, I head back to another arkie site in the adjacent field (marked in green on the maps) that I've been detecting for the past few weeks. It was here that I found a 1913 Canadian Dime and the 1821 George IV Halfpenny. The GEO IV initially looked to be in rough shape when I found it, but he cleaned up surprisingly well for a 200-year-old-man.
George IV Halfpenny - 1821
The King George IV era UK halfpenny obverse features the laureate head of George IV facing left, with the date below. The reverse shows the helmed Britannia, seated facing right, holding a trident, her hand resting on a shield. George IV ascended to the throne in 1820, after his father?s death (George III). Prior to ascension, George IV served as Prince Regent from 1811 until 1820, due to his father?s ill health. Dubbed 'the first gentleman of England', he was disliked by the general population for his extravagance and lack of leadership during the Napoleonic wars. The first King George IV era UK halfpenny was minted in 1825, and the last in 1827. Dates not minted: 1820 - 1824, 1828 - 1830.
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