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Another Update on James’ South Jersey Farm Field Detecting

Posted by on December 30, 2014

On my third field hunt in the South NJ area, I concentrated on a roughly 50 square foot area that I had not explored previously. About an hour into it, walking in a straight line so as to grid the target area, I got a good signal ringing on my machine in the high 70s. It turned out to be a dropped (unfired) musket ball.

Musket ball and squirrel shot

Musket ball and squirrel shot

About ten paces later, I dug a nice hand-forged square nail in good shape. Now, if you read my previous posts about these fields, you know that the signals are few and far between to say the least. Well, 2 period finds close together had me hoping I’d wandered onto a hotspot. True to form, roughly another 10 paces more, I got a beckoning chirp registering 77 on my machine. Digging about 6 inches, I pulled out what I first thought was an 1800s flat button. One swipe of my glove to clear the dirt gave me a huge rush, however. I saw the bust of King Carolus (King Charles IV), which I immediately knew meant I had found my 1st Spanish silver coin—it was an 1807 half reale. It is very tarnished, unlike most dug silver, which often retains a lot of luster. One of my most thrilling finds for sure, if for no reason other than it had been so elusive (Grant had already found 2 and such coins are a right of passage to a detectorist). Well, needless to say, coupled with the other finds pictured below, it was certainly a worthwhile day in the fields.

1807 Spanish half reale, obverse

1807 Spanish half reale, obverse

1807 Spanish half reale, reverse

1807 Spanish half reale, reverse

Miscellaneous finds from the day

Miscellaneous finds from the day

Stay tuned for more…

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