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    A couple of very unusual finds today

    Picked up a hardly used 11” coil for my Deus for a great price. Decided to give it a shot at one of my cellar hole sites that will soon be developed with houses. I was focusing on deep targets and dug a good bit of deep iron. But I did manage a couple of unusual finds. The first was this small brass case.



    I could hear something rattling inside of it but I couldn’t open it. When I got home I had to peel back a corner of the case to reveal the object in side. It was this 1 inch tall bronze religious statue. Without too much work, Google revealed it is a Saint Anthony pocket shrine. I had never heard of such a thing.



    The other unusual find took a bit longer to figure out. I thought I had dug a killer KG III halfpenny.



    When I got home and started removing dirt from the reverse, I was left scratching my head wondering what the heck it was. Turns out it is an 1813 Half Stiver. I had never heard of such a thing. The reverse says “ Colonies of Essequebo & Demarary Token”. It is now part of Guyana.





    The rest of the morning's digs:




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    Those are some amazing finds, way to go!
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    That coin is a stunner. AWESOME find!!
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    Beats my 55 Belgium 50 centime coin found yesterday. I have never seen either of the two pieces you found before.
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    That coin is in great shape. Never seen or heard of it before. Congrats!

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    Holy crow, Jeff!! A real stunner of a coin... or token... or whatever...I love it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger_O'Dell View Post
    Those are some amazing finds, way to go!
    Quote Originally Posted by Digger Don View Post
    That coin is a stunner. AWESOME find!!
    Quote Originally Posted by fyrffytr1 View Post
    Beats my 55 Belgium 50 centime coin found yesterday. I have never seen either of the two pieces you found before.
    Quote Originally Posted by chief5709 View Post
    That coin is in great shape. Never seen or heard of it before. Congrats!
    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    Holy crow, Jeff!! A real stunner of a coin... or token... or whatever...I love it!!!
    Thanks Gents!

    A little research shows that those KG III Stivers get dug up now and then. Our comrades in Canada seem to find them a bit more often then us here in the states.

    Saint Anthony is supposed to be the patron Saint of lost objects. It's a bit ironic someone lost a Saint Anthony object
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    Boy that's a heck of a start with the new coil. Very nice
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    The little statue was deep Todd and I missed it on many previous hunts at this site, but the KG Token wasn't all that deep. It was surrounded by a couple pieces of iron. I think it just hit it from the right angle this time.
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    Pretty unique find with that pocket shrine. Grats on the half stiver. I hadn't hear of either as well. The front does look almost the same as a KG3. Prob we do tend to forget that England and Spain used to rule a bunch of different places back in the 17 and 1800s... and they would have a monetary system with the same ruler.
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    Most excellent finds Jeff! That's about as good a copper as you can expect to dig for sure. It would be interesting to see who "T.W." is (initials below the bust). Perhaps the coin designer? Congrats.

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    New coil seems to be working just fine. Love that Stiver, never seen one before.
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    WOW to say the least.
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    Missed this post originally and glad I came across it. What a cool coin!
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    Not sure how I missed this one but that is an amazing coin! Congratulations on yet another great save. Best wishes and HH Dave.
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    Love the coin but the pocket shrine is awesome. I'd carry that on all of your hunts for now on for good luck.
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    I agree with The Rebel. I'd carry it with me. After all, it's a fun memento.
    With all the iron and junk, I'd be tempted to dig out all the dirt and sift it through a screen!

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    very nice. congrats!
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    Nice finds as usual Jeff and congrats on the 11 inch coil acquisition , I remember George finding a pocket shrine before with some religious figure inside (it might have been St. Anthony) . The coin is in exceptional shape and a very sweet find !


    Quote Originally Posted by The Rebel View Post
    I'd carry that on all of your hunts for now on for good luck.
    now there is a thought .
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