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The other evening I had a session on a very local permission, although its normally unproductive its so close that its handy for getting out for some exercise and fresh air even if not hopefully of finds.

I started with a pin fire cartridge, so something a bit better than scrap which is a positive on this site.

Then worked towards a flat area just above an old scout camp, where you might think coins had been dropped :thumbsup: but appear not to have been :thumbdown: On the way to that area find a George V 1936 halfpenny, 1997 50p, 1990 £1, 1998 1p so four coins which is a very good return for this permission.

As its getting dusk head back towards the car, after a couple of hundred yards get a good signal, another coin, and another, and another, and another :shock: :shock: but by now its dark so pack up suspecting there are more to be found. Once in the car see I have a mixture of early decimals and shillings.

Go back the next day and after a lot of walking around in circles eventually find the correct spot - although I had taken bearings on several tall trees it was hard to locate, although I say it myself I was impressed by the standard of hole filling especially as the last two had been in the dark.

With the help of a very friendly strawberry rhone and near white grey start again and complete recovering the spilt coins. I end up with a George VI 1950 shilling, QEII 1962 & 1966 shilling, large 1978 50p, large 1969, 1976 & 1980 10p pieces, large 1969 & 1977 5p pieces, 1978 1p all same coin spill. By far the largest inland coin spill I have ever had.

I thought it was interesting that the coin spill had to be at least 1980, 9 years after decimalisation, yet 3 of the coins were pre-decimal shillings with the oldest being 1950.

All the cupro-nickel coins were in the normal dreadful state and a "dirty brown" colour, however after about 4 hours in the tumbler they now look much better (sorry as normal I forgot to take a "before" photo :oops: )

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Always fun to find a coin spill, I think my last was just a few decimal pennies, but a good number there! :thumbsup:
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And to think, how many times you'd been on this unproductive field, and not walked over these..... so there's hope for another coin spill, but maybe from 1000 years earlier :D
I might have to invest in one of those tumblers, they've cleaned up nicely :thumbsup:
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Lovely to read about an inland Decimal/ Pre -Decimal coin spill, Evan.
Worked in a pub 1985-87 and the old Shillings and Florins, two Shillings used to occasionally turn up. think i rescued around 75p worth that later sold for around £18.
Pre Decimals may not be everyones` cup of tea but do like to find them.
Well done, :thumbsup:
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shaggybfc wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:07 am And to think, how many times you'd been on this unproductive field, and not walked over these..... so there's hope for another coin spill, but maybe from 1000 years earlier :D
I might have to invest in one of those tumblers, they've cleaned up nicely :thumbsup:
Thanks Shaggy.

Even the first 4 single coins were much better than the norm for this permission so the coin spill was a bonus, and as you say that field has been walked over many times (but it is VERY large!), so you never know what else might be there.

I have replaced the original photo with a better one taken in daylight, which shows the coins better (only the cupro-nickel coins have been cleaned, the others as found).

The other month I purchased "Cleaning Coins & Artifacts" by David Villanueva, in there he said about giving the cupro-nickel coins about 4 hours in the tumbler and its the first time I have tried that long a period, even after 3 hours you could see very little change it was the extra hour that made the difference. Normally would not bother too much with decimals, but think any dirty pre-decimal cupro-nickel coins from 1947 on, eg shillings and florins, are worth cleaning now I have seen the results. (FYI: The George VI 1950 shilling was badly pitted before I started).

As Dave said Pre Decimals may not be everyones` cup of tea and I am not getting over excited about this find but it does make a change and a good condition silver milled is always nice, and to look at so are the 1947 onwards cupro-nickel coins, and I like the slightly more unusual bronze coins like the ship halfpennies and wren farthings.

Evan
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