Colonial Metal Detecting Articles

Metal Detected Hoard of English Halfpence Recovered in Burlington Country, New Jersey
by Wayne H. Shelby, Roger A. Moore, Dan Knight

          Though tension exists between metal detectorists and history-oriented archeologists, many important colonial era artifacts from sites that are now covered with malls and parking lots would never have been recovered and preserved without detectorists having intervened. High on the list of commonly found colonial era artifacts are coins and tokens with over 1,000 having been found in the Burlington County, New Jersey area by one of the authors (WS). However, metal detectorists typically only find a single coin at a time and thus it is a fascinating exception to find multiple coins in a single dug hole. Far rarer is finding a formal “hoard” of colonial era coins in the United States, whether by detectorists or otherwise. Some of these special hoards that have been both found and reported include an accumulation of 1700s halfpence washed up onto the beach near the southern Delaware, caused by the wreck of the Faithful Steward, a Pennsauken, New Jersey, halfpence hoard found in a building wall, a hoard of 1699 cast counterfeit William III halfpence found during the Route I-95 excavations, and the large group of coins found in Castine, Maine. Therefore, due to the rarity of hoard finds and the lack of follow-up publications of their discoveries, the authors felt it important to report on the recent metal detecting discovery of a hoard of British halfpence at a farm field site in Burlington County, New Jersey (Figure 1). – Read More

Metal Detecting & C4

Survey of Colonial Coins Recovered in Southern New Jersey (Part III)
by Wayne H. Shelby

After the publication of my first two articles in the C4 Newsletter titled “Survey of Colonial Coins Recovered in Southern New Jersey” (Winter-2003, Volume 11, Number 4) and “Survey of Colonial Coins Recovered in Southern New Jersey II” (Summer-2005, Volume 13, Number 2), I have recovered and documented a number of additional finds from the Burlington County and Southern New Jersey area. I believe the additional recoveries and the inclusion of tables 10 thru 15 will provide a more in-depth picture of coin type use and availability during colonial and early American times.Most additional finds are the result of my locating new metal detecting sites (72 thru 90). However, some finds are the result of my continued effort metal detecting at my former sites numbered (1 thru 71). Many Additional single finds have been documented by township and/or county since 2005 and are listed accordingly.Table #2 was revised by further breaking down the less commonly used foreign coins and those heavily corroded and/or worn by type, denomination and ruler. This was accomplished by a thorough re-examination of my collection using various reference books as a guide. I was also able to specifically identify a number of pieces previously listed in my first two publications.   – Read More



Various Colonial, Pre-Federal, Foreign & Early American Coins