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September 20, 2017
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1723 Woods Hibernia Type 2 Half Penny!

Categories: Finds

I have a customer who has turned into a good friend and his name is Jason. He does a lot of door knocking to get permission on private property. He was sending me pictures from the farm field that he was detecting and his finds were incredible with his Garrett AT-Pro using the Nel big coil. This field was very active with manual labor back in the days. Now, it is a hay field.

Jason found seated dimes, Indian cents, large cents, Colonial coppers, King George coins and the list goes on. I was always working, when he invited me to go out detecting during the week with him. So, I gave him a call on the weekend to go detecting on the property. Being a new father, he was very busy. He knows the land owner and he stated to me: “knock yourself out, I hammered that place.” He really did. I detected for 5 hours without one good signal.

I was using the AT-Pro as well with the Nel Storm coil. I knew there had to be something in this huge field that he missed. My arm was getting tired and I headed down to the tall grass on the bottom of the field. I finally got a banging signal in all directions! It was a range up solid 85-86! The grass was 6 to 8 inches high and very hard to swing. The coin was down 6 inches and the larger Nel coil picked it up with no problem! The coin was an 1820 Large cent in decent condition. So, this is what I needed- a spark. I detected for another 2 hours and finally got another great signal again. This one was 82-84 and 8 inches down in tall grass.

This was the 1723 Woods Hibernia half penny. This find made my week. I had to look up more information on the coin when I got back home in the RedBook. Here is more history of the coin:

This coin is a type of Irish milled coin. Milled coins are produced by machine, unlike hammered coins that are made by hand. The machines used for these were called screw presses. They were invented in 1506. A man known as Donato Bramante modified an existing machine for striking lead seals for Pope Julius II. Before this, it took over a century to replace the moneyers and hammered coinage. The press was first introduced at the London Mint in 1551 and in 1662, it was in full use.

Irish milled coins were first made to prevent clipping. In medieval times, clipping would cause a coin to lose up to half of its value! The edges of the coin were “milled” in order to give them a rough texture and clearly show if they had been tampered with. A man named William Wood received a patent to create coinage for the American Colonies and Ireland. The coinage was made from an alloy called “bath” metal.

The Irish originally rejected it because the King did not discuss the discussion with the Irish Parliament before it was given the ok to use. Wood was forced to stop production and in 1737, all of his coins were removed from circulation. The coins were sent to the American Colonies and remained in use until the Civil War. As far as the name of the coin, Hibernia is the classical Latin name for the island of Ireland itself. It represents Ireland.

On the obverse, there would normally be the words “Georgius.Dei. Gratia.Rex” with the bust of a laureate on the right. On the reverse, it has Hibernia 1732. Seated left is Hibernia, leaning on a harp with a branch in hands.

Just a shout out to Jason! Thank you.

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Dennis

Sources: https://oldcurrencyexchange.com/irish-coins-milled...

http://rarecoinsandtokens.co.uk

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