Saturday, March 5, 2016

3/5/16 Report - Cross Between A Coin And Nail Auctioned. Metal Detecting Survey of Battle Site. Surf To Increase.

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Yesterday I asked what would a cross between a horse and mule be called?  That wasn't a difficult question.  I have an more difficult question today.  What would you call a cross between a nail and a dime?  Maybe nime or dail.  I call it really neat.

Error coins aren't all that unusual, but this one is.  A zinc-coated sexpenny nail somehow got into the coin production line and got stamped with the Roosevelt Dime die.

Sixpenny Nail Roosevelt Dime.
This particular error coin was graded MS65 PCG.  It sold for $42,300 on Jan. 6, 2016 in a Florida United Numismatists U.S. Coins Signature Auction.

Here is one link to an article about that.  And here is another.

The second article says, This coin struck onto a nail is not the first coin to have such a distinction. A few examples of cents struck onto nails were discovered in the 1970s. The total number of similar errors, including this one, is thought to be approximately six.

What would have happened if a detectorists heard the signal from that item.  Would you have left it in the ground?  There is a good chance you would.


A metal detecting survey on the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie ... has unearthed dozens of items linked to the famous 1689 skirmish.  The artefacts include a copper alloy pendant, a harness boss, two buckles, part of the support for a sword belt, horse shoes, buttons, and musket munitions. 

...To augment previous studies undertaken on the battlefield site, Guard Archaeology have undertaken a metal detecting survey at Killiecrankie Battlefield over summer 2015. Guard were assisted in the work by the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology Glasgow University and metal detectorists from Detecting Scotland and the Scottish Artefact Recovery Group. 

The battle of Killiecrankie took place on the 27 July 1689 between a Jacobite army under the command of John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount of Dundee ‘Bonnie Dundee’ - and a Government army commanded by General Hugh Mackay. The armies came face to face at Killiecrankie as both were attempting to reach Blair Atholl to use it as a base for future operations. - See more at:


The wind turned north yesterday, but the surf didn't increase much.  The surf is supposed to increase up to 4 - 7 feet by Monday.  We'll see if that actually happens.

Happy hunting,