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Watch: Treasure hunter finds 400-year-old English coin in Victoria

January 10, 2014

Global News

Watch: How did a BC treasure hunter find an English shilling from around 1551 in our province? Global News went along with Bruce Campbell and his metal detector to see how he scored such a rare find.

A Victoria Island man has found a rare coin that can help solve a mystery that goes centuries back.

“It is the oldest coin found on the West Coast to the best my knowledge,” says Bruce Campbell, who has picked up metal detection after retiring last June.

Normally, Campbell finds lots of bottles, caps and aluminum pull tabs, but about three weeks ago he took his metal detector to Gorge Waterway, where he made a rare find.

An English shilling was buried in the clay about six centimeters underground.

He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, so he posted the pictures to the official Canadian metal detection site, where it was…

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