According to an article from Vancouversun.com, a rare English shilling from the 16th century was discovered! Author Lindsay Kines said metal detectorist Bruce Campbell found the treasure on the Gorge mud flats. The first items, according to the article, that Campbell found was not the shilling, it was a Canadian nickel from 1891, a silver dime from the 1960s and an early Canadian penny! While everyone was in awe of his finds, Campbell discovered the black coin or “shilling.” A man named Bill Herbst said, “You don’t find things like that in Victoria,” he said. “The fact that it was found in a layer of mud on the foreshore, to me, I recognized that that was probably an ancient aboriginal village down there. I knew it was possibly significant. It further corroborates the evidence that Drake discovered and claimed British Columbia’s shores for England 435 years ago.”
The article mentioned that in 1579, Drake explored the B.C. coast on a secret mission, which was 200 years before Captain James Cook’s arrival! Like many discoveries, there are skeptics on the find as well. The article also mentioned that Campbell hopes his discovery will attract the attention of the Royal B.C Museum. What do you all think of this find? What was the oldest item you found?