Does it Have a Twin?

In my post last week about my 1805 dime that I discovered on January 24, a couple of posters suggested that the circular stain impression on my coin looks like the imprint of an adjacent coin, and inquired if I had rechecked my hole.

Here is the coin …

One poster highlighted the apparent imprint here …

In response, I commented that the only coin small enough to make such an impression would be a Spanish Half-reale.

Yesterday, I suddenly remembered that I had a half-Reale in a container of coins that belonged to my grandfather … it actually had a silver “shank” added for use as a button at one time.

So … I got the coin and took this series of photographs, combined them in sequence, and can only come to one conclusion …

It looks like a match to me. I believe, with almost complete “scientific” certainty, that there was once a half-reale buried with this coin. I just can’t find it! I have hunted that spot and fifty yards downhill from it from two different directions.

But, rest assured, I am going to keep looking!


Garrett GTP 1350 & PP, Whites MXT / Oldest Coin – 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent / Silver Coins – 51 / Coin Count – 2,046 / Clad Total – $144.69