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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Rare 16th century English shilling found buried in Victoria mud flats

VICTORIA - Bruce Campbell was just looking for a way to get off the couch and out of the house. He had no plans to help rewrite history.

The 59-year-old Victoria man retired last year from installing security systems and took up metal detecting as a hobby.

So it was that he and a friend were out on the Gorge in early December looking for treasure.

“He went one way and I went the other, and I ended up on the mud flats on the Gorge, just down by Curtis Point,” Campbell said.

It was midday and the tide was low and Campbell’s metal detector was working overtime.

First, he found an 1891 Canadian nickel.

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