Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history

March 6, 2014 in Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By Clément Sabourin AFP March, 4th. 2014 (

Victoria (Canada) (AFP) – An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island.

The 435-year-old coin discovered in western-most Canada has rekindled a theory that a British explorer made a secret voyage here two centuries before it was discovered by Spanish sailors.

Official historical records show the Spanish were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Canada’s British Columbia province in 1774, followed four years later by British Royal Navy Captain James Cook.

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