Relic Hunting Connecticut - The "Cartwheel" Penny-Destination Gold Detectors

Relic Hunting Connecticut - The "Cartwheel" Penny

Treasure Hunting with Nokta Simplex+ WHP

CT Relic Digger with The ‘Cartwheel’ Penny

CT Relic Digger with The "Cartwheel" Penny 


CT Relic Digger Says:

"So the story behind this amazing penny that I dug.... I was at a colonial foundation here in Connecticut with my buddy Kevin the Water Boy. We had dug a few buttons and some other odds and ends, a couple cool relics, but overall slow day, then I got this slamming signal on the Simplex+.  It was a solid 66-67.  I was on the back side of the foundation, near the old cart road. It was definitely the heaviest and largest coin I've ever dug. I feel really lucky and blessed to have been out that day. It was definitely brought here from across the pond by brave colonists. Man, what an adventure that coin must have went on!!!"


Recent Find:

The "Cartwheel" Penny and the Twopence of 1797.

Metal Detector Used:
Nokta Simplex+ WHP Metal Detector
Connecticut, USA


Treasure Hunting with Nokta Simplex+ WHP
‘Cartwheel’ Penny found with Nokta Simplex Metal Detector.

The ‘cartwheel’ penny and the twopence of 1797

Among the pieces most frequently received for examination from members of the public are the large copper pennies and Twopence of 1797, known as ‘cartwheels’ because of their huge size.

The two coins bear similar designs. On one side appears the head of George III, facing right and wearing a wreath, together with the words GEORGIUS III.D:G.REX. On the lowest fold of the drapery at the base of the effigy is the initial K, indicating that the design is the work of the German engraver Kuchler. On the other side (also engraved by Kuchler) is shown the seated figure of Britannia, together with the word BRITANNIA and the date 1797. The letters are incuse (or sunk) and have been placed on a broad raised rim in an attempt to prevent undue wear and lessen the risk of counterfeiting. 


The coins were not struck by the Royal Mint but by Matthew Boulton at his private Soho Mint in Birmingham, and the name of the mint can, in fact, be seen on the coins just below Britannia’s shield. They were made legal tender for amounts of up to one shilling by a proclamation of 26 July 1797, which also specified that the penny should weigh one ounce and the twopence two ounces. The object of making them so heavy was that their intrinsic value should correspond as nearly as possible to their face value: in other words, their cost of production (copper plus workmanship) was to be a penny in one case and twopence in the other. The diameter of the penny measures 1.4 inches and that of the twopence 1.6 inches.

It is believed that approximately 720,000 Twopences and nearly 44,000,000 pennies were issued, all bearing the date 1797. Consequently the penny is a very common piece and the twopence not particularly hard to come by.


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Relic Hunting Connecticut

Relic Hunting Connecticut is a blog series, created equally for new and experienced treasure hunters, scientists and historians alike. Follow us weekly, as Joshua unearths the history and treasures of the beautiful state of Connecticut, and the adjacent Northeast, United States. 

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