Coins of the Golden Horde
It’s always fun when friends come to visit. It’s even more fun when they are interested in metal detecting and want to go out for a search! The timing of my friend’s visit was a little tricky, as all the fields around us had just been sown, and we didn’t want to destroy any future crops! So, rather than violate farm fields, we took the time to research fields away from farms, some that used to be old villages.
We found such a field nearby. As usual, we put our metal detectors together as quickly as possible and enthusiastically ran into the field. After a long while with no success, we picked up a weak signal and found buried under heaps of earth was a small, thin, round, copper item. It turned out to be a coin that I couldn’t identify. Fortunately, my friend knew exactly what it was: a coin of the Golden Horde (called the Pūl). This item hadn’t seen sunlight for more than 800 years. It was such a cool feeling holding my oldest find. Within a couple of hours, we’d found 6 such coins.
We then came upon a silver coin of the same Golden Horde (silver dirhem). I was delighted. She was in perfect condition, unlike copper coins that were damaged by chemicals used to fertilize fields.
We dug until late at night. The dig resulted in 12 copper and 2 silver coins!
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