So, walking past the burn pile in the back pasture the other day, I picked up what I thought was an old penny, from the ash around the edge. It had the right look and feel to me, but was completely encrusted with ash. In an effort to see the date on the coin, I realized that it certainly was not a US penny.

After a bit of work with a soft brush, it became clear that this was in fact a Mexican Nickel; from 1959, no less.

So the coin is literally older than I am, and has been in the ground for a long time. While we do get Canadian coins in change from time to time, and I'm sure I've picked up a few over the years, I think that this is the first Mexican one that I have ever found laying on the ground.

It's in pretty good shape for all it's years really, my pictures don't do it justice, but it is certainly out of place and time.

Luckily it has found a person who will keep it as the treasure that it is. It's monetary value is surely insignificant, even though it is relatively old; but to me it is a rare find, that rings of some as yet unknown significance, echoing childhood dreams of finding treasure.

These simple treasures hold magic, if you know how to see it
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