Oak Island "Outlier" Coins
OK, as a numismatist, I can't stand by and allow such nonsense to be spoken about the partial Roman coin and the Chinese cash coin found on Oak Island. This baffling mystery which has no possible explanation except that Oak Island's human history goes back to Roman times, is obviously a joke. But how do you explain the out of place coins?
Scrap metal. Yup. Brought by early Europeans to be fashioned into whatever was needed-like the copper nail, also found on the island. Occam's Law. The simplest explanation is probably the true one. Metal to be fashioned into necessities was a basic requirement for those travelling to the new world.
I see "bar iron" as one of the necessities listed as being essential for survival in the new world on a 1628 London broadside that appeared in a recent auction. And non current copper or bronze coins were basically scrap metal in Europe during the 1600s-1700s. Even silver and gold hoards found during that period were often melted. Non current bronze and copper coins were a convenient form of small amounts of scrap metal, and as such, were among the first and earliest items brought to the new world.