The Curse of Oak Island: Fantastic New Find Makes Gary’s Toes Tingle (Season 5) | History

NARRATOR: As a new day begins,
metal detection expert Gary Drayton, along with Peter
Fornetti and Jack Begley, begin searching for
new clues at the area known as Isaac’s Point,
located on the eastern side of the island. GARY DRAYTON: Well, I fancy
going out to the Point and doing around the bluffs. About a couple of
big storms there. There might be some
erosion down that side. And might have
pulled stuff away? GARY DRAYTON: Yeah. That’s what I’m hoping for. Gotcha. All right, now, let’s go. GARY DRAYTON: One
of the first things I was told when I
walked onto the island was that there had been
a couple of bad storms. And there’d been
some beach erosion. Like, that makes your toes
tingle because when the banks are eroded, anything
that was in those banks is now on the beach. [beeping] I’m getting a signal here. No, it’s jumpy. But it’s hard to tell. Once you start putting these
search coils at an angle, you know, you get
wonky readings. [beeping] It might be out. It just might be surface junk. I hope not. Don’t keep us in suspense. JACK BEGLEY: Oh,
it’s part of a coin! GARY DRAYTON: Wow,
it’s a cut coin. I bet you this is
a cut maraved . Oh, this is great! GARY DRAYTON: You see the
angle on both sides there? That was cut on purpose. For making change, right? Yeah, making change. NARRATOR: Often deemed the
first coins of the new world, the maraved was a Spanish-made
copper coin that was primarily used by explorers who came
to the Americas during the 17th and 18th centuries. They were also often
used by pirates of various nationalities
as payment for crew members and were commonly
cut into pieces when it was necessary to
make change or make an advance on a purchase. It was a 17th-century
Spanish maraved that was found in the Oak Island
Swamp nearly four years ago. Could finding another one add
even more fuel to the notion that pirates had frequented
the island more than a century before it was used as a campsite
by the British military? GARY DRAYTON: Definitely
have to have this cleaned up. JACK BEGLEY: Yeah. Do you think we
should call my uncles? Yeah, for sure. Yeah? Yeah. We’ve actually found something
that’ll blow them away. [phone ringing] RICK LAGINA (ON PHONE): Hello. Hello, Rick. RICK LAGINA (ON
PHONE): Yeah, Gary We have got some good news. JACK BEGLEY: Of the
surface finds we’ve had, the maraved s have proven to
be the oldest coins we found. And they’re the best information
that someone was here back in the mid to late 1600s. You’re going to love this, Rick. All right, what you got? GARY DRAYTON:
Well, you’re always telling me to find stuff. MARTY LAGINA: Yes. And this time we found stuff. What do you got? Um. RICK LAGINA: Let’s see. GARY DRAYTON: This didn’t
even make the pouch. This is a top pocket find. RICK LAGINA: And
you think that is– GARY DRAYTON: That
is a cut maraved . And that’s an oldie. RICK LAGINA: Right. When you say old,
what do you mean? I’ve got no
doubt that’s 1700s. It might even be in the 16s. And look at the
way it’s been cut. You can see it’s been
basically chiseled out. Yeah. It looks like it was
done intentionally. That’s for sure. I agree with you. That isn’t worn
away/ that’s cut. GARY DRAYTON: Yeah. MARTY LAGINA: We need to
do some research on that, when they quit cutting coins. GARY DRAYTON: Yeah. And the reason why this
is in such good condition is because it was in the soil. It’s had no contact
with salt water. We might get lucky. This might be the part
with the date on it. MARTY LAGINA: With
the date on it. RICK LAGINA: Yeah. MARTY LAGINA: Gold
would be great. And it’s always exciting, but
the date is super significant. GARY DRAYTON: Yeah, oh, yeah. No doubt this is old. I mean, it was these. Maraved s were copper. Then he had silver reals– MARTY LAGINA: Right –and then gold escudos. And so maybe we’re
working our way up slowly. Yeah. [laughter] Gary being turned loose
and finding stuff right away underscores the importance of
doing this metal detecting. If he can go out there and find
this stuff reasonably quickly, then there’s
probably a lot of it. RICK LAGINA: We’ve got to
get that cleaned and tested. MARTY LAGINA: Yeah. That’s fantastic. But still no gold dance, hey? No, no gold dance. But that had me wiggling. [light chuckling] MARTY LAGINA: All right, good. Keep going. Oh, yeah, we’ve
only just begun. Yeah Gary, all right!

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