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    1788 Connecticut, 1837 Canadian Bank Token, US Militia Rifleman Button

    Not much time to get outside or get on T-Net in recent months, and I know I’ve missed a lot. I did have a couple of days off this last week to look after the kids while my wife is at a conference and was able to detect three times(!) with some nice results.

    The Connecticut looks to be a Miller 9-E/W-4500, and I am pleased as punch with the obverse details. Actual hair strands! We all know that the population figures on these are probably much higher than what is officially known, but Whitman pegs this as a URS-8 (65-124 known), so that makes this my third rarest coin find and 6th identifiable pre-US mint American copper in 10 months. I have to be closing in on a Vermont copper. If I don't find one soon I may die of irony poisoning.

    The Canadian one sou or half penny bank token (“Habitant” token) was a totally unexpected find. I’d never seen one before and the condition out of the ground made me think it was at least 100 years younger than it is. I think the deformation and hole add real character, and wouldn't change those features for a flawless example. Apparently four banks were permitted to coin these and two sous pennies to make up for a shortage of small currency; this one was made by the City Bank. A great window into Lower Canada’s currency history, something about which I was entirely ignorant until finding this (gotta love this hobby): Coins and Canada - Coins and Canada - Articles on tokens and medals

    The Federal Riflemen button dates to 1820-30s. It says “Superb Imperial Standard” on the back, conforming to Albert RF 26A. I’m half tempted to restore it a bit more, but think I’ll leave it be for a while and enjoy the details as they are.

    Some nice dandy buttons, large crotal bell fragment, and some other nice bits and bobs round out the harvest. The spoon, compact, and cross are all 20th century interloper drops.

    Hope everyone is having a good summer
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    Last edited by Z.K.; Jul 19, 2016 at 12:49 AM.
    I have but three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

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    Awesome finds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Awesome finds!
    Thanks Mr. Soloman!
    I have but three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

    Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world. - Daniel Webster

    Fun Finds:
    2017 GW Button
    2016 Colonial Spanish silver pocket spill, Beauty Connie, Krampus
    2015 3 State Copper Day, Colonial coin purse with 12 half pennies

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    Sweet. And I love the crotal bell fragments, and other such green-patina copper fragments. Those age indicators are so fun to find !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Sweet. And I love the crotal bell fragments, and other such green-patina copper fragments. Those age indicators are so fun to find !
    Thanks, Tom. Agreed.
    I have but three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

    Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world. - Daniel Webster

    Fun Finds:
    2017 GW Button
    2016 Colonial Spanish silver pocket spill, Beauty Connie, Krampus
    2015 3 State Copper Day, Colonial coin purse with 12 half pennies

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    Now, if we had a North American Colonial forum, I might not have lost the battle to dignity by bumping my own cold post for the first time.
    I have but three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

    Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world. - Daniel Webster

    Fun Finds:
    2017 GW Button
    2016 Colonial Spanish silver pocket spill, Beauty Connie, Krampus
    2015 3 State Copper Day, Colonial coin purse with 12 half pennies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z.K. View Post
    Now, if we had a North American Colonial forum, I might not have lost the battle to dignity by bumping my own cold post for the first time.
    ha! I know the jab that was meant to address. However, notice when you put the key Identifiers in your title, on the regular pages (ie.: 1788, 1837, militia, etc...) that those who lean in the direction of such finds, will click on it.
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    Great CT and button! I like the days getting a good one of each, and unlike most others I am usually missing the coin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    ha! I know the jab that was meant to address. However, notice when you put the key Identifiers in your title, on the regular pages (ie.: 1788, 1837, militia, etc...) that those who lean in the direction of such finds, will click on it.
    Thanks, Tom. I actually enjoyed your humor on that thread. Who knew east coast/west coast tensions didn't pass with Tupac?? : )

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Great CT and button! I like the days getting a good one of each, and unlike most others I am usually missing the coin.
    I feel fortunate to score a dandy button, so a relic/coin double really is a special feeling. I had hoped that you and other northerly folks might like seeing the bank token.

    Quote Originally Posted by Showtime2385 View Post
    killer finds
    Thanks man
    I have but three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

    Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world. - Daniel Webster

    Fun Finds:
    2017 GW Button
    2016 Colonial Spanish silver pocket spill, Beauty Connie, Krampus
    2015 3 State Copper Day, Colonial coin purse with 12 half pennies

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    That particular token doesn't show up much in my area. I can only think of one I've dug.

 

 

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