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    first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    found this cool ring an finally found a little info on it thought I'd share it with you ......the center is the face cut out of a Merc dime (no idea what year ) one side is inscribed Oran with a 19 below it , on the other side it says Africa with 1943 below it on the outside bottom of the band is 3 small trade marks I cant make out ......this is what I've fount out about it so far .

    in 1943 WW2 The U.S. 1st Ranger Battalion landed east of Oran Africa and quickly captured the shore battery at Arzew. this Ring is what was known as a trench ring made by the GI's , they would melt silver coins to make the rings an them design them how ever they wanted , while enduring long hours of just sitting in the trenches .

    From what little info I can find on the rings themselves they go from $70 -$800

    thats about all I can tell you so far other than the hallmarks are driving my crazy wanting to know what they are lol

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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Awesome find man... and a great story as well.

    You have to wonder what thoughts run through their minds in a time like that. Scary times for sure.

    Pretty good craftsmanship dont ya think?

    Mine wouldn't be legible cause Id be crapping my pants while trying to engrave in that trench.
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Wicked great find Bro. Banner ! ! ! !
    I'll just follow you with My E-trac, Sov GT,or GoldBug Pro.

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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Fantastic find my friend, one worthy of being displayed in a nice case.....
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    That is truly the best discovery you have made so far. Congrats brother.

    JuJu
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    I have seen various coins cut out a bit like yours (I have a Head of Geo V from a farthing), but I haven't seen them on a ring until now. As you point out trench art was fairly popular & mostly modelled things in brass cartridges, silver like this with a story is a double bonus find. The hallmark like stamps are probably make believe (as I have no idea where he mine have gone to get them assayed), he just had an eye for detail, although it should be typical on the inside of the ring.
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Congrats on a fantastic ring. Lots of history there. Does it fit you?

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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Locals would also make these rings and sell them to the 'invaders'; they sold rings like this to the Germans in Tunis, Africa (not with a Mercury dime head, however).
    Very historic; congrats!

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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Awesome find man, and cool story too, Thats definately a keeper.

    Sasnz
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    To me ,that's a banner find considering what it represents!! Awesome!!
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Keep it WW2 relics for many collectors are more valuable than artifacts of the Ancient World. Trench art is certainly a find with more difference than some modern stuff with lab created stones.
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Thats an amazing ring Tank.. I agree w/ the banner votes. U have mine

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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    Nice find that ring is a work of ART !! the 1st Ranger Battalion has a long history and still exist today that was my unit over in Vietnam mid 1960,s Black Rock Mountain DMZ , Great find Dd60

    The 1st Ranger Battalion is an elite special operations unit of the US Army that is currently based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, United States.

    It was originally formed shortly after the United States' entry into World War II and was modeled upon the British Commandos. Members from the unit were the first American soldiers to see combat in the European theater when they participated in the failed raid on Dieppe in France in 1942, during which three Rangers were killed and several more were captured. Later, the 1st Ranger Battalion was sent to North Africa where they participated in the landings in Algeria and the fighting in Tunisia in 1943. In late 1943 the unit was broken up in order to raise two more Ranger battalions before it took part in the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. After World War II, the 1st Ranger Battalion has gone through a number of changes of name and composition as it has been activated and deactivated and re-organised on a number of occasions. However, the unit has lived on in one form or another since then, serving in Korea and Vietnam before being consolidated into the 75th Ranger Regiment of which it is a part today. Recent deployments have included operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the wider global war on terrorism
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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    cool looking ring Tank !

    How about more Details on the find.

    When & where did you find it ?



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    Re: first ring of the year ...a world away during WW2

    if that ring could tell a story ! The Ranger must have made it back home , alive. Congrats Tank 69 , nice work finding this remarkable WW 2 ring ! Banner find , like your thread 2 8) CMDawg
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