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    1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    What's up guys...I've been on vacation for the past 5 days and itching to get back to the dirt to dig. Went to a new site yesterday and attained permission to dig this nice-

    looking patch of ground. As I said, by this time I was quite ready to do some digging as I was dang near in withdrawals Around lunchtime I got a really good signal

    and out popped this Silver coin. At first, I thought it might be a Reale but when I raised it up and looked at it; it was a 1918 1 Franc. I was thinking "pretty cool" until I

    turned it over and saw that it was engraved! Right then and there I knew that that elevated this find from just a "pretty cool" find to a "terrific piece of History!!"

    It was singularly awe inspiring to be able to hold an item so linked with not only American and European history, but with World history!.....it leaves

    you lost for words for a piece of time.

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    The back reads:

    "CH. MECH. R.C.CURTIS
    BAT. D
    111TH
    F.A.
    A.E.F."

    Chief Mechanic [Mr.] R. C. Curtis, Battery D, 111th Field Artillery, Army Expeditionary Forces






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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    WoW .. That really is a neat piece of history! Great Save!
    “It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.”

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Nice piece of history. Please rearch the soldier. BANNER!!!!!
    "Find Silver my Friends"

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    The American Expeditionary Forces or AEF was the United States Armed Forces sent to Europe in World War I. During the United States campaigns in World War I the AEF fought in France alongside British and French allied forces in the last year of the war, against Imperial German forces. The AEF helped the French Army on the Western Front during the Aisne Offensive (at Château-Thierry and Belleau Wood) in June 1918, and fought its major actions in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives in late 1918-your coin's year!!
    Don...
    Source: Wiki

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    You "Time Travelers" have gone from the Rev War to WW1 in those Virginia sites. That's a great historic find and will make a super research project Josh. HH, Quindy.
    View more Tenn. Trio hunts by going to "You Tube" & typing in "Quindy Robertson".

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo22
    Nice piece of history. Please rearch the soldier. BANNER!!!!!
    Thanks Ronbo and I will do all that I can to research this soldier and have the history to go with his I.D. Token. I owe him that much.



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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Great find...I hope you find out some information about Mr. Curtis. Maybe you can return it to his family.

    I vote banner...

    NJ

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    I've seen reference to WWI "111th Field Artillery" as being based in both Maryland and Virginia.
    Since you found the coin in Virginia, you may be very close to finding the heirs to this soldier.
    Don.......

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Not pretty cool.....VERY COOL!...fabulous find, congrats to you!

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    "In the weeks that followed the Allies' victory in World War I on 11 November 1918, a U.S. Army quartermaster officer of the Services of Supply (SOS) sat down to write his portion of the after-action report. The report was neatly typed, thorough, and impressively honest. It outlined how, almost out of nothing, the Army had forged the SOS, the logistics organization that supported the 3 million Soldiers deployed "over there" to Europe as the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)."
    The source of this and more on the AEF can be found here:
    http://www.accessmylibrary.com/artic...ditionary.html

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Another great find This hobby continues to shock me.. Hunting a colonial/CW field and something like this pops up out of nowhere A personalized token like this that is directly linked to a WWI soldier that lived here and served in France, deserves some recognition. WTG Josh

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    FREAKIN' UNREALE!! (great pun, eh?) I can't imagine your reaction upon seeing the engraving. Banner in my book.

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    I'll bet your local VA can give you assistance in ID-ing this hero.
    A pic of you returning the coin to one of his heirs would fetch a quick "Well Done!!"

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Wow Josh, that is amazing. You got my vote. Amazing piece of history.

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    Re: 1918 Silver 1 Franc World War I Identification Coin/Token!

    Terrific find!!! What a great piece of history to dig up. Congrats!
    God Bless...

 

 
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