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    A very nice 1786 NJ copper

    I have been under the weather for a couple weeks, but managed to get out 3 times metal detecting at a site very close to my home, that has produced numerous colonial and Federal/US coinage over the past 30 years. I got three coins on those three hunts, one each hunt and all three are 1700 era coinage.

    A 1798 Large Cent, a 1775 Half Real and this morning I got my bonus coin, a nice 1786 New Jersey.
    I found this one not ten feet from where I found my only cut in half NJ copper back in 2002. That was variety ID to be a Maris 59-o.

    So today this was my 22nd ground found NJ copper, 7th in the past two years, just love this hobby............

    Included photos of the NJ, the Half Real and a beautiful Tombac button (circa 1770-90s) with a nice sunburst design.

    This 1786 Maris 16-L variety (Very Common) is one of the best of the 22 New Jersey coppers I have found for condition. Funny, the 1798 found at the same site is nowhere near as nice.

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    Last edited by Don in SJ; Apr 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM.
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Mar 2008
    upstate ny
    se pro
    12 times
    dirty pennies
    Banner Finds (1)
    gorgeous detail left on that NJ, Don.
    love the off-center strike, too.
    dirty pennies...

  3. #3

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000, Whites TRX Pinpointer
    221 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    That NJ Copper is in very nice shape. Glad your feeling better and getting out. Congrats on all your finds.


  4. #4
    Mar 2012
    Garrett freedom III coin commander
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    very nice!!! congrats

  5. #5
    Aug 2009
    Sacramento Cailifonia
    V3i DFX MXT Excal II D2 6x10 950 4x6 & dx-1
    261 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    your very lucky to have the history to hunt old coins like that just minutes from your home,any CW relic or coin when this country was just started must really get the blood pumping, sweet grounds and nice hunt!!!

  6. #6
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
    797 times
    Real nice shape. All nice finds. Sweet soil your digging in.

  7. #7

    Dec 2004
    Wayne County, NY
    Minelab X-Terra 70 / Tesoro TigerShark / Fisher F70
    210 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That's a sweet piece of copper!
    .~.~.~.~. Dig it up .~.~.~.~.

  8. #8
    May 2008
    Omega, F75, AT Pro
    2629 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Beauty of a dug copper, congrats on your best.
    Nice button too.

  9. #9
    Nov 2011
    Charles Town, WV
    Fisher F75 with 11" DD coil, Garrett Ace 250 with 9x12 coil, Garrett Pro-Pinpointer
    1326 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Wow! Unbelievable condition. Wish mine came out like that. lol I also found 2 buttons similar, but without the sunburst in the middle. Same design on the outside though. Congrats to you!
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

  10. #10
    Jan 2011
    935 times
    Nice finds for sure Don, the copper looks like it is off centre, great find. HH

  11. #11

    Oct 2009
    462 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Pretty sweet condition on that!

  12. #12
    Nov 2008
    16 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    awesome coin don! way to go buddy. willy

  13. #13
    Dec 2011
    Winchester, VA.
    Garrett AT Pro, 8.5"x11" DD coil, Super Sniper coil, Garrett Ace 250, 10" x 14" DD EXcelerator coil, Pro Pinpointer
    563 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Congrats, that NJ copper is in beautiful condition!!! So much detail left, just awesome!!!!!

  14. #14
    Nov 2010
    NJ Pine Barrens
    T2 SE
    2174 times

    A dream find for any NJ hunter! Awesome!

  15. #15

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac, Infiniuim
    730 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    that copper is really in awesome shape! congrats Don!


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