Apr 25, 2012, 02:40 PM
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.
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."
Apr 25, 2012, 02:54 PM
gorgeous detail left on that NJ, Don.
love the off-center strike, too.
Apr 25, 2012, 03:23 PM
That NJ Copper is in very nice shape. Glad your feeling better and getting out. Congrats on all your finds.
Apr 25, 2012, 03:42 PM
Apr 25, 2012, 03:49 PM
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!!!
Apr 25, 2012, 05:33 PM
Real nice shape. All nice finds. Sweet soil your digging in.
Apr 25, 2012, 06:08 PM
That's a sweet piece of copper!
.~.~.~.~. Dig it up .~.~.~.~.
Apr 25, 2012, 06:13 PM
Beauty of a dug copper, congrats on your best.
Nice button too.
Apr 25, 2012, 09:31 PM
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
Apr 25, 2012, 10:34 PM
Nice finds for sure Don, the copper looks like it is off centre, great find. HH
Apr 25, 2012, 11:49 PM
Pretty sweet condition on that!
Apr 26, 2012, 03:41 AM
awesome coin don! way to go buddy. willy
Apr 26, 2012, 04:45 AM
Congrats, that NJ copper is in beautiful condition!!! So much detail left, just awesome!!!!!
Apr 26, 2012, 06:33 AM
A dream find for any NJ hunter! Awesome!
Apr 26, 2012, 07:40 AM
that copper is really in awesome shape! congrats Don!
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