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  1. #1
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting

    silver ingut with penny melted into it with date 1905

    I have a question if someone could help me please. I was on a trip detecting and found Civil War Rifleman's button. A saw piece that has says Warranted Superior and (and this is where the question comes in) An ingot that seems to be silver but it has the imprint of a 1905 penny. I have no idea why someone would do that and I wondered if anyone knows if that's the norm for a certain period of time. I would post pictures but I am I posting for my husband and I can't figure out how to get pictures uploaded to this site. I will get the piece tested tomorrow but for now I just wondered if anyone had information. Thanks.

  2. #2
    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
    White's XLT
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    interesting. pics will help for sure. maybe someone was trying to make a counterfeit mold?

  3. #3
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting
    when I try to load the pictures it says I'm not authorized to load them. Any ideas. And....I do know how to spell ingot.Click image for larger version. 

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  4. #4
    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
    White's XLT
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    looks like lead to me. as far as the penny, I'd say it was probably laid over the penny and hit with a mallet or something to leave the imprint instead of being melted. my guess is this is part of an ingot of plumbers lead. years ago, plumbers used melted lead to seal pipe joints. I've found lots of it.

  5. #5
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting
    too hard for lead, that's the problem but the scratch shows silver...bright, bright silver not dull silver or grey. He melts lead for bullets and nothing even seems similar. But I guess just having it tested is the best thing. I was more interested in the why of the penny imprint. It has imprints on all 4 sides but you can't see the others.

  6. #6
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting
    I will let you know tomorrow. Thanks so much for the information. It helped a lot. It's nice to know you find that kind of stuff all of the time. I appreciate it.


    Sabrina

  7. #7
    us
    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
    White's XLT
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    whatever it is, it's cool. the penny imprint makes it that much better. post a follow up if you figure out what it's made of.

  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting
    I took it to the jeweler's and had it tested. The test came back coin silver. So I will be traveling back to the spot I found it in to keep on searching.

  9. #9
    us
    Sep 2007
    New Jersey
    Whites V3i and DFX
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    Now that's a neat find.

  10. #10
    us
    Mar 2009
    York County, SC
    Minelab E-Trac, X-Terra 70, Garrett Pro Pointer
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    What a unique find! How heavy is it?

    I hope you find more.

  11. #11
    us
    Aug 2008
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    If it was really pure silver you could still hit it with a hammer and the penny on the end would make an impression. When it was molded, the person might have just had a penny in the end of the mold. Instead of melting the coin when the silver went in, it was popped off the end and just left a really high relief impression.


    When experimenting with making wire and spanish money chain stock, I would sometimes place a quarter over the end of my mold to stop the silver from coming out the end. The end of the silver wire sprue would sometimes pick up the impression when it transfered its heat across the coin and solidified against it.

  12. #12
    us
    real pirate

    May 2011
    NE Ohio
    Garrett Ace 350 and AT Pro
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    definately need some pics......thankx

  13. #13
    us
    Jun 2007
    PA
    White's DFX
    9
    Metal Detecting
    It weighs a little over a pound

  14. #14
    us
    Jun 2007
    Southwest Michigan
    Made in U.S.A.
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    Banner Finds (1)
    That's a very cool find indeed, glad to hear it came back as coin silver, maybe that's the reason they had the imprint of the coin

  15. #15
    us
    Jan 2010
    New Hampshire
    Whatever Beeps
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    Banner Finds (6)
    Pound of coin silver! Nice Find

    maybe stolen plate or flatware melted down & ingotized to prevent ID,
    (I wish we could edit our thread Titles)
    as to the impression, don't know.
    found a lead piece with 1868 shield nickel impression, very clear too,
    you know how small the date on those coins are
    Desire is oft more pleasant than acquisition

 

 
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