Sep 18, 2012, 06:28 PM
1855 Brass Springfield Rifle Band, 1934 Belgian Franc & Other Finds from Yesterday
Had a four day weekend, hunted every day. Days 1-3 found basically nothing. I found all of this yesterday. (isn't that crazy how hunting goes) Did some research on the brass band & almost positive it's from an 1855 Springfield (any more insight would be appreciated) The Franc was a neat & unusual find as well. Lots of other finds as well. Many hours put in this weekend! Can't wait to hit this spot again! HH!
Sep 18, 2012, 06:29 PM
interesting items.......nice hunting
Sep 18, 2012, 06:49 PM
Thank you sir!
Originally Posted by oldsalty19
Sep 18, 2012, 06:51 PM
Found a reproduction online of the brass band, how I ID'd it (guess this is what she looked like new)
Sep 18, 2012, 07:00 PM
Your "franc" says Good For 1 F...it's Belgian, but are you sure it's not some sort of token? It doesn't really strike me as a coin, but I could be wrong. Last item looks like a tape dispenser.
Sep 18, 2012, 08:41 PM
The same thought crossed my mind but there are two pieces broken off (looks like the one piece would get in the way if it was a tape dispenser) can't find anything like it online although I agree it's some sort of dispenser
Sep 18, 2012, 08:50 PM
Erik is correct - the Belgian piece is a token. The phrase, "Bon Pour" is the key - it means "Good For". Can't tell you any more about it, tho.
John in the Great 208
Sep 18, 2012, 09:10 PM
Thanks for the insight on this.
Originally Posted by idahotokens
Sep 18, 2012, 10:24 PM
Oops! I was wrong. The Belgian piece is not a token (regardless of the "good for" wording) - it is a coin issued by the government. It is listed as Yeoman #28 in quantity of 10 million +. That particular variety was made 1922-34, and a very similar variety, Yeoman #28.1 was made 1922-35. The difference in the two varieties is that the former carries the French word, "Belgique" whereas the latter carries the Flemish word, "Belgie". Sorry about that! I learn something every day...
John in the Great 208
Sep 18, 2012, 10:56 PM
Started treasure hunting ever since i was a kid lost my digging habit until five years later...i love outdoor even if it's just hiking, i dive surf and metal detecting...been living here in Hawaii for the last seven years.
Hey great finds=) keep digging...HH
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Sep 19, 2012, 11:00 AM
Great finds Josh! I am glad you are getting the hang of the MXT. Had fun hunting with you Sunday (boy that is a long drive though!).
Sep 19, 2012, 08:19 PM
You definitely nailed it with the Springfield band. That is a really cool find and definitely should get you points on the board. Interesting Belgium coin. MD'n is feast or famine. Get used to it especially when you relic hunt.
Sep 20, 2012, 06:29 AM
Thanks Hardy, glad you & John were able to come up. We'll have to plan another hunt for the fall or winter
Originally Posted by Tenspeed
Sep 20, 2012, 07:44 AM
Looks like its from the old Krag
Last edited by lost hunter; Sep 20, 2012 at 08:08 AM.
Sep 20, 2012, 08:21 AM
I checked the 1892 - 1901 Springfield parts and those bands don't match the band I found (don't think they were brass but I could be wrong). Those bands are also thinner than this one. The 1855 reproduction I found (is in this thread) seems to be a dead match. I've also seen similar images of these bands that were dug at Civil War camps.
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