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    Yesterday's hunt with Dan produces 2 more colonial coins

    Due to the holiday Dan and I got out for a rare weekday hunt. We only had about half a day so we decided to do a bit of roaming around the property in search of another hotspot. We never really found what we were looking for, but did make a few finds in the process. My day started out quickly with a nice looking 1773 VA halfpenny in the first 30 minutes. But things cooled down after that with only the occasional button or buckle part. Near the end of the hunt Dan and I both had mentioned that we had dug small silver gilted buttons that we thought might have been coins at first glance. This morning when I was cleaning my finds it became evident that my little silver button was very likely a colonial coin. It was very thin with no evidence of a shank, and it had some of that black tarnish that we typically find on the old silver. And it had the right "clinking sound" when you dropped it on the table, just like a hammered coin would. I can't guarantee for sure that's what I have, but I believe it may be an Elizabeth I silver penny. It measures about 14 mm, and when I checked on the UK finds database they had several of these that were identical in size. So that's what I'm thinking it might be, although maybe Crusader or others can verify. Appreciate any help with the ID.
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    Very cool bud! Had a blast as usual and way to save not only the coin streak, but the silver coin streak at this site!

    Dan

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    Good job keeping that silver coin streak alive Bill! Are you sure it's not a half real?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyfresh View Post
    Good job keeping that silver coin streak alive Bill! Are you sure it's not a half real?
    Too small and thin for a 1/2 reale Joey. Hope you get well soon!

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    Wow! I am envious.... Congratulations.

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    Great silver and awesome VA half penny, Bill!
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

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    Very nice group of finds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyfresh View Post
    Good job keeping that silver coin streak alive Bill! Are you sure it's not a half real?
    Joey - its definitely too small for a half reale. I'm pretty confident that its a well-worn hammered coin.

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    I almost faintly see a star on the silver. Maybe I'm seeing things...but could be a 3 center. They also measure at 14 mm.
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt092079 View Post
    I almost faintly see a star on the silver. Maybe I'm seeing things...but could be a 3 center. They also measure at 14 mm.
    That's an interesting observation Matt. But with all the early silver we're finding here, and with almost no 1800s coins, I'm still betting on the silver penny theory.

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    Very cool, still looking for some colonial goodies, WTG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    That's an interesting observation Matt. But with all the early silver we're finding here, and with almost no 1800s coins, I'm still betting on the silver penny theory.
    I thought of that, too, Bill. I know you guys have dug a few modern coins, when I say modern I mean like buffalo's and indian heads. Unless I'm thinking of different finds at different sites. Not sure, but either way its an unfortunate thing when a coin is that far gone there's just almost noway of knowing what it is. I dug a copper today and it's just worn smooth. What I've wondered is if that coin was that worn smooth when it was dropped or do they become that way over time? You wouldn't think a blank piece of copper would be taken as payment! Either way, cool finds and I'm still waiting to find some colonial silver for 2013.
    "Life's a garden. DIG IT!!!" - - Joe Dirt

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    You always get some great colonial finds, any one of those relics would make my day!

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    There's no need for you to watch the weather because it RAINS luck on you always!! lol.. CONGRATS BILL.... HH

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    Wow, amazing finds Bill, you seem to find some of the oldest finds in the states. I always love your posts.

 

 
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