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    Southern Cross of Honor Ė Confederacy Medal!!! - ***VIDEO***

    Folks, I made my third trip to the house I’ve been detecting at the last few weeks.
    This yard continues to give up some nice surprises, but is making me work for them by digging through a lot of trashy areas. Some of my recoveries were: 1941 Merc, 1925 Buff nickel & a no date Buff, 10 Wheats (41 total so far), a “STERLING” flower, silver piece of jewelry, early 1900’s (?) bracelet, flower sash buckle, etc.

    My BEST FIND though turned out to be a “Southern Cross of Honor / Daughters of the Confederacy” medal. This is very neat historical Civil War piece that was given out to those that fought in the Civil War. Some were giving out during CW times, and some post-CW. Chances are mine is post-CW, but still a great find.
    Please check this link out for more information and better pictures:

    Southern Cross of Honor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I am hoping to track it back to the original family member since the property I found it at has been in the same family (black) since the late 1800’s.

    Enjoy the video:



    Thanks for looking and any info or input would be greatly appreciated.
    Happy hunting,
    Modern Miner
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    Last edited by ModernMiner; Jan 14, 2014 at 09:17 PM.
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    OMG MM! That yard has turned out to be a dream spot! LOVE the medal and the silver brooch! Heck, I love it all. What a great hunt! WTG!
    Nana
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana40 View Post
    OMG MM! That yard has turned out to be a dream spot! LOVE the medal and the silver brooch! Heck, I love it all. What a great hunt! WTG!
    Nana
    Thanks Nana. I just had a feeling this yard was going to be productive. It looked to be "orginal". Sometimes I get a good feelings, and other times it's just gas.
    -Doug-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    us
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    That is truly a great find. Banner!
    Ad Majorum Dei Gloriam

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    Tired Rooster

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    I love the Southern Cross!! That is a great recovery. There are a lot of confederate graves down here marked with the Southern Cross.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheatfinder13 View Post
    That is truly a great find. Banner!
    Thanks so much Wheat. I greatly appreciate that. -MM-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tired Rooster View Post
    I love the Southern Cross!! That is a great recovery. There are a lot of confederate graves down here marked with the Southern Cross.....
    Thanks Rooster.I thought this was pretty interesting. I guess I better not wear it.

    "Although no Civil War veterans are still living, the last verified Confederate veteran dying in 1951, Virginia Code section 18.2-176(b) remains in effect and makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500, to "wear any Southern Cross of Honor when not entitled to do so by the regulations under which such Crosses of Honor are given."
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    Relic hunter

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    dang you been doing good there,
    the Southern cross is a Awesome find and a very honorable medal. Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC. The first Cross ever bestowed was upon Mrs. Erwin’s husband, Captain Alexander S. Erwin, by the Athens (Ga.) Chapter on April 26, 1900. The first medals were not bestowed until the UDC had secured a copyright (February 20, 1900) for the medal design to prevent it form being copied. During the first 18 months of the Cross's availability, 12,500 were ordered and delivered. Over the years, because of the popularity of collecting Civil War relics, several companies have made reproductions of the UDC Southern Cross of Honor despite the UDC's copyright of the design. One the of big tells that a cross is authentic is that there should be a Marker's Mark on the lower front face below the word "Honor". It should be from either Crankshaw or Whitehead and Hoag.
    Last edited by nova treasure; Jan 14, 2014 at 09:51 PM.

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    Matt G

    Oct 2013
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    Great finds love the cross. Looks like you found a great honey hole. Thank you for sharing and HH.

    Matt

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    us
    Sep 2011
    N. Carolina
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    Way to go Doug. You always seem to have the knack for finding amazing relics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova treasure View Post
    dang you been doing good there,
    the Southern cross is a Awesome find and a very honorable medal. Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC. The first Cross ever bestowed was upon Mrs. Erwinís husband, Captain Alexander S. Erwin, by the Athens (Ga.) Chapter on April 26, 1900. The first medals were not bestowed until the UDC had secured a copyright (February 20, 1900) for the medal design to prevent it form being copied. During the first 18 months of the Cross's availability, 12,500 were ordered and delivered. Over the years, because of the popularity of collecting Civil War relics, several companies have made reproductions of the UDC Southern Cross of Honor despite the UDC's copyright of the design. One the of big tells that a cross is authentic is that there should be a Marker's Mark on the lower front face below the word "Honor". It should be from either Crankshaw or Whitehead and Hoag.
    Bill,
    Thanks for that info. Here is a shot under my microscope. It looks like there is something below "HONOR" but I can't tell. It's too crusty. I'd hate to clean it and ruin it. What do you think?
    -Doug-
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 of 6 GMG's View Post
    Great finds love the cross. Looks like you found a great honey hole. Thank you for sharing and HH.Matt
    Thanks Matt. It's about time. I've hit some older yards in town but they didn't produce much. This one has been the best so far. -MM-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderchild View Post
    Way to go Doug. You always seem to have the knack for finding amazing relics!
    Thanks Glenn. I don't want to hear about it. YOU were the one that found the Union camp. That was AWESOME!!!We'll hunt again soon.-Doug-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Jan 2007
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    That medal is a cool find MM. The first medal was presented in 1900. The one like you found goes for about $150 by relic dealers. Those with engraved names go a lot higher. Congrats on a nice variety of finds. HH, Q.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VOL1266-X View Post
    That medal is a cool find MM. The first medal was presented in 1900. The one like you found goes for about $150 by relic dealers. Those with engraved names go a lot higher. Congrats on a nice variety of finds. HH, Q.
    Thanks Q. Should I engrave "Robert E. Lee" on it? I'm going to go back and see if I can find the top pin section that came with them originally. The area I dug it in was a trash or burn pit back in the days. Full of old stuff and chard ashes.
    At least I finally found a spot to keep me busy until I can go CW relic hunting.
    -Doug-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

 

 
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