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    My field season is officially over, but I recovered an unusual colonial copper on Wed

    I've been trying my hardest to get back into an awesome new site that I've only been able to hunt once for a half day when Evan visited over 3 weeks ago. But due to a continual stream of hunters and other guests staying at the property, the overseers have not allowed me access. I was earlier able to get into a small, remote field that was part of this property for 3 times, and made some nice recoveries including the sword guard, 5 colonial coins and over 50 buttons. And I got the green light to hit that site again yesterday afternoon, but when I arrived I could immediately see the field had just been planted and, of course, was now off limits. While in the area I drove over to check on the other big site, and that too was planted. It's been very frustrating knowing I have permission to hunt this fantastic site, but can't find a way to get in there. But now it'll have to wait for the fall, and hopefully circumstances will be better at that time.

    On the way out I passed the house owned by an elderly lady I had met a few weeks ago, and she had let me hunt her back yard which was the site of a major archaeological dig about 25 years ago. I had dug a surprising number of items seeing how a huge area had been excavated and sifted, and most of my finds came from that spot. Yesterday I decided to roam around the perimeter of the dug area, and again recovered a couple buttons, a large shoe buckle piece, a musketball, and another watch winder part. But when I got home I realized what I thought was a thin flat button was actually some kind of small copper coin. I used the hydrogen peroxide method of cleaning (which really hasn't worked all that great for me in the past), and it did reveal a couple of small details. From the close-ups below, there appears to be an "H" at both the 9 and 10 o'clock positions on what's likely the reverse. And you can see the stippling around the perimeter on the front which is a common feature on early coins. I don't have a positive ID yet, but have a feeling its a small denomination 18th century Spanish copper. If anyone recognizes it please let me know.

    It's been a fun and successful season, and I'm now looking forward to consolidating my best finds, writing a few articles, doing research for the fall, and getting out for some water hunting. Hopefully the boring summer will pass by quickly, and I'll be back in the fields before you know it.
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    MY BOOK HAS SOLD OUT OF ALL 1200+ COPIES IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS. NO 2ND PRINTING IS ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS.


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    sad that your field spring season is over, and almost funny at the same time being April 23, my field spring season has yet to begin.

    Hope you get an ID on the smallish copper, I can see something, but...perhaps it would help a lot if you cropped the pic first, it would then be much bigger pic.
    Email me the original, I'll do it.

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    Interesting coin find. I hope someone can ID it since I am sure it would be a new one for your collection. Glad you were able to sneak a few more finds out of that site.
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    I feel for ya, but for a lot of us the hunting has just begun!

    Cool finds! Congrats! On the small coin, looks like there is either a "P B or R" at about where the seven would be.
    Hope it turns out to be ultra rare for you!

    Looking forward to reading your articles, always informative!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick (Nova Scotia) View Post
    sad that your field spring season is over, and almost funny at the same time being April 23, my field spring season has yet to begin.

    Hope you get an ID on the smallish copper, I can see something, but...perhaps it would help a lot if you cropped the pic first, it would then be much bigger pic.
    Email me the original, I'll do it.
    Rick - if you click on the thumbnail pic it brings up a much large image which clearly shows the details. Not sure that cropping would be of much additional benefit, but I've done that below as you requested. Sometimes when you zoom in too much its difficult to view.

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    I did a little editing to try and bring out some detail. I see the 2 H's .. to the left of them i see what could be and "A" and maybe a "M" next to it spelling something that goes around the top of the coin on a curve. also on the right side near the 4 o'clock posion I see what maybe smaller writing a "D" and a "A" .. hope this helps.. nice find

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    Looks like you may have another 17th century token. (many types)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Looks like you may have another 17th century token. (many types)
    Wow - great catch IP - thanks! That has to be it. Do you have any more info on that particular token, or have a pic of the other side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    Wow - great catch IP - thanks! That has to be it. Do you have any more info on that particular token, or have a pic of the other side?

    Here it is, but like the farthing trade tokens there's many of these type too, so very unlikely this one would be a match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Looks like you may have another 17th century token. (many types)
    I see what you mean IP. I tried looking those up and there are numerous varieties. Probably never figure out which one, but the category and dating seem pretty solid. Thanks again.
    MY BOOK HAS SOLD OUT OF ALL 1200+ COPIES IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS. NO 2ND PRINTING IS ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    I see what you mean IP. I tried looking those up and there are numerous varieties. Probably never figure out which one, but the category and dating seem pretty solid. Thanks again.

    Yeah probably impossible given the lack of detail, and too bad being such an early token.

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    If you could find records from that dig maybe they found another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    If you could find records from that dig maybe they found another.
    The elderly lady who owns the property has several boxes of records and photos that were given to her, and that I went through, but nothing with any details that cataloged the finds. And I can't find a copy of the final report anywhere. But some of the finds are in the local museum, but unfortunately no coins or tokens.
    MY BOOK HAS SOLD OUT OF ALL 1200+ COPIES IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS. NO 2ND PRINTING IS ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS.


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    IP - I also found what I thought was a coin about 5 years ago and never could ID it. Its about the same size and composition as the token I just found, and was wondering if this could be one too. What do you think?

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