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    Shakin' up again on the old copper trail!

    Only this time it was a good shake up. Ironhorse and I could not let our previous hunt, the worst of the Fall be our last, so we were out on the old copper trail again today.

    We hit several fields found a few sites along the way and I was having a grand old time popping coins (10.5 large coppers and an indian head) but a serious lack of buttons.... and a good early military button I had not dug before was the main thing on my list. Even though I was pretty content with our last site of the day giving me a two coppers and the ramrod pipe right away, it like the previous sites was very stingy on the buttons. After maybe an hour of digging, and not much more to show for my effort, I had an idea.... I figured since we were having one of those days where no matter where we walked we seemed to find a site, why not walk down by the water because if there's a site there, it would likely be older!

    So I walk all the way down.... dig nothing. Walk across the front of the field along side the water and dig one piece of modern trash, and was thinking so much for that idea! I then start up the other side and get a low signal, dig it up and see it's aluminum, looked to be one of those round push tabs from a pop can. Throwing it in the trash side of my pouch was just a second or two away, but out of habit as I think we all do, I took a quick look at the back. When I did that I seen green corrosion. So I flipped it over again and brushed the dirt off and this time there was no mistaken what I had... A Rev War period 76th officer button with basically 100% of the silver plate intact. It was just one of those moments where you're blown away. Thought I had trash and then ends up being one of the best buttons I have ever found. I immediately called Ironhorse down and the sad part of the story is the only other thing to turn up was a small plain button. I guess today it was a whole lot better to be lucky than good!


    Abe, you need my address?




    Edit: Just figured out my poor condition pewter and it's a Rev War Loyalist 3rd American - New York Volunteers.



    The coins are....

    Large one is a French Decime (1790s)
    3 Can. lg cents
    3 Ships Colonies tokens
    1815 Halfpenny token
    King George II Halfpenny
    Victoria NS thistle token
    Indian head
    And the broken one is a Kyan and Camac conder token. A few hunts ago I dug another broken half of one of these so there must be quite a few cast counterfeits that exist.
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    Last edited by Iron Patch; Dec 04, 2015 at 05:56 AM.

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    swingbeepdig
    Speechless ~~~~Banner~~~~
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    REV WAR HUNTER

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    That is one heck of a button...one of best shaped ones I've ever seen...Banner ALL DAY LONG!!
    congrats buddy, well deserved!
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    Yep...that's a real beauty! I would have been happy after digging the ramrod pipe! Hope to see this one up top!
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    us
    I would rather be happy then right

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    Thats a fantastic find!! Can you believe the condition on that one?
    Looks like I will have to vote Banner on that one..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vino View Post
    Thats a fantastic find!! Can you believe the condition on that one?
    Looks like I will have to vote Banner on that one..

    Just soap and water too. That's how it came out.

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    dan

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    that totally rocks!!!

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    us
    I would rather be happy then right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Just soap and water too. That's how it came out.
    Wow. Some just hold up better huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vino View Post
    Wow. Some just hold up better huh?

    Some do, but you know how it is, it's always a plain button or a civilian design like a flower that is loaded with gilt or all the plating. It's pretty lucky when it happens on something good, especially out of our fields which can be hard on buttons and coins. Crazier than that is it just happen to get in my way as I did my little walk.
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    Absolutely killer IP!! I think John Harris found the exact same button down this way (near Yorktown) a year or so ago. Gorgeous man!!
    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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    Beautiful button. Has my banner vote also. Congrats.
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    us
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    I know nothing about early military buttons but that is without a doubt my favorite I've seen so far. Well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    Absolutely killer IP!! I think John Harris found the exact same button down this way (near Yorktown) a year or so ago. Gorgeous man!!

    Yes, there has been a couple others in the last year or two posted here.

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    IP,

    That one deserves to be up top....banner vote on it's way.

    Regards + HH

    Bill
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    ca
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    Well now,that sucker is nice!!!

    Like I said earlier, I knew it was something good when I saw your smile from way up on the hill!
    And the dozen coins you found, that's a feat as well. It sure was great to be digging today and I hope there's another one left for us, just enough time to turn the copper trail to a silvery colour for you one last time!
    From my perspective, your button is as nice or nicer than the previous 76's that have made to banner!
    Congratulations on a super find!
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    ...if you think I'm a pain in the neck, it's lower, lower,little bit lower, too low, higher, there ya go.....

 

 
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