[BANNER] Exceedingly rare Caribbean Countermarked Silver Coin Found (1 of 3 known)!
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 101
Like Tree107Likes

Thread: Exceedingly rare Caribbean Countermarked Silver Coin Found (1 of 3 known)!

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    us
    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
    XP DEUS, Nautilus DMC IIB
    351
    1260 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (5)

    Exceedingly rare Caribbean Countermarked Silver Coin Found (1 of 3 known)!

    I've been fortunate during the month of March and been able to get out metal detecting at my new spot one day each week. In fact last week I was able to get out twice! This new area is close to where I found many French war buttons a few years back. In my last post I had finally dug a cuff 18 (Gatanois regiment) This was a number I had never dug before. Well last week I found myself my second one! This one was practically lying on TOP of the ground ....just under the leaves! It turned out to be a beautiful cuff 8 (Bearn regiment). Although I did find a coat 8 in 2012, I had never found a cuff 8!!! Not more than 10 inches from the cuff 8 I got another reading which turned out to be a solid silver knee buckle! The soil is almost 50 percent sand at this site so I could immediately see the WC and what looked like 2 lions stamped in the back. Other finds that day included a cuff eagle button, a couple of brass pieces to a Civil War shoulder scale, a brass very early, crude set of cufflinks and a small kepi buckle. Now to the the previous week. At the same spot I had barely turned onmy Nautilus DMC IIb when I dug a dropped Gardner, followed by a beautiful engraved brass keyhole to either a large chest or door. Now is when things get interesting. The only coin I had dug in this spot was a 1736 - 1795 Kao T'sung (Chien - Lung Dynasty) Chinese Coin. This was a strange find to dig here and the first I had ever found. Well, in the immediate area where I had dug my cuff 18, I started to move all the fallen logs out of the way. You don't realize how many good finds I have found over the years by doing this! Well not more that 8 feet from where the cuff 18 was found I got that good brassy two tone beep I love to hear! After digging down just 4 inches out popps a silver coin!!! Again because of the soil conditions I could immediately see a crown, the number 3, and another symbol counterstamped in the coin . The coin was also holed and from the design on the back I knew I had either a French, British, or Spanish coin (even though it was heavily worn). I can remember thinking "Could this be some sort of regimental Rev War ID tag?" I couldn't really detect anymore after finding this coin and I immediately went home. Once home I posted my finds on my Facebook page and not more than 5 minutes later my good friend and dealer Paul Chandler wrote what I wanted to hear. "You are correct! This is only the third Rev War regimental ID tag I have seen in 35years of dealing and digging! I was speechless. I have never found a Civil War ID tag after 30 years of digging and here I had just found a Rev War regimental ID tag! Well I immediately needed confirmation from Don Troini, the authority on Rev War artifacts. If you dig and ever find a rev war relic of importance he is the man to contact! I posted on his Facebook Rev War page and the discussion was intense! He, however, is unsure as to what this is. He did say the crown was not in the shape of a British crown so he didn't think it was British. Others said it was a bale seal or a coin weight. Well friends....... I've been digging, as I said for over 30 years, and I know whithout a shadow of a doubt this is no bale seal, or coin weight. Coin weights are always made out of brass...... and this was a silver coin at first ! And a silver bale seal ....HAHAHA. Now back to the silver knee buckle I just dug. After I got home I immediately posted this on facebook and within minutes another friend sent me a link to early 1700's British silversmiths. This link is a wealth of knowledge. All the initials of British silversmiths were shown. Listed clearly was the silversmith WC. William Cripps .....circa 1757!!! Also shown were all the other marks associated with early British silver smiths. Suddenly I knew what the mark below the 3 was on my counterstamped coin. It is a assay mark OR Towne mark showing purity of silver and is associated with a town or city in a country such as Britain or France! I am going to send some pictures of the tag over the internet to some people over in England and see if they can help me decipher what mark this is........ I still feel this could be a Rev War soldiers regimental tag. Whether it is British of French or Hessian ........ I don not know. What I do know is it is DEFINITELY NOT a bale seal or coin weight. If I had an authority on early world silver coins, they could also probably tell me based on the reverse of the coin what country the coin is from and what dates. You can bet I will be metal detecting at this site again soon!!! HH Devonrex
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1928924_10201594097972048_4123680811162559235_n.jpg 
Views:	581 
Size:	88.2 KB 
ID:	1289915   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12829456_10201576376329018_7594683797175936517_o.jpg 
Views:	441 
Size:	264.2 KB 
ID:	1289916   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12819230_10201576377769054_377964480292203410_o.jpg 
Views:	537 
Size:	140.8 KB 
ID:	1289917   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12768340_10201528166043791_538008035201930402_o.jpg 
Views:	363 
Size:	358.8 KB 
ID:	1289925   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12440258_10201607862036141_2281810135295542673_o.jpg 
Views:	367 
Size:	170.6 KB 
ID:	1289924  

    Last edited by Devonrex; Mar 26, 2016 at 06:32 PM.
    JBnNC, 19cbb, huntnva and 38 others like this.

  2. #2
    us
    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
    XP DEUS, Nautilus DMC IIB
    351
    1260 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (5)
    More pictures
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	11701011_10201607491626881_9201904499050066607_o.jpg 
Views:	344 
Size:	253.9 KB 
ID:	1289919   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12672089_10201607779874087_351055978687141449_o.jpg 
Views:	343 
Size:	188.1 KB 
ID:	1289920   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12841195_10201564202424678_9115290207772897176_o.jpg 
Views:	336 
Size:	148.5 KB 
ID:	1289921   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12496144_10201607929677832_881047618692888488_o.jpg 
Views:	368 
Size:	162.2 KB 
ID:	1289922  

  3. #3
    us
    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
    XP DEUS, Nautilus DMC IIB
    351
    1260 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (5)
    MORE PICS
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12828274_10201545483596719_4945654190690808904_o.jpg 
Views:	312 
Size:	286.9 KB 
ID:	1289926   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12794996_10201607769153819_2627691869216910764_o.jpg 
Views:	331 
Size:	241.1 KB 
ID:	1289927   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	12440215_10201607532427901_4007946765809691488_o.jpg 
Views:	293 
Size:	267.0 KB 
ID:	1289929  
    Last edited by Devonrex; Mar 25, 2016 at 01:22 PM.

  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2016
    eastern nc
    Equinox 800, Makro racer 2
    823
    4443 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    wow, thats some nice stuff

  5. #5
    us
    Nov 2015
    Virginia
    Garrett AT Pro
    58
    226 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Awesome...Keep pounding! What type of buckle is on top right? I've dug one very similar... Thanks
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1458928092100.jpg 
Views:	294 
Size:	108.7 KB 
ID:	1289939  

  6. #6

    Aug 2006
    1,165
    564 times
    interesting find John. Hope you able to determine more about it. Really nice early recoveries.

  7. #7
    The hallmark will not tell you that much because the Assayer & date letter are missing. All you have is the Lion for the standard silver mark & the makers mark, although where the maker lived would help.

    I'm not convinced its a tag at all, looks like a silver smiths counterstamp, to prove the worn coin is tested as silver, many of these were holed.
    Scrappy and lastleg like this.
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT,YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'Time isn't money it's finds, unless your finds are money' 08/12/17
    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' 25/06/08
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    I open my prezzies out of lumps of mud. 02/10/19
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.
    ONE LIFE - DETECT IT

  8. #8
    us
    Oct 2009
    Jersey Cape
    Fisher 1265X & CZ-7
    4,478
    949 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Great hunt and not sure about your Rev War id theory . Your last pic is called a blinder, these are also known as peepers.... alum. devices fitted to, or through, the beaks of poultry to block their forward vision and assist in the control of feather pecking.

  9. #9
    us
    art

    Dec 2015
    Maryland's eastern shore
    whites MXTPro whites MXSport
    16,162
    13026 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Wow a lot of great finds congrats
    Growing old is not for sissies I thought it would take longer to get old.

  10. #10
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
    Teknetics T2 SE w/15' SEF Coil/ Minelab GPX 4500/2 Garrett Pro Pointers/3 Sets Killer B Headphones/ Koss Headphones/ Detekniy Wireless headphone Adapter
    8,408
    8313 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Wow those are truly killer finds DRex! Love them all. Great buttons and relics with an early military connection....hell yeah. I'm curious to hear more about the silver piece
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  11. #11
    us
    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
    XP DEUS, Nautilus DMC IIB
    351
    1260 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (5)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    Wow those are truly killer finds DRex! Love them all. Great buttons and relics with an early military connection....hell yeah. I'm curious to hear more about the silver piece
    Thanks AHAB. I am very happy to find the two cuff buttons. It's been almost 4 years since I dug the last I found. THat site was phenomenal. I dug 56 French buttons there!!! I have dreams about it still!!!

  12. #12
    us
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
    Teknetics T2 SE w/15' SEF Coil/ Minelab GPX 4500/2 Garrett Pro Pointers/3 Sets Killer B Headphones/ Koss Headphones/ Detekniy Wireless headphone Adapter
    8,408
    8313 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Quote Originally Posted by Devonrex View Post
    Thanks AHAB. I am very happy to find the two cuff buttons. It's been almost 4 years since I dug the last I found. THat site was phenomenal. I dug 56 French buttons there!!! I have dreams about it still!!!
    They really are an incredibly special find. I can see why you would dream about a spot like that my friend. 56 French buttons....that is hard to wrap your head around. Did the have the birdcage shank?
    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
    -F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, British Explorer
    2017 BEST FINDS
    -1723 KG1
    -Colonial Cufflinks
    Oldest Coin To Date: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling NOE 29
    Colonial Silver To Date: 11
    Hammered Coins To Date: 1664 Potosi Mint COB
    1653 Copper Cob

  13. #13
    can
    can is offline
    us
    Dec 2015
    NC
    xp DEUS, excal sword,ctx 3030, garrett carrot
    979
    458 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    very nice finds

  14. #14
    us
    DEVONREX is my name .....digging history is my FAME!!!

    Jan 2012
    SE Virginia
    XP DEUS, Nautilus DMC IIB
    351
    1260 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (5)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ahab8 View Post
    They really are an incredibly special find. I can see why you would dream about a spot like that my friend. 56 French buttons....that is hard to wrap your head around. Did the have the birdcage shank?
    Every single one of them had the turret shank! And once it was all over with I had buttons from 16 different regiments! Don Troini joked with me and said I have found buttons from the entire French army! LOL I believe it was a hospital site for the wounded. THe camp was as virgin as they come! HH Devonrex

  15. #15
    us
    coppersmith

    Oct 2013
    brunswick md
    WHITES 5900, MXT 300, MXT PRO, MXT ALL PRO/ 8X6 SEF COIL
    8,344
    4455 times
    Relic Hunting
    DANG THERE REX NICE , NICE FINDS .

 

 
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Rare US coin found in UK
    By mrcolin2u in forum My Best Finds!
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: Jan 09, 2015, 12:20 PM
  2. Might have found a Rare Gold Coin? :0)
    By Matt1344 in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: Dec 20, 2013, 08:53 PM
  3. Found a rare Arabic coin
    By jamesandsons in forum Coin Roll Hunting
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Jun 06, 2013, 02:34 PM
  4. Found a RARE coin!!!........
    By Mike from MI in forum Finds - Michigan
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Mar 29, 2011, 06:39 PM
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: Oct 10, 2006, 09:16 PM

Search tags for this page

first orange crush bottle pic

,
pictures of victorio peak
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0