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Thread: 1865 Two Cent Piece and a Trigger Guard mystery

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    1865 Two Cent Piece and a Trigger Guard mystery

    Got out for a few hours this weekend in a cow pasture I have been working recently. The cows are doing a good job of keeping the grass low. Didn't make any significant finds, but did manage a decent 2 cent piece, a 1925 Merc and some plain flat buttons (not pictured). I also found a piece of what looks like trigger guard with markings on it that have me baffled.
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    Here is the Merc peaking out of the dirt
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    I also found this piece of gun furniture that I believe is the finial of a trigger guard. It is the one on the right in this picture. The one on the left is a similar piece I found years ago on a French & Indian War site. You can see it has the British broad arrow scribed on it indicating it is property of the crown. The latest one may also have a broad arrow and possibly Roman numerals. Any input on these markings would be appreciated.
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    This page from The Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution shows close ups of trigger guards. I believe mine is most similar to the one to the left of where mine sits on this page.
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  2. #2
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    Congrats on the merc, 2 center and other finds
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  3. #3
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    That 2 cent coin is awesome, I haven't found one yet. A sweet find for sure.
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    No clue about the mystery find but love the 2 cent piece. Would love to find one of those. Nice find!
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Headz View Post
    That 2 cent coin is awesome, I haven't found one yet. A sweet find for sure.
    I have found 8 that I can remember. I once found two in a row, back to back signals.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 19
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  6. #6
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    pretty cool, could be part of a trigger guard. congrats on the coins, a two center is on my bucket list
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    That 2 center looks to be in nice shape! Looks like your site is still productive. I spent my hunts this weekend doing more hiking than swinging. Many of my researched sites are too overgrown. Taking advantage of the moist soil and relatively cool weather, super! Congrats!!
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  8. #8
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    Killer guard frag Steve - nice job with the ID
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    Nice old coins, congratulations!

  10. #10
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    .Nice finds Steve. Looks like the 2 cent is in decent shape too for coming out a cow pasture. Must be the zinc in it? Most coppers I find around cows are 9 times out of ten roasted and toasted. I think it is something in the cows urine , seems harsher then fertilizer even.
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  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigIron2 View Post
    .Nice finds Steve. Looks like the 2 cent is in decent shape too for coming out a cow pasture. Must be the zinc in it? Most coppers I find around cows are 9 times out of ten roasted and toasted. I think it is something in the cows urine , seems harsher then fertilizer even.
    I got lucky with this 2 center. I've dug about Large Cents and a couple Half Cents from this site and all were pretty toasted.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 19
    Half Reals = 30
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars
    Civil War Plates
    VA Militia Cross Belt, CS Tongue, CS Wreath, VMM, US Box, Model 1851 Sword, Militia Plate w/Star

  12. #12
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    Great finds Steve- Congrats!

    -- Jeff --
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  13. #13
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    Awesome stuff, Steve, and decent detail on all. Congrats. -Lisa & John
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  14. #14
    Steve I have found an early gun piece with roman numerals "XIII" on the piece. I think it was from a Brown Bess, but not sure. I cant remember doing research on what the numbers meant though.
    Nice 2 center!
    Keith
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