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    Detect smarter, not harder.

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    1776 King George III Counterfeit... A wicked good find!

    Itís good to be back!

    After a hike-turned-hunt with my boy yesterday, I cleaned the one and only copper coin recovered. Turned out to be a 1776 KGiii.

    Now for those of you out there scratching their heads...yes, there are no regal Half pennies made that year or for quite a few years surrounding that date. I knew it was a counterfeit right away but couldnít find a match with any Machin Mills varieties.

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    So I reached out to the experts. With the help of Iron Patch and a few others on FB group ďColonial and Early US coins and ArtifactsĒ the variety was found.

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    (Thanks for the ID, IP)

    The Georgius Triumpho family is a group of coins Iím still reading about. There may be a loose tie with this 1776 counterfeit, Washington Tokens, and Nova Constellatioís but there doesnít appear to be any conclusive evidence.


    Again Iím still early in on my reading, but I believe this Counterfeit was likely manufactured in Birmingham or Greenwich England, perhaps by the same mint that manufactured Nova Constellatios.

    Rare? Sure is!

    Try to Google 1776 King George half penny and a very short list of ANY variety will appear. Iím over the moon about this coin - certainly my rarest and best counterfeit and a killer way to start 2018. And it all started by finding a scattering of foundation rocks while hiking with my 4- year old. Good thing I bring a detector everywhere in my truck!

    Hereís the rest of the finds.

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    Enjoy and good hunts,

    Last edited by Scrappy; Feb 05, 2018 at 08:45 PM.

    "Take the detecta-drama elsewhere - I'm just here to dig!"

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    Hammered Silvers - 2
    Hammered Coppers - 1
    Milled Spanish Silver - 14
    Transitional US State Coppers - 9
    United States Cent/Half cent Coppers - 131
    British & Other colonial Coppers - 107
    Slick coppers - too painful to talk about
    Silver Coins - Weíll over a 1000

    Favourite Finds:
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    1695 Willam 3rd Halfpenny in excellent condition
    G.W. Inagural Buttons - 6 Point Estoile cuff variety
    Love token etched on 1859 seated Dime
    1831 Louis Phillippe 1st - 5 Franc
    1783 Nova Constelatio, Crosby-3C &. Crosby-1B
    1749 Regal King George II Farthing
    1776 Counter King George iii

    If it ain't at least seated, it aint Sh*t

  2. #2
    Mar 2016
    eastern nc
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    wow scrappy, thats a sweet coin!
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    silver coins to date= 311, large coppers= 47, best coin 1836 capped bust quarter in au condition. best button= nc button only a few exist, favorite= 1733 spanish cob, 3 early 1700s cut spanish silver, 1794 colonial Italian silver, 1757 half real, 1783 half real

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    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

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    Good on ya steve !! Congrats, thats bad A$$ !! Killer find man !!
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    Great coin and historically significant find! Huge congrats!!
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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

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    Great story, and yea, I’d be psyched to hold some history like that too..... congrats!
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    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!


  6. #6
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
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    Congrats on another rare copper Steve
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  7. #7
    Great find.That's one rare counterfeit halfpenny!
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    Da Deus Fortunae

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    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
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    Congrats on the sweet coin Scratchy! It’s in such nice conditions too, wow man.

    Best of luck to you brother.
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  9. #9
    Oct 2013
    Topsham, Maine
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    Look at you pulling a nice ctft while Iím stuck in the snow and freezing cold. Killer copper buddy and great job with the assists from others to get a proper id. 11Ē of snow tomorrow!!!! This winter absolutely sucks! But Iím going to hunt a certain shoreline next Friday
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    "Life which is lived without zest and adventure-is not life at all."
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    Great find Scrappy! Your hunts always amaze me. Congratulations!
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  11. #11
    Feb 2009
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    Congrats on the great looking copper scrappy, it's one for the album. Cool looking headless rider as well, a very nice hunt for the mid winter.
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  12. #12

    Apr 2013
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    Great coin, Nice digs!
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  13. #13
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    Congratulations on the nice hunt!
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  14. #14
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    That is a very nice find. When we hunt "coin beach" in Delaware, about half the coins are counterfeit. Even dirt digging around here about 1/3 are counterfeit also. The counterfeits are also worth a little more than the real ones.
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    nice hunt, love the coin.
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