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    I found a Napoleon coin in California!!

    I was metal detecting at a early 1800’s-1920’s homestead. The Mormon battalion camped there, Union soldiers camped there and so did General Kearny’s troops. After about five minutes I got my first signal which was a small mule shoe, I took a few steps and got a solid 77-78 signal that was only half an inch deep so I expected it to be a beer can or something like that so I flipped the plug and out flew a quarter sized silver coin, I picked it up and the back was completely blank so I flipped it over and saw a bust that looked like a barber so I thought it was a Barber quarter, I went to rinse it off in the creek and immediately I knew it was not a barber quarter, I saw a few words around the rim and one said “Napoleon” so I looked up Napoleon coin and there it was! It is a Napoleon I 1 franc (these coins stopped being made after Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat, subsequent governments pulled his coins out of circulation and melted them which makes these quite rare) ! These coins date from 1807-1814, why I find this coin amazing is that it predates California’s statehood, there is also a chance that is was dropped during the California Fur Rush in the early 1800’s which went right through this area. This is definitely not a common coin to find in the US (I have only seen one other found in the US) and even more rare to find on the west coast!
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    Last edited by hbru123; Feb 11, 2018 at 03:47 PM.
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    Great find!! Congratulations.
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    Amazing piece of historical silver mate. Excellent recovery. Well done.
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    What a super find!
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    That is one Sweet Silver Coin.
    Congratulations
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    Fantastic find, congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RudyT View Post
    Great find!! Congratulations.
    Thanks!
    Metal detecting is 99 percent location and 1 percent luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurios1 View Post
    Amazing piece of historical silver mate. Excellent recovery. Well done.
    Thanks so much!
    Metal detecting is 99 percent location and 1 percent luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by against the wind View Post
    That is one Sweet Silver Coin.
    Congratulations
    Thanks!
    Metal detecting is 99 percent location and 1 percent luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    Fantastic find, congratulations!
    Thanks!!
    Metal detecting is 99 percent location and 1 percent luck.

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    Most likely carried there by a soldier who was with Napoleon the 3rd when he invaded Mexico in 1862.No he didn't live up to his ancestors military genius lmao.
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    Nice old French Silver
    Congrats
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    A pleasant surprise is a understatement! Cool old silver
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    Great Find, Congrats!!!
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    Awesome silver coin find! Congrats!
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