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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawks88 View Post
    Nice finds. Some great looking old coins and the William III is an awesome save. Congrats
    Thanks! I wish it had more detail, as it is in very rough shape, but I will take it.
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  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by toasted View Post
    Id vote banner the second anyone ever posts a William copper with nice details. They just dont seem to exist.
    Now I really wish this coin had detail! I find very few colonial coppers and large cents, most of which have been badly corroded by tough Massachusetts farm soil. This coin does not have the rough, green surface of some of my other slick copper finds, so I am thinking this coin's lack of detail was more from heavy circulation versus soil effects - who knows. Maybe I will luck out on my next one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    Now I really wish this coin had detail! I find very few colonial coppers and large cents, most of which have been badly corroded by tough Massachusetts farm soil. This coin does not have the rough, green surface of some of my other slick copper finds, so I am thinking this coin's lack of detail was more from heavy circulation versus soil effects - who knows. Maybe I will luck out on my next one!
    Most come out worn. The rest are toasted. I rarely find any coppers that aren’t toasted from the water or fertilizer.
    Last edited by toasted; Dec 03, 2019 at 01:57 PM.
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  4. #19
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    I vote banner also wow that's old and really cool. Well done

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    Awesome coin. It don't get any better. Congrats!
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  6. #21
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    first of all big congrats on this outstanding find. From my experience cleaning the german coppers 17xx it is extremely difficult cleaning those without destroying them. No acids!!!! No lemon juice!!!! I had good success with Läufer Glass erasers. German Amazon: "Läufer 69119 Glasfaserradierstift" With a circular motion and almost no pressure the results were good. Be careful "less is more" but some coins I was able to read the date on 'em. Practice on some less valuable coins. Order enough extra sticks as you will wear them down quickly.
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  7. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    Thank you all for your opinions. I am feeling more confident that it is a William III now. I am hoping it is 17th century, as I never find coins that old. Regardless, I am very excited about this coin despite its very poor condition, as it gives me hope there are other colonial items or coins to be found. I have never found Spanish silver or any capped bust coins, but now I am more hopeful. I am surprised I have found no buttons yet, but I am definitely going to slow things down and be more deliberate in my gridding. I actually found this coin zig-zagging back to the car. Again, thanks for the feedback!

    It is without question a 1st issue William III Halfpenny 1695-1698. There is no other possibilities. It's not a James II tin halfpenny, and clearly not a William and Mary... that only leaves what I said for that type of reverse. After that they changed completely.
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  8. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horst View Post
    I had good success with Läufer Glass erasers. German Amazon: "Läufer 69119 Glasfaserradierstift" With a circular motion and almost no pressure the results were good.
    Thanks for the tips, as I might do that for future coins. I don't think I am going to clean this one at all though, as I believe the details are worn off from spending versus obscured by mud or corrosion.
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  9. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    It is without question a 1st issue William III Halfpenny 1695-1698. There is no other possibilities. It's not a James II tin halfpenny, and clearly not a William and Mary... that only leaves what I said for that type of reverse. After that they changed completely.
    Thanks for the additional insights; her upright right arm is the clue, right? I am convinced, and am very happy to have a 17th century find. While I would not purchase a coin in this condition, it was certainly fun to find and has sparked my imagination.
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  10. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    I vote banner also wow that's old and really cool. Well done
    Thanks for the kind sentiments and encouragement, but I think the condition should (and will) preclude this coin from such an honor. I'll just have to dig a better one next time .
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  11. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by lenmac65 View Post
    Thanks for the additional insights; her upright right arm is the clue, right? I am convinced, and am very happy to have a 17th century find. While I would not purchase a coin in this condition, it was certainly fun to find and has sparked my imagination.
    To be the 1st issue, yes. The 2nd issue had the date in the legend and 3rd issue her arm was across and not up.

    As for cleaning, there's nothing to clean. That's the surface and anything you do will only make it look worse.
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  12. #27
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    Badass! Way to go on a killer find. Don't see many of those around here. Keep up the good work!
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  13. #28
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    Got to love the old coppers. Certainly my favorite thing to find, regardless of their condition. Nice work!
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    Congrats on the old coppers!
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