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    Farmhouse Finds ... William III?

    Did a couple digs at an 1850s farmhouse permission this weekend. I am thinking the property is older than I thought, as I found a well worn colonial copper in the field. I have to tilt it just right to see a right facing portrait and Britannia. I think it is William III, but I am no expert and would appreciate any opinions. Also found a slick copper and a barely recognizable Large Cent. The 1920s Mercuries, the wheats, and a beautiful Indian head were in the small front yard where I previously found a two cent piece. Also found a number of buckles and the usual mix of unidentified scrap in the fields. Hoping snow melts soon so I can go back out. Happy Hunting.
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    Yep definitely a William. Nice hunt

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    Congrats on the great hunt! I'm no expert but that looks like a William III. I would say there is no way that a 1600's copper was still in circulation by 1850. That's a really exciting find. It's not easy to get to the 1600's even in Ma. I certainly haven't got there yet!!!
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    Yes, that is a late 17th century coin! Nice, nice recovery. Makes you wonder who went there previously. Could have been lost out of a coin collection also. I have found several Roman and Byzantine coins here in the US that were obviously lost from a collection. I'm beginning to think we are finding parts to someone's collection scattered on one of my sites. You never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Yes, that is a late 17th century coin! Nice, nice recovery. Makes you wonder who went there previously. Could have been lost out of a coin collection also. I have found several Roman and Byzantine coins here in the US that were obviously lost from a collection. I'm beginning to think we are finding parts to someone's collection scattered on one of my sites. You never know.
    Maybe, although not if its 1700/1701/1702.
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Great Saves, congratulations
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Maybe, although not if its 1700/1701/1702.

    Can't be. 1st issue 1695-1698
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    Nice finds. Some great looking old coins and the William III is an awesome save. Congrats
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    Many old farms had several homes since they were first established. So there could have easily been an earlier log cabin before the existing 1850s farmhouse. Range out and see if you can locate a concentration from an earlier structure.
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    Id vote banner the second anyone ever posts a William copper with nice details. They just dont seem to exist.
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    That's an awesome coin! I hit the 1600's club earlier this year with a pretty beat up William and Mary copper. I believe that you have a William III, nice job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by toasted View Post
    Yep definitely a William. Nice hunt
    Quote Originally Posted by xcopperstax View Post
    Congrats on the great hunt! I'm no expert but that looks like a William III.
    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Yes, that is a late 17th century coin!
    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Maybe, although not if its 1700/1701/1702.
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Patch View Post
    Can't be. 1st issue 1695-1698
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Many old farms had several homes since they were first established. So there could have easily been an earlier log cabin before the existing 1850s farmhouse. Range out and see if you can locate a concentration from an earlier structure.
    I am definitely going to do that. The town records say the house was built in 1855, and that is probably accurate. However, I agree there may have been an earlier structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by secondstar View Post
    That's an awesome coin! I hit the 1600's club earlier this year with a pretty beat up William and Mary copper. I believe that you have a William III, nice job!
    Thanks, and congratulations to you! I can't wait to find a dated 17th century coin, and hope I am in the right spot.
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