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  1. #1
    Mar 2012
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    Half Dime set in Lead - Help!

    Hi all,
    Found this at a yard sale yesterday. It appears to be a half dime set in lead, but I can't figure out why. I don't even know if it's a real coin, although it appears to be silver. The lead is cup shaped, and on the reverse there is a spot of brass or copper in the center. I put the modern dime next to it for size reference, but even though they look to be the same size in the pic, the half dime is a little bit smaller. Not sure how much of the edge of the coin is in the lead though. Since I've never seen an actual half dime, I don't know how big they are. Any ideas on why it is set in lead, or if it is a real coin? It has me puzzled.
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    Feb 2011
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    At first glance, it may have been a home-made button, but the shank could have broken off and then rubbed smooth. Just a wild guess.

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    The coin looks real enough, clearly a homemade??

    I wonder if it was made for some kind of game? (looks a little puck like!)

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    Feb 2012
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    A half dime is smaller than a dime, it looks real to me but don't know why it would have been set in lead.

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    Maybe done just for the "sam halibut" .. seemed like a good thing to do at the time.
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    I have no idea what or why, but that's a pretty neat find!
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    Oct 2006
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    Marks on and around the coin indicate that it has been hit hard with something round. That might also explain the harder metal in the center on the backside.

    Was someone attempting to make counterfeits? I know this would give you a reverse image... Or are those marks from the coin being hammered into the lead object?

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    Oct 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    The coin looks real enough, clearly a homemade??

    I wonder if it was made for some kind of game? (looks a little puck like!)
    I agree with Cru; I think it was made as some type of game piece. Umpteen years ago during the Viking era, coins were set in lead for gaming. Maybe this is a more modern version. Here's a website with a little info on it:
    Viking ‘Embedded Coin’ Gaming Piece 009676

    Neat find Breezie
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    Looks the same size as the dime. Half dimes are a lot smaller. I think you have a dime in that bowl.
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    Skrimpy. The coin has 5c on it so it is a half dime and looks real but I don't know what it would have been used for. Tennessee digger



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