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Thread: What is the significance of hammered silver coins that were bent at a 90-deg angle?

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    Might have something to do with the angle of the dangle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    I remember all those old pirate type movies where they'd bite a coin to see if it was counterfeit....

    Maybe this was a similar test.
    Its another theory, because plated fakes would not bend like solid silver.
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    It reminds me of the nursery rhyme: "there was a crooked man..."

    This link is interesting:
    http://www.johnwinter.net/jw/2014/07...ce-love-token/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jude061 View Post
    It reminds me of the nursery rhyme: "there was a crooked man..."

    This link is interesting:
    A Reprise ? The Crooked Sixpence Love Token | johnwinter.net
    Love tokens such as the ones shown in your link were usually bent twice to form an "S" shape, but mine only has one such bend. But I guess it could still be considered a love token.
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    I think it signifies that somebody had a vise and a hammer ??
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    If they are bent by hand you would have to wedge them in somthing and hit them with something else. Do they show sign of being hit on the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taz42o View Post
    If they are bent by hand you would have to wedge them in somthing and hit them with something else. Do they show sign of being hit on the edge.
    No, they look like they were placed in a vise and bent exactly 90 deg.
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  8. #23
    I think believing anything other than farm equipment damage is ignoring the obvious and by far the most likely. Even the picture strongly suggests this as several other coins also show a degree of bending and damage. To ignore all of them and to single out the two with a 90 degree bend, and think there is an alternative reason really does not make much sense to me. Also, for the bent love tokens, most would not need much of a look to see the bend going in opposite ways as they tend to be well made and very obvious. Most also seem to be on worn coins... so any bent coin with strong detail my first reaction would be damage. I've seen some with decent detail but way more from worn coins.

    Sometimes the answers are simple and not exciting, and that is how I see those.

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    Following! I have wondered the exact same thing! On a recent expedition to Germany we found several silvers that were bent perfectly to a 90, right down the center of the coin. It wasn't curved, but like someone put it in a vise and bent it sharp at a 90. When I found the first one, I immediately thought that it was intentional. It was too perfect to be from a farm implement. We also found silvers that were damaged by equipment or tilling, but they were obvious and were badly chipped or all out warped. But this 90 deg bend was something else. In my opinion, it was done by hand and intentional. Collectively, we found 3 or 4 of these perfect bent silvers.

    As an interesting aside, farmers were purportedly very superstitious and/or religious in the area we were hunting. We asked an old-timer and local why we were finding so many religious pendants (almost 20 in one field!) and he thought that it was because farmers of the past would bless their fields with them for good luck (good yields). Sadly, I didn't even think to ask about bent coins.

    So, broken hearts, good luck, or Occam's Razor? I don't think anyone knows for sure.

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    I agree with iron patch. I think very few people would have tools to bend a coin that way without hammering and leaving tool marks but a mower blade or plow blade hitting at the bend wouldnt leave other marks.

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  12. #27
    Nothing mysterious about the bend, just done by machinery, or everyday uses. Coins would also be bent to test the silver content.

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  13. #28
    Thanks for all the comments, but if you could see these coins you would have to admit they were not randomly struck with farm equipment or whatever. These 2 coins were PERFECTLY bent at EXACTLY a 90 degree angle, and the chances of that happening to both of these coins as a result of a random strike are zero, just like Echoplex mentioned above. Plus they would also have to show plenty of collateral scratch marks in addition to the bend, which they do not. So my opinion is that they were bent for a specific purpose, but it looks like we'll never know what that was. My best guess is that they might be a variation of a love token. I also considered SS's comment about testing the silver content, but why would such a precise bend be needed for that purpose?? BTW - unfortunately, I made the mistake of straightening both of them right after recovery, and wished I had not done that. Never again ....
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