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    Hammered coin found in New Bern, NC

    Here is a hammered coin, a bit bigger than a nickel, that I found near downtown New Bern, NC about 10 years ago in a lot that had about a foot of dirt shaved. It is about as thick as 1 1/2 to 2 pennies put together. Years ago, a gentleman said that it was a re-stamped Spanish Maravedi, probably came from the West Indies perhaps made in the 15-1600's. Does anyone have any other ideas? I have always been curious about this hammered coin. It is made of brass or copper.
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    just from looking around, i would say the person is prob right on
    the counter stamp. you would have to research the marks, to fig
    what is a counter stamp and the original coin stamp.
    this site has some info on some counter stamps
    Ancient Resource: Authentic Spanish Copper "Pirate" Coins for Sale

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...iw=911&bih=443

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    Thanks very much. I know nothing about this subject and this is a good place to start. Gilligan

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    Oct 2006
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    I think it is an Islamic coin of some sort. They are very hard to decipher with a Western eye... even when they're in good condition.

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    You might also search India Princely State coins.
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    Coming from the West Indies makes sense as New Bern, NC was a huge slave trading center at Tryon Palace from what I understand.

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    well, it does look like an Arabic "3" and since maravedis were struck in multiples of three, without researching the "X" seems wrong and should be "XII"... but the "X" also seems wrong for an Islamic coin. whatever it is, it is a great find.
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    Spanish copper 8 maravedis
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Spanish copper 8 maravedis
    cool...got a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclemac View Post
    cool...got a link?
    As they were counter-marked many times, no 2 look a like. I'm not an expert on all the various counter-marks, so ask the Spanish ship-wreck lot.
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    Hey Crusader.

    Could you shed any light on this, found today in cirencester...6cm long and 3cm wide.
    Got me stumped...thought maybe a powder loader for a musket but the others seemed to think not.

    As always any insight appreciated.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_rowlands View Post
    Hey Crusader.

    Could you shed any light on this, found today in cirencester...6cm long and 3cm wide.
    Got me stumped...thought maybe a powder loader for a musket but the others seemed to think not.

    As always any insight appreciated.
    Steve

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    It's not a sword pommel.
    It's a brass Finial but I'm not sure what type of furniture it went on, maybe a Victorian bed-post.
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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Its appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    Spanish copper 8 maravedis
    That's a good possibility.

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    8 Maravedis Colonial Coin Felipe PHILIP IIII
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