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  1. Interesting coins 6 ...1873 U.S.A.

    The late 1800's in America was an interesting time for coinage. We had silver competing with gold from huge mining concerns in California and especially in Nevada. The mint opened up in Carson City and the nickel mining monopolist, Joseph Wharton, was flashing his cash around the House of...
  2. Interesting coins 5 Japan/Korea

    After the Japanese victory over the Russians in 1905, Japan began its eventual occupation of and "unification" of Korea. Initially, and until Japanese coinage became the standard on the peninsula, both the Korean chon/won and the Japanese sen/yen were produced at the Osaka mint. The Korean...
  3. Interesting coin 4

    I can keep this up all day! Does anyone else have some neat stuff to share? I love hearing stories on odd or historic coins. This next coin has a great story. When the Japanese were close to taking the Philippines, MacArthur was confronted with a problem... what to do with the Philippine cash...
  4. Interesting coin 3

    This is an 1861-O 50 cent piece associated with the confederacy. If memory serves there were three issues of this coin, the first was when the New Orleans mint was still part of the U.S.A. the next was when the mint was run by the state of Louisiana after succession, and the last when the mint...
  5. Interesting coin 2

    Here is a curious coin... it is an e'cu (crown) dated 1716 and is one of the first coins of Louis XV (then age 6). These coins are called "Vertugadin", based on the circle on the reverse which was reministic of the hoops in a woman's skirt of the time. If you look at the coin there is a lot...
  6. interesting coins 1

    this forum needs more action! I know we have a lot of folks here that are into coins so let me share a few interesting items... Of course you know that the British Empire was a global enterprise (the sun never sets, etc.) But the coinage was a truly epic undertaking. These coins are all George...
  7. My best not-a-fact to date!

    The right, size, the right, shape, the right color! But, alas, a flake of clay!
  8. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED wooden artifact

    Buried in the mud on the beach at the site of a settler cabin built on a previous Indian site... the folks here intermarried early and their descendants still live in the very small community. It is hand made, you can tell by the unevenness of the finished shape. But the holes are precise, made...
  9. ✅ SOLVED carnivore lower jaw

    Found on the beach at my usual site... not a seal, sea lion, dog, wolf or cougar. The molars are wrong for these. Could this be a bear? If so, not a very big one. And what is going on with the color of the teeth? Not white or yellow, the enamel seems intact. Not fossilized, I can score it...
  10. preaching to the choir

    I have noticed a tendency among some of our newer folk to think of "native peoples" as "primitive peoples". Nothing could be further from the truth. Homo-erectus, associated with Acheulean tools date back 1.5 million years. No one would question if their hand axes were manufactured or natural...
  11. Saharan Neolithic

    are these things being made or being found? they appeared out of nowhere a few years back, got real pricey... got real cheap... got pricey again. We had that one feller from Egypt that would go out, post insitus and leave them lay, if they are being made new... where do they come from?
  12. copper culture read

    worth a look https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths
  13. Shell Midden

    Went SW WA this weekend and hooked up with the local archeologist for the area... he took us to a significant habitation spot (shell midden) that took up several acres. It was in conservancy so you couldn't take anything with you BUT artifacts and worked material were pretty easy to spot so it...
  14. small glass disks

    I find these things in blue, black and white glass... who can give me a heads up as to what they are?
  15. Made me laugh out loud

    honestly I snorted coffee out my nose when I read this... https://whdh.com/news/boston-archaeology-identifies-mysterious-artifact-found-at-paul-revere-house/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark this would have take the folks here MAYBE 15 minutes to accurately...
  16. Found another of these unidentified objects

    This is the 5th one I have found at the same coastal site. PNW. They are local spruce, hand formed with an adz, and show no signs of wear. One end is whittled down as a peg to fit in a hole, the other end has what looks to be a decorative point. This one is a bit over 2 feet, others are similar...
  17. Cast 8 reales

    Insurgent coinage, Mexican Revolution. Silver, under weight, cast. Has an unusual SUD counter-stamp that is unlike the usual SUD's. Does anyone have any information on this coin, or on this particular SUD counter-stamp?
  18. counter stamped 8 reales

    Bolivian mint mark, Fernando VII 8 reales. Could be associated with Mexican war of independence, perhaps Royalist counter stamp but not an obvious one. Less likely to be insurgent issue? Can anyone identify?
  19. brass beach find

    it is a sort of nozzle or tap that affixes to some other piece. Found on a beach at a 19th century habitation site. May not be associated with the site, could also have washed in. Seems to be corroded brass.
  20. puzzler here

    ok, no idea with this one. It is broke on the one end with no indication being killed on purpose. The stone is perhaps schist, which makes it exotic for the site, but at the same time, has been found before here and source identified at about 400 miles away. I found it under the roots of a...
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