A first(and prolly last) We had no idea what it was

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Hi All,
Found this hair/wig curler and 3 cent piece last week at a friends site. The curler is almost a spitting image of ones that some archeologists dug at Mt. Vernon(nice article called “boiling,baking,and curling 18th century wigs “ on there site explains
the whole process) I found the lil slither of the 3 center first, then my buddy found they other part soon after. Just dumb luck I guess.
Best of luck to all
 

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I've spent over 30 years metal detecting and have yet to find a 3-center of either type and you two each find a piece to complete the puzzle on one hunt- so jealous!! Big Congrats for that little beauty!
 
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A 1852 Three Cent coin - a great find !
During that time period they were produced by the Mints because US Postal Stamps cost 3 Cents.
Didn’t know that. Thanks!
 
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I've spent over 30 years metal detecting and have yet to find a 3-center of either type and you two each find a piece to complete the puzzle on one hunt- so jealous!! Big Congrats for that little beauty!
Thanks Jeff! It’s interesting how they would snap in two instead of bending- I don’t think it was cut
 
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Did you have to do rock-paper-scissors with your buddy to see who gets the whole coin. Very cool to have both parts stay together.
Hey VN, well my logic was, you found the bulk of it, so he gets it, his logic was, you found your part first, so I get it. I had given him one I dug before, so he made sure I kept it. Yea in a plowed field to boot!
 

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Hi All,
Found this hair/wig curler and 3 cent piece last week at a friends site. The curler is almost a spitting image of ones that some archeologists dug at Mt. Vernon(nice article called “boiling,baking,and curling 18th century wigs “ on there site explains
the whole process) I found the lil slither of the 3 center first, then my buddy found they other part soon after. Just dumb luck I guess.
Best of luck to all
Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!
 

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Hey VN, well my logic was, you found the bulk of it, so he gets it, his logic was, you found your part first, so I get it. I had given him one I dug before, so he made sure I kept it. Yea in a plowed field to boot!
Sounds like two great diggin buddys.....thats a good situation to be is.
 

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Now that's great to get both parts of the 3 cent piece. Well done to you and your buddy.

How far apart were the two pieces?
 
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Now that's great to get both parts of the 3 cent piece. Well done to you and your buddy.

How far apart were the two pieces?
Pepper, thanks they were only 6-8 feet apart in a farmed field . Doesn’t look like a new break, guess the disc hit it then missed it a few time lol
 

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Didn’t know that. Thanks!
They were also the only US silver coin that circulated regularly at the time(1851-1853). They were only 75% silver and as such were the only newly minted silver coin that would not yield a profit if melted down. The mint corrected this problem in mid 1853 by reducing the weight and increasing the mintage numbers of the larger silver coins.
 
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They were also the only US silver coin that circulated regularly at the time(1851-1853). They were only 75% silver and as such were the only newly minted silver coin that would not yield a profit if melted down. The mint corrected this problem in mid 1853 by reducing the weight and increasing the mintage numbers of the larger silver coins.
 
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Toasted, thanks that’s great info- so maybe the lower silver content made it more brittle and apt to break not bend? I dug a half dime once, and sunk my digger straight into the center of it. it didn’t break, came out looking like a miniature taco shell
 

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could the little round thing be part of a fishing sinker ???
 
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could the little round thing be part of a fishing sinker ???
could the little round thing be part of a fishing sinker ???
Gare, it’s about half of an 18th century clay wig curler, London origin, stamped “WB”, sorry about the bad pic. I don’t know how to add a link, but if you search” Boiling, baking and curling 18th century wigs”, it will give you a site where archeologists found similar ones at my Vernon
 

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