Finally a trip out. Nice 1723 Woods Hibernia, pair early US one cents

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Finally got out near my home yesterday. Nice fall weather for a walk along a early cape trail. Several fun finds.

First decent find was this 1723 half penny Woods Hibernia in amassing shape. Right next to a marshy pond.

Then found two very cool 1 1/4" Dandy buttons, one still with the shank. My favorite for sure is the basket weave button. Have not seen anything like it. I often wondered what they looked like on a coat. So I found this image below. Looks kind of sharp. Not crazy about the jacket color. I guess the buttons were not gilded. I have never found one with any gold leaf showing.

Last was the big surprise with two coins together. 1802 and 1803 US One Cents. I have left them with just a soft soap cleaning. Got one out and had another signal. This coin was on my bucket list but finding two at once is crazy.

Found one spot with 10 small flat plain tombac buttons in about a 4ft area. Someone lost a shirt? Most in ok condition but pretty basic. T wo a bit larger.
 

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Nice Woods Hibernia, and tother two are nice but not quite the same.
You had a real good hunt, the big dandy's are fun to dig when they're like your examples. :occasion14:
 

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Finally got out near my home yesterday. Nice fall weather for a walk along a early cape trail. Several fun finds.

First decent find was this 1723 half penny Woods Hibernia in amassing shape. Right next to a marshy pond.

Then found two very cool 1 1/4" Dandy buttons, one still with the shank. My favorite for sure is the basket weave button. Have not seen anything like it. I often wondered what they looked like on a coat. So I found this image below. Looks kind of sharp. Not crazy about the jacket color. I guess the buttons were not gilded. I have never found one with any gold leaf showing.

Last was the big surprise with two coins together. 1802 and 1803 US One Cents. I have left them with just a soft soap cleaning. Got one out and had another signal. This coin was on my bucket list but finding two at once is crazy.

Found one spot with 10 small flat plain tombac buttons in about a 4ft area. Someone lost a shirt? Most in ok condition but pretty basic. T wo a bit larger.
Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 
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What treasure! It's amazing to me that there is so much on an island. Must have been settled early and had lots of people on it over the years.
Yes, Cape Cod was settled quite early. I'm just a few miles from the Old Kings Highway. I grew up in a house built in 1740. But other homes on the cape go back to 1650's. I found a Massachusetts Colony coin a couple of years ago dated 1654.
 

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I can't believe the condition of all of those coins, especially the Woods Hibernia. :hello2:
These coins all look to be early loses, the flat buttons are nice finds too, are the loops intact?
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I can't believe the condition of all of those coins, especially the Woods Hibernia. :hello2:
These coins all look to be early loses, the flat buttons are nice finds too, are the loops intact?
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The button with the dots has the loop intact. So far 5 dandys from this one site. But 40+ smaller buttons so far. Beginning to wonder if it was a laundromat! But no daily life items like spoon parts or or other paraphyla. I just found a 1806 King George III one penny. One side is like new, but other is rather corroded. Facing up I guess?

This area I have been hunting was used by a number of early homesteaders who quickly realized that farming on Cape Cod is almost impossible without constant watering. Cape is a large sandbar with frequent droughts. Many are not on maps. You just stumble across a lot of iron signals and then button shows up. This one is different though. It's quite a walk to get fresh water. No sign of a well.
 

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The button with the dots has the loop intact. So far 5 dandys from this one site. But 40+ smaller buttons so far. Beginning to wonder if it was a laundromat! But no daily life items like spoon parts or or other paraphyla. I just found a 1806 King George III one penny. One side is like new, but other is rather corroded. Facing up I guess?

This area I have been hunting was used by a number of early homesteaders who quickly realized that farming on Cape Cod is almost impossible without constant watering. Cape is a large sandbar with frequent droughts. Many are not on maps. You just stumble across a lot of iron signals and then button shows up. This one is different though. It's quite a walk to get fresh water. No sign of a well.
It sounds like a real mystery as to why these items were all lost there. Possibly early settlement as you mentioned: picnics or simply day trips from the mainland? I'd hazard a guess to say that, Cape Cod probably looked quite different in the early 19thc then it does today. One can only speculate as to how these relics ended up being lost there, thankfully the sandy soil has preserved them beautifully for you. :thumbsup:
 

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I did think of a camp. The two US pennies were found mixed in with broken red brick. These are the only other items I found on the site. My wife suggested maybe a trunk of clothing was left to the elements. Something had a lock.
 

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