🥇 BANNER Seminole War Fort Awesome Coin

Florida Finder

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Hey guys. I’m still super pumped up! This afternoon I hit my favorite Seminole war fort again. I hit the same yard I pulled that artillery button out of yesterday. I didn’t arrive until four o clock so I didn’t have much time. I decided to change tactics and detect right along the road. After finding a musketball and a game piece I thought I was done. To my surprise I pulled out this 1837 8 real that was laying on a bed of old period square nails.
Any ideas on how to get the iron off the coin? Any help would be appreciated.
One of my favorite Seminole war fort finds ever!
Thanks for looking and happy hunting to all!
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Super find congrats
 

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Both Cru and Buckle Boy have said lemon juice. Do you need another answer? I’ll attest to the lemon juice working as I asked the same question a couple years ago and followed Cru’s advice then. Worked like a charm.


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Hey guys. I’m still super pumped up! This afternoon I hit my favorite Seminole war fort again. I hit the same yard I pulled that artillery button out of yesterday. I didn’t arrive until four o clock so I didn’t have much time. I decided to change tactics and detect right along the road. After finding a musketball and a game piece I thought I was done. To my surprise I pulled out this 1837 8 real that was laying on a bed of old period square nails.
Any ideas on how to get the iron off the coin? Any help would be appreciated.
One of my favorite Seminole war fort finds ever!
Thanks for looking and happy hunting to all! View attachment 2006847 View attachment 2006848
Congrats on the piece of eight!
 

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Hey guys. I’m still super pumped up! This afternoon I hit my favorite Seminole war fort again. I hit the same yard I pulled that artillery button out of yesterday. I didn’t arrive until four o clock so I didn’t have much time. I decided to change tactics and detect right along the road. After finding a musketball and a game piece I thought I was done. To my surprise I pulled out this 1837 8 real that was laying on a bed of old period square nails.
Any ideas on how to get the iron off the coin? Any help would be appreciated.
One of my favorite Seminole war fort finds ever!
Thanks for looking and happy hunting to all! View attachment 2006847 View attachment 2006848
That's just crazy but I know not impossible. In years past, I, too found a fort coin in a bed of horse and mule shoe nails. Using an early map, I found, determined and followed a military trail from the fort. About 300 yds. behind area of fort, I found an Infantry encampment along a lower elevated pasture-- the nearest where they could graze the animals. In camp, I dug 12 Infy coat buttons, 1 Arty. coat button, then found the concentration of nails. In the nail concentration was an iron soldering tip used for blacksmithing and an 1834 Half Dollar bearing very sharp detail.
 

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That's just crazy but I know not impossible. In years past, I, too found a fort coin in a bed of horse and mule shoe nails. Using an early map, I found, determined and followed a military trail from the fort. About 300 yds. behind area of fort, I found an Infantry encampment along a lower elevated pasture-- the nearest where they could graze the animals. In camp, I dug 12 Infy coat buttons, 1 Arty. coat button, then found the concentration of nails. In the nail concentration was an iron soldering tip used for blacksmithing and an 1834 Half Dollar bearing very sharp detail.
Hello out there Southern Digger! Thank you for your comments! Congratulations on your buttons and that beautiful half dollar. Thank you for posting it.
 
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Hey guys. I’m still super pumped up! This afternoon I hit my favorite Seminole war fort again. I hit the same yard I pulled that artillery button out of yesterday. I didn’t arrive until four o clock so I didn’t have much time. I decided to change tactics and detect right along the road. After finding a musketball and a game piece I thought I was done. To my surprise I pulled out this 1837 8 real that was laying on a bed of old period square nails.
Any ideas on how to get the iron off the coin? Any help would be appreciated.
One of my favorite Seminole war fort finds ever!
Thanks for looking and happy hunting to all! View attachment 2006847 View attachment 2006848
Just an update on the 8 real I found a couple months ago. While not worrying about a monetary value I soaked in vinegar for a couple days to try to clean it up for display in our local museum. The historic value is what prompts me. The obverse of the coin still has iron where the square nail was lying on it and attached.
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Just an update on the 8 real I found a couple months ago. While not worrying about a monetary value I soaked in vinegar for a couple days to try to clean it up for display in our local museum. The historic value is what prompts me. The obverse of the coin still has iron where the square nail was lying on it and attached. View attachment 2017984 View attachment 2017985
West Bay Trading Co. in Vero might be able to help. They are very knowledgeable and have given me some pretty good advise in the past. Even sent me out the door with a little bottle of liquid to try out. Beautiful find.
 
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West Bay Trading Co. in Vero might be able to help. They are very knowledgeable and have given me some pretty good advise in the past. Even sent me out the door with a little bottle of liquid to try out. Beautiful find.
Thanks sand dog!
 

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everyone can say what they want, but I think that the rust only serves to substantiate that this was a coin dug at the fort site, It is fine like it is, the other side is stellar.
 

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aye to leaving it intact...ferric oxide is something that can deteriorate contact metals, but in this case it would seem to be more of a hazard to try and manually remove it.

The nail got the worst of the work...the coin is a treasure. Nicely done!
 

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everyone can say what they want, but I think that the rust only serves to substantiate that this was a coin dug at the fort site, It is fine like it is, the other side is stellar.
Good advise also. Maybe discuss that with the museum you are intending to donate it to. They may have a particular choice as well.
 

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Soaking in lemon juice for 5 mins at a time & then rinsing off.
 

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