πŸ₯‡ BANNER Still Shaking...1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree Twopence

Silvermonkey

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I'll keep this short. I returned to a section of woods where I recently found a William iii halfpenny and a nicely gilded Navy button. I hunted for about three hours without much to show for my efforts. I hit a reasonable signal along side a stream...not a great signal, but I figured worth a look.

At the bottom of the hole was an incredibly small coin. Thought it might be a trime...but seemed too small.

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It wasn't until I got it home that I realized what I had found...a 1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree Twopence coin. Honestly, I didn't even know that they minted a two pence coin. Not sure what variety it is, so will need to do some research. Can't begin to describe how excited I am. This is my oldest coin, and I doubt I will ever find one older.

oaktree 2 pence 8.jpg oaktrr 2 pence 7.jpg oaktree 2 pence 1.jpg

This was literally the only coin I found after three hours of digging. You can see my other finds below. Thanks for taking a look. If anyone has any thoughts about the specific variety of the coin, please feel free to share. HH

Oaktree 2 pence 6.jpg
 
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Now that's an outstanding jaw dropper recovery!!!! Holy smokes!!
Well deserved BANNER find.
 

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Greetings!

I'll keep this short. I returned to a section of woods where I recently found a William iii halfpenny and a nicely gilded Navy button. I hunted for about three hours without much to show for my efforts. I hit a reasonable signal along side a stream...not a great signal, but I figured worth a look.

At the bottom of the hole was an incredibly small coin. Thought it might be a trime...but seemed too small.

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It wasn't until I got it home that I realized what I had found...a 1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree Twopence coin. Honestly, I didn't even know that they minted a two pence coin. Not sure what variety it is, so will need to do some research. Can't begin to describe how excited I am. This is my oldest coin, and I doubt I will ever find one older.

View attachment 2025796 View attachment 2025797 View attachment 2025798

This was literally the only coin I found after three hours of digging. You can see my other finds below. Thanks for taking a look. If anyone has any thoughts about the specific variety of the coin, please feel free to share. HH

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wow, really incredible. Banner in my book, well done
 

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Congrats that is a special find
 

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you need to get this identified and valued.... we want to know!
 
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Many thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. They are much appreciated!
After searching through a bunch of different internet sites, I believe the coin to be the Noe-30 variety.

Given that this coin has been in the ground for 300+ years ( with all of the associated environmental damage), does it make any sense to have it professionally conserved and/ or graded by PCGS or NGC? I don't have any plans to sell it, but its a pretty special/ unique piece, and I'd like to show it the respect it deserves. I'd be very interested in your thoughts. Thanks!
 

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Absolutely YES... IF it were mine / me... i would be already looking into it.
Your coin should be conserved and preserved professionally... no other way IMO.
Anything short of that and you will be doing the coin and yourself a disservice.

You will thank me one day perhaps if what i am saying now actually persuades you into actually doing it.
This will continue to appreciate in value... no brainer really.
 

ARC

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PS... advice.... ONLY touch this by holding its rim.

DO NOT attempt to clean it in ANY way... other than rinsing in hot water and PAD GENTLY dry with SOFT towel.
 
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Greetings!

I'll keep this short. I returned to a section of woods where I recently found a William iii halfpenny and a nicely gilded Navy button. I hunted for about three hours without much to show for my efforts. I hit a reasonable signal along side a stream...not a great signal, but I figured worth a look.

At the bottom of the hole was an incredibly small coin. Thought it might be a trime...but seemed too small.

View attachment 2025794 View attachment 2025795

It wasn't until I got it home that I realized what I had found...a 1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree Twopence coin. Honestly, I didn't even know that they minted a two pence coin. Not sure what variety it is, so will need to do some research. Can't begin to describe how excited I am. This is my oldest coin, and I doubt I will ever find one older.

View attachment 2025796 View attachment 2025797 View attachment 2025798

This was literally the only coin I found after three hours of digging. You can see my other finds below. Thanks for taking a look. If anyone has any thoughts about the specific variety of the coin, please feel free to share. HH

View attachment 2025803
Excellent job!
Beautiful stuff! πŸ‘
A pretty rare coin, I’d say…!!
Banner voted in.
 

ARC

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Yep... this coin is stellar... IMO... one of the best coins on Tnet to date... and its all due to the condition.
It is not often someone digs something like that... but its really not often that when it is dug its in that kind of condition....
Like it was dropped last month. heh

After some reflection on this overall i would dare say this coin will not only grade... it will grade well.

And i think Silver Monkey should play the Lottery.
 

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One of the many benefits to being a Mass hunter is a better-than-most opportunity to find a tree coin. Someone mentioned Holy Grail- I totally agree. Your coin is simply amazing and Big Time Congrats to you for that historic find! I was blessed to find a Pine tree in 2008, so I know your excitement, and it's hard to describe. Welcome to the club friend!!
 

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