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Recovered Foreign Coins

Below are actual photos of some of the many coins I have recovered from the United States and the United Kingdom. I have included detailed sample photos for reference if my recovered item was in rough shape. All of these are "natural" finds. I have never participated in a seeded hunt.

ENGLAND - 1199-1216 King John Short Cross Hammered Penny

Identification by "Coins of England and the United Kingdom (2018 - page 164)

Awaiting validation/confirmation from the British Museum. This coin (along with another King John Short Cross I recovered) is part of The Short Cross Hoard.

King John King John

ENGLAND - 1570s Queen Elizabeth I Hammered ThreePence

Identification by "Coins of England and the United Kingdom (2018 - page 266-267)

Awaiting validation/confirmation from the British Museum.

Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth

SPAIN - 1668-1699 (mint dates) Charles II Hammered 1 Real Cob (Mexico mint).

Identification by New World Treasures LLC - It could be from the time period of Philip IV (1621-1665), but the more vertical lines of old burgundy (lower left side of the shield) makes me believe the coin is that of Charles II (1665-1700 reign dates). Coins of Philip IV have distinctly diagonal lines during the period that coincide with coins other shield details. Most coin's from the time period of Charles II are quite rare, particularly during the 1680's and 1690's, so your coin was likely struck in the early years of Charles II. I believe it is a 1 real that was struck with both sides way off center. The shield and cross size looks to be correct for a 1 real coin and too small for a 2 reales coin. The coin does not appear to be cut after it was made.

Info from CoinQuest.com - The rich deposits of precious metal in the New World were too much for Spanish royalty to resist. They were therefore exploited and carried back to Spain. To hasten this process, bars of silver and gold were hacked into chunks of proper weight and struck with heavy hammers between crude, hard-metal dies. The strike imparted a Spanish pattern, or part of a Spanish pattern, into the coin. The Spanish word cabo (English cob) refers to the end of the bar. The size, shape and impression of these cobs was highly irregular. However, they were of proper weight, and that is what mattered to Spanish officials. If a cob was overweight, the minter simply clipped a piece off.

Silver Jerusalem cross - Silver cobs from Mexico City have a Jerusalem cross on one side. The cross can be plain or with foils around it. Castles and lions appear in the angles of the cross. Cobs like this date back before 1600 to the early 1700s.

Silver crowned shield - A crowned shield with the Spanish coat of arms is often paired with the Jerusalem cross on silver cobs. Most of the time, only part of the design is actually visible.

1722 Nine Deniers 1722 Nine Deniers

FRANCE - 1722 Nine Deniers.

A colonial issue that the Company of the Indies, a private French trading company, imported into New France under the authorization of King Louis XV. The colonists, however, were reluctant to use the new coinage because of their previous experience with depreciation of copper coin. In 1724, all French copper coins were reduced in value by a third of their intrinsic worth and the colonists rejected them totally. Two years later, the unissued copper pieces that remained at Quebec were returned to France.

New France recieved 534,000 pieces, but only 8,180 were successfully put into circulation.

Beginning in 1816, Joseph Bonaparte, once King of Spain and Naples and brother of Napoleon, moved to a large estate in Bordentown, New Jersey. A French coin found within two miles of Joseph Bonaparte's estate makes you wonder if this coin was connected to him, his family or his staff.

Information source: http://www.coinsandcanada.com

Circulation Info: Guide Book Of United States Coins

1722 Nine Deniers 1722 Nine Deniers

IRELAND - 1723 King George I Hibernia Halfpenny.

In 1722 William Wood purchased a patent for striking copper halfpennies and farthings for Ireland. Wood was a mine owner and entrepreneur and envisaged making a large profit on the difference between the cost of the metal, patent and workmanship and the face value of the coins. The coins were first issued in 1722 in small numbers and during 1723 they were issued in much larger numbers. The coins were considered sub-standard by the population of Ireland (mainly Dublin) and the king was petitioned to revoke the patent. The patent was surrendered by Wood in 1724 in exchange for a pension from the Irish Government. As Wood's coinage was unpopular in Ireland much of the issue was shipped to the American colonies where numismatists include it in their 'colonial series'.

Information source: www.irishcoinage.com

1723 King George I Hibernia 1723 King George I Hibernia

UNITED KINGDOM - 1717-1724 King George I Halfpenny

Soon after the accession of King George I (1714–1727) the surplus of copper coins was used up, and in 1717 a new contract was signed and a Royal Warrant issued for the production of a new halfpenny.

Information source: wikipedia

1717-1724 King George I 1717-1724 King George I

IRELAND - 1760 King George II Hibernia Halfpenny with a counterstamp "E Gibbs".

My research shows there was a Sir Edward Gibbs KCB (1777 to 1847) who was a Lieutenant General in the British Army and who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey (UK).

In 1736 George II introduced a new coinage in copper for Ireland. It was to consist of halfpennies and farthings though the farthing didn't appear until 1737. The coins for this issue were made in London in the Royal Mint and were shipped to Ireland to be placed in circulation. These regal coppers were well made and of good weight so they quickly became accepted in place of the copper tokens that had characterised Irish currency after the failure of the 'Wood's' coinage.

Information source: www.irishcoinage.com

1760 King George II Hibernia 1760 King George II Hibernia

UNITED KINGDOM - 1729-1739 King George II Halfpenny.

King George II's (1727–1760) halfpennies were the most prolific issue yet, but to them must be added a huge range of counterfeits (and pieces similar to counterfeits but with markedly different legends from the real coins, so that the manufacturers could avoid accusations of counterfeiting). Many genuine coins were melted down and underweight fabrications produced from the molten metal. It is difficult for those of us who use a modern regulated currency to appreciate the extent to which counterfeiting had debased the currency – for long periods of time, counterfeits outnumbered genuine coins.

Information source: wikipedia

1729-1739 King George II Halfpenny 1729-1739 King George II Halfpenny

UNITED KINGDOM - 1774 King George III Halfpenny.

In the reign of King George III (1760–1820) the first issue of halfpennies did not come until 10 years after the king's accession, in 1770. Counterfeiting was rampant, and in 1771 the issuance of counterfeit copper coin became a serious crime; this however had little effect and for the next twenty years or so the majority of copper so-called coins in circulation were forgeries. In March 1782 a female counterfeiter was hanged, then fixed to a stake and burned before the debtor's door at Newgate prison in London. The first King George III era British halfpenny was minted in 1770, and the last in 1807. The king's bust has a fuller face in 1774 and 1775.

Information source: wikipedia

King George III Halfpenny King George III Halfpenny

SPAIN - 1780 1/2 Reales (milled bust with pillars/Mexico F F mint)

The fifth and final type of Spanish colonial silver coin design in the New World. The milled bust with pillars design was struck at the Mexico mint in the time period of 1772 to 1789 - all with dates.

Information source: www.CoinDatabase.com

1780 Spanish 1/2 Reales 1780 Spanish 1/2 Reales

SPAIN - 1785 2 Reales (milled bust / Lima mint)

Milled Bust Type: The fifth and final type of Spanish colonial silver coin design in the New World. Struck at the Mexico, Lima, Bogotá, Guatemala, Potosi, Santiago, Popayan, and Cuzco mints in the time period of 1771 to 1825 - all with dates.

Information source: www.newworldtreasures.com

1785 Spanish 2 Reales 1785 Spanish 2 Reales

UNITED KINGDOM - 1797 Cartwheel Penny

The 1797 cartwheel penny is an important coin because it is the first coin made using a steam driven stamper, They were made by Matthew Boulton’s famous Soho Foundry in Birmingham. Each coin contained an (Av) ounce of near-pure .999 copper. Thus we know copper was worth a penny an ounce in 1797. The weight of these coins also made them ideal as substitutes for weights in measuring produce, a task for which they were intentionally designed.

Information source: www.cointalk.com

1797 Cartwheel Penny 1797 Cartwheel Penny

UNITED KINGDOM - 1806 King George III Farthing

The 1799 farthing broke new ground in two areas: the reverse was inscribed 1 FARTHING, the first time the name of a denomination had ever appeared on an English or British coin, and it was also the first British coin to have the date on the same side as the monarch's head.

Information source: wikipedia

1806 King George III 1806 King George III

UNITED KINGDOM - 1806-1807 King George III Halfpenny

In the reign of King George III (1760–1820) the first issue of halfpennies did not come until 10 years after the king's accession, in 1770. Counterfeiting was rampant, and in 1771 the issuance of counterfeit copper coin became a serious crime; this however had little effect and for the next twenty years or so the majority of copper so-called coins in circulation were forgeries. In March 1782 a female counterfeiter was hanged, then fixed to a stake and burned before the debtor's door at Newgate prison in London. The first King George III era British halfpenny was minted in 1770, and the last in 1807.

Information source: wikipedia

1806 King George III Halfpenny 1806 King George III Halfpenny

FRANCE - 1853 5 Centimes (Paris mint / mintage 14,145,950)

This pattern with Napoleon appears on bronze French coins from 1852 to 1865.

Information source: CoinQuest

5 centimes 5 centimes

UNITED KINGDOM - 1896 Queen Victoria Penny (mintage 24,147,156)

The 1896 UK penny obverse features the robed bust of the older Queen Victoria facing left, adorned with jewellery and wearing a tiara beneath a veil (veiled head).

Information source: allcoinvalues.com

Queen Victoria Queen Victoria

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