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Old 05-20-2019, 09:19 AM
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Default Mercury dime ring

I'm going to include this ring in a wrap up post for a private permission site I've been working this year, but in the meantime I thought I'd give it it's own post.

When I dug it I knew it was silver, and could tell it had a face, but it wasn't until I got home did I realize the head is cut out of a Mercury dime and then somehow welded onto a band. A lot of detail in the face was lost probably between wear and the hammering it took to bend it.

The band is definitely silver and probably made from melted coins. No silver markings, and just enough imperfections to suggest it was cast at home. Really well done.

A true coin collector or metal detectorist ring. It's a shame it's too small for me!

Given the history of the site and dates of the coins I've found, I'd say it was lost no later than the 1980s and probably a decade or two earlier.
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2019: 23 Silver Coins; 125 Wheats; 3 Indian Heads; 2 Buffalo Nickels; 7 Foreign Coins; 3 Silver Rings; 1 Gold Ring; 5 Junk Rings; 2 silver other; 2 Tokens; $54.94
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:07 AM
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I like it. Cool find congrats

DFX/Equinox 600. Total silvers fty 73 2 half's Walker and Kennedy. 6 barber dimes. 6 Washington. 1 barber. 32 mercs. 20bRosie's 2 silver nickels. 1 silver air force wings. 183wheats 6 injuns. $82.00 in clad.1 SLQ 1 large cent. 1 silver charm 1 silver thimble.

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:31 AM
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Thats unique, never seen that type.

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Old 05-20-2019, 11:42 AM
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That's pretty cool!! Congrats!

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Old 05-20-2019, 11:54 AM
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Great Find !!

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Old 05-20-2019, 12:23 PM
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That is a very neat Silver Ring. Congrats! Trapper

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Old 05-20-2019, 02:06 PM
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That is really cool, congrats!

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:53 PM
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Wow, very nice. I like it. Congrats.

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Old 05-20-2019, 11:03 PM
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That's a really neat ring !
I've heard it said that people would make jewelry from merc dimes,
making either earrings or cuff links from the head......

2018 totals; $138.35 clad; 351 wheats, 19IH, 82 silver coins, 3625 total coins dug

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Old 05-21-2019, 10:55 AM
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Wow! That's a cool find! It deserves it's own post. So, does that count as a ring and a Merc dime?
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:17 PM
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Nice nice job on finding such a small target. That is really cool!!

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Old 05-21-2019, 03:20 PM
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Congrats on the merc ring!

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Oldest coin: 1760 Colonial Half Penny; Oldest US coin: 1796 Large Cent; Oldest US silver coin: 1861 Liberty Seat Dime; 2017 FTY Clad: $616.38; 2018 FTY Clad: $1,785.42
Coin record amounts found on one of various days: Quarters-165; Dimes-86; Nickels-53. 2019 FTY Silvers: 29

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