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Old 11-12-2021, 11:57 AM
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Default First Colonial Spanish Patriotic Coin Button

After I cleaned this took me a few days to find out what this was. No other detectorist I know had any idea and never saw one. Turned out to be a Spanish Patriotic coin button that was manufactured in Spain or Mexico maybe in the mints themselves between about 1720 and 1800. These buttons were patterned after the 8 Reals and a lot of the varieties were dated just like the coins. Apparently these were popular in the colonies and worn as an "in your face" to the British before the Revolution. Most were linked (cuff links) as this one was but they were usually separated early on as a result of the thin link made for them. Thus supposedly very rare to find a linked set. Site I found them in dated from the 1740's so fit right it. This one is dated 1764. Having a lighting issue with the pics but think they're ok.
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Old 11-12-2021, 12:11 PM
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That is VERY cool!

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Old 11-16-2021, 06:25 AM
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Great find. Congrats!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:02 AM
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That is really cool for sure, had no idea they existed. Congrats!

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Old 11-16-2021, 08:03 AM
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first I have heard of these, very cool stuff!
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:33 PM
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Thanks all for the responses. Should add they were made in two versions pewter and brass. The ones I found are brass.
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Old 11-16-2021, 10:15 PM
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Now THAT'S a WOW. Mucho Congratso.

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Old 11-17-2021, 01:46 AM
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Pretty dang cool the link piece is still there

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Old 11-17-2021, 08:43 AM
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Very interesting find...congrats!

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A nice little known piece of history!

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Old 11-19-2021, 10:11 PM
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Thanks! So, do have to change title of this thread now from first to second. I found a similar button over a year ago but didn't know what it was but now I do. The first one was found at an ancestral home site in northwestern Virginia dating from 1750. There's a picture of it back in help ID subforum somewhere.
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Wow great find
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