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Old 05-17-2017, 09:26 PM
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Ok, it's toasty but I'd love to know what this copper is. It was found today at a 1818 house. The back is toast and smooth, the bust is the only thing identifiable. Was thinking it was a KG3 bust the profile doesn't look right. Any ideas anybody ?
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:09 PM
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Probably not a KGIII.
I found one last year and it is different
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:30 AM
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It looks like a King George III. The one Matmit posted is a newer variety. There are also tons of circulating counterfeits that don't exactly match a genuine piece. They probably actually outnumber the genuine coins.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:57 PM
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yep.. First coin 1770-1775 many counterfeits, 2nd coin 1806 or 1807, very few counterfeits.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:03 PM
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Most likely a KG III as has been said, although my other guess was a France Louis XV - if you look right in front of the forehead/bridge of the nose on yours you will see what looks like II, which I'm guessing is actually 'III" and the third is worn down, or outside chance its a 'D' for the Louis, hard to say from the photo - either way, most likely a 1770 era copper... Nice!
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Either way it's old! Nice score!

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I'll never find one in Oregon.

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Thanks for all the info guys. Since I've posted that one I've found 2 more in the same yard and both of those are counterfeits for sure. The one is even made of pewter, it's that bad.
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you can see the stars by my finger then barely make out the outline of a matron head.
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Originally Posted by imukdiver View post
you can see the stars by my finger then barely make out the outline of a matron head.
I have also found a holed pewter 'copper' before, but was never able to make out enough on it to figure out what it used to be. They did used to make counterfeit V nickels out of lead and then gold plate them to try to pass them off as a $5 gold piece... but this is probably older... I have researched large pewter coins and never gotten too far...

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Still wondering whats the point of making a counterfeit out of copper. I weighs to much, it sounds bad when you drop it, and it's not even the right color.
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Originally Posted by imukdiver View post
Still wondering whats the point of making a counterfeit out of copper. I weighs to much, it sounds bad when you drop it, and it's not even the right color.

They probably mixed cheaper metal with the copper, and when first made it likely was the right color.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:50 PM
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Thanks again Iron Patch, your expertise is greatly appreciated.
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