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    Higley Copper Possibly?

    Got out today for a little bit and pulled this copper with a deer on it, looks like it matches up to a Higley Copper. Lettering is worn smooth on the front all I can see is the deer and the ring around the deer. The back of this coin is worn smooth as well. I also dug some other period artifacts nearby. Any help IDing the coin would be greatly appreciated.
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    Scott there are a few tokens/ coins with a deer or deer-like animal on them so you'll have to post a real clear closeup of the front and reverse to possitively id this one .
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    The back is worn smooth unfortunately. Same with some of the edges. Ill see if I can get a little better pic and post it later. I think it's going to be a tough one to confirm. I'm so afraid to clean it.

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    Scott even if the back is smooth there still might be a hint of something to recognize , try adjusting the light source so it casts across the coin's surface this will create contrast of what detail it has . its hard to make out the animals features and look like it has a large head and snout.
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    crossin my fingeys for ya on a higley!
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    Possible. The distance from the deer's head to the edge may give you a clue if it is one of the known die varieties. Anything you can do lighting wise will help on the next pictures. Sometimes just one little detail can help ID it. Great find.
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    I'm hoping you get a positive ID Scott! Congrats either way

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    Better Pics

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    Here are some better pics of the front, you can see the ring going around the deer a little clearer. The back as you can tell is worn smooth. I appreciate any help you can give.

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    I'm certainly no expert, but by comparing images of a Higley Copper to your photos above the deer definitely looks like a match! The deer's snout, antlers, legs, tail, everything matches.
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    Scott with those better pictures I'd say you could very well have a Higley there my friend . I can clearly see the antlers and the better shape of the head .it looks like one in my book
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    Don't send it in to PCGS to be cleaned , a friend found one and did that and it came back in worse shape , more detail was stripped away.

    the question is now what was it doing so far from Simsbury ct.
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    Thanks for the help Del.......I have no idea why it was here. I figured it had a chance at being real since the location and other relics near by seemed period. Your right though it was far from its home.
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    Nice pictures. It does look like a Higley. I'm leaning towards Breen 238 variety. Front says The Value Of Three Pence and the reverse says Connecticvt (about 12 known) The reverse would have 3 hammers. Not a positive Id by any means But that is what I think it is, mostly because I don't see any evidence of the "III" right under the deer.
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    Thanks George. You guys have been a huge help on this. I greatly appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coinnut View Post
    Nice pictures. It does look like a Higley. I'm leaning towards Breen 238 variety. Front says The Value Of Three Pence and the reverse says Connecticvt (about 12 known) The reverse would have 3 hammers. Not a positive Id by any means But that is what I think it is, mostly because I don't see any evidence of the "III" right under the deer.
    Hey Scott any way to get the light to cast across this coin and wth a camera that has a macro setting ?? I would really like to give it a variety type ID.
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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!congrats dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's one rare deer!
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    Dan

    ill try to take some better pics tomorrow night and post them.


    Thanks again for all your help.

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    I texted Scott that it looked like a John Deere tool tag to me...circa 1978 He didn't find it amusing.
    That is really one heck of a find.
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