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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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    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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    Certainly looks like a Higley. A valuable piece even in this condition with a hole. One of the foremost experts on Higleys is Dan Freidus. He's out at the U of Mich. If you can send me better pics, I'll forward them on to him for his opinion. Even though it has a hole and is encrusted, if you could get the weight in grains it would help. If you know someone who reloads the grain scale for that is great and accurate.
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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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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!congrats dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's one rare deer!
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    Congrats Scott, I thought it was just a piece of jewelry when I first saw it. Amazing how rare they are!

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    Thanks Don for your help I sent you a private message.
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    Man a Higley Copper that is a significant find....WOW
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    Awesome find for sure

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    Super nice congrats
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    Wow!
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