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 Posted 11/11/2019  4:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Detectorist to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Today at a depth of nearly 5 inches I unearthed this coin next to an 1850's home on a harbor which first saw colonial settlement in the mid-1600's. This area of eastern Long Island has already produced for me a 1775 Spanish One Real and a Chinese coin from the 1700's. In the field I thought the one side said "COPY" so I was let down thinking it was a child's toy, maybe an old one. Looking closer I think it says "OOPY." If this thing is a fake it sure looks real and all of the other factors lined up for it being real. What do you think?

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 Posted 11/11/2019  4:54 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No, it definitely says "COPY". enlarge the photo, it is quite clear.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  4:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GMS5 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
yes, I see COPY as well. The C looks open and not closed like the O.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  5:19 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 11/11/2019  5:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As to the age, the Hobby Protection Act (which required that COPY be clearly marked) was signed into law in 1973. My guess is that this piece dates to after then.


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This has to be my most cruel non-find.


That is a bummer to be sure.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  5:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The surface texture (to my eye, at least), does not suggest long term ground burial.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Detectorist to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fake King Phillip Reals. What makes it an even greater mind-bending tease for me is that I found this real 1775 Spanish One Real a couple months back not far away.
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 Posted 11/11/2019  7:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BGLI to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Still an interesting find and that part of LI has so much history
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 Posted 11/11/2019  9:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sir Derrin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat find! I metal detect every chance available. I understand the heart thump followed by the let down! It is exhilarating to find something special. It is why we keep hunting :)
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