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 Posted 03/26/2020  5:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add shar to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
size of a penny rampant lion eroded with shield on back found on a military base 3 feet under ground

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@shar, first welcome to CCF. Second, as this may not actually be a coin (but rather a medal or token), I'm going to move this over the thread when we really don't know what it is. A couple quick questions for you. Was the military base in the US, or if not, then in which country? Also, your pics are a little blurry. Can you help us with reading the inscription? The second pic seems to show MCLOY and __US, but I'm not sure. Thx.
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 Posted 03/26/2020  5:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thank you and yes US ft devens the base had a lot of german prisoners and Italian during world War 2. soldiers were posted in Poland its very eroded so that is the best picture I can get
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Ok yes that is good information to have. In a quick look around the identifymedals.com website, I don't see an obvious match, but perhaps over the next day or two someone else here has better luck in helping you.
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Thank you the first person on Ft Devens from 1656 was the founder of the Militia of Massachusetts Bay Colony named Simon Williard. I am wondering instead of a standing lion it is an Indian trading pre colonial coin medal etc
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 Posted 03/27/2020  5:05 pm  Show Profile   Check alganbagerap's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm leaning towards it having a French origin. In the centre is a treflée or botonée cross of Lorraine to the right of which looks to be a fleur de lys. (treflée/botonée means that it has rounded ends, like a button)
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 Posted 03/27/2020  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also noticed that shape ...
Certainly not a coin of Lorraine (which stopped minting in the 1730s), and in later representations it normally showed up as a simple double barred cross I think (i.e. without the decoration of the tips).

The cross of Lorraine was used widely as a symbol of free France in WWII, which might fit with the site where it was located.
Hungary and Lithuania also use(d) the double barred cross.

The item has a look of something plated to me? But the OP is in a better position to say.
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