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Foreign milled coin finds
Portuguese gold 1000 reis Moidore of King John V 1717.They were acceptable as currency in Britain in the early 18th century found

1728 Portuguese Joao V milled gold - 1/2 Escudo (800 Reis) 0.9170 Gold

John V of Portugal

PORTUGAL, 1/2 Escudo, 800 Reis, 1725, Lisbon, KM #218.3, , Gold, 1.78 love token

1712 Portugal 1000 Reis gold coin

Obverse: Crowned arms with vertical value at left side, titles of John V at right

Obverse Legend: IOANNES V D G ...

Reverse: Jerusalem cross, quatrefoil in angles, date above


1725 Portuguese milled gold coin - 1600 reis




1865 1 dollar USA gold coin

Napoleon Bonaparte

France 1 franc 1812 Utrecht

Netherlands - French in occupation 1810 -1813

Designer Pierre Joseph Tiolier

Mintage 12,000


1830 USA Liberty 5c coin
1835 USA Liberty milled silver half dime

"Milled silver 8 Skilling Norway, 1773. At this time Denmark and Norway were both ruled by king Christian VII. The crossed hammer mint mark shows that this coin is made in Norway

"Milled silver 2 Skilling Denmark or Norway, 1778 (last digit uncertain).
At this time Denmark and Norway were both ruled by king Christian VII Danish coin would have mintmaster HSK or CHL, Norwegian coin would have mintmaster HIAB with crossed hammers.

1757AD- Peru, Lima mint, King Ferdinand VI (of Spain), date 1757, assayer JM, and the denomination appears to be a half real(z)

Denmark Frederik IV -Holstein-Gottorp-Rendsborg 12 Skilling 1719-BH Large very pretty silver coin, slightly bigger than a groat or 2 Shilling piece(z)

19thC USA Shield Nickle
German States - Brandenburg-Bayreuth 1/48 Thaler 1736 Frederich (b)
Unusual 17thC French milled silver love token
1852 American 3 cents !!!
Dutch 1709/8 double stuiver (2 stuiver) of Gelderland Mint Mark Knight on horse
1900 USA Barber Dime

James VI of Scotland 1601- 1604 hammered silver 1/4 Thistle Merk or half noble as it was sometimes known value 3 shillings and 4 pence ( 40 pence )


1890 Victorian Hong Kong 5 cents milled silver
Real 1757 Mexico, minted in Mexico City (M with o above). Assayer M = Manuel de la Pena.
Spanish king Ferdinand VI. Obv. leg: .FRD.VI.D.G.HISP.ET.IND.R. Rev. leg: VTRA.QUE.VNUM which means "Both are One" and refers the two globes between the pillars of Hercules. The pillars carry the additional text "PLUS ULTRA", meaning "More Beyond"
Very unusual foreign silver love token
1704 Louis XIIII milled silver
1718 Fredrik IV Danish 12 Skilling silver"
1794 Charles IIII of Spain 1/2 Real Mexico mint 1.56g
1866 Napolean III milled silver 1 Franc
1835 Louis Philippe I of France - 1/4 Franc milled silver
1683 Zeeland (United Netherlands) silver 6 Stuivers
1855 William III Dutch 5 cents
1912 USA One dime

1763 Continental silver coin - 22.30mm, 16.7g

6 Groszy from Danzig (Gdansk) under Polish rule and the King August III.
Obv: Bust of King August III, "D G AVGVSTVS III REX POL M D L R P D S & E L"
Mintmaster is Rudolph Ernst Oeckermann (REOE), metal is billon (very low silver content).

1763 Prussian milled silver coin -1/48th Thaler


17.07mm, 1.14g

1902 Canadian milled silver 5 cents
1771   German  1  SCHILLING   COURANT milled silver coin
1917 Ceylon milled silver 25 cents
Foreign milled - not ID'd yet


1806 Prussia (Poland) bullion silver milled coin (219)

3 Groschen

1897 Zuid Afrika republic coin - 2 shillings (24 pence)

1917 2 Piastres silver coin


1801 Danish 2 skilling silver coin

1800 Spanish reale milled silver coin


1786 Danish milled silver 2 Skilling

Danske of Christian VII

1856 Germany German States Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm IV Silver Thaler

The Kingdom of Prussia (German States, located in North Central Germany, came into being in 1701

1712 Guilder of Utrecht silver coin - 1834 William IIII sixpence for size


1729 French Louis XV milled silver - 1/2 ECU (44 Sols)

13.98g, 32.75mm

Huge silver coin concaved to make into a pendant - 32mm dia

Turkey Tenth issue Years 26-32 Mahmud II 1808- 3 Kurush

1694 Danish milled silver 2 Skilling 1815 Russia Alexander I milled silver 5 Kopeks
Tiny 1799 Carlos IIII Spanish milled silver 1/2 Real- Seville mint mark
1796 Danish silver coin
1771 Frederick 1st of Prussia silver coin
1715-1774 Louis XV of France silver coin
1801 Danish 2 skilling silver coin
1794 Charles IIII of Spain 1/2 Real
1842 Continental 2 skilling silver coin 1910 Belgium milled silver 50 cents
1735 Continental worn milled silver coin - possibly Danish 1841 Danish 4 silver Skilling
1750-1770 20 Real Joseph I Portuguese silver coin Red copper 1 cent 1826  of the Netherlands struck under the reign of king Willem I
18thC Continental silver billion coin - cooking to remove crust Italy 1863 Vittorio Emanuele II milled silver 50 centesimi
1776 Charles IV Spanish milled silver reale 1704 French Louis XIV milled silver 10 sols
1936 French 5 Francs milled silver coin

1762 Danske 1 skilling milled silver


18thC French Louis XV milled silver - 1/2 ECU (44 Sols) 1760 Continental Denmark skilling billion silver coin
1870 Germany- Prussia Wilhelm milled silver Einen Thaler 1884 USA milled silver one dime
1811 German states milled silver 48 Einen Thaler 1860 Russian 20 Kopeks milled silver coin

German States 1 Schilling 1813 s-ss Friedrich Franz I. (1785 - 1837)

Obv Crown FF

Rev 1 Schilling Courant Mecklenb Schwerin Munze

18thC German Prussia states continental billion silver coin -1/12 Thaler

1740-1786 Friedrich II

Inscription Obverse

Head of Friedrich II to the right, FRIDERICUS BORUSSORUM REX

Inscription Reverse

12 between rosettes, EINEN REICHS THALER year, bottom A between rosettes.

Tiny silver coin

1 Kopeck minted during the rein of Peter The Great between 1696 and 1717. The wire kopecks of that period were the lightest and smallest of all Russian wire specie, and had the lowest silver content.

Classed as rare 1747 German states silver billion coin ??

Country German states (Bremen)
Years 1747-1763
Value 1 Groten (1/72)
Metal Billon
Weight 0.9 g
Diameter 16 mm



Crowned Imperial Eagle



Key within ornate shield

Lettering: MON.NOV.REIP.BREM. [date]

1850 French 20 centime milled silver coin 18thC German states 1/12th Einen Thaler milled silver coin
1910 Australian Edward VII milled silver three pence

Continental milled silver

LOUIS XV "THE WELL-BELOVED" Écu dit "aux branches d'olivier" 1738 Tours silver

Obverse : LUD. XV. D. G. FR. ET NAV. REX. Buste du Roi à gauche, la tête nue, le cou cravaté, portant le cordon et la croix de l'ordre du Saint-Esprit sur une veste brodée ; au-dessous un coeur
Reverse : SIT NOMEN DOMINI - E - BENEDICTUM (Mg) 1738 Écu de France ovale, couronné entre deux branches d'olivier

1805 Denmark 2 skilling milled silver billion coin 1916 French 50 centimes silver coin

1808 French Napoleon - 1 milled silver Demi Franc

Reverse : Denomination within wreath, date below EMPIRE FRANÇAIS. 1 FRANC. ancre 1808. Metal: Silver (.900). Obverse : Laureate head right NAPOLEON EMPEREUR. Denomination: 1 Franc. Country: France.

India 1841 Victoria milled silver two Anna

1963 Colombia milled copper nickle coin

20 Centavos

1729 French Louis XV milled silver coin - 1/2 ECU (44 Sols)

1737 German States milled silver - 1 Groten (1/72)


City arms within shield. Date at end of surrounding legend.

Lettering: MON:NOV:REIP:BREM:1737


G. / L.C.

1681 Dutch Zeelandia milled silver coin - Stuiver
1790   German  1  SCHILLING   COURANT milled silver coin 18thC Denmark skilling billion silver coin
1819 Mexico Ferdinand VII milled 2 reales silver coin 1916 French milled silver coin -50 centimes

British Colonial:1822 West Indies George IV milled silver -1/16th dollar


Coat of arms on ornate shield


Translation: George by the Gods grace king of Britain, defender of faith


Crown over anchor


Translation: Colonial money of Britain

Unknown Continental milled silver billion coin
India - 1862 Victoria milled silver two annas 1830's Louis Philippe I of France - 1/4 Franc milled silver
1805  German  1  SCHILLING   COURANT milled silver coin 1874 Sweden 10 Ore milled silver coin

1810 Napolleone

1810 Italy KINGDOM of NAPOLEON 5 Soldi 1810 M MILAN silver coin

1836 Russian milled silver 10 Kopeks
1841 Indian Victoria milled silver 2 annas

1691 Norway under Denmark - 2 silver skillings

King Christian V (1670 - 1699)

19thC USA milled silver 3 cents 1776   German  1  SCHILLING   COURANT milled silver coin
Foreign Copper coins

Biggest coin/ trade weight ? I have ever seen. The landowner eyeballed this on their land and I said I would try and get it ID'd. It looks like a Chineses cash coin but it is a monster and 1/8 inch thich.

69.5mm dia, 7mm thick

This copper coin worth 100 cash is from the city of Fuzhou in China, the capital city of Fujian Province. It was minted between 1853 and 1855 during the reign of the Emperor Wen Zong (1850-61), of the Qing Dynasty. The Chinese characters on the obverse read 'Xian Feng tong bao'. The characters at the top and bottom, 'Xian Feng', refer to the reign title of Wen Zong, and translate as 'Universal Prosperity'. The character on the right is 'tong', and that on the left is 'bao', and together they mean 'Universal Currency'. The characters on the reverse indicate the value of the coin and where it was minted. The characters to left and right read 'Boo fu', which means the mint of Fuchow. Those at the top and bottom read 'Yi Bai', which show that the coin is worth one hundred cash.


1767 Zeeland 1/2 Duit (Dutch) Southen most province of the Netherlands
1760 Zeeland 1/2 Duit (Dutch) Southen most province of the Netherlands
1789 Dutch Utrecht Duit coin. Smallest Netherlands Province
French, Louis XVI 1775 Ecu coinage LIARD
Zeeland 1/2 Duit (Dutch) Southen most province of the Netherlands
French 1856 Napoleon III centime
French 1855 Napoleon III centime
French 1855 Napoleon III centime copper
1843 Kindom of the Netherlands - Std coinage 1/2 Cent copper
Huge 1822 40 Reis 'pattern' Portuguese Coin
1765 Gelderland Duit (Dutch) former duchy of the Netherlands
1904/5 France 25 Centimes (Nickel)
Belgium 2 centimes
1750 Gelderland Duit (Dutch) former duchy of the Netherlands
Belgium 1837- 2 centimes coin (rare date) (f)
1774 Louis XVI Ecu Coinage LIARD French copper
1882 Dix (10) Centimes France, Napoleon III
  1766 Zeeland 1/2 Duit (Dutch) Southen most province of the Netherlands
Small copper coin - possibly Spanish
I believe this is 10 Centimes 1810, Napoleon I (as Emperor).
The other side of the coin would show a crowned N.
The metal is Billon, which is very low grade silver
1748 Swedish Ore - Frederick 1st Copper coin - Standard coinage(c)
1896 1 Heller Austria, Franz Joseph I
1850 French Napoleon copper
1854 Napoleon III copper Value is 5 Centimes
1792 Louis XVI French 2 SOLS copper, great shape 1/8 inch thick
1808 Louis Napoleon, King of Holland - Netherlands East Indies 1/16th of a Guilder
1865 Napolean III Value is 5 Centimes
1652, 8 Maravedis revalidated with VIII counterstamp on 8 Maravedis of 1625 of uncertain mint, Felipe IV (1621-1665) of Spain
Dutch 1745 Duit copper coin
1821-1842 2 Pfennige (1/180 Thaler) Prussia.
1855 Napoleon III French copper Value is 5 Centimes
177? 1/4 Stuber, Julich-Berg (German States)
1652, 8 Maravedis revalidated with VIII counterstamp on 8 Maravedis of 1625 of uncertain mint, Felipe IV (1621-1665) of Spain

European copper dated 1810

'This is a 2 (or 4) Skilling Courant from Norway. Ruled at the time by the Danish king Frederik VI. The crossed hammers in the date are an "instant identifier" for Norway.'

It is not possible to see in the picture if it is 2 or 4 Skilling and they are also very close in size: 2 Skilling is 28 mm and 4 Skilling is 33 mm.The 2 Skilling 1810 is common, low value, but if it is 4 Skilling it is very rare! Only 4 years later, in 1814 Norway came under Swedish rule until 1905.

Dutch 1770's - 4 Stuivers
1641, 8 Maravedis revalidated with VIII counterstamp on 8 Maravedis of 1625 of uncertain mint, Felipe IV (1621-1665) of Spain
Foreign hammered coin - not researched it yet
1880 Dutch 1 cent copper coin
19thC 4 Fenning copper coin

Great find, mint condition copper shilling - June 1690 James II Irish 'gun metal' emergency coinage


1700's 5 Reis Portuguese copper coin
Facinating copper coin find - can't find it in the books, any ideas ?


obverse: PHILIPPVS III D G surrounding to I circulate that it contains a crowned shield of a castle between mint and value VIII

reverso: HISPANIARVM REX DATE surrounding to I circulate that it contains a crowned shield of a lion to izqierdas and date

1723 George 1st Irish copper farthing
1930 German reich - 1 Fennig coin
19thC Cut continental copper coin
1894 India 1/2 Anna
Pie (pice) of the East India Company struck in Benares during the period 1815-1821. It has the fixed regnal year 37 of the Mughal emperor Shah Alam II'.
1934 Indian head USA 5 cents (what a find !!!)
Russian 1818 Alexander I - 2 Kopeks found by Canadian Don
1868 Guernsey 8 Doubles coin
'Soldo da 12 bagattini
Undated - what you see is actually * 12 *
Doge Alvise Mocenigo II (1700-1709)
Mixture of copper and silver.

In the venician coinage system 12 bagattini (earlier called denari) were 1 soldo, 20 soldi 1 lira (12d = 1s, 20s = 1£ this should sound familiar to you )

A rather common coin to find in the venecian area, I'm surprised you found it in Essex!' Rob

1907 Edward VII Nigeria - British East Africa one penny
"1796-1820 Cash, China, Emperor: Chia Ching.
In the order top-bottom-right-left the characters read: Chia-ching-Tung-pao (province can be deciphered from the other side!)
1799 Brazilian copper coin 10 Reis as a Portuguese colony
1875-1908 and the emperor was Kuang Hsu. It apperas to be 10 Cash minted in Peking by the Board of Revenue.
1808 Louis Napoleon, King of Holland - Netherlands East Indies 1/16th of a Guilder
1734 Foreign copper coin - need to check the books

Huge 1792 Louis XVI Double Sol of France copper coin - Paris mint mark

Obverse: Bare-headed and draped bust of Louis XVI left, privy mark (lion passant) below.

Reverse:Fasces surmounted by Liberty cap, 2 S across field; all within wreath; date in exergue.

French King Louis XVI (b1765-d1793) copper coin .  His bust is encircled by the Latin legend LUD-XVI-D-G FR-ET-NAV-REX (Louis XVI, King of France and Navarre
Huge 1827 King Petrus Portuguese 40 Reis coin -1/8 inch thick
1808 Louis Napoleon, King of Holland - Netherlands East Indies 1/16th of a Guilder
1882 French 5 centimes copper coin
1749 George II Irish half penny
1951 East Africa 10 cents copper coin
19thC Chinese cash coin
1768 Ductch Zeelandia Province copper coin
18thC Continental copper coin Huge Japanese coin
1766 Dutch provinces coin 18thC French copper coin
1855 French Napoleon III copper coin

1754 Portuguese 10 Reis, X; 1/2 Vinten

Obverse Description Crowned arms in baroque frame
Reverse Description Value in wreath, date below
Ruler Name Jose I

1721 Portuguese Moidore copper coin


'in this sign you shall conquer'

Continental copper coin or token ?

1801 Sweden 1/2 skilling copper coin

Obv: Round arms Rev: Value, date

Heart attack find in the hole !! 1941 French 2 Franc coin
Liard on behalf of Philip II, minted in poop Dordrecht, Holland County South Holland province today), in 1579.
The city raised arms against Spanish rule, perform "insurrectionary" coinage from 1574-1579.

1789-1804 French republic 1 centime (Paris)


1856 French Napoleon milled copper coin 1607 Dutch milled copper coin
Netherlands Duit Coin 1702 OVER YSSEL  1787 Swedish Ore - Frederick 1st Copper coin
1796 Dutch - Hollandia milled copper coin 1794 German States 1 Fenning copper coin
1774 German States - Julich Berg copper 1/4 stuber 1767 Dutch Over Ysell copper coin

1600's Spanish Lion & Castle 8 Maravedis Cob

21mm, 4.34g

1764 Dutch copper coin
Huge 18thC Louis XVI Double Sol of France copper coin

1740 Dutch milled copper coin


1700's Portuguese 10 Reis, X; 1/2 Vinten

Obverse Description Crowned arms in baroque frame
Reverse Description Value in wreath, date below
Ruler Name Jose 1

1882 USA Indian head milled copper one cent

Huge 1720 Continental copper coin

Portugal 10 Reis

João V





1867 Spainish - Isabel II Centimos copper coin 1752 Holandia milled copper coin
19thC First Republic France Un Centime copper coin