Metal detecting holidays in England with the World's most successful metal detecting club.

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USA and Canadian finds


Colchester has been a huge Army garrison town since the day of the Roman Empire and still is. The CS Army were over here trying to drum up support for their cause and to get military supplies. The old churches were tempting tourist destination for foreign visitors where most of the coins have been near. POW's from the Napoleonic era right up to W.W.II worked the land and this was also used as a staging area for D Day.

Mega rare American coin - only 20 known

Commemorative issue

4th of July in Baltimore

Bust, facing left, surrounded by legend
Lettering: BALTIMORE . TOWN • JULY • 4 • 90 •
Engraver: Standish Barry

Denomination surrounded by legend,
letters separated by dotted x's
Engraver: Standish Barry


A small number of threepence were struck by Standish Barry, a silversmith in Baltimore, Maryland. They feature a bust, facing left, surrounded by the legend: JULY • 4 • 90 • BALTIMORE • TOWN. The reverse shows the denomination with Barry’s full name along the perimeter.

For many years numismatists have speculated that the enigmatic bust on the obverse was a crude rendition of George Washington or perhaps a self-portrait of Barry. Recent research (Max B. Spiegel, “C4 Newsletter,” Spring 2009), however, uncovered contemporary sources that identify the portrait as that of James Calhoun, the first mayor of Baltimore.

The exactness of the date on the Standish Barry threepence – July 4, 1790 – has also been the subject of much speculation. It could refer to a Fourth of July celebration in the city, although no major celebration is known to have occurred in 1790. One did happen in 1809 and it was reported that the city’s silversmiths marched “under the direction of Standish Barry.” Will Nipper speculates that the “90” in the date could be a transposition of “09,” but it is unlikely that the Standish Barry threepence was issued as late as 1809.

Only around 20 Standish Barry threepence are known to have survived and most are in circulated grades. Some specimens have prominent die cracks and the piece in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg was struck from nearly shattered dies. It is likely that the dies used to strike the Standish Barry threepence failed quickly, with the result being a very limited mintage.

Standish Barry, Baltimore, Maryland
Standish Barry, of Baltimore, circulated a silver threepence in 1790. He was a watch and clockmaker, an engraver, and, later, a silversmith. The tokens are believed to have been an advertising venture at a time when small change was scarce. The precise date on this piece may indicate that Barry intended to commemorate Independence Day, but there are no records to prove this. The head on the obverse is probably that of James Calhoun, who was active in Baltimore politics in the 1790s. The legend BALTIMORE TOWN JULY 4, 90, appears in the border. An enigmatic gold doubloon is also attributed to Barry.

1860's I dollar gold coin - exact date is obscured by a blob of solder as these were used extensively as jewelry items, i.e. tie pins and cufflinks


1830 USA Liberty 5c coin 1835 USA Liberty milled silver half dime
1912 USA Barber Dime 1969 USA silver coin
1900 USA Barber Dime 1884 USA milled silver one dime
1852 USA 3 cents

USA silver 3 cent

The three-cent silver, also known as the three-cent piece in silver or trime, was struck by the Mint of the United States for circulation from 1851 to 1872, and as a proof coin in 1873. Designed by the Mint's chief engraver, James B. Longacre, it circulated well while other silver coinage was being hoarded and melted, but once that problem was addressed, became less used. It was abolished by Congress with the Coinage Act of 1873.

1940's Jefferson silver nickle  
1902 Canadian milled silver 5 cents 1910 Canada Edward VII milled silver 5 cents
1940 Canadian George VI milled silver ten cents 1920 Canadian milled silver 5 cents
USA Indian head one cent 19thC USA half dime
19thC USA Shield Nickle
1882 USA Indian head milled copper one cent
19thC USA One dollar Indian gold forgery ?
1934 USA Indian head USA 5 cents
1862 USA indian head 1 cent
Canadian Rod's finds were exported to him and on cleaning up some of his old buttons to his amazement this Revolutionary War Washington Eagle Button appeared. Rare find.
WWII USA GI buttons
95th Canadian Infantry Batt'n
WWII New Zealand Forces button


The states of Pennsylvania and New York had a "State Fencible" military unit. (Sort of a State Militia regiment). They date from the War of 1812 and onward into the 2Oth-century. For example, they served in the Spanish-American War. Your button is shown as PA45 in Alphaeus Albert's button-book ("Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons, with Supplement")


USA Marine button

1941 - 1960

Not a CSA button
USA Georgia state button

USA Marines button

Boston Elevated Bowe & Seligman as a backmark from 1880's to 1920

Canadian Pacific SS Line
In use 1901 - 1930's
Early Version
Maker - Unknown

US Navy button

U.S. late 1800's early 1900's police button
USA Post Office Dep't