Monday, July 4, 2016

7/4/16 Report - What Really Happened On July 4, 1776. Examining a Beach Find. World's Most Crowded Beaches.

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Beach Find After Cleaning.
Before looking more at this find, I'd like to talk a little about Independence Day and what really happened on July 4, 1776.

First off, it wasn't the day that the Continental congress declared independence.  That happened on July 2, 1776.

And it wasn't the beginning of the American Revolution either.  That started in April of 1775.

And it wasn't when the Declaration of Independence was written.  The first draft was written by Thomas Jefferson in June of 1776.

Nor was it the day that the Declaration was presented to Great Britain.  That happened in November of 1776.

And it wasn't the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.  It was signed on August 2 of 1776.

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence and that was the date on the approved handwritten copy that is now displayed in the National Archives.


This cob shown in the picture above was encrusted when found and had to be cleaned.    It looks like a Potosi cob.  The surface was corroded and is very mottled.  Below is a picture of the other side.

Other Side of Same Find.
Have you noticed anything about this cob yet?  In the top picture you see the 4 to the left of the shield and mint mark and assayer mark to the right of the shield.

If you look carefully at the  bottom right corner, between four and five o'clock, you might be able to make out  "COPY" upside down.  

It isn't real easy to see that.  If I there weren't several other things that didn't look right, you might easily miss that.

Edge of Same Find.

There are a variety of other clues though.  The diameter is larger than a four reale.  The cob is very thin.  It is way too light.  And it is not made of silver or gold.

While the design of both sides is fairly realistic, there are some oddities.  For example, the denomination (4) would be on the right of the shield rather than the right and the mint mark and assayer initial would be on the left.

This is something that I'd definitely call a fantasy piece rather than a counterfeit.  The design is fairly realistic, but it is marked  COPY and could easily be recognized a fake.


So you like detecting crowded beaches.  How's this for a congested beach.

Here is a web site where you can see the world's most congested beaches.


Beach conditions remain unchanged.

Have a happy holiday and be safe,