Coins and bills found in old WW1 shell

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by derkerlegand, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

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  3. Evan Saltis

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  4. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I think they may be British Monarch pieces. Hard to tell, though. It also appears some of the U.S. Bills are 30s/40s. but I guess these days that could be considered early 1900s.
  5. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    I read that article earlier today, that would be so cool. :cool:

    I wonder, do you think the family kept the coins or sold them?
  6. Bradley Trotter

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    The round wasn't hurting anybody. Don't see any reason why the police should have taken it unless the family gave consent.

    Judging by the photos, the Federal Reserve Notes appear to be of the Series of 1934 and 1950. The silver certificates appear to be of the typical garden variety Series of 1935 and 57. To that end, just because a note says Series of (Insert Year) doesn’t mean that note was produced that year per se.
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  7. bruthajoe

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  8. MIGuy

    MIGuy Supporter! Supporter

    Lansing - home of Michigan State which is a cow college, so..... ;) (University of Michigan fan says so!)
  9. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    You only say that because our first president was a cow!
  10. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Cheaper than a safe.

  11. derkerlegand

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  12. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Unwell Unknown Unmembered Supporter

    I love how the police took the de-militarized shell and left the cash with the family. I'd like to have a de-miled shell like that for my collection of such things.


    This is a 22lb Parrott shell that was dug up at the battle site of Port Hudson Louisiana, a battle fought in the run-up to the siege of Vicksburg in 1863. Quite often the shells did not explode on impact with whatever they struck - the ignition pin in the front was often defective.


    When these are found, usually by detectorists, they have to be handled with extreme caution until they are de-militarized by carefully removing the ignition pin and the powder through the front of the munition. There was an incident in Virginia about 15 years ago where someone was killed when the shell exploded.

    When the ignition pin and powder are removed the shell left is just a big hunk of metal that is only harmless if you carelessly drop it on your lower paws.
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  13. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    yeah I'm with Derkerlegand, those Kennedy halves ruin the story, it's very clear someone was in that shell at least until 1964. there's Roosevelt dimes in there also. probably grandpa's hiding place.
  14. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Hey, folks, this is the NY Post!
  15. Numiser

    Numiser Well-Known Member

    I couldn't help myself!
    After seeing how much loot was in that old WWI shell, I cracked open my old Yugoslavian .50 caliber ornament shell to see what might be inside. Who knows?
    All I found was an old 1976 $2.00 bill. :angelic:

    Hey, it was worth a try anyway.
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