The Maryland Fourpence of Lord Baltimore is a very rare coin of which only approximately thirty specimens are known. There are really two varieties of the Maryland Fourpence: 1) a Large Bust type where the bust is very close to the RR of the inscription and 2) a Small Bust type where there is much more space between the RR and the bust. The latter type is represented by a unique specimen that Heritage sold in January, 2015 as lot 5621 in the Donald Partrick collection for an all-in price of $111,625.
The Maryland Fourpence is the smallest denomination of silver coinage issued by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, Sixpence and Shillings were also issued for circulation. Although made in England these were made to be used in Maryland to help with the small currency shortage needed in local commerce. All the silver issues share the same general design: the obverse has a bust of Cecil Calvert while the reverse contains the Calvert Shield with a crown, orb, and cross on top.
These are the first circulating coins made in England for use in a British Colony. They were issued in either 1658 or 1659.
There are two styles of the CS “Egg”. When viewed from the front, the two are virtually identical. When viewed from the back they are easily distinguishable. The back of the Army of Tennessee style utilizes telegraph wire bent into a three pronged, wire frog and soldered directly to the back of the stamped plate. The Tennessee style is generally found in post 1862 Army of Tennessee camps and battlefields.
The plate shown here is the style issued to the Army of Northern Virginia. The Army of Northern Virginia style also uses telegraph wire to form the belt hooks, but it has a lead filling to give the plate strength and to attach the wire frog to the plate..
Solid Cast Louisiana Button. Only 7 of these extremely rare buttons have been excavated with this button being the best!!! This is by far the best Confederate button I have ever dug!!!
By far one of my favorite items to dig! These little gems were lost by French soldiers who fought at Yorktown in 1781. Over the years I have dug close to 250 of these from 21 different regiments!