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small purse find

Post by broadsmaster » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:52 pm

found approx 4" deep on pasture near a couple of cottages when i saw the shapes of the coins showing through the side of the purse i felt sure there would be a sovereign or a half sovereign inside , but it wasnt t be but still a nice little piece of history , the newest coin is a 1922 halfpenny
it doesnt show well in the photo but it still has the orinigal lustre .
so probably lost about 1923 by someone taking a shortcut across the field to the cottages.
the halfpenny has quite a bit of verdigri on it but rubbing gently with my finger it still has its original lustre.
any suggestions for cleaning to remove verdigri and preserve original.
i am thinking soapy water and a toothbrush but i am loathe to start and ruin it
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Re: small purse find

Post by meadowman » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:06 pm

Great find, must have been a real buzz, top of my wishlist ::g

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Re: small purse find

Post by fred » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:13 pm

Brilliant, it must have been the one that I was thinking about the other day but failed to find! :D
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Re: small purse find

Post by Dave8472 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:14 pm

Nice find, would of loved to have found that, all the silvers should clean up with a soak in citric acid, or lemon juice. You can always tone them down afterwards with a very short soak in bleach (30 seconds) then spit and foil clean.

If any of the green bits are stubborn then electrolocis will remove them. Milled Silver coins are quite robust and none of this will damage them. Others may frown on this but this is just my own personal recommendation, the coins aren’t mega old so you won’t be devaluing them etc. If they don’t have any green bits on them then leave them as is. I do prefer a bit of toning on a coin, and not keen on shinny coins lol, but I couldn’t leave the green stuff on myself.

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Re: small purse find

Post by chip » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 pm

Finding the purse makes it feel so much more personal than if you just found the coins.
Having never used pre decimal money I have no idea how much that adds up to or how much that would have been worth then.

Was it the equivalent of loosing pocket change or a few quid?
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Re: small purse find

Post by broadsmaster » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:36 pm

chip wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:25 pm
Finding the purse makes it feel so much more personal than if you just found the coins.
Having never used pre decimal money I have no idea how much that adds up to or how much that would have been worth then.

Was it the equivalent of loosing pocket change or a few quid?
just used this caluculator

:http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bill ... -1900.html

the 8/6 as it was termed then that i found apparantely equates to £19.79 today
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Re: small purse find

Post by Junior » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:41 pm

I got a purse and wallet in the same hole ......I thought ...yes yes yes ...Soon turned to sad face ....nothing in them ;;z farmer prob having a clear out of his mum's stuff....

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Re: small purse find

Post by JWL » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:41 pm

Not too sure if the bottom right coin is 1/- or 2/- but if it is a shilling then we have a grand total of 8/7d or 43p ish in today’s money. Not a fortune today but a whole world of grief losing that in 1923. I’m of an age to remember £sd, ask a school kid to add up three columns of numbers in base 12, base 20 and base 10 today and they'd look at you askew but back in the days of pre-history I’d be doing that daily before I was out of short trousers.

Edit, broadsmaster beat me to it.

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Re: small purse find

Post by Expat » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:55 pm

Fantastic find, I'd have been singing from the treetops if I'd found it. I too looked on google and found this site.... https://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/ppoweruk/ which gave a total of 23 pounds and 8p as the equivalent spending power today of that lot if lost in 1923. So, as another poster said, twenty quid or thereabouts which would be enough to have me crying into my beer if I lost it today.

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Re: small purse find

Post by broadsmaster » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:58 pm

yes would have been sorely missed 8/6 as it would have been equates to 102 old pennies

prices for 1923 in old pennies

1 litre petrol 2p
loaf of bread 2p
pint milk 5p
400g cheese 6p
400g bacon 20p

some poor bugger probably went without that week :(
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Re: small purse find

Post by Koala » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:00 pm

nicely found. ::g

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Re: small purse find

Post by broadsmaster » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:02 pm

Expat wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:55 pm
Fantastic find, I'd have been singing from the treetops if I'd found it. I too looked on google and found this site.... https://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/ppoweruk/ which gave a total of 23 pounds and 8p as the equivalent spending power today of that lot if lost in 1923. So, as another poster said, twenty quid or thereabouts which would be enough to have me crying into my beer if I lost it today.
oh and a pint of beer 7p ::g
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Re: small purse find

Post by PeakDetectorist » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:11 pm

Brilliant find, well done !!
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Re: small purse find

Post by chip » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:15 pm

102 old pence divide by 7 is 14 and a half pints, I hope they weren’t on their way to the pub.
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Re: small purse find

Post by Easylife » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:04 pm

Great find and no doubt quite a loss for someone. It's the intrigue of finding out what's in there. I found a rotted leather Victorian purse but no contents.
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Re: small purse find

Post by Johnnn » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:48 am

Hi BM,
I found one and as I looked at it for a few seconds did the same as you , only you did better mine were all coppers,nice find......HH....Johnnn
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Re: small purse find

Post by shaggybfc » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:19 am

Great find, ::g
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Re: small purse find

Post by JBM » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:51 pm

Interesting post.

Takes me back to my childhood days. ;)

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