Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shotgun Shell Brass

Shotgun shell brass can be almost as aggravating as flip tabs with the fact they are not a coin. I have hunted sites that produce quite a few and have found that these little brass slugs can be of some assistance when trying to date a site. Some sites are mysterious as to the W's, who ,what, when and without finding a coin with a date or any other information, narrowing down 100 years to 20 years is difficult. You can use the brass of these old shotgun shells to narrow the date down. The best place I have found to help with dating brass shell stamps is

In the early 1800's a man named John Duff was a superior counterfeiter for his time. He operated out of Hardin County, Illinois, and Union and Crittenden Counties in Kentucky. He hid many caches of counterfeit coins along Treadwater River near Sturgis, Kentucky.

May all of your trails be smooth and your treasure sites many.
Best Wishes and Good Hunting