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Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 12, 2015 07:20PM
Went out looking for a silver ring, on the first solid signal I bent down to dig this came up instead.
Size of a silver half, feels nice and heavy in my hand.
Way cooler than a ring, could be old because it came out of an old park and it was 7" deep in the rare black dirt I happened to be hunting in.
This lodge still exists so I am going to see if I can get some age info from them.
As much as it would look great on display if they want it for their collection or museum I will let them have it.

Switched over to the standard coil again to hunt for shallow jewelry because I wasn't that concerned with depth and happened to dig the deepest good target I ever dug in this soil.
So much for plans.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2017....Clad, 15 silver targets including a freaking Barber quarter, a beautiful walker and 4 V nickels...
Plus other cool stuff.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2015 07:22PM by REVIER.




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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: bootyhoundpa
Date: October 13, 2015 04:39AM
Very cool find...

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: kschae4
Date: October 13, 2015 05:22AM
Nice save.



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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: Flanaganj25
Date: October 13, 2015 07:36AM
Amazing find REVIER! Love stuff like this. Hope they can give you some info on the item. Interested on age? Can u please update the thread with any info you find out!

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 13, 2015 07:55AM
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Flanaganj25
Amazing find REVIER! Love stuff like this. Hope they can give you some info on the item. Interested on age? Can u please update the thread with any info you find out!

Sent an email to the current chapter's scribe so I hope he will answer and shed some light on the age.
There are Masonic pennies out there from this chapter for sale with the year 1914 stamped on them so I am thinking, hoping, this thing is close to 100 years old.
We will see if he answers.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2017....Clad, 15 silver targets including a freaking Barber quarter, a beautiful walker and 4 V nickels...
Plus other cool stuff.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/13/2015 07:56AM by REVIER.

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: amberjack
Date: October 13, 2015 08:12AM
Templers follow that treasure sent :biggrin: good score !!

AJ

Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: MAKRO RACER POWER
Date: October 13, 2015 09:59AM
DEAR : congratulations 1000000 $$$ million dollar man , yes you did it yes yes this is the old history , now we need a big treasure ok so are you ready to find it , , Goodluck, REGARDS:clapping:

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: Delta Digger
Date: October 13, 2015 12:22PM
Wonder how far that coin traveled before it was lost.

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 13, 2015 12:58PM
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Delta Digger
Wonder how far that coin traveled before it was lost.

The Masonic Temple, which I found out was built in 1914, is 9.4 miles from the park where I found it so not so far.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2017....Clad, 15 silver targets including a freaking Barber quarter, a beautiful walker and 4 V nickels...
Plus other cool stuff.

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: Delta Digger
Date: October 13, 2015 02:32PM
If I get a chance working long hrs here. I will ask a few older members I know about your find. That is a really cool find congrats.

Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: TP63
Date: October 13, 2015 03:15PM
Very nice find :thumbup:

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 13, 2015 06:32PM
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Delta Digger
If I get a chance working long hrs here. I will ask a few older members I know about your find. That is a really cool find congrats.


Thanks!



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2017....Clad, 15 silver targets including a freaking Barber quarter, a beautiful walker and 4 V nickels...
Plus other cool stuff.

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: Delta Digger
Date: October 13, 2015 08:09PM
 Masonic Token. This Token was struck in Nickel for 1 Penny by the Constitutional Chapter 140 R. A.M. The reverse of the Token shows the Masonic Emblems and the obverse shows a wine Goblet with Hebrew Lettering. I found this info on eBay.




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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 14, 2015 11:08AM
Found a bunch more info on this Masonic "penny", although this is actually a shekel reproduction.

Starting at 12 o'clock the letters on the back stand for...
(H)iram (T)he (W)idows (S)on (S)ent (T)o (K)ing (S)olomon

Hiram was one of the head masons that built the royal arch for king Solomon.
He was murdered because he would not give up secrets to enable three lowly workers to upgrade their status so they could make more money.
The square looking object outside the circle with these letters represents the arch.

The small circle in the middle of the letters would usually be stamped with a members mark unique to that person and was given to members when they achieved a certain status or maybe became a full member.
The token/coin represented something you could trade to other members for lent money or services, kind of the original credit card, and would be returned when all was repaid in full.
This was considered more symbolic than put into actual use I would think.

I also read about a ceremony where a member would stand before the lodge in a pair of pants with no pockets.
You were asked to pay to achieve full membership or the next level but with no pockets you had no coins to pay to get to this next level. At that point another member would step up and give you one of these shekels coins or the more common one penny tokens so you could move up.
This represented that as a member of the Freemason society you would always have another member to help you out in times of need.

These coins have been made in brass, copper and other metals throughout the years including sterling like mine.
The dates on these tokens were not the year they were made but the year the lodge was formed.

I have seen many similar to mine with a lot of wear due to age and probably due to the fact that these were carried daily and for years by the members that owned them.
Mine seems to be in more than excellent shape so it was probably lost not long after it was handed out.

As far as age I believe this type is not very common now but was more popular and used by lodges from the late 1800's to the 1930's.
The local lodge this was affiliated with was formed in 1914, the park I found it in was dedicated in the 1920's so it all seems to fit.
Considering this thing was at the 7-8" depth level I assume this thing was lost between the 20's to the 40's because I have found other targets in this date range buried in the soil in this park.
Most targets buried here were found in the typical red dirt clay filled southern soil but this was close to a fire station built after the park was dedicated so I assume the much better black fill dirt was brought in when it was constructed.
It is a pleasure to dig and hunt in this dirt, like old times back in Kansas, and I wish there was more of it around here.

It feels great when you hold it and weighs a hefty 8.2 grams.

No info from the local chapter yet but one member here collects Masonic items and has offered to buy it from me but it is so unusual and rare and looks so good in my display I will have to do some hard thinking about that.



"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2017....Clad, 15 silver targets including a freaking Barber quarter, a beautiful walker and 4 V nickels...
Plus other cool stuff.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/14/2015 11:19AM by REVIER.

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Re: Silver Masonic coin
Posted by: Goldstrike
Date: October 14, 2015 01:14PM
That's a cool find and has lot's of history attached to it!:thumbup:

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