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Gold covered plate


Took my detector out recently and found this belt plate . It was completely caked in dirt. I put it in a jar to soak. Several days later I began cleaning it with a soft toothbrush (when the tongue came off). I was stunned when gold appeared. It measures 2 3/4" X 1 7/8". The examples online were Post War. Also noticed some parts are missing. 3 holes are visible and 3 closed holes I overlooked. I noticed on the front, directly in the center, is the number 44 and maybe a Palmetto ? Please help ID


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Intriguing find! Watching to see what this turns out to be…..