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Seated Dime Coin Spoon

Found this in a small bag of miniature spoons at an estate sale, 1857-O seated dime. These are called salt spoons or snuff spoons. There are a few “dime spoons” on eBay but none this old.


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  • BaronVonBaughBaronVonBaugh Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭✭

    Cool, but a shame too.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice find... Is the handle silver too?? Cheers, RickO

  • CentSearcherCentSearcher Posts: 226 ✭✭✭

    That's really neat! But unfortunate too...

    Maybe just don't use it silverware

  • moursundmoursund Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Do you figure it was made around civil war era?

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tastefully done even though a nice coin was sacrificed. I've got four Peruvian silver coin spoons somewhere. Anybody here collect these things? Peace Roy

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  • PortrossPortross Posts: 74 ✭✭✭
    edited March 7, 2022 9:45AM

    The well made handle looks like silver, I don’t want to remove any patina with a silver test. While a coin was ruined, for the maker it was altering common coin. Adjusted for inflation that dime is $3.23 today, so more like using a pre-1965 dime now.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    at least they made a useful neat thing with it :)

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CaptHenway said:
    If it had not been made into this spoon, this coin would, in all probability, have circulated down to a low grade and been melted.

    Agree.

    The choice is not between spoon and PCGS slabbed coin, it is between spoon and no coin. ;)

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Point taken.

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  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,117 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 8, 2022 8:03AM

    I have quite a few spoons from my port calls back in the Navy in the 70's but only one "coin" spoon.

    This one is from Brazil. It is a 500 Reis 1922 Independence Centennial.



    This is the type of coin used.

    I do not know what the gem stone is.

    It may be Carnelian but not sure.
    If you know, please let me know.
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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    there was something like this posted recent sans handle and i don't recall a consensus was reached about what it was for/why it was done.

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  • too cool!

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,170 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s pretty cool. My type set seated dime happens to be a 57-O

    Pretty cool. :)

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