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Old 16-03-19, 05:50 PM
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I would normally be suspicious of such bullet struck coins but this one has been in their family since the war.

I do see plenty of iffy ones on ebay, but this one strikes me as likely being original, the fact it is dated 1899 helps its cause imo, but who can say, we always ask for provenance which this has unless we no longer accept family history.
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I would normally be suspicious of such bullet struck coins but this one has been in their family since the war.

I do see plenty of iffy ones on ebay, but this one strikes me as likely being original, the fact it is dated 1899 helps its cause imo, but who can say, we always ask for provenance which this has unless we no longer accept family history.
I agree. Why use a penny from 1899 if you’re a faker, you’d pick a war year in all likelihood. Dramatic story that it ricocheted up his nose and blew his ear out... reminds me of the story grandad told in a Only Fools & Horses episode about a ‘lucky’ tobacco tin. Although I don’t think Del’s ancestor survived his good luck.
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Old 16-03-19, 08:15 PM
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A horrible wound (not that any are good). I have a photograph and some documents to a man who was wounded by a spear through the eye to his ear in Burma during the 1880's and who eventually, having left a poorhouse, committed suicide.
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Perhaps someone could look him up and see if there's any records on him and his wound.
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Old 16-03-19, 08:48 PM
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A horrible wound (not that any are good). I have a photograph and some documents to a man who was wounded by a spear through the eye to his ear in Burma during the 1880's and who eventually, having left a poorhouse, committed suicide.
Miracle he survived given the wound, plus tropical climate and medical treatment available in those days.
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Old 16-03-19, 08:59 PM
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Yes, apparently the wound caused pain and "problems" for many years, he apparently stated that the enemy were "dirty little buggers", the spear points being tainted with unpleasant substances.
He survived to fall on very hard times, was reported missing from a poorhouse and was found by a constable at a tin mine, he had taken his own life by use of a cut throat razor, having used it as the name suggests.
A sad end for a "Tommy".
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Here are two examples that came to me with medals and alot of personal items from 2 different chaps .

1 - Bullet's fell at the feet of a soldier at Gallipoli while at the beach ??

2 - coin with bullet dated 1914 came with mans effects and medals from the Desert campaign in the middle east ?? Was wounded in the hip / legs area

Both came with stories from the families regarding these items??

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The undistorted bullet stuck through a penny is defying the laws of physics I'm afraid.
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Old 17-03-19, 12:10 PM
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Here is a wonderfully plausible account of a bullet/near-death experience.

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