1847 Large Cent – Copperhead movement
From Wikipedia – “The Copperheads were a vocal group of Democrats located in the Northern United States of the Union who opposed the American Civil War, wanting an immediate peace settlement with the Confederates. Republicans started calling anti-war Democrats “Copperheads,” likening them to the venomous snake. The Peace Democrats accepted the label, but for them the copper “head” was the likeness of Liberty, which they cut from copper pennies and proudly wore as badges.”
I found this 1847 Large Cent which someone has cut out the bust of Lady Liberty. Perhaps it was removed to make a lapel pin to represent the Copperhead movement……in Virginia?? Go to the JustGoDetecting Forum to see great daily metal detecting finds or to share your own!