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Is this a training shell?


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The widow of a US Coast Guard officer has donated about 30 boxes of his military history books and USCG manuals. Going through one last night, I discovered this....training shell? It's roughly the size of a 37mm anti-tank round...but it also bears a strong resemblance to some WWI or pre-WWI German training rounds. Any ideas?  And before anyone asks, I didn't think to take a picture of the bottom in case there's a headstamp..I'll do that when I get back to the museum. Any-hoo, any got an idea?

 

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manayunkman

Could it be trench art?

 

I ask because the slot makes it look like a penny bank.

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I thought that at first, but neither top nor bottom come off. I did find some photos of pre-WWI German 37mm training shells that have a slot in the side. There's no markings whatsoever, which would say it's NOT a military...anything.

 

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268th C.A.

its a bank for sure, I've seen a few. it is hard to get the coins out. you have to use a knife and slide the balanced coins out. 

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I figured as much as there seems to be one coin bouncing around in it...do you know what time frame this was made?

 

 

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