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    My question is: those lucky enough to swing a coil along the treasure coast and find a Spanish coin, what is the condition range of these 300 year old coins/cobs?
    I imagine the gold ones hold up better in salty conditions than do the silver cobs?
    Are the silver ones mostly found in conglomerates? Are any of the silver ones in decent condition?
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    Most of the silver ones found on our beaches are encrusted, dark and some almost unrecognizable. Having said that, I don't know that there is an average condition that one could expect to find them in. I've seen some that were encased in conglomerates while others have been singular finds. The one found on 4 Sep was black but with good detail definition on the design about thumbnail size and about as thin.

    Gold on the other hand comes out of the sand pretty much like the day it went into the sand.

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    What colonelDan said.....could be barely identifiable to great condition on the silver...gold stays gold.

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ID:	1750002 this one was black but you could still make out the cross. On the other side I could see the bars in the crest pretty clearly.....but.....I can see how they could be mistaken as junk too. They can also have alot of sand and shell stuck to them....this one didn't. I found this 173? Piece of 8 on Saturday when the storm was approaching......strong offshore winds swept the beach clean and I could finally hunt without 3 feet of seaweed !!Click image for larger version. 

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    You would be surprised at what's hidden under that crust and with a little patience they can be made mountable for jewelry. Heres both sides only 10 minutes after digging.Click image for larger version. 

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    Now if you find one you wont skip it back to sea like the old timers did. Hope that helps a little. Oh ya.....the weight will help too, there pretty heavy for there size.
    Last edited by Blak bart; Sep 05, 2019 at 04:26 PM.

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    Wow, that would be a huge adrenaline rush finding a coin like that! How did you clean the black cob to bring out the shiny silver details ? Did you have to be extra careful or just use some silver polish?
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    Very carefully with the tin foil and baking soda method. sometimes it might take 15-20 treatments like this to get the results I want.

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    I'll take black encrusted treasure silver any day good luck to all of you

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    I will have to try that aluminum foil-baking soda method on some badly tarnished silver rings I've found. Many thanks and good luck out there!
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    What about electrolysis? Would that be a reasonable method?

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    Yes....I wish I had my own set up. Guess I should build one. Sure would save alot of time and probably get better results. Some of these guys here know alot more than I do about that, but I'm ready to build a rig and give it a try.
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    Welcome aboard ExcalSam
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    Welcome SAM
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    Thank you Blak bart and A2coins!
    Last edited by ExcalSam; Sep 09, 2019 at 09:57 AM.
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    Welcome to the site and here's an electrolysis video I used to get set up.
    In my view, the most important thing was to make sure I'm using a low voltage plug and wires. I'm a beginner and the last thing I want to do is kill myself by electrocution trying to de-crud some coins.
    That'd give my wife the final upper hand in our relationship


 

 

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