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    I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to put in my two cents. The initial post was asking where to find Spanish coins in California. Well, back in 1979 I was living in Merced California, up in the San Joaquin Valley. I was using an old (but at the time... new) Bounty Hunter TR 550. I was out by the airport in an open field to the south. I got a hit and dug up an 1812 Mexican 2 Real copper coin, and an interesting pure copper bowl. (See photos) All of California was under Mexican rule at the time. You could probably find Mexican or other Spanish coins all throughout California. Click on the image for a larger view.
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    I hope somebody is still interested in this thread!

    Desert Don
    Last edited by Desert Don; Jan 28, 2016 at 10:24 AM.

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Because of the many varieties in the Morelos coinage, a book could be written on this one subject alone. (His monogram, SMo, is above the '2 R'.) The majority of his coinage was copper in the form of IOUs to be redeemed after the War of Independence. I can't speak to the authenticity of your coin, but I have become suspect to all cast copper Morelos coinage. To me, the educational (historic) value of that coin far exceeds its numismatic value.Thanks for the post.
    Don......
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    Dec 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post
    Because of the many varieties in the Morelos coinage, a book could be written on this one subject alone. (His monogram, SMo, is above the '2 R'.) The majority of his coinage was copper in the form of IOUs to be redeemed after the War of Independence. I can't speak to the authenticity of your coin, but I have become suspect to all cast copper Morelos coinage. To me, the educational (historic) value of that coin far exceeds its numismatic value.Thanks for the post.
    Don......
    Wow...this thread is still alive. That was quick! agree that the historic value is all it's worth. I checked a few years ago, and found that it was worth only a few dollars at best. No matter, I keep it anyway.

    DD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Don View Post
    Wow...this thread is still alive. That was quick! agree that the historic value is all it's worth. I checked a few years ago, and found that it was worth only a few dollars at best. No matter, I keep it anyway.

    DD
    Don, did you know of something from Mexican era, that was going on in that area of Merced ? Or technically, some reales and coppers circulated up through the start of the Gold rush.

    Coppers are hard to find in CA. Whenever reales are found here, they are mostly always silver. I have a theory that it's because back in the day, when cargo space/weight was at a premium, they would take the higher denomination coins when getting ready for permanent travel to another country. Same logic for large cents: Very few made it to CA. But many early seateds and some busts of the same era DO make it here.

    Of course this doesn't fully explain your copper though: Since it's a 2-reale, and and a "fractional' copper. Great story! I wonder what was going on there at your Merced site during mexican or very-early CA times ?

  5. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vpbrian View Post
    The location I'm in does happen to be a mission area , and I've found some 1906 and 1917. I really would like to find maybe some late 1800 coins. To add to my collection that will make me very happy any thing even 1899 lol
    Unless you accidently happen upon an old coin while MD'ing, yur best alternative is by trading with a friend or buying from a coin store, ebay or the like.

 

 
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