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    What is the date range on the sites where you find Spanish silvers?

    ...just curious. I know they were legal tender until 1857 but were they really in circulation that long? Longer? What is the date range of the sites where you guys have found yours?
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    2020 Totals:
    Silvers: 11 (oldest: 1894 half dollar)
    Coppers: 10 (oldest: 1820 lc)
    Flying Eagles: 1 (1857)
    IHPs: 10 (oldest: 1859)
    Silver jewelry/relics: 3
    Gold jewelry/relics: 1

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    I found one here in the town. The first settlers came here in the mid to late 18 - teens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    I found one here in the town. The first settlers came here in the mid to late 18 - teens.

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    That's an awesome coin Loco-Digger ...pretty cool that you found it around here! Thanks for sharing!
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    "God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises,
    leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself" -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    2020 Totals:
    Silvers: 11 (oldest: 1894 half dollar)
    Coppers: 10 (oldest: 1820 lc)
    Flying Eagles: 1 (1857)
    IHPs: 10 (oldest: 1859)
    Silver jewelry/relics: 3
    Gold jewelry/relics: 1

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    Dug a 1758 in lower rural Leslie, Michigan, first settled 1836.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    Dug a 1758 in lower rural Leslie, Michigan, first settled 1836.
    Thanks for sharing! I bet you never imagined you'd find one of those in MI! How worn down was it?
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    "God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises,
    leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself" -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    2020 Totals:
    Silvers: 11 (oldest: 1894 half dollar)
    Coppers: 10 (oldest: 1820 lc)
    Flying Eagles: 1 (1857)
    IHPs: 10 (oldest: 1859)
    Silver jewelry/relics: 3
    Gold jewelry/relics: 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah_D View Post
    Thanks for sharing! I bet you never imagined you'd find one of those in MI! How worn down was it?
    It was pretty well worn. I thought it was a circuit box punch out and threw it in the junk box...pulled it out months later and saw a readable date and some detail. I was really surprised, found it in a mid-1800’s era front yard. I will try and find a photo.
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    I have found several. One site goes back to 1660's. The coin was ca 1704. Most of the other sites saw Rev War activity so the latest dates are about 1780. I can't remember finding a Spanish silver dating after 1780, but have found other foreign coins dating after that, but very, very few.
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    I've only found 9. Here is where I have found them --

    1801 1 reale; field by a modern corporate center. Field was likely a farm from the 1700s
    1755 1 reale; field next to a park that dates to 1920. Same thing, likely an old farm field
    1821 2 reale; backyard of a mansion dating to the early 1800s
    dateless 1/2 reale; old field. Many old coppers there as well. Research shows occupancy in mid-late 1700s
    1777 2 reale; Keney Park CT. I usually don't mention my sites, but I live no where near there; was just passing thru and the place looked old. Don't know anything about it
    1807 2 reale; private school with permission. Likely dropped before the school and a farm field find
    dateless 1 reale; park that was built/graded in the 1930s. Not much to say about this one, other than you can find anything anywhere
    1822 half reale; field behind a town hall that dates back a long time. Don't know the date, but old enough for me. Coppers there as well
    1803 half reale; farmhouse/field dating to same date, 1803. Found a bust half and a couple of seateds as well. Awesome site, too bad it is gone

    Oh, and then there is an alleged 4 reale, which I don't count, as it is a completely smooth disk, but fits the dimensions perfectly, and others claim
    it is a 4 reale. Given the rarity of that coin, I am not buying it, but I am at a loss as to what it could be. Found at late 1700s farmhouse where I
    found 1793 chain cent and other coppers.
    Last edited by malenkai; Nov 18, 2020 at 09:32 AM.
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    Thanks for replying! Very interesting Malenkai. This is making me very jealous haha.
    "God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises,
    leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself" -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    2020 Totals:
    Silvers: 11 (oldest: 1894 half dollar)
    Coppers: 10 (oldest: 1820 lc)
    Flying Eagles: 1 (1857)
    IHPs: 10 (oldest: 1859)
    Silver jewelry/relics: 3
    Gold jewelry/relics: 1

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    I have only found one here in Illinois. It was an 1820 Spanish Half Reale I found around 10 years ago in the yard of a home built in the 1890's. It is worn, but there was enough detail and date on it, to where I could identify it.
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