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  1. #1
    DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!

    Jan 2007
    Virginia
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    1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Hey, Civil, Ty, MM, Kirk, Kyle, Buck, Nana, and all my other friends Got out today with Willoughby Smitty, a friend of mine. We had decided to go and try a previously untried area to see if we could start off the pre-autumn/autumn season right. The first place we went was literally in a nearly impenetrable wall of jungle that we struggled to walk through...and on top of that the sky decided to let holy hell loose and before you knew it we were soaked with stickers in us....the perfect beginning to any detecting day So after about an hour of scanning with no luck.... and a long walk back to the truck we were contemplating lunch and maybe heading to the house HOWEVER, never ones to be deterred by rain and ONE bad spot, we decided to go visit a friend on a whim to see if he was home (being as it was a Holiday) and he WAS He told us about some acreage that he had found some modern silver on i.e. Rosies, Mercs, Quarters, etc and that we ought to give it a shot And we said why the heck not..


    Upon arriving at the spot, I dug immediately 9 modern copper cased bullets and a modern slug all in about 5 minutes. These copper casings make the detector scream as you know so when I got a similar signal right next to these I figured that it would be another one of these modern copper jackets.......well boy was I wrong!

    I pinpointed it and popped a plug about 4 inches deep and out popped a disc........it looked like a large dandy flat button at first from the dirt buildup on it.....but as it rolled down the dirt plug and fell over I saw the 'COLUMNS OF GIBRALTAR" staring at me and I knew that it was a Reale. It is a Colonial Spanish 2 Reales Mexico Mint! So very unexpected in this spot which made it all the more better and in STUNNING condition. I've dug other Reales but not a 2 Reales. I've dug a couple nice hammered 1/2 Reale Cobs in great shape, several Pieces of Eight, and a couple 1 Reales but this one was the best out of them simply because it was unexpected in the ground we were hunting. In general, there have been alot of Reales come out of this general area but I just wasn't expecting it in this particular patch that we were hunting.

    icon_king: Needless to say I was happy, my hunting partner for the day Josh (Willoughby Smitty) was excited, and our friend who gave us permission to hunt was thrilled. I'm just thankful that I had some friends there to share it with as that's SO MUCH BETTER than being by yourself and finding a nice relic. Good finds and good friends to share it with is what its all about!

    Thanks to Chip! Another relic hunter like us and a genuinely STAND UP fella! I'm glad to now call him a friend as well as Josh.. Thanks bud aka CANNON MAN

    P.S. Found some other silver coins-----a Rosie, and a War Nickel....ill post them tomorrow if anyone wants to see them......also got a KILLER case of trench feet from the waterlogged boots I was in for 8 hours today...OUCH
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    PHOTOS ARE IN SUCCESSION FROM FIRST DUG, TO MIDDLE OF CLEANING, TO FINISHED PRODUCT (I LEFT SOME OF THE PATINA ON IT TO SHOW THE DUG STATE THE COIN WAS FOUND IN

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    Halfway Point:
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    Finished Product:
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    HERE ARE SOME SIZE COMPARISONS WITH A QUARTER:
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  2. #2

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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    I have dug two 2 reales.

    Quite a thrill to pop one isn't it?!!

    Nice!!!!!!

    Mark S.

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    Scotland, Aye !!

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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    She's a beauty!
    .9027 fine; 28mm; Mexico City mint; "FF" assayer
    Great find!

  4. #4
    DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!

    Jan 2007
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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark S.
    I have dug two 2 reales.

    Quite a thrill to pop one isn't it?!!

    Nice!!!!!!

    Mark S.
    I've dug other Reales but not a 2 Reales. I've dug a couple nice hammered Cobs, several Pieces of Eight, and a 1 Reale but this one was the best out of them simply because it was unexpected in the ground we were hunting. In general, there have been alot of Reales come out of this general area but I just wasn't expecting it in this particular patch that we were hunting.



  5. #5
    DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!

    Jan 2007
    Virginia
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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon
    She's a beauty!
    .9027 fine; 28mm; Mexico City mint; "FF" assayer
    Great find!
    Thanks Bud



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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    beautiful find wtg
    Building my wealth one pull tab at a time Tank69 ™

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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Josh,
    You lucky #@&%$!!!! What a great looking coin! I'm sure you never expecting digging a 2 reales that day.
    Well deserved after having to go through the briars & rain earlier.
    Great picture of Josh & Josh too. He must be about 7' tall.
    Great job buddy. I'm impressed.
    -Doug-
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    CS IS NEXT

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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Great job Buddy....Very sweet coin.See you at the DIV

  9. #9

    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    That coin is in great shape. Wish it were mine! Congrats....Hogge
    1783 CFT. KG III 1/2 Penny (25-83A)-1 of 3 known *Sold $3,750, Vermont Landscape Coppers Ryder 6 *Sold $760, Ryder7 (Avatar)** Sold $1,275*,1st Batt Royal Artillery Cartridge Box Sling Belt Tip* SOLD $1,583*,(3)- GW Inaugural Buttons-2-Cobb# 17-J.* Sold both--$405 and $400. *GW Button Cobb 17-I-*Sold $316- New Jersey Copper M14-J Sold $125- Continental Army Button *Sold $800--** British 31st ROF Cartridge Box Plate** SOLD!! (PRIVATE AMOUNT), Vermont Ryder-3 *$1200...To be continued

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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Very good'' Real de a dos'' and in good condition ... congrats!
      No matter how long the storm, the sun always shines again between the clouds ...... 

  11. #11
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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Fantastic find! And in beautiful shape!

  12. #12
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    Jul 2009
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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Wow what good hunt you had I loved seeing the cleanup process on the Reale

  13. #13
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    Dec 2008
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    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Great post.....have experienced the sky opening up urrrrrr down. And the briars, although here in S. Korea, usually thorns.
    And then the unexpected.....a great, well-deserved coin. Go do it again (but you don't have to do the rain and stickers again,
    if you don't feel like it. )
    Can't find it if you're watching tv at home, your machine isn't on, and the head of your detector is pointed up!!

  14. #14

    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    One nice pretty 2 Reale, I know that had to make your day! Congrats........

    Don
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

  15. #15

    Re: 1782 COLONIAL SPANISH 2 REALES

    Thats more like it As you know, I'm still looking
    TOO BUSY TO DETECT,YOU'RE TOO BUSY!!!

    'Time isn't money it's finds, unless your finds are money' 08/12/17
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