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    1721 silver reale found while hunting civil war site. Near mint condition.

    I was hunting at the Diggin n Virginia hunt earlier this month and found my oldest coin to date. It is a 1721 silver reale in near mint condition.
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    I'm not saying you didn't dig this. What I'm thinking is the Reale, Real. It would indeed be a very rare find in that condition. Any I have ever seen have been well circulated and worn. Yours appears to have been cut on the day it was made. Is it possible that you were in an area of any re enactments ? The old saying goes if it looks too good to be true then it probablly isn't. If it is real, it's the most pristine Reale I have ever seen that was dug.
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    Congrats, that is in excellent condition
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    That is what a couple guys told me right after I dug it. Saying it had to have been cut pretty close to when minted. Most of the cut pieces I have seen were pretty well worn. I was hunting near a couple pits that were being dug. One was for bottles and the other was for Shaler bullets. He got 860 complete Shalers out of that hole. I walked a few feet away and dug this on the second signal. I thought it was another bullet as it was the same tone. By the way another guy dug a 1858 flying eagle and the reverse was a 1859 Indian Head penny. Very rare die error. A lot of great finds are recovered on these hunts.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rustynailsandscrews View Post
    I'm not saying you didn't dig this. What I'm thinking is the Reale, Real. It would indeed be a very rare find in that condition. Any I have ever seen have been well circulated and worn. Yours appears to have been cut on the day it was made. Is it possible that you were in an area of any re enactments ? The old saying goes if it looks too good to be true then it probablly isn't. If it is real, it's the most pristine Reale I have ever seen that was dug.
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    I don't feel dubious about it. There are clear signs of wear and it doesn't look like it came from a sock drawer, and the member has a long history. In fact, I think questioning a members finds violates the rules: report it to mods if you have legit reasons to be concerned as to the authenticity.

    So good on ya, treasurehound, a great find!

    That said, in the PV (post-Vino) tnet, I do love to see the "pre" pics of more special finds. Call me Dirt McGirt...
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    1721 silver reale found while hunting civil war site. Near mint condition.

    Absolutely real and shows signs of circulation wear. Sometimes the first comment of a thread sets a tone, however like Z.K, I have no doubt it's of period and completely legit.

    Congrats on the find.
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    Here is a pic from the field right after I dug it.
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    Thank you Z.K. I don't need to post fake finds and hate those that do. It really doesn't offend me if people think its fake. Everyone has their opinions. But to question if it was dug or not.... I showed this to a big time coin collector who was at the hunt and he identified it for me. I had no idea on the date and he was showing me all the markings that id's it. He also said it was probably cut shortly after minted. Yes it was dug. Yes it was verified by collector at the hunt. Thank you for all your replies. It is my oldest coin to date.



    Quote Originally Posted by Z.K. View Post
    I don't feel dubious about it. There are clear signs of wear and it doesn't look like it came from a sock drawer, and the member has a long history. In fact, I think questioning a members finds violates the rules: report it to mods if you have legit reasons to be concerned as to the authenticity.

    So good on ya, treasurehound, a great find!

    That said, in the PV (post-Vino) tnet, I do love to see the "pre" pics of more special finds. Call me Dirt McGirt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustynailsandscrews View Post
    I'm not saying you didn't dig this. What I'm thinking is the Reale, Real. It would indeed be a very rare find in that condition. Any I have ever seen have been well circulated and worn. Yours appears to have been cut on the day it was made. Is it possible that you were in an area of any re enactments ? The old saying goes if it looks too good to be true then it probablly isn't. If it is real, it's the most pristine Reale I have ever seen that was dug.
    This is a ridiculous and totally uniformed comment. Any coin, regardless of age, can be lost not long after it was minted and be in exceptional condition. I've dug almost 200 colonial silver coins, including about 85 cut pieces, and they've been recovered in conditions ranging from totally slick and almost unidentifiable to pristine with almost no wear at all (very similar to this one). I can post pics if needed, but Treasurehound's coin appears to be 100% legit. Please don't criticize other's finds when you really have no clue what you're talking about.

    UPDATE: Here's a small sampling of some dug silver coins that exhibit little wear, and I can post many more like these examples. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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    I totally agree-it's 100 percent real and in superb condition with very slight wear-congrats

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    1721 silver reale found while hunting civil war site. Near mint condition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    This is a ridiculous and totally uniformed comment. Any coin, regardless of age, can be lost not long after it was minted and be in exceptional condition. I've dug almost 200 colonial silver coins, including about 85 cut pieces, and they've been recovered in conditions ranging from totally slick and almost unidentifiable to pristine with almost no wear at all (very similar to this one). I can post pics if needed, but Treasurehound's coin appears to be 100% legit. Please don't criticize other's finds when you really have no clue what you're talking about.

    UPDATE: Here's a small sampling of some dug silver coins that exhibit little wear, and I can post many more like these examples. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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    If anybody needs more confirmation look a some of the early silvers dug by Cru and others. 100% legit and a killer find. I'm glad we have enough informed members so these comments don't gain any traction. Never want to see a great legit find detracted from. Congrats OP
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    Outstanding condition on your cut pistareen, and as others have mentioned it's certainly the reale deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by treasurehound View Post
    I was hunting at the Diggin n Virginia hunt earlier this month and found my oldest coin to date. It is a 1721 silver reale in near mint condition.
    The kind of recovery seen at eyes closed time at night,for many days after.
    Congrats on the oldest ,and take them as they come, but what good fortune on the condition.
    A recovery like that would probably find me unfit to hunt after. For a few minutes anyway...and not too focused after.
    Quite the site of the hunt.

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    Great coin find TH. Condition is great and no sign of any damage in recovering it. With my luck (and as dry as it is here) my pinpointing would have been off and I would have dinged it. Be proud of that find, it's definitely a keeper.

 

 
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