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  1. #16
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    Killer finds! One Spanish silver = fantastic day. Two Spanish silver = best day ever? It sure would be in my book. Congrats!
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    Sweet Spanish Silver,
    Congratulations
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Thanks UnderMiner! It's always fun to find a new variety of coin as it leads me into researching the coin and holding it in my hand while learning about it is a visceral experience. I can't make out much on the one Reale, but the size hole and proximity lead me to believe you are correct. I guess these old silvers were in circulation for a long time.
    Spanish silver was the default currency of the 13 colonies and legal tender of the USA well into the 1850's. Would not be surprised if these coins you found were in circulation until the 1840's or 50's based on their heavy wear patterns, then again these coins were used so frequently in daily trade the wear may actually have been done much quicker, maybe lost in 18th century still
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  4. #19

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    Good finds!!!!
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  5. #20

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    Went back to site last night for a couple more hours. Major bush whacking into the briars to see if I missed anything. Old roached out silver plated fork and spoon, a few more shotgun shell end and one last flat button. In all 4 coins from 1700's and 1800's, 6 flat buttons and 2 buckles in a 20'x 10' sweep of land. Here is the last button Click image for larger version. 

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    First one piece flat button I have found that has something on the front. Looks like a deer to me. Anyone seen one like this before? Time to move onto the next site.
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  6. #21

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    Glad the research and hard work paid off. Two spanish silvers, I'd be digging in the ivy too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Thanks guys! I never thought I would find coins this old in W PA, but I knew I was digging a really old site because I had my treasure map with me! (Otherwise known as Historical Maps, Penn Pilot and Google Earth layering.) And yes I had an X on the map that I thought would be the spot and it worked out. I searched a 20'x20' area slowly for 2 hours. Many hours of research, but who knows what the rest of this park has hidden away in its hundreds of acres!

    Special thanks to Jeff of PA for awesome threads on researching PA sites and Steve of PA for his icon / collection of Spanish silver that gave me hope!
    Congratulations on your first Spanish silver score! I believe it was only a couple weeks ago that I predicted this would happen and you have already made me look like a genius . Keep up the good research and get on some older sites and the Spanish silver will not be so worn.

    What is the diameter of the larger silver?
    Last edited by Steve in PA; Jun 20, 2017 at 11:50 AM.
    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Went back to site last night for a couple more hours. Major bush whacking into the briars to see if I missed anything. Old roached out silver plated fork and spoon, a few more shotgun shell end and one last flat button. In all 4 coins from 1700's and 1800's, 6 flat buttons and 2 buckles in a 20'x 10' sweep of land. Here is the last button Click image for larger version. 

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    First one piece flat button I have found that has something on the front. Looks like a deer to me. Anyone seen one like this before? Time to move onto the next site.
    Neat button with the animal on it, very likely a sportsman's button from the 1820s.
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    Spanish Silver Totals
    Cut Pieces = 18
    Half Reals = 29
    1 Reals = 11
    2 Reales = 6
    8 Reales = 1
    2 Reale Cobs = 2
    Other Early Silver Coins
    1797 & 1803 Draped Bust Dimes
    1830 Capped Bust 5 cents
    1827 Capped Bust dime
    1661 Hammered silver King Leopold
    1697 William III 6-pence
    Rev War Buttons
    3rd Battalion PA, Hartley's Regiment, USA, (4) 18th Royal Irish, (2) Rattlesnake & Stars

  9. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Congratulations on your first Spanish silver score! I believe it was only a couple weeks ago that I predicted this would happen and you have already made me look like a genius . Keep up the good research and get on some older sites and the Spanish silver will not be so worn.

    What is the diameter of the larger silver?
    I have the same problem with only finding worn Spanish silver but at least mine are worn cobs. Lol. As others have said, If I do ever find any milled pillars and globes or bust reales then they will likely be in brand new condition. LOL
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  10. #25

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    Looks like you are hitting the deep areas of frick park ? Awesome pulling some Spanish silver!!!!!

  11. #26
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    Awesome research and finds, you're brave knowingly digging in poison ivy. I just got over some nasty poison ivy blisters on my hands for not paying attention where I was digging almost 2 weeks ago. Those damn stems and roots seem to have more concentrated urushiol oil than the leaves.
    Last edited by Metal Headz; Jun 20, 2017 at 01:25 PM.
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  12. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Congratulations on your first Spanish silver score! I believe it was only a couple weeks ago that I predicted this would happen and you have already made me look like a genius . Keep up the good research and get on some older sites and the Spanish silver will not be so worn.

    What is the diameter of the larger silver?
    Thanks again Steve! Please, please, please make your next prediction for me a $20 Golden Eagle coin!

    I'll measure the larger one and post when I get home tonight.
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  13. #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo21 View Post
    Looks like you are hitting the deep areas of frick park ? Awesome pulling some Spanish silver!!!!!
    Thx Turbo21! Finding Spanish silver in Pittsburgh is an awesome feeling. I have heard there are old sites in certain Frick Park wooded areas that are productive, but I don't hunt in the City, all of my finds are in the North (lunch hunts) and South suburbs.

  14. #29

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    I work right next to liberty tunnels (port authority ). So I have hammered a lot of the city parks. Getting hard to find good sites. I have put a ton of time into seldom seen. I have pulled 4 large Rubbermaid tubs full of old bottles (turn of century -1930)
    But the sites are getting thin

    Check out my bottle collection from seldom I ran out of room so the rest are in bins lol


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