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  1. #1

    Apr 2016
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    First Spanish coin, maybe 2 Reale coins?

    I made it out to my new site deep in the woods at my local community park near Pittsburgh. Last week found a 2 cent coin and my oldest coin a 1846 LC there. Today I found my oldest coin by far. I think it is a 1788 Half Reale. Here it is in the hole (note I parted the poison ivy to clear the target brush).Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1462915 Here are some close ups. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1462918 Anyone know the origins of this one?
    But wait, theres more. I also dug a holed silver coin, larger, but nearly as thin. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1462925 This guy was really caked with a layer of blackness, but I did manage to get most of it off. Anyone know what this is, One Reale?Click image for larger version. 

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    Here are the rest of this mornings finds.Click image for larger version. 

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    Coupe of pics with both silver "coins".Click image for larger version. 

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    If the holed piece is a coin it would be my first holed coin and the half Reale is my oldest and first Spanish/Colonial/1700's coin. It was a good couple hours in the woods...

    Any ID help would be appreciated!!!!!

    Good luck out there!

  2. #2
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    The Urban Pirate

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    The little one is a Charles III 1/2 reale and the bigger coin appears to be a 1 reale from the same time period. They are from 1760's-1780's. Very neat! This was enough money to buy three basic meals or three large flagons of rum.
    Let history be your treasure map .

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    Jun 2014
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    Great finds,love that Spanish silver
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    awesome finds, really sweet old silver, congrats
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    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

  5. #5

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
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    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!
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    Dude, you got the GOODS there man! Big time congrats on the old Spanish silver coins. Excellent research and still digging in the woods with the weeds and bugs. You earned these fabulous finds for sure. Well done.
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    Congrats on the colonial silvers. And kudos for being brave enough to dig in and amongst the poison ivy.

    I love detecting as much as anyone, but you couldn't lure me into a poison ivy patch with $1000 bill, lol.

    Nice finds

  8. #8

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustic View Post
    Congrats on the colonial silvers. And kudos for being brave enough to dig in and amongst the poison ivy.

    I love detecting as much as anyone, but you couldn't lure me into a poison ivy patch with $1000 bill, lol.

    Nice finds
    Thanks Rustic! I bring a container of Clorox wipes and wipe down a couple times during the hunt, then shower immediately when I get home. Works pretty well but not perfect. At least the tics are down in my area!!
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  9. #9

    Apr 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurios1 View Post
    Dude, you got the GOODS there man! Big time congrats on the old Spanish silver coins. Excellent research and still digging in the woods with the weeds and bugs. You earned these fabulous finds for sure. Well done.
    Thanks Kurios! Some hunts battling the bugs, heat and poison ivy does not seem worth it, but a hunt like today, well I guess it's worth it. I just like getting out in the woods really.
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  10. #10

    Apr 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderMiner View Post
    The little one is a Charles III 1/2 reale and the bigger coin appears to be a 1 reale from the same time period. They are from 1760's-1780's. Very neat! This was enough money to buy three basic meals or three large flagons of rum.
    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.
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    Congratualtions on the Spanish silver and relics!
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    Mar 2016
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    very impressive, completely cover the silver coin with no details with silver test acid for 10 seconds then rinse under water and wipe coin hard with soft cloth, i gurantee you will see details, it works everytime
    silver coins to date=199, large coppers= 36, best coin 1836 capped bust quarter in au condition. best button= nc button only a few exist, favorite= 1733 spanish cob, 3 early 1700s cut spanish silver, 1794 colonial Italian silver, 1757 half real

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    Congrats Pa-dirt. Those look like some nice pieces of Spanish silver.
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  14. #14
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    That's super sweet. Hours of research and the payout so far is two Spanish silver from the 18th Century. Big-O-Congrats to you Mister.
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    Congrats on the old silver
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    Growing old is not for sissies I thought it would take longer to get old.

 

 
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