1700s coin spill! Fugios, 2-Reale, and Draped Bust!

lenmac65

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Most ground is frozen around here, so I hit the woods on Thursday where the dirt is a little more insulated and digable. I was searching near a cellar hole, but it was overgrown and I was getting no decent signals. So, I headed away, swinging on any clear areas until I ended up on a hiking trail about a 100 feet away. I was swinging along the edge of the trail for about five minutes when I got a nice coin sound in the low 30s on the Equinox. I dug my hole and was excited to see a large copper pop out. I rescanned the hole and was still getting high tones. I expanded the hole and saw the gray edge of a coin stick out, which I knew was some sort of silver. I rescanned again and still had high tones. I ended up digging two more coppers from the same hole. When I got home, I determined the silver coin was a 1754 2-Reale minted in Mexico City, in great shape too. I next saw that I had two Fugios. Unfortunately, they are in rough shape, either because of the soil or my lousy cleaning skills. Still, the chain stands out and I can see the 1787 date. The final coin was a 1797 Draped Bust large cent. I have only found a few of these coins, and this is my first one dated from the 1700s. Pretty exciting dig for me, but total luck, of course. Thanks for checking out my post. Good luck out there!
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Diggin Dude

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That is a really incredible find!! What a spill it is! I love that the Fujio’s have detail especially after being in the ground for so many years. Well done my banner vote is in!
 

bdomineau

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Most ground is frozen around here, so I hit the woods on Thursday where the dirt is a little more insulated and digable. I was searching near a cellar hole, but it was overgrown and I was getting no decent signals. So, I headed away, swinging on any clear areas until I ended up on a hiking trail about a 100 feet away. I was swinging along the edge of the trail for about five minutes when I got a nice coin sound in the low 30s on the Equinox. I dug my hole and was excited to see a large copper pop out. I rescanned the hole and was still getting high tones. I expanded the hole and saw the gray edge of a coin stick out, which I knew was some sort of silver. I rescanned again and still had high tones. I ended up digging two more coppers from the same hole. When I got home, I determined the silver coin was a 1754 2-Reale minted in Mexico City, in great shape too. I next saw that I had two Fugios. Unfortunately, they are in rough shape, either because of the soil or my lousy cleaning skills. Still, the chain stands out and I can see the 1787 date. The final coin was a 1797 Draped Bust large cent. I have only found a few of these coins, and this is my first one dated from the 1700s. Pretty exciting dig for me, but total luck, of course. Thanks for checking out my post. Good luck out there! View attachment 2005178 View attachment 2005180 View attachment 2005179 View attachment 2005182 View attachment 2005185 View attachment 2005183 View attachment 2005181 View attachment 2005184
Best ever hole (and whole) find I ever heard of around here - Congrats !
 

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Finding one would be such fun…
But finding ALL is such a ball!
Thanks for doing show and tell,
I must say you did SO well…

Much elation…
Congratulations….
Neighboring state…
You did GREAT!
 
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Beauty spill. Just goes to show how long old coinage circulated. 50-70 years wasn’t unheard of, but I tend to think that was a lost collection. I’ll vote that one in
Thanks! If this was a true pocket spill, that 2-reale would have been in circulation for about 45 years. I suppose a collection is possible, but I am thinking a contemporary pocket spill. I like to imagine the hiking path was a former cart path leading to the stone enclosed field. Maybe the coins spilled out as he was climbing onto the wagon; who knows. He must have been pretty upset when he figured out the money was lost. He sure made me happy though😁.
 
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If your willing to hunt in this weather, then you are definitely deserving of your finds.
Thanks. I don’t mind the cold, as long as my detector can tolerate it. The frozen ground though is becoming the problem (and soon snow). Oh well.
 
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Thanks. I was very lucky for sure. Map research put me in the right area by a pre-1850 cellar hole, but this hit was just my good fortune on an otherwise slow hunt..
 
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That is a really incredible find!! What a spill it is! I love that the Fujio’s have detail especially after being in the ground for so many years. Well done my banner vote is in!
Thanks so much! I don’t find many coppers, and the ones I do find are usually slick. I love the history of the Fugios, so I wish they were perfect, but they are actually pretty good considering (especially one chain side). Only 400,000 minted, so real excited to find them. Thanks again, and happy hunting.
 
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Finding one would be such fun…
But finding ALL is such a ball!
Thanks for doing show and tell,
I must say you did SO well…

Much elation…
Congratulations….
Neighboring state…
You did GREAT!
Thanks for the many kind words. It has been a week today since I dug them, and I am still so excited and grateful. I must say I have been unusually lucky lately (knock on wood). Living in New England is great for detecting if you can access the right spots. I haven’t detected Rhode Island, but I know there is lots of great history there. Thanks again. Good luck out there, and fingers crossed we don’t get too much snow.
 
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Outstanding ! Love the Fugio and Spanish silver.
Thanks! I was shocked when I saw the first Fugio at home, and nearly fell off my chair when I saw the second. I love Spanish too, and have been incredibly lucky to find several lately. That is my best and favorite silver coin find in my nearly four years of detecting. Thanks and good luck out there.
 

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Most ground is frozen around here, so I hit the woods on Thursday where the dirt is a little more insulated and digable. I was searching near a cellar hole, but it was overgrown and I was getting no decent signals. So, I headed away, swinging on any clear areas until I ended up on a hiking trail about a 100 feet away. I was swinging along the edge of the trail for about five minutes when I got a nice coin sound in the low 30s on the Equinox. I dug my hole and was excited to see a large copper pop out. I rescanned the hole and was still getting high tones. I expanded the hole and saw the gray edge of a coin stick out, which I knew was some sort of silver. I rescanned again and still had high tones. I ended up digging two more coppers from the same hole. When I got home, I determined the silver coin was a 1754 2-Reale minted in Mexico City, in great shape too. I next saw that I had two Fugios. Unfortunately, they are in rough shape, either because of the soil or my lousy cleaning skills. Still, the chain stands out and I can see the 1787 date. The final coin was a 1797 Draped Bust large cent. I have only found a few of these coins, and this is my first one dated from the 1700s. Pretty exciting dig for me, but total luck, of course. Thanks for checking out my post. Good luck out there! View attachment 2005178 View attachment 2005180 View attachment 2005179 View attachment 2005182 View attachment 2005185 View attachment 2005183 View attachment 2005181 View attachment 2005184
Awesome! Incredible finds and Congrats! Now you have me wanting to get back out there in this cold freezing weather lol.
 
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Thanks so much! I don’t find many coppers, and the ones I do find are usually slick. I love the history of the Fugios, so I wish they were perfect, but they are actually pretty good considering (especially one chain side). Only 400,000 minted, so real excited to find them. Thanks again, and happy hunting.
I found a fair amount of coppers but the Fujio still on my bucket list. And I’ve seen others found and I’m telling you yours coming out of the ground like that it’s something to be proud of. We wish there were all perfect but you know the ground isn’t too kind to Copper’s. Congrats again and happy hunting!!
 
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Very nice finds indeed.
You should plan to go back with a sifter and several buckets and dig some more all around to see what else is hiding there. Bet some other nice items are in amongst the dirt.
 

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Wow the spill must have been very exciting to dig! The reale is in super condition !!
 

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Most ground is frozen around here, so I hit the woods on Thursday where the dirt is a little more insulated and digable. I was searching near a cellar hole, but it was overgrown and I was getting no decent signals. So, I headed away, swinging on any clear areas until I ended up on a hiking trail about a 100 feet away. I was swinging along the edge of the trail for about five minutes when I got a nice coin sound in the low 30s on the Equinox. I dug my hole and was excited to see a large copper pop out. I rescanned the hole and was still getting high tones. I expanded the hole and saw the gray edge of a coin stick out, which I knew was some sort of silver. I rescanned again and still had high tones. I ended up digging two more coppers from the same hole. When I got home, I determined the silver coin was a 1754 2-Reale minted in Mexico City, in great shape too. I next saw that I had two Fugios. Unfortunately, they are in rough shape, either because of the soil or my lousy cleaning skills. Still, the chain stands out and I can see the 1787 date. The final coin was a 1797 Draped Bust large cent. I have only found a few of these coins, and this is my first one dated from the 1700s. Pretty exciting dig for me, but total luck, of course. Thanks for checking out my post. Good luck out there! View attachment 2005178 View attachment 2005180 View attachment 2005179 View attachment 2005182 View attachment 2005185 View attachment 2005183 View attachment 2005181 View attachment 2005184
How exciting! What a wonderful day you had!
 

TheCoinDoctor

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Hi
Those Fugios are in great shape.... I am happy to help you clean them free.... Its a "complimentary" hobby along with my metal detecting hobby. Here is an example of some projects. Oh by the way, I am in Framingham MA, not sure where you are but it cant be that far.
 

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