πŸ₯‡ BANNER 1732 8 reale pillar dollar from the 1733 fleet !!

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This piece was stuck to some rusted iron conglomerate but rang in at 31 on the nox. I was blown away when I saw the date of 1732 !! The absolute holy grail of milled 8 reales....the very first ones 1732 !! Very very very hard to come by. 20200614_111354.jpg I've been trying to find one of these for a long time and searching for them is one of my favorite past times.....if you look at my avatar you'll see a mint condition 1733 pillar dollar....another very rare and desirable year for these coins !! These coins were salvaged from the wrecks of the 1733 plate fleet disaster here in the keys. They were brought ashore to the survivor camps in the spanish salvage effort. This one was in about knee deep water with other olive jar shards rusted iron and even some shipwreck wood !! 20200614_145307.jpg I'm going slow with 10 foil boiling water and baking soda. Sadly this coin is badly beaten but surprisingly theres enough detail to see the date.....Unbelievable !! 20200614_111749.jpg 20200614_163624.jpg 20200614_163648.jpg
It started about 3 weeks ago with a cobb 8 that I got in a large clump of spikes and other rusted conglomerate the coin was in super rough condition and I had no idea it was in side this clump until I broke it apart a few days later. I had no machine at the time and it was pure luck.....but I swore to go back as soon as I got the Eqx back from warranty !! Man did this spot not disappoint !! Olive jar shards iron conglomerate and even some small ballast stone !! 20200614_171632.jpg 20200614_171716.jpg 20200614_171830.jpg
All the stuff in this pic came from the last few hunts.... the spanish stuff comes from one spot and the rest comes from a beach side wreckers camp from the mid 1800 -1920. I love seeing the sail grommets.....when I find them in large numbers it usually means a survivors camp from some wreck or another !! Check out this killer buckle I found yesterday too....its cloisonne and might have been a double buckle....not sure of age on that but I love it.....any other time that would have been my find of the day !! 20200613_195513.jpg 20200613_195453.jpg
Heres some shipwreck wood and a beautiful piece of pottery with a whole island scene on it 20200614_171604.jpg
I cant believe I got a 1732 pillar dollar.....never thought I'd scratch it off the bucket list !!
Good luck and happy hunting folks !!! WOOOO HOOO !!

http://www.keyshistory.org/IK-1733-wreck.html
 
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That belongs on the banner ,what a great find....go baaaack...... and find another one
 
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Thanks cylbil...thanks plymouthian 12 !! I searched all day today for not much but a silver plated spoon !! Lol !! You always feel so confident that you'll find more...and its usually not the case !!
 

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Fantastic! Glad ya got another bucket lister!
 

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SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!

Huge congrats on your banner, sir! :icon_thumright:
 

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Excellent find. I'm surprised it cleaned up after looking like it does in the first photo. Congrats.
 
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Fantastic! Glad ya got another bucket lister!

Yes sir smallfoot....it took alot of time to search that one out !! Thank you sir !!
 
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SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!

Huge congrats on your banner, sir! :icon_thumright:
Thank you for the vote sir.....I'm walking on clouds right now !!
 

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Daaaamn!! Awesome score Bart!! Got mine and Geo dogs banner vote!! :skullflag:
 
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Excellent find. I'm surprised it cleaned up after looking like it does in the first photo. Congrats.

Very stubborn rust stain that won't come off.....usually with some time and patience I can minimize the staining. Sure would be an awsome mounted piece with a bezel !!
 
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Daaaamn!! Awesome score Bart!! Got mine and Geo dogs banner vote!! :skullflag:

I'm stoked toe !! Thank you brother and pat that geo dog on the head for me !!
 

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Incredible recovery!...congrats Bart, go find more!
 
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I'm riding the wave dave....riding the wave of luck !! Thanks bud !!
 

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Fantastic Bart, makes me wish I had spent more time hunting and the equipment was better when I lived there during the 80's. Great job!
 
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Thanks steve.....the secret is the wrecks held very little treasure for modern salvors. Every one and there mother have been out there looking around those wrecks. The spanish brought all the treasure to the salvage camps on the beach. There was 12 million pesos of registered treasure on board these ships. That means that this treasure had to be dove up and loaded on boats and then brought to the camps each day. How do you unload a boat on the primitive beaches of the keys. The small boats loaded with treasure would have had to unload in waist deep water and walk these heavy loads to shore. Sometimes this may have been more than 100 yards to walk the heavy crates of silver to the beach. Anyone who has tried to walk a cross the flats knows that you will sink to your knees in the muck. The treasure is in the shallows where they loaded and unloaded this treasure.....basically I'm working the treasure spills from this salvage work. After they salvaged much more than was listed these spills and smuggled stashes of silver were left where they lay....for guys like us to find. So....the treasure is in and around the beaches and camps where these survivors and salvors came ashore. 1 or 2 broken open chests and sacks and there are hundreds of lost cobbs every time it happened. It had to be a struggle to get these treasures ashore by the means used in 1733-34. There were no docks !!
 

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