1809 Spanish One Reale - 1st hunt with NOX 800! 213 year old coin found!

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well I finally got out with my new Minelab Equinox 800 today on a brand new permission. I had two misfires before even starting the hunt. I forgot the new probe that came with the detector and I could not remember how to sync the machine to wireless headphones and my 4 index cards had insufficient info for that one issue. This was the very first time I turned the machine ON, and I made all the settings from my queue cards after watching many setup videos on Youtube. Since I used the Explorer II going back over 10 years - I wanted to prove to myself just how easy this machine was to operate.

Well I was on an 1890 farm with 20 some acres. So I decided to hunt high value targets.
The first hole I dug - I gave up on finding whatever was setting off my machine so nicely and without my probe, I thought that it was best to move on.

The very next target I dug was clear silver signal on NOX and showing 9" deep. So i dug, and I dug, and I dug and my gator digger was all the way in the hole.
And I pulled out some more soil and had to rescan the pile of dirt and then I finally saw the coin. At first I thought oh a barber dime but as I wiped off the dirt, I was blown away to see the two pillars and crown above them! I thought no way! The very first target that I dug and retrieved with the NOX was a 1809 Spanish One Reale! I was beyond happy and just flat out blown away! This is the first Reale that I've dug in a long time!

The very next coin I dug was a 1937 silver Mercury dime. It was at an amazing depth and I thought I better get some pictures of this in the hole. I dug two pieces of trash and left the rest in the ground without digging.

This was pretty good for a two hour hunt. I never used machine at my house, I was minus my probe, and minus the headphones which was no big deal.
Where I was hunting was hunted by family members but these coins were 9" or deeper. So for a break-in hunt with the Minelab Equinox 800 - I was thrilled and amazed at how far they had come since they made my EX II.
If today's hunt was any indication, I may be on to another 1800's honey hole of silver and cooper coins. I am totally psyched about this machine and thankful I can hunt again with a lighter machine from Minelab!

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Ocean7

Ocean7

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Metal Detecting
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Interesting from a historical perspective as Ferdinand VII was already deposed from the throne since May 1808 - at least seven months before this coin was likely minted.
Excellent recovery! One of the more interesting coins I have seen posted in a while given the context of the times it was made.
thanks for the very interesting background history on this coin. I'm still flying high as a kite given the whole scenario of this find!. I noticed the date on coin was a little weak from Mexico Mint but rest of coin was pretty picture perfect. Thanks again! HH!
 
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Apr 15, 2004
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🏆 Honorable Mentions:
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Detector(s) used
Minelab Equinox 800
Minelab Explorer II
Garrett MASTER HUNTER 7
Garrett ADS DEEPSEEKER
Compass X100
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
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Headphones update: well Minelab is replacing my wireless headphones. Mike and John at Detector Center in Pa gave me
excellent service (Minelab's detector repair and replacement
center for my region of country).
 

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