🥇 BANNER Bahamian pirate gold

Blak bart

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Just got back from the bahamas !! Wow !! What a trip we had. I spent 3 weeks fishing tuna, wahoo, and blue marlin !! It was go go go with the fishing and I barley had time to break out the metaldetector. But when I did it was an unbelievable ride !! Im still getting my voice back and licking my wounds. When you find a treasure spill like the one I found you hoot and holler until your voice is gone !! You guys will have to grit your teeth and get through this post it'll probably take a page to explain it all. There's alot to cover. Ill dive right in to the good stuff that came from the far out islands. Here we go !!

Boom baby Portuguese gold, and spanish silver !!
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A beautiful 1747 gold reis coin from Brazil, a badly eaten up spanish piece of eight, a 1773or5 big nose piece of eight, and a gorgeous filigree wire silver ring. All these pieces were found in 2 separate 2 hour hunts at low tide on the same beach. My original thinking from talking with locals is that a pirate long boat was dashed to pieces on this incredible shoreline trying to land there treasure. The mix of spanish and Portuguese coinage seems odd but much more research and exploration of this site is needed, and the who, what, and when of this find is driving me nuts with the research....there are some records that make some sense, but I don't want to speculate yet until I hit the books some more.

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I've dug some great iron in the bahamas and keys but this 20 inch pirate long knife has to be one of my favorites....when I hold this artifact in my hands I can feel my pirate blood boiling to life...it evokes as much emotion as the gold coin does !!

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I was able to gather up pounds of seaglass, and handfuls of great colorful potsherds for my art projects !!

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Im an opertunist, and if the detector is not producing I'll lay it aside and start to mudlarking for potsherds and pipe stems !!

I was able to pull a silver or pewter teapot lid while mud larcking an old dump site for potsherds.

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there was plenty of great ships spikes and copper alloy fasteners along with the ever present lead....the plastic of the olden days !! I got a nice ginger beer on one of my hunts and was happy about it as I never found a whole one before. Other finds included some great flat buttons including a spencers treble gilt backmarck with a greek key motiff

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At one point my best coin was an 1826 english/bahamian penny

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a pretty satisfying find...until you hit the silver and gold, and gold fever takes over !! There were harmonica reeds and another type of unidentified musical instrument reed. Im still cleaning and gathering my finds together and I've got plenty of shells too. Found a goats horn, and a boars tusk also while beachcombing for ambergris. Ill post some more pics after work...im currently putting the boat back together after a brutal 14 hour run home in heavy seas.....im battered and beaten but what a trip !! I left all my treasure gear with a fellow t-net member, including my equinox 600, and a nice map with some sites to explore...it was the least I could do for my fellow islander who helped me with transportation and and gave me the best island hospitality that could ever be expected !! I hope to return that island hospitality one day when he visits me in the keys. Ive been more than blessed to grow up both in the bahamas and keys and know many island secerets....hope I'm doing my grandpa justice. He was dual citizen and made sure I respected my bahamian heritage and conch/keys life. Wrecking is alive and well within me and beach combing is in my blood !! Woooo hoooo !! Off to work now....more to come later. Maybe my bahamian friend will make a guest appearance on this thread when he sees it....I hope so !!


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Oh ya....we caught fish too !!

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Cheers folks hope you enjoy and are inspired !! Wooo hoooo !!
 
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Blak bart

Blak bart

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Awesome Bart!!! Congrats on a beautiful gold pirate coin! And making banner! You are a gold magnet!

Rum punch for the whole crew Msbeepbeep... we did good and steered the ship towards gold !! Thanks beeps, and happy hunting !!
 

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That guy surprises me every time kurt....he might be smarter than he let's on ??

lol...unpossible....

He probably paid some local kid to photoshop it...he has a seizure trying to find a lightswitch ....lmao
 
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lol...unpossible....

He probably paid some local kid to photoshop it...he has a seizure trying to find a lightswitch ....lmao

I can't wait to see some big meg teeth buddy....no photo shop allowed !! Only real deal 6 inch monsters !!
 
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OUTSTANDING BART! What a beut.

FloridaSon....woooo hoooo !! Its been the best season ever for me, and I'm hoping to dance with Lady luck and mother nature some more before the streak dies. A 1715 coin still eludes me and is on the bucket list. Happy hunting friend and hope your getting some time on the sand !!
 

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Wow!!! WTG. Those are the bucket listers most of us only dream about.
Walt
 
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Thank you walt....its been one heck of a dream come true...happy hunting sir !!
 

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Great finds and great story! BB does it again! Congrats….
 
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Underwonder...thank you mam...its been a heck of a ride this 2021 season so far....can't wait for a return trip to the islands !! Happy hunting !!
 
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Well, I'm almost ready to finish my mosaic that was made from potsherds found in Spanish wells bahamas. Its a way of preserving history, and displaying it. This piece is a comission piece for a friends father. The frame is made from wood that was repurposed from the family home. And all the pottery was found just offshore of the oldest part of town on the island of spanish wells. The island is a favorite spot of the customer !! Hopefully it will hang in a small cottage he designed after one just like it in Spanish wells !!
 

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Oh wow those came out really good, that will look really good hanging on the wall it tells a story
 

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Wow! FANTASTIC! You really had a great time. Great finds and great fishing. Incredible! I go to the Bahamas and do detect a lot of different areas, but you raised the banner way high!
 
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Steve...how are ya !! Thank you sir !! Got your pm...forgot to respond...please excuse me. Hope all is well and good luck out there !! Im having a great season on my own....you know how it goes with the big operations.....lots of expense, little finds, and work your ass off !! Sometimes solo is better....or just a couple guys and no overhead !! The treasure pile is growing !! 20210530_171341.jpg
 

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That is just an incredible trip!
 

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Boom, and booyahh!

Nicely done.

All the best,

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