🥇 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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crashbandicoot

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Incredible Bart, finding pirate Gold, Silver, pottery while on a fishing trip! Doesn't get any better than that!

All I got to say is you don,t do any thing half assed,gold,silver,asst.goodies,annnnd,some really fine fish.How you gonna top that?Way to go Bart,way to go.
 
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Wooooo hoooo !! rusty....thank you my friend....what a great time that was....hard to believe my job can be so fun sometimes!!
 
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All I got to say is you don,t do any thing half assed,gold,silver,asst.goodies,annnnd,some really fine fish.How you gonna top that?Way to go Bart,way to go.

Well crash.....im just gonna have to try real hard to top that one !! I could never have opportunities to travel and hunt these exotic spots if I wasn't doing what I love for a living !! Fishing, diving, and treasurehunting !! The ocean is my life, and im lucky to have a job that I love 110%.....all I can say is go for it if you love it.....the money will follow when you do it long enough !! I am on the treasure boat for the next week diving for a Spanish galleon.....maybe I can top it tomorrow !! At least thats the attitude I'm gonna have !! Happy hunting crash !! Wooo hooo !!
 
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Thanks WD...I need to build one for your she shack !!
 

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Thanks WD...I need to build one for your she shack !!

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You sort of, kind of did. Well not quite yet. This thread inspired me to get off my duff and I started tumbling the glass I have found on the farm to make sea glass, er, I guess it would be more appropriate to call it farm glass. I have my crock pieces all cleaned up and the pottery shards. All I have to do is make something with them. The high heat and humidity chased me out of the shed this summer. Mayhaps I will be getting back to it this fall.
 

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Where did it go?
Was there.
Can't see it now.
I can'r see on the rotating header.
 
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No worries mate...im going to the treasure coast this Thursday!! Ill find some more treasure to post !! 😆😆👍

Gosh I hope so....I strike out every time up there !!

Maybe this disturbance in the bahamas will send the wind and surf while I'm there🤞🤞
 

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Where did it go?
Was there.
Can't see it now.
I can'r see on the rotating header.
Golden threads doesn't have all the old banner finds, it is there now, site is still under construction, admins are working to try to find way to duplicate the old banner. Because they made me an admin I did find a way to put Bart's banner find on golden threads.
 

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Golden threads doesn't have all the old banner finds, it is there now, site is still under construction, admins are working to try to find way to duplicate the old banner. Because they made me an admin I did find a way to put Bart's banner find on golden threads.
What happened to the Banner status for this again?
I thought it was up and you fixed it a month ago-now poof!
 

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What happened to the Banner status for this again?
I thought it was up and you fixed it a month ago-now poof!
It is back there, do not know what happen, it is new software.:dontknow:
 

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It's a strange one for sure, up/down/up/down/up-there's a joke somewhere in there...:laughing7:
Thanks for looking into it once again.
Not a problem, I know it was up just 2 days ago as an admin was asking about it when he was reading the thread telling me it should be up on banner, I told him it was already up and told him where it was on the banner and I had to look to see what page it was on..
 

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Not a problem, I know it was up just 2 days ago as an admin was asking about it when he was reading the thread telling me it should be up on banner, I told him it was already up and told him where it was on the banner and I had to look to see what page it was on..
Not a problem, I know it was up just 2 days ago as an admin was asking about it when he was reading the thread telling me it should be up on banner, I told him it was already up and told him where it was on the banner and I had to look to see what page it was on..
Though the Banner header isn't on the actual post any longer either, in this forum.
 

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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.

View attachment 1927649


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 !!

View attachment 1927650

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

View attachment 1927651


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.

View attachment 1927652

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

View attachment 1927653

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

View attachment 1927654

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 !!
Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
 

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Bill what can I say....thank you buddy for all the encouragement and support over the past year...your next my friend...get that gold, and ya better tell me when your coming to Florida so we can hunt together !! Good luck out there !!
Bart Thank you Yes indeed ….I always show my wife your beautiful recoveries and we are looking forward to meeting you
Take care
 

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Wow, Great finds I am going to be hunting similar world wide soon I hope, finishing up an 65ft Monohull Sailboat, has never been in the water and was given to me so ,, carbon fiber masts(Need NO rigging cables) and Ketch rigged it should be a sweet one, Lots of room for Two or more, still looking for that lady who likes to sail and explore the world.
 

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