Huge First For Me: Quarter Cut Spanish 8 Reales!

Sooper Dave

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Between being so busy and all of the other craziness of this world, I have not been out digging in two months. I was long over due for some dirt therapy. So Thursday evening I saw an opportunity to drop everything and get in a swing or two. So I headed down the road with my youngest daughter to a spot I have been researching to be a possible Civil War camp. There was part of the old road that runs through the property, but it's long gone and grown over with grass. I started on a small rise in the field and found a flat button right away. I thought this was a good sign and dug a fired bullet next. I worked the area slowly and found another flat button and two pewter spoon bowls. It's now getting dark and the bugs are in full force when I got a nice quarter signal on my Etrac. I was expecting a clad quarter as I pinpointed the target pretty shallow in the plug. I busted into the clod and out pops a cut piece of something that I was sure hoping to be my first cut piece of Spanish silver. The excitement grew as I was getting enough light from the full moon to verify I had just dug a huge first. I high five my little girl as I told her that this was a special find for me, and she knows those kind of finds means a stop for ice cream on the way home so she was just as excited as me. After trying to get a good picture of it in the dark, I looked around for just a little bit more and found another smashed piece of lead and a very old padlock. The bugs were telling us to leave and I was ready to get home right after the stop for ice cream. It wasn't until after cleaning it up and comparing it to a half dollar and a silver dollar that I realized I had a quarter cut piece of an 8 Reales! I never thought I would dig one of these. I've only found one Real back eight years ago and these just don't come up often around here. I still don't know if I found part of the Civil War camp or an old home site. Either way I will be back to look around soon. HH Dave

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Wow, nothing like a piece of eight. Congrats.
 

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Congrats on the cut Spanish. Even better it's from an 8 reale. You are on a sweet 18th century house site. Good luck on your next hunt there.
 

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Hey, Sooper Dave - NICE FIND - and I can relate to your "first for me, quarter cut spanish 8 reales". Because I also have found a "first and only for ME a 1/2 Real Spanish Cob" that is undated from the 1600's(my avatar). AND you can tell your daughter this; It was found by me in a local Florida city park just a few hundred feet from a local "well known" historical site; SPANISH MISSION that existed from 1633 and later a FORT in 1656 and lasted until burnt to the ground by the British in 1704 during the Spanish/British War to gain "La Florida" from Spain.


My daughter (graduated from FSU) was a state of Florida Archaeologist that worked on that SPANISH MISSION & FORT site for over 20 years that helped to survey and excavate artifacts from the old Fort site during 1998-2002 - AND then an exact "replica" of the period FORT & Blockhouse was rebuilt and is currently a tourist attraction for this area now. Anyway here is a picture (obverse & reverse) of mine below - Thanks for looking........BILL
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Congratulations. What a great experience to share with your daughter!
 

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I'm celebrating for you with a vanilla milk shake! Good researching!
 

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What a great find! Thanks for sharing with us, and Congratulations! :icon_thumleft:
 
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Research does pay-off, there's your proof Dave! :notworthy:
What a beautiful find and you were rewarded with ice cream for your efforts too. :laughing7:

Dave

Thanks! Silver for me ice cream for her. Was a good night!
 
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Beautiful! And glad your daughter was there to enjoy it with you.

Thank you! Yeah she always bring me good luck. I have made some good finds with her lately.
 
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Congrats on the silver!

''very old padlock''

Yes, 18th C.

Thanks! Yeah very old for me not so much for your area. This stuff is modern to you.
 
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Big Congratulations Dave! That is a remarkable find. Given that I've never found a " cut" anything (unless we're counting shredded beer cans), I'm also pretty jealous. I'll bet the icecream tasted great that night. Inquiring minds want to know: What flavor goes with cut Spanish silver? Well done!

Thanks! She is pretty simple and enjoys a good vanilla.
 
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Congratulations on the find. Nice looking details on your find.

Don't know much about them so I did a search for anyone interested.
The design on yours matches the "Milled Bust type" which were minted 1771-1825. Yours was minted in Mexico judging by the M next to the Crown, which narrows the date on yours to 1771-1821 based on this site. LINK .

And without giving up too much info what state are you in (other than the state of euphoria!:laughing7: )

Thanks for the great info! I mainly stay in a state of confusion but live in Tennessee.
 

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