My First Gold Coin - and Best Find to Date

saanich2018

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My best finds to date. I have just had this certified. Found this earlier this month buried in sand on a beach about 15” deep. Waited until I knew it was real to post. How it got there or why it was there is a mystery. I was told this is called "Pirate Gold". These type coins were stolen from the Spanish by pirates in the Caribbean. I plan to go back to the area and do a more extensive search.

The facts of this gold coin are:

Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1702 UNC Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Lisbon mint. This type was minted in Lisbon 1683-1706 and was the largest gold coin prior to the introduction of the peça (6400 réis), at which time the moidore was reduced to 8.06 g. The reduced size moidore was struck only in Brazil. For 1702, medal and coin rotations are known. Specification: 10.78 g, .917 fine gold.
 

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Treasure_Hunter

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Threads merged and moved to Beach and Shallow Water Forum
 

noladirtdigger

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Wow, what an outstanding find!!! It’s what we all dream of.
 

billb

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My best finds to date. I have just had this certified. Found this earlier this month buried in sand on a beach about 15” deep. Waited until I knew it was real to post. How it got there or why it was there is a mystery. I was told this is called "Pirate Gold". These type coins were stolen from the Spanish by pirates in the Caribbean. I plan to go back to the area and do a more extensive search.

The facts of this gold coin are:

Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1702 UNC Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Lisbon mint. This type was minted in Lisbon 1683-1706 and was the largest gold coin prior to the introduction of the peça (6400 réis), at which time the moidore was reduced to 8.06 g. The reduced size moidore was struck only in Brazil. For 1702, medal and coin rotations are known. Specification: 10.78 g, .917 fine gold.
Outstanding recovery Voting Banner
 

ArfieBoy

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Wow! What a great find! Congratulations! You give us all hope on finding a piece of gold coinage! Thanks for sharing with us all.
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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Okay, Peyton wants the story.
I am not going to say to where - just yet - other than it was beach in the south USA. I was using my Equinox 800, Beach 1, Noise cancel on "0". Ground Balance on automatic, but it was on"0" as well. It was not a busy beach, but still had some foot traffic walking through the area. I had been out for about two hours and it almost dark. I was walking along the waters edge going in between the dry and wet sand. I had been digging up a few coins, and had found a nice silver ring (see image), but I thought this was just another quarter. I was shocked at how deep it was and I got a strong signal. As I said, it was almost dark, so when I dug it up I just put it in pocket - but I know the location where I found it. However, I remember it being a different color than a quarter and thought it might be a dollar coin. It wasn't until I got back to my room, and started looking at my finds, that I discover it. At first, I thought it must be fake, but after lightly brushing the sand off and then doing some quick research, I was pretty sure I had found something very unique. There have been a number of storms in this area this year, so I am wondering if it just got washed in. It was a good day. Planning to go back very soon!
Great story, thanks...! :icon_thumright:
Whatta hunt that was...!
 

hamiddetecting

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Very nice :hello2:Congratulations 🎊🎉🍹🍹🙂
 

noluckyet

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My best finds to date. I have just had this certified. Found this earlier this month buried in sand on a beach about 15” deep. Waited until I knew it was real to post. How it got there or why it was there is a mystery. I was told this is called "Pirate Gold". These type coins were stolen from the Spanish by pirates in the Caribbean. I plan to go back to the area and do a more extensive search.

The facts of this gold coin are:

Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1702 UNC Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Lisbon mint. This type was minted in Lisbon 1683-1706 and was the largest gold coin prior to the introduction of the peça (6400 réis), at which time the moidore was reduced to 8.06 g. The reduced size moidore was struck only in Brazil. For 1702, medal and coin rotations are known. Specification: 10.78 g, .917 fine gold.
Thank you for sharing your luck, as this will give hope to the rest. I hope the weather is good where you found it as I am sure you are going to be spending a lot more time there.
 

jboomer

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Jan 17, 2021
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West Chester Ohio
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My best finds to date. I have just had this certified. Found this earlier this month buried in sand on a beach about 15” deep. Waited until I knew it was real to post. How it got there or why it was there is a mystery. I was told this is called "Pirate Gold". These type coins were stolen from the Spanish by pirates in the Caribbean. I plan to go back to the area and do a more extensive search.

The facts of this gold coin are:

Pedro II gold 4000 Reis 1702 UNC Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC, Lisbon mint. This type was minted in Lisbon 1683-1706 and was the largest gold coin prior to the introduction of the peça (6400 réis), at which time the moidore was reduced to 8.06 g. The reduced size moidore was struck only in Brazil. For 1702, medal and coin rotations are known. Specification: 10.78 g, .917 fine gold.
That is amazing !
 

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