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   And the coin is holed! Cool! Great find! And finds, in excellent condition!! Thanks for sharing!!👍👍

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Good finds for your first time there, hope that you get to go back and find some more.

Good luck hunting.

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That is a fantastic find. Never seen that symbol so must be very rare. Well done. 

Curious how the two of you search that large area? Do you grid it off and use a lawnmower pattern back and forth? Do you then search it over from a different direction? Never had a large field to hunt so just wanted to ask.

HH

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I found an 1830 half Reale version of that coin last year (slightly smaller than a dime)...in PA.  It's a Mexican First Republic 8 Reale coin.  The smaller denominations are not particularly rare in relation to their US silver counterparts of the same era (still any nearly 200 year old coin found silver or otherwise is always great), but any time you find an 8 Reale silver be it Spanish or Mexican, that is an amazing find, akin to finding an old  silver dollar or similar big silver.  Probably around a $30 to $50, un-holed in VF to XF condition to give you a sense of its collectable value and rarity.  Awesome save and in great shape! 

PS Tom you should place it next to a known common object/coin to give folks a sense of scale.  I know that is a huge chunk of silver.  Also, a great "find of the month" candidate when Steve gets that contest going.

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7 hours ago, FloridaSon said:

That is a fantastic find. Never seen that symbol so must be very rare. Well done. 

Curious how the two of you search that large area? Do you grid it off and use a lawnmower pattern back and forth? Do you then search it over from a different direction? Never had a large field to hunt so just wanted to ask.

HH

Yes, I use a kind of back and forth search method like I was mowing.

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Awesome finds! The 8 Reale is Mexican, not Spanish. Mexico won their independence from Spain in 1821. That's a very cool piece of history you found.

 

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3 hours ago, CPT_GhostLight said:

Awesome finds! The 8 Reale is Mexican, not Spanish. Mexico won their independence from Spain in 1821. That's a very cool piece of history you found.

 

True.  It is an important historical distinction.  Folks tend to use the term “Spanish silver” rather loosely, one reason being the late 18th and early 19th Century Spanish and Mexican silver currency most commonly found in North America were mostly minted in Mexico City.

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