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Item Found: Coin

Location: Northeast

Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0329)


November 1st, 2013

I got up early this am and had my boots on the ground by 5:30am. and was back at my virgin site, sure was foggy, misty & humid. This time I came prepared with Coleman bug spray (40% DEET). That kept the bugs at bay. I was finding more buttons & relics, then got a nice hit about 5" down, rang up as a 66. I figured it was a headstamp or some lead. As I pulled it out of the hole I thought it was just some melted lead UNTIL I wiped it and saw the cross! A friend was able to ID it as follows: "The date is fairly evident along with a hint of an assayer that corresponds with the date. The outer legend has a date 166x. With the date of 63 between the pillars, it is dated 1663. With it being minted in Potosi, the assayer at the time was Antonio de Erqueta. You will note to the left of the nested 63, a well-worn assayer mark of "E". With the scale of your cob next to the dime, it is a 1 reale. Also, note the cross side: the lions and castles are transposed. It happens from time to time, but they are unusual to say the least especially when it comes to Antonio's work." I'm in utter shock. Never in a million years would I have expected to dig one of these..... The rest of a hunt was a blur and I tried to stay focused but it was useless. I kept looking at this and wondering how it got here, when was it dropped & by who. I LOVE this Hobby!

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