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The shipwreck is out in front of a small bay inlet so there's quite a bit of silt, I heard the dredge hit the coins about 23 feet down in the sand. Those blue coins had areas with mirror like mint luster when I dug them but once exposed to the air the started oxidizing like silver will do.

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Awesome finds, we get some occasional reales washing up on our shores here in southern S.C. after a good storm moving up the coast, we have many Spanish wrecks off the coast and some pirate ships as well, would love to find a gold coin!!!

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Very nice collection. That would be a dream day for all of us! Thank you for the inspiration! My five-hours at Robert Moses, on Long Island, yesterday proved disappointing as far as finds go! After seeing yours - I'm reminded of the old Saturday Night "Hans and Franz" routine, and I am Pumped Up! :thumbsupanim :wubu:

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Great finds. The condition is beautiful.

When did the wreck happen?

thanks for sharing the photos...

They think the ship is the Fane a privateer, the newest and most common reales are dated 1780 so around that time frame. Most 8 reales from one hole was 34, a friend and I dug in that hole for 4 straight hours phew!

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Congratuations on your finds. Anyone who has ever swung a metal detector or used a dredge etc. in the search for "treasure" will be envious of your booty. I suggest you take those coins within the concretions & place them outdoors in a open container of white vinegar for about 6 months or more. This solution is non invasive & will gently remove the material surrounding the coin. Don't rush things & you will receive great results.You may have to change the vinegar out every month.

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