Thursday, September 15, 2016

9/15/16 Report - Tropical Depression Twelve Headed This Way. Nero Gold Coin. 1586 Segovia Eight Real.

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Projected Track of Tropical Depression Twelve.

On the Atlantic map there is now a tropical storm, two depressions and a disturbance.  The most relevant to us is Tropical Depression Twelve that will be working its way across the Atlantic (See above.).

Julia, now downgraded to a depression is off the coast of South Carolina.  North Carolina undoubtedly will get some more wind and waves from that one.


Gold Coin Showing Nero's Face.
"The coin is exceptional, because this is the first time that a coin of this kind has turned up in Jerusalem in a scientific dig,” Shimon Gibson, an archaeologist and adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, said “Coins of this type are usually only found in private collections, where we don't have clear evidence as to place of origin."

The archaeologists discovered it this summer during a dig on Mount Zion in Jerusalem; it was found in rubble near villas that might have been the homes of the wealthy Jewish residents of the time, possibly members of a well-to-do priestly class. At the site, the archaeologists have also found the rooms of a large mansion and even a ritual pool...

The article says the coin shows Nero's face (See picture above.).  The image probably looks better than he looked, though.  Don't you think an emperor would make sure he was made to look good?

In the animated movie Nemo, there was the line "Just keep swimming."  In the TreasureBeachesReport, the line would be "Just keep thinking."

In that vein, to me the biggest treasure story of the year is about millions and even billions of dollars of cash in foreign currencies that was transported to Iran.  If you are a cache hunter, your first thought upon hearing about that kind of cash being moved about on the sly would be to wonder where it is going to go and how some it will be pocketed by various people who get their hands on it. Somewhere along the way as it moves around, some of that money is going to be extracted by more or less colorful characters and secreted away.  There will definitely be people who mange to get their fingers on a nice piece of it and hide it away.  

1586 Segovia Eight Real.
Yesterday I mentioned how a coin making machine was sent to Segovia under Phillip II.  Here is an early machine-made eight-real.

It seems Segovia made eight and four reales as early as 1586, but didn't make gold coins by machine until 1611 or thereabouts.


Happy hunting,