Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1/16/18 Report - 16th Century Shipwreck Near Canaveral. International Dispute. Space X Rocket. Treasure Coast Beaches.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com

Space X Rocket From Cape Canaveral
Photo by Chris N.
Chris N. caught this nice photo of a rocket launch from the cape.  He also found a whale rib.


For the last several weeks, the country with the most readers of this blog other than the United States was France.  I don't know why that is  Over the years France hasn't ranked that high.

I came across an article, which might or might not have something to do with it.  The article isn't the latest news, but I thought it might still be worth addressing.

16th-Century Shipwreck Off Florida Is Causing an International Dispute  That is the title of the article.  Below is an excerpt from the article found in LiveScience.
... "Classically, treasure hunters are supposed to be snatch-and-grab type of people, and they're only interested in shiny stuff — but that's not the case anymore," Sinclair told Live Science. "People who actually want to do this from the private sector have to come up to a pretty rigid set of rules, regulations and specifications to do the work that they want to do."
Even so, the judge in the case will probably rule that the sunken artifacts came from a French ship, likely Ribault's flagship Le Trinite, said Chuck Meide, an underwater and maritime archaeologist who heads the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) at Florida's St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
LAMP and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum are funded, in part, by grants from the state of Florida, but Meide is not involved in the case involving France, Florida and GME.
"In my opinion, it certainly looks like it is the La Trinité," Meide told Live Science. "It's hard to know these things, but I'm cautiously optimistic that, when presented with the evidence, the judge will agree that this is one of those French Ships and probably the Trinité," he said.
Here is the link for the rest of the article.


After reading the article I was even more convinced that Florida will not be issuing many, if any, new salvage leases  They'll just issue exploratory leases and learn what they can and then not issue a salvage lease.  They'll tie up the wreck or assign it to some foreign government or something.  That is my opinion.


One time I posted a a note  from George of Loxahatchee who wanted to find some hunting buddies.  Steve in Sebastian contacted George and is glad he did.   I guess that worked out well, so if anyone else is wanting to find a hunting buddy, send me your email address, tell me where you are located and any other important information, and I'll post it.


Surf At John Brooks Beach Monday Just Before Low Tide
Monday the Treasure Coast was getting some good north winds at something like 25 knots.

The beach there was mushy all the way down to the water line.

Below are a couple more pictures from the same beach and time.

Looking South From John Brooks Beach Monday Just Before Low Tide
There was one detectorist working the water line up towards the condos.

John Brooks Beach Monday Just Before Low Tide.
I didn't see any of the beaches anywhere else Monday.  Some could have been better than John Brooks.  The wind was pretty strong from the north.  The surf was more from the east at John Brooks.

I just got these pictures from Searape and Turtle Trails from Alberto S.  Thanks Alberto.

Searape Trail Around 4:45 Monday.
Photo by Alberto S.

Turtle Trail  Near 5 PM Monday.
Photo by Alberto S.
Alberto also said Wabasso was closed for dune restoration.

Tuesday the wind is still form the north but not a directly.  It doesn't seem to be as strong either.

The surf will be decreasing today.

Tomorrow or sometimes soon, I'll talk about the skills required for successful metal detecting.

Happy hunting,

Monday, January 15, 2018

1/15/18 Report - Metal Detecting Videos. Factors For Metal Detecting Success.

Written by the treasureguide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

I watched football this weekend.  Maybe you've noticed that when I miss a day it is usually a football day.  I love the strategy part of football. I enjoy figuring out how to get things done, whether it is win a football game, develop computer software or find things.

Saturday I started a discussion of the factors that lead to successful metal detecting. Today I'll address a few factors,but leave discussion of some of the more complex and interesting ones such as skill for later.

Before I really get started on that I wanted to briefly talk about something else.  I don't often watch YouTube videos, but I was looking for something specific and watched a few metal detecting videos a couple days ago.  The first thing that struck me was something that I commented on before.  It drives me crazy when they take several minutes to retrieve a target.  They pass the coil over the target I don't know how many times to pinpoint and get a good reading on the meter or whatever, and then they spend a lot of time on top of that probing around with a pinpointer.  If I took me that long to dig a target, I'd have time for about two targets per hunt.  If my wife did that I'd be screaming at her to dig the thing and get on with it.

In one video a fellow was comparing a CTX 3030 with an Ex Deus.  He detected an area first with the Ex Deus and found some things.  Then he took the CTX and found some more things "that the Ex Deus missed."  Then he detected the area with the Ex Deus again and found some more things that the CTX "missed."  In my opinion that was no comparison of the two detectors, as the detectorist suggested.  It was more a test of the detectorist.

I'm not exactly sure of the order.  Maybe he used the Ex Deus first or maybe it was the CTX first.  I'm not sure now, but it doesn't matter.  That was not a very good comparison of the two detectors.  I've posted some notes on how to really compare two detectors, but even then it would be a comparison of two detectors using a specific set of settings under a specific set of circumstances.

The detector that was used the third time, obviously found items previously missed by the other detector, but also items missed by itself.

Now I'll continue with my discussion of the factors that result in successful detecting.

Using my old rough formula as a starting point, one of the most important factors that determines metal detecting success is location.  That one is obvious enough.  You can only find things where they are.  If you want to find Spanish shipwreck treasures, you are better off on the Treasure Coast than in Arizona.  You'll find a lot more gold jewelry in South Florida than the West  Virginia hills. That might be obvious, but that isn't all that needs to be considered.

Site selection is not what I'm talking about when I talk about location. I'm talking about where you live and where you can hunt on a regular basis without lengthy or expensive travel.  Site selection is a different matter and is a component of the factor I call skill (S).

One option is to travel, but another option would be to take advantage of what the local area has to offer. SuperRick, for example, does both.  He lives in Arizona and hunts meteorites and gold nuggets there and also travels to Florida and the Treasure Coast to detect.  If you are trying to maximize success defined in economic terms, then take into account the time and expense lost in travel.

I show a variety of types of treasure, including things such as sea glass, shells, fossils and bottles.  Besides the fact that I like all of those things, it is easier to be successful if you are aware of a wide variety of types of treasure..  If you can't find one type of treasure on a beach, you can usually find another.  That expands the range of opportunities.

The other important factor I'm going to talk about today is time (T). It is actually the amount of time spent detecting and does not include things such as research, which is also valuable, cleaning finds etc.

You will find more if you hunt more. I'm sure of that.  But it is not only because you cover more ground.  When you are out in the field detecting areas, both good and bad, you learn a lot.  You learn more about the beach or area that you are detecting.  You learn more about your detector.  And perhaps most importantly, you are there to see what is going on so you'll be Johnny on the spot when the widow of opportunity opens.  There are many ways that spending more time detecting will help you.  I've only mentioned a few.

When I originally posted the first draft of my crude formula for success, some people said perseverance should be included.  I think it is included to some extent in the time factor.  It certainly helps.

I'll get into the skill factor soon.  It is a very complex factor, because there are so many different skill areas.

Tomorrow the surf is supposed to be up to five to seven feet.  I might not get out to take a look, so would appreciate any reports.

Happy hunting,

Saturday, January 13, 2018

1/13/18 Report - Beginning Discussion on Factors That Determine Success With Metal Detecting. North Winds Coming.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreports.blogspot.com.

If you ever wondered why some people find more than others or why you aren't finding more, the discussion I'm going to start today will help you answer those questions.

I once developed a rough formula for metal detecting success.  Today I'll start with that rough formula and in the future refine and expand on it.  That will provide a framework for discussing the various factors that determine success.

Here is the rough formula I threw out there a few years ago.  S = L x T x Sk x D x E.

S is the measure of success. L is location.  T is time spent detecting.  Sk stands for skill level.  D, the detector used, and E is amount of effort.  I talked about the effort factor in a recent post (1/9/18).

In the above formula, the factors were listed left to right in order of approximate importance.  Location, time on task and skill are therefore all shown as more important than the detector (D), which comes fourth in the list.  There might be some changes to the order in my revised formula, but the detector is one of the most overrated factors.  Yes you have to have a detector that works, but if you have a detector made by one of the major brand names, how you use the detector (skill) is more important than the detector you use.  I don't want to get into this too deeply now, but as I've said before, I'd trust the wise old Indian with a bow and arrow to come home with the bacon over the city slicker with the best rifle money can buy.  When people are not finding much, the first thing they wonder is if there detector is good enough.  I have to move on, but I'll return to this some time in the future.

Where was I?  I hope you can see from that little discussion how the formula forces you to think more clearly about the factors involved in success even if it all seems very obvious at first glance.  Things seem obvious until you are forced to think about them more clearly and precisely.  You might agree or disagree, but thinking it out can be helpful in either case.

The first thing I need to do is talk a little about success.  It can be defined in many ways.  When I originally developed the formula, I was thinking of long term success as measured by the total number of finds, but as you know, not all finds are equal.

While quantity can be relatively easy to define, quality is not as easy.  It can be the total economic value, but even that is a bit of a guess.  But some people do not seek the most economically valuable targets.  They might be more interested in history, for example.  Some might like to find "old" things or things that tell a story.  So success can be defined in many ways and in different ways for different people.  One person might highly value a find that has no real economic value and might routinely target things that are not at all interesting to other people.

Each person has to define success for him or herself.  I do think you should try to quantify success though.  There should be some measure of value, however you define that for yourself: not just a total number.  You can find tons of low value finds that are not as valuable as a single high value find, therefore your measure of success should probably be a weighted quantity.

I once conducted a poll on what people wanted to find.  A few people told me they weren't looking for anything in particular but hoped to some day stumble onto an amazing treasure, maybe like a chest of gold coins or something.  That is like winning the lottery.  If you are seeking one of those once-in-a-lifetime finds, that isn't what I'm talking about today.  You can still increase the odds somewhat by putting in a lot of time (or buying a lot of tickets) but chance plays a bigger factor than the type of long term strategic hunting that I'm talking about today.

It seems I've never been able to convince people of the importance and effect of simply keeping a good running measure of success of what they are trying to accomplish, whether it is weight control, blood pressure, or metal detecting.  Regularly monitoring performance has a definite effect upon performance.  People who weight themselves every day will be aware of where they stand and any trends, and that will have an effect on behavior.

You might be aware of studies such as when the lighting was changed in a factory, and they wanted to see if improved lighting led to improved productivity.  It seemed to.  When people knew there was a study of their performance (that they were being observed) their performance improved.  I forget the name of that.  I think it might be the Hawthorne Effect.

Anyhow, I encourage you to keep track of your performance in some quantifiable way that is meaningful to you.  When I began detecting, I kept track of the number of coins I was getting. I posted some of my early records not too long ago.  I could see the totals increasing over the weeks and months.  Later I quit recording clad coins and started recording only gold and precious metal finds.  That is what I was targeting then, and I kept good records of the number and type found, where and when.  I've shown some of those records too.  But that goes to show how success might be defined differently not only by different people but also different years for the same person.

Your measure of success might include multiple types of targets.  Hunting treasure coins and shipwreck artifacts on the beach is very different than hunting modern jewelry on a resort beach.  I'll get more into those types of differences some other time.

Things can change a lot over a few decades of metal detecting.  There have been times when I went hardcore and times when, because of a change in circumstances, I only hunted infrequently and very casually.  The time of my most intense detecting ( Perhaps I should say extreme detecting, although not in terms of the amount of time spent because that was very limited due to my teaching and consulting work) was quite a few years ago.  There were years when I detected often, andalso many years when I didn't detect much at all.   It varied a lot.  There were years when I picked up hundreds of pieces of gold and others when I only picked up a few, but the amount of time spent was  different.  Total number of finds or a total value of finds is not a very meaningful number when you are not spending much time.  Since I now spend so little time detecting (because of a variety of factors that I won't get into now) a measure of efficiency seems like a more relevant measure.  How much is accomplished per unit of time?  That is what I would want to know.

Just to illustrate what I mean by that, I have probably not detected much more than a couple hours so far this year.  I actually spend more time checking beaches and taking photos for the blog than I spent detecting.  Most of that was targeting modern targets.  Some of that was on a mid 1900s site.   Less than an hour was on targeting shipwreck coins.  In those two hours I picked up two pieces of gold - both modern jewelry.  They were both on the small side and not too valuable.  Was that success or not?  In terms of total finds, I'd say no.  If the amount of time is considered, it wasn't bad.

You'll note that the second factor in my original formula was T (time spent detecting).  If success is defined as some total number of finds, total time spent detecting is definitely one of the most important factors.  For comparing success for times when a lot of time was spent with times when little time was spent, I took time into consideration, by comparing success per unit of time.  How much was found per hour of detecting.  That makes it somewhat, though not perfectly comparable.

I'll quit there for today and pick up with the factors determining amount of success in the future.


The surf on the Treasure Coast will not be big this weekend, however the wind will be from the north on Sunday and Monday.  That is good.  On Monday the surf is supposed to be up to 5 - 7 feet.  That combined with the north wind might do us some good.

Happy hunting,

Friday, January 12, 2018

1/12/18 Report - Palm Beach Beaches Low. John Brooks Beach. 17 Shipwrecks on Google Earth. Sea Level Rise Issue.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Groin Showing at Palm Beach
Photo by Joe D.
Joe D. sent in the following message with photos from Palm Beach.

 Hit Palm Beach at low tide this morning! Some spots are as eroded as I've ever seen them in many years! TONS of iron from the exposed steel groins everywhere, making any finds hard to come by! Literally thousands of pieces seen and unseen! Even when discriminating ( which I rarely use) still drove my detector crazy! Also backed down the sensitivity! Ive been keeping track of the  erosion in certain spots with pictures each time I visit here, and hope to find more old stuff soon, if it continues!

There were some things exposed that I took some pics of that I have never seen before that were interesting! The steampunk looking pipes were brass or bronze and where in a strange spot for such items! I would love to know what they are part of, and would probably be valuable salvage! Also some old pilings exposed and a anchor point for something!

Sea Wall at Palm Beach
Photo by Joe D.

Pipes on Beach
Photo by Joe D.

Posts on Palm Beach.
Photo by Joe D.
Thanks much for the report and photos Joe.

The first picture reminds me of some detecting that I did many years ago between exposed groins that produced many very high quality finds.


John Brooks Thursday Near Low Tide

Surf at John Brooks Near Low Tide Thursday.


17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can Find On Google Earth.   That is the title given by Live Science - not me.

Anyhow you might find it interesting and perhaps possibly informative in some way.

Here is the link.



Whale saves snorkler from shark? That would really be an experience just to be so close to such a large animal.



Two days ago I mentioned an article that talked about how much we can expect the sea level to rise in the next hundred years  Champ F., a geologist, sent the following response to that.

As a geologist, one of my pet peeves is the brainwashing the media has done re sea level.
Yes, sea level is rising but a very important component of that is that the ground is subsiding too. Added to that fact is that for 100+ years we have greatly reduced our rivers' sediment load to the coastal areas by building dams and other flood control projects. sand is constantly being lost off the beach to deeper realms and if not resupplied, the beach will go away. (I am in No Way advocating for renourushment as it is currently done. Adding more sand at a point source, say at the mouth of a major river, over a long period of time and allowing nature to distribute that sand as she sees fit is probably a better way).

Its not just the sea level rise (and the implied 'global warming' or whatever the Tax/Spend politicians and their suckups call data falsifying these days), but also subsidence and sand resupply. and all this ignores that sea level rises and falls over time- thats the way it is and always has been.

I dont know costs, but there is an effective way to allow nature to resand a beach for you. just build a breakwater line x-feet offshore and the sand will fill in from the shore to the breakwater all by itself. probably best not to push this tho as it would lead to sanding in the area for ever. but remember, without the rivers resupplying sediments, all beach sand will eventually conveyor belt into deeper waters.

Good hunting!
Champ F.

Thanks Champ.


Bathtub beach is closed for repairs again.  It is really ripped, as is often the case.

I think they are digging near the Port of Fort Pierce and will probably be dumping more sand south of the Fort Pierce Inlet before long.

I remember back in the eighties, John Books beach was very different.  At the edge of the water there was about a four foot drop-off where now the sand extends out many yards.

While sand has not been dumped on John Brooks down by the beach access, a lot of it has been dumped on the beach to the north and the longshore currents washed it down to John Brooks.

One year the erosion was all the way back to right in front of the condos to the north.  Now the beach is nearly a hundred yards out to the east of there.


Google stats says the blog is drawing very close to having 2 million page views.

Back  a few year ago I started to work on a formula for metal detecting success and the factors that go into it.  I think that I'll refine and expand on that in the near future.

Another front will be coming through this weekend and the surf will bump back up to around six feet by Monday.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, January 11, 2018

1/11/18 Report - Finds: Sight and Otherwise. Dutch Warship Found. One Reader's Success Sifting For Silver.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

14 Inch Spike Found On Treasure Coast Yesterday

Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The battered wrecks were found near the coastal town of Sisal, Mexico, a modern beach destination that was once a bustling port in the 18th and 19th centuries...

Here is the link for the rest of the story.


I've long suspected that old wrecks could be responsible for the shape of some of the Treasure Coast.  The wrecks were covered with coral and then in some cases, sand.


A couple days ago I was talking about a couple kinds of sloth.  One reader responded to that post as follows.

After spending a few hours on the sifter today, your entry resonated today!

I am on a new site or at least a new site using the sifter.  It was a small lot with the house removed two years ago.  I hand dug, then detected, repeat, most of the lot as it was extremely trashy, with good success:  tons of marbles and at least 13 silvers, including some barber dimes.

There was a fifteen foot wide stretch at the front next to the sidewalk that had a very overgrown Camphor tree that I did not work.  Finds had diminished as I approached anyway so I wasn't too worried about it.  A week ago they cleaned all of it up and it has perfect sifting soil (mainly, no grass) so I decided to give a sample of it a shot with the sifter (after hitting with the detector and finding nada, I might add).  I might have sampled the best spot that first day with 19 marbles and a Merc and some wheats, but the finds have continued.  I've spent about ten hours and have two Indian head pennies, two V-nickels, 10 or so wheats, war nickel, two mercs and, the highlight, an 1892O Barber quarter.  I should also include the 40 marbles.  If you want to build a marble collection, sifting is the way!  I probably find 200 a year, including a bunch of clay, using the sifter.

Now I regret not sifting the entire lot, just digging.  I'm sure I missed some dimes, nickels and probably IHP's.

Anyway, not many want to hit sifting hard.  It is a lot of work.  But if you want to find the older coins, do it!

Thanks for all your blogging efforts.


Sifting isn't easy.  Most people won't put in that kind of work, but if you do, you will definitely find things that you would miss with a detector - including coins.  Did you catch how much he found with the sifter after having used his detector first?

Thanks for sharing Russ!


I often visually scout areas before deciding to detect.  Good sites will often show evidence that something might be there and maybe even give you a good idea of the kind of things that might be there.

I decided to check out at a spot along the Indian River Lagoon, and found the two following items.  They were both sight finds.  I consider eye-balling to be a speciality of mine and enjoy finding things that way.  These two items aren't worth much but they do tell me that the area is probably worth checking out with a detector.

Cork Top McCormack's Bottle.
Even if this bottle was in great shape, and it isn't, it wouldn't be worth much, but it does tell me that some older things might be found in the area.

Vintage Earring.
This earring, like the bottle above, was a sight find.  Both were found in an eroded area.  The area was eroded much like the near ideal cut that I talked about a couple days ago.

The earring tells me that there might be some more jewelry in the area,

Such sight finds are common if you know how to read sites.


We're supposed to have a 4 - foot surf and a south wind today.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1/10/18 Report - The Future Starts Now. Great Article On How Sand Moves. A Few Finds.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com

Finds and photo by Steve in Sebastian

I received the following email Saturday along with the above photo from Steve.

Found these items yesterday near the power plant. Coins are modern, items on top appear to be copper or brass. Don’t know yet what large chunk in lower right is, need to investigate.



In my January 5 post, I included a great email from Steve about "another kind of treasure." He thought about the past and the immediate aftermath of the wrecking of the 1715 Fleet.

We know a bit about the past, so when we imagine what it must have been like for those involved, we have some history and facts to start with.  If, on the other hand, we think about the future, it seems more open-ended and more difficult.  I have a hard time imagining what it might be like three hundred years from now, but I decided to think about that a little anyhow.

If we start with current trends, it might be reasonable to expect increased development of our coastline.  With that there might be more restricted beach access.  Certainly there will be no place that you will be able to hunt in the dunes, as you could do in the not too distant past.  I'd also expect the beaches to become more unnatural.  Beach renourishment has already become a yearly thing for some beaches.  Man shapes the beaches more and more and the beaches become less natural.

The sea is rising.  The study I will refer to in more detail below talked about a rise of at least one foot per hundred years.

It seems the beaches are becoming more junky.  You see a lot of plastic and other garbage on the beach that will not deteriorate in a thousand years.  I'd expect that trend to continue.

There are a lot of questions.  Will the archaeological or homeowner communities control more and perhaps make detecting on the beaches illegal?  You might not know this but one of the homeowner groups already took legal action against salvage efforts taking place in front of their community.

Metal detectors will undoubtedly improve, but how and where will you be able to use them?

Robot metal detectors?  Years ago I thought about how I could use a remote control vehicle to carry a coil.  One big problem would be marking a hit.  I thought about using spray paint.   You get the idea.  Lots of engineering problems to solve.  Not that difficult though.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a new type of artificial sand or additive that will be used to replace or prevent the natural sand from being washed away.

Just some wild guesses.  

The future starts now.  Maybe you can help shape it in some way.


I found a great article describing the changes that occur to a barrier island system - both short term and long term.

Here are a few excerpts.

Barrier beaches and spits are constantly raised up, shifted, and torn down by the natural ebb and flow of waves, currents, winds, and tides. Storms can reshape them abruptly and dramatically. Hooks form, inlets open and close, and beaches slowly march across their back bays and lagoons toward the mainland, as if seeking shelter from the full force of the ocean. This process allows them to naturally march upwards as sea levels rise.

On the southeastern elbow of Cape Cod, where the New England coast reaches out into the cold and choppy North Atlantic, this natural progression has been taking place in full view of satellites for more than 30 years. The images above were collected by three generations of Landsat instruments: the Thematic Mapper on Landsat 5, the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on Landsat 7, and the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. Each scene shows the shape of the coast off of Chatham, Massachusetts, from June 12, 1984, through September 11, 2017. (Click on the dots to scroll through the images, or hit the play arrow for a slideshow.)

The entire article is worth reading. It will help you understand the flow of sand and there fore where to find the areas where things are likely to be uncovered. This article is a must-read for any serious beach or shallow water hunter.

Here is another excerpt from the same article.

The changes to the Nauset-Monomoy barrier system are sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic. In 1984, when the image series begins, an unbroken barrier spit shields the Atlantic-facing coast of Chatham and its harbor. South of the mainland, North and South Monomoy Islands stand apart from each other and from the coast. Over the span of 30 years and 15 images, three major breaches open in the system and the barrier islands connect to the coastline and to each other at various times. All the while, sandbars and shoals—which appear as light tan waters just offshore—hint at the underwater movement of sand up and down the coast.

The first major change appears in September 1987. A nor’easter in January 1987 cut a new inlet through North Beach, forming what the locals called South Beach Island. In the 1990 image, the north end of South Beach Island nearly connects to the mainland; by 1993, the connection is complete and the south end of the spit starts to grow longer and wider. For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, South Beach keeps reaching southward toward South Monomoy. Meanwhile, the waters around North Monomoy grow shallower as sandbars and shoals rise up toward the water line.

Here is the link.


One thing they found was a major cycle that repeated about every 150 years.  There are both long-term ad short-term beach cycles.  Short term and long term cycles can interact.  I can't get into all of that now.


On the Treasure Coast we'll have a couple days of three to five foot surf.  The tides are moderate.  The wind isn't favorable.

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

1/9/18/ Report - Treasure Coast Find That Could Be Millions of Years Old. A Few Tips. Coin Show.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

Sloth is said to be one of the seven deadly sins.  Sloth can be defined as the desire for ease and the aversion to effort.  When it comes to metal detecting, it might not be a deadly sin, but it will hold you back.  Years ago when I was really doing some serious detecting, I had a saying that I often repeated to myself and told one or two other people.  It goes: if you don't want to do it, do it.  To me that was good advice for metal detecting. You won't likely follow that advice if you are just out for a day of leisurely detecting.

I was not at all slothful back then.  I realized that very often my best detecting came from hunting in unpleasant weather or rough water, walking a long distance to a site that was difficult to get to, detecting a steep slope that was near impossible to stay on without a rope tied to a tree, or working a site that was covered with rocks that made digging with a scoop impossible.  Those are just a few examples.

I'm want to talk a little about another kind of sloth today: the giant ground sloth that was about as big as an elephant and roamed Florida between 2.6 and 0.6 million years ago.  Florida has more than its fair share of slothful characters today, but I wanted to talk about the extinct ground sloth because I found a piece of one on a Treasure Coast beach just last week (See photos immediately below.)

Three Views of the Same Item.

I think the item shown above is a giant sloth tooth - obviously broken.  I could be wrong about the ID, so If I am, please let me know.

This was not the first tooth from a long extinct sloth that I have found on the Treasure Coast.  .

Below is one that I found years ago.  As I recall, it was identified by a smart fossil guy.  It is in better shape.

Fossil Sloth Tooth

If you like to find really old stuff, keep your eyes out for old fossils and think about the amazing creatures that once roamed Florida.


I dug this with the coins from the cut that I talked about the other day.  Do you know what it is?

You'll find the answer below.


2018 Vero Beach Coin Show

The 54th Annual Vero Beach Coin Show will be held January 20 – 21, 2018 at the Vero Beach Community Center.  The address is 2266 14th Ave, Vero Beach, Fl. This is a very busy show with over 1100 people attending the show every year.   For further information please contact Scott Anderson at verocoinshow@gmail.com.
You can also visit treasurecoastcoinclub.org.


Massachusetts got record tides and coastal flooding during the storm.

See how bad it was.



EO With Some Crust Chpped Off

The EO was a stinkin zincin.


The Treasure Coast surf could be up to seven feet today.  Not bad.

The wind will not be from the best direction, but their are locations that can cut anyhow - mostly those with some type of barrier to the natural flow of sand.

Happy hunting,

Remember: for best results, don't be slothful.