Friday, April 24, 2015

4/24/15 Report - $5 Million Item Found In Attic. Glass Items Found On Atocha. Valuable Old Books.


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

Faberge Hardstone Figure
Sold For Over $5 Million.
 

This Faberge hardstone figure was found in the attic of a house by an executor of an estate.  The figure sold for over $5 million at auction.  The pre sale auction estimate was $500,000 to $800,000

Nice find.

Here is the link for the article.

http://artdaily.com/news/65924/Stair-Galleries-sets-world-record-for-Faberg--hardstone-figure--selling-for--5-980-000#.VToLB-l0yaE

Kovels Komments says, When going through the items in an old house, be sure to shake every book, look for hidden drawers in desks and blanket chests, and check hems of drapes, pillows and the backs of pictures hanging on the walls.

I've been in the unfortunate position of being an executor to an estate.  Also check pockets before getting rid of old clothes.

I also love old books and have spent a lot of time in thrift stores looking at old books.  It is not uncommon to find interesting items hidden in old books.  

I once published a list of the top 20 most valuable modern collectible books and offered the list in an article I wrote for a treasure magazine.  I received tons of requests for that list.

I've found a lot of things tucked between the pages of old books, including money.  

Old and vintage pictures are now very popular and are sold on sites like eBay and Etsy.  It is not unusual to find a neat old picture tucked between the pages of a book. 

Also check to see if the book is signed by the author or some famous person.  Sometimes a book will have been owned by a famous person before it was sold off. 

I once found a book written by Hoagie Carmichael Jr. that contained his signature and his personal calling card.

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Have you found any of these?

Lead Bottle Stoppers Found on Atocha.
Source: melfisher.org site linked below.
To the left are lead bottle stoppers that were found on the Atocha.  Some were found with glass from the bottle remaining on them.

Here is a very good and thorough report on glass from the Atocha.  It covers all kinds of glass found.  It is an older report, originally printed in 1990, but very good.

Glass from Nuestra SeƱora de Atocha By Corey Malcom Reprinted from: Astrolabe: Journal of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Volume 6, No.1 - Fall, 1990

Here is the link.  Enjoy!

http://www.melfisher.org/pdf/Glass_from_Nuestra_Senora_de_Atocha.pdf

Most glass would be eye-balled, however some is found still attached to metal objects such as stoppers or frames.

Maybe you've found one of those lead stoppers and didn't know what it was.  That is a good thing about reading things like this.  It will help you identify various objects.

Nice photos and sketches of glass items and pieces to look at in that article.

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The Sedwick TREASURE, WORLD & U.S. COIN AUCTION # 17 will go live on the internet at 10:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and end on the 30th.  Just a few days left to bid.

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I hope you'll send your suggestions about proper beach detecting etiquette.  Also send your "bad" experiences with other detectorists.

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Today (Friday) on the Treasure Coast we'll have some north winds later in the day and a two to three foot surf.  The low tides won't be as low as they have been recently.

There is one nice bump in the surf prediction listed for next week.  We'll see.

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4/22/15 Report - Code Of Conduct For Hunting On A Beach With Other Detectorists. Provide Your Input.


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

Russ P. thanked the blog and its readers for identifying his sword pin mystery item.  He went on to say, There is one topic I'd like to see addressed in your blog.  I don't think you've covered it before.  What are  I'm sure it is much different than mainland sites.  I wouldn't dream of encroaching on someone hunting mainland, but it seems much more acceptable on a beach-or is it?  For example, would you work a cut that someone else is working and, if so, at what distance.  

That is an interesting question.  Beach hunting is different from inland hunting and those that specialize in each are different.  Inland hunting involves getting permission and taking care of the property by filling holes and replacing grass etc.  Inland hunters are probably a bit more experienced on the whole.  They are interested in history and probably a more conservative group on the average,  A good number of land hunters are as happy to find some worthless rusted old relic as they would be to find a piece of gold.

I think beach hunters are a more diverse group.  Some beach hunters are just as experienced and just as interested in history, but among the beach hunters you also have a lot of beginners and some who are on vacation and look at it as a way to pass some vacation time a few times a year.  There is also a small group that are out there with the thought of nothing more than sniping a recently dropped ring.  So while there is some overlap of groups, on average I do think there are some differences.

You might remember the post I did not too long ago addressing the question of how things sink in dirt.  I assembled the various thoughts I received and posted them and gave a bit of a summary.  That worked well.   Maybe we can similarly develop some guidelines concerning beach detecting etiquette by putting our heads together.

I'll start by putting some hypothetical situations out there and see what you all think would be the proper conduct.  I need to hear what you think.   After I have everybody's thoughts I'll post representative ideas along with my conclusions.

Hypothetical situation number 1.   Suppose you arrive at a treasure beach and someone is already working a cut that you planned to work.    What should you do?  Jump in right beside them and start detecting?  Hurry around to get in front of them and start detecting?  Go the opposite direction?  Move on to another beach?  Think about it and let me know what you think would be the right thing to do.

Hypothetical situation number 2.  You arrive at the beach the same time as another detectorist.  You talk a short while in the parking lot and walk over the crossover.  You both see a promising cut.  What should you do?  Get your equipment on as fast as possible and try to beat the other guy to the cut or what?

Hypothetical situation number 3.   You see someone digging a bunch of holes in a dip or coccentrated area.  What would you do?   Hurry up and get down there and start digging right beside him trying to get whats left before he does, or what?

Those are just a few situations to get you going.  They deal with issues of encroachment.  You might think of other issues to address.

The one issue that has been thoroughly addressed for beach hunters  (even though there are still some violators) is the matter of filling holes.  I think everyone knows that you should fill your holes.  Some people just don't care.  And there are some situations when it doesn't seem necessary, such as when you are on a remote beach with no one around and the water will fill the holes in a few minutes anyhow.

Another issue might be discarding dug metallic trash on the beach.  That is littering and might not deserve mention, but some people do it.

Some people look at metal detecting as being very competitive.   There are a few who think that detecting is war and anything goes.  Some are just ignorant, but the vast majority are courteous and considerate.   I've had very few encounters with rude inconsiderate people, but it has happened.

There may be other issues besides encroachment that you want to address.  Feel free.

I'll give you a few of my thoughts with which you might agree or disagree.

While I don't believe that anyone is entitled to have an entire beach to themselves (they can't cover it all by themselves anyhow) I do believe you should give other detectorists some space, especially when they got there first.   How much space is another question.  That might depend on other factors.  Generally speaking I'd throw out something like 30 yards.

It is hard to put a number on it because there are other factors that you might want to take into account.  If two detectorists are walking along the beach in opposite directions they can pass very close to each other without any problem.  If there is detetector chatter, most people will try to minimize that.

If someone is working along a line, whether it is next to a cut or next to the water, I generally give them the line, at least for a good distance.

I'd say if someone found a good cluster or a coin hole or coin line, it should be their's to work.

If someone is working a well defined tight pattern, whether it is following a cut or working a grid, I'd say don't jump in on them.

If you give someone a certain amount of space no one seems to have a problem with that, but like personal space, the specific amount might vary from person to person.

There are other factors than space.  Some people might take up your time in one way or another.

If two detectorists are working two different zones, such as dry sand and wet sand, they can be very close in proximity without any feeling of encroachment.  They are working different areas.

Of course if you are causing detector chatter, you need to give them some more space.  That seems to be less of a problem these days.

If someone is wandering around in an apparently random pattern, I see no issue with encroachment unless you are right on top of them or following them around or something.

One time I arrived at a beach and another fellow (evidently a beginner) started talking to me as soon as he saw I had a detector.  He followed me around asking questions and wanting me to teach him what to do.  He followed me all the way down the beach.  I don't know why he thought I knew what I was doing but he attached to me and seemed to expect me to give him lessons when I had very limited time and just wanted to check the beach with the little time that I had available.  He wasn't encroaching on my space, but he was encroaching on my time.  I am limited in the time that I have available to hunt and highly value my beach time.

Another detectorist got insulted because I didn't stop and talk long enough.  I was on a tight schedule and had a lot to do that day.

There are a few thoughts to get you started.  How much space do you think you should give another detectorist?  What factors should be considered?  And what other issues should be addressed.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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The weather is good down in the Keys.  The Margruder is on the Santa Margarita wreck site, and the Dare will soon be there too.

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Not much new on the Treasure Coast. 

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4/21/15 Report - Jewelry To Coin Ratio. More On Test Targets. Lake Michigan Wrecks.


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

Single-Day Finds By Leonard G.
Photo by Leonard.














Leonard found these items on Sunday morning.  Way to go Leonard!  Great jewelry to coin ratio. 

Not only did he find some ear rings, but a matching pair.  That doesn't happen real often.

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If you want to get the maximum value out of your beach hunts, you might want to hunt where there is a good jewelry to coin ratio.  To give just one simple general example, the jewelry to coin ratio is higher in the water than on the beach.

Concentrations of coins can help point you to jewelry, but the best jewelry spots do not always have a lot of coins.  There ate times and places where you'll find a nice high jewelry to coin ratio. 

One extreme and unusual example is a muddy spot along the road in the Keys where people tend to stop and wade.   It isn't a nice beach and isn't heavily visited, but every time I detected there I found a gold ring but seldom a single coin.  People wander out into the shallow water and in a few yards find that it is actually more like mud.  Any hand or foot with a ring on it that is put into the mud will come out without the ring.  The suction will pull it right off. 

Another beach where I used to detect was more typical.  It was your usual sandy Florida beach, but it was spread out over a huge area.  It also had a very high jewelry to coin ratio for some reason.  You'd spend an hour or two and typically come out with one piece of jewelry and maybe two or three coins.

You have to know those places.  At a place like that a lot of people would spend a little time detecting, not find many targets and quit too soon. 

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One thing that I've really come to appreciate in recent years is the benefit of using test targets.  I know I've talked about that some before, but my appreciation of test targets continues to increase, even after all these many years.

I happened to notice the other day where another blog linked to one of my posts about test targets.  After reading the article, the author of the blog concluded that it was indeed a good idea to carry a test target.  The linked post was the one where I was talking about how I used a test target in the field to check my tuning.  In the post I talked about how one day I noticed that my detector's response seemed less than what I would have expected on a particular target.  I then put the test target down and tested the detector on the test target.  I knew about what type of signal I should get with that particular test target.  As with the other target, the response wasn't as strong as I expected.  That verified that my detector was not tuned optimally and might need to be retuned.  The test target provided a quick and easy test, and since I knew how my detector typically responded to that carefully selected target, it also provided an accurate test.  After retuning with the test target, I go much better performance.

One key is to use a relevant test target, such as a small gold ring if that is the kind of thing you are targeting.

I can remember times way back in the days not long after I began detecting when my settings were way off and it took me a long time to find that out  On one occasion my settings looked right.  I put the knobs where I usually had them and everything looked right, but I later learned that somehow the settings were off.  Just as an example, lets say the sensitivity setting was at 10, but the detector was acting more like it was at 5.  I hate to think how long it might have been before I learned that.  If I had done what I do now, I would have checked with the test target to at the beginning of each hunt and quickly found out if the settings were off.  

Things do go wrong with detector's at times, and it is good to quickly discover when that happens.

Even when everything is working well, you can still benefit from retuning or ground balancing from time to time.  A test target can help you discover that and help you assess the impact.

I frequently do a check with a relevant known test target in the field to verify that I have close to the optimal settings.  Some detectors benefit from it more than others, but even with a simple turn and go detector, using a test target can quickly show you if everything is all right or not.  No need to waste time detecting an hour or two before finding out.  Verify first.

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The water has been very clear in Lake Michigan.  Here are some nice views of unidentified wrecks.

http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/ice-reveals-shipwrecks-in-lake-michigan/430995011645/Comcast/Weather_Channel_newest?cid=hero_sf_shipwrecks

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On the Treasure Coast we still have very smooth seas and good negative tides.

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net









Monday, April 20, 2015

4/20/15 Report - One Great Method For Locating Good New Hunting Spots And Some Things To Look For.


Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesrport.BlogSpot.com.

View Of One Of My Best U. S. Silver Coin Areas Of the Past.
There are exciting ways to search for good new spots to hunt these days.  You might be able to discover some by searching through sites like Google Maps.  That will give you a view of places you might never see just driving down the road.

I chose a few spots that were among my favorites in the past to show as examples.  I think that will give you the idea.

The first  (shown above) shows one of my favorite silver coin hunting locations from the past.  This site was abandoned and overgrown when I hunted it.  There was a busy swimming beach there back in the days of segregation.  It was one of those "Colored Beaches."

The remains of the old wood groins is the first thing you might notice.  There were also abandoned buildings and an old parking lot behind the beach.

When I hunted there, which I did whenever the water eroded the dunes, I parked before going through he park entrance and walked down and around an old fence at the water's edge and up the beach to the groins.

Evidently people used to lounge on the dunes that were the covered with bushes when I visited the site.  Whenever the dunes eroded, silver coins in very nice condition would wash out.

Like many run-down abandoned areas, it used to draw its share of unsavory characters who would break into your car if they had a chance.

In more recent years the park has been revitalized. 

Gold Hunting Spot.
Here is another spot just around the corner from the one above.  You could either drive directly to this one or take a good walk from the first spot.  This spot didn't yield silver coins, but it was a good gold spot.  Even though it wasn't a well-known busy beach at the time, there were some bathers and wind surfers that visited the area.

The inside corner of the rock jetty shown above had a dip that yielded five gold rings the first time I ever visited that spot.  The sand and seaweed line in shallow water yielded a class ring.

People tend to stay more on the sand.  That makes narrow strips bordered by sea weed more productive.


Same Spot From Another View.
The arrow points to the same spot shown above.  I'm just showing how you can use tools such as Google Earth to check out potential hunting sites.

Recently I mentioned a carpet of silver that was found after Hurricane Andrew.  It was on the coral outcrop shown below.  The coral outcrop back then was normally covered by sand.  Hurricane Andrew removed the sand a left a bunch of coins and silver items.

The funny thing is, at that time I had never seen ANYONE there, but evidently some time in the past it was visited by more people.  I can understand why.  It is an interesting feature.

In recent years that constructed a path and a observation platform near that area.  You can see the rectangular platform in the picture if you look close.

Coral Outcropping

Around the bend from there is another place (See below) where silver coins were found as well as old bottles after Hurricane Andrew.

Another Silver Coin Spot Not Far From Coral Outcropping.
You can see the coral outcropping in this shot.  Near the road at the North end of the island you can see another silver coin spot.  It is right beside the where the road enters the island from the north.

I'm told that this spot is hard to get to now.  I was told that there is a fence there now that makes it difficult to get to from the road.

The laws might have also changed.  I don't know if you can detect there or not now.  The laws changed while I was down there.  At first you were not allowed to detect there and then you were.  I don't know if it has changed again or not.

My intent is not to show you particular spots to detect.  What I am showing today is that by browsing online sites such as Google Earth, you can get a good look at places and maybe find some nice new spots to try.  You can even use Street View to see how many people are at a beach and where they sit and swim.

Look for signs of old or abandoned structures or unique natural structures that might have drawn people in the past.  Always look for structures, man-made or natural, that can trap items.  Also where erosion might often occur.

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You couldn't ask for better water conditions for water hunting.  Only a one foot surf and a good negative tide!  You can get out there and not get jostled around.  The only trouble is the sandy conditions.  Expect a couple more days of that on the Treasure Coast.

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net

Sunday, April 19, 2015

4/19/15 Report - Indian River Treasures. Steamboat St. Lucie. Pot Shard, Old Bottle & Fossils.


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Picture of the Steamship St. Lucie
Docked Not Far From Jensen.

In the old days the Indian River Lagoon was one of the main highways on the Treasure Coast.  Boat traffic was used by early settlers.  Later there was steamship service.

Here is a picture of the steamship St. Lucie at dock near Jensen.  I haven't found the name of any others, but feel there must have been others.

If any of you know of other steamships that sailed the Indian River along the Treasure Coast, I'd like to hear or read about that.  I've done a little research on that but haven't found very much.

You will occasionally see old things along or in the river.  One day just walking along Indian River Drive I saw a check-stamped pottery shard.  That was a surprise. 

Back after the hurricanes of 2004, the west side of the Indian River was lined with bottles.  It really was amazing.  They were solid along the water line.

The bottles gradually disappeared.  There weren't any to be seen for a few years.  I didn't know if they would ever return because many of them came from the banks where people used to throw their garbage.  That, of course, was in the days before they had garbage service. 

After the hurricanes they put sheets of concrete blocks over the banks of the river to prevent Indian River Drive from getting washed out again.  I thought with all of that we might not ever see the bottles again.

Last year a few of them started to appear.  And in the past few months some of the older ones started to show up again in spots where there was erosion along the water line.

My guess now is that there are still tons of them covered by sand that will be washed up again some day.

Years and years ago an embossed blob top beer bottles was found in the sand down by where the steamship shown above was docked.  The dock is no longer there.  It was destroyed by a hurricane way back in the day.

The thing that revealed the bottle was a spot of moss in the sand.  The moss, or seaweed or whatever it was, was growing on the bottle.  That bottle was not along the water line but out in the shallow water.

There are still the remains of a few garbage burn piles that can be found on the banks of the river.  Not many though, because of the erosion control structures.

I've never gone out to hunt fossils along the Indian River but have twice seen fossils there.  The first was this nice Great White tooth found along the edge of the river

Great White Shark Fossil Tooth.
.When I first saw it I thought it was the corner of a buried bottle.  When I bent down I saw it was a shark tooth. 

It is a very nice example with sharp serrations.  It is over two inches long.

One other time I was walking along the river bottles and noticed a fossil tooth of an extinct horse.  That was a surprise too.  I didn't really think that would be what it was when I first saw it.

Even though the fossils are there, I think in most places they are very rare.

When it comes to metal detecting along or in the shallow water of the Indian River, it is very difficult.  There is a ton of trash on the banks and in the shallow water.

I did spot an old pair of ear rings in one old burn pile once.

Even without a metal detector you can find all kinds of stuff along the river.  Those that I've mentioned today include include pot shards, old bottles and fossils, all of which I have seen when not hunting them. 

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The surf predictions and wave data is now found below the popular posts list.

This week we'll have very smooth surf and south winds.

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net

Saturday, April 18, 2015

4/18/15 Report - Moving From The Winter Detecting Season Into Hurricane Season. Vero Man Archaeology.


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

2000 - 2014
Chart Showing Number of Storms That Hit Florida Since 2000.



You never know when and where you'll find something interesting.  You can narrow it down a bit though.  That is one thing I talk about a lot - the probability of finding interesting things at the beach at different times.  That is the reason I developed the Treasure Coast Treasure Beach Metal Detecting Conditions Rating Scale.  Unfortunately we've been stuck on a single rating ( 1 ) for so long and frequently as of late that I quit giving the rating on a daily basis like I did in previous years.  Too bad I didn't keep a record of my daily ratings.  I would have liked to be able to look at the trends over those years.

I mentioned the gold nugget beach find that was found and posted in the Spring of 2014.  We had some decent erosion and hunting that year, but not this Spring.

When I started the blog back a number of years ago there were frequent rating changes, but not hardly any the past couple of years.  We've just been in a very slow period.  That has to change sometime, hopefully sooner rather than later.

2004 and 2005 were heavy hurricane seasons for Florida.  We all remember when the Treasure Coast was hit by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in a three week period back in 2004.  A lot of finds were made after those storms.  I hadn't started his blog yet, but I remember it well.

2013 and 2014 were pretty much the opposite of 2004 and 2005.  Very calm weather with very little erosion, and correspondingly very very few older beach finds.  It just goes to show how things get hot and then cold.

Since 2014 we haven't had a hurricane.  That is atypical, however this year is projected to be a calm hurricane season too.

In 2012 we had Sandy, which didn't hit Florida. Sandy didn't cause hardly any erosion on the Treasure Coast, but as she passed by she did cause high waters and a good number of old finds.  It doesn't seem that long ago.  I remember a lot of people hunting up on the back beaches after Sandy.  And that is where some things were found.

The October to February time period is when most of the good hunting of treasure coins has typically and historically occurred on the Treasure Coast beaches.  We're well past the good winter hunting season now.  It is very much over.  Now we're getting close to the hurricane season.

The winter season is typically best.  There can be a few months where the sand leaves the beach in fits and starts over a period of months.  The change to more South winds in the spring reverses the process and starts to build the beaches again.

The one thing that can change things in the summer is a good storm that takes a lot of sand all at once.  It really doesn't take a hurricane but a hurricane can really do the job.

Not all hurricanes do the same thing though.  Hurricane Andrew caused very little erosion in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas.  It was something like what Sandy did for us.  The water got high on the beach but there were few cuts.

There was one carpet of silver that I found right after Andrew, and Andrew got me started into bottle hunting.

Maybe I can talk about that carpet of silver some other time.  Unfortunately I don't have a picture but it was a very unique event and occurred in a location where I never saw people.

As the chart above shows, the storm season peaks in August and September.  We are in a lull between the winter season and the hurricane season right now.  That is if you are interested in finding old items on the beach.

For modern items Spring Break is over and we are getting into the hot summer season with smooth seas, which can make for easy and profitable water hunting for modern items.

The multitude of beach renourishment projects of recent years has complicated matters.

On the few beaches that aren't piled in mushy sand, you can see sand bars just off shore.  That sand will tend to make its way back in as long as we have south winds.  The sand bars will come closer to shore and the dips will get filled.

When a sand bar is moving check the back side of the sand bar, especially if people have been congregating on the bar.

Here is a link to a site that lists and discusses the storm seasons from 2000 - 2014.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Florida_hurricanes_%282000%E2%80%93present%29#Monthly_statistics

Considering the poor beach detecting conditions we've had over the past couple of years, you definitely will want to stay on top of things so you don't miss any short term improved conditions that do occur.  Those periods can be as short as days or even hours.  But eventually we'll get back into a longer term period of improved conditions that will last a period of years.

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Some very important archaeology takes place on the Treasure Coast.  Maybe you've heard of Vero Man, for example.  Here is a good article showing the importance of Treasure Coast archeology

http://www.npr.org/2015/02/21/387313451/can-you-dig-it-more-evidence-suggests-humans-from-the-ice-age

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On the Treasure Coast we have some very good negative tides today.  The surf is about two to three feet and a foot or so less tomorrow.

I hope you take a look at some of the old popular posts that are now listed on the first page of the blog.

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@comcast.net

Friday, April 17, 2015

4/17/15 Report - Most Popular Posts. Marginal Signals. Detector Adjustments & Sensitivity. Shipwreck Gold Nugget.


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

Ancient Gold Pendant
Found With Metal Detector.
You probably noticed that I made a change to the first page of the blog.  It now displays eight of the most popular posts of the past.

I think this is a great feature because there are six or seven years of posts now, and that can be overwhelming.  This provides a good new way to see if there is anything you missed or simply want to revisit.

The post about this gold pendant is one of those popular posts.  It is listed at the top of the list.

Last night I stumbled upon an old post reporting on the find of a gold nugget on a Treasure Coast shipwreck treasure beach last year about this time of year.  That particular post didn't make the top eight list.   See the 3/17/14 post for that and more on gold nuggets.

Enjoy.

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Back a few days ago I talked briefly about rounding your curves on your sweep pattern as shown in the illustration below.  In wet sand an abrupt change in direction at the end of each sweep can cause false signals at the end of the sweeps.  This especially occurs when the change in direction occurs where a recent wave stopped and left a line dividing wet sand from dry sand.  If you have your discrimination up or your sensitivity low, you won't hear those transitions, but there can be a cost to that.

An increase in noise near the end of sweeps can cause you to miss what I have called marginal signals, which also frequently occur near the end of the sweeps.  Marginal signals can sound a lot like the noise caused by the coil passing over the line between the wet and dry sand.  Ignoring marginal signals can result in a significant reduction in finds. It can be difficult to distinguish between noise and marginal signals, but double checking will do the job.  When you sweep in both directions over the questionable signal, signals that remain consistent will be good signals.

Adjusting your detector to avoid all false signals can cause a loss in sensitivity that will cause you to miss good but borderline targets that are either small or deep.  Experience can help you distinguish between noise and marginal signals.  Double checking some of those hard to distinguish signals is always a good idea.

It is also a good idea to sweep your coil parallel to the water instead of East/West or towards and away from the water's edge.  That way your detector will not have to adapt to the changes in moisture levels and mineralization on each swing.  That will give you more depth, and if you are running hot, fewer false signals.





If you run your detector hot in all-metals or pinpoint mode, you can hear all of the changes in the moisture and salt levels etc., but you can learn to distinguish those sounds from real targets.  The same goes for black sand.

Many people feel like their detector doesn't work over black sand.  They hear the black sand and give up.  In an all-metals mode you definitely can hear the black sand, but you can also hear many of the targets in or under the black sand.  

An edge in the black sand, made by a scoop or foot print or something, can cause a signal that can be difficult to distinguish from a signal caused by a good target.

It is a good idea to work in different areas of the beach (dry sand, wet sand, and in the water) one at a time instead of making your detector adjust as you go back and forth from one to another.  With some detectors, you will want to ground balance again if and when you go from one of those areas to the next.

One time a fellow using a high-end Minelab gold detector told me that when he was sweeping North/South along the water he could detect targets deeper than when he swung perpendicular to the water.   He said he thought it had to do with the earth's magnetic fields.  He was a very bright fellow, but what he was really observing was the loss in sensitivity caused by his detector trying to adjust to the rapid changes in moisture and salt when sweeping East/West.

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On the Treasure Coast today the surf is a touch higher.  We are having some good negative low tides though. 

Happy hunting,
TreasureGuide@Comcast.net