Saturday, January 19, 2019

1/19/2019 Report - One Way to Exchange Foreign Coin Finds. Local Beach Activities. Who Needs a Private Jet?

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Florida Pro Surf Competition in Sebastian.
Photo by Alberto S.

The Florida Pro Surf competition at the Sebastian Inlet State Park began Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 7:30 am and will continue through January 20, 2019, till 4:00 pm.

Great photo Alberto!  Thanks.

Anything that brings people to the beach can increase metal detector finds.  Of course some groups bring more and better stuff and some types of groups lose more than others.  Surfers do not typically wear or lose the most valuable items, although GoPros and other interesting things are occasionally lost by the surfing crowd.

I've written before on the sociology of beach losses.


I once asked in this blog if anyone had any good ideas what to do with miscellaneous foreign coin finds.  Joe D. sent me the link of a web site for a company that will buy "left over" coins and currency.

Here is what they say.

You can exchange your leftover foreign coins and banknotes for cash in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Discover which currencies you can exchange. We exchange leftover cash for more than 50 different currencies, both circulating and obsolete. The complete list of exchangeable currencies and exchange rates is here.

Step 2: Choose one of these two options:

  1. Print out the exchange form. Fill in your details. Choose a payment method and payout currency. Sign and date the exchange form.

  2. No printer needed: Click on the currency you want to exchange. Add the banknotes and coins you have to your online wallet. Repeat for each currency you have. The wallet shows how much cash you will receive. When ready, click on ‘Cash in now’. Confirm your currencies. Fill in your details online. Choose a payment method and confirm. Make a note of the reference number.

Step 3: Send your currency by post to our London office. Include your filled out paper exchange form OR include your reference number written on a piece of paper.
That sounds fun to me.  They say they'll pay postage if your shipment is over 1 kilo.

Here is the link.

Let me know if you find any other companies that do this, especially those in the US.

Anybody have an experience doing this?  Let us know.


Did you know that the Air Force has an entire wing of luxury jets (in addition to the President's Air Force One planes) for the use of congressmen and top administration officials?  I just learned that after hearing about the congressional trip that was recently canceled. 

Here is what documents recently obtained by Judicial Watch showed.

Overall, according to documents uncovered by Judicial Watch in January 2011, Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 43 trips, covering 90,155 miles, from January 1 through October 1, 2010. Judicial Watch, through FOIA, continues to pursue other records related to Pelosi’s use of Air Force aircraft.

Previous documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the former Speaker’s military travel cost the USAF $2,100,744.59 over one two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka,  Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense (DOD) documents email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one DOD official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…”

Here is the link for more about that.

This is not limited to use by government officials either.  They take family members and others.

That is how your tax dollars are used.  No wonder  members of congress don't want term limits.  That is one sweet deal.


The price of gold, which seemed to be approaching $1300 per oz., fell back the past couple of days.

I'm might attend the Vero coin show this weekend.

The moon is getting fuller and the tides are getting bigger.  Nonetheless, no greater than a two to four foot surf is predicated for the next week or so.

I don't judge a person's success in life by his fame or what others think of him.  I judge a person by how he thinks of others.  TG

Happy hunting,

Friday, January 18, 2019

1/18/2019 Report - How To Identify Fake Coins. Palm Beaches. Obstructions Causing Cuts. Vero Coin Show This Weekend.

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Palm Beach Yesterday (Thursday)
Photo by Joe D.
As you can see, there are no cuts on this stretch of beach.  That is the kind of thing I've been seeing lately.

Palm Beaches Erosion Yesterday.
Photo by Joe D.
Besides the small cut, there is another difference in this picture - the rocks.  As is often the case, rocks, sea walls, jetties, inlets and other obstacles to the natural flow of water and sand will produce erosion where there would otherwise be none.

Erosion Around Rocks.

You can tell that this is sand that has not been there long.  Notice the sea weed.

The erosion is enough to wash out some coins and other things that were lost in the accumulated sand but would likely produce nothing much old.

Here are Joe's finds.

Finds by Joe D.

Thanks for the beach and find photos Joe.


If you've been detecting very long you've probably found at least a few fake or reproduction coins.  They can be confusing at first.  The first one I found took a lot of time in cleaning and research before I learned what it actually was.

Identifying fakes can be more difficult when coins are heavily encrusted.  They can be completely  covered, or nearly so, and you can spend a lot of time carefully cleaning them before you learn that you have a fake.

After you've seen a few, you will be able to spot some fakes at first glance, but others, especially types of coins you've never seen before, can still be difficult.

If you've seen enough beach-seasoned Spanish reales, you can probably easily identify most fakes.

I found a good web site that tells how to identify forged ancient coins, but it will also help you with cobs and other types of coins.

Here are four methods of creating fakes that are described on the web site.

  1. Casting - Molten medal is poured in to a mold made from an original coin. This method methed is as old as counterfeiting and forging.

  2. Electrotyping - An original coin is impressed into fine clay onto which metal is electroplated creating a shell with a good impression of the coin. This method was invented in the mid-19th century.

  3. Die striking - Dies are produced produced on which an image of a coin has been replicated and the false coin is struck. This is a version of how most genuine ancient coins were minted.

  4. Tooling - Engraving details either by hand or machine. Normally used to alter a coin to either improve its details, or to alter design from a common type to a rare type, but sometimes to improve details on a fake to make it look more genuine.

Nearly all fake ancient coins are made by one of these methods so sometimes combining two of them as when a cast fake is tooled to remove evidence or casting.

One way to identify a fake, is to test the type of metal.  Most fakes are not made of the right type of metal.  All of the fake reales that I've found were made of some metal other than silver.

Many fakes are plated.  That often provides the first clue.   If fake has been in the surf, the plating can be worn off or starting to wear off.

You can also often tell a fake by the amount of wear or lack of wear.  But that means you are familiar with normal wear patterns.

If you want to learn to identify fakes, you will want to use the following link.


Captain Jonah sent an email reminding me about the Vero coin show this weekend.

The 55th annual Vero Coin Show is approaching fast.  The show is being held Jan 19 & 20, 2018 at the Vero Beach Community Center.  The address is 2266 14th Ave, Vero Beach, Fl.  We still have a few bourse tables left so if you are interested please contact us.  This is a very busy show with attendance averaging around 1,200 people.

This is the perfect show to sell your coins or buy new ones.  Our dealers have been with us for a long time and are willing and able to help you any way they can.

For further information please contact Scott Anderson at

Here is the link.


Nothing new to report with the weather or beach conditions.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, January 17, 2019

1/17/19 Report - Beach Conditions. Finds. Authenticating. Submerged Prehistoric Forest.

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Juno Beach Wednesday Morning.
Photo by Joe D.

Juno Beach Wednesday Morning
Photo by Joe D.
Joe D. sent these photos from Juno along with the following brief email message.

Here's  a couple pics of Juno this morning! And a few hours at an inland site yesterday! Man my legs are sore today!!

And here are his finds.

Finds Made by Joe D. Yesterday.
Thanks for the great beach and find photos Joe!  Looks like you had a fun day.

The Juno beaches look very much like those I saw on South Hutchinson Island yesterday.


Here is an item Jason T. found in the water.

Find and photo by Jason T.

Jason said and expert told him this was a 300 AD Greek coin.  There is the possibility that is a reproduction used for jewelry though, and Jason agreed that was a possibility.

Jason said don't throw an item away until you know what it is.  I totally agree with that.  You'll learn a lot by investigating mystery items.

One thing a couple coin collectors pointed out to me on this one is that the hole appears to be drilled rather than punched.  If the hole was made in ancient times, it would have been punched rather than drilled.

I'd definitely keep researching the item.  Good find, one way or the other.  The research will teach you a lot.

Thanks Jason!


Source: See BBC link below.

Archaeologists have found evidence of early human activity at a submerged prehistoric forest in the Western Isles.

Lionacleit in Benbecula is one of more than 20 recorded sites of ancient woodland that once grew in the islands.

The remains included an early butchery site and stone tools used for preparing food.

Archaeologists have described the discoveries at Lionacleit as "extra special".

They found the remains of the area where animals had been butchered for food during studies of the site last year... 

Here is the link.

I'd love to be able to browse an area like that.


The Treasure Coast surf will be decreasing for the next few days.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1/16/19 Report - Beach Conditions Check. Strike-Through Error on Modern Coin. Wishing Well and Foreign Coins.

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2016 Quarter With Gash That Appears To Be a Strike-Through Mint Error.

I recently found what some experts think is a strike-through error on a quarter that I received in change.   Shown here is that 2016 quarter.

Probable Strike-Through Error on 2016 Quarter Found in Change.


I went out to check some beaches this morning near low tide.  The first stop was John Brooks.  The water had been pretty high, but despite a nice little angle to the waves, there was absolutely no erosion.  The low tide was not very low and the surf was less than I expected.  With the northwest wind, there wasn't much surf at all.

There wasn't a single car in the parking lot and no one to be seen on the beach.  I was also expecting it to be colder, but found it very comfortable.  I was dressed for cold weather though.

Unfortunately I didn't get any photos because my phone batter was too low.  That was a disappointment.

I checked out a couple other South Hutchinson Island beaches and saw no erosion anywhere.  Not even South Jetty Park.  Blind Creek looks like it hasn't hardly changed at all in the past few weeks.

Overall, I saw no improvement in beach conditions.  Some of the beaches to the north or south might be better, but I saw nothing very encouraging.

The predictions don't look any more encouraging.


As you can see, the surf isn't predicted to get any higher in the next few days.


A few days ago I recommended the book Silas Marner.  One person said they saw it on video and it  is now there most favorite.  I don't know how well it was adapted to video, but it evidently worked.


Throw a coin over your shoulder into Rome's Trevi Fountain, the legend says, and it will bring you good fortune and you will one day return to the Eternal City.

It is an essential tradition for millions of tourists. But few will have suspected their loose change would also spark a bitter row between Rome's secular authorities and the Catholic Church.

Traditionally, the €1.5 million (£1.3 million) of coins scooped out of the stunning Baroque fountain each year are actually destined for the Catholic charity, Caritas, to help the city’s poor and homeless.

Now Rome’s Mayor, Virginia Raggi , says the €4,000 (£3,600) worth of coins tossed into the fountain every day belong to her administration.

From April 1 the donations will no longer be paid to Caritas, but are to be used by Rome City Council for the maintenance of cultural sites and social welfare projects.

Here is the link.

Tons of coins get thrown into wishing wells and the like.  It is amazing to me how many coins get thrown away like that.

It would be nice to find an old wishing well or something like that.  I remember one little bridge across a brook where we used to stand as children and watch the guppies.  If I was back there, I'd like to check under that bridge with a metal detector even though none of us would have thrown away so much as a penny.

I think a lot of people at tourist destinations throw away their loose change when they leave because they'll have no use for the foreign currency when they get home.  There is not a puddle at Disney World that isn't full of coins.  I don't know what happens to them.

If you look detect at a location that will have foreign coins, remember to adjust your detector settings.  Many foreign coins are made of other materials can easily be discriminated.

Foreign coins will often move differently too because of the different shapes and density.  In St. Lucia, for example, the local coins were very light.  They would wash around in the surf very much like aluminum.  While I didn't target coins there, I would find enough local change to buy a meal or two every day.

I talked to one person who thought tourists would throw away their local change when they left.  I don't know about that, but there was plenty of it to be found.

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1/15/19 Report - WW I Wreck Exposed. Genuine $3 Million Coin. FUN Convention and Counterfeits. Great Research Sites.

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Remains of WW I Sub Exposed.
Source: See BBC link below.

Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917...
It is now becoming a tourist attraction again, although the local mayor warns it may only be a fleeting visit...
"The wreck is visible briefly every two to three years, depending on the tides and the wind that leads to sand movements, but a good gust of wind and the wreck will disappear again," said Mayor of Wissant Bernard Bracq...

Here is the link for more about that.

Thanks to Douglas for that link.


Here is an excerpt from an article that talks a bit about the recently concluded FUN convention in Orlando, counterfeits and the recent history of numismatics.

Nowadays, the Internet has reorganized how we collect...

I held fake clad quarters in my hand at the FUN show thanks to Beth Deisher and the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force of the Professional Numismatists Guild.

They have the correct electronic signature to fool vending machines.

Most collectors would have no trouble seeing that they are fake.

These coins are not intended to be offered as collectibles.

Collectors might not even look at a clad quarter in their hand if they don’t think the Chinese would bother to fake our circulating coins.

They need to think again. We all do...
Here is that link.
… An 1885 Proof Trade Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized an astonishing $3,960,000 at auction, one of the highest prices ever paid for a coin. This coin led a group of NGC-certified rarities that achieved extraordinary results in the Heritage Auctions Platinum Night sale, held January 10, 2019, at the FUN Show in Orlando, Florida...

The price realized by the Eliasberg specimen is the second-highest at auction for an NGC-certified coin, surpassed only by a 1787 Brasher Doubloon. Graded NGC MS 63, that coin was sold by Heritage Auctions for $4,582,500 in January 2014....

And the link.


Today I want to bring attention to some of the great reference links in my Treasure Site Reference Link List.  There are some really good links there that I'm sure you will find useful.  I find my self usng to them often.

On top of the list you will find the 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center link.  Great site.

After that you will find a very extensive database of Spanish coinage.  It is one of the most extensive and useful reference sites that I've seen.

Then there is the token database. Again very useful and extensive.

And the Society for Historical Archaeology antique bottle web site.

Also the Spanish Colonial Military Artifacts site.

These and some of the others in the list are some of the best artifact reference sites.   Take a look.  They are there on the first page of my blog for your easy access.


We really haven't had much good beach hunting weather this Fall or Winter yet.  There have been a lot of fronts come through, but only lasting one day or so, and producing not much more than one foot cuts.

We are going to have some higher surf for a couple of days, but only three to five feet.

Here are the MagicSeaWeed surf predictions.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1/14/19 Report - Laser-Inscribed Diamonds. Spanish and Other Foreign Coins in US Colonies. Super Wolf Blood Moon.

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Laser-Inscribed Diamond.
More about that below.

Have you ever wondered why a United States quarter-dollar is called “two-bits”? Or, a half-dollar “four-bits”? Do you know why we call our basic monetary unit “dollar” instead of something else?

Here is a nice article that will answer those questions.

And here is a brief excerpt from the same web site.

The English colonies of America were prohibited by royal law from coining, minting, or even so much as using coins. The colonists were supposed to ship any and all coins to Mother England in payment for manufactured goods. This, of course, precluded any foolhardy colonist from starting a mint. Besides, there is little silver or gold to be had in New England and eastern Canada to this day. So, the English Colonies decided to use paper money which served them well until they attempted to finance the USA Revolutionary War with it. By 1780, this form of currency became useless and worthless and the money called Continental Currency collapsed.

Immediately, part of the vacuum was filled by the milled Spanish-American silver issues based on the real system in denominations of 1/8R through eight-reales. The most widely circulated of these was the piece of eight, which, when supplies of smaller denomination coins dwindled were chopped or cut into smaller pieces to make change. Thus, one eighth of eight-reales became one bit, one quarter two-bits–the equivalent of our present day quarter-dollar. One-half is four-bits and three quarters are six-bits. Many believe these expressions to be slang, yet, history suggests they are perfectly good nomenclature...
After reading that web site you might want to follow that one up with these.

Thanks to Dale J. for the coinweek link.

Having the 1715 Fleet wrecks offshore, Spanish colonial coins receive a lot of our attention, but English, Irish and Dutch coins were also used in colonial America.

I recommend both the MaterialCulture and HistoricJamesTowne web sites.


Did you know...

Diamonds accompanied by GIA Diamond Dossiers® typically feature a micro-laser inscription applied to the edge of the diamond. The GIA report number appears microscopically engraved on the outer edge (girdle) of the diamond. This gives buyers a unique way of linking their GIA report to the physical diamond. Enter this number into GIA’s website and hey-presto – you have an electronic copy of your diamond grading report.

Where to find the girdle of a diamond

The girdle of your diamond runs around the outer edge between the upper crown facets and the lower pavilion facets. It is basically the thin outer edge, separating the upper part of the diamond from the lower section. The outer edge will appear as a polished, faceted or bruted (matt) surface on which the number will be microscopically lasered.

A GIA laser inscription gives the consumer greater confidence when purchasing a diamond. Retailers should use this as a further selling point since not all laboratories laser mark diamonds in this way. The inscription is permanently registered in GIA’s archive database.

The GIA inscription is invisible to the naked eye and difficult to see under 10x magnification to the untrained eye. Buyers who purchase without consultation are likely to be unaware of the presence of the inscription.
Here is that link.

Other wording can be inscribed on diamonds, however it would be very rare for those inscriptions to help identify rightful owners.  For one thing, the databases are kept confidential without a court order.


A super wolf blood moon is going to appear in all its stunning splendor later this month, as a rare cosmic gesture to welcome in 2019.

People who live in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the central Pacific region could take a glimpse of this stunning image late on the evening of Jan. 20 and into the early morning hours of Jan. 21, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The eastern side of North America will have the best view, but the full lunar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast, and will last far longer than most eclipses, with a duration of roughly one hour and three minutes. Super blood wolf moons are highly uncommon: only 28 are expected to align this century...


Both the tides and surf are small along the Treasure Coast now.  The surf is expected to increase Wednesday - maybe up to five feet.

Happy hunting

Saturday, January 12, 2019

1/12/19 Report - Penny Not Worth Million Dollars. Ages and Stages of Detecting. Worked-Out Sites May Not Be So Worked Out.

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Rare 1943 Copper Penny.

I posted an article about this penny a couple days ago.  The article claimed that it would be worth over a million dollars.  Well, it sold for $204,000.   I started to say for "only $204,000," but it is hard to say "only" when referring to a dollar amount having six figures.  That is still a very nice amount for a coin find.

Here is the link.

I received the following email from Joe D. in response to yesterday's post about profitable metal detecting.


I was out for the first hunt of the new year this morning! I found a few decent items and some coins! A homemade copper wire and stone necklace,  and a St. Christopher's necklace! Neither of much value, but gave me some more info on this particular beach!  Because the medal looked new, i did a brief search online and found a line of "retro" medals that matched! Like anyone that's detected for awhile, I've run across religious medals before, but found it interesting that they are still popular with the youth of today! Albeit more colorful versions and inexpensive, which kids can afford!
I just wanted to comment on todays  [ 1/11/19 ] post! 

As you said, everyone has different motivations for why they detect! I started the hobby at a relatively young age of 15!( late 70's) I did it for a few years, and did ok with my search locations within biking distance for the most part! I did better with silver coins back then, than i do now!! ...

A Bounty Hunter 880 and old school yards and houses! More to find back than i guess! After that i guess a car, and girls took over my free time!!
I still have the silver! I've never sold anything I've found then, and now! Only given away the good jewelry to family members!

The most important reason to me for detecting, i think, is the "thrill of the chase"! And while that is still there to a large extent!  Since i started detecting again, my interest in history and things that are old, are a close second! And third would be the hunt on the internet to identify items and learn!
I have also enjoyed hunting for arrowheads out of state for years, (have a few places to hunt on family property) and even keep the chips because they show signs of being worked by ancient hands, which helps me connect, if that makes sense! ( now i look for bottles too).
Thanks for all you contribute!

Joe D.

Colorful St. Christopher Medallion
Find and photo by Joe D.

People do go through different stages in life and there are different priorities at different times.  I looked at metal detecting very differently at different times in my life.  There was the beginning, when I was just trying it out and learning.  There was different stages to that too.  Then there was a time when I was trying to see if I could make a living by metal detecting.  I wasn't so interested in actually making my living that way, but I wanted to see if I could.  Then after I answered that question for myself, I started looking at it as more of a side interest - although one that I was still very passionate about and spent a lot of time on.  That wasn't the end of it either.  I'm still learning, but look at things differently again now.

I once did a poll to determine why people metal detect.  There were  a lot of different answers.  Many people were like Joe.  They like the thrill of the hunt.  I think that is a big part of it for most detectorists.  You never know what you are going to find.

I looked for that old post in my blog but didn't find it yet.  If anyone knows where it is, let me know.  Maybe I'll find it later.

Many detectorists like to find old things and like the feeling of touching the past that they get when they find something old.

The internet has really changed things.  Back in several decades ago, metal detecting was a much more secretive activity for a lot of the hard core detectorists. Some would only detect when they would not be observed.  Some would only detect at night.  There were a few metal detecting clubs, but they were attended more by the casual detectorists who wasn't really finding a lot, and a very few of the hard core guys, who were mostly very secretive about their locations and techniques.  There were a few magazines and books, but they didn't have near the impact of all the internet resources.  And reading is a pretty solitary activity too.

Now you can find huge amounts of information on the internet - not only about metal detecting, but also about archaeology, history, artifact conservation, etc. etc.  It is a totally different world that way.  It is so much easier to find information, and that, as Joe mentions, is enjoyable too.  There is what I've called the "hunt after the hunt" when you research your finds to learn what they are and where they came from and determine their value.  I guess one of the best things about metal detecting is that there is so much to learn and you can never master it all.  There are always surprises and new challenges to keep you going.


If you ever start thinking that all the good sites have been cleaned out, go back and read my 3/26/18 post.  Russ P. detected a home site several times and then sifted the lot.  Here is my summary of what he found. study found.

The study was conducted on a small residential lot in a working class 20th century Florida neighborhood.  The lot size was approximately 4500 square feet and the lot was occupied for nearly one hundred years.

About 500 coins total (detecting and sifting) was found by the reader.  That would be about one for every nine square feet or one square yard.

43 silver coins were found by the same reader.  That would be one for little more than every 100 square feet.  Counting known silver coin finds by one other detectorist, it would be more like one for every 90 square feet.

About one in ten coins found on this lot inhabited during most of the 20th century were silver.

Despite detecting the lot at least 12 times, only about 20 percent of the coins found on the lot were found by detecting.  The remainder were found by sifting.  Just over 30% of the silver coins found, were found by detecting.

That means there was a lot left after detecting the same lot several times.  Russ used another technique (sifting) to get the remaining coins.

Here is that link.


There isn't much surf.   I'm still hoping for a good winter storm.  None expected real soon.

Google removed the poll app from blogger.  If anyone has any recommendations on some good poll apps that I can use in this blog, let me know.  I'd like to get back to doing polls occasionally.

Happy hunting,