Thursday, March 5, 2015

3/5/15 Report - Palm Beach Beaches And Renourishment. Nice Old Coin Spill. Mystery Item.

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Photo by Joe D.
Yesterday I posted an email from Joe D. talking about beach conditions in the Jupiter and West Palm area. I forgot to post the picture he sent. Here it is.

Joe also asked about how fast coins sink in rich soil.  I started to collect what people have to say about that and will post a summary in a future post, so don't forget to email me your thoughts on that.

I also received an email showing a mystery object.  Below are a couple photos of that item.

I received the following in an email from Jason T.

Hello Treasure Guide!  Thanks for your daily blog!  Good reading ! Check it everyday.  Saw your last post . Thought you may or may not be interested in a YouTube clip. It shows palm beach north of breakers hotel . Sand being pumped from ship offshore. A lot of gray sand with patches of shell matrix mixed in. The gray sand is extremely fine  compared to the peach in color natural coarse shell sand. The Gray sand is so fine it doesn't even take a swell to erode it. It flies away in the wind !!!  It certainly doesn't help for metal detecting...

Here is the link to the YouTube video.

Thanks Jason.

Dan B. hit five nice coins in one little tight area.  Here is what he said.

Went out to test some new headphones and revealed 3 wheaties, a 35buffalo and my first barber quarter 1903 all touching each other.

Here they are.

Three Wheats, One Buffalo and One Barber Found Together.
Photo by Dan B.

Here is a mystery item from Russ P.

 Looks like it might be a letter opener.  It was found with items dating to the early 1900s.  I would say it looks like that would be the right time period.

Here is the kicker though.  There is a hook on the back front end of the blade.  See the photo below.

That hook-like thing would pretty much destroy its function as a letter opener

What do you think it is.  If placed on end it stands up nicely with the point pointing up.


On the Treasure Coast tomorrow we're supposed to have something like a three foot surf.  The wind is coming out of the South but is supposed to switch around tomorrow.  This weekend the wind is predicted to be from the North, and a higher surf is predicted -  something more like five or six feet.

That could possibly cause a few cuts.  Depends upon the timing etc.
Happy hunting,

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3/4/15 Report - Lead Leads To Gold. $4.8 Million In Gold Bars Stolen. Sunken Japanese Warship Found? Sinking Coins.

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Japanese WW II Warship
Possibly Discovered by
Apple Co-founder Paul Allen.
Source of Photos: see link.
Japanese Warship?

What do you do after founding one of the most admired and successful American tech companies and earning millions of dollars?  That's easy!  Go treasure hunting.  

That is what Apple co-founder Paul Allen did.  Here is the link for the rest of the story and more photos.


I received the following in an email from Joe D.

Our beach conditions in West Palm have been just as poor as the Treasure Coast. The renurishment projects have hit full swing in Palm Beach and Juipiter! In Palm Beach the sand is going out as quick as they haul it in, and making a secondary beach at low tide! But much of it is mushy and useless to hunt! The primary low tide area has had a lot of shells though with lots of iron, sea glass, and old worn brick pieces, but few coins! Could be that I have become too comfortable with my smaller coil and am not going deep enough! But I have had good luck this week using it on old vacant lots and small park areas! Today I hit several areas that I like to call "drive-by's" that I have made mental notes of in my daily travels. Some I only quick-scanned! The small roadside parks won out over the vacant lots today! The second park I went to produced a nice working watch on the first swing! That's the first time I have hit something good so quickly! 

I have a question that I would like you and your readers to try and help me solve! In your expert opinion, in very damp rich soil, how deep will coins sink with the constant action of earthworms? I have been finding that in a few of the places I hunt, the relatively modern coins are much deeper than they should be! And older coins that should be there are all but nonexistent! ( too deep??) And I know for a fact that these places have had NO fill added to create this challenge!

Thanks much for the beach report Joe! 

On Joe's question concerning how fast coins sink in rich soil, I want to see what you all have to say.
Send me your thoughts.  I'll gather everyone's thoughts and give a summary in a few days.


Here is an interesting story.  275 pounds of gold bars worth 4.8 million dollars were stolen from an armored truck after the truck reportedly had mechanical difficulties along I 95.

Here is the link of the story and also the source of the photo.


Not long ago I mentioned he Magruder and Dare heading back to the Margarita site.  Rough weather sent them back to port, but before returning they found an encrusted object, musket ball, pot shards and various ballast stones.
If you've been reading this blog very long you read when I said that gold rings are sometimes found with lead sinkers.  I just read that Mel Fisher always said,“Lead leads to gold!”  I hadn't heard that said by anyone else before.

One time that sticks out in my mind was when I was digging a hole in shallow water.  The first three dug objects were one-ounce round sinkers.  The fourth was a one ounce 14K gold class ring.


Thanks for the emails.   Send me your thoughts on how fast coins sink in rich soil.

It looks like we'll be stuck with something like a three-foot surf for a  while.  The wind will be from the South for a couple of days.  Not very encouraging.

Happy hunting,

Monday, March 2, 2015

3/3/15 Report - Two BIG gold Metal Detector Finds! The Will To Discover!

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87 Oz. Gold Nugget Found Using Minelab Gold Detector.

I received these first two photos and he information about the gold nugget find via email from Nicole D. of VineSprout Public Relations.  The nugget was found using a Minelab gold detector.

Michael Brown
Finder of the 87 Oz. Nugget
Here is what Nicole said.   I'd like to share some exciting news with you. Australian gold prospector Michael Brown has uncovered an astonishing 87-ounce solid gold nugget during a prospecting expedition in Inglewood. gold prospector Michael Brown has uncovered an astonishing 87-ounce solid gold nugget during a prospecting expedition in Inglewood. Discovered in six inches of ground with a state-of-the-art Minelab detector, Brown’s find is estimated to be worth over $130,000 AUD. Please find the press release and images attached. Let me know if you would like more information...   

That is one huge nugget.
If you could do it, and you can't, it would be an interesting experiment to go back and see what the cheapest detector would be that would detect the same nugget under the same circumstances.   Of course you shouldn't hold your breathe while waiting to find another nugget like that.


7th Century Gold and Garnet Pendant
Source of photo: see link.

Here is the second big find.  It was discovered in a field along with other items.  It is thought to be among the most spectacular artifacts ever found in the region.

It is made of gold, which has cells that are inlaid with garnet.

Click here for more photos and more of the story.


I received an email from Kenneth H. about the carved gorget  that I posted yesterday.  Here is what Ken said.

Hello TG dropped a line to state the image on the photo is not half fish/half cat. Must consider geography and natural wildlife where such artifacts are found. That image you posted, most likely, is a beaver (although the head appears to be more like a wild hog). The tail is a bit small in proportion though. I back that up with 30 plus years experience in archaeology. More importantly, I always enjoy this blog and your untiring efforts to maintain it. Your contribution to Florida Archaeology, Florida History and Florida Treasure Hunting is appreciated by many. -- Yes! I dare to combine all three together because all are fueled by the same drive. That is, since the Paleo era, man was born with the will to discover. No pen strike in a book of laws can ever change it...
Thanks Ken! The kind words are especially appreciated coming from someone who has done so much in the field of archaeology.  And thanks for highlighting the basic unifying drive behind all of this.

It looks like we are stuck with something like a 3 - 5 foot surf and predominant East winds for several days.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

3/1/15 Report - Saturday's Wind Did Nothng Good For the Treasure Coast Beaches. Neat Shell Gorget.

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Yesterday was a rainy windy day from beginning to end.  Unfortunately the wind was from the East.  I went out this morning to check out the beaches.  The wind didn't do anything good.

One beach (shown in the photo) had some rounded scallops.

Some beaches showed the remains of old cuts.  Some of those types of beaches had wide flat front beaches but were filling.  

There are very few targets out there along the Treasure Coast now.  The beaches are as clean and over-hunted as I've ever seen.  There are very few easy targets.  I suspect a lot of people will get discouraged.

I saw a few guys wandering around with detectors.

One beach had only shredded aluminum junk.  As I've said before, many beaches have only one or two types of junk.  This one had only shredded aluminum - no iron, bottle caps or pull tabs.  That tells you that some one has been detecting that site heavily and only discriminated thin aluminum.

Take notice of that type of thing.  If you do find anything at a beach like that, except for things just dropped, the best chance is for small gold that might be discriminated out with the aluminum.

Like I said, you can tell what others have been doing or not doing at a beach, and you can adjust accordingly.

One thing I'd say today is that instead of sticking to the same old over-hunted beaches and doing the same thing over and over with no success, you might want to spread out and try some different sites and strategies.

When will we ever get some good erosion?  It has been a very slow winter season, and it is nearly over.  Then we'll have to wait for some summer storms.


Shell Gorget
Photo source: link.

Contractors digging a trench for a fiber optics box found human remains and a neat carved shell gorget.

Here is that link.

On the Treasure Coast from time to time people looking for shells on the beach find arrow heads or shell tools or artifacts.  Keep your eyes open.


I mentioned the ATX detector a few days ago.  One reader who does a lot of water hunting down South gave up on the ATX because the stem locks kept getting filled with sand and froze.   Seems to be a weak spot on that detector.


That's all for today.

Happy hunting,

Friday, February 27, 2015

2/27/15 Report - Legends & Superstitions of the Sea & Sailors. Ancient Coin Resource. Fort Pierce Inlet Partially Open.

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John Brooks Beach This Morning Near Low Tide.
Not a pretty morning.  Rainy along the coast.  Not heavy rain though   A little cooler too.

The beaches weren't good.  John Brooks looked very poor.  There are piles of new sand on the front beach, and a sand bar not very far out.  There is a lot of sand that needs to be moved.

Beautiful Fort Pierce Beach.
Right in the middle of tourist season, they make it ugly and inaccessible again.  Seems like they do that every year.

The inlet is open for smaller boats, I think.  There was one boat patrolling the area of the wrecked barge to keep people away from the wreckage, which is not visible above water.


How about that group of 355 silver coins from one small lot!  One person took action after reading about the demolished house and the silver coins in the walls.  A lot of people read the same story but didn't follow up on it.  


I visited one beach in front of a hotel today.  I ran zero discrimination and hit some coins, one piece of jewelry and only one piece of junk.  Why was there only one piece of junk?  Because I cleaned the junk out the last two times I was there.


Here is an interesting free digital book that you might want to read.  It is Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors by Fletcher Bassett, 1885.

Click here to go to that Google ebook.


The native populations that European colonists encountered in North America as they spread across toward the west of the continent were defined at least in part by their patterns of warfare, say a team of researchers.

Here is the link for that article.

If you are interested in scholarly studies of ancient coins here is a great resource.  It provides access to the numismatic chronicle and journal of the Royal Numismatic Society.


Tomorrow's surf on the Treasure Coast is predicted to be 4 - 6 feet, and Sunday, 4 - 7 feet.   The North winds we have today will be shifting to be more easterly over the weekend.  That is too bad.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2/26/15 Report - Sunken Barge Closed Fort Pierce Inlet. Viking Sword & Islamic Coins Found by Detector. More New Sand.

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Fort Pierce Inlet Where Barge Sank.

Yesterday I had one big story.  Hope you didn't miss it.  Today I have a variety of items.

The big news today is that a barge sank in the Fort Pierce Inlet yesterday and the inlet was closed and remained closed today.

Below is the link for that story.


In August 2014 a detectorist found a Viking sword in a field.  Archaeologists were called in to examine the find, which included a shield boss, and found that the boss contained Islamic coins.

Here is the link to that story.

Viking Era Sword Found By Detectorist.

Waveland Beach Getting New Sand
Photo by Joan T.

Add Waveland Beach to the long list of beaches getting new sand. 

Thanks Joan.


Captain Andy and Papo with their respective crews are scheduled to be back on the Margarita site now that the seas have calmed.


Bill P. says the round part of the moistener that I showed the other day might actually be an insulator.  It could be.   


Not totally unrelated, I was thinking one day of how many ways a simple item like a ball could be used.

Toy, projectile ie. musket ball or for a sling shot, ball bearing, weight, float, in roll-on deodorant applicator, stopper in Hutch bottle, home d├ęcor.   You can probably think of more.  Of course in many cases you could eliminate many of those based upon size or composition.


One important thing today is the bigger surf predicted for this weekend.   Today and tomorrow the surf on the Treasure Coast is only around three feet, but Saturday it is supposed to increase and then Sunday maybe up to eight feet.   We'll have to see how that develops.  Of course I'll keep a close eye on it.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2/25/14 Report - Florida Coin Shooter's Dream Come True! Reader Of This Blog Finds 335 Silver Coins On One Small Lot!

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Silver Coins Dug By One Reader At One Small Site.
Look at that parade of Walking Halves!
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Finally!  I've been itching to tell you about this for months now.  Finally I can do it. Remember, you got it here first, right here on the

Back in April of 2014 a small run-down condemned bungalow built in Florida in the early 1900s was condemned and demolished. Old silver coins spilled out of the walls - 60 pounds of them. But that is not what I'm going to tell you about today.  I'm going to tell you about what happened when one of this blog's readers, who will remain anonymous, followed up on the story.

Here is what he had to say.
When I read the news of the hoard and the method it was discovered, I thought some of the silver coins might have made it into the ground.  I was cautiously optimistic, but when I heard that the demo work had occurred months before I thought surely the area had been scoured since it was an open secret amongst the city workers, as there were multiple workers on site when the coins were initially discovered.  I worked out a deal with the current owner to split my finds 50/50.  I found one coin in the first half hour (a 1906 Barber dime unrelated to the hoard) before finding a large concentration of coins.  In about 3 hours I found 125 silver coins, many of them halves.  In one expanding hole I found 30 silver coins!

Silver Coins Found First Day On The Site.
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The search was made much more difficult because 6-8 inches of fill had been spread on top of the site after demolition.  Many of the coins were deep and gave marginal signals.  There was also a huge amount of trash.   After searching the area over eight visits using every method that I could muster, including different swing directions, different coils, trash removal, digging all questionable signals, searching after hard rain, and even blind digging in spots, I found thirty more coins after having 4-6 inches removed with a Bobcat (I have a family connection and how I wish I had access to that Bobcat all the time!).

Silver Coins Found Second Day On Site.
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I searched carefully for buried jars, but no luck with further caches.

My total silver count for the site was 335 coins.

One other quick note.  A city worker who was on-site the day the coins were discovered during demolition said that their project manager was impatient and did not want to delay the demo job for long while the coins were collected.  They carefully picked up all they saw, but scoops of dirt and debris had already been loaded in the dumpster prior to discovery.  The worker pulled out a few handfuls of dirt…and found silver coins.  The site manager did not want to search that dirt so it was hauled to the dump!  After hearing this story, I made some effort to find out the exact location the debris was dumped but, since it occurred several months prior, the search was fruitless.  I guess silver coins are still being lost!
Congratulations!!  And thanks or sharing.  It is always good to see people do so well. 
Back when the project started the detectorist commented to me on how going back over the same ground in different ways was productive.
There are some good hints in that story.
In that number of coins, and they look to be in very nice condition, there have to be some good dates and maybe even some error coins.
I was invited to be in on the project from the beginning, but tried to give what advice and assistance I could via email.  I missed a lot of fun, but I'm happy about the outcome nonetheless.