Thursday, April 14, 2011

4/14/11 Report - Assessing Coin and Gold Beaches

Found Gold Coin Pendant and Chain.

Can anyone tell me anything about this coin? If I correctly interpret, the letters running vertically down behind the seated figure is "Alexander."

Gold is almost to $1470 today.

I'm getting better at playing my new found Horse Conch horn. I didn't know how popular it was to play conchs.

When you learn how hard it is to cut shells like this, it is amazing how much time and effort it must have taken for the Native Americans to manufacture things like this, especially when you think about the tools they had. People of all times have managed to figure out how to do the things they really wanted to do.

I've been talking about how different areas of the beach are different when it comes to detecting. Yesterday I showed a rather typical dry beach find - a small pendant that would easily get lost in dry sand. The photo above shows a water find - good heavy long chain and large pendant still on it. That wouldn't be lost too easily in dry sand. And it wasn't eye-balled, it would easily be detected by most detectors.

Often when small gold chains are found, it is because of a medallion or something that is still on the chain. Some small thin gold chains will not be detected by many detectors.

You might want to take your detector and test it on a variety of gold chains. Test different settings and see how well you can detect small chains. You might try to test your detector on a single link and see how you can do with that.

A lot of the heavier gold chains are found in the water. Sometimes chains will get hung up on sea weed or something else and you can detect them visually. I always recommend keeping your eyes open while detecting. Sometimes you'll see only a part of the chain sticking out of the sand.

The finds that I showed the last two days provide some idea of how the different beach zones are different and how the finds in the different zones will tend to differ.

The wet sand area is also different. The highest proportion of gold items compared to coins is found in the water, then I would say the second highest proportion of gold items to coins is found in the wet sand, but only if you know how to hunt the wet sand, and last is the dry sand that produces a high number of coins relative to gold items.

As I've also indicated, certain areas of the dry sand will have more gold relative to coins.

Higher coin concentrations are found on beaches where admission is charged, especially when the admission charge requires change or when there is a concession stand in the area.

On the other hand, condo beaches do not produce many coins, because people that live in the condos seldom need to carry change.

I'm providing some background for when I talk about the criteria I use when I sample a beach. Some beaches will have more coins than others, but if you are targeting gold, the number of coins on the beach don't matter much, except as a possible sign that people have been there and no one has yet cleaned up the area.

Also in pointing out some factors that make some beaches produce more or less coins, you need to realize that coins and gold are two different things. Some beaches that produce a lot of coins do not produce much gold, but some that produce very few coins can sometimes produce a good bit of gold. There isn't a perfect correlation between the two.

There are really a lot of factors to consider.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Bathtub Beach Renourishment.

I've been mentioning some of the beaches that are being renourished (or ruined, depending upon how you look at it). Here is a picture from the Bathtub Beach web cam showing the progress there.

In the photo you can see the new sand that they are dumping on the south end of Bathtub Beach, and just beyond that you can see where the beach was eroded back. That area certainly has a lot of history. You might know that just to the north is the House of Refuge near where gold nuggets and a variety of other things have been picked up by detectorists in the past.

As you probably know, we haven't been having enough wave action to really change much of anything on the beaches lately. The seas are still relatively calm, but building just a little to about 2.5 feet where it will stay for a few days.

It's more of the same. I've offered some alternatives to try out in the past, so I won't go over that again.

I've been talking a lot about the dry sand and tourist beaches lately.
I'll have more on the different types of beaches and different types of hunting in the future.

For now,
Happy hunting.