Monday, November 14, 2011

11/14/11 Report - Nautical Archaeology Theses & Dissertations

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Fossil Bone Found on Treasure Coast Beach.

I don't know what kind of bone this is. It is just over a foot long. Unless one of you knows, I'll have to do some research on it.

If you have some stuff you want to sell, here is what Sedwick has to say.

Now we're preparing for another successful auction with our Treasure and World Coin Auction #11, scheduled for April 3-5, 2012. We have begun taking consignments already; only two months remain before the consignment deadline of January 15, 2012. Now is the time to contact us about your potential consignments and even long-term plans for selling your collection.

Bidders all over the world are anxious to buy now, and we are attracting many new buyers with every auction. For the upcoming auction we seek shipwreck coins, especially gold cobs (which have done very well lately); gold coins (particularly from Latin America); early and dated cobs from Mexico, Lima and Potosi; rare world silver crowns; and high-end shipwreck artifacts in good condition with proper certification. It almost goes without saying that gold and silver ingots are doing very well in the current market of record melt values, and since we have all the top customers for shipwreck bullion, our auction is by far the best place to sell treasure ingots.

As with any of our auctions, consigning early has significant advantages: more time for us to research and promote your pieces, better exposure at coin shows we attend, and preferential positioning in our catalog if we get more than one consignment of the same item and have to defer duplicates to later auctions.

The Sedwick Treasure and World Coin Auction #10 was a big success. The Brazilian gold monetary ingot sold for $218,500 (including buyer’s fee), which is a new world record. That auction brought in nearly $1.5 million total.

Sometimes I forget where I got things. I didn't always label everything well. Some things just didn't seem worth labeling, and I guess sometimes I thought I would remember. As a result I've made some regrettable mistakes and wish I could recall where some items were found. This is just a reminder for you to label items, providing all of the detail that might be relevant. You might end up wondering about an item that you found five, ten or twenty years ago. Time does pass, and so do memories sometimes.

On the other hand there are finds that are remembered for years like it was just yesterday. I found a ring with a really nice big diamond probably over twenty years ago that I remember how it sparkled in the scoop while it was still two feet under the water. I remember exactly where that was found and how it looked at the time.

There are many finds that really stick in memory. But some don't.

Pink Feather Found on Treasure Coast Beach.

I never saw one like this on the beach before. At first I thought it was from a flamingo, but I guess flamingos aren't found here. After a little reading, I think it might be from a Roseate Spoonbill.

Here is a good web site that provides links to the theses and dissertations produced for the Texas A&M nautical archaeology program. Lots of good information can be found here.

One of the Treasure Coast treasure beach maps is now listed on ebay with two days to go. Item number: 110773504603

The wind is from the east and the seas around two or three feet, remaining that height for a few days.

Conditions are now level 1, and I expect that to continue for a few days too.

Happy hunting,