Thursday, January 26, 2012

1/26/12 Report - Tarzan Park, Cob ID & Making Important Detector Rod Adjustments

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Detectorist on Treasure Coast Treasure Beach Yesterday Morning.

As you undoubtedly know, local beach conditions have not been good lately.

Today seas are running about three feet and will continue at about that level or less until Monday when the we are expecting an increase to up around five feet. Hopefully that will happen and other factors align well.

If you've been reading this blog very long, you probably know something about the Vero Man site. I've mentioned it a few times over the years.

If you don't know about that, here is an article that will give you the background.

And here is an old (1934) travel article on Tarzan Park. I just found out that it was once called that and was a real tourist attraction back in the day.

Use this link and scroll down to the second page.

That gives some nice history.

If you hunt some of the older tourist spots or picnic locations you'll probably find some old silverware like the following.

I'll show some of that, maybe tomorrow.

Here is the cob picture that I showed a few days ago and asked what you could see on it.

This one isn't difficult. You can clearly see a lot of information on it.

It is a 2-reale. You see the denomination on the first line, center space.
Potosi mint. You can see the "P" indicating that in the upper left space.

The assayer mark is "VR." Lower left space, and partially visible in the upper right space.

That would be Pedro de Villar, who worked at the Potosi mint where you will see that mark 1684 to 1697.

The "86" indicates the year 1686.

That was pretty easy.

Have you adjusted your the rod on your detector? It makes a big difference. If it is too short, you could well lose an inch or two in detecting depth by swinging your coil too high.

I know you can adjust your posture or swing to get your coil at the proper height, but that could put you in a position that will put extra strain on your back or tire you out quickly. And the natural tendency is to eventually get lax and let the coil lift inches off of the surface.

Setting your rod at the proper length could affect you more than you think.

I notice a lot of people running around with their coil a few inches off of the ground. And although I'm not one of the many people who think depth is all that important, it doesn't make sense to diminish what your detector can doing for you.

If you have the rod adjusted to be too long, you'll probably use more energy keeping the coil lifted and out in front of you, and that will add additional strain and more quickly tire you out.

This is probably one of the most overlooked and easiest detector adjustments that you can make, and it could improve your detector's performance and make detecting easier for you.

The next time you go out, why don't you take the time to check the length of your rod and adjust it for optimal use.

Happy hunting,