Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5/16/12 Report - Miniature Pistol & Ancient Skulls & State Quarters

Small Cap Pistol.
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Nice Small Cap Pistol Find.

I've been able to identify this one.  It is from the fifties. 

As small as it is, it actually fires caps.  It opens behind the cylinder where a cap can be inserted and then the hammer cocked and fired.

It cleaned up nicely.  You can tell from the condition, it isn't a beach find.  This is the type of thing you can sometimes find in a yard or park.

I think a vintage toy gun like this would sell easily.

Ancient skulls and artifacts were uncovered when a swimming pool was dug in Florida.  They were buried with a news paper from 1978, and therefore seemed to be what they called a secondary burial.
The article said, The textiles — an intricately woven purse, a sling and a netted carrying bag — and the pottery are consistent with the Chancay culture of coastal Peru and date back to between 1200 to 1470 A.D....

Here is the link.

Evidently someone acquired the ancient artifacts and brought them back to Florida and for some reason buried them.  It goes to show once again, that because a find is old, that doesn't mean it was necessarily lost a long time ago. 

There is a lot of buried stuff out there.  You never know what you might find in your own back yard.

One thing you might want to do is start a collection of the state quarters.

Launched in 1999, the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program was a 10-year initiative that honored each of the nation's states in the order that they ratified the Constitution or were admitted into the Union. Each quarter was produced for about 10 weeks and will never be produced again.

You can still find nice examples in circulation or in your finds.  As time goes by you'll probably have a harder time finding good examples.

I like to get those booklets with the holes for the coins.  It adds a little fun to some routine finds.

Besides the clad that you typically can find in circulation, there are also silver "S" quarters.

Treasure Coast Beach Detecting Conditions 

The wind is mostly from the south.  That usually means accumuation of shells and light materials on the front beach.

Seas are running around three feet.

Add that up and it means continued poor conditions.

There will still be some recent drops from beach goers and there are always the off-beach locations to do.

Happy hunting,