Saturday, June 2, 2012

6/2/12 Report - Emeralds, Reales, Dubloons & Roman Hoard

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Salvage season is heating up.  Last week 58 emeralds were found by Mel Fisher investors at Emerald City.  Some were large too. And on the trail of the Atocha, nine silver coins were found along with iron spikes, pottery and a few encrusted objects.

One thing about treasure hunting is that there is always some place to hunt and something to find.  As conditions change, you have to adapt.  When the conditions are poor for one thing or one type of hunting, they'll be good for something else. 

Here is a really good set of treasure related stories and videos from ABC.  The first is about $500,000 worth of coins found in an auctioned storage unit.  Then there is the story on the guy that finds gold and diamonds on the streets of New York, and then some detectorists in Montana, and a family that specializes in eye-balling lost change.   All good.

Here is the link.

Here is a link to a follow-up on the storage locker coins (one article says "dubloons")  and why they were left in an abandoned unit.

I like the eye-balling piece.  I used to always remind detectorists to keep their eyes open while detecting.  I've known beachcombers who have filled jars with coins and never owned a detector.  

I  wrote a couple of  articles for treasure magazines on eye-balling.  You can actually find things like gold chains, watches and even cobs without a detector. 

Knowing where to look helps a lot.  Check sea weed lines for dollar bills, for example.  Or check the fence lines around parks or fair grounds after windy days.

Very windy days will uncover coins on a dry beach too. 

I also know of one spot in about six feet of water where paper money tends to accumulate in a dip off of one hotel beach.

I've talked about eye-balling in the past and mentioned some of these things before, but it has been quite a while.

Archaeologists found a huge hoard of Roman coins.  The hoard is said to be "the fifth argest UK hoard ever found."

There are almost always some good pieces of information in these stories that you can benefit from thinking about.  This one is no exception.   Always ask yourself why things were found where they were found, and what does that tell you that you can use.

Near the end of the article, it  says, "The find is also unusual as it was discovered by professional archaeologists as opposed to an amateur using a metal detector," he added.

Detectorists deserve a lot of credit for their many contributions.

There isn't much of anything  new to say about the conditions or forecast today.. 

Watch out for the lightening.   I don't mind the rain, but be careful about the lightening.

Happy hunting,