Thursday, December 27, 2012

12/27/12 Report - 18th Century Coin Legends, Scouting Around

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Two Nearly Identical Finds
The other day I documented a walk that I took and showed some of the variety of things that I eye-balled on the trip.   The short trip turned up a variety of miscellaneous objects, many of which are not metallic.  Finds included objects from various age periods and collectible categories, including old bottles, marbles, and even a fossil.   Nothing valuable was found, if you don't count the clues.  A number of the finds came from different time periods and suggested the strong possibility of other items of similar ages being in the same areas.  That is one good reason to keep your eyes open as you detect.  Objects that are not valuable in an economic sense can point you to good detecting sites.

Just as an example, the round milk bottle and the stopper top bottle, as well as the necks of some old bottles, told me that there were probably numerous items from the early 1900s and perhaps late 1800s in one area.

The marbles told me that there were items from the mid-1900s in another area.

And the fossil bone told me that there were undoubtedly more things from thousands of years ago in another area.  I hadn't previously found any fossils in that area.  Now I know to keep my eyes open for fossils in that area.

Although none of those things would bring much money if sold, they did tell me that there might be some very good treasure hunting sites nearby.

All kinds of things, even junk, can provide good clues about where to spend your time detecting.  That is one reason I don't generally use discrimination.  Even if an item is not valuable, I might want any information it might provide. 

At locations where there is a lot of water movement, items get sifted and sorted according to shape and composition.  Although moving water will definitely disturb the layers that might provide contextual information to the age of items, if you can get a sense of how those items were moved over time, you might be able to find the source. 

There are times when items of various types of objects will be deposited in a relatively small area and brought within detector range.  When the conditions are right, you can quickly detect and recover a lot of good items quickly.  I've talked about coin lines and coin holes a lot in the past and won't go over that again.

One key is to find those areas where certain types of objects are deposited from time to time, and to learn when those items might be brought within detector range. 

If you looked at one of the pictures from my last post, you could see that when I took my walk, a lot of items were densely strewn along the area.   That was a good time for some eye-balling.  There are also similarly good times for detecting. 

There are times when you are likely to find some good detecting and other times when good spots will be very hard to find.  As much as possible, you will want to find when and where those hot spots are likely to be.  

It is impossible to predict them perfectly, and you will undoubtedly miss some or simply stumble onto others, but you can dramatically improve the quantity of quality finds by learning when and where to look.

There is a free PDF download on coin legends of 18th century coins that you can find on the web site.  Your email address is required to receive the download.

Here is the link.

You might have heard about this.  It is circulating in the media.   A man searched until he found a lost wedding band in the snow and is looking for the owner.  I'm sure he'll find the owner and we'll hear about that later.

Cold will make fingers shrink and cause rings to be lost.  From my experience, and I've hunted up north a bit, I'd say that generally speaking the people up north do not tend to wear as much gold as those in Florida.

Treasure Coast Detecting Forecast and Conditions.

The surf is calm, down around one foot.  It will remain calm for a few days. 

As you would suspect that will provide easy access for low tide and shallow water hunting.

The wind has been shifting around, but has generally been from the west.  The low tides have been a bit lower lately, giving access to some areas that have been difficult to access for quite a while.  Take advantage of those off-shore winds.

Don't expect any significant change for a few days.

Happy hunting,