Thursday, February 14, 2013

2/14/13 Report - Heart Finds for Valentine's Day

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Old Heart Ear Ring Found on
T. C. Shipwreck Beach
Heart Pendant With Silver Frame
Metal Detector Find

To the left is a silver heart ear-ring found on a Treasure Coast shipwreck beach.

Unfortunately I have no idea how old it might be or where it came from.

It is just slightly larger than a dime.

And to the right is another metal detector find.  The frame of the pendant is silver.  This find isn't from a shipwreck beach.  It is slightly smaller than a dime.

I think you get the theme today.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bernie C. kept good records.  That is something I often recommend.  Here are the records of Bernie's modern US coin finds for 2012 with face values.

Quarters rolled...$330.00

Nickles rolled......$ 64.00
Dimes rolled.......$145.00
Pennies rolled....$  31.50

Bernie also said, The month of January 2013 was about half as productive as 2012...$57.00 compared to $18.00.

That would be 1320 quarters, 1280 nickles, 1450 dimes, 3150 pennies.  A little over 7.6 cents per coin on average.

I think I gave figures some time ago saying that the average face value of coin finds was typically around 7.5 cents.  I'm actually surprised how close Bernie's sample came to that.

Anyhow, that is a good amount of money and shows that 7200 coins were returned to circulation by one detectorist alone.  If we figure this is a pretty average for detectorists on the Treasure Coast, that would mean for 300 hundred detectorists (this blog easily gets that many hits per day) that would be over two million coins returned to circulation by detectorists from the Treasure Coast in one year.

A number of the assumptions I made here are wild guesses at this point, but in any case I think you  can see how this quickly adds up and results in some pretty big numbers.

Bernie's records for this January as compared to last January, also supports what I've been saying about detecting conditions this year being particularly poor for this time of year.

Thanks for the report Bernie, and congratulations on the large number of coin finds.  Anytime you find that number of coins, you know there were a good number of other things found as well.

The remains of two Union soldiers discovered in the wreckage of the USS Monitor will be buried in Arlington Cemetery.

Take a look at the following article for more interesting details on the soldiers.

You might or might not be aware of the trend to "repurpose" old items.  Almost any old thing you can think of is being sold and reused by arts and crafts people to create everything from lawn ornamentation, to home decor to jewelry.   Old nails, keys, springs and almost everything else are being sold on ETSY and being used to create new things out of old items.

Here is a sample of some old things that are being sold to be repurposed.

As a born scrounger that is something that I like.

You might think twice before discarding old beat up junk items if you realize you can either reuse them to make some nifty art or craft or sell them to someone else that can.

Thursday on the Treasure Coast we'll have one more day of 1 foot surf before it gets just a touch rougher.  You might want to take advantage of the smooth surf.

When the seas do increase this weekend, it won't be much.  It will only be something like two to three feet.  So the overall poor detecting conditions continue on the Treasure Coast.

Happy Valentine's Day,

Post script:

John R. set me an article full of advice from 90 year old Regina Brett.   I'll post a little bit of it at the end of the post each day for a few days. 

 Thanks John! 

 Here is the first installment.

by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the 
Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio 

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will. 

5. Don't buy stuff you don't need