Monday, March 25, 2013

3/25/13 - Pillar Dollar Found Where??? Keep Your Eyes Open

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1754 Coin Found.
See link below to find out how and where.
The 41st Annual Florida Indian Hobbyist Association Powwow was held at the Savannahs Recreation Area this past weekend.  Here is a bit about it from the Denver Post.  Yes, it is a big national affair.

This article says the treasure salvage business must change.

The business will change.  Creative people with passion, knowledge and skill, willing to work and pay the price will adapt.  They always have and always will.

It is sometimes assumed that archaeological items should be left alone if they can't be studied using ideal scientific methods.  That ignores the fact that they continue to deteriorate.  It now appears that some wrecks are being destroyed even more quickly because of the recent spread of shipworms.

Here is the link.

A man in Virginia recently found a 1754 Ferdinand VI pillar dollar while raking gravel in his drive way.  Take a look at the video.

Just goes to show that there is old stuff in the ground everywhere and you never know where or when it might pop up.

Keep your eyes open.  I used to say that all the time.  It is surprising what you can find when not detecting if you are alert.

I've found quite a few thing while not detecting.  Sometimes when just going about my business and sometimes when intentionally going out to eye-ball.

Just this last weekend, I was driving through a parking lot and spotted what looked like a dollar bill.  I stopped the car, opened the door, and it turned out to be a twenty.   After looking around to see if I could see who might have lost it or if there was someone looking for it, I didn't see seeing anyone and eventually moved on.

I've also told how one morning when I was going metal detecting, I parked the car before going to the beach, got out of the car and there laying in a puddle on the street was a gold bracelet. 

I could go on and on about eye-balling, but the point I want to make is that you should use your eyes as much as your detector.   You can scan a lot more area visually than you can cover with a detector coil.

On more than one occasion, I've seen a cob before my detector coil got to it. 

There are places that I like to eye-ball.   Carnival grounds the day after the carnival leaves is a favorite.  Of course, you should use your detector there too.  But check out fence lines down wind of the carnival grounds where bills will get caught. 

Eye-ball after a strong wind.  A good wind will blow the sand and expose things on the beach.

There was one hotel in South Florida where bills would collect in a dip about fifty feet out in the water. 

I also remember one day when a bill came floating by when I was water detecting.

I've found a few bills in the sea weed line too.

So don't forget to keep your eyes open.

On the Treasure Coast we had some good rain lately.   The wind is out of the northwest and the surf is running  1- 2 feet.  That will continue most of the week with bumps up to 3 feet.   That isn't enough to improve beach detecting conditions.

Low tide this afternoon will be around 1:30. 

It looks like the surf might increase a little after this week.

Happy hunting,