Tuesday, April 9, 2013

4/9/13 Report - Winter Beach Site, Halo Effect, Gold Found & Registry

Written by the treasureguide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

I think most people know about the Spanish salvage camp that was located just to the north of  the present day McClarty museum, but some may not know about the Winter Beach salvage camp that was used in the days following the wreck of the 1715 Fleet.  That camp was located approximately 2.6 miles south of Wabasso Beach Park and got it's name from the old Winter Beach road.

The Winter Beach salvage camp was one of the many salvage camps located along the Treasure Coast and worked closely with the camp near the Sebastian River.

Gold Medallion Find

There must be a legend, tradition or story to the medallion shown here.  I take the animals to be sheep, but wonder why the two crutches.

Can anyone tell me the origin or story of this?

I just discovered a web site that reported on the results of some experiments they did.  What I discovered from that web site is that a bad experiment is worse than no experiment, especially when unqualified conclusions are reached that do not take into account important variables.  Actually, having taught experimental research techniques in graduate programs in universities, I already knew the dangers of poor experiments. 

Anyhow, you can't dig a hole, put a coin in the hole or the side of the hole, fill the hole back up and expect that a detector will respond to it exactly the same way that the detector would respond to a coin that has been buried for years, months, or even weeks or days.  You might be able to learn something from such an experiment, but you can also make some big mistakes, as the authors of the report did.

There is much discussion in the metal detecting community about the so-called halo effect.  Some swear there is such an effect and some say no.  Some say it will only occur with iron objects.  Some say that it will occur with other metals.

I've seen a lot of statements made about the halo effect, many are obviously wrong and many others fail to take into account important factors and fall short of being conclusive.  I have not yet seen an experiment reported by a detectorist that could answer any of the main questions about the halo effect.  The big difficulty is that the halo effect (according to those that believe in it) is the result of an object interacting with the ground and elements in the ground over time, and any attempt to stick an object in the ground and then detect it without allowing a sufficient amount of time for the ground to settle and the chemical reaction to take place, will not answer the question. 

If any of you have seen an experiment or data from a detector manufacturer that proves the halo effect, please let me know.

Lost and stolen art and coins have been recovered using the following registry.  You can register lost or stolen items on the registry or look up items to see if they have been reported lost or stolen.

Some of the cases found on the registry site make interesting reading.  For example three coins having a value of around $40,000 were returned to the owners after they appeared on auction listings.  Here is an excerpt from from the case.

A decade later, three of the five looted coins appeared at auction-a German East Africa, 15 Rupien Coin (1916), a 16 Japanese, Mutsuhito, 1867-1912, 20 Yen Coin, gold, Meiji 3 (1870) and a British Colonial Proof Trade Dollar Coin, struck in gold (1902). Today, the three coins are collectively valued at over £30,000 GBP. Fenton enlisted in the ALR to contact the three auction houses involved, and the coins were pulled from their respective sales. Another major coin dealer from the United States who had consigned all three lots, claimed he had purchased the coins in good faith from another dealer.

Here is the link to the registry.


On the Treasure Coast today we have a 3 -4 foot surf.  Tomorrow will be about the same.

The wind is out of the east/southeast.

Low tide will be a little after 2 PM.

Happy hunting,