Friday, May 17, 2013

5/17/13 Report - Spanish Colonial Coins, Detecting a Volleyball Court,

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Here is a web site that provides a good section on Spanish Colonial coins.  It purports to give values, but for such a broad category that is almost impossible so the information it does give concerning values for this category of coins is very general.  They do have a lot of nice photos of coins and some good information about the types though.

Take a look.

You can find information on other types of coins through as well.

I was looking over my old metal detecting records again, and a couple of things jumped out at me.  One was the number of good finds that came from volleyball courts.

I think I previously mentioned how I liked to eye-ball volleyball courts after they had been sprinkled or after it just rained.  That is often productive.

But what I wanted to mention today is that it seems that some people don't really know how to detect volleyball courts.  That is my opinion, at least.

I've seen some people that methodically grid a volleyball court staying within the defined outline of the court. That is OK as far as it goes, but you'll miss a lot that way.

First visually scan the court and the immediate surroundings.  Often you'll be able to see where the action took place by looking at how the sand was disturbed.  Of course, you want to detect where there was a lot of activity.

But here is a trick that you may or may not expect.  A lot of finds will come from an area outside the defined boundaries of the court.  And when I say a lot, I mean probably at least half.  Yet a lot of people don't look at the area just outside the court.

First, I think that the area within the boundaries of the court is more often detected.  But, here is another consideration.  If you've ever watched people playing volleyball at the beach, a lot of the most frantic activity occurs just outside the boundaries of the court towards the back of the court, left, right, and immediately behind the boundaries.  That is where people will dive, and where items will fly when people fling their arms attempting to reach that unreachable ball.

When you see that the action has occurred mostly in the center of the court and right in front of the net, that is usually a tamer game with fewer participants.  Also, fewer lost items.

When the action spills over behind and to the left and right of the court, and there is a lot of churned sand, chances of a find are very good.

Here is another secret.  Check the area immediately next to the poles that hold the net, especially just outside the boundaries of the court.  That is where people usually empty their pockets and lay items that are removed before the game.  I guess things get kicked, covered or forgotten there, because that is another place where things are often found.  Detectorists often neglect that spot.

Sometimes the poles are metal and that causes problems.  With some experience, you can learn to detect small items next to metal poles though.  Hint - use all metals mode and sweep very slowly.  It can be done.  You will hear the pole, but you might also be able to hear other small things next to the pole.

It appears that very thin gold chains, along with small charms, are often lost during volleyball games.  And, of course, a few rings.  You might be surprised at the nice finds that come from volleyball courts.

Photo of Small Cut On One Beach Yesterday Afternoon Near Low Tide.

(Curve due to wide angle lens.)

While conditions remain unchanged there is one part of the Treasure Coast there is still one area that is still producing some older items.  It is towards the northern end.  I won't get more specific than that right now.  I don't want to ruin it for the guys that have been working that area.

Overall we're still looking at a 2 - 3 foot surf and a lot of sand.  Not very good at all, yet, like I said, there is one area that is producing some older silver US coins.

The beach at the right showing the small cut is not the one that is producing.  The one shown here had almost no signals despite the nearly foot loss of sand.

Happy hunting,