Wednesday, June 12, 2013

3/12/13 Report - SS Ozama Shipwreck, High Karat Gold Finds & What Finds People Liked This Year

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It is not common to find anything above 18K gold, but it does happen.  In my experience most of the modern high karat gold comes from India or China.

Ornate 22K Gold Ring Found With Metal Detector.

Alloys are used with gold to harden it and to change the color.  Copper alloy is used to make a rose color gold, and platinum is one metal used to harden gold and make it a lighter color, for example.

You can see the obvious color differences in the two rings shown above.

The wreck of the 19th century steamer, the SS Ozama, has been found by Lee Spence near Cape Romain.  He has salvage rights and believes the vessel may contain millions of dollars of smuggled loot.

Here is the link.

The blog poll concluded and the results are in.  This poll covered nearly half of the year of 2013.  You might remember I conducted another poll back towards the end of 2012 after Sandy passed through.

The most commonly reported favorite find of the first half of this year was by far modern jewelry.  35% of the respondents of this poll said that modern jewelry was their favorite find.  That is certainly the easiest way to find gold and erosion will uncover modern gold too. 

The second most selected category of favorite finds in this poll was "old artifact."  Only 17% of the respondents indicated that was their favorite find.  I think it has been a good year finding spikes and things like that.  Despite the fact that the readers of this blog like gold, old things are also appreciated.  Detectorists generally like history and touching something old.

The third highest category was old US coins  (14%).  We've see a number of those.   Some beaches have produced a good number of US silver coins this year.  I've posted photos of some of those.

Very close behind was the general "other" category (13%).  If any of you would like to tell me more specificly what you included in this, I'd like to hear about your find.  Of course, it could include anything from emeralds to twenty dollar bills.

The next category included what the Treasure Coast is know for, treasure coins and cobs.  Only 11% reported that their favorite find of 2013 so far was a treasure coin or cob.  They haven't been common even though there have been a couple of periods when conditions improved and cobs were found.

Only 8 of 67 people reported that a treasure coin or cob was their favorite find.  That isn't a lot.  In absolute numbers, it is fewer than the number who reported the same category for the short period of weeks after Sandy. 

The least frequently reported category of favorite find was fossils (5%).  They are more scarce this year, especially since one of the best fossil beaches received tons of new sand.  And I don't think that is the focus of most detectorists and the readers of this blog anyhow.  It is certainly fun to think of finding something thousands or millions of years old, though.  And it is possible.

I'll do some other polls on other subjects soon.

An investor claims that a group that he funded found Amelia Earhart's plane two years earlier, but hid that fact in order to get him to fund another hunt.

Here is the link to that story.

On the Treasure Coast we are down to a 1 - 2 foot surf, which will continue for a few days.   The wind is mostly from the East.

While conditions are now poor for finding cobs, other things, such as those that I've shown lately can be found.  Iron and lighter materials associated with shell piles can be found.

Low tide will be around 5 PM.  The tidal coefficient is average to low.  That means not a large change in the tides today.

The Fourth Amendment says,  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 

That is very relevant in light of recent news.

Happy hunting,