Monday, September 2, 2013

9/2/13 Report - Big Finds on Treasure Coast !!! Eight Gold Chains and Four Gold Coins!

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Gold Chains Just Found Off Treasure Coast Beach
Derived from photo submitted by William M.
You probably all know about the gold escudos discovered earlier this year by Greg Bounds and the Capitana crew up at Sebastian.  I posted about that in my 7/16/13 post and earlier. 

Here is the BIG news for today!

The guys working the Nieves site have been doing very well this year too, making a good stream of finds including coins and artifacts.  Some of those have already been posted on the internet.  Most recently, I'm informed by William M., that 3 Lima eight escudos 1 Bogata two escudo, and perhaps most impressively, 8 gold chains, four of which are whole, and one low Carat gold ring, have been found. 

Those finds, as I've been informed, have been from the northern end of the  Nieves site up near the area where a virtual carpet of gold was found in the old days.  That general area was referred to as the "gold fields" because of the carpet of gold coins that was found there back a few decades ago. 

Congratulations guys!

I have a photo of the gold chains that would blow your mind.  Above is just a small sample.  I suspect that the local media will pick up this story. 

That reminds me of all of the times in the past that I've heard people say that it has all been found.  People have said that about the water wreck sites as well as the beaches.

There are definitely cycles.  There will be long dry periods and then all of  a sudden a bunch of great finds.  That is just the way it is. 

I've definitely seen a lot of changes along there.   There was a time back maybe 15 or 20 years ago when the beach was cut back to very near the condos to the north.  That was before they removed all the Australian pines.  Now the beach is way out up there.

There was at one time a line of tree stumps along the water line there.  I suppose they are under sand now.   And there was a concrete foundation uncovered near the water line when the beach was cut back.  It is undoubtedly under the beach now too. 

It goes to show once again, there is always some place to hunt and something to find.  And when conditions aren't right one place or for one thing, they'll be right some place else.   While the beach hunters on the Treasure Coast have been having a difficult time this summer, the salvage hunters have been doing very well. 

The beach conditions along the Treasure Coast have been poor.  Too much calm weather.  Too many southeast breezes.  Yet the same conditions have allowed the salvage crews to put in some very good time in the water off the Treasure Coast. 

I've been talking mostly about modern jewelry hunting lately because it has been hard to find old stuff on the Treasure Coast beaches under current conditions.  I did however recently mention a lot of of sites down south where you can hunt in the water most of the time, winter or summer.  Those shallow water areas that I described are surrounded by very shallow water and seldom get too rough to detect in the water.

While a lot more jewelry and good stuff is found in the water than on the beach, you can do quite well on the beach too.  It takes longer for the same number of gold items, but there are definitely times to be on the beach.   For example, my last Rolex find, which was not very long ago, was on the beach in the dry sand.

Unfortunately I don't recall exactly, and I did have it figured accurately from my records at one time, but my numbers said that you'll find a lot more gold jewelry in the water than on the beach in the same amount of hunting time.  However!  There are times to be on the beach.  And I'm not just talking about the times when conditions make it almost impossible to work the water.  There are times when I would definitely not pass up the beach to jump into the water.  Of course, you can do both.  But be on the lookout for those hot spots on the beach that should never be missed.  And there are some spots on the beach that I would never pass by without taking a sweep or two.

As you probably know if you've been reading this blog very long, I'm big on taking a look at different spots and doing a little sampling.  I'll look at the beach and I'll look in the water and maybe take at least a few sweeps to see what is going on.   Sample and evaluate different areas, and then spend most of your time where things look most promising.

You'll miss some things for sure.  You'll miss things in the water and you'll miss things on the beach.  There isn't enough time to do it all and get it all.  You have to make decisions.  It is a matter of probabilities and how to spend your time most efficiently.

I recently gave you a list of about fifteen or twenty contiguous sites.  You can go by various sites, passing up the less promising ones until you find one that appears to be one of the more promising.  And you don't have to quit scanning in between.  You never know what you might discover or learn in between.

Yes, on average the water will produce a lot more gold, but that is on average.  I wouldn't totally pass up the beach though.  Some outstanding finds come from the beach, including the dry beach.

Rich women aren't as likely as men to do somersaults and cart wheels in the water.  They are more likely to take off jewelry while applying sun tan lotion or oil by a beach chair.  And even though men lose some real bling, some of the highest quality diamonds are actually on women's rings.  Some rings that are huge and covered with diamonds aren't as valuable as a less impressive looking  high quality solitaire diamond.  Quality is important with diamonds.

There is now one low pressure area approaching the West Indies that has a 40% chance of becoming a cyclone.  That one is definitely worth watching. 

On the Treasure Coast this Labor Day the breeze is from the south and the surf is down around one to two feet.  That makes the water fairly easy to hunt.  OF course along the Treasure Coast I don't need to remind you can't detect in the water in the salvage lease areas.

Happy hunting,