Monday, June 30, 2014

6/30/14 Report - Depression Forming Off Florida, Detecting Community, Early Mexican Reales, Airplane Coil & Pippa

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Source of photo: USA Today
Pippa tells Matt Lauer that she reads the treasurebeachesreport every morning!

Just kidding!  I saw this photo and thought that was funny.

Here is the real news for today.   It has been quite a while, but there is something happening.  This is what this blog was formed to do - report on changing Treasure Coast beach and detecting conditions.

As you know we've been stuck with poor conditions and no changes, but now a depression is forming to the East of us.  According to NOAA it might become a depression by mid week.

I'm not expecting it to affect us much, but it is something to watch.

Tropical Depression Forming.
A few days ago I talked about how the metal detecting has grown and things that might make that growth appear large than it is.  I talked about how the internet has affected how much more information is shared and how much more you know about what is going on in the metal detecting and treasure hunting communities.

Back before the internet, maybe you subscribed to one of the metal detecting magazines.  It came once a month.  Or you visited a club meeting where you would learn what people were finding or what they were doing.  Again, it was once a month.

A few guys hung out at a local detector shop and got in on the gossip on a more regular basis, but that news was mostly local.

There were a few small groups that had their own newsletters such as the one started by Glenn Carson.  That group ended up investing in a silver mine in Mexico.  The project ended poorly with the money disappearing.

Now people read about everything that is going on whenever they want to, and that is often on a daily basis.

I do believe that there are more detectorists these days, but one important factor is that many detectorists are more informed, not only on detecting sites, but also on strategies and techniques.  The are also more informed about metal detectors and how to use them.

I'm convinced that back in the old days a lot of the guys had no idea how much they were missing.  I don't think they knew the weaknesses of particular detectors and especially how much good stuff you can miss by using too much discrimination.

Some guys today still over discriminate.  They simply don't want to dig trash.  And some don't realize how much they are missing.

Just to once again mention something important that I've mentioned before,  one of the best things you can do is practice with various types of targets and the different settings of your computer - even if you have been using that detector for a long time and think you know it well.  It is easy to fall into a habit of using the same old settings and focusing on the same small range of targets.  With some test targets, try various settings and listen and watch you your detector responds.  I bet you'll learn a few things.  Also, vary your sweep speed when doing you tests and observe the results.

Check The Coil On This Plane.

Try the same things inland and on a dry beach, wet beach and in the water and observe the signals.

Try different types of targets, not just the coins and rings.   Try watches, iron spikes, etc. etc.

This plane carries a coil, but not a detector coil, though it has something in common.

It is a coil used to detonate magnetic sea mines during WW II.   Just one of those neat and interesting things I ran across while doing some genealogical research.

The mint was created in Mexico City in 1535.   Although we are accustomed to quickly identifying cobs from Mexico from the Florenza cross, the first coins minted there did not have that cross.

Here is a look at some of the first coins from the Mexico City mint.

This is from the book, Monedas Espanolas desde Juana y Caros a Isabel II 1504 a 1868, by Calico, Calico & Trigo.

These 4-reales are undated and very rare.  Probably minted very near 1535.

Happy  hunting,