Monday, July 14, 2014

7/14/14 Report - Brasher Doubloons and Reproductions, Reversals on Cobs, Know Yourself, Eeyore and Tigger

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Brasher Doubloon
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An authentic Brasher Doubloon will be on display in August at the Amercan Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money as part f the ANA Museum Showcase.

Reproductions of a Brasher doubloon will be struck and sold at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money using .999 fine cold on a screw press. 

That would be interesting to see.

I've been talking a bit about cob anomalies lately.  Another anomaly that can occasionally be found on cobs includes reversals.  You often hear it said that some assayers were dyslexic.  I don't know if that is really true.  Dyslexia is a reading disorder that causes people to confuse letters like q and p. 

When they cut a die, however, it had to be done in reverse, because when the coin was struck the design would appear as a mirror image on the cob.   It would seem very difficult to cut everything in reverse on the die without occasionally making a mistake.  That would seem only natural to me.

There are returned rings and then there are returned rings.  This one is very interesting.  It was returned 70 years later.

A husband went off to war wearing his wife's class ring.  His plane was shot down in New Guina in 1944.  His remains were found and the ring  recently returned.

It is important to know yourself.  Everybody has strengths and weaknesses.  If you know yourself you can take maximum advantage of your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses.

One quality that will help any detectorist is patience.  Some have more patience than others.  Some have enough patience that they can easily go through long dry spells without getting discouraged.  Some can dig a lot of trash.  Others hate digging a single pull tab.

Everybody knows Mel Fishers saying "Today is the day."  That is essence of optimism.  Without that optimism he never would have been able to discover the Atocha.  It took a long time and there were many hardships.  You might know about some of those.

The point is that you have to set your goals according to your personality.   If you are impatient or easily get discouraged, don't set your sites on a goal like the Atocha.  You need more modest goals or you will probably give up and quit.

Some of us are like Eeyore.  Don't know him?  You must not have kids.  He is the donkey in the Winnie the Pooh stories.

Eeyore is one of those glass half empty characters.  His motto might be "Today is just another day. Nothing good is going to happen."

I suspect that most detectorists have some optimism.  They expect to find something or else they wouldn't do it.

Yet, goals have to be realistic.  If you got into detecting thinking that all you have to do is wave your magic detector around a bit and you'll find the queen's jewels before long, you probably will be disappointed.

A good dose of optimism can keep you motivated and going.  A little success will do the same thing.

If you are one of those people who can't tolerate dry spells, one thing to do is adjust your strategies and techniques.  Another thing you can do is add some new goals.

Being interested in a variety of things can help.  If you like shells, artifacts, pot sherds, nature and all kinds of things, that can help you keep interested and motivated even when you aren't making great finds.  It is important to analyze what is going on and if there is anything you can do differently.

If you hate digging junk, go ahead and use discrimination.  Do what it takes for you.  Be aware of the trade-offs though.  That same discrimination that saves you from digging pull tabs, might just cause you to miss a very good find.

Get into research.  The more you know the better off you will be.  And the more information you have, the more you'll find things interesting.

Then there are the Tiggers.  Always up, always energetic and bouncing all over the place.

Energy is a big advantage.  It can help a lot if it is focused well.

A Tigger, though, might run all over the place hunting randomly.  

My primary strategy is generally very systematic.  It involves a lot of sampling.  The results of my samples will determine where I go next. 

Junk is as important as coins and other things as I sample.  Both can tell you which direction to go.

My main point here is that different people have different traits or characteristics and you'll be better off if you know yourself and detect accordingly.

There is no one perfect system that suits everybody.  What works for one person might not work at all for another.

Not much change in beach conditions again.

You might find this Frontier and Old West auction interesting.

Happy hunting,