Tuesday, June 9, 2015

6/9/2015 Report - Rare Indian Head Penny Found. Olive Jar & Musket Ball. Deep Quarters.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

1872 Indian Head Found by William M.
Photos by William M.

William M. made a very rare find.
He found this 19th Century Indian Head, which is a rare key date -  1872.

You can see what the coinstudy.com site says below.  The 1872 is one of the most rare Indian Heads.  In fact it is so rare, that even worn coins bring a minimum of $80, and the price quickly escalates with condition.

Great find William!

Congratulations and thanks or sharing.


Joe D. sent in a report on the Palm Beach beaches.

Hello, your description on the 6/6 post pretty much matches Palm Beach now. I took my son today to hunt for sharks teeth that were recently discovered after the renourshment. Many people had obviously  been doing the same! I've got to say that I was shocked at the amount of holes that were dug and left open on the beach! Some of the holes were huge! Others were small but deep enough to break an ankle. The sand is full of shells and coral, and is much harder packed than original sand! ...  I think we spent more time covering holes than we did hunting! I Guess we will see what happens here! All the old finds are covered under a million cubic feet of sand now anyway!

Thanks for the report Joe, and for covering holes even though they weren't yours.  Even when a hole isn't dug by a detectorists, detectorists might get the blame.  We don't need that.


Olive Jar Bottom And Musket Ball Found
By The Crew of The Capitana.

Yesterday I showed a cannon ball found by the crew of the Capitana on the Treasure Coast.  Here is an olive jar bottom and musket ball that they found.


I went out to the beach early Monday morning to do a little detecting.  As soon as I got there I could see it was no different than the three South Hutchinson Island beaches that I showed you on the sixth.

The front beach was higher than it was a few months ago.  And it was littered with sea weed.  Very few shells.

Here are a couple of pictures showing what it looked like.

Treasure Coast Beach Monday Morning Near Low Tide.

I did a little detecting even though conditions looked poor.  I scanned the front beach just to see.

Every target was deep.  The first three or four targets were too deep and close to the water to be removed.  The hole kept filling before I could get the target out.

I did eventually get a few quarters.  They were all a foot or so deep.  It was unusual to get quarters and not hardly any other coins.  I figured that was because the smaller coins were too small to detect that deep.  I'm not absolutely sure any smaller coins were there but it would be unusual for such a high proportion of quarters, so I'm guessing that most everything, including the quarters were under about a foot of sand, and the smaller items weren't detected that deep.

If you pay attention to target depth and what you are getting as well as what you aren't getting, that will help you analyze just what is going on.

Also check the holes for any layers of different types of sand or shells or whatever.

There were no layers visible in the holes this day.  It was all one thick layer of the same type of fine brown sand, undoubtedly accumulated over the recent weeks of unchanging calm surf.

I didn't have much hope of finding much of anything very good, but managed to find one piece of gold, which was only and inch or so deep - evidently a recent drop.

I'm going to be talking more about analyzing a detecting site and how it might have developed  over time.  If you get a good idea of what has been going on, you'll have a better idea of where to spend your time and where you shouldn't spend your time.

As usual, the dry sand had very little.  There were few good targets and very little junk.  As I said recently, some of these beaches have been cleaned up.  I'm proud of how little junk is left at some of these previously junky beaches.


A boy was bitten by a shark off Daytona Beach on June 7.


Shark bites do occur but they are probably much more rare than you might think.

I've seen a few while I was in the water.  One was very large, but seemed startled by me and went the other way.  I always wondered if he didn't sense the metal detector pulses.  Or he might just have left for some unrelated reason.


A nuclear physicist and an archaeologist at the University of York have joined forces to produce a unique appraisal of the cultural significance of one of the world’s most important locations for scientific inquiry.

In a paper published in the journal,Landscapes, Professor David Jenkins, of the Department of Physics at York, and Dr John Schofield, Head of the University’s Department of Archaeology, have investigated CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border.

Situated between the Jura Mountains and the Alps, CERN was established in 1954 to promote peaceful co-operation between nations still recovering from the Second World War.
The study, the product of a visit to the complex near Geneva, focuses on physicality of a location of which researchers say: “It is hard to think of anywhere more significant for all of humanity.” They describe this as an archaeological enquiry, with the buildings, the equipment within them, and a range of everyday objects at the center of their research.

Here is the link.
Is there anything that they do not or will not consider to be an archaeological site?


It looks like we'll have another week of calm surf.

Happy hunting,