Saturday, January 9, 2016

1/9/16 Report - Nice Silver Reale Find. Unusual Weather. Falling Into a Common and Dangerous Metal Detecting Trap.

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Terry S. sent me this email with photos of his recent find.  He said, I sent you a picture of a couple reales I found last month. Well I got lucky again and put my coil over an 8 reale. ...

Find and photo by Terry S.

Same Cob As Found.
I can't see the date, assayer, or the denomination in the picture.

Great find Terry!  Thanks for sharing.

Note what appears to be a bent corner on the right side of the cob in the second photo.  Some say that they hammered sharp corners so that they wouldn't tear the bags.

Here is something unusual but not unheard of.

The National Hurricane Center says ...conditions could become conducive for 
this system to acquire some subtropical
characteristics while it moves 
east-southeastward into the eastern
subtropical Atlantic Ocean by the 
middle of next week.

I don't think it will affect us much.


I saw eleven detectorists out at one beach two days ago.  Not so many yesterday.

When people are congregating at one spot like that there is usually a reason.  When you put that much man-power on a single beach, there is a good chance of something being found.

You know how when you find something at a particular location and then keep always want to check that location?  It makes it much more likely that you'll find something there just because you keep checking.

The natural tendency is to go back and hunt those spots where you've found something.  On the other hand, when you strike out at a location over a location a few times, the tendency is to give up on that location.  The result is that you can end up falling into a trap.

It becomes a vicious circle.  The more you hunt a location, the more likely it is that you'll find something there, and then you want to hunt it more.

To put it another way, you'll find more at the locations you frequently visit and nothing at the beaches that you don't visit.  That might seem obvious enough, but it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In the short term, going back to a location that has produced is a good strategy.  However, in the long run it can have disastrous results.

Beaches change daily to some extent.  There are long term changes as well as short term changes though.

A given spot might produce for an hour or a day and then quit.  However, if the spot doesn't change too drastically when it quits producing, it can quickly start producing again when things change a little in the right direction again.  As I've been saying it has been on and off for a few months now.

There are a few unique features at that beach right now that I hope to discuss in more detail some other time.

The important point that I wanted to make today, though, is that if a beach has NOT produced for months or years, that does not mean that it will not start producing sometime in the future.  Don't give up entirely on a beach because it hasn't produced in a while - even a long while.

It is also not uncommon for a hot spot to shift up and down the beach, so don't get locked in to one specific location.  At Frederick Douglas the past few years the most productive spot has moved probably fifty to a hundred yards south in the last decade or two.  It seems that another hot spot on the same beach has quit altogether.  I suspect it will start producing again some day or some year when the long term changes are right again.


The surf is generally going to decrease a little for the next week or two, however the wind will be shifting back and forth, and we're supposed to get some good periods of north wind.  When a beach is close to producing, and maybe has produced in the recent past, it doesn't take as much to turn it back on.  Those wind changes might be all it takes.

Happy hunting,