Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/17/17 Report - More 1715 Site Finds From the Capitana. 1802 Shipwreck With Interesting Cargo. Storms Forming in the Atlantic.

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Cole Smith of the Capitana Crew with Encrusted Object
Photo submitted by  Captain Jonah Martinez

Captain Jonah said, The cargo hook was found by Cole Smith newest member of the Capitana...

Congratulations Cole, and thanks for sharing Jonah!

Cole also found a class ring. Not the class of 1715 - but 1968.

Cole's 1968 Class Ring Find.
Things of various ages and sources sometimes get mixed together.  Just because something comes from a known shipwreck site doesn't mean it came from the shipwreck.  That is obviously the case with this class ring.  The ring looks like it has been lost for a good number of years.

Nice thing about diving all day is that your hands look like you just got a manicure - not like relic hunters.   Relic hunters usually look like they could start a seed garden under their fingernails. ( :


Continuing with that theme, I found an article about a shipwreck that was lost in 1802 that was carrying antiquities taken from ancient Greece.

Chess pawns, combs and a toothbrush are some of the new findings brought to light by the underwater excavation of the wreck of the ship “Mentor” that sank off the island of Kythira in 1802...

Divers On The Site of the 1802 shipwreck of the Mentor.
Source: See GreekReporter link below.
The ship, which was carrying antiquities plundered from the Parthenon by British diplomat Lord Elgin, was bound for England via Malta but sank at the entrance of the port of Avlemona southwest Kythera...

For more about that, here is the link.

Another example how items from various sources and ages can be found together.


The Atlantic is hearing up.  The system approaching the West Indies (red) had an 80% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.  The next system has about a thirty percent chance.

Gert is way north now.

I'll be posting a projected path on those systems before long.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8/16/17 Report - New 1715 Fleet Find By Crew of Capitana. Search For Lost Merchant. Attitudes Towards Historic Items and Artifacts.

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Capitana Diver Grant Showing His Recent Find
Photo submitted by Captain Jonah Martinez
As you know, salvage season is in full swing.  The crew of the Capitana has been finding artifacts, including the scale weight shown in the photo above.

Congratulations Grant.  Great find!

And thanks to Capitana captain Jonah Martinez for sharing the great photos with us.

Bronze 4M or Marcos Scale Weight Found by Grant Photo submitted by Captain Jonah Martinez

I'll post more recent 1715 Fleet finds probably tomorrow.


The crew of the Dare has been working 24/7 looking for the shipwreck code-named Lost Merchant.  After surveying about 220 nautical miles with both a magnetometer and side scan sonar.  A number of targets have been identified for further investigation.


Three New Areas To Watch.
Hurricane Gert is now well north of us, but there is a parade of systems coming off of Africa.  It is too early to know if they will affect Florida.  I'll keep an eye on them.


Never RememberSource: CNN News Video

This historic Confederate statue was torn down.  I wonder how far this will go.  Could there come a time when confederate or other historic artifacts from other times or movements be treated the same?  Is this a sign of things to come?  Could there come a time when the Washington Monument or other statues or monuments, or even dug artifacts, will be similarly regarded or erased from the landscape and history?

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/15/17 Report - Numismatic Archaeology of North America. Ship's Store Tokens. Determining the Source of Silver Coins. New Weather In The Atlantic.

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Here is a good book.  You can read a sample free online.  The title is Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide.

You might want to look at some of the later chapters first because there is a limit to how much you can read as a free preview.

Below is just one of many illustrations from the book that I found interesting.



Maybe you've found something that looks like a coin but you can't identify it.  I have. This is an entire class of coins or tokens that you should know about.  As the book says, such tokens might be found in port cities or where sailors live.

There seems to be a lot of good interesting information in that book.

Click here to take a look at the free preview.


Researchers in Germany and Denmark analysed the chemical composition of 70 silver Roman coins dating from about 310 BCE to 101 BCE, spanning either side of the war.

"Before the war we find that the Roman coins are made of silver from the same sources as the coinage issued by Greek cities in Italy and Sicily. In other words the lead isotope signatures of the coins correspond to those of silver ores and metallurgical products from the Aegean region," said Katrin Westner of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences, Goethe University, Germany...

Later coins came from silver mined in what is now Spain.

Here is the link to read more about that.



Gert is up by North Carolina now, but there are two more systems to watch out in the Atlantic.  Either or both of those could possibly come our way.  It will be a while before we know what happens to them.

That is all for today.

Happy hunting,

Monday, August 14, 2017

8/14/17 Report - South Hutchinson Island Beaches and Conditions. A Few Finds. Tropical Storm Gert.

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I took a look at a few beaches along South Hutchinson Island this morning.  Beach detecting conditions were generally poor.

Most beaches had loose shelly sand with a steep slope.  Other beaches were more flat and had a layer of fine sand over the course sand.

As you can see, the surf was flat this morning.  One of the salvage boats came out of the Fort Pierce Inlet around 8:30.  I didn't see any of the others.

Seaweed was common too.

I hadn't been out much lately, but things have not changed much either.

Below are some more pictures of South Hutchinson Island beaches.

I didn't hunt very much.  Mostly I just looked at the beaches, but I did detect a little.  No matter how hard the beaches have been detected, there is usually a little something left, like the crusty coins shown below.

Two Crusty Pennies.

I don't know why they remained on the beach so long.  Maybe because people aren't bothering with zinc pennies, or maybe it was because there was a screw between them, which could have protected them.  They were the only coins I found, although I only detected for a short while - probably not even twenty minutes.

Also the following small gold earring was found at good depth - probably about seven inches.


There is now a named tropical storm - Gert.  She won't come our way though.  She is headed north and out into the Atlantic.


The surf on the Treasure Coast will remain two feet and under for several days.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, August 13, 2017

8/13/17 Report - Old Maps From the Internet. The Watch Videos. Different Terms. D.B. Cooper Treasure Mystery. Tropical Storm Forming.

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Super Old Map For Locating Metal Detecting Sites.

The internet provides so much good research material.  I found this 1876 map showing the area where I grew up and where many of my ancestors settled in the 1800s.  There farms are well marked on the map.  You can see where the old school house was, and you might be able to see the Plank Road running down the middle of the map, which was actually covered with planks back in the day.  Now it looks like any other road.  And near there used to be an old one-room school house that has been remodeled many times so that you would never guess that it was either a school house or old.  These kinds of old maps are invaluable for locating good metal detecting sites.

I also found an early 1700s map showing where one of my ancestors had land near Lancaster PA.  As I've said before, I really enjoy digging up (in more ways than one) my own family's history.


The past few days I showed some videos.  One thing you should get out of that series is the need to be careful about selecting the mode you use when you metal detect.  I generally prefer an All Metals or Pinpoint mode.   If you used coin mode for those watches, for example, you probably would have missed them a lot of the time, and even if you used All Metals mode and were going by the signal tone or ID meter, you still could have missed some of the watches.  Other artifacts could be missed just as easily.

I used the Garrett Ace for the videos.  It is not a high-end detector, but the circuitry is basic and similar to that used in many detectors.  I might demonstrate how different types of detectors woud respond some time in the future.


I remember once reading that someone didn't like the use of the word "detectorist."  I forget their reasoning, but for me the term is a good one.  They preferred the label "coinshooter."

I prefer the word detectorist because it is more general.  Few people who are out there hunting coins would not want to find a nice gold ring or something else of value.  Most people who search the treasure beaches hunt for and find things other than coins, including rings, spikes and other artifacts. And those that too narrowly focus on coins, might not realize how many other types of nice shipwreck items they are missing.

Treasure hunting is an even more general term.  There a lot of different kinds of treasure that can be found on a beach.  Some aren't even metallic.  The 1715 Fleet wax seal impression that I found is one example.  There are also pottery, stone, fossil and other types of treasure that can be found while detecting.  I don't like being too restrictive.  I don't like to miss much of anything that I might find interesting.  I'm not just interested in coins or jewelry or silver or gold.  Even when I really want to find one type of thing and go out with that intent, I do not see any reason to pass over any other interesting things that might be there.  You can be looking for one thing and find something else even better.  Also, the other things you see along the way, such as a pot shard or musket ball, might provide just the clue you need to help you find the thing you set out to find.  Everything that has been on a beach for a while provides some indication of how the beach and other things are moving and therefore can provide very important and useful information.


A crew of volunteer cold-case investigators in the Pacific Northwest, led by a former FBI agent, has uncovered what they believe to be “potential evidence” in the 46-year-old mystery of D.B. Cooper...

Here is the link for more about that.

Thanks to Dean for the link.


Tropical Storm Eight.
Tropical Depression Eight looks like it will be a storm, but it won't come our way.  I'm not expecting to get anything off of this one at all.  It has been a very long sustained period of south and southeast wind and building beaches.  Someday that will change.

Happy hunting,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/12/17 Report - Detector Signals Produced by Three Different Complex Targets and The Effect of Position.

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It looks like the weather shown on the map above will become a cyclone in the next few days, but will probably stay out to sea and go north of us.  At this point I don't expect the Treasure Coast to get much from it.


I had to correct yesterday's post.  My description of the signals produced by the watches in the video was incorrect.  I described the wrong video.  That must have been confusing.  Sorry about that. I corrected it last night.  If you read that post before I made the corrections, you might want to go back to read it again.

Today I'll describe a third video on detecting watches.  I'm sure some of you will think I've already done too much of that, but I'm illustrating a variety of important points.  There are some things that are very difficult to correctly identify unless you dig them.  It isn't limited to watches.

Complex and irregularly shaped targets are not as easy to identify as coins or rings.  I've also shown in the past that when a ring is buried so that it is standing on end, it will produce a very different signal than the same ring laying flat in the ground. I posted a video on YouTube about two years ago that shows that.  The position of a watch will affect the signal too.  The signal is more unpredictable due to the irregular shape of watches, the variety of materials that can be used in a watch, how the watch is laying, as well as how the detector is used.

In the next video I used the same three watches and put them on the ground so that the face is facing up instead of being perpendicular to the ground as they were in the previous two videos.

Here is the link for that video.

You probably noticed that the first watch (Polo Club) produced mostly a low tone signal.

The second watch was very inconsistent: sometimes producing no signal, sometimes a Bell tone and sometimes a lower tone signal.

The third watch ( large high-end Seiko ) consistently produced a Bell Tone, no matter which direction the coil was moved.  The ID meter gave a meter ID that was in the coin range.

The lower tone (produced by both the first watch and sometimes by the second watch) was accompanied reading of something between a pull tab and penny on the ID meter.

If you were only digging targets that produced the Bell Tone, you would have dug the third watch, maybe dug the second watch, but probably left the first watch in the ground.

Target ID is not always simple.  Of course different detectors give you more or less information, but no metal detector can identify everything correctly, and as a result you can easily miss something very good.  It is important to really know your detector and how it responds to different types of targets.

Targets such as coins are easier to identify than complex or irregularly shaped targets such as watches.  You can often get more information about a buried target by changing the angle of your sweep and comparing the signals obtained by sweeping in two different directions.

One thing I hope you see is that there are some very good targets that might not sound good or read as good on a meter.  At helps to really get to know your detector.  I highly stress the value of experimenting with test targets.  Most targets will not be as complex as watches, however they might be more complex than you think.  Various things, even those as simple and common as coins, can give signals different from what you might expect.

For example, coins sometimes seem to disappear when you are digging.  They can slip deeper into a hole or  stick to the side of the hole.  A coin sticking to the side of a hole so that it presents the narrow edge of the coin to the coil will be much more difficult to detect and can seem to disappear.

As you probably know, I do a lot of different kinds of posts on a variety of topics.  I'll undoubtedly be back on some other topic before long.

I hope you find the videos useful.

Happy hunting,

Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11/17 Report - More on Metal Detecting Watches and All Metals Mode. Sedwick Treasure Auction. Numismatic and Shipwreck Salvage Presentations.

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Two Areas of Weather That Might Affect the Treasure Coast

Yesterday I showed how one metal detector responds to watches.  I used the inexpensive Garrett Ace 250 for my demonstration.  I could have used a variety of other metal detectors and got very similar responses.  I might  actually do that some time.  Of course different detectors will respond somewhat differently, but the main point remains the same: how you use your detector will determine what you find or don't find.  As I am showing, it is easy to miss potentially valuable targets such as watches if you are not careful.  I've often warned of the risks involved with various forms of discrimination and too much reliance on target ID as well as other detector settings such as search modes that might seem convenient.  You can miss very good targets and never be aware of it.

Yesterday for my demonstration I used the Ace 150 in Coin Mode.  As you saw, there were times when the detector completely missed or responded minimally to large men's watches.  But what if you were not using such a selective mode?  I'll show you what happened when I switched to All Metals mode.

I used the same watches placed in very similar positions.  Also the same detector.  The only difference is that I switched to All Metals mode.

Here is the video link.

[ I corrected the following three or four paragraphs.  My original text was incorrect.  Sorry! ]

There are are basically two tones that you heard.  One is the Bell Tone that is used by the Ace to indicate a coin or similar good target.  The other tone is lower.

The signal produced by the various watches varied depending upon the direction the coil was moved.  That happens with a lot of targets, especially those that are elongated like nails or spikes.

The signal produced by the last watch ( the heavy high-end Seiko ) was the most consistent.  It produced a definite signal almost all the time, no matter if the coil was moved parallel or perpendicular to the face of the watch.  In one direction, though, the signal was a Bell Tone, and in the other direction is was the lower tone.

The first two watches often produced no signal, which you might find very surprising, especially since it was made using All Metals mode.

The main point is that with complex targets such as watches, the signal will vary depending upon a variety of factors, including how the coil goes over it.  Changing the direction pf the sweep or position of the coil by a few inches one way or another, often resulted in a very different response. That makes target ID for such targets very tricky.


Below is a notice I received from the Sedwick's concerning the upcoming treasure auction.  Even if you aren't participating in the auction, you might want to catch the guest speakers, which are listed at the bottom of this notice.

Sedwick's Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction #22

Now is the last chance to consign to our Treasure, World and U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction #22, which will be our Fifth LIVE PUBLIC FLOOR sale. As usual this event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, FL, with live floor auction on Thursday-Friday, November 2-3, 2017 and lot viewing and guest speakers the day before (Wednesday, November 1).

The final deadline for consignment to our upcoming auction is almost here: August 17. We have secured a vast amount of great pieces but there is always a spot for interesting consignments and trophy coins. Many international guests will be coming from Latin America and Europe, so take advantage of our great LIVE FLOOR event and get top exposure for your pieces.

This auction will feature Part II of The Richard Stuart Collection Selections, which includes the largest group of Panama cobs ever offered in one sale with 10 unique pieces; an impressive assortment of unique and finest pieces from Central America, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua (including the largest offering of provisional coinage ever presented in a single auction) and Panama; plus the largest single-sale offering of British "Admiral Vernon" medals from the same pedigree.

Other features in this auction include a selection of Lima gold cobs from the 1715 Fleet (many unique dates and finest known pieces) in addition to many other Fleet treasures like gold chains, ingots and other artifacts. Finally we have hundreds of cobs, particularly Lima and Potosi, and an exquisite collection of Mexican pillar dollars.

Guest Speakers Include:

1) Jorge Proctor, Numismatist and Researcher: "The Forgotten Mine of Colonial Panama"
2) Manuel Chacón, Numismatic Curator: The Central Bank of Costa Rica "Costa Rica Numismatics"
3) Carlos Jara, Numismatist and Researcher: "Central American Provisional And Provincial Mints"
4) Capt. John Brandon, Historical Shipwreck Salvor: “An Overview of the Exploration For and Recovery Of Historical Shipwrecks: 1715 Fleet, Atocha and Lucayan Beach Wrecks”

We look forward to hearing from you, with thanks in advance.

Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC


There are now two areas of weather pinpointed on the National Hurricane Center map for our area.  The first will just produce rain.  The other one has been out there for a while and might develop this weekend.  At this time it is expected to stay east of us and possibly make landfall in the Carolinas.  It is too early to say much about how that one might affect us.

On the Treasure Coast we'll be having something like a two foot surf again.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/10/17 Report - Metal Detecting for Watches - How Mode Selection Can Really Affect Results. More Active Hurricane Season Predicted.

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Watch Under Coil of Ace 250.
See video below.

After about a hundred hours and a thousand failed attempts I finally found a way to get my video uploaded from my new video camera to YouTube so I could post it here.  I was not able to upload it directly to blogger for some reason.  Things that should be so simple can be terribly complicated.

The video shows something I talked about yesterday.  It shows how you can miss items such as watches if you are not careful.  In Coin Mode, when sweeping the Ace 250 coil parallel to the face of a watch, you will get no signal or a poor signal.  When sweeping perpendicular to the face of the watch, you'll get a pretty good signal.  Of course the ID meter will not tell you that the object is a watch even when you get a good signal.

The watches used in the video are first, A Malibu Polo Club watch (maybe a knock-off), second, a Seiko Perpetual Calender, and third, a heavy Seiko Couture Kinetic Perpetual.  All are fairly large men's watches.

There are a few points that I am illustrating.  One is that the detector signal from an object that has an irregular shape, such as a watch, can result in a different signal depending upon the direction you sweep the coil.

Another point I am reinforcing is that it is easy to miss some very good targets if you are not very careful.  The mode you use is important.  You might not think anything of using Coin mode or Jewelry mode, but it will to some extent determine what you will and won't find.  That might sound obvious, but it is easy to unintentionally miss good things and not realize it.

Watches differ a lot.  Some cost thousands of dollars and can be made of platinum or gold.  They can be made of a variety of materials.  The band can be made of one material, the case another and the workings another.  That can all result in different types of signals, which can make it very difficult to identify something like that from the signal.   I don't know of a metal detector that can correctly identify a watch.  They can be very desirable targets, yet very easy to miss.  If you've been following my blog very long, you know that I often warn of the dangers of discrimination and target ID.

Here is the link for the video.  I hope you'll take a look.

I think that is a pretty dramatic illustration of some things I've said before.

You might say, "I wouldn't be using Coin Mode if I wanted to find a watch."  That might be true, but do you really want to take a chance on leaving a Rolex in the ground when you pass right over it even if that is not what you were looking for?  As you would expect, different modes respond differently, but the question is do you know exactly what the different modes will or will not do?

Another thing I'm showing here is how important it is to really know your metal detector and how it will respond (or not respond) to different types of targets.

I actually used more watches when I originally did the experiment, but cut it down to three for posting.   There were slight differences in the signal for each watch, but they were generally similar.  Some varied more than others.

Another variable I didn't illustrate is how the signal is affected when the band is more open or collapsed and when the watch is laying flat.  I'll show more some other time.


Forecasters now say there is a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season (compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance), with 14-19 named storms (increased from the May predicted range of 11-17) and 2-5 major hurricanes (increased from the May predicted range of 2-4). A prediction for 5-9 hurricanes remains unchanged from the initial May outlook...

Here is the link.


The weather shown above won't affect us much anytime soon, although we are going to have a small increase in surf this afternoon (Thursday).  It will only be 2 - 3 feet though, then decrease again.

The one shown farthest east is one to watch.  It might strengthen this weekend and hit somewhere in the Carolinas.

That is it for today.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8/9/17 Report - Hurricane and Storm Threat. Amazing Lightning Video. Detecting Watches and Surprising Metal Detector Responses.

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It looks like Franklin is going to hit Mexico as a hurricane.

The weather way out to the east of the West Indies on the map is the one that the local weather channels have been talking about in relation to Florida.  It isn't expected to develop until this weekend.  It is supposed to stay out by the Bahamas and maybe be more of a threat to the Carolinas. It seems to be heading more to the north now.

We have some new weather shown on the nhc map now.  It is already over the Bahamas but is disorganized and probably won't do much more for us than bring some rain.  It doesn't look like it will increase our surf.

I'm not expecting any significant change in beach detecting conditions any time soon.


What Happens When Lightning Hits a River
Source: See clip below.

You have to see this.  This is an amazing video.

It appeared to me like the lightning following a small stream or runoff down over the bank and into the river.

Anyhow, really cool video.

Be careful when there might be lightning around.


Some of my most valuable finds are watches. They are very common finds for me, even when I hunt heavily hunted areas.

You can't depend upon a detector to tell you that you are over a watch - at least not any detectors that I'm aware of.

Watches differ in size, shape and composition.  If the watch is laying with the face flat against the ground or looking up as shown as position B below, you'll generally get a pretty good signal.

If, however, as is often the case, the watch is positioned with the face perpendicular to the ground ( position A in the illustration below), the signal you get will vary a LOT depending upon a lot of variables including which direction you swing the coil.  I made a video that illustrates very clearly that you can get little or no signal when you swing your coil in the N/S direction over a watch that is laying on the ground like the one shown as position A.  It is really striking, and to me, the extent of the effect was surprising.  If I get my video uploaded you'll see it very clearly.

Swinging in the W/E direction and perpendicular to the face of the watch will result in a much better signal.  You might get a double signal as you cross over the watch and band, depending upon a lot of different things, but you'll certainly get a much better signal than when you move your coil in the N/S direction.

As I said, there are a number of variables.  The band can be in a variety of positions. The detector and mode will also affect the results.  I hope I get my video loaded soon.  I think you'll be amazed by what it shows.  I'll quit trying to describe what my video will show.

In the experiment reported above, I used "coin mode" on the Garrett Ace 150.  That might be the reason for the results. I'll do the same test using other modes to see how they differ.  I usually use all metals mode.  That might make all the difference in the world.  I'll see.


Some people think there is a coup underway in the U. S.


That is all for now.  I'll try to get my video uploads worked out soon.

Happy hunting,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8/8/17 Report - Florida's First Large Spanish Settlement Might Not Be Where You Think It Was. Scale Weight and Mystery Object. Drowned In Dry Sand? Tropical Storm Franklin.

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Scale Weight Found at the de Luna Settlement Site.
Source: See link below.

What was the largest mid Spanish settlement in the Southeast in the mid-16th century?  The answer might surprise you.

University of West Florida archaeology students and researchers have spent the summer uncovering more details about the 1559 Luna Settlement.

The Tristan de Luna settlemnent overlooking Pensacola Bay existed for just two years until 1561...

“We now know that the site really does have a definitive boundary and that encompasses an area of about 27 total acres minimum…and if we turn it into a grid, it’s about 31 acres,” said Dr. John Worth, the project’s principal investigator. “Either one of those numbers makes this the largest mid-16th Century Spanish residential settlement in the entire southeast.”

That makes the Luna Settlement, known as Santa Maria de Ochuse, larger than St. Augustine when it was first established in 1565; and it was bigger than Santa Elena when it was initially established in 1566 on the coast of South Carolina.

“That’s because Luna brought 1500 colonist, whereas St. Augustine and Santa Elena had something on the order of 300-600 settlers(at first),” said Worth in reference to the initial size of those colonies.
“So, we had the largest settlement at the time. Therefore, we have the largest archaeological site of the 16th Century Spanish Colonial era here, which really puts it on the map.”

Here is a link for more from that article.

Detectorists have found old scale weights.  I have one item that might be one, but I think probably not.  They are not what I would call common detector finds but do show up occasionally.

Silver Dug Object From Beach.
Some people think the object shown above is a scale weight.  Note the stamped "1" on one side.  Under the "1" seems to be a small wreathe.  It weighs ten grams and is silver (acid tested).

Another guess I get is "button."  It shows absolutely no sign of any type of attachment and is a solid ten grams.  I don't think it is a button.

If it is a scale weight, I don't know why it is made of silver.  One person said it might be what was available at the time.  That is possible.  It is rounded on top and bottom, so not stackable like most scale weights.  Maybe it didn't need to be stackable.  It could be a coin weight or something like that when only one weight was necessary.

For me the jury is still out, but the most likely answer in my mind is that it was what was left over  after an assay.  I still don't know.


Here is a strange one.

The strange death of a woman who drowned in sand along a Maryland beach has been deemed an accident, authorities said.

Ashley O'Connor, 30, was vacationing with her family in Ocean City when she somehow landed in a deep hole, according to police.

A beachgoer found the woman's body submerged in the sand, with only a hand showing, the Ocean City Police Department said in a statement.

O'Connor, who lived in Plano, Texas, was last seen going for a walk on the beach Monday at about 2 a.m., her family said...

Accident?  Crime?  What?


If you do much beach detecting you are probably in pretty good shape.  Walking in the sand while swinging a detector can be exercise - especially if you do it vigorously.

If you've slowed down during the hot summer heat, you might be losing some of your conditioning.

A good exercise program might be a good idea.  A good level of fitness can help your detecting and increase finds.


The Golden Corral on Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce seems to have exceptionally good management.  Every once in a while they surprise me with service beyond what I expect.

There was another G. C. down by the St. Lucie WalMart that went out of business for some reason.  I never felt it had the same excellent management and always liked the one in Fort Pierce better.  I just wanted to say a good word about the Virginia Avenue G. C. because they really impressed me once again recently.


Franklin, as expected, is crossing the Yucatan and is expected to make it back to the Gulf.

The second disturbance is moving west but has not been developing.

Expect a one of two foot surf on the Treasure Coast for at least another week.

Happy hunting,

Monday, August 7, 2017

8/7/17 Report - Tropical Storm Franklin.

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We now have Tropical Storm Franklin, which looks like it will cross the Yucatan and the go out over the Gulf.

Below is the predicted path.

Predicted Path of Tropical Storm Franklin.
It doesn't look like Franklin will affect us on the Treasure Coast.

The other disturbance won't develop real soon.  It might eventually affect us.  It is too early to say.

That is all for now.

Maybe I'll have more later.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6/17 Report - Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven Getting Organized. Mauron Watch. Gold--Filled Jewelry.

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The system down by Central America (red X) is being referred to as Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven and is moving very slowly west/northwest.  It looks like it will head towards Yucatan and into the Gulf, as shown below.  That is one to watch.  It has a 90% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

Predicted Path of Tropical Storm Seven.

The other system is still out in the middle Atlantic and has only a 20 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.  Some models predict that it will go north of us, and some south of us, and one has it targeting us.  That is a few days away in any case.  It might fall apart.

The surf on the Treasure Coast will increase a little tomorrow, but just up to 2 - 3 feet.


I did a little research on the watch I showed yesterday.  Among the watches by Mauron are ladies brooch and lapel watches.  I think it is probably a lapel watch.  I found many examples of those that were gold filled.  The one I showed yesterday looks like it could very well be gold filled.

I haven't talked much about gold jewelry lately.  Gold plated is when an item, often copper, is covered with a very thin, almost microscopic, film of pure gold electroplating. Some businesses refer to gold-plated jewelry as gold-overlay; however, those are essentially the same things.

Gold filled jewelry is much more valuable than gold-plated. In fact, there is almost 100 percent more gold in gold-filled items than gold-plated items.

It seems gold filled items are marked in various ways, but when an item is marked with the fraction 14/20, it means that the item contains 1/20 of 14 karat gold with relation to the brass fill/core (5%). If the product is stamped 12/20, it is made of 1/20 of 12 karat gold.

Thats all for now.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8/5/17 Report - Need Info On Old Watch Find. Two Weather Systems That Could Affect Us.

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Found Old Watch or Clock.
The make name on the face is MAURAN.  I haven't checked that yet.

Same Watch With Chain.
The watch is small.  It is like a pocket watch, but smaller than any I've seen.  I would guess it is a ladies watch.  The chain is very unusual.

Patent Number on Connector.
It looks like it might be gold, but I don't know yet.  I wonder what caused the notches on the one link of the chain.  Maybe it was tested at some time.

I don't know, but it looks like the date is was patented is 1.22.19.  

If anyone can shed some light on the watch or chain, it would be appreciated.



There are now two disturbances.  The one on the left has a forty percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next forty eight hours and the other has a thirty percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next forty eight hours.  Both are heading west/northwest.

The one closest to us could become a tropical storm before long.  We'll have to wait and see on both of them.


There is a lot of construction around the Treasure Coast and there are some nice new places to hunt for older items like coins or the old watch shown above.


A ninth season of Bering Sea Gold started last night.  It is one of my favorite treasure TV shows, and I know from a poll I ran in this blog, a lot of you like it too.  I think poor Chris Kelly needs to go out on his own.


I've been thinking of writing about the importance of setting goals, but haven't done that yet.

I'm getting a new video camera and hope to produce some videos.  My old video camera quite working some time ago, and there have been some things I wanted to do, but couldn't.

One of these days this summer we might finally get a bit of a storm to stir things up a bit.

I'd like to fit into my old wet suit, but can't quit to it yet.

Happy hunting,

Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/17 Report - Amateur Detectorist Makes Amazing Find. Mackinac Archaeological Discovery. Washington DC History and Metaphor.

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Amazing Metal Detector Find.
Source: See TheSun link below.

The 34-year-old, who had only taken up the hobby 18 months ago, was expecting to find something innocuous.
But as he shovelled the dirt, a glint of gold emerged on ornate piece of jewellery with a precious sapphire...

The amateur treasure hunter found what is thought to be a 14the century ring in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest.  The ring is might be valued for as $90000 US.

Here is the link for the rest of the story.

The fellow had been detecting for less than two years.  Amazing find!

There is always that chance if you are out there working at it.    The next big find might come when you least expect it.   You might be discouraged and ready to give up, then you get the surprise of your life.

Here is another view of the ring.

Same Ring.
Same source.
Thanks to Dean for that link.


Mackinac State Historic Park archaeologists have discovered two pieces of silver and a brass crucifix all within one week...

“Last week we found two pieces of trade silver and that's really unusual for Michilimackinac. Trade silver is an excellent marker for the British time period in the Great Lakes fur trade but we've never found a whole lot of here at the site here in general,” said Evans...

That doesn't read quite right.  I'm not the only one that makes mistakes. :)

Source: See NewYorker link below.

Progress came slowly, as the land in question refused to coöperate. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the brilliant French draftsman hired to work out the details, complained that the land was “swampy.” In Jefferson’s sketch, there are signs of the trouble to come: low soundings for the shallow Potomac and a “Mud Bank” not far away from the federal city. The water was often brackish; a few years earlier, in 1785, George Washington had written a letter praising the Potomac for precisely this reason (“the bed of the Potomac before my door, contains an inexhaustable fund of manure”). That was helpful to farmers, but less so to government employees...

Here is the link for more of that article.

Every shadowy creature in the swamp has been awakened by the threat of an intruder.


There are now two disturbances, as you can see from the map.

The one by South America has a ten percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, while the one over by Africa has a forty percent chance.

There are no significant changes to beach conditions to report yet.

Happy hunting,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

8/3/17 Report - Dug Silver and What It Looks Like. Antique and Collectible Keys Web Site.

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Object Found on Beach.
You might be surprised what it is.

Someone asked what silver coins and objects look like when they come out of the ground.  It isn't easy to answer that because it varies so much depending upon a number of factors.  Generally silver turns a darker grey to black when it has been on a beach for a while, especially if it has been in salt water.  Above is an example of a piece of silver found on a beach.

It is difficult to identify this coin from this view.  It looks something like a corroded silver cob.  Below you can see the other side of the same object.

Other Side of Same Object.
Can you tell what it is now?  It is a silver Roosevelt dime.

From the appearance, you could easily think that it might be something much older.  When you hold the above object, you can't really see the design very well unless you have the right kind of lighting.

Roosevelt dimes were made from 1946 to 1964, so I don't know how long the dime was on the beach, but it can't be more than 71 years, which might sound like a long time to some of you, but it isn't anything like a Spanish cob, which might have been out there for three hundred years.

Here is a new Roosevelt dime.  It is not silver, but you can match up the images.

New Not-Silver Roosevelt Dime

The older silver dimes were 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.  The newer dimes are a "sandwich" of pure copper inner layer between two outer layers of cupronickle (75% copper, 25% nickel) alloy giving a total composition of 91.67% Cu and 8.33% Ni.

If you look at edge of one of the newer dimes, you can see a strip of copper.

You might remember when I suggested cutting a silver dime in halves or quarters and using the pieces as test objects for reales.  I said if you can detect piece of a silver dime, you can detect a small silver reale.  They are really very much alike.  In fact some reales from Potosi were assayed and found to have about 10 percent copper content like even though they were not supposed to have that much copper content.

Silver can be encrusted or discolored, depending upon where it has been.  It is really difficult to give a single answer saying what silver will look like when it comes out of the ground.  You can, however, with a good amount of experience, learn to identify silver most of the time from just looking at it, no matter how badly corroded it might be.

Like I said above, the appearance of silver will vary depending upon where it was found.  The silver coins I found in a cold water lake in Minnesota were more of a bluish tint, for example.  They did not corrode much at all compared to those found on a salt water beach or around mangroves.  Salt water beaches and acid soil are both very hard on silver.

For the person that asked what dug silver looks like, you'll find many examples if you read back through the old posts.  Some are shown before and after cleaning.  You can also see Spanish reales in various states of cleaning.

I also found that you can almost always tell a silver coin from the sound it makes when you drop it on a ceramic tile.  Try it.


Hotel keys used to be very common beach finds.  That was before the more modern key cards.  I found gallons of hotel keys.  Some were the nice big ornate brass keys, while others were smaller and had those large plastic tags bearing the name of the hotel and room number.

I found this very useful web site about antique and collectible keys.


There is nothing much to watch in the weather right now.  There is one disturbance just coming off of Africa, but it is too early to pay it much attention.

We're in for more one to two foot surf on the Treasure Coast and south winds.   That means hot weather.

Happy hunting,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8/2/17 Report - New Distrubance Forms In The Gulf. Using Patterns and Technologies for Finding Detecting Sites. Device You Will Want To Have.

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It looks like the Gulf is starting to produce a lot of weather.  We now have a new disturbance in about the same area that Emily formed.  At this point it only has a small chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, but that is the way Emily started too, and Emily formed very rapidly.  Emily is no longer a tropical storm and is headed out to sea.

There is another disturbance out in the Atlantic, but it is too early to be too concerned about that one.

Expect another week of one and two-foot surf.  The tides aren't big now.

AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Emily and both of the other disturbances have now disappeared.


When I post links, they usually provide some type of clue or lesson.  That is definitely the case with the next article.  Here is a brief excerpt.

...So Stirn set out to develop a model to predict the location of more, similar villages.

He first determined all of the main traits that the newfound villages had in common — namely, that they were positioned on south-facing, sunny slopes near whitebark pine stands above 3,200 meters in elevation....

I often talk about patterns: weather patterns, beach dynamics, coin distributions, etc.  There are signs or clues to the location of treasures.  It is all about increasing the probability of success by understanding patterns.  

You might occasionally find something by wandering around randomly ( the blind hog occasionally picks up an acorn ), but you'll be much more successful if you recognize the signs or clues and patterns.  Treasure doesn't just fall out of the sky, it ends up where it is found as the result of human behavior and the laws of nature.  People are somewhat predictable, as is nature.  

Patterns can be complex, especially when it comes to treasure, and we seldom get the whole picture, but the more you understand the patterns, the better you will do.

In the article that I am referring to, several signs predicted the location of Native American villages that were previously unknown.  The newly located villages were located on south-facing slopes that were sunny, above 3200 meters of elevation near stands of whitebark pine.

There are signs or patterns that will help you located all kinds of things, such as metal detecting sites, shipwreck sites, coin holes, good jewelry beaches, etc.  I've talked about all of those things in the past.

The particular pattern that you will be looking for depends upon the kinds of sites you want to find and the types of treasures you are hunting.

The article was talking about Native American sites, but there are more general lessons that you can take from it.  Here is another excerpt.

Then, using Landsat satellite imagery, Stirn and his colleagues identified whitebark pine stands in the northern Winds that best fit their model’s description.

Ancient village sites were discovered in Wyoming after scientists predicted where the would be found based upon site characteristics...

They used Landsat satellite imagery to locate the village sites after they knew what to look for.  As I mentioned in a recent post, you can use webcam images to survey beaches, and you can use other internet tools such as Google Earth to locate good detecting sites.

When you make a find, observe where it was found.  Ask yourself why the item was there, how it ended up where it was found, and what are the clues or signs that might have led you to believe that it might be there.

Here is the link to the article I've been talking about.


This is an inexpensive device that I've used for a lot of years.  It still works and is very handy.

It is a battery tester and works on batteries of various sizes.  If this one ever quit working I'd get another right away.


Happy hunting,