Sunday, January 8, 2017

1/8/17 Report - Improving Beach Conditions. Colonial Coins Book and Web Site. Iron Spikes.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Beach Looking South Towards John Brooks This Morning.
The big news this morning is the cold front that came through.  The wind was from the north at a good rate for part of yesterday and through the night.

I took a look at a few beaches this morning.  They all had lost some sand.  The cuts were not impressive though.  You can see some of the bigger cuts that I saw in the photo above.

Beach conditions are improving, although not to the extent that I would be ready to give a level two beach conditions rating if I used my old standards.  It is close if I use my newer reduced criteria for the level two rating, which is a kind of transitional rating.  There could be a few cobs found somewhere, but I didn't see many beaches this morning, and the ones that I did see were not impressive yet.

Perhaps we'll get some continued erosion and conditions will improve more.

The predictions are still for something like a 4 - 6 foot surf this morning and a slightly increased surf for tomorrow.

If you go out today, you might want to wear a good jacket and pair of gloves.

The weather kind of reminds me of one very good detecting day I had on the Treasure Coast a couple of days before Christmas back sometime in the eighties.  There were a number of cobs, but it was near freezing.  In fact after I left the Treasure Coast on my way north, there were some frozen spots on I 95 over the bridges.  Very chilly!


Two Views Of The Same Dug Spike With The Two Views Take At a 90 Degree Difference. 

Here is a little quiz.  See if you are smarter than an "expert."

Is this a shipwreck spike or a railroad spike?

I'll post the answer near the bottom of this post.


Here is a fascinating book on rare coins written in 1889 by William von Bergen that you can read for free on the internet.  Not only does it present a number of very rare and interesting coins.

Not only does the book present a number of interesting coins, but the facts accompanying those coins provide some great clues to history.  Here is the most of the lengthy title.

The Rare Coins of America, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, and Spain ...: A Complete List of and Prices Paid for Rare American ... Coins, Fractional Currency, Colonial, Continental and Confederate Paper Money; a List of All Counterfeit U. S. Treasury and National Bank Notes and Canadian Banks Notes, and how to Detect Them; the Market Value of All Nations' Coins and Bank Notes in U.S. Money; a List of and Prices Paid for Rare English, Irish, Scotch, French, German and Spanish Coins...

The section on colonial American coins is fascinating.

Here is a little clipping from the book concerning Spanish reales.

$1.00 for a Philip II 2-reales!  Remember that was in 1889.

Here is the link if you want to look through the internet version of that book.

Click here to read the free internet ebook.

You can find many of the same rare coins presented in the above book also discussed on the coinfacts web site, which will give you some great additional facts, as well as photos and information on current values.  You might find it interesting to compare the collector coin values given for the mid 1880s with the current values.

A very good web site.


The object shown at the top of this post (no surprise to many of you) is a railroad spike.  I've found them in the Indian River as well as along the train tracks.

There is a hilarious thread concerning the spike found in the swamp on Oak Island during a recently aired epsiode of The Curse of Oak Island TV show.   Here is the thread.

It seems that the spike incident really hurt the credibility of the show in the eyes of many people.


That is all for now,

Happy hunting,