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Went back for another quick hunt to the sweet spot and seen that the tide had removed a bit more sand, it wasn’t much but enough.Its amazing what a few more centimetres of sand will do as there were targets everywhere that must have been just out of reach in my last hunt. I scored a couple more florins with one being a pretty toasted Gothic that I just couldn’t get a date from but it’s probably been in the sand for over 120 years.
It’s not only good that we as detectorists find great treasures but we should all get a bit of a kick out of removing dangerous objects. I cant help but feel that I have saved someones foot from a very nasty injury after finding this rotted blade just under the sand about 8 centimetres down.
Happy hunting all.
It was up early and off to the hot spot before anyone else got there before me as I was pretty confident there was a ring there somewhere. I started following the line that I had been working the night before and just like clockwork I started pulling coin after coin with the occasional lead sinker and bit of junk in between from where I left off. When you have storms like this there is always a high concentration of targets in the same area so it is best to hit it from different angles and dig everything. The junk like you see below can mask good targets and quite a few of the coins today had junk right next to them or in the same hole.There was a steady flow of five cent pieces (24 to be exact) and they do get annoying after awhile because they sure can sound like a gold ring, be persistent and keep digging everything though because it may well be that one target that you decide to leave in the ground that turns out to be a nice gold ring. I dug so many low tones and rubbish today but in amongst it all there it was that one target that was a bit iffy and down about 15 inches with a tone ID that started off around 11:15 but after it was out was a solid 12:20 on the CTX 3030, yep a nice 4.1 gram 18ct Bridal Gold ring. And there it is, I was so sure there was going to be a ring amongst this lot.
There were a couple of pre decimal silvers amongst the haul a 1946 sixpence and a 1952 Florin just to top off a great morning at the beach. Happy Hunting all.
While it sucks that the cold winter winds and rain are upon us down in South Australia the only advantage is that those crusty old treasures that have been buried deep in the sand for years are tossed about as the waves roll in and the king tides move sand all over the place. I didn’t have much time this afternoon between showers today but I thought I would hit the beach and see what was about even though it was quite a high tide and I only had a few metres of beach to work. As i arrived the first thing I noticed was that the old boat ramp was visible when it is nearly always covered with sand, the excitement started to build as I walked onto the beach and fired up my CTX 3030 with the 17 inch coil. I hadn’t walked far before I got a screaming 12:41 on the tone ID panel, it was showing it to be approx 25cm deep. I lifted out a couple of scoops of sand and lo and behold if it wasnt a 1946 silver Florin straight off the bat, what a great start. Although it was hard going with the water rushing in and filling my holes all the time I managed a fair few coins and some old sinkers. The good thing was that the sinkers have that white oxidising that happens when they have been in the ground for a very long time and couple this with the green corrosion on the old coins and you have the conditions that can turn up an old ring or two. I had to pull the pin after about an hour but I will be heading back in the morning to see what other treasures are about to be unearthed so until tomorrow happy hunting.
I was chatting on the phone with a friend from Brisbane and told him I was contemplating a trip over to Victoria to have try for some gold. Well before you know it we had made arrangements that he would fly down to Adelaide and I would pick him up from the airport before heading over to the Golden Triangle. We arrived around 3:00 in the morning and had a quick bit of shut-eye before starting our detecting at first light. We had a bit of a lean first day with Terry getting a few small bits to my zero. After a good night sleep we decided to head to a spot near Inglewood that another mate had told me he had found quite a bit of gold over the years there.
My day started with a bang as I pulled my first target about a .7 gram piece and this was the beginning of a great hour for me. The GPZ 7000 was just humming along and it was like I was playing connect the dots as I continued getting one small bit of gold after another, I think at this stage it was Mark 5, Terry zero. My next target got me excited as the signal started of as a slight warble but after digging down about 10 inches it was really starting to scream. I spent the next 15 mins digging down through the rock hard ground thinking that this had to be a big slug, then sure enough it was a big slug alright but it wasnt gold it was about a 3 oz slug of lead. Being somewhat puffed out and a bit disappointed I re-gathered my self and pressed on. I had only walked about 5 metres when I had another solid signal, so away I went chipping away at the hard ground as I got deeper the target got louder until after I had dug about 12 inches down it was out of the hole and hiding somewhere in the spoil. I imedieately felt the weight of something as I grabbed a handful of dirt and rocks to wave over my coil, yep sure enough it screamed and as I looked into my had spotted a solid golden slug. Punching the air and in my Newby excitement a shouted to Terry I think I’ve cracked an ounce nugget. He started walking over to where I was but before he had got there I had time to settle down and call it again this time I said maybe it was only about half an ounce. We quickly went back to the car and weighed up a beautiful 13 gram nugget, my biggest so far and I couldn’t get the smile off of my face all day. I think I only found one more small bit for the rest of the day but it didn’t matter cause the nuggets were still getting bigger.