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    us
    Dec 2009
    New Jersey
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    Are you Sitting Down? My best jewelry Find in 38 Years!

    I have been sitting on this post for a few hunts. I have shared this with a few here.I recovered this baby out of a 5 ft cut!
    So how long it was there days weeks years? I made an effort and searched Lost and
    Found ads. I checked with the head life guard (without tipping my hat) for any lost valuables,
    only rings and smaller stuff have been reported this season.

    100 Grams of White Gold and Diamonds 3.53 onces!
    14k 26in White Gold Chain (67.7g)
    18k White Gold Pendant (32.3g) 5 1/2 tcw of Diamonds
    MSRP $16000.00
    An Online Jeweler Has the chain at 3100 and the pendant at 5200
    Here's how it unfolded.
    I retrieved a phone message about some beach cuts forming late Wednesday night. The earliest I could get
    out was 7pm Thursday for a low at 942pm. What I found was a 3 1/2 foot cut. My plan was to slowly
    hunting towards the more populated beach.Well my plan went out to lunch when another hunter entered in behind me.
    We knew each other and our intentions.But I just could not pass up targets. So I stuck to my plan and I waved him on
    through, and he just took off! He had a good hour plus hunting the targeted area before I even got within a 1/2 mile
    of him. He had been scooting (running) up and down the beach and I was hunting my
    ever so slow pace. Up and back from what was now a 5ft cut. This cut must have happened
    very quickly as it was voided of trampling feet! By this time I had about 40 coins.
    My fellow hunter was now knee deep in the water (God bless him). Where did he think all that sand went?
    We passed several times. I had finally figured out the line
    of targets was 12 ft from the cut. I shorten my grid. He move further south to another beach.
    It was shortly after that I got one of those burps (Excalibur) There were signs of shells and
    pebbles from his recent recovery,and foot prints. It had sounded like a bottle top but trash wasn't being found!
    I was not sure where it came from. (And neither did the Excal) I stopped and searched with
    no responce. I ran the scoop over the coil to regain the tone.But then there was no mistaken that low tone.
    I rescanned the target several times, each pass sounded even better.
    I made sure of a good PP and my first scoop produce a good 10 inches of solid packed sand and nothing else.
    My second one as I was pulling the T-Rex scoop out I saw something get pulled out of the scoop.
    In what was a split second I thought that was odd,who did that and I think that was the target.
    Followed by its a chain still in the sand. I reached in the now deep hole and held
    the cross and 6 inches of chain and tugged a bit but it tugged back.
    I started to dig with my hand and the chain was 20 inches straight down.
    It took a few hand fulls and the chain slid out. My first thoughts were wow this is heavy but silver or
    SS and not to get my hopes up.I tried to look for marks but the sea mist had my glasses fogged.
    I placed it in my neck pouch and continued hunting. Ya right, back out it came for another look!
    This proved silly. The other hunter came back by and stopped to say the other beach had no cut and
    was surpriced to the lack of targets with the cut he was heading back. (total coins for me 113)
    I hunted 3 more hours. In the car there was just no way my glasses were going to cooperate.
    I dove down the road holding and looking at each traffic light. I finally noticed three safety locks and
    just knew then they don't do this to SS or silver. Funny thing was I weight it first when
    I got home,then looked for any marks. The chain was clearly marked 14k and I did an acid test on both.
    It wasn't till I looked up the pieces online did I realized that the cross only came in 18k so a new acid test
    confirmed this.
    BCNJ
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  2. #2
    us
    Feb 2008
    New Mexico
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    Wow, what an amazing find! Again...Wow, what an amazing find!
    Kiinda speechless...
    Great story to go with it.

    Edit: I'm thinking BANNER!
    Last edited by chrisplay2004; Aug 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM. Reason: BANNER
    fredinbelize likes this.
    As always...Love Silver...but going for the Gold!

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    manaloneblog.wordpress.com

    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    An older blue Excal with connector, remote, Skullie headphones, and various coils. Got rid of the rest of my machines.
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    Shazzzzzzam! Well, that certainly goes way beyond, "honker!" Congrats! Did you need help dragging it ashore?
    fredinbelize and Shelbe like this.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

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    us
    Apr 2012
    Left coast
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    I am from the pasific north west - no hunting like this around here.

    When you say a "cut" - is this natural erosion of a sand wall you are referring to?

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    Fred

    May 2007
    Huntington Beach,CA
    Ace250 Whites Surf PI Pro AT Pro
    798
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Great story and find. Congrats to you.
    Flip-flops are fine, but barefoot is best!

  6. #6
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    manaloneblog.wordpress.com

    Jun 2010
    Wherever there be treasure!
    An older blue Excal with connector, remote, Skullie headphones, and various coils. Got rid of the rest of my machines.
    13,983
    8637 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Here on the east coast we generally have a lot of sand that gets built up on our beaches. Any change in the surf/current direction or force can often produce what we call cuts, erosion yes, but very quick and then usually gone again as the surf/currents return to normal. Our sandy beaches are being reshaped and the sand is always being moved around. Not really what you might see as erosion, but more like removed and redistributed each time the surf/current conditions change.
    Last edited by bigscoop; Aug 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM.
    "Treasure is wherever it can be found."

  7. #7
    us
    Dec 2009
    New Jersey
    CTX 3030, Minelab Excalibur II, Minelab GT,Compass XP-Pro,Fischer 1210X
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinFetcher View Post
    I am from the pasific north west - no hunting like this around here.

    When you say a "cut" - is this natural erosion of a sand wall you are referring to?
    Like bigscoop said we gets cuts here on the east coast. Depending on the way your beach faces the winds blowing we tend to see the soft sand cut right out.
    This picture is of a storm event we had here in NJ back in 2009 Daine is seen working near the cut. My cut was the same height in July of 2012 but right at the high tide mark. Not way up from a storm event.
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  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2010
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    WOWIE!!! That is an amazing story and a super -amazing , beautiful treasure find!

    Excellent detecting, BCNJ!

    Lorraine
    hamiddetecting likes this.
    Quod facis bene fac

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    us
    Apr 2011
    Long Island, NY
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    TOTALY AMAZING!
    Your description of this find goes right along with what I have been reading in Clive Clynick's books. I hope to master my new Eczal like you have.
    TOTlY AMAZING!
    Banner.

  10. #10
    us
    May 2009
    Easton, MD
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    WTG!! Thats a honker. Thats over 3k in scrap. That would never be scrapped if it was mine thu. Way to nice of a piece. I'm sure the person that lost it was very sick to there stomach. Good for you.

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    Chris

    May 2011
    Western Mass.
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    The one everybody else missed.
    I wasn't sitting down,but,when I saw that,I FELL DOWN!!!!!!! Awesome,just AWESOME!!! God Bless Chris
    Last edited by worldtalker; Aug 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM.
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    GEORGE

    Feb 2007
    NORTHEAST, USA
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    WOW GREAT CHAIN!!! YES THIS SHOULD BE A BANNER!!

  13. #13
    us
    Mar 2010
    Florida
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    What a find...thats going on the banner...one of the best finds Ive ever seen.

  14. #14
    us
    Mar 2010
    Florida
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    More pics please...I cant stop looking at it.

  15. #15
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    um
    Jul 2004
    South Florida Cesspool
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    That looks like Tony's chain, the rest if him can be found about 3 miles out tied to an anchor. I told him to keep his mouth shut but he didn't wanna listen, now he's sleeping with the fishes.

 

 
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