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    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
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    Foot of Sand Dunes and Surfing Coins

    Not sure as to the number of Florida beaches that have changed shoreline due to Irma, but I came across one recently while metal detecting. I was literally waking down the beach with my CTX 3030 along the blanket line, looked up and the darn beach was G-O-N-E. Well, guess I'll have to change my strategy since there isn't a blanket line any more. That's when I moved to the foot of the sand dunes and, for the next 3 hrs, worked my butt off digging coins as fast as humanly possible. [Met Mike with the Excal and we talked for 15 minutes. Belongs to the Sunshine state Recovery Society, have to look them up.]

    Its well known that in big storms where waves swamp the beach, coins become surf-bound and travel to the foot of the dunes where MDers discover them. Such was the case today. Almost all the surfer coins were heavily encrusted, "greenies", or highly deteriorated zinc cents. After all, they eluded countless MDers on the beach, possible for years, to be swept up by a big Irma waves and deposited in their final resting place (before I discovered them).

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    This pic shows all my finds for the day; most of the coins are heavily encrusted or deteriorated zinc cents.

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    This pic shows a close-up of the greenies and encrusted quarters - surfer favorites.

    Spent 7 1/2 hrs detecting and found 155 coins including my first dollar coin (2001). Also found, oddly enough 2 small thin hearts - also something that can surf. This comes to about 20 coins/hr for the day or about twice my usual coin rate. However, 3 of those hrs were spent recovering coins at a rate of about 30-40/hr. When I hit the foot of the dunes, there were so many coins that once I got a scoop of sand and checked the hole to see if the target was still there; heard that it was, only to pour out the scoop to find a target in the dump as well. On returning from down the beach I rescanned the area with the most coin finds and found 3 additional coins, laying on the surface where I missed them in the dump. Looking back at my tracks, it looked like a hole dug every yard or so. At one point I had difficulty locating the target with my 17" coil because I kept bumping into other targets as I tried to back-away and locate the one. I was in MD Heaven.

    The thing about working the foot of the dunes and looking for surfer coins is that I seldom find good jewelry. Rings do not surf well neither does gold. But sometimes it just feels good to work like a mad-man digging targets. While the probability is very high that the next target is a coin...ya just never know. Happy Hunting.
    RTR, wildcarrot, Tom_in_CA and 9 others like this.
    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

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    RTR is offline

    Nov 2017
    Smith Mt. Lake Va.
    Teknetics Liberator Falcon MD-20
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    Good going Last years massive storms will reveal many treasures.All up & down the coast.Some,will be where you might least expect .

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
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    Great play-by-play ! Thanx for sharing. Love those kinds of stories.
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    Oct 2004
    Oregon, No Cal Border
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    Great to have targets on the beach ... even if away from the surf line. You just never know. Good goin and thanks for the post!

  5. #5
    Mar 2010
    ACE 250,AT PRO, CZ21...RTG pro scoop...Stealth 720
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    I know what you mean, I cant leave an area that has targets even if I think they are all light weight stuff.

  6. #6
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    Low & Slow 2C Below

    Sep 2017
    SW Washington
    CTX 3030, XP DEUS, Excalibur II Garrett ATP, Whites DFX, Tesoro Golden ÁMax, & YUP->Custom Waterscoop
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    Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

  7. #7

    Dec 2013
    Fisher F4, Fisher CZ-21
    148 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I feel your pain 8 hours 92 coins. They are everywhere. Good going

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 720i Stealth Scoop
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    That’s a lot of digging. Thanks for the interesting post.

    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

  9. #9

    Apr 2015
    CZ-21, Minelab Equinox, Garrett AT Pro
    1291 times
    Metal Detecting
    If there is one thing I learned from your hunt, it's that heavy rings don't surf well.
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

  10. #10

    Aug 2016
    418 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    sounds like a great day at the beach



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