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    Coin beach Delaware

    Hey everyone

    I will be up in Bethany Beach Delaware here in about 2 weeks. Ive detected coin beach last year with the equinox 800 for only a few hours and didnt find any old coins. Im hoping this year will be different, i plan to bring two detectors, the equinox 800 and a gpx4800.

    A few questions that i would like peoples opinions on:

    1. Would it be better to focus on detecting out in the water with the equinox or to focus on the dry beach area with the gpx4800 with the hopes of it punching deep enough to make a good find?

    2. If using the gpx i have a few coils to choose from and im not sure which would be best: 11 inch coiltek mono, 15x12 inch commander mono, 17x11 coiltek AI, 12x8 coiltek platypus. The big 15x12 mono should punch the deepest but idk how bad interference will be.


    Any thoughts and recommendations are welcome!

    Thanks!
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    What happens there is that the sand comes in...big time, this time of year. Like in numerous feet of sand. About the only time anyone gets anything old is after a big noreaster or better yet, a brush with a hurricane. I think 2014 was the last time I got a copper there, and it was left over from hurricane Sandy. If you go in the water wear steel shoes or something very sturdy. A lot of the old bridge wound up in the ocean and a lot of debris from Sandy. About every time I go there I see someone being yanked out of the water bleeding from the underwater obstructions and glass.

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    Yep definitely protect your toes but not with steel toes or your detector will hate you lol. I've never had any coin luck there but I've been a few times after major storm events. It's hard to find a pull tab there due to the volume of people that detect it. Every time I've been there there were a dozen guys easy. One had a half penny. Those r not good odds. Smokey's right it'll be sanded in this time of year. Still fun to get out there. When they were putting in the bridge they dug down 20-30 ft. That would have been time to detect those excavated tailings! My excal battery was dead n the opportunity passed me by. I m still sad thinking about it but I bet someone was smart enough to detect them.
    I found a gold ring for a lady there n returned it for an iced tea. It's a popular fishing spot but it's tough to even find lead there. I dug 50+ sinkers last summer n no artifacts... That burned me out on it but maybe next hurricane.
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    Always the chance for gold from new drops. It is illegal to hunt the dunes.
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    I'd do the gpx. the power lines are beside you in the highway but 30 yards or more away. Let us know how it goes.

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    I'd use the GPX also and use it in the dry sand. Be aware there is a LOT of big, deep iron buried there. I have dug non ferrous at 18" with my Tesoro Cibola in the past.
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    Haha yeah the gpx 4800 would scream the whole time if i wore steel toe boots lol. I understand that its not the best time to detect it, but thats the time ill be there. Sounds like wading into the surf will be the best bet to snag something. Ill have my good hard soled wetsuit boots. Ill try and hit it during a good low tide.

    Last year when i was there i saw one other person with a detector. I think i found about a dollar in quarters from s single spot up near the dunes.

    Ill be in the area for a week, but ill probably mainly be deecting the beach where we are staying, hopefully ill find some good jewelry. Not sure if the gpx will be useful or not, but it should punch far deeper then what most people will be beach hunting with. But that probably just means ill be digging beer cans at 4 ft down lol.

    Oh well im looking forward to it regardless, i love beach detecting, so much easier to dig targets vs out here in the woods of central VA.

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    Nevermind guess the gpx is the way to go, ill play around with both on coin beach probably. Im use to gold nugget hunting so ill be listening for those repeatable whispers in the threshold.

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    I am sure there are shipwreck coins several feet or so down in the sand. Last fall the locals bulldozed to sand to make it "pretty" and someone I knew got a handful of coppers. I went about a month later on two occasions and with other folks and we got almost nothing, not even modern coins.
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    I've hunted there in the early 70s several times. Got skunked. The big thing then was wait for after noreaster.
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    Go north !
    Actual Coin Beach

    Can be found on Google Maps
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    Hammer this area ! If I could, I Would !
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    There used to be a Foundation Red Circle here.
    If Memory Serves, I Dug all My coins yellow area here
    the Shipwreck coin nearer the foundation. the silver in the far right area
    one right after another in my last rush before leavening as I was walking towards the Path out.
    and My Hunting Buddy who was waiting for me.

    Was a Slow Start, a lot of False or Unfounded Targets.
    As I Am not a Beach Hunter, But all seemed to come together for me.

    When we were there Construction on the Bridge was in Full Swing.

    My understanding the Sands are Different which Could effect the
    19th, 20th. Century Silver

    But I doubt the Tide is Different For the Shipwreck Coins.

    Good Luck ! It is needed at least was by me . As I Can't Claim Expertise

    When I was there I Still had a Bad Heart, The walk in Wore me out
    had to rest before starting
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    The walk out Excruciating. Longer then it Looks, and twice as long Dragging
    sore Legs, Breathing heavy & stopping half way for a Nitro for the chest pain
    (aaah the Good old days)

    So Just a Consideration, If your Health is a issue.
    Though it looks like there is a new closer lot now
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jul 13, 2019 at 07:43 AM.

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    I am sure there are shipwreck coins several feet or so down in the sand. Last fall the locals bulldozed to sand to make it "pretty" and someone I knew got a handful of coppers. I went about a month later on two occasions and with other folks and we got almost nothing, not even modern coins.
    People assume the coins "wash in" but they are there - just many feet down. A severe nor'easter can remove 8-10' of sand and the coins will be sitting on the surface or just under the surface. A large coil is nice for coverage but not needed for depth. I've been kept off the beach when conditions were best by the National Guard and state police.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgumby16 View Post
    Nevermind guess the gpx is the way to go, ill play around with both on coin beach probably. Im use to gold nugget hunting so ill be listening for those repeatable whispers in the threshold.
    This time of year, I think hunting where the sunbathers lose jewelry is the way to hunt Delaware Seashore SP. Without a hurricane or nor'easter, I wouldn't even bother with Coin Beach - not as much activity and the coppers there are way too deep. It should be nice hunting very early in the morning as the sun rises.

    The Park runs programs on-site and one is about shipwrecks - check their website.


    Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
    - Mark Twain


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    I disagree on Too deep

    2013 Sunday Coin Beach

    The water , From the Ocean was Washing up on the Beach.


    I bet if you go to Coin Beach Right Now, The Water is Washing up on the Beach.
    You will not have to walk to the Edge & look down 8 Feet & I Doubt the Ocean has Risen 8 Feet
    in 6 Years


    I think All the sand they Place on the Beaches Washes out to sea
    In a short Period of Time & Levels off Where it Should Be to Connect with the Ocean Waves.


    I Think Finding Coins on the Beach takes Just as Much Luck, Maybe More, Then Experience Does
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jul 13, 2019 at 05:18 PM.

 

 
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