Equinox sniffs out some gold at the beach and more World War 2 ordinance fragments

tnt-hunter

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Apr 20, 2018
1,732
8,709
Mountain Maryland
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Detector(s) used
Fisher CZ-21, Minelab Equinix 800, ,Garret AT Pro,
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
We went for our usual fall trip to the beach. We went earlier this year because of an upcoming trip to Africa that will occur when we normally would go to the beach. The hurricane did make detecting a challenge on the first day at Bethany Beach. When I got to the top of the dune all I could see was water. They did a beach restoration this summer and widened the beach considerably but the strong wind and waves because of the storm to the north of us put the surf right up on the beach. So I worked an area I know that is not right on the beach and found a decent number of coins.

Later on in the trip I got out on the beach with the equinox and found a few coins but not as many as off the beach and not as many as in prior years. This cashless economy is making it hard on the coin shooters.

All together I spent 4 hours with the CZ21 and 5 hours with the Equinox and found 119 coins with a face value of $12.95, some cheapie jewelry including a ring and 2 earring backs, a bottle opener, World War 2 ordinance, half a pair of glasses, a toy bulldozer and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

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The ordinance from top to bottom is 20 mm traveling band, 40 mm traveling band, 1 piece of 100 mm traveling band and a variety of pieces of brass from mechanical detonators from 40 and 100 mm shells. They did a beach restoration this summer, but they must have done a better job than before because the ordinance was not as plentiful as before and most of what is there is very small. In a way that is a good thing, but it can be boring swingin the detector for long periods of time and not getting any signals.

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I spent 4 hours with the equinox checking out the beach at Rehoboth. The beach had been groomed, but that doesn’t take away any of the good stuff, it just levels things out and picks up the big trash (it does scatter spills sometimes, but that’s not a big deal). The beach as a whole was very quiet, not much trash or treasure. I did manage to find 24 coins with a face value of $1.68, an earring, an aluminum carabiner, some ordinance (they restored this beach too), 2 toy vehicles and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

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The earring is the star of the trip. It was on the edge of the wet sand down about 2 inches and gave a very iffy response on the nox. When I got it out of the sand it was so dark gold and shiny I thought it was junk, but I put it aside and checked it out when I got back to the room. It is marked 916. I have never seen that mark on gold before and was not sure at first what it meant. I checked it out and found out it is 22k or 91.6% gold. That is the reason for the darker color and shine. I have found 22k before, but always marked 22k.

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I also spent some time at ocean city (I like to check them all out). In 4 hours of swingin the CZ21 I found 61 coins with a a face value of $4.12, an assortment of junky jewelry and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs. Not my best trip, but decent coins and at least I found some jewelry.

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I found 4 pennies in a coin return and 2 pennies, 2 dimes and an Eastern Caribbean States quarter in a coin machine at the market. Not a lot but at least I got something. Lately these things have been pretty empty, but you have to keep checking.

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I didn’t get in as much detecting as I would have liked, it was a busy trip with the wife. Maybe more next time. I was surprised that I didn’t see anyone else detecting on any of the 4 days. Even when I just popped up to look at the beach and see how busy it was. Gold is always nice and 22k is extra nice even if it is small. Thanks for looking, good luck, stay safe and may your coils lead you to good things.
 

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Digger RJ

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SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800;
XP Deus 2
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
We went for our usual fall trip to the beach. We went earlier this year because of an upcoming trip to Africa that will occur when we normally would go to the beach. The hurricane did make detecting a challenge on the first day at Bethany Beach. When I got to the top of the dune all I could see was water. They did a beach restoration this summer and widened the beach considerably but the strong wind and waves because of the storm to the north of us put the surf right up on the beach. So I worked an area I know that is not right on the beach and found a decent number of coins.

Later on in the trip I got out on the beach with the equinox and found a few coins but not as many as off the beach and not as many as in prior years. This cashless economy is making it hard on the coin shooters.

All together I spent 4 hours with the CZ21 and 5 hours with the Equinox and found 119 coins with a face value of $12.95, some cheapie jewelry including a ring and 2 earring backs, a bottle opener, World War 2 ordinance, half a pair of glasses, a toy bulldozer and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

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The ordinance from top to bottom is 20 mm traveling band, 40 mm traveling band, 1 piece of 100 mm traveling band and a variety of pieces of brass from mechanical detonators from 40 and 100 mm shells. They did a beach restoration this summer, but they must have done a better job than before because the ordinance was not as plentiful as before and most of what is there is very small. In a way that is a good thing, but it can be boring swingin the detector for long periods of time and not getting any signals.

View attachment 2106296

I spent 4 hours with the equinox checking out the beach at Rehoboth. The beach had been groomed, but that doesn’t take away any of the good stuff, it just levels things out and picks up the big trash (it does scatter spills sometimes, but that’s not a big deal). The beach as a whole was very quiet, not much trash or treasure. I did manage to find 24 coins with a face value of $1.68, an earring, an aluminum carabiner, some ordinance (they restored this beach too), 2 toy vehicles and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

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The earring is the star of the trip. It was on the edge of the wet sand down about 2 inches and gave a very iffy response on the nox. When I got it out of the sand it was so dark gold and shiny I thought it was junk, but I put it aside and checked it out when I got back to the room. It is marked 916. I have never seen that mark on gold before and was not sure at first what it meant. I checked it out and found out it is 22k or 91.6% gold. That is the reason for the darker color and shine. I have found 22k before, but always marked 22k.

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I also spent some time at ocean city (I like to check them all out). In 4 hours of swingin the CZ21 I found 61 coins with a a face value of $4.12, an assortment of junky jewelry and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs. Not my best trip, but decent coins and at least I found some jewelry.

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I found 4 pennies in a coin return and 2 pennies, 2 dimes and an Eastern Caribbean States quarter in a coin machine at the market. Not a lot but at least I got something. Lately these things have been pretty empty, but you have to keep checking.

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I didn’t get in as much detecting as I would have liked, it was a busy trip with the wife. Maybe more next time. I was surprised that I didn’t see anyone else detecting on any of the 4 days. Even when I just popped up to look at the beach and see how busy it was. Gold is always nice and 22k is extra nice even if it is small. Thanks for looking, good luck, stay safe and may your coils lead you to good things.
Very Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
 

Jose The Goon

Hero Member
Apr 1, 2017
556
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East Coast
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Whites 6000D, 6000Di, Eagle, & PI 1000
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Productive hunt for you as usual "tnt". Congrats on the gold! What really piqued my interest though was the "EC" quarter. Brings back memories that I think our fellow T-Hers might get a kick out of. Using a Whites PI-1000 I found many of those (still have a bunch) on my frequent trips to the Carib starting in 1985. At the time, one U.S. dollar got you $2.60 in "EC" currency or coin. That's 10 "EC" quarters & one "EC" dime for your dollar. The "EC" quarter is the exact same diameter & thickness as the U.S. quarter.
I don't know about the weight, but at the time, and for a few years after, the "EC" quarter worked nicely in U.S. vending machines. I used to get cigarettes & sodas cheap when I got home.
Some of you may remember that during the hyperinflation of the Mexican Peso in the early 1990s,
the one Peso coin was the same size of the U.S. Quarter,
and for 25 U.S. dollars you could get 4,000 one Peso coins, the equivalent $ 1,000 U.S. Dollars if used in vending machines in the States. This created a huge problem for vending machine companies especially around the border states. People were using them in the slot machines in Vegas and other cities that had casinos also. I remember seeing a picture in a newspaper article about the problem. The picture was of an owner of a vending machine company who was sitting in a chair in front of a pile of Mexican Pesos that was about 6 feet high & 15 feet long. I will never forget that image. Of course all vending & slot machines had to be re-calibrated to reject the Peso coins.
Nice finds & Happy Hunting to you & all this fall. J.T.G.
 

Kona Koma

Bronze Member
Nov 13, 2017
1,000
1,961
On the Beach
Detector(s) used
Minelab Equinox 800
Minelab Quattro
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
We went for our usual fall trip to the beach. We went earlier this year because of an upcoming trip to Africa that will occur when we normally would go to the beach. The hurricane did make detecting a challenge on the first day at Bethany Beach. When I got to the top of the dune all I could see was water. They did a beach restoration this summer and widened the beach considerably but the strong wind and waves because of the storm to the north of us put the surf right up on the beach. So I worked an area I know that is not right on the beach and found a decent number of coins.

Later on in the trip I got out on the beach with the equinox and found a few coins but not as many as off the beach and not as many as in prior years. This cashless economy is making it hard on the coin shooters.

All together I spent 4 hours with the CZ21 and 5 hours with the Equinox and found 119 coins with a face value of $12.95, some cheapie jewelry including a ring and 2 earring backs, a bottle opener, World War 2 ordinance, half a pair of glasses, a toy bulldozer and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

View attachment 2106295

View attachment 2106300

The ordinance from top to bottom is 20 mm traveling band, 40 mm traveling band, 1 piece of 100 mm traveling band and a variety of pieces of brass from mechanical detonators from 40 and 100 mm shells. They did a beach restoration this summer, but they must have done a better job than before because the ordinance was not as plentiful as before and most of what is there is very small. In a way that is a good thing, but it can be boring swingin the detector for long periods of time and not getting any signals.

View attachment 2106296

I spent 4 hours with the equinox checking out the beach at Rehoboth. The beach had been groomed, but that doesn’t take away any of the good stuff, it just levels things out and picks up the big trash (it does scatter spills sometimes, but that’s not a big deal). The beach as a whole was very quiet, not much trash or treasure. I did manage to find 24 coins with a face value of $1.68, an earring, an aluminum carabiner, some ordinance (they restored this beach too), 2 toy vehicles and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs.

View attachment 2106298

The earring is the star of the trip. It was on the edge of the wet sand down about 2 inches and gave a very iffy response on the nox. When I got it out of the sand it was so dark gold and shiny I thought it was junk, but I put it aside and checked it out when I got back to the room. It is marked 916. I have never seen that mark on gold before and was not sure at first what it meant. I checked it out and found out it is 22k or 91.6% gold. That is the reason for the darker color and shine. I have found 22k before, but always marked 22k.

View attachment 2106294

View attachment 2106303
I also spent some time at ocean city (I like to check them all out). In 4 hours of swingin the CZ21 I found 61 coins with a a face value of $4.12, an assortment of junky jewelry and the usual bottle caps, foil and tabs. Not my best trip, but decent coins and at least I found some jewelry.

View attachment 2106299

I found 4 pennies in a coin return and 2 pennies, 2 dimes and an Eastern Caribbean States quarter in a coin machine at the market. Not a lot but at least I got something. Lately these things have been pretty empty, but you have to keep checking.

View attachment 2106302

I didn’t get in as much detecting as I would have liked, it was a busy trip with the wife. Maybe more next time. I was surprised that I didn’t see anyone else detecting on any of the 4 days. Even when I just popped up to look at the beach and see how busy it was. Gold is always nice and 22k is extra nice even if it is small. Thanks for looking, good luck, stay safe and may your coils lead you to good things.
You were very busy. Nice finds.
 

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