Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Holiday cash

I was late getting to the beach this morning so could only work the upper slope and dry sand but the $20.10 result was OK by me. Got several pieces of bling jewelry too but that is already in the bin.

Another find was the 1986 old decimal 20c coin in unusually good condition from high up in the dry sand.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Beach bling again

I spent a few hours on the beach on Wednesday afternoon. Targets were few and far between as expected as I keep returning to well hunted beaches. It's a bit of a challenge I suppose to see if I can find what others have missed. Also a bit deluded but still fun all the same. The best finds were the 925 silver pendant, quite old but unfortunately damaged and the Gold or Brass plated chain which is nearly in a wearable state after extensive cleaning to try and extract the mud from between the links. Plus $2 in coin.

I might just have to wait for some sand movement before returning.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wildlife from the Manukau mud.

A two hour hunt last Friday afternoon produced 10c and some wildlife from the mudflats ahead of the incoming tide. The snake is one from many left behind after a religious ceremony and they are becoming far too common in my opinion.  It may reflect our growing cultural diversity in this city but the result is just more rubbish left on the beach. The twin Dolphin ring is plated muck metal and the Gull brooch is brass plated copper. There are no marks on the brooch and although it must have been quite attractive when new it has no value now. So not a lot of return for the time spent but enjoyable all the same as there were numerous targets to dig and that's what it is all about.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Detecting with Duke

This weekend my son decided he wanted to have a go at detecting so we packed up the car and headed out. I would use my CTX and he would use the  E Trac.  At the first beach we visited yesterday we both got a similar number of bottle tops and nothing else which is often the case on that particular beach in my experience.

Today we went to Mission Bay where we both had more luck by digging a few dollars in coins each.

No jewelry finds but we did find a great feed of sausages and chips from the shop nearby.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Recent Silver from the beaches

I have had about 7 hours of beach hunting over 2 hunts in the last week. Even though the weather is quite calm the sand is moving around a lot and some promising spots have been uncovered and recovered. Of course sand moving always brings out the hunters and on one of the hunts there were at least 7 of us having a go. Some had success with at least two gold rings being found. Myself  I only managed about 2kg of lead sinkers and 2 silver rings and pendant with about $10 spendable's. I was happy with that though as it was great fun in the sun.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Just Silver today.

Returned to a regularly visited beach today and spent 4 hours following the tide down the sand. Nearly gave it away due to the very strong, bitterly cold  south westerly wind racing along the beach but decided to persevere and pleased I did as I found 3 rings in the latter part of the hunt.. One silver band, one toe ring and one stainless steel wonder. Otherwise just the usual junk and lead sinkers with a few coins totaling $2.70.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gold early

My hunt at today's beach produced a 9ct signet ring in the first 2 minutes. This revved me up for the next 240 minutes looking for more but alas only $3.40 and brick a brac followed. Still any gold is good gold and is gratefully received. Here is a pic of everything.

Till next time.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gold and Lizards

Early this morning I hunted a beach closer to home that I had not been to for some time. The recent king tides had moved good amounts of sand and there were plenty of targets to have a go at. The end result was $5.20 and 4 rings and a brass plated charm. One ring is stainless steel with a lizard cut out on two sides. Another ring I have been told by  a jeweler is white gold although there are no marks. I will count as gold until proven otherwise. The other two were junk.

All good fun in the morning sun.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A little more Gold today.

The beach was extremely wide today due to the 0.1m low tide and so I found myself covering a heck of lot of ground for just a few finds - but I got Gold so happy as again for the second time this week.  The ring is 10ct with small ice and the ear ring 925 however the chain and crucifix is not silver.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

4 Rings Today

I was very pleased with today's beach finds. 4 rings total. One 9ct with stones probably not real, one plain 9ct band, a 925 triple ring and a stainless spinner ring. Also a 925 chain. The other chain in the pic is not silver. Plus $1.00 and a fat lead sinker. The beach I visited had recently had a big sand movement despite the calm weather and soft clay was visible in many places making hunting more interesting.

Thanks for looking. Hope you all had good hunts too.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Karen Walker silver

Had a busy hunt on the beach late this afternoon with plenty of targets but little of note. However I was quiet pleased to get what is probably my first piece of modern NZ silver in this Ladybird ring stamped .925 and kw which I assume is Karen Walker design.

Might go back as I ran out of light.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shifting sands

Today I went back to the beach hoping the morning King tide had shifted some sand and it had but not really to suit detecting. I had a go anyway and did manage to find one area that had been lowered quite a lot which gave up this unusual brooch that might be silver although I can't see any marks.

Here is the rest of it.
$5.00, a silver NZ threepence 1933 and silver ear stud.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gold Padlock 1905

Last Friday I took the afternoon off and visited three city beaches in the Winter sun. As is often the case on these beaches you do a lot of miles for very little and it was the same that day except for near the end of my hunt on the third beach this little charm size 9ct gold padlock popped up. It is hallmarked Birmingham with the date letter for 1905  so is 110 years old. Unfortunately the makers mark is illegible.

All Gold is accepted. :-)


Sunday, August 9, 2015

3 Beach Gold

Today I hunted three beaches about an hour each for the 8.22 am low tide. Results were as expected quite meagre until the last beach when up popped this 9ct Gold ring on the second swing and then the brass candle holder some while after that. Spendable's totalled $8.40 and the only piece of Silver was the keeper on the junk earing. Also dug an AU$2.00 , 1936 English halfpenny and a 2003 Canadian 1 cent coin.

All good fun in the early morning sun.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

18kt gold butchered

Today I returned to the same beach that gave me the silver ring last week hoping for more and sure enough the first  find of the day was this 2.2 gram 18ct gold ring.

All the stones are missing and on closer inspection it would seem that they have been dug out quite roughly with a sharp instrument. Makes me wonder what is the relationship history of the ring but of course we will never know.

Here is the rest of the days finds.$2.10 and some lead and that's about it. Thanks for looking.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beach silver

Yesterday three well hunted parks gave up $4.00 and trash. So back to the beach today and thankfully there were lots of targets to dig, The best of it was a sterling silver ring and $4.10. Also a girl guide badge, 1942 silver Australian 3p, 885g of lead sinkers and other coins. Even managed to pull out a ring in front of inquisitive on lookers. :-)

Sterling silver
Unidentified chart
All finds for the day.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tudor surprise

One thing I have noticed with my new CTX 3030 is that it is very good at finding tiny metal items on the beach. This can be very frustrating when it turns out to be a jeans rivet head or similar but some odd shape items do go in to the pouch for further investigation.

My beach hunt on Friday afternoon produced 650g of fishing sinkers and $2.20 which was not really anything to write home about.

So you can imagine my surprise when I emptied the sinkers out of the wash jug and this wee badge fell out too. It is a Kings Crown orTudor Crown.

The sixpence is just for size comparison. Google tells me it was probably a military lapel badge. This one is brass but some were silver or gilded to identify  rank. Could be WW1. Not sure but probably early 1900's anyway. Made the day  a whole lot better. ;-)

A better example can be seen here:


Sunday, July 5, 2015

16th Olympics Melbourne

Did a lot of walking on a city beach yesterday with little to show for it except the enjoyment of being there doing it.   $6.70, a piece of brass scrap, AU$2.00 coin, a junk religious pendant with chain and a whatzit. I thought the whatzit was a penny at first but one whack with the hammer showed differently. Turned out to be a souvenir badge from the 16th Olympics held in Melbourne in 1956. Looks like silver but EPNS made in Western Germany.

I have just found a circular one by the same manufacturer on Euro Ebay asking NZ$104.00 so maybe the hunt was more worthwhile than first thought. :-)


Friday, June 26, 2015

An afternoon beach hunt,

A couple of hours on a Manukau  beach this afternoon produced a few bits n bobs.
The best of it was the 1908 English 3p and the bracelet with glass stones which although unmarked acid tests as silver. There were unfilled scoop holes all over the place so I just had to see what I could find that they had missed. :-)  The bracelet find was  especially pleasing as it was only about 30cm from one of the  previous hunters scoop holes. :-) Tee hee. Once again it proves the theory that "no one gets everything" thankfully.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Naval Stuff

It was another ideal beach hunting day again today but alas not a day for finding much in the sand. I visited two large beaches before and after the low tide and walked up n down as you do without much more than a few dollars to show for it. The second beach had a park adjacent so I spent another hour there and was lucky enough to pull 5 military buttons. Two NZ Forces that are quite stuffed and three Australian which are fortunately brass plated so have survived much better.

Here is a closer look.

The copper butterfly is from the beach. 


Sunday, May 3, 2015

3 ring day at the beach

It was an ideal day for beach hunting today. With low tide at 12.50, hardly any wind and so therefore small waves I was able to have a go in the water as well as on the sand. I don't have a scoop so just wading in the shallows and moving shovel fulls of sand till I found it worked ok for me. Here are the results of my efforts.

A brass bracelet that was silver plated when new, one silver ring, a 10k ring with black stone and a 14k ring with a raised blue stone on a gold flower. The small religious pendant is brass. Just above that is a small button that may be quite old. It has Dent's Spring Button stamped on the front but Google has not provided any more info about the maker yet. Here are the two gold rings.


Monday, April 27, 2015

First CTX Gold

This afternoon I went back to the same beach as this morning. Glad I did as although I had to hunt in the surf wash running up the beach, which was a bit tricky, at least it produced another $2.50 and my first gold with the CTX. Well I am claiming it as gold as even though it is only 3/4 of a broken 10k wedding band it is still gold. Yep the whole 1 gram. Whoop de doo!

A good way to finish the Anzac holiday weekend.


How to have fun in the wet. Go detecting.

The weather for Anzac Monday in Auckland was not good at all but this did not quell the urge to hunt. By 7,30 am I was on the beach with raincoat and detector determined to find something. Nearly got knocked off my feet in a couple of wind gusts and each time I turned round to work back up the beach of course the hood on my raincoat kept getting blown off. Probably this idiot staggering around the sand provided early morning entertainment for the homes along the beach front. Decided to give up after about two hours for health reasons. My finds were a bit scarce although I did get a 13 star button ex WWII USA pacific area uniform and $7.00 so it was not a total waste of time in the rain.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

From the beach today

Spent some time on a couple of beaches today. At the first I met a couple from the extinct Te Tahi detecting club whose names escape me just now, but they are both in their 80"s and still swinging the coil and digging the finds.
Hope I can be doing the same in about 13 years.

On the second beach I came across a small slip at the base of a cliff and in a patch about 1m x 0.5m I dug nine 3p and two 6p that had come down the cliff. Unfortunately they were not all silver but it sure focussed my attention after about the third coin. The only jewellery found today was all junk and is now residing in the trash bin.

Total for today's detecting was $12.70 and 6 silver coins. 
The bottom row in the image are all silver.

All good fun.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lead n silver

For my second CTX 3030 outing I went to another well plundered beach yesterday afternoon. The result was not spectacular being mainly 520 grams of lead and just 2.2 grams of Silver but rewarding in that it all came from a high trash mudflat area that I think is worth another visit on the right tide. Who know's, there could be some Gold lurking just waiting for me to improve my skills with this new toy.

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

CTX 3030 Now Showing

I have been swinging my trusty E Trac for nearly 5 years now and so decided today it was time to upgrade to a CTX 3030. I took it out to play this evening at a beach that is thrashed by many to see if it could anything that had been missed and here is the result.

$6.40, a junk ring and earring and a silver earring ahead of the incoming tide. Quite happy with that for a first go. 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Silver before the storm

Today I searched on two city beaches for the 9 am low tide. Conditions were quite invigorating  as it was very windy with cyclone Pam approaching. The kite surfers were out in force too making the most of the conditions with most achieving amazing speeds across the waves.

On the first beach I found the 925 ear ring and on the second the Sterling bangle. The bangle weighs 16 grams and has a Turquoise panel insert of an unknown material. The ear ring is only 2.1 grams.

My hunt on Friday evening produced 4 rings which unfortunately all turned out to be junkers despite looking great when they came out of the muddy sand. However finding the second ring of the "set" was quite cool as it was my first ever successful application of the spiral out search from the first ring position.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Beach Quad

Yesterday I visited 4 city beaches hoping the extra low low tide would  reveal some goodies. Three of the beaches are well trodden by many hunters and the other maybe not so much which is where I found the signet ring.  I could easily have missed it as the signal was quite mediocre which is often the way with gold I have noticed.

The ring may have some history and I am researching that now for a future post.  I sure do enjoy finding the old stuff that has more to tell.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Elephant in the room

This elephant was the only thing worth cleaning up after this mornings quite pathetic beach hunt result. Also found $4.10 whoop-de-doo! Still it was nice on the sand following the tide down and I'll be back out there as soon as I can.

FYI. Brass plated copper.

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