Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mid week Gold n Silver

It was great to get out for a mid week evening hunt this week. With low tide after 9pm and still enough daylight the beach was a nice place to be. My luck was with me as I managed a very tarnished 925 silver ring and a 9ct signet ring both of which have cleaned up quite well. The silver ring has a prancing lion on the face which I believe is the Scottish emblem. The necklace is also 925 silver and is from another recent hunt. It has been rolled so much by the waves I am not sure if it possible to untangle but will have a go anyway.

Not sure what the bronze D is from or the wee ships wheel but I intend to post separately about the button.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beach Gold returned

I hit the sand flats for low tide at 6.30 am today to beat the heat of the day. After about an hour of doing my thing up and down the exposed sand a beach resident walked out and asked me if I would look for her neighbours gold wedding band lost last Saturday. I was being chased in by the tide by now so said I would have a look in a short while. When I started looking for it the ring owner also came out on the sand and showed me about where he reckoned it would be on the beach slope. After about 20 minutes I found the ring much to the relief of the owner who immediately rewarded me with $65. Thank you.

18k back on pinky

The surprise for me was that I found the ring above the spot where he lost it on the slope despite it having about 3 high tides over it. I had expected it would be down the slope. Gold can sure be tricky.

Other finds were quite mediocre being $1.30, the back of a JR Gaunt & Sons London brass button and an Auckland Airport medallion 1977.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bronze shipbuilding spike

My hunt today was quite short due to a midday low tide with the full Summer heat. The beaches I would have liked to have hunted were just too busy so I had a go at a very rocky area in an old part of town. Had to take care not to bash the coil on the rocks protruding so it was quite challenging. Ship building and repairs were done in the area back in the late 1800's early 1900's so this 5" bronze spike could be from that time. The nice thing is that it is the first spike I have found that is new and unused.

I bet it took a bit of effort to drive them in to the wood.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

1942 Mercury dime

A quick hunt in the humid drizzle tonight produced $13.10 and a silver Mercury dime 1942. Nothing too special I suppose but it sure dealt with the cabin fever.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last finds for the holiday

Yesterday was the last day of my annual holiday and I spent most of it detecting. As the low tides were between 7 and 8 morning and night I got in two 3 hour hunts at the beach enjoying the fine Summer weather.
Despite my best efforts the good finds were not plentiful. However I was very pleased with the chunky 8.9g silver ring that has cleaned up quite well and fits me too.

The coin is an 1886 English sliver shilling and the Fox is similar in style to the toy Rabbit in my last post.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shifting sands

On Friday I went back to the beach that had produced the two gold rings on Thursday. Max and Olga came along too. Overnight the tides had brought in the sand and the rocky area was now raised up about 10cm to 15cm. As the beach was busy with depositors it was still worth a try but as the results below show not quite so lucrative. No gold for me this time but I did get the 925 earring marked Italy, the antique brass Safety Pin, $2.00  and the stainless shackles which may come in handy sometime. The ring is Titanium.

Max and Olga got a silver ring each and a few coins so all our finds were quite similar. 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Holiday Gold

From the beach yesterday afternoon my most rewarding hunt for some time.
Two gold and one 925 silver ring.  The key has no markings to identify what vehicle brand it belongs to. No doubt it cost the owner many dollars to replace.

Always feels good to find some of the yellow stuff.