Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2 nice finds

Had a 3 hour hunt over 2 beaches today. First hit on the first beach was the 14k Gold pendant and the 925 chain was the first hit on the second. Not complaining. Also $5 cash and some junk jewelry.


HH
MK


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sterling and cash

I have not had a lot to report lately as although I have been on hunts the results have been poor. However I had a more interesting beach hunt today as the pic shows. The two sunnies are past it but I did dig $7 plus and a sterling silver ring, Also saw a very nice black bikini, a young guy practicing his ballet jumps and a camera crew doing an interview all on the sand so there were no dull moments. I think the silver ring will clean up well.



Thanks for looking.

MK



Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Fun

Enjoyed a couple of hours hunting land n sand today. $14 spendable's and a ring that looks like gold but I suspect is not as there are no marks.  Nevertheless it is still quite a good looking ring and it fits so quite happy with that.


HH
MK

Friday, October 21, 2016

Just a Toe ring.

A couple of hours at the bay of the Mission this afternoon. Due to detector traffic I never expect anything at this beach but managed a few bits. $6.30 and a Silver Toe ring. A nice way to spend a Friday afternoon in the sun.


HH
MK


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chain madness

How often do you find two chains on a beach in the same hunt. Not often in my experience. Just a pity they are both not of the Gold variety but instead from our friends at Xuping . The heavier chain is past it's best but the smaller one has some life left as costume jewelry perhaps. They both gave my heart a bit of a hurry-up gleaming in the sand.




All good fun.

HH
MK

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Plain Pandora and chain

My mid week beach hunt today was quite successful  as I found 2 silver items and about $10 cash.
The plain silver ring has Pandora markings and the silver chain weighs 34 grams and also has a mark that I have not been able to decipher yet.

Although it is some time since we had a good storm to stir up our beaches the sand is still moving and I found the chain on a small 15cm cut that will probably disappear next high tide..


Thanks for looking.
HH
MK


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Locket contents

Too wet to hunt today so I decided to open and clean up the silver locket from the last hunt. Inside was just a chart of some sort. Maybe religious or relationship or who know's what.


Not the prettiest locket I have seen but I suppose someone loved it.

MK


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Silver Circles and Squares

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours back at the same beach as my last post where I dug the 3 ring bullets. The tide was low which gave me a huge area to hunt and will mean a few more visits will need to follow.  This time I was very pleased to dig an English 1908 Shilling and my first Australian Florin 1917, both coins silver. As the pic shows I also retrieved a square locket which I have not yet opened and for some reason I am a little dubious as to what it's contents might be. It is unmarked but tests silver with acid. The disc at the top of the pic is lead and I am not sure what it is unless perhaps an old bottle screw cap seal. Please comment if you know.



Oh and of course more lead. 2.8kg's this time and there is still a lot there.


Thanks for looking
HH
MK


Sunday, September 11, 2016

3 Ring lead bullets

Found a new to me beach to hunt today. I will go back on a better tide as the 1916 English 3p and the 3 Ring lead bullets suggest there may be more to find of a good age. Maybe even some gold. :-)  Total scrap for the day was another 1.2kg of lead.


The bracelet charm is not silver.

Thanks for looking.
MK


Sunday, September 4, 2016

14k white gold

It's been a 14k White Gold from the mudflats kinda Fathers day. Quite a while since I have had a really decent find to post so happy as. 

Sorry about the focus on the pic. 

Thanks for looking
MK


Friday, September 2, 2016

More Pandora

Pandora Circle of Family Silver and 14k gold charm (online at NZ$89.00). I managed to find a beach with some sand movement today. I hunted all around for the rest of the bracelet but no luck. Perhaps next time. Also got $12.00 plus two junk rings and a Greenstone pendant. The Gold is small but it still counts I reckon. Good fun in the sun.



HH
MK


Saturday, August 27, 2016

New vocation

Yesterday I braved the elements and went to the beach in the gale force winds hoping for sand movement. Sure enough the high tide had scoured about a foot off the top of the beach so a jewelry find was highly anticipated but sadly was not to be. After a while the wind and drivnig rain became too much and  I had to depart with just 90c, a junker chain and a badge for a less dangerous hobby.



Thanks for looking.
HH
MK


Friday, August 5, 2016

New sand success.

Today I traveled East to a beach I had not hunted before but knew that it has been thrashed by many detectorists in the past. When the tide went out it revealed heaps of scoop holes on the mud flats so I did not expect to get many tickets. However as you can see below I was lucky enough to get get some jewelry and coin while enjoying the Winter sun. One ring is .925 and the other appears to have gold edges so happy with that and the small pendant is also silver.




HH
MK

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Stainless saved the day

Well it was tough going on the beach this morning. Too much deep sand about made targets scarce but thankfully not extinct. The ring is magnetic so I assume a cheap grade of stainless steel.


Thanks for looking

MK


Monday, July 25, 2016

Brass knobsville

Not a lot I can say about Sunday's finds as they are not that great. Just $5.00 a Ford and a nice Brass knob of unknown origin.


Not sure what it is off but possibly a bed head. Had also wondered if it might be off a walking cane.


Hollow without a screw thread.


I found it about 80m out  from the high tide line so I guess someone just threw it.

HH
MK

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Shallow trough Silver.

I found a shallow trough cut on the beach today. The first hit was the Silver ring only 30 seconds in to the hunt From then on I dug every signal but it was mostly trash and for the 4th hunt in a row a single silver coin. This time a 1934 NZ 3 pence.


I have emailed Medic Alert to see if I can return the bracelet as I suspect it is a fresh drop.

HH
MK


Friday, July 15, 2016

New ground

Today's beach hunt just might be virgin ground. Went to a small beach for the first time and dug 50 coins. Several were sun-bakers. Almost $15 spendable's and for the third hunt in a row a single silver coin. This time an Australian 1940 threepence. Going back on a better tide to get the Gold.
Not sure about the small copper sealed pendant thing. Something sealed in plastic inside but I'm not opening it.



HH
MK


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Solitary silver again

The strong South Westerly wind made my hunt at a beach park an endurance test today. A really high wind chill factor straight off the Manukau harbor.  Brrrr. Perseverance and some luck gave me another $8.70 for the relief fund and for the second hunt in a row a solitary silver coin. This time a NZ sixpence.



Be good to see some gold next time. 

HH
MK


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Walking for cash

Pounded the sands of Takapuna beach on Friday afternoon. Mixed in with all the trash was exactly $11.00 and a 1934 NZ 3p. A young German Shepherd dropped a tennis ball just beside me as I dug one target and guess who made the mistake of throwing it for her and again and again. When I got tired of she just went down the beach a bit a found another sucker. Clever dog.  It is neat that we have some large city beaches where all sizes and types of dogs can be themselves and run around like crazy. Cool to watch especially when the targets are a bit slow.


HH
MK


Friday, July 1, 2016

Exercise mainly

This was my exercise yard today. I was quite late getting on site so missed out on mudflat hunting and had to be content with the beach slope. Great views, sun shining, very few finds but still fun in the sun. $9.70 in cash was about the best of it. . 


I will be back..

HH
MK

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beach junk with a small surprise

Last Sundays beach hunt was enjoyable but not spectacular as you can see from the pic below. I went back to the same beach I found the Gold 15ct recently as you do. I hit the same area really hard and the only joy was a 1934 NZ silver sixpence. A while later a 1933 NZ silver threepence popped up too. Spendables $ 5.00 and a small brass ring rounded out the day.



HH
MK


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Three Beach Gold

My detecting for the Queens Birthday holiday was at three beaches. The 0.2m low tide was ideal of course and so I spent about an hour and a half at each beach. The first only gave up the large junk hair clip and the fishing lure and I moved on to the second beach. There I found a few sinkers and nothing else. So with mild desperation lurking I moved on to the third beach. After abut 3 minutes searching there a $1.00 coin popped up which must have been the game changer I needed because a short while later I was holding 8.1grams of 15ct. Happiness prevailed. Onlookers cheered.



The brass eyelet was a first for me. Not sure of it's age. 


Always pleased to be able to remove fish hooks from the sand.

I turned out to be a very enjoyable outing with my E Trac for a change from the CTX 3030.

HH
MK


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lead no surprise

My two most recent hunts have been to a beach on both the East and West coasts looking for new ground. They were both going to be long shots so my expectations were not high. Just as well because in both spots as you can see in the pics the targets dug were mainly fishing sinkers.


The best of the bunch were the stainless ring, US 1965 Quarter with hole, the Antarctic Society badge and the Brass knob thingee. The lead seal has 90 imprinted.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Friday the 13th - not so lucky

As there was a South-westerly howling in at my local beach on Friday the 13th I thought it could be my lucky day as there might have been some new sand movement. I got there about an hour after high tide to follow it down.


Well I was right. Sand had moved quite a lot in patches exposing old beach but alas yielding only one reasonable find of a silver ear ring. It has cleaned up quite well and could make a nice wee pendant perhaps. Needs buffing to restore the shine.




These are the finds for the 4 hours spent. Not a lot you might say and I would agree. All good fun.


Thanks for looking.
MK


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Low Tide walkabout

Hit this well hunted beach recently for the pm low tide. The mudflats gave up $10 and a couple of lead sinkers but virtually nothing on the slope. As you can see conditions were great and I nearly had the beach to myself.


HH
MK


Monday, May 2, 2016

Tough going on the beaches

Well April 2016 has now been and gone. Not a memorable month for detecting as I found zero Gold and only 2 Silver rings and one silver NZ coin. Still 3 pieces of silver is better than no pieces of silver and one of the rings is really quite attractive.  All my hunts were on city beaches and I surely got some exercise  digging the bottle tops and coins.  The grand total of cash was about $64.00 once again bolstered by the number of steel 50c and 20c coins that other detectors seem to be missing. Thanks CTX 3030.



Foreign coins.
Top row. 50c Fiji, 10c Euro,US Dime, Australia $1.00
Middle row. English 1 Pound and 50c
Bottom row. 10 Bani Moldova Republic 

Plus the Ray Bans shown on my last post.

HH
MK


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Free shades.

On Friday afternoon I hunted a city beach for the 0.02 low tide. The only item I found on the exposed mudflats was a pair of Ray Bans in really good condition. The slope and dry sand gave up another $12.70 and very little else probably due to the very high tides moving a bit of sand around.
Still an enjoyable hunt though.


HH
MK



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

925 and Shuzi

I pounded the sand for about 3 hours today over two beaches. The first gave  up two rings. The flower one is 925 silver and the other a Shuzi stainless with CZ's valued at $249.00 new on their website. The second beach only gave $1.50 for the hour spent.




The reason for a sealed pack of 4 coins is unknown. It contains 2 x 10c and 2 x 5c The 5c are obsolete.

HH
MK


Friday, April 1, 2016

Dry sand rewards

With the tide high early afternoon again today I decided to continue dry sand hunting and it was quite a successful day. I dug 73 coins including a Fiji 50c and an English 50p. The total spendable cash was $27.30. As you can see in the pic my tally was boosted quite considerably by the ability of the CTX 303 to pull the steel coins as well as the copper and clad.  The Northerly wind was blowing like crazy with spits of rain so I had virtually the whole beach to myself until a bus load of tourists arrived and surrounded me. Thankfully the weather chased them away quite quickly after I dug a bottle top.


It was an enjoyable hunt with so many targets to dig.

HH
MK


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Junkers day

Yesterday I spent around 4 hours searching mainly the dry sand on the beach as the tide was high.  I thought the chain might have been silver but not a mark anywhere. I am told it might be a Dreamcatcher for those who are believers. The gold ring is junk but the small silver with CZ's is marked 925. Spendable's totaled $16.70 so got to be happy with that.




HH
MK