Contactless = no coins on beaches

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Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by cammann » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:54 pm

I used to really enjoy a spot of coin shooting at the beach and often take my detector along when visiting with the family. However, I've noticed this year that I'm finding less and less coins.

I wonder if its because every shop and kiosk is going 'contactless' now.

Has anyone else noticed this?


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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Dave The Slave » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:05 pm

Did a fair bit of beach detecting June to Sept and until late July was doing quite well in coin numbers, then it did drop off.
Rather than contactless , would say more people detected the beaches due to having either no permission or their permission being unavailable due to crops.
If anything was finding more Pound coins, pre August than in the previous 4 years, then there was the sudden drop off. School holidays go with parents having their own time off for a spot of detecting.
Once September comes, less visitors = less losses of coins.
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by fred » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:06 pm

Probably more to do with the legions of detectorists that decend up the beaches every morning and evening. Some evenings in the summer it's like a rally on our local beaches. ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Muddyknee » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:18 pm

Perhaps you shouldn't detect on nudist beaches........ ;)
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by oldartefact » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:18 pm

fred wrote:
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Probably more to do with the legions of detectorists that decend up the beaches every morning and evening. Some evenings in the summer it's like a rally on our local beaches. ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Timmy 64 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:03 pm

Could be that the hoiday makers have very short arm and long pockets as in sunny Cornwall

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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by detectorman5050 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:29 pm

The trend indeed seems to be that the UK is going cashless. More than 250 cash machines are being closed each month.

I am afraid that I have joined this trend in the past 6 months, and now use contactless for all supermarkets, and most pubs. 😢
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Rivers rat » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:45 pm

Cash is king......my kids always got that spark in their eyes when i give them a fat wad......not too sure if will be the same with a bank transfer :D :D :D :D :D :D


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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Muddyknee » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:50 pm

detectorman5050 wrote:
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The trend indeed seems to be that the UK is going cashless.
I went cashless long before technology took over,it's called marriage......... x;
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by cammann » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:08 am

Muddyknee wrote:
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Perhaps you shouldn't detect on nudist beaches........ ;)
Lol, ah thats where I was going wrong. Was getting worried looks whenever I got my Garrett pointer out ;-)
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by wobblebobble » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:51 am

fred wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:06 pm
Probably more to do with the legions of detectorists that decend up the beaches every morning and evening. Some evenings in the summer it's like a rally on our local beaches. ::g
Have the beaches been cleaned up? Is the still a lot out there to find?

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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by fred » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:37 pm

wobblebobble wrote:
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fred wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:06 pm
Probably more to do with the legions of detectorists that decend up the beaches every morning and evening. Some evenings in the summer it's like a rally on our local beaches. ::g
Have the beaches been cleaned up? Is the still a lot out there to find?
Depends upon the beaches and whether you know what you are doing. ::g Many of them are nowhere near as productive as they used to be but can still throw up good finds when the conditions are right whilst others still seem to be pretty easy. :D
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by boywonderwilson » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:45 pm

I spent the day detecting at weston-super-mare 4 days ago ..... the whole day i only found a handfull of 2ps 2 x 2pound coins and 1 20p. the rest was junk.. I did see about 7 other detectorists out so i would say that the lack of beach finds on popular beaches is due to everyone watching youtube videos of people finding gold rings and running off to buy a detector *(:)# %&*=

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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm

I can't help thinking that it's partially the result of the lower denomination coins being substantially of ferrous composition and so tend not to register, even with only moderate levels of discrimination being used.

The constantly increasing number of newcomers to the hobby will perhaps also add to the equation, as will the fact that those newcomers will be unlikely to have a permission as yet and so will be drawn to beach venues for their detecting out of necessity. I may be barking up the wrong sand dune but it's just a view of mine. Regards - ss47 ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by oldartefact » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:31 pm

sweepstick47 wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm
I can't help thinking that it's partially the result of the lower denomination coins being substantially of ferrous composition and so tend not to register, even with only moderate levels of discrimination being used.

The constantly increasing number of newcomers to the hobby will perhaps also add to the equation, as will the fact that those newcomers will be unlikely to have a permission as yet and so will be drawn to beach venues for their detecting out of necessity. I may be barking up the wrong sand dune but it's just a view of mine. Regards - ss47 ::g
Excellent observation ss ... but I am of the opinion that the "blanking out" of the 1p, 2p ... etc etc works in the detectorists favour... it allows us to concentrate on the meaningful £1 coins ... as they say "a £1 coin under the coil saves a 100 holes". ::g ::g ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:40 pm

"as they say "a £1 coin under the coil saves a 100 holes".

I see the point but can't say I've never heard that said myself, are you sure you're not 'hearing voices John :D Keep smiling - Regards ss47
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by oldartefact » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:48 pm

sweepstick47 wrote:
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"as they say "a £1 coin under the coil saves a 100 holes".

I see the point but can't say I've never heard that said myself, are you sure you're not 'hearing voices John :D Keep smiling - Regards ss47
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by fred » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:54 pm

With the Nox I can ID iron cored coins every time. These days some of the beaches are so quiet that I often dig small change anyway just for something to do whilst I wait for a more hopeful signal to come along. :D
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:11 pm

fred wrote:
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With the Nox I can ID iron cored coins every time. These days some of the beaches are so quiet that I often dig small change anyway just for something to do whilst I wait for a more hopeful signal to come along. :D
It's an important ingredient of our hobby Fred.........remaining ever hopeful! ss47 ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by skythepig » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:56 pm

I have noticed in the last couple of years that my local beaches are not as productive as they used to be.
Over the summer months it used to be easy to pick up £10 plus a night in change and the usual dinky toys and rubbish but this year I have seen a lot less.
This may also be because holiday makers now come armed with detectors and clear up the beach every evening. Several evenings I arrived at my local beaches to find 5 or 6 holiday makers detecting the beach already.
It's good to see so many people interested in the hobby for whatever reason they get enjoyment out of it.
The other reason is most probably contactless payment is so prolific. My wife works for several charities and they have seen a steady drop in coin donations in shops etc as most people pay with cards even for small purchases.
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Expat Aussie » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:27 pm

I would say both reasons are correct, increase in contactless and an increase in people detecting beaches.In my early years detecting it was pretty much always beaches for me,now I rarely bother with them.With the increase with contactless payments,there is a reduced need for coins (much encouraged by banks and shops for obvious reasons).Now here’s a little puzzle.I have been interested in coins for some time and back as far as 1964 I noticed that the years coins started to appear in change from about April. 2018 is virtually at it’s end and so by now all denominations with the 2018 date should turn up in circulation.For me, I’ve only seen the £1,50p and 10p so either the others were not minted at all, or, (less likely) they were issued but had much lower mintage figures.

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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by cammann » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:16 am

fred wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:54 pm
With the Nox I can ID iron cored coins every time. These days some of the beaches are so quiet that I often dig small change anyway just for something to do whilst I wait for a more hopeful signal to come along. :D
Bought a Nox 800 for myself as a Christmas treat so am really looking forward to taking it for a walk soon.
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by fred » Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:10 am

cammann wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:16 am
fred wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:54 pm
With the Nox I can ID iron cored coins every time. These days some of the beaches are so quiet that I often dig small change anyway just for something to do whilst I wait for a more hopeful signal to come along. :D
Bought a Nox 800 for myself as a Christmas treat so am really looking forward to taking it for a walk soon.
Best of luck and do let us know how you get on. ::g
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by ROCK HOPPER » Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:06 am

I go to a beach on the north coast of Cornwall. I take a flask of coffee and some breakfast biscuits as I am sitting there overlooking the beach so I can get a parking space. I watch people coming down the beach with enough stuff to last a week including small tents that nearly everyone has so of course if they drop money it just stays on the ground sheet, one morning a man came down with a detector and spent ages detecting the dry sand , when he returned I asked him if any finds all he said was £1.50 in change.

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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by cammann » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:31 pm

Absolutely Fred.
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Re: Contactless = no coins on beaches

Post by Rivers rat » Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:37 pm

While it seems to be a European and maybe a worldwide phenomena remenber 1 thing...........: 1gr of 18ct is 18quids at least for scrap.................maybe worth chasing those deep elusive Equinox whispers


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