A roundup of my beach week

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A roundup of my beach week

Post by fred » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:26 pm

This week has been mostly about beaches. The weather has been quite pleasant for the most part and I've even been out after dark a couple of times. The watch winder, the Viccy shilling and the pitifully small 9ct ring were some of the fairly meagre spoils but I still wouldn't have missed it for the world. ::g Along the way a shiny Edward VII farthing which came out of the black mud looking for all the world like a half sovereign nearly gave me a heart attack.

This morning I got up early and headed off to a slightly more distant beach. I followed a completely unnecessary gritter for much of the way. When I eventually staggered over the dunes to the beach it was still very dark so all the lights ranging from a guy digging bait a few hundred yards away through streetlights, lighthouses and boats and all the way to eternity were twinkling merrily away. The detecting was patchy but OK and I quickly knocked out a few coins including a George VI silver sixpence. I eventually found a small productive spot a long way from shore where I winkled out a large but quite light gold wedding ring from amongst the coins and shrapnel. A short while after the patch was exhausted my CTX gave a low battery warning so I headed back to the car. It turned out that I had accidentally put my backup battery, which only holds a three hour charge, on the machine. 

On the way home I stopped off to look at another beach which is mostly new sea defence works. It actually looked as if it had potential so I put on the other battery (at least I had remembered to bring it :D ) and headed out. Over the next hour I picked up my petrol money and just as the incoming tide drove me out of the final gully another wedding band popped out. All told 10 grams of 9ct today and 1.1 grams yesterday. That actually makes an average of one gold item a week so far this year, which is my target.

A final bonus on the way home was bumping into Regis (aka River Rat on the forum) who had temporarily deserted the Thames. :D

We have a club dig tomorrow so it will be back to real mud! ::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Dom » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:38 pm

Wow, that's very good going!
Nice finds.

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Giz » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:00 pm

Well done Fred, charmed more from the depths :D Unfortunately winds coming from the west has put the sand back on my patch, however are expecting North easterlies next week along with spring tides. ::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Dave The Slave » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:27 pm

Another successful day again, Fred.
Always enjoy reading your posts.
Cheers ::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Rivers rat » Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:27 pm

Very nice i hand those 2 fat rings in my hand and i wont do a roundup of my beach find as i barely did a pound in change 😁😁😁😁😁 but i had fun and thats what matter.


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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Agent Smith » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:07 pm

Well dug Fred.....very nice indeed! ::g

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Lowland » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 pm

I really like the idea that there are folks on this island
Getting up early and going beach detecting
Or inland for that matter.
Top marks Fred...
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by cantona1 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:51 pm

You have skills as I believe the young people say ::g nice work ::g

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by fred » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:50 pm

Lowland wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:12 pm
I really like the idea that there are folks on this island
Getting up early and going beach detecting
Or inland for that matter.
Top marks Fred...
::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by oldartefact » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:55 pm

Another amazing week
Fred, your posts and finds are inspirational ... though leave me green with envy x; ::g ::g
are you sure that your average isnt one gold item per visit? because thats how it seems.
Please keep the great finds coming ,,,, we all love them.
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:40 pm

If I ever do beach detecting i’m going to call on you to give me a masterclass first. Great finds ::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by ipcress » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:11 am

Nice little collection Fred.

I do like the watch winder, not valuable I know, but it just floats my boat.

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Jamesy636 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:18 am

Amazing Fred, good work!
The whole idea of beach detecting doesn't appeal to me, I think it's because its pretty much the only legitimate place detectorists can search at their peril . I mean I panic that the majority of good stuff would have been found...! I know I'm wrong, do you think the rings are new-ish? As in maybe things are found often but with such frequent visitors certain things are replenished... Especially 2p's and ring pulls..?!
Fair play to you my friend, I'd love to bag a ring ::g

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by fred » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:45 am

Jamesy636 wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:18 am
Amazing Fred, good work!
The whole idea of beach detecting doesn't appeal to me, I think it's because its pretty much the only legitimate place detectorists can search at their peril . I mean I panic that the majority of good stuff would have been found...! I know I'm wrong, do you think the rings are new-ish? As in maybe things are found often but with such frequent visitors certain things are replenished... Especially 2p's and ring pulls..?!
Fair play to you my friend, I'd love to bag a ring ::g

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by Swany » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:04 am

That's brilliant, nice finds, have never tried beach detecting before, tempted now to have a go.. ::g

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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by fred » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:16 pm

ipcress wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:11 am
Nice little collection Fred.

I do like the watch winder, not valuable I know, but it just floats my boat.

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The watch winder is an advertising one and has a great clock face on the other side. It is probably worth more than the small gold ring anyway. ::g
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by sweepstick47 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:39 pm

fred wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:16 pm
ipcress wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:11 am
Nice little collection Fred.

I do like the watch winder, not valuable I know, but it just floats my boat.

ATB

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The watch winder is an advertising one and has a great clock face on the other side. It is probably worth more than the small gold ring anyway. ::g
That's very true Fred - One for the collectors case methinks! ::g Regards ss47
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Re: A roundup of my beach week

Post by ipcress » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:29 am

fred wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:16 pm
ipcress wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:11 am
Nice little collection Fred.

I do like the watch winder, not valuable I know, but it just floats my boat.

ATB

Paul
The watch winder is an advertising one and has a great clock face on the other side. It is probably worth more than the small gold ring anyway. ::g
A top find then.........I always knew I had good taste :D
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