Supermoon Super Fun!
On a gamble of the supermoon high tides coinciding with strong winds I took the day off work and went in search of erosion.
At 1am I was on the road and heading along the coast scoping various beaches to see where the best chances would be for the low tide at 4.
100km of driving out and back from various beaches I had my best possie, and as luck would have it, it was one of the last beaches I visited which saved a long drive back down the coast.
Normally untouchable due to deep, deep sand I wasn't hopeful with regards to finds here, although there were rocks well exposed that I'd never seen before which showed that at least a metre of sand had been stripped in places.
I started a lazy zig-zag picking up the odd 1 & 2c in the surface then that solid high note in the phones - $2 goldie, then another and another. Oh yeah.
Started spiralling out and found the high and low limits of the line where they were laying and went to work.
Noticed I was picking up a few sinkers on the bottom edge, and 1,2 &5 cents on the top so after cleaning out the money lane I dropped down in the search for gold.
The sand was really deep and loose from the waves here and I wasn't hopeful of pulling gold, but wound everything up until the detector was twitching nicely and started low and slow.
After a few minutes, I got that nice low grunt and out came a green and crusty 9k. Thin and small and it snapped as I gave it a scrape with the fingernail, but at least I had a win.
I carried on working the line pulling sinkers up to 8oz(!) then I got a flaky signal which kept disappearing. Only thing I could so was to open up a decent sized hole to get the coil deeper. After a constant battle with sides falling in I got a clear pinpoint and got stuck in with the scoop, just shovelling shell out to the side as fast as I could - I'd pick through the spoil heaps later. After maybe a half dozen good scoops I ran the coil over the piles and saw it emerge - a huge 18k chunk with lapis setting. Beauty.
Shovelled the small mountain of sand back into the hole, onwards...
Further up the beach, next to a neat Red Indian lead toy, I pulled the broken remains of an old 9k ring, style looks 70's with a nice translucent but heavily scuffed jade slice Then tucked down in the rocks was a fancy 10k ring with ice. Three and a half golds and a pocket full of $1 & $2 - with zero space junk. Perfect morning.
Headed back to the car for a kip, then scouted around a few other possibles during high tide. Found a couple of spots in a popular area where there was significant erosion to the foreshore, but despite lifting a few promising crusty old decimals, nothing found. I think this one has been worked very heavily over the years.
Tide was half out now, so I wombled back to my earlier money-bank beach.
As soon as I got there, I could tell the bank was closed. One tide, and the sand was already well on it's way to refilling the beach with several rocks having already vanished.
I dropped onto the beach and went back to the goldie coin line but silence... not a single bleep through the phones.
Rings: 3 1/2 Gold, 1 silver (V corroded), 1 junk
Copper koala necklace
Goldies: $55 (and 70c in warty clad)
Half Crown, Florins (1 silver), Sixpences (3 silvers), Aussie penny and 3 halfpennies (Oldest coin 1908 Edward ha'penny)
10 UK pence, 30 Euros, Singapore $1
Huge stack of old decimals
Some sort of brass brooch/badge (broken)
Obligitory keys and cutlery
2.43Kg of lead (!)
Seize the Moment guys!