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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Metal detecting at Filey beach 20-09-14

Yesterday was the day, the day I finally managed to dust off the metal detector and head down to the beach for a few hours. Weapon of choice was the C scope cs4pi metal detector which is a pulse induction metal detector and as such has no trouble punching through the mineralised wet sand. 

It had been a while since i had last detected so first off i took a walk along the seafront looking for any low points or gulley's in the sand, unfortunately the beach looked pretty flat in all areas. I settled for an area that i had done well with last years winter an area that had produced plenty of pre-decimal coinage and also a gold ring for me. 

After digging a few test holes i managed to find an area that was only 8-10 inches above the clay layer which is well withing the cs4pi's reach. As always with Filey beach there was a lot of shrapnel and other military odds and ends to be found, i personally only keep the bullet casings that are in good condition such as the two in the photo that date 1941 and 1943 so during ww2.

I managed quite a few pre-decimals including viccy penny's and some ship half penny's, also i found a florin and a shilling. Unfortunately most of the coins are very worn but dates can just be seen which is always nice.
some finds made while metal detecting
The mornings metal detecting finds.
Along with the other items found where various buttons, a watch bezel and what i think is possibly part of a pocket watch and also a toy lead revolver.

To prove how capable the c scope cs4pi metal detector is, I found the small bullet casing which i believe to be from a .22 round at a depth of 9 inches from very wet and salty sand. I really recommend it to anyone who is going to do the majority of their metal detecting on the beach.

Now onto my favourite find of the day and also one i wouldn't mind some help in identifying.
The coin below was found in an area which has a wooden groyne protruding out of the sand. I believe this area of the beach was used as an area to dock ships as it seems to throw up a concentrated abundance of pre-decimal coins ranging from around 1700-1830, so it is my guess that this coin was dropped by a well travelled sailor.

What I want to know is where the coin is from if you lot can help, all i can make out on the coin is Republic, Ruana and a date of 1863 on the other side of the coin its says Un Centavo. I am not sure why but i have a strange feeling it is possibly south American in origin but any help identifying it would be very much appreciated.

It obviously meant a lot to whoever lost it as it has been holed to make into a necklace or some other jewelry. 

A picture of an unknown coin found while metal detecting
Unknown coin found with metal detector.

A picture of an unknown coin that was found whilst metal detecting
Unknown coin found with metal detector.
All in all it was a very enjoyable few hours and it has relighted my love of metal detecting, i cant wait to get back down there.

Thanks for reading and happy hunting!


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