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Cent Turns into Sterling Ear Ring w CTX 3030
Posted by: LawrencetheMDer
Date: February 10, 2019 12:10PM

Hit the beach with my CTX 3030 and came away with some interesting finds and a lesson to be learned for those who ignore copper cents and concentrate on more valuable ID numbers. Came across this absolutely beautiful, .925 Sterling ear ring with clear 4 ct stone. Discovered it on a beach pathway (one of my favorite spots to hunt in dry sand). The ear ring rang-up on the CTX 3030 at 11:43; most would think the target was a typical copper (pre 1982) cent at 12:43 and perhaps pass. Since I often dig all targets on the FE 11-13 lines, at least when things are going slow, imagine my surprise when the cent I was certain that I was digging-up turned out to be this gorgeous sterling ear ring (2.56g, 11:43 on CTX 3030). There is a hall mark (unknown) on the back of the ear ring, as pictured.



Sterling (.925) ear ring with 4ct clear stone that registered 11:43 on CTX 3030 – typical cent range.

The 4 hour dry sand beach hunt also rewarded me with another sterling ear ring: a dangling beauty with a purple Amherst type stone. The ear ring registered 12:30 on the CTX 3030; I sometimes find gold at this coordinate so always excited to dig numbers from 12:25-34.


Sterling ear ring with Amherst type stone found with CTX 3030 (12:30).

In 2018, I found 1,272 cents metal detecting the beaches of Florida. Not one of them was a wheatie, or pre 1959 cent. I find more wheaties in my back yard in Ohio ( about 15 cents last year 6 were wheaties) than on the beaches of Florida. Any ways, I was surprised when my typical target at 12:43 turned out to be a 1950-D Lincoln wheatie!
Happy Hunting




Re: Cent Turns into Sterling Ear Ring w CTX 3030
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: February 10, 2019 02:44PM
Nice work LTMD! You were using the stock coil? I’ve been surprised at how easily the CTX will hit tiny items even with the 17” coil also,like really deep .22 casings and irregular broken items that are very small. It’s a hard machine to let sit for any amount of time,your finds show why! Not saying another machine wouldn’t have seen the targets,but the CTX is just REALLY good at letting you know about it.

Re: Cent Turns into Sterling Ear Ring w CTX 3030
Posted by: Ben Town
Date: February 10, 2019 04:48PM
Well I guess I’ll rethink my stratagy for beach hunting in April.
Last year copper penny’s drove me nuts, and most were deep , some 12+
I had thought about leaving them but I have a hard time leaving a good signal and you just reinforced that thought.
BT

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Re: Cent Turns into Sterling Ear Ring w CTX 3030
Posted by: wvrick
Date: February 10, 2019 07:56PM
Nice find!

Re: Cent Turns into Sterling Ear Ring w CTX 3030
Posted by: LawrencetheMDer
Date: February 13, 2019 09:23PM
Yap, the CTX is a beast. When things are going slow I'm happy to dig the cents but when time is limited, say due to tide, I'll cherry-pick. My go to coil is the 17" and I find 10% more with it than the 11" standard DD coil. Out today in the dry sand and things were going so slow that I was happy to dig pull-tabs at 12:15...turns-out the beach sand was recently replenished. Found 6 coins, inc 4 cents, in 3 hrs. Do find 3 toy cars to give the grand nieces and nephews.

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