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A Hypothetical Treasure Recovery on the Beach

Minelab Pirate

Active member
I have a hypothetical situation I would like to share, based on a conversation with a girlfriend of mine in Florida. Let’s say she had a Fossil Permit and was snorkeling just off the beach inside an area covered by the Florida Historical Resources Act. As she dives, she finds a handful of gold and silver coins, most likely from a shipwreck offshore

She is no stranger to treasure hunting. In fact, she has a metal detecting channel on social media, and makes a few hundred dollars from it every couple of months. She knows there is going to be some questions about these coins, and if the state investigates she could not only have them confiscated, she might have to go to jail and pay a hefty fine.

After some thought she decides to plant them in the dry sand on a beach – where it would be perfectly legal to find them, and film herself digging them up, not only document where they were found, but also make a bit more money from clicks on her social media accounts.

I told her I thought it would work. What do YOU think?
 

u2robert

Well-known member
Anything found in the water off of Florida's coastline is the states or whoever owns the lease for that grid.
The only thing the public can keep is what's found from the shoreline to the dune line
And that is tricky with the tide going in and out
PS The State of Florida has no sense of humor.
 

Confetrit

Well-known member
I have a hypothetical situation I would like to share, based on a conversation with a girlfriend of mine in Florida. Let’s say she had a Fossil Permit and was snorkeling just off the beach inside an area covered by the Florida Historical Resources Act. As she dives, she finds a handful of gold and silver coins, most likely from a shipwreck offshore

She is no stranger to treasure hunting. In fact, she has a metal detecting channel on social media, and makes a few hundred dollars from it every couple of months. She knows there is going to be some questions about these coins, and if the state investigates she could not only have them confiscated, she might have to go to jail and pay a hefty fine.

After some thought she decides to plant them in the dry sand on a beach – where it would be perfectly legal to find them, and film herself digging them up, not only document where they were found, but also make a bit more money from clicks on her social media accounts.

I told her I thought it would work. What do YOU think?
Does your girlfriend happen to be S.D.? The old saying " Finders, Keepers, Losers Weepers". Also, "Loose Lips Sink Ships".
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
Anything found in the water off of Florida's coastline is the states or whoever owns the lease for that grid.
The only thing the public can keep is what's found from the shoreline to the dune line
And that is tricky with the tide going in and out
PS The State of Florida has no sense of humor.
Starting out with a LIE is never a good start--sure hope this is HYPOTHETICAL & if it should happen --tell the truth in the first place or otherwise tell no one not even yourself as it was all a dream that sure looked real! o_O  Ma
 

dewcon4414

Well-known member
Let me see .... she was hunting in an area she knew was illegal...... then she attempts to defraud the government..... and make gain from that by pretending she dug them to put on her channel. Shes not doing much for this hobby .... thats my opinion. Honesty might net her less cash...... but there is a lot of recognition in these kind of finds even if it goes into a museum and does a lot of good for the hobby.
 

autopilot42

Well-known member
If you are in question of the legality of metal detecting call the local pd or sheriff. They have always been responsive and totally cool about my inquiries. It is just a phone call. They have all said just use and respect and leave it like you found it. Easy enough . Or they say you can not and respect that.
 
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