Metal Detecting for Spanish Gold in Florida ?
With the cooler weather coming up in a few more months, Florida is a popular destination for treasure hunters, As with all salt-water beach treasure hunting, searching the Florida beaches for Spanish treasure is a mater of location and timing. Not only do you need to know where to search but the conditions need to be just right if you have a chance in finding what you are looking for.
As an example, in November 1984 a strong tropical storm hit the Florida coast causing extensive erosion along the stretch known as the Treasure Coast. Over the next few days treasure hunters and metal detectors picked up almost 1,000 coins going back to the early 1900′s. We thought we had done quite well for ourselves until we found out later that treasure hunters 10 miles up the coast had found hundreds of gold and silver Spanish treasure coins! A year later we went to the right area but the sand was so deep that all we found were some recently lost coins and trash.
The best place to start your search is at the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum located in Sebastian, Florida. Mel Fisher is the leading treasure salvage expert in Florida having found many of the galleons that went to the bottom some 200+ years ago. The museum contains examples of coins, jewels and artifacts found on the wreck sites just off-shore. The gift shop has a number of books, maps and videos that will help you pinpoint some of the more productive sites to search as well as tell you what areas to stay clear of in order to avoid any legal problems.
One of the best for your needs is a book & video set written by Kevin Reilly, Gary Rowe and Kevin Maranville entitled “Hurricane Treasure: 1715 Beach Sites – Locations Revealed“. It contains a mile-by-mile narrative of where the productive sites are and how to hunt them for the best chance of success.
Once you have spent some time in the museum, you need to take a close look at the weather conditions in the area. Strong seas and a wind pulling the sand away from the beach are the ideal conditions for your search. You may not find the perfect combination while you are there but at least you will know what to look for.
Good luck in your search and if you find a coin or two, how about sharing your experience with the visitors to this site…