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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 36 NUMBER 3
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. MARCH 10
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
MARCH CLUB HUNT
We have another great program for you this month!
Guy Bachman of the Loxahatchee Battlefield
Preservationists will speak about this organization’s
mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the Loxahatchee
Battlefield and associated cultural resources. Their goals
are to adopt the Battlefield, provide educational
opportunities, raise funds, and establish a working
relationship with Palm Beach County in perpetuating the
Second Seminole War history and the valuable resources
within Riverbend Park. Guy, who has been active in our
club for years, will speak about the area’s rich history and
bring artifacts for all to see.
Guy will cover the laws concerning metal detecting
and historic sites. For frustrated relic hunters he will give
members suggestions on how to legally find sites to hunt.
Thanks in advance to our March volunteer refreshment
host, Ed D’Amato, and to Jan Smirnow for volunteering
to stump us with an unusual “Mystery Item.”
Bob Dobski will be hosting a wild hunt on Sunday,
March 20 at South Beach. There will be an early morning
report time of 6 a.m. to meet at Lummus Park at 10th
Street and Ocean Drive. Hunt Master Linda Bennett will
provide more details at the March meeting.
JOIN US EARLY AT P.A. BBQ!
Several of us get together for dinner and a few laughs in
the back room of P.A. BBQ at 5:30 p.m. before each
meeting. Please join us for good friends & good food!
Park Avenue BBQ & Grille
2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
Directions from I-95
South on I-95
East on 395
At the end of 395 (A1A Causeway), the road
becomes 5th Street.
Continue East on 5th Street until it ends at Ocean
Turn Left on Ocean Drive.
Park on Ocean Drive and 10th Street intersection.
THIS MONTH’S RAFFLE
Have you seen the sleek design of the LED flashlight
that we are raffling off this month? This incredibly bright
flash light will come in handy in a variety of situations –
black outs, checking under the hood, guiding your way to
the bathroom at 3:00 a.m., etc. This is one raffle prize that
you will reach for often.
Let’s say you decide one night to feel your way in the
dark to the bathroom, then stub your toe. Ouch! You
should have grabbed your flash light! We’ve got you
covered with our second raffle item – a handy First Aid
Kit! Tickets will be at the sign in table, so don’t miss out!
TREASURER’S REPORT (as of 2.10.11):
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Sales and Raffle Promoter:
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Heather McNew
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: Jim Sharp
Website Administrator: John Lobota
Newsletter Editor: Stacey deLucia
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Dues are $30 a year.
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5, plus:
$30 if joining between Jan. 1st
and the end of June,
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
This column is provided, free of charge, as a courtesy
to our club members. The contents of all advertisements
are the sole responsibility of the members placing the
ads. The GCTC does not imply endorsement, approval,
or warranty of any product or service.
REILLY’S TREASURED GOLD offers a complete
line of new & used detectors, scoops, cleaners, tumblers,
and books. The shop also does custom metal working and
laser detailing. For details, call 954-971-6102. Low
prices plus 10% discount to members! See their website:
ED WESTON – WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-301-9062.
TOM LIEBERMAN – Ready to serve your real
JAN SMIRNOW – FOR SALE: White's Prizm V
$300; Shadow V with 3 coils $500. Call 735-8921.
TESSA DURAND – BUY OR SELL AVON. Just
imagine yourself as the CEO of your own Company!
Check out my website, order online, direct shipping right
to your door. www.youravon/tdurand-owens.com or
ED D’AMATO – FOR SALE – The Kingdom Slot
Machine with tokens. Pays out! $450 new. Will sacrifice
for $300. Call Ed at 561-351-6172.
STACEY deLUCIA – BEADED JEWELRY.
Handcrafted custom-made-to-order beaded jewelry
featuring your favorite semi-precious gems. Call 561687-2310 or e-mail sdeLuc823@aol.com.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV– FOR SALE: Team
OrcaSound Headphones designed for water hunters.
$170 (GCTC & SFTHC members get 10 % off!) For
info: See me at meetings, e-mail: email@example.com
or go to http://www.teamorcasound.com
JERRY LAUR – DETECTORS FOR SALE:
White's Beachcomber ID $525. Garrett Tesoro El Lobo
$425. New listing: Minelab Explorer like new. Less
than 20 hours use. With manual, box and extra book.
$725. All machines used only by a little old lady and/or
man on weekends! Have boxes & manuals. Call Jerry
561-694-7963. Illness forces sale.
FRANK NASH – FOR SALE: Minelab & Fisher
metal detectors: palmbeachmetaldetectors.com. Call
Club members may advertise items for sale or items
wanted, free of charge. The club does not profit unless
noted in the ad. Sometimes ads will need to be edited due
to limited space. Items do not have to be related to metal
detecting. Contact Stacey (sdeLuc823@aol.com) to place
your ad or to remove it once the item is sold.
FEB. MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
Second Place for Monthly Best Finds
(Winners receive a silver dime and certificate)
(Runner up receives old American coin and certificate)
BEST GOLD WITH STONES – Phil Marro
Gold with Stones – Jim Sharp (Gold Ring)
(14K Diamond Ring)
Gold – Kathy Marro (14K Bracelet)
BEST GOLD – Jack Petenbrink
Silver – Kathy Marro (Pendant)
BEST SILVER – Jack Saint
(Silver Spinner Ring)
Most Unusual – Tom Lieberman (Fishing rod)
Costume – Mindy Spiroch (Stainless Steel Ring)
MOST UNUSUAL – Jack Petenbrink
Coin – Mindy Spiroch (1928 Penny)
COSTUME JEWELRY – Kathy Marro
MONTHLY BEST FIND WINNERS
BEST COIN – Frank Nash
Jack Petenbrink, Frank Nash, Jack Saint,
Kathy Marro, Phil Marro
Good Will Ambassadors
Performing Random Acts of Kindness
Each month, the GCTC recognizes members who
provide selfless service to our community. The first time a
member returns an item, that individual receives a metal
detecting pin (handcrafted by Steve Hoskins) to wear on
his or her hat, in addition to a certificate of appreciation.
Future returns are recognized by additional certificates.
Kudos to all club members who go out of their way to
return items to their rightful owners. The actions of each
of our “Ambassadors of Good Will” enhance the public’s
perception of our hobby and make our club shine!
Returns Recognized at February Meeting
FEBRUARY MEETING RECAP
If you missed the February meeting, start kicking
yourself right now! All this editor can say is “WOW!”
about our most recent speaker, Harvey E. Oyer III. I
know that I am not alone in that assessment, as many
members stated that this was the BEST presentation that
our club has had in years, if not ever!
Mr. Oyer is not only is a well-respected attorney,
author, lecturer, and former archeologist who served for
many years as president of the Palm Beach County
Historical Society, but he is most notably a fifthgeneration Floridian whose colorful family history helped
shape the Florida that we know and love today. A riveting
storyteller, Mr. Oyer wrote a two-book series about the
amazing life of his great-grand uncle, Charlie Pierce. His
books, The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The American
Jungle and The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last
Egret, are required reading for all Florida 4th graders. He
centered his engaging presentation on The Last Egret, a
captivating tale of two eight-year-old boys who changed
the course of history through their unlikely friendship.
We thank our February volunteers and encourage
EVERY MEMBER to step forward at least once per year.
In return for your efforts, you will receive a free raffle
ticket and our sincere appreciation. (Need info? Just ask!)
Whenever Marjorie and Paul Hamlin provide
refreshments, we know that we are in for an extraordinary
treat and this time was no exception! Also, Stacey
deLucia provided the Mystery Stumper – a cell phone car
charger – which succeeded in stumping everyone! Do you
think YOU can stump your fellow members with a unique
Mystery Item from your finds? Volunteer and find out!
NOT-TO-BE-MISSED PLANTED HUNTS
TCAS 24th Annual Benefit Hunt
Saturday, March 12, 2011 Wabasso, Florida
24th Annual Tidewater Coin and Relic Club Hunt
May 14, 2011 - Virginia Beach
TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2011
As of February:
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $698.66
This month’s lucky 50/50 winner was Kathy and Phil
Marro, who won a whopping $52.00. Congratulations!
Hunt Info Will Be Available At Club Meeting
JIM SHARP’S TIP OF THE MONTH
Carrying Extra Water for Your Detector
Make sure to carry water with you when you are out
detecting, as the salt water is very damaging to your metal
detector. Most places that we go to have a shower or some
source of water to clean our detectors. Some of the areas
north of us don’t have them, so I carry a bottle with water
to clean off my detector. Wipe yours down after you have
poured water on it, or take a cloth and pour water on it and
then wipe down your detector. You don’t want your
detector to malfunction when you go to your next site or
hunt. Until next time – Beep! Beep!
Each year, our club, along with the South Florida
Treasure Club, collects foreign coins to donate to a
summer camp for handicapped children. This yearround project brings a sense of adventure to children as
they learn how to detect, despite their challenges. If you
have coins to donate, please see Linda Bennett, who
will make sure your donation goes to the right place.
YOU can be a hero to a child in need!
Thanks to Jim Sharp for his donation last month.
Do you enjoy a good challenge? If so, then you
should join the quest to master the five challenge levels!
This fun program offers a coin reward simply for
finding a specific group of targets (much like a
scavenger hunt) and showing those finds to the hunt
master (Linda Bennett). You can find information
about the challenge levels in your new member folder
or at club meetings. For questions or explanations,
come early to a meeting and speak with Linda.
THANK YOU, GENEROUS DONORS!
The club thanks John Presslein for his donation of
two videos to the club library, The Petenbrink Family
for their donation of a book to the club library, Wayne
Stephens for his donations of hunt prizes, Pete
Schneider for his donations of Buffalo nickels and
Linda Bennett for her donation of two books to the
Donations Are Always Appreciated!
BURIED COIN CACHE - $25 REWARD!
"Let's stroll this community park off Jog Road
somewhere between Boynton Beach and
West Palm Beach."
"There are green acres of grass in this
community park with 3 flag poles in front."
ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
“And the Winners Are…”
Wayne Stephens – Silver Dime
Irving Smith – Head Light
Pete Schneider – Gold Pan & Book
Paul Hamlin – Minelab Digger
Paul Hamlin – Steak Knives
Tess Durand – Belt Buckle
Dixie Gamble – Hat
Linda Bennett – Ring Box
Wayne Stephens – Belt Buckle
We thank all of our monthly donors!
(Editor’s Note: Donor information was not
available at press time. Please know that ALL
donations are very much appreciated.)
February birthday celebrants Carmelo Basilico,
Glen Gamble, Amy Hamedl, Pauline Nash, Cheryl
Petenbrink and Mindy Spiroch each received a dollar
coin during the meeting. Happy Birthday, friends!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
Kathy Ayon (3/13)
Marilyn Batts (3/14)
Marjorie Hamlin (3/15)
Joe Keeley (3/19)
Bruce Marta (3/23)
Heather McNew (3/5)
Jason Petenbrink (3/2)
John Presslein (3/9)
Judi Ray (3/28)
Barbara Sharp (3/2)
If your birthday is not listed, and it should be,
or if it is listed incorrectly, please contact club
secretary Jan Smirnow with corrections.
The buried item is a small vitamin container 2 3/4" long
and 1 1/2 " in diameter. It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.
Burial of cache and the clues are provided by
Mindy Spiroch. (Mindy’s helpful hint: use
Google!) If the cache is found by a club member,
that person will receive a $25 prize AND earn the
right to bury the next cache! Good luck everyone!
Please remember - always fill your holes!
Our Thoughts and Prayers
Remain with All of Our Members
Who are Facing Health or Other Challenges!
BLASTS FROM THE PAST
Helpful Hints and Interesting Tidbits from
The Tinfoil Times Archives
From May 2007:
From March 2007:
Don’t Offer to Locate
Property Line Survey Stakes
Tip from http://metaldetectivesusa.com
OKEECHOBEE HISTORY BY JOHN LOBOTA
Doing so can create problems for you that you do
not want. As innocent as it may appear on the surface, it
In the 1890's, the Raulersons became the first settlers
along Taylor Creek. This area was called "The Bend" by
its first occupants. It was not until 1902 that the first Post
Office was established there and named after a
schoolteacher of the community "Tantie Post Office."
During these first few years, more and more families
began to settle in this area. As Tantie grew with
businesses and a soon to come railroad, the name Tantie
was deemed inappropriate. So on October 4, 1911, the
Post Office at Tantie was officially changed to
Okeechobee, named after the Indian name for the lake.
A detailed history with pictures can be found here:
Okeechobee resides only 60 miles away from West Palm
Beach. I believe it to be an overlooked area for coin
shooting and relic hunting. For now, there are many empty
lots in and around the old section of town. Even the old
ranches are still available for searching. This won't last for
long; with the current growth those sites will soon be fast
food restaurants, businesses, or new home developments.
The conditions for metal detecting in Okeechobee are
similar to what West Palm Beach was 20 years ago. With
a little research, determination and coil swinging some of
those older silver coins and relics can still be found in
Okeechobee, which are now rarely found in our area.
Also from March 2007:
The pennyweight was the weight of a silver penny in
medieval England. When pennies were introduced in
England in the 8th century, their original weight is
believed to have been 24 grains. This was gradually
reduced in at least thirteen stages until it reached 7.27
grains by 1816. According to one knowledgeable source,
the pennyweight was introduced by Henry III in 1266 as
the weight of 32 grains of wheat. We believe this may
simply have been clarifying and codifying an existing
24 grains = 1 pennyweight
20 pennyweights = 1 ounce troy
240 pennyweights = 1 pound troy
It is no coincidence that there were 240 pennies to the
English pound, and 240 silver pennies were equivalent to
a pound of silver, or that the word sterling applies both to
the English pound and to a standard purity of silver. So
those of you that think it means the weight of an American
penny, this should set you right. Hope it helps.
Scooper1 Miami Beach, FL.USA (thetreasuredepot.com)
may be considered by some as surveying without a
license. All states require surveyors to register and pass
strict tests before they can obtain their license. If you are
asked to locate a survey stake or survey monument you
should refer the person to a licensed professional
From July 2008:
Here is one of the very best websites for beach reports.
It’s called Magic Seaweed. It gives you the tides and,
more importantly, the swells’ height, direction and
duration between each swell, wind direction and speeds,
From October 2009:
CHUCK E CHEESE TOKENS
During the club hunt, a discussion ensued about tokens.
Jim Sharp shared the information that earlier tokens
produced by Chuck E Cheese are worth up to $1,000!
Chuck E Cheese Pizza Time Theaters had their own
Video Arcade game tokens made. Possession of the right
tokens could earn the owner big bucks! In addition to
being dated, a few locations had limited numbers of their
video arcade game tokens minted with their town names
on them. This occurred from 1978-1983. There are over
60 different dated town name tokens and varieties!
Some websites to check out are:
Websites about collecting tokens:
Experience + Research = Success
C/O GAIL HOSKINS
206 RUSSELL DRIVE
LAKE WORTH, FL
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Newsletter Editor Stacey deLucia: sdeLuc823@aol.com
March 10, 2011: Club Meeting – Program: Guy Bachman - Loxahatchee Battlefield
March 20, 2011: Wild Hunt in South Beach hosted by Bob Dobski (see cover for info)
March 12, 2011: 24th Annual TCAS Hunt – Wabasso Beach, FL
May 14, 2011: 24th Annual Tidewater Coin & Relic Club Hunt - Virginia Beach, VA
Thanks to the Following Newsletter Contributors:
Written Content: Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia, Jim Sharp
Photo Contributors: Steve Hoskins
Editor: Stacey deLucia
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