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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 32 NUMBER 10
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. OCTOBER 11
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
John Lobota will treat us to a special DVD
presentation on October 11th: "The Search for the
Real Mount Sinai,” a documentary DVD covering
the highlights of the true treasure adventure as
written in the book "The Gold of Exodus." Spies,
missiles, and secret military installations are just
some of the obstacles that Larry Williams and his
sidekick Bob Cornuke must confront in their
unprecedented journey to find the lost treasures of
Moses. They risk their lives sneaking into the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to find the sacred mountain
and live to tell about it.
The movie is 50 minutes long, so we will have an
intermission for refreshments, to be provided by Jan
Smirnow, and then we will watch the second half.
Members may want to bring a cushion for their seats.
Donna Russo volunteered to be our October Mystery
Stumper. Thanks Donna!
Our November 8 meeting will feature Bill Landry
who will share his love of Antique Bottle Collecting,
a form of treasure hunting that many of us have never
tried. A self-proclaimed “bottle junkie” since 1969,
Bill is an auctioneer who will travel from northern
Florida to join us to share his passion for his hobby.
Plan to be there for an interesting evening. More
details will be in next month’s newsletter.
JOIN US FOR SOME PRE-MEETING FUN!
Each month, a group of us gather for dinner at 5:30
p.m. before the meeting. Everyone is welcome! Join us in
the back room of PA BBQ. Dinner is Dutch Treat,
meaning, we each pay our own way.
Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Please remember to return any library books or
videos that you checked out last month so that
others can enjoy them. Thank you!
The October club hunt will be announced at the next
meeting. Linda is still hoping that a member will
volunteer to host a hunt this month. Just select a place to
go hunt. You do not need to do a planted hunt or have
prizes. PLEASE call Linda!
CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE
Pens with Club Name: $3.00
Club Towels: $3.00
Club Patches: $5.00
GCTC Travel Cups: $8.00
TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2007
AS OF SEPTEMBER 2007
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $4512.34
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
KEVIN REILLY offers a complete line of new and used
detectors and also scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books.
He also does custom metal working and laser detailing (call
for details). 954-971-6102 or www.rtgstore.com
Has low prices plus 10% discount to members.
The new five sided scoops are now available. See my
website. For member discount, you will have to go to the
store to buy the scoop.
TOM LIEBERMAN: Ready to serve your real estate
needs. Call 561-852-7409 or email: email@example.com
ED WESTON - WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV – FOR SALE: Brand New in
the box Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut turn-on-and-go detector
with 10" coil. Waterproof to 250 feet! Saltwater, fresh, or
land. Just won at Daytona GSBS. Two year Warranty.
Great deal for only $450! Call Nikolay at 561-309-1124.
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
JERRY LAUR – FOR SALE OR TRADE: Tesoro
Asst. Huntmaster: Richard Zabriskie
Sales and Raffle Promoter
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Betty Laur
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Membership: John Lobota and Jim Sharp
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461
Dues are $30 a year
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5
and $30 if joining between Jan 1st
and the end of June
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
Cibola, 6 months new, $285. Call Jerry at 561-694-7963.
LOST – REWARD OFFERED: Looking for a silver
wedding band with initials “From AF to ” lost in the
water at Delray Beach – High Tide in 3 to 4 feet of
water approximately 300 feet South of Boston’s
Restaurant located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue
and A1A. A reward is offered – contact Jan
Smirnow at 561- 735-8921.
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted,
free of charge. These items do not have to be related to
metal detecting. Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.
Thanks to the following contributors:
Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia,
John Lobota, Ernie Bouyoucas
and Jan Smirnow.
GAIL AND BETTY’S CORNER
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
One Troy Oz Silver Round – Mindy Spiroch
Neck Cooler – Jose Paredes
Book “Search” – Jim Sharp
Headlight – Ben Smith
Orange Crate Poster – Paul Hamlin
Lotto Scratch Off – Karen Larson
Water Bottle Clip – Paul Hamlin
Toy football signed by Brett Favre – Jan Smirnow
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! Thank you for the following
donations: neck cooler by Karen Larson, Orange Crate
Poster by John Lobota, Headlight donated by Ken
Lubinski, lotto scratch off by Ben Smith, water bottle
clip by Gail Hoskins and signed football by Batteries
Plus of Lantana.
Remember - bring a guest and you receive an extra
door prize ticket; display your monthly finds on the Tall
Tales Table and you receive a door prize ticket; provide
refreshments for the meeting and receive a door prize
ticket; volunteer to bring the mystery item and receive a
door prize ticket - that adds up to four free tickets for
the door prizes drawings!
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
(Winners receive a silver half-dollar and certificate)
BEST GOLD – BOB SMIRNOW
BEST SILVER – JIM SHARP
MOST UNUSUAL – JOHN LOBOTA
COSTUME JEWELRY – JAN SMIRNOW
Just WHAT is a Mystery Item? Each month one club
member volunteers to help stump fellow members by
choosing a secret item that remains hidden from
EVERYONE, board members included, until revealed.
The volunteer receives a free door prize ticket for that
effort. If one of a member's displayed finds on the Tall
Tales Table matches the mystery item, that member wins
a silver half dollar, so bring EVERYTHING you find
and you might just win a prize!
During the September meeting Nikolay Malchev
stumped the club with a really biggggg bolt with a
washer attached! No one had one, so good job, Nikolay!
Remember - bring all items found. You never know
what will be that month's mystery item!
Karen Larson won $43
for her share of the
IT PAYS TO PLAY, FOLKS!
And odds are a LOT better than the Florida Lottery!
BEST COIN – FRANK NASH
BEST TOY - JAN SMIRNOW
SEPTEMBER CLUB HUNT
Just before a beautiful sunrise on September 8, Ben
Smith arrived at Jupiter Beach to secure picnic tables and
plant over 500 objects on the beach. The few early birds
talked with SeaHunter (his posted name on the Treasure
Net forum). He belongs to the group that is working on
the Jupiter wreck site.
Sixteen club members were able to complete the hunt
and receive prizes before the storm began. Two items
were found that were not part of the planted items. Ken
Lubinski found a medic alert tag which he plans to try to
return to the owner and Frank Nash found a gold and
diamond ring. Frank had dug a hole that was at least
halfway to China! Mindy Spiroch helped Frank to
retrieve the item. Various planted items were exchanged
for prizes. Each winner had a choice of an envelope or a
cigar box which held different prizes.
Ben Smith giving instructions before the hunt
Ken Lubinski - $10
Betty Laur - $20 and $5
Carl Basilico - $5 and $10
SCRATCH OFF LOTTO TICKETS
Linda Bennett – one ticket
Mindy Spiroch - one ticket
Gail Hoskins – two tickets
Karen Larson – three tickets
Jerry Laur – two tickets
Jack Petenbrink – one ticket
Ken Lubinski – six tickets
Gary Spiroch – one ticket
Cheryl Petenbrink – one ticket
Betty Laur – two tickets
In the background is a temporary platform
for work on the Jupiter wreck
Jerry Laur – Vial of Gold Flakes
Carl Basilico – Indian Head Penny
Ken Lubinski – Radio and tool
Jan Smirnow – Beach Santa ornament
Stacey deLucia – T-shirt
Blue Ribbon for Special Effort
awarded to Carl Basilico
Storm brewing in the background
Scratch off tickets that were worth prizes: Linda Bennett
- $10; Jerry Laur - $5; Ken Lubinski won $6 and a free
ticket; and Karen Larson won a free ticket.
Photos by Steve Hoskins and Ben Smith
Please remember those members who are not able to
metal detect – Don Caplinger, Dorothy Mills and James
Wilhelm. Calls are always welcome!
James Wilhelm remains in Houston, Texas for
continued medical treatment. He is trying hard to get back
to West Palm Beach for the October meeting. His address
will no longer be valid after September 15 so just contact
him by his email at Jamesat533@aol.com .
This great tip comes from the Treasurenet forum:
Wearing Polarized sunglasses while in the water increases
your $$$. Read the post made by Sandman, below:
“If you haven't started wearing Polarized sunglasses
while water hunting, you should. I mainly hunt early
mornings when the wind hasn't picked up much to ruffle
the surface of the water. The glasses allow you to more
clearly see the bottom for finding things like dollar bills,
etc. that wash out of pockets. It's a little more difficult to
catch the bills as they wash about in the waves in
saltwater, but in freshwater they just lay on the bottom
waiting for you.”
Thank you to Jon Consiglio of Batteries Plus for the
donation this month of a football signed by Brett Favre
and for past donations of 12-packs of 9V batteries and 24packs of AA batteries. Batteries Plus is located at 6250
Lantana Road, Suite 1, behind Outback Restaurant.
Has anyone here ever used something like this to
sift a beach?
The directory is for your personal use only. Names,
telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to be used
only for contact within the club. If there are any errors or
omissions, please notify Secretary Jan Smirnow, 561735-8921.
1740 NE 50th St.
Pompano Beach, Fl 33064
Tel No. 954-429-8823
EYEGLASSES, CELL PHONES AND
Club members are encouraged to bring in
prescription glasses and sunglasses, which will be
donated to underprivileged people suffering from vision
problems. Stacey collects these during our meetings so the
club can donate them to the South Florida Lion’s Club.
Jan Smirnow is collecting cell phones and ink
cartridges. NOTE: All ink cartridges need to be kept
enclosed in plastic baggies so the cartridges do not dry
out. Donations can be placed in the box in the back of the
room. Help save our planet AND raise $ for GCTC!
BURIED COIN CACHE
To find the cache you'd best take a stroll,
somewhere close by - how 'bout Lake O.
Not the one to the North and West,
look here in town, it'll be for the best.
Burial of cache and clues are provided by Ernie
Bouyoucas. If found by a club member, that person will
receive a prize of $25.
Safety first! Many of us hunt during the evening hours
using only a headlight to see a limited area of the beach.
Unfortunately, this increases our chances of crossing paths
with unsavory type of characters. We all think that this
will never happen to us. But it did happen to a metal
detectorist at Daytona Beach. “It was dark at that section
of the beach because of the sea turtle nesting season. I
was leaving the beach and was walking up the driving
ramp towards my jeep. Without any warning, I was hit
over the head by punks looking to rob an "easy" mark. I
went down to the ground and was really "woozy" & seeing
stars. Somehow I didn't lose consciousness and was able
to start swinging my long handled scoop. I guess that they
weren't expecting their victim to fight back so they ran off.
I was able to call 911 on my cell phone and stumble to a
local hotel and wait until help arrived. At the hospital the
test showed that my injuries are minor (slight concussion
and neck strain”).
The above was posted on the Treasure Net Forum.
To read the whole post:
You need to be aware of what is going on around you at
ALL times, day or night, no matter where you are
hunting. Hunting with a buddy is wise; stay near each
other at night! Many partners wear walkie talkies and cell
phones. Blinking red lights that are used on bikes as a
safety feature are a great way to keep track of each other
in the dark. Cheryl Petenbrink wears one on her back.
That way her family can see either her headlight from her
front or the red blinking light on her back.
September’s meeting started off with a presidential
greeting to 35 members, two guests and new member Jose
Paredes. Welcome Jose!
Our program, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation,”
started with President Ernie Bouyoucas telling about his
vacation in Virginia, where he did some legal Civil War
hunting. Ernie reported that he found lots of shotgun
shells, a few musket and pistol balls, and lots of “ticks,
gnats and barbwire!” According to Ernie, “The really neat
part of finding Civil War Relics is being the first to handle
the items since the combatant!” Later he and his wife,
Sharon, were traveling in the Biloxi, Mississippi area
when he noticed flashing lights gaining on him. A bit
unnerved, he pulled over only to find out they were not
chasing him; but were just a caravan of State Troopers,
black limos and more State Troopers. “It was President
Bush’s motorcade heading to New Orleans!” Not to be
intimidated, Ernie joined the caravan for about ten miles.
Jim Sharp, who serves as Director of Security for The
Breaker’s Hotel, reported that while cleaning up stuff
from the year 2000 he tripped over two five-gallon
buckets of coins in the storage area. Turns out the coins
had been collected from 1995 to 2000 from the hotel’s
fountain. He tried to donate the coins, but several charities
refused them, due to the fact that “they had been in
water.” Jim is now busy cleaning the coins for charity!
Frank Nash and his family did an RV trip last year.
Pauline managed to collect a five-gallon bucket of pennies
from Alabama to Phoenix for a total of $100! Good Work
Paul Hamlin – our money man, found a leather
bracelet with a $100 bill hidden inside! Paul and Marjorie
traveled by van from Florida to Ohio, stopping along the
way to collect shells (for their store) and to do a little
metal detecting. First stop was Ivy Island off the coast of
Georgia. Paul headed for the beach down the sandy path
and right off the bat found an 18K pendent with 19
diamonds! After really putting a lot of effort into
searching for the chain, he only found 2 junk rings. The
beach filled up, so he had to continue the trip – but he
promised himself “I will go back.” Paul reports that he
had always wanted to hunt Dr. Sam Sheppard’s home
(behind it) and he finally did. Result? Paul found an
unbelievable amount of shotgun shells, a platinum ring,
his first watch and a small gold ring. Sounded like
Marjorie and Paul had a great trip!
John Lobota – went to visit with club members
Gerard and Geri Beaulieu in New Foundland. John said
“Plan a detecting vacation! It is a great way to have fun
and find interesting things.” He and Gerard camped out on
a deserted island for five days metal detecting. They
found a lot of 1800’s coins and took great pictures of
whales and icebergs.
Stacey deLucia – combined a visit with her brother,
Mike in Virginia Beach, and metal detecting. “We got up
in the middle of the night for low tide hunting each of the
five days I was there. We got to the beach as early as 1
a.m. Didn’t find anything good until the final day when I
found a plain silver ring, but I did capture photos of the
most beautiful sunrises! Had a great time riding with my
brother on his motorcycle and I must admit I was scared at
first – but before long, I really wanted to speed! Wouldn’t
you know it, soon after I got home to West Palm I went to
a local beach and my very first beep and in my first scoop
was a 14k gold chain with a medallion!”
Good girl gone bad! Stacey shows off shoulder tattoo!
Treasurer Ken Lubinski asked the members to start
bringing in their pulltabs. We will donate them to the
Ronald McDonald House, but first we have a special
project coming up with them. So help clean up the beach
and pick up those pulltabs!
Frank and Pauline Nash provided a great refreshment
feast with fried chicken, potato salad, cheese cake and
chocolate cake. Thanks, guys!
Ben Smith won the current raffle items: an $80 pin
pointer; $30 soil digger; a $20 plastic scoop and a $25
certificate to the Juno Beach Fish House.
September birthday celebrants Ernie Bouyoucas, Sam
Frost, Jonathan Lobota and Gary Spiroch received a
silver quarter for attending the meeting during their
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Geri Beaulieu (10/17)
Karl Bennett (10/9)
Wayne Daniels (10/17)
Eva Gorzkowski (10/10)
Kurt Herring (10/28)
Gail Hoskins (10/21)
Jerry Laur (10/18)
Jan Smirnow (10/27)
Robert Smirnow (10/6)
James Smith (10/31)
What do the above people have in common? If they come to the
meeting during their birthday month, they each will receive a
gift of a silver quarter!
Helpful Tips from John Lobota
Cleaning Copper & Bronze Coins Part 2
First I would like to make a short addendum to Part 1
of coin cleaning. Cleaning coins by the methods
previously noted can take much time and patience. The
process is not one to rush; neither can one expect quick
and easy results. However, there is a way to save time and
Electrolysis is a simple, quick and extremely effective
way to clean copper and bronze coins. It is used for
heavily encrusted coins and is the method preferred by
treasure salvors and for ancient coin hoards. Every
detectorist should make and use their own electrolysis
See a full tutorial on how to make and use an
electrolysis unit here:
Any method of cleaning copper or bronze coins that
leaves only the bare metal surface of the coin may warrant
toning to bring back a more natural and appealing patina. I
will cover some methods for making a cleaned coin more
appealing in Part 3 next month.
(CERTIFICATE AND INDIAN HEAD PENNY)
(CERTIFICATE AND SILVER DIME)
Sign ups for a club t-shirt began at the September
meeting. Orders will be placed after the December
meeting. The shirts, which will feature an 8 inch silk
screened club patch on the front, will be crew neck style
made out of 50/50 cotton and polyester. You have a
choice of white or royal blue. Sizing is based on men’s
sizes. Cost will be $12 for small, medium, large and extra
large. XX large and larger sizes will be $15. Shirts
should be available by the January meeting. Either sign
up at the club meetings or contact Linda Bennett by
email or telephone to place your order.
Ed Weston is at it again! He has made another one of
his fabulous Holiday Trees and donated it to the club to be
raffled off at the Holiday Party. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5.
Ed said “There is a secret message written on the tree
somewhere.” Linda Bennett offered a Silver Quarter to
the finder. Pauline Nash found it right away!
John Lobota - This is the treasurenet.com Shipwreck
Forum....Scroll down the page; there are about 40 images
of crew, boat and finds from the Jupiter wreck.
Bob and Jan Smirnow report that undercover police
are staking out South Beach and taking pictures of all
beach goers in order to create a database to help solve
crimes. These undercover police are posing as couples on
Pauline Nash wrote a poem this summer while
visiting family in Italy and missing her metal detector and
friends at the club:
A DAY ON THE BEACH METAL DETECTING
When you wake up at five,
You start to drive.
With an enormous temptation,
You go to your destination.
When you see your buddy,
You both go out to look for money.
When you hop on that beach,
You wait to hear a beep!
While digging up your prize,
You get a high five.
With your bud next to you,
He remembers he's only found a shoe.
When you fill the hole up,
After claiming your cup.
You hop back on your feet,
And hunt the rest of the beach.
But when the day is over,
You say bye to rover,
Get in your car,
And go to the bar.
Once you make it home.
You give the dog his bone.
Cause after finding a diamond ring.
You want to sing.
HUNT MASTER’S PAGE – Linda’s Rants & Raves
RULES FOR PLANTED CLUB HUNTS
No Pulse Metal Detectors
No coils bigger than 12 inches; No Big Foot coils
Must use headphones
When you get interference from other metal
detectors, either move or wait till the hunter
moves. It is impolite to tell the other hunter to
move or even that you have interference
Each hunter must retrieve their own signal
No sharing of finds
Other rules may be made for a particular planted
hunt and will be posted before the hunt
METAL DETECTING ETIQUETTE
When approaching another hunter, turn off your
metal detector in case there is interference. Some
machines screech, which can make other hunters
When hunting among crowds, be sure to keep
your distance from their belongings. A reasonable
distance is around 6 feet. You do not want to be
accused of stealing.
When hunting on the beach, be careful about
scooping up the sand and shaking it out. If it is
very windy, the sand can blow onto beach goers
and their sun screened-slathered skin.
If a friend takes you to one of his or her digging
spots, it doesn’t necessarily become your spot as
well. This is especially true if it is private
property that the friend has obtained permission to
hunt. Check with your friend, then the landowner,
before going back to the spot alone. Definitely
check with them before you bring your friends to
the spot as well.
If you see a club member hunting a privately
owned site, do not assume that you do not have to
Treat kids as you would your own. They are the
future of our hobby.
Helping another hunter retrieve his signal
means just that – help - not “finder's keepers.”
An offer to help is just that. Without an agreement
made in advance, no one can claim rights to the
find by helping.
Give credit where credit is due.
CODE OF ETHICS
Treasure hunters abide by a standard Code of Ethics (our
Ten Commandments). Our club has shortened the Code of
Ethics to one sentence that is posted on the front page of
the newsletter - Have permission and do no harm. Each
club has its own version, but all have similar views. Some
clubs even state that if a member can’t abide by the Code
of Ethics, then that member will lose club membership.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF
1) Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled
2) Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the
lawful decrees of thy city, county, state,
province, or country.
3) Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures
of the field, natural resources, or the personal
property of others.
4) Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy
companion. Nor shall ye covet his metal
detector, digging tool, or the hallowed place in
which he diggeth.
5) Thou shalt not neglect thy family and friends
whilst in the endless pursuit of this hobby.
6) Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost
goods and the archaeologist, the enforcers of
law, and all others who may need thy skill as a
7) Thou shalt return found treasures to the
proper owners whenever their true identity can
be rightfully determined.
8) Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any
find related to criminal activity or of
9) Thou shalt be considerate of others on the
beach and in other public places whilst waving
thy search coil and digging holes in the sand
10) Thou shalt speak out against the unjust laws
and stand firm against the Philistines who
would cast out all those who would use
detectors of metal.
And, if thou dost not abide by these Commandments,
may ye be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks, hardpacked soil, pestilence, serpents, locust, poisonous
vegetation, and great multitudes of pulltabs, bottle
caps, and rusty nails. May ye spend the remaining
years of thy wretched life digging signals of false
origins. For thine iniquities shall surely bring the
overzealous wrath of the ignorant, heathen
bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent.
For we are the righteous and the just, and ye who do
not obey the Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting
are doomed to bad luck. - Author Unknown
The above Code of Ethics comes from the
Beaver State Coinshooters in Albany, Oregon.
For more information on this club, visit their site at