Going on a Metal Detecting Holiday!

My Girlfriend Natalie and I are leaving tomorrow on a 8 Day Holiday, leaving Perth to Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Hopetown, Albany, Margaret River, Denmark, Busselton and no doubt many other areas of South Western Australia.

Should be great, hope to do some Metal Detecting on Beaches, Ghost Towns, and maybe even a bit of amateur gold detecting around the Goldfields (Kalgoolie, Coolgardie)

Hiring a Camper Van  “The Wanderer” for the week, should be great fun and hope to do some serious camping under the stars and bush cooking!

No doubt will have plenty of Metal Detecting photos of my finds when I return! And hope to find some nice old bottles! Taking my Minelab E-Trac and Minelab Excallibur ll.

Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie

 

Margret River
Margaret River

 

Esperance
Esperance
Albany - The Gap
Albany - The Gap
Busselton Jetty
Busselton Jetty

My First Silver Australian Three Pence!

I went out the local bush today to my “secret treasure hunting place” near Dumbleyung in Western Australia.

I spent a couple of hours out there, it was nice cool weather with a bit of light rain. We have had quite a bit of rain over the last couple days, so that makes Metal Detecting alot better, because the soil is wet and it is easier for My Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector to pick up signals…. plus when its wet and cool, there are no snakes around.

I found the usual pieces of melted lead which I do like finding for some stupid reason, I spose because its rare to find lead and it can be easily melted down for fishing sinkers and so forth, so at the moment I reckon I have around 5 kilograms of found lead.

Anyhow I found a few interesting things which I like as follows.

An old aluminum D&W Gibbs LTD Soap Box lid

D & W Gibbs Ltd, soap manufacturers lid
D & W Gibbs Ltd, soap manufacturers lid

Another Beautiful Aluminum Lid with a Ships Anchor stamped on it. Can’t found out any information about this one, except is says L N on either side of the Anchor and down the bottom it says “Made in Hong Kong. Its also Aluminum. I would class this and the one above as a junk find, but I still like them

Lid - Ships Anchor - Made in Hong Kong
Lid - Ships Anchor - Made in Hong Kong

Was pretty happy to find another Australian Copper Half-Penny to add to my collection. Dated 1950

1950 Australian Copper Half-Penny
1950 Australian Copper Half-Penny1950 Australian Copper Half-Penny - Other Side

But my find of the day would have to be my first ever Silver Australian Three-Pence, Dated 1950, made my day, I love finding firsts!

Silver Australian Three-Pence, Dated 1950
Silver Australian Three-Pence, Dated 1950
Silver Australian Three-Pence, Dated 1950
Silver Australian Three-Pence, Dated 1950

My Recent Australian Decimal Coin Finds

Here is a selection of the many Australian Decimal Coins (1966 – Present) I have found over the last few weeks, I actually found over $250 in coins in around 6 hours in one of my favourite beach hunting places in Perth Western Australia.

I have also found a lot of 1 cent and 2 cent coins at the beach.

As you can see all of the coins in the below photos have alot of wear and tear from being tossed and turned in the ocean and by the drifting sands.

Australian 2 Cent Coins
Australian 2 Cent Coins
Australian 1 Dollar Coins
Australian 1 Dollar Coins
Australian 50 Cent Coins
Australian 50 Cent Coins
Australian 2 Dollar Coins
Australian 2 Dollar Coins
Australian 20 Cent Pieces
Australian 20 Cent Pieces
Australian 10 Cent Pieces
Australian 10 Cent Pieces
Australian 5 Cent Coins
Australian 5 Cent Coins

Australian Half-Pennys

Here is a selection of Australian Half-Pennys I have found out bush around old abandone townships in rural Western Australia!

Australian bronze (copper) coins first appeared in 1911. These earliest coins were minted in London, Birmingham and Calcutta. Australian production of halfpenny coins began in 1919 in the Sydney and soon after, the Melbourne mints. From 1942 the Perth mint became the major producer of halfpennies although in some years coins were also produced in Melbourne, Bombay or London. The last halfpenny coins were struck in 1964.

One of the more valuable examples of the halfpenny is the 1923 coin. Most of the 1923 coins were struck with the 1922 date. Only around 1500 of the actual 1923 variety were produced, with the number still in existence today being much smaller.

Australian Half-Pennys
Australian Half-Pennys

Selection of Australian Copper Penny’s

Here is a small Selection of Australian Copper Penny’s I have found recently out bush around old abandoned townships in rural Western Australia.

The first bronze (“copper”) penny coins to appear in Australia were minted in 1911. Up until 1918 these coins were minted in London, Birmingham and Calcutta. From 1919 the coins were produced in Australian mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Sydney production ceased in 1926. Nine different master dies were used for both the obverse and reverse sides of the coins and often different combinations of dies were used in the same year. Production of pennies ended in 1964.

Australian Pennys
Australian Pennys