Attention Australian Bottle Hunters and Coin Shooters!

If you are an avid Australian Bottle Hunter and Coin Shooter like I am, I would like to recommend a couple of great websites that may be of use to you as they are for me.

BottleGuide.com.au

Bottle Guide Australia
Bottle Guide Australia

This is a brilliant website for collectors and searchers of Old Bottles, there is nothing better than coming home from a Bottle Hunt and then to bring your old bottles inside, put them on the floor next to your computer and then to do some research on the bottles you have found.

You do a keyword search of the bottle you have found e.g. “Fremantle” and Bottle Guide will present you with a list of all bottles which have Fremantle stamped on them, then you can browse through the photos of bottles listed and find the bottle you have found on the day, if it is on their database, the database will give you information on how much the bottle is worth, the rarity of the bottle, past auction results and prices paid for that bottle. And so much more.

See attached image for an example.

Bottle Information Page on BottleGuide.com.au
Bottle Information Page on BottleGuide.com.au

BottleGuide.com.au is not free though to search for bottle prices and bottles on their database, it costs $33 AUD  for a one year membership, but it is well worth paying that outlay, you can pay via paypal, cheque, credit card or postal order.

I like to also use bottle guide when looking at bottles for sale on Ebay, you can get some great bargains from sellers or are unaware of the bottles value that they are selling.

They currently have over 10,000 bottles on their database.

So if you love bottle hunting, make sure you join bottle guide!

BlueSheet.com.au

BlueSheet.com.au
BlueSheet.com.au

The same goes with what I said about Bottle Hunting, I also love coming home with the old coins I have found to see if they have some value to them. So once I sort them, then I go to BlueSheet.com.au and browse through that dates I have found.

This site is great also, before I found BlueSheet.com.au I used to go to a couple of websites which did show current valuations, but their information was out of date, and BlueSheet.com.au coin values are always up to date and accurate.

Highly recommended for coin collectors, coin hunters, or people with a big jar of old Australian Coins laying under their bed!

BlueSheet.com.au cost me $26.95 AUD for a 12 Month Subscription, but they have many more membership options.

BlueSheet.com.au Half-Penny Prices
BlueSheet.com.au Half-Penny Prices

BlueSheet.com.au specialises in the following Australian Coin Valuations

EARLY AUSTRALIAN COINAGE 

   NEW SOUTH WALES (1813) 
  HOLEY DOLLAR (1813) 
  DUMP (1813) 
 
AUSTRALIAN GOLD 

   ADELAIDE ASSAY OFFICE (1852) 
  ONE POUND (1852) 
  FIVE POUND (1852) 
   HALF SOVEREIGN (1853 – 1920) 
  SYDNEY MINT (1853 – 1869) 
  YOUNG HEAD (1871 – 1887) 
  JUBILEE HEAD (1887 – 1893) 
  OLD HEAD (1893 – 1901) 
  EDWARD VII (1902 – 1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1920) 

   FULL SOVEREIGN (1853 – 1931) 
  SYDNEY MINT (1853 – 1870) 
  YOUNG HEAD (1871 – 1887) 
  JUBILEE HEAD (1887 – 1893) 
  OLD HEAD (1893 – 1901) 
  EDWARD VII (1902 – 1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1931) 

   TWO POUNDS (1887 – 1902) 

  JUBILEE HEAD (1887) 
  EDWARD VII (1902) 

   FIVE POUNDS (1887 – 1902) 
  JUBILEE HEAD (1887) 
  EDWARD VII (1902) 
 
AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH COINAGE 
   HALF PENNY (1911 – 1964) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1964) 
   PENNY (1911 – 1964) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1964) 

   THREEPENCE (1910 – 1964) 
  EDWARD VII (1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1964) 
   SIXPENCE (1910 – 1963) 
  EDWARD VII (1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1963)
 
   SHILLING (1910 – 1963) 
  EDWARD VII (1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1963) 
  PATTERN (1927) 

   FLORIN (1910 – 1963) 
  EDWARD VII (1910) 
  GEORGE V (1911 – 1936) 
  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1952) 
  ELIZABETH II (1953 – 1963) 

  COMMEMORATIVES (1927 – 1954) 

   CROWN (1937 – 1938) 

  GEORGE VI (1937 – 1938) 

   KOOKABURRA PATTERNS (1919 – 1921) 

  HALF PENNY (1920 – 1921) 

  PENNY (1919 – 1921) 
 

Registered my Miners Right for Prospecting


Well, firstly I would like to apologise to any dedicated readers of my blog for the lack of posts for the last 10 days or so, I have been away in the big smoke (Perth) for a few days, and also I have been busy around the house, so I have not been metal detecting for nearly two weeks!

Anyhow while I was in Perth, I decided to go to the Department of Mines and Petroleum to register my Miners Right which will enable my to go Prospecting and Metal Detecting on Crown Land and other areas.

Not that I have any intentions to go looking for gold in the near future, but I suppose it is a handy item to have in case I do strike it rich, and will save me potential problems if I do find gold and don’t have a Miners Right.

If you want to go gold prospecting you will definetely need a Miners Right, having one will save you alot of problems if you do find gold.

When I was at the Department of Mines and Petroleum, they were very helpful, and they showed me a great tool which you can download, it is called the TenGraph Online

The TenGraph is an excellent tool, you can do searches of any town or place in Australia to see where you can go prospecting without permission and where you cannot go prospecting without prior permission.

I have included a screenshot of the TenGraph, it shows the area of my hometown and surrounding districts of Dumbleyung.

Click Image to see large screenshot

TenGraph Online - Dumbleyung Area
TenGraph Online - Dumbleyung Area

If you click on the image attached you will see different colours of that screenshot.

  1. Black means you are allowed to prospect in those areas
  2. Blue means that those areas are currently under tenement, and you cannot prospect in those areas unless you get written permission from the tenement holder and
  3. Green means that there is a Pending Tenement in those areas and you can prospect in those areas.

The Tengraph is not only a great tool for Gold Prospecting, but it is also a very handy tool to do research possbible areas to go metal detecting around old abandoned homesteads, rivers, parks and much more, it is free to use but you must register to use it, it is also free to register.

Read the following information about Miners Rights

Miner’s Rights

 

Revised as at February 2006

How To Obtain A Miner’s Right

Rights Of The Holder Of A Miner’s Right

Where Can I Prospect/ Fossick

Restrictions On The Activities That Can Be Carried Out On Crown Land

Entry Onto Pastoral Leases

Compensation

Obligations Of The Holder Of A Miner’s Right

Unauthorised Activities

Application Form For A Miner’s Right

 

How To Obtain A Miner’s Right

 

A Miner’s Right may be obtained for a fee of $25.00 at the Department of Mines and Petroleum, Mineral

House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth, or at any Mining Registrar’s Office. An application form is attached

to this pamphlet.

An individual or company incorporated under the Corporation Law may hold a Miner’s Right. In each

case it is important to ensure that the Right is used in the full and correct name. A Miner’s Right cannot

be issued in a registered business name.

 

 

Rights Of The Holder Of A Miner’s Right

 

The holder of Miner’s Right is authorised under Section 20 of the Mining Act 1978 to carry out the

following activities on Crown land not the subject of a mining tenement:

prospect for minerals (including gold);

conduct geological mapping;

conduct tests for minerals;

undertake limited sampling using hand held equipment and to remove samples up to 20

kilograms;

mark out mining tenements;

fossick for rocks, gemstones, etc;

take water and camp for the purposes of prospecting.

Possession of a Miner’s Right does not authorise these activities on private land or Reserve land

(except where the purpose is a Common, Mining or Public Utility).

 

Where Can I Prospect/ Fossick

 

Prospecting can be carried out for all minerals including gold and a metal detector can be used.

Prospecting cannot be carried out on a mining tenement unless the tenement holder’s consent is

obtained and if a pastoral lease is affected the pastoralist should be notified.

Prospecting may be carried out on an exploration licence situated on Crown Land where a Section 20A

Permit has first been obtained – refer to Information Series Pamphlet No. 18.

Fossicking authorises the collection of mineral specimens (excluding gold and diamonds) for lapidary

work or hobby interests. Use of a metal detector is not permitted. In addition the written consent of any

mining tenement holder and the pastoralist is required.

 

Restrictions On The Activities That Can Be Carried Out On Crown Land

 

When on a pastoral lease the written consent of the occupier is required before conducting activities on:

a. land for the time being under crop;

b. a yard, stockyard, garden cultivated field, orchard, vineyard, plantation, airstrip or airfield;

c. land in actual occupation and on which there is a house or other substantial building;

d. the site of any cemetery or burial ground;

e. land within 100 metres of land referred to in (a) to (d) above; and

f. land which is the site of, or is situated within 400 metres of the outer edge of, any water works,

race, dam, well or bore (unless the excavation was previously made and used for mining

purposes by a person other than the pastoralist).

A Warden may order access to these areas other than (c) above, where he/she is satisfied that the land

is bona fide required for mining purposes. Compensation for loss or damage to the land is to be agreed

between the parties or determined by the Warden.

 

 

Entry Onto Pastoral Leases

 

(Refer to Information Pamphlet No. 5 – Prospecting, Exploring, Mining on Pastoral Leases)

The holder of a Miner’s Right may pass or repass over any of the restricted land referred to above in

order to gain access to any other Crown land for the purpose of conducting activities allowed under a

Miner’s Right.

 

Before doing so, the holder of a Miner’s Right must take all reasonable and practicable steps to notify

the pastoralist (consent is not required) of his intentions and when passing or repassing shall:

i. take all necessary steps to prevent fire, damage to trees or other property and to prevent

damage to any property or livestock by the presence of dogs, the discharge of firearms, the

use of vehicles or otherwise;

ii. cause as little inconvenience as possible to the pastoralist in relation to the passing and

repassing;

iii. comply with any reasonable request made by the pastoralist in relation to the passing and

repassing;

iv. restrict the number of passes or repasses to the minimum necessary for the purpose of mining

on or marking out that other land; and

v. make good any damage caused by the passing and repassing to any improvements or

livestock on the land.

 

Compensation

 

Any person (or company) holding a Miner’s Right is liable to pay compensation in accordance with

Section 123 of the Act for any loss or damage caused by that person (or company) whilst exercising any

right authorised under Section 20(2) in respect to any Crown land.

 

Obligations Of The Holder Of A Miner’s Right

 

As well as the above requirements for pastoral leases, in respect to all Crown land the holder is required

to:

ensure that the least possible damage to the surface of the land is caused;

fill in disturbances on the surface of the land made while conducting activities and which are

likely to endanger the safety of any person or animal;

take all necessary steps to prevent fire, damage to trees or other property and to prevent

damage to any property or livestock by the presence of dogs, the discharge of firearms, the

use of vehicles or by other means;

not to obstruct any public thoroughfare or undermine any road, railway, dam or building so as

to endanger public safety;

not to remove any fencing, timber, etc. previously erected around or placed on an abandoned

shaft, pit, etc. in such manner as to render the area unsafe.

 

Unauthorised Activities

 

It is an offence under the Mining Act, 1978 to carry out mining operations on any land without

authorisation, and a penalty of $100,000 (plus $10,000 per day if the offence is a continuing one)

applies.

 

The holder of a Miner’s Right is authorised to search for and remove samples from Crown land, however

he is not permitted to carry out activities such as “strip mining” (ie. the use of front-end loaders and

bulldozers or similar machinery to strip the surface of soil or vegetation).

These types of operations may only be carried out in respect of granted mining tenements and

conditions will be applied to require compliance with methods of rehabilitation laid down by the

Environment Division.

 

Important Note

The information contained in this pamphlet is to serve as a guide only, and every holder of a Miner’s

Right has an obligation to be fully aware of the relevant provisions of the Mining Act, 1978 and

associated Regulations.

 

 

MINING ACT 1978

APPLICATION FOR A MINER’S RIGHT

TO: Director, Mineral Titles Division

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Level 1, Mineral House

100 Plain Street

EAST PERTH WA 6004 (May also be sent to any Mining Registrar’s Office)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

(name in full-block letters)

of

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

(full postal address)

Postcode: …………………………… Telephone No: …………………………….

hereby make application for the use of a Miner’s Right pursuant to Section 20(1) of the Mining Act,

1978.

The prescribed fee of $25.00 is attached.

……………………………………………………..

(Signature of Applicant)

This pamphlet is issued by the Mineral Titles Division of the Department of Mines and Petroleum

1st Floor Mineral House

 

100 Plain Street (Cnr Adelaide Terrace)

EAST PERTH WA 6004

PHONE: (08) 9222 3333

FAX: (08) 9222 3444

Internet: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au

 

N.B. The information contained in this pamphlet is designed to assist in gaining a general awareness of

the requirements of the Mining Act 1978 and is not intended to be a substitute for understanding the

statutory requirements of the Act and Regulations there under.

 

Miners Right in PDF

 

 

No Bull! I found a Bull!

Metal Detecting Find - Old Lead Cow or Bull - Made by Timpo Toys England
Metal Detecting Find - Old Lead Cow or Bull - Made by Timpo Toys England

Another beautiful day here today, but I forced myself to do some household chores today, washing clothes, watering plants, gardening, and preparing a wooden Jarrah Walkway I am building in my garden this weekend … can’t wait!

After I did all my jobs around the house today, I thought stuff it! I might as well go and do some more metal detecting, seeing as though I had been every day for the last 3 weeks, I might as well do it one more time… and then I am having a break for a few days.

I rang up a local farmer today to see if I could go and do some metal detecting around one of my favourite old abanoned houses in the district, and his wife answered and she said no problems, so I was pretty happy about that.

Old Brick House
Old Brick House

The old brick house above is 300 metres from the house I went detecting at today, owned by the same family.

I only had around an hour to detect before the sun went down, so off I went.

My Favourite House in Dumbleyung - Nippering Hill
My Favourite House in Dumbleyung - Nippering Hill
It overlooks Lake Dumbleyung
It overlooks Lake Dumbleyung

As usual … alot of these old house I go to have corrogated sheets of roofing tin laying around the house, due to being blown off the roof by strong wind and storms, and I find this really frustrating, because alot of it is buried, and you have to be careful moving the tin, due to the risk of being bitten by a deadly snake, which may be hiding or living under the tin, and obviously besides being bitten, you are disturbing it’s home, or another animals home, and that’s not the best thing to do.

In an hour of detecting I only found a couple of things worth keeping… enjoy the pics!

I found a 1943 Three Pence and another find to add to my favourites, a kids toy, an old lead Cow or Bull – Made by Timpo Toys England

1943 Australian Shilling
1943 Australian Three Pence
Metal Detecting Find - Old Lead Cow or Bull - Made by Timpo Toys England
Metal Detecting Find - Old Lead Cow or Bull - Made by Timpo Toys England

Hidden Treasures Under a House

Under House Metal Detecting Finds
Under House Metal Detecting Finds

Well not exactly hidden treasure, but I found some nice stuff yesterday at an old house which has no floorboards (eaten away by termites)

I spent around 6 hours detecting yesterday, I went for a long drive as I usually do and love to do, looking for places to go metal detecting and I went to a few old homesteads around the district.

The first one I went to was just basically a very old iron shack, I had no luck there, and did not hang around for long, because the ground was like concrete and impossible to get the shovel in, usually I carry a geologist pick ax, but I keep on forgetting to take with me, as I do with my metal detecting pouch, so at the end of the day my pockets are full of sand.

The Australian Iron Shack
The Australian Iron Shack

After leaving the old iron shack, I headed East of town to a place where I have been previously hunting for old Australian bottles, feeling alot more confident and excited.

This old place had two old abandoned houses, the first place was very old for Australian standards, probably late 19th Century, it is a mud brick home, very weathered and very damaged by termites and the elements of weather.

The Australian Mud Brick House
The Australian Mud Brick House

Once again that old place had ground like concrete, so I did not really try much detecting, but around 200 metres away was the next old house…. this is the house which gave up some of its hidden treasures.

The house looked pretty good on the outside, but on the inside it was just ball walls, no floorboards due to termites, and as soon as I noticed it had no floorboards, thats when I started feeling a little excited, knowing that there was a good chance to find things that had either been buried under the floorboards, or to find things that may have fallen between the floorboards.

No Floorboards - Treasure Hunters Dream
No Floorboards - Treasure Hunters Dream
Mystery Coin in the Sift
Mystery Coin in the Sift

So I started detecting and it did not take long to get a strong signal, the soil was beautiful and soft so I had no trouble digging soil into my sift. What I found was a coin of some type which I had never found before, because it was bigger than all the previous Australian Pre-Decimal Coins I had found before, but there was no way I could identify it because it had a big shell of corrosion surrounding it.

I thought the coin would be well and truly damaged from the corrosion, that is only if it was a copper coin, but was it copper?

I leave that surprise to a post tomorrow, because I am still impatiently cleaning this unknown find… so please come back tomorrow and you’ll see my surprise find … (nothing special, but I have never seen one before)

The Mystery Coin Found Under Floorboards
The Mystery Coin Found Under Floorboards

The Mystery Coin above will be revealed on the site soon!

Anyhow, besides that item, this is what I found under the floorboards and around the house:

The Third House
The Third House

I did find some other coins, six pence and three pence, but due to my carelessness, I had them in my top pocket and they must have fallen out when I was digging or bending over, but will find them on my return hopefully!

I found other stuff at the house as follows:

  • Silver Tea Spoon
  • 2 Silver Bangles / Bracelets
  • Buttons
  • Some Bottles and Jars
  • Plenty of Junk!

Will be heading back to that place in the very near future!

Then finally on the way home, I past another old house, and thought, bugger it, I will test my luck there as well!

And I found some more coins.

The Last House for the Day!
The Last House for the Day!

Cleaning Coins – My Olive Oil versus Distilled Water Experiment

Cleaning Coins using Olive Oil and Distilled Water
Cleaning Coins using Olive Oil and Distilled Water
I have decided to do another coin cleaning experiment, but this experiement probably will take quite a while, maybe a year!
I have been doing some research on the internet about cleaning coins, and what I have found is that Olive Oil and Distilled Water looks to be the best way to clean old coins. So I have decided to throw all the pre-decimal Australian coins that I have found using my Minelab Metal Detectors into some jars.
I have 9 jars set up, with each jar holding coins which are dirty with grit to certain degrees, none of these coins are worth much that I am aware of, in anycase, I have at the moment 5 small jars of distilled water and 4 jars of olive oil.  Some Jars contain just silver Australian coins, some Australian half pennies and the others just Australian pennies.
Before I placed them in the jars, I gave all the coins a good soak in some soap water using normal dishwashing detergent, then I dried them out, and finally placed them in the jars.
So it is going to be a long experiment, I have already noticed that some grit is already falled off the coins.
I have also heard that soaking coins in Grape Seed Oil is better than Olive Oil and Distilled Water, so I will try and find some grape oil in the near future to experiment with that as well.

I have previously tried other methods, such as electrolysis and also coin tumbling in which I found that electrolysis works well only on silver coins and coin tumbling should only be done by experts, and I learnt that I am definitely not an expert.

They may be a more scientific way of cleaning coins, such as laser and ultra sonic cleaning methods, but that is way out of my league.
Anyhow, all my pre-decimal coins are soaking now, so I look forward to the results … which may take a year!
Anyone else tried these coin cleaning methods?

Pennies and Cents

1935 Australian Penny
1935 Australian Penny

The days are getting shorter here, come around 5.30pm it is nearly dark, so I got in around two hours detecting today before the sun went down.

I went to an old house near town which no one lives in, with the aim of finding some coins to add to my current pre-decimal australian coin collection

There is not much else to find around here unfortunately, this town is not a gold town… the nearest gold from Dumbleyung is around 500 kilometres away, in the gold town of Kalgoorlie, so hopefully one day when I have all the proper gear, I may go out that way detecting.

But it is hard to find gold nuggets these days due to most of the surface gold nuggets having been found throughout Australia and I suppose it is just a matter of knowing where the secret spots are.

I often see quite a few gold nuggets for sale on Ebay, most of which seem to come from the Victora region. Gold seems to be a great investment at the moment due to the current global financial crisis.

So at the moment I am more interested in finding Coins, Jewellery, Relics and even Old Bottles and Jars.

Anyhow in a couple of hours today I found the following coins:

A couple months ago I wrote a post on how I found an ancient abroiginal stone knife well a few days ago I found some more Aboriginal Tools, one of which looks as though it could have been used as a cutting implement such as an axe head …. the reason I know that it is aboriginal is because the stone which I found do not exist in this area, and the stones have been “imported” into the area by aboriginal traders, hundreds if not thousands of years ago.

Aborignal Stone Axe Head or Cutting Stone
Aborignal Stone Axe Head or Cutting Stone
Aborignal Stone Axe Head or Cutting Stone
Aborignal Stone Axe Head or Cutting Stone

Old Toys, Badges, Coins and Bullet Holes

A Penny with a bullet hole through it!
A Penny with a bullet hole through it!

Over the last couple of days I have been doing some treasure hunting at yet another old house, just outside of town, but all that remained of this house was just the concrete slab. I believe that this house probably had something to do with the Railway, possibly a Station Masters house, no sure, but it is directly opposite the Railway Line in Dumbleyung.

Man in a Old Toy Tractor
Man in a Old Toy Tractor
I also found a dead Western Ringtail Possum, just outside of town, first one I have seen in my 38 years living here, read my blog about the Western Ringtail Possum

I found a few things of interest to myself as follows:

Dumbleyung Football Club Badge dated 1969
Dumbleyung Football Club Badge dated 1969

Pre-Decimal Australian Coins Found Metal Detecting

I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I am keeping a record of all Pre-Decimal Australian Coins I have found Metal Detecting since I started this Blog.

I’ll keep this list up to date, and as we all dream of, lets hope I find a valuable coin.

Australian Penny

·     1911 Australian Penny x 1

·     1916 Australian Penny x 1

·     1921 Australian Penny x 1

·     1922 Australian Penny x 4

·     1923 Australian Penny x 1

·     1924 Australian Penny x 1

·     1932 Australian Penny x 1

·     1935 Australian Penny x 1

·     1936 Australian Penny x 1

·     1938 Australian Penny x 1

·     1939 Australian Penny x 1

·     1941 Australian Penny x 1

·     1942 Australian Penny x 5

·     1943 Australian Penny x 5

·     1944 Australian Penny x 2

·     1945 Australian Penny x 4

·     1948 Australian Penny x 7

·     1949 Australian Penny x 1

·     1950 Australian Penny x 1

·     1951 Australian Penny x 4

·     1952 Australian Penny x 1

·     1954 Australian Penny x 1

·     1955 Australian Penny x 3

·     1964 Australian Penny x 2

 

Australian Half Penny

·     1911 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1913 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1916 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1920 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1921 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1922 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1923 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1928 Australian Half Penny x 2

·     1930 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1931 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1932 Australian Half Penny x 2

·     1933 Australian Half Penny x 2

·     1938 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1942 Australian Half Penny x 2

·     1943 Australian Half Penny x 5

·     1945 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1947 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1948 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1949 Australian Half Penny x 2

·     1950 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1951 Australian Half Penny x 1

·     1953 Australian Half Penny x 1

 

Australian Three Pence

  • 1910 Australian Three Pence x 1
  • 1942 Australian Three Pence x 1
  • 1943 Australian Three Pence x 1
  • 1950 Australian Three Pence x 2
  • 1955 Australian Three Pence x 2
  • 1956 Australian Three Pence x 1

 

Australian Six Pence

  • 1921 Australian Six Pence x 2
  • 1923 Australian Six Pence x 1
  • 1942 Australian Six Pence x 1
  • 1951 Australian Six Pence x 1
  • 1961 Australian Six Pence x 2

 

Australian Shilling

  • 1954 Australian Shilling x 2
  • 1948 Australian Shilling x 2

 

 

 

 

Hidden Stash Found Metal Detecting!

My Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector finds a hidden coin stash?
My Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector finds a hidden coin stash?

Today I went back to the old house where I found the 1941 East Africa Shilling a few days ago, with the aim of hopefully finding some more old coins and other exciting finds. So as usual I was excited and confident as I always am when I go metal detecting.

It did not take long for my heart to start pumping with adrenelin when I came across this cylindrical object in the hard soil, it took me ages to get to it, and as soon as I saw that it was a “jar like” object, I got really excited thinking that finally I have found my first ever stash of hidden coins, what some boy may have buried many years ago.

As soon as I saw it, I took a photo of it, and then gently dug around it, you can see where my little shovel had scuffed it a few times, putting small dings on it… that was when I dug to hard with the shovel, because the soil was rock hard.

The Stash of Money - No Dirt!
The Stash of Money - No Dirt!
Tools of the Metal Detecting Trade - Small Shovel - Sieve or Sifter - Metal Detector
Tools of the Metal Detecting Trade - Small Shovel - Sieve or Sifter - Metal Detector

Anyhow, I dug it out, and pulled it away from it’s little hideaway, and tipped it upside down, shaking it, waiting for the coins or treasure to fall out …. all what was in it, was dirt! So I was a bit disappointed about that, but nethertheless, it was very exciting to find the enamel tin buried upright, and quite unusual. So sorry to disappoint you, there was no hidden stash.

Today's Metal Detecting Finds - Coins etc
Today's Metal Detecting Finds - Coins etc

But I did have a great metal detecting day, finding quiet a few more old coins and other unusual items around the house as follows:

E-Trac Metal Detector and a found coin - Australian Penny
E-Trac Metal Detector and a found coin - Australian Penny

Australian Pennys

Australian Half Pennys

Todays other Metal Detecting finds

I also found some other interesting things … where I was Metal Detecting, the place is on a hill with a beautiful view, over looking the farm plains below and there is a beautiful big old shady tree near the house, so I decided to do some metal detecting under the tree.

It is one of those trees that you could build a Tree-House in, and has standing room below the branches, with views to the plains below also, and I found a few coins there, as well as the Stokes Sugar Serving Spoon as pictured below. And also I found the ladies Powder Mirrow under the tree also.

So I could just imagine that no doubt, people would have had beautiful summer and spring picnics under the tree and thats how they probably lost the stuff below.

I also noticed quite a few bones buried under the tree, thats where the dog tag comes into play, I found the dog licence tag below just under the surface of the soil, so no doubt there was probably a loving farm dog buried under that tree 50 years ago. I did not find a skull or anything, just plenty of bones just below the surface. And I buried them again once I had finished.

That beautiful tree must have plenty of stories to tell, picnics, sweathearts, kids playing, all the beautiful things that come with life.

Beautiful View from the Old House
Beautiful View from the Old House
Metal Detecting Find - Copper Stones Sugar Serving Spoon - Made in Australia
Metal Detecting Find - Copper Stones Sugar Serving Spoon - Made in Australia
Metal Detecting Find - Road Board of Dumbleyung - No 44 - Dog Registration Licence Tag - 1953 to 1954
Metal Detecting Find - Road Board of Dumbleyung - No 44 - Dog Registration Licence Tag - 1953 to 1954
Metal Detecting Find Found Under Tree - Ladies Powder Mirror - With Powder Still In It!
Metal Detecting Find Found Under Tree - Ladies Powder Mirror - With Powder Still In It!

I had a great day today, as you can see above, I love metal detecting, it is one of the best things I have ever done. It is so good for the soul, it keeps you fit, your mind active, and the rewards as you can see from my site and wonderful. As soon as I start Metal Detecting, all my worries about life just go away.

I spent six hours detecting today, really enjoyed my day!

It’s taken me three hours to write this Blog … why, because my laptop is old … I need a New Laptop Computer

The Old Australian House - Remants of a past Era!
The Old Australian House - Remants of a past Era!

One Lousy Cent Found Today!

Collanilling School - Wagin Shire
Collanilling School - Wagin Shire

I had a horrible day today Metal Detecting … I went back to the Old Church again hoping to find some more silver coins or pennys, but had no luck at all. All I found was a 1 cent coin.

Then I decided to go on a long drive on some roads I had never been on before, but knew that the road would lead me back in the direction of my hometown. I was hoping to come across some old abandoned homes, I did see a few but were too far off the road and on private property.

Then I came across an old School and town hall, I thought I was bound to find something there, but the place was littered with pulltabs, corrogated sheets of iron under the ground, and lots of nails… I did use the combine feature on my e-trac to try and discrimminate the trash, but there was just way too much … maybe I was doing something wrong, no doubt I was.

And once again I had no luck there either.

I did come across a couple of old farm bottle dumps, so I scored a few more bottles for my collection.

Burning Tree
Burning Tree

The farmers around the district are starting to burn off the stubble on the paddocks, and I came across this dead tree, just burning in the middle of the paddock, I took a few photos of it, then left …. then on the way home it was getting dark, and I took some more, turned out pretty good.

Burning Tree at Dusk
Burning Tree at Dusk