A few days ago I went coin shooting around an old town hall, and managed to find only a couple of coins, the area I searched had recently been graded so I was expecting to find a few more, but only managed two coins.
Here are some photos of the coins after I cleaned them up.
The 1956 Shilling is quite rare, according to BlueSheet.com.au worth $200 plus apparently.
Once again I found another nice Silver Ring whilst metal detecting on a Beach in Perth.
Looks like it had been in the water for some time due to the discoloration of the ring, I did not find it in the water, but just on the wet sand where the waves were washing onto the shore. I did not spend much time on the beach, it only took me a few minutes to find it, but if I had more time, I am pretty sure I would have found more rings and jewellery, because the water was so calm, and there were good sand washouts where the tide had been, and thats the spots I have had alot of luck find rings whilst metal detecting on beaches.
Anyhow, it’s always great to find a nice ring, I also found around $10 in loose coins.
Can’t wait to hit the beaches again, probably this week, if all works out well!
I was in Perth a couple of days ago and decided to do a bit of Metal Detecting gear shopping, I put a deposit on a Polaris 6×6 Big Boss, and on the way back I stopped at a Prospecting and Metal Detecting Shop in Midland, it is the Prospectors Patch, a great little metal detecting shop.
While I was in there I decided to buy myself a new GPS, and I went for a Garmin Oregon 200.
It is a pretty amazing tool, I have not used it out bush yet, but I have used it driving my car around the district and it is absolutely spot on as it should be.
It cost me $400 and I have actually just seen the same one on Ebay going for close to $600, so I actually saved some money, usually it is cheaper to buy stuff off ebay.
I have some bought myself some great tools for my metal detecting adventures, I would like to offer any readers some essential safety equipment you should invest in, if you are planning on going out to the wilderness either metal detecting, hiking, camping or in the 4wd.
This is my safety equipment I have invested in and may one day save my life when I am metal detecting in isolated areas:
Billy’s Metal Detecting Safety Essentials for isolated and long metal detecting trips
Uniden Hand Held Radio x 1
Uniden Walkie Talkies x 2
Yellow Fluorescent Workers Vest
Mobile Phone which has Next G
Matches / Lighter
First Aid Kit and Snake Bite Kit
Torch and Batteries
Small Sidchrome Tool Kit
Puncture Repair Kit
If I was allowed to get these, such as you are in the USA, I would also invest in
Hand Gun or a Small .22 Rifle
Night Vision (Can’t afford these)
These could be useful if you encounter either a dangerous animal or a dangerous person …. trust me, USA Metal Detectorists swear by them.
Remember, if you are heading out bush or to an isolated area, don’t forget to notify the right authorities of your planned trip, when you expect to return … use your common sense!
Get in touch with the great outdoors with Oregon 200. This next-generation handheld features a rugged, touchscreen along with a built-in basemap, a high-sensitivity receiver, microSD™ card slot, picture viewer and more.
Touch and Go
Oregon 200 leads the way with a tough, 3-inch diagonal, sunlight-readable, color, touchscreen display. Its easy-to-use interface means you’ll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information. Both durable and waterproof, Oregon 200 is built to withstand the elements. Bumps, dust, dirt, humidity and water are no match for this rugged navigator.
Oregon 200 supports Geocaching.com GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. No more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Show off photos of your excursions with Oregon’s picture viewer. Slim and lightweight, Oregon is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.
Keep Your Fix
With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction, Oregon 200 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Oregon to help you find your way when you need it the most.
Conveniently plug in optional preloaded microSD cards for all your outdoor activities on land or water (see maps tab for compatible maps). Just insert a MapSource® card with detailed street maps, and Oregon provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Add select topographic maps to take advantage of Oregon’s 3-D map view which gives you a better perspective of your elevation. With BlueChart® g2 Vision, you’ll get everything you need for a great day on the water including depth contours, navaids and harbors. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet.
Oregon 200: Touch the great outdoors.
What’s in the Box:
Owner’s manual on disk
Quick start guide
Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD:
2.3″ x 4.5″ x 1.4″ (5.8 x 11.4 x 3.5 cm)
Display size, WxH:
1.53″W x 2.55″H (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3″ diag (7.6 cm)
Display resolution, WxH:
240 x 400 pixels
Transflective color TFT touchscreen
6.8 oz (192.7 g) with batteries
2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
RoHS version available:
Maps & Memory:
Ability to add maps:
Accepts data cards:
microSD™ card (not included)
10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads):
yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Outdoor GPS games:
Sun and moon information:
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):
I was in Perth the other day and decided to hit the beach for a few hours of metal detecting. The night before a big storm front came through so I knew I would have a good chance of finding some jewellery and coins.
I decided to go to Sorrento Beach, because I had been there before doing a search for a guys lost wedding ring, but unfortunately could not find it, so I go back to the beach, hoping I still may find it by some miraculous chance.
Anyhow, I found plenty of coins and a few pieces of jewellery including a small silver toe ring.
The other day I got a phonecall from a German guy living in Perth, his name is Stephan and he told me he lost his gold wedding ring at Point Peron near Rockingham whilst he was fishing at the beach.
He wanted me to do a search of the beach to find his ring, unfortunately I had to say no, because I was just too busy to do the search, but I promised him if he sent me his contact details and number I would find a person who could do the job and find his lost ring possibly.
So he sent me his details via email and I rang up a metal detecting friend by the name of David, who has a Minelab Excalibur, and the next day David arranged to meet Stephan at Point Peron.
David spent around 4 hours trying to search for the ring, but unfortunately had no luck, and both gave in on the search.
Then around 2 weeks later I emailed David again to see if he was going down that way again to do a search again and he said no, but the next day he changed his mind and once again gave Stephan a ring to arrange another search.
David told me the beach and water was littered with junk, such as lead fishing sinkers, copper and brass, aluminum cans, bottle tops and much more.
Then just as he was once again to give up on the search, he found the ring! After two weeks of being in the water with numerous big storms coming through, I was just amazed that David found Stephans ring!
All up David spent 8 hours search for Stephans lost wedding ring.
David received a $550 reward for his efforts in finding Stephans wedding ring, which is fantastic!
It was a miraculous find! And thanks for your dedicated help on this David!
If I can’t do the job, I will find someone who can!
No I did not win lotto or strike it rich with my metal detecting finds, but I have been saving my money and have decided to lash out and buy myself a Polaris Sportsman 6×6.
Today I was in Perth and put down a deposit for the bike, it has to be shipped over to Perth from Victoria, so I should have it by Wednseday next week, and I am really excited about getting it.
I decided to get myself a new bike because it will help me so much in my Metal Detecting and Bottle Hunting adventures, and I will also use it for photography and also for exploring new areas I have not been to before or just cant access with a normal car.
I have done quite a bit of research on Quad Bikes and decided to get a 6×6 Polaris because of its extra cargo space, it will enable me to carry a lot of my equipment and my bottle finds and metal detecting finds with alot of ease. I will also be able to carry all my camping equipment for overnight stays.
The bike costs around $16,000, which I think is definetely worth the price.
So thats my new metal detecting toy and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and to head out bush!