What an amazing coicidence, tonight I was watching some youtube metal detecting videos, and the last one I watched was a guy in Australia who found a Meteorite with a Minelab GP 4000. Then around 10pm I was bored out of my mind, and I thought I’d go down to the local showground to do a bit of metal detecting, for old coins and jewellery etc.
I had a bit of luck, found a nice religious necklace charm, nothing else, so I decided to go out to a place near the local rubbish dump.
Basically it is a farm paddock with alot of very old broken glass spread throughout the paddock.
I think that this may have originally been an old dumping site before the World War One era, so where ever there is old glass, there is bound to be treasure, coins, jewellery etc, because people would accidently throw out their coins, jewellery etc in the rubbish.
A few days ago I ask my friend who owns the paddock if I could do a bit of detecting there, he said go for it. At the moment the paddock is bare, come winter, no doubt it will be in crop, with wheat or barley.
Anyhow, I was was only there for around 10 minutes before I found my first coin, a nice silver sixpence dated 1896, then soon after another sixpence, dated 1902 and then some old pennies, one dated 1913 and the other 1902. I also found a nice little floral design broach.
I’ll put pics of the coins and broach up soon.
As usual I found plenty of old harmonica remains, lots of copper bits and plenty of junk. But I am keen to get back out there as soon as I can, because I feel that there could be hundreds of old coins there, because I only searched a tiny area in around 30 minutes and the paddock where the glass is spread is more the 5 acres.
The paddock is great for metal detecting, as the soil is nice and sandy and easy to dig into, and that makes it perfect for metal detecting.
But I am excited to say that I think I found my first ever meteroite, I might be wrong, but I am confident that I might be right also! On my way back to the car, I was just swinging the coil quickly and then I got a overload signal on my Minelab E-Trac, when ever this happens, usually, but not always, I’ll just ignore it and continue detecting, but I did not ignore this one, because it was in a paddock where it would be unusual to pick up overload signals. At first I thought maybe it could have been an old axe head, or maybe a broken plough from when the farmer rips up the soil prior to seeding.
But anyhow, I decided to check it out, and just below the surface was this rock thing, it was dark, but could not see it really, I swung my coil over it and it sent of a signal in the 12.04 range, which is a good range for metal.
As soon as I saw it in the light, I thought maybe I have got myself my first meteorite here, it is definately something unusual, a metal rock, with a limestone type substance on parts as well as bits of red amongst the rock.
I have seen nickle rock before, this looks similar, but the closest nickel to my hometown is 500kms away.
The “meteorite” weighs at least 1 kilogram and is 90mm x 90mm x 40mm in dimensions
What do you guys think? Need your advice.
I might have to email some pics to the WA Museum for a proper ID or take it there in person.
If it is a meteorite, I wonder if it is worth much?
This is the other YouTube video I watched …. an hour later I went out and found this “meteorite” … believe it or not!