I found a awesome Future Metal Detecting Spot- Late 1800’s Rubbish Dump – Western Australia – Don’t forget guys, if you ever find an old spot covered in really old broken glass … I guarantee you that you will find silver coins, and lots of relics…. I can’t wait to get out here!
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Metal Detecting the Old Ruins of an Abandoned Western Australian Pub
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Photos of the Antique Bottles I Found from the Lake Dumbleyung Bottle Dig
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When metal detecting in Rivers, Lakes and the Ocean, I find heaps of coins, and alot of the Coins of Australia I find are Pre-Decimal Australian Coins (Pre 1966 before the Australian Dollar and Cent was introduced and Pounds, Penny, Half Penny, Pence, Shilling, Six Pence and Three pence were removed) These Coins are either Silver such as the Florin, Six Pence and the Three Pence or are Copper, such as the Penny and Half Penny. Silver coins left in Salty or Fresh water for long periods of time do not corrode, but depending on the water movement, whether strong, or calm, these silver coins can still be damaged, such as being washed over the sand and shell grit over and over for many years, this will damage the coin, such as scratching it, wearing the face away, and putting little dings in the coin.
No different really than find a stone in the water which has been worn smooth over thousands of years of rolling in the water, once probably jaggard, now nice and round. Copper Coins left in Salty or Fresh water will definitely corrode, even if left in the water for very short periods of time, corrosion will start almost straight away. With the silver coins I find in the water, most of the time, they are tarnished black, this is a normal process of what happens to silver when left in a moist environment for long periods of time. Coins which have been left in the water for many years can become a home to microscopic crustaceans, shell grit and sand. Below is a photo of a coin which is encrusted with sand and shell grit.
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To clean the silver coins I find, I usually use three or four steps as follows:
Impatient Coin Cleaning Method
- Soak in hot soapy water for around 24hours
- Start the Electrolysis Coin Cleaning Method / clean with water and use thumb and finger to gently clean coin under running water
- Soak in Ammonia for 24 hours
- clean with silver cleaner and soft cloth
Note: (DO NOT CLEAN COPPER COINS USING THE ABOVE ELECTROLYSIS METHOD YOU WILL DAMAGE THE COIN, USE THE BELOW COIN CLEANING METHOD)
Patient Cleaning Method
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The above Silver Florin was found by myself metal detecting on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.
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.
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.
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:
- 1964 Australian Penny
- 1948 Australian Penny
- 1951 Australian Penny
- 1942 Australian Penny
- 1943 Australian Penny
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.
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
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I had another great detecting day today! I usually try and plan my day ahead so I can get a few hours in detecting to relieve my metal detecting addiction, so I get all my jobs done around the house and by around 2pm I am ready to head off detecting.
I am not working at the moment, I am having a planned long holiday, I have not worked for over a year, since leaving the Navy and it has been pretty good. I am doing all the things I have wanted to do for a long time and I am really enjoying my freedom at the moment. Thats why I am posting on this blog everyday about the stuff I am finding, because some of you must wonder how I find the time to go out detecting every day.
So today I went for a long drive on the isolated gravel roads around my district in search for good detecting places, hoping to find old abandoned homesteads, did not come across any, so on the way home I ended going to a couple of places that I had known about previously and thought I’d give the detector a few hundred swings!
The first place is one of my favourite old houses in the district, a beautiful old house, probably around a hundred or so years old. I really love this place, the house is beautiful with so much potential to renovate, I just love the long open verandah and I really love the beautiful Australiana style tin roof.
I found a couple of interest things worth keeping at this place as follows:
- 1955 Australian Penny
- 1948 Australian Penny
- Australian 1 cent coin
- Refill Only Mobile Oil Badge off a fuel tin with the Mobile Red Horse.
- Warranted Superior Saw Button
- Silver Teaspoon
- and the usual shotgun cartridges and bullet shells
Warranted Superior medallions are found on secondary lines manufactured by Disston and other major saw makers with other brand names on the etch. Some smaller 19th century saw makers may have bought sawnuts and medallions from the bigger factories.
After 1900 or so the “small guys” were actually secondary lines of the “big guys.” The small companies were bought up by bigger ones and some of their products were continued for a time. Harvey Peace is one example. Most American saws from the 20th century, regardless of brand name, were made in the works of Disston, Atkins, Bishop, or Simonds.
In the case of Disston, their replacement medallions were stamped Warranted Superior rather than “Disston.” I would speculate their rationale was they didn’t want their name on lesser-quality saws. Brand identity and loyalty in the U.S. was much stronger in the first half of the 20th century than it is today. Source: http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/medallionpage.html
The next old place I went to is where I found quite a few old Australian coins, including an usual but thrilling find of a East African Silver 1 Shilling coin using my Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector.
I have had this minelab detector for around 8 months now and I am finally getting the hang of it, pre programing it for certain coins and learning how to discriminate properly. I learnt a few good e-trac metal detector tips tonight via watching youtube.com videos, so youtube.com is a great resource for learning how to use your metal detector.
The second old place is basically just old ruins of an old homestead, very old and a beautiful spot on top of a hill with views to die for
Anyhow, here is what I found at the second old house:
- 1943 Australian Penny
- 1953 Australian Penny
- 1910 Silver Australian three pence
- 1941 Silver East Africa Shilling
- and the usual shotgun cartridges and bullet shells
Another great days metal detecting
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Well the last couple of days I have been up to quite a bit, Metal Detecting and Bottle Hunting.
I went for a drive just outside of my hometown, around 20kms out and I decided to go looking for old bottle dumps, along the way I came across the remains of an old homestead, which appears to have fallen victim to a fire a long time ago.
I thought what a perfect opportunity to get the detector out and do a bit of coinshooting, and hope I would find a penny of two.
The area was very trashy, but the sandy ground was perfect for detecting.
I found a few interesting things as follows:
- 1942 Australian Penny
- 1945 Australian Half Penny
- Gold Back of a Pendant which says 9ct Silver Lined
- An Old Brass Coat Hook
- Silver Plated Fork (Unknown Silver Stamp Marking)
- Gold Plated Leadwork (Dove) I like this one!
- Big Old Brass Belt Buckle
- other things
I plan on going back there in the near future!
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I went shopping today at a town around 100 kilometres from my hometown and also went to visit my Mum who is currently residing at a nursing home.
On the way back, I decided that I would go and visit this old Church which located in the middle of nowhere, it is just a Church around 20 kilometres from my town.
I have been there before Metal Detecting, but I had no luck, also because there were a lot of mosquitos and I took my girlfriend and Mum at the time and they just did not want to hang around, so it was a bit of a rush job.
Anyhow, today I was by myself, so I had plenty of time, at least an hour or two before it got dark. So I detected in the same areas as before, and this time I had some great luck.
Using my Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector, I found 4 Silver Three Pence Coins, one of which I dropped and will have to go back at a later date to find again. Thats the most silver coins I have found in a day, so I am really happy about that.
I also found an Australian Penny, which looks to be damaged from the highly salinity affected soil (Soil Salinity is a major problem in Western Australia)
I also found a couple of 10 Cent Coins, which had been in the ground for quite a while, but finding modern day coins is nothing to show off about, unless you find a hidden stash of them.
And I also found the usual junk.
I am glad I went back to the church for another try, gives me some confidence to go back there again in the near future to try my luck again.
I know of plenty of other Churches around the district which are in the middle of nowhere, so I can’t wait to test my luck on them as well.
Finding the silver coins also gives me the opportunity to give them a clean using my Coin Cleaning Electrolysis Method
I have been doing a fair bit of metal detecting over the last few days, making up for what I am going to miss out over the Easter Long Weekend, this weekend, because I wont get a chance to go out again for a little while.
I am bringing my Mum home this weekend for a few days, she resides in a nursing home and I try and bring her home every two weeks for a long weekend, so its always good to spend some time with her.
So today I went out bush with the aim to find a few more coins to add to my collection and I wasn’t let down. As soon as I turned on the detector, one step away from my Ute and I picked up a signal, and just under the surface was a nice old penny.
It’s pretty good at the moment going metal detecting and coin shooting, summer is over and the weather is starting to cool down, so its perfect weather to get out bush, breathe some fresh air and to coin shoot for a couple of hours.
It is amazing the amount of old australian coinsI have found out at this old ghost town, like I have said previously, no matter when I go out there, I always return home with 3 or 4 pennys, silver sixpence, or three pence coins and other coins.
I would say my collection from this spot so far this year would have to be a few hundred so far.
I am really looking forward to the winter rains, that way it will be easier to detect due to the detector being able to pick up more coins through the wet soil.
Anyhow here is what I found today.