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#126

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09 March 2019 09:33 pm

Looks like you've got yourself a merchant navy buckle there, cool find. thumbsup


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#127

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11 March 2019 07:39 pm

^^^ Neat, I figured it would be hard to get more info on it beyond Navy and Old-ish.

Had a couple of hours to swing the Nox over both the old's and the inlaw's lawns, all places I've hammered with my other detectors. Here's the worthwhile finds, predecimal coins are conspicuously absent for some reason:
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This guy is the star, https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/53088 :
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Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#128

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11 March 2019 08:10 pm

Oh yeah that is a star, help me, what is it?
I looking forward to the clean.
Mackka

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#129

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11 March 2019 09:17 pm

Haha sorry only put the link above it, it's a 1934/5 centenary of Victoria/Melbourne medallion. This one appears to be bronze instead of tin alloy like the one in the link so it was probably purchased instead of given out to a school kid. The only feature I could make out was 1934 on one side but googling "1934 medallion" found it very fast.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#130

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12 March 2019 12:57 pm

Here's the cleanup. Due to it's extremely cooked nature, I decided to go with some aggressive electrolysis to get the crud off (the Andre's steel wool and brass tools only got me a little of the way there). To give you an idea of how much metal was gone, check out the stuff exfoliating off the loophole! I guess 90 years in heavily fertilized orchard soils will do that. Tough to get pictures of it now being pretty shiny and pitted but here's my best shots:

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Not that bad considering that there were no discernible features at all on the Melbourne side except for the barest outline of the man before I started electrolysis!

e: added a picture of a good one since most people will probably skip past the link:
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Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#131

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14 March 2019 02:19 pm

Back to my old bush site with the right attitude to snuffle around the iron, chucked it into Park 2, wound the sensitivity up to 23 and sure enough after a couple of old square nails a halfpenny token popped out:

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It was right up against a tree, and to be honest this is the third token I've pulled out of a 5m diameter area. Token spill? Probably not, my guess is that there was a structure that was burned there, and they might have been in a desk drawer or something.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#132

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14 March 2019 06:55 pm

Cool, thats a beauty thumbsup

#133

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14 March 2019 08:10 pm

Cracker, Well done
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#134

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14 March 2019 08:12 pm

Wow, that token is in great condition for its age, well done! thumbsup


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#135

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15 March 2019 09:29 am

Cheers, I love it's dark tone but it does have a few corrosion warts, suppose you can't have everything! I really need to get the steel wool pencil onto it to clear off the dirt in the areas where the corrosion bumps are densest to get it looking well.

Also found a strip of silver folded in half that had me bamboozled for a while until I looked up the hallmarks - it was off a GBD brand pipe manufactured in 1922:
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Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#136

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15 March 2019 02:50 pm

Snuffled another coin out of the same patch, this one was right against another tree and under some brick. The coil was too big to get in the right spot to get a really convincing signal but it was strong enough to warrant having a punt. There was one of those waistcoat buckles in the same hole, I still can't get over the prongs on these things! The Victorian era was clearly a far more stabby time to live in. The coin has an even better preservation than the token from the other day, but the silty clay is sticking to the surface like the proverbial. I'm desperately waiting for some steel wool to show up so I can clean these things properly, I'm going to wear out the exposed clean bits if I keep trying to clean the thing. I think I want the six inch coil now too...

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Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#137

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15 March 2019 08:50 pm

Going by the detail on that penny it looks to have been dropped near new, should clean up well. thumbsup


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#138

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18 March 2019 10:38 am

Shiny! perfect thumbsup


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#139

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18 March 2019 06:48 pm

Good searching.
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#140

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19 March 2019 08:16 am

Here's something from the opposite end of preservation, a flattened 1903 half penny:
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Unusual since it was at least 10km from the nearest train line, although there was a contemporary local sawmill tramway a few km away which I suppose is the best bet for squashing it.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#141

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19 March 2019 11:03 am

The bush site is a great area for you. I love the older stuff.

Do you also look for gold in the locality?

#142

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19 March 2019 01:53 pm

Detectist wrote:

Do you also look for gold in the locality?

Not very often, the goldfield hasn't got a reputation for coarse gold in addition to almost zero alluvial work so I haven't really given it a serious go to be honest. That said though there's always exception to the rule and most of the dumps probably haven't had a serious pounding because it's not a nugget field, perhaps the odds of finding a little aren't the worst.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#143

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21 March 2019 02:02 pm

A couple more finds from what's getting to be a well trodden patch of ground for me. It's been so dry, I can't wait to get a good soaking on the ground to liven things up a bit for the Nox, always seemed to make targets jump out of the ground with my other detectors. The '22 penny was a sunbaker, lying in the middle of the road and looking all the worse for it although the pitting suggests to me that it's spent quite a bit of it's life buried. Probably got graded to the surface I guess. The florin was a nice find under some chinese scrub, my second now. I'm starting to believe that it's true that you have to teach your detector what targets sound like before you start finding them! Although you can't get much more obvious than big silver I suppose, maybe you have to teach it what they sound like vs. an aluminium can?

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Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#144

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21 March 2019 02:05 pm

Great florin.


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#145

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21 March 2019 06:36 pm

Guessologist wrote:

Although you can't get much more obvious than big silver I suppose, maybe you have to teach it what they sound like vs. an aluminium can?

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 345_54.jpg

And a bloody 2c piece!


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

#146

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21 March 2019 07:57 pm

Target sizing via pinpointing is usually a good tool for dismissing larger high conductors vs a coin sized target, though it can depend on how deep it is and its orientation in the ground.

Funny thing is after a while of listening for less obvious tones from deep coins, a florin sitting near the surface does make a detector scream like it is modern junk - probably the reason why some sunbaker florins are overlooked.

Anyway, congrats on the florin, hopefully some rain will be on the way soon. big_smile


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#147

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22 March 2019 11:31 am

Oh yeah, pinpoint mode usually gives me an idea of what I'm looking at, although I have to say that as much as I like the 'nox, I reckon that the Go Find had a better pinpoint mode. And overload which was super handy when dealing with cans. I wish the Equinox would be updated with a toggleable overload or large target signal, then again I think I understand why it's not there, it's the kind of detector you want to be using around the iron...


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

#148

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28 March 2019 02:46 pm

Had a short swing over a very promising site that I've hit up once before without the Equinox, and was completely disheartened by the amount of iron contamination. As far as I can see, it's a very very old domestic site with some form of less old mine-related workshop on top of it, all demolished on top of itself. Every single swing would give 3-4 false signals (killer duo of nails and metallic slag), so I've been putting it off till I got a better machine. It's still a challenging site for the Nox, but it's the difference between doable and undetectable. It's going to pay off with some time spent on it:

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Amongst the sea of 18-22 false TIDs, a clear 33-35 jumped out at me and said dig me up. Which was a bit of an ask due to the concrete-like soil but I soon had a smile on my face when I levered up a clod with the screwdriver and it had the clear curve of a coin cast in it. I actually expected silver due to the high number, turned out to be one of the older big copper pennies (1854). Then the silver teaspoon came along with relatively low but distinctly silvery tones. The two parts were actually quite far apart from each other and I didn't realise that they were off the same object till I sat down with them afterwards. The hallmarks were very interesting, I always get interested when old mate George pops his head up on silver...

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Dublin hallmarks, and the date letter corresponds to 1811, which makes this spoon my oldest found object to date. Maker was John Power.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~11,054 years

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#149

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28 March 2019 04:21 pm

Ripper mate, sounds like you’re onto a pearler of a site, can’t wait to see your future finds there!


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#150

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28 March 2019 07:10 pm

Nice finds cool

Thought of getting the spoon handle made into a bangle or finger ring ??? I have been trying to find a decent one to have a crack at.

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