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#151

Dave79
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28 March 2019 07:36 pm

Looks like a good site. Try turning recovery speed all the way up to 8. You'll lose some depth but probably find some more masked targets.


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

#152

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29 March 2019 06:35 am

Now that's a cracker of an idea! I was trying to think of a way to keep it separate to my boxes of metal junk, recycling it might be the way to go. The design is pretty worn but the novelty would make it worth it, I'd almost think about making it hallmark facing out...

Went back over to the site where I recovered the old civil war era belt buckle after work while my detecting mojo was still high, and finally recovered a coin! I've put an embarrassingly high number of hours into the spot which clearly has more than one demolished structure without bagging a coin so I'm finally satisfied. It was only a 1938 old design half penny, practically an anachronism given the other things out there, but it counts! Also bagged another musket ball, and recovered my old digging tool that I lost months ago.


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#153

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29 March 2019 01:38 pm

Dave79 wrote:

Looks like a good site. Try turning recovery speed all the way up to 8. You'll lose some depth but probably find some more masked targets.

First thing I did today, turns out I had it up as high as it can go already, it's kicking my butt! I cycled through many different modes in the hour I had, figured at least I won't be on the worst settings for the whole time. Came up with the goods again though:

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1829 shilling, it's only the second George IV coin I've managed in all my travels so far so I'm pretty satisfied for my time. Here's everything else that made offending noises:

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I think those square nails are what is causing the havoc, although they don't sound that "naily" in the way everything is falsing. There's a button (cleaned it up, it's got the gothic "double ring edge" text), an interesting nugget of some kind of coarsely crystalline, ductile metal (usually antimony around here but it's too bendable so maybe something like bismuth), part of a pocketwatch probably from the 30's and that big ol' buckle.


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

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#154

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29 March 2019 02:05 pm

Wow what a nice coin mate. yikes thumbsup beer


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#155

Dave79
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29 March 2019 04:35 pm

Awesome coin!!!!! Is iron balance turned all the way up too. I've got quite a collection of square nails too, usually come up around 15 -17 until you get close to them then iron signal. I figure that if you get rid of the junk some good targets will surface eventually but it sure can get disheartening digging dozens of high tones for crap.


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

#156

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29 March 2019 05:07 pm

Beautiful coin! Can we get some close ups mate? Looks in great nic!


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#157

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29 March 2019 08:55 pm

Finally got it clean enough to be worth taking better pictures, the black horn silver crust was really tenacious and took ages to get off. Ended up going the foil and bicarb rub which might have been a bit harsh. It's not much less worn than the 1816 that I found a few weeks back, but at least you can see the lion and crown design pretty well.

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I did have the iron bias all the way up when I found this guy, think I turned it down to 1 afterwards.


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#158

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29 March 2019 09:49 pm

Love it
Mackka thumbsup

#159

Goldpick
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30 March 2019 06:37 pm

Nice old silver, the bust and date still look reasonably prominent. thumbsup


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#160

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03 April 2019 10:43 am

Had another quick swing, this time I tossed it in field 2, recovery max, iron bias max and dropped the sensitivity down to about 12. Dropping that sensitivity way lower than I was comfortable with was the magic setting, it tamed the nail farm almost completely and brought out a few very obvious targets that I've missed several times:

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Some kind of plated decorative thing, a mid 1920's .410 brass shotty cartridge, a straight razor fragment, copper ring and a brass fitting of some sort (found a couple of these before, no idea what it comes off). Ill go back and start winding down the iron bias then upping the sensitivity gradually.


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#161

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28 April 2019 11:02 pm

I've had a prolonged period of bad hunts not worth posting about which has been doing my head in, I just haven't been able to catch a break even in the new site where the mid 1800s coins have been coming from. However, I managed to turn my luck around today with a decent day at my old's place which turned up a 1918 penny, 1935 half penny, 1936 sixpence and 1911 threepence. All in the front lawn that has the worst EM interference from the ancient buried power line, but for some reason the conditions and detector settings aligned to give me at least a hint that something was in the ground.

Then went for a swing at a new permission, my mum's family farm where an old house was demolished sometime in the 60's and the site converted to vineyard. I'm not sure if I quite found the house site as the metal relics were more farming oriented than domestic, but I did turn up 1921 and 1948 pennies, and a 1945 half penny. Other finds included a rubbishy pocket watch cover, lots of brass taps and drum bungs and a stonkingly huge lead rifle bullet that has to weigh just about a full ounce, measures out to something like a .470 elephant gun. Our soils up in the Mallee are seemingly extremely harsh on the old copper coinage, but in turn seems to keep silvers top notch for 100+ years.

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#162

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28 April 2019 11:13 pm

That's not harsh on coppers, lucky to see half the details on the ones I find round here. and my silvers are mostly black. Good hunting. Persistence pays off. thumbsup


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#163

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28 April 2019 11:46 pm

Ah good to know it's not just my coins that are warty and crappy. I don't know what it is about the roo pennies but they seem to end up in disproportionately bad shape for how old they are. Give me a nice brass Victorian penny any day, those are just the best.


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#164

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30 April 2019 09:17 am

Here's the best of the rest from the weekend, my favourite has to be the bullet mould (measures out to .32 cal), although the enormous .470 elephant gun round is up there too. It's nearly a full ounce of lead, slight overkill for rabbits running around your grape vines I think. The pocket watch cover is crusty as and looks to be nickel plate rather than silver. The thing with the trademark is really interesting, I think it's one of the old school padlock keyhole covers but I just can't do the right searches to find the manafacturer. I see a Stafford knot in a crown with a "W" but every combination that I toss into Google gets me nothing.

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#165

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30 April 2019 10:39 am

The W thing looks like an old dust cover for a padlock. But I cant find anything resembling it.


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#166

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30 April 2019 03:21 pm

A lunchtime swing with a "full iron bias, dig everything that doesn't sound like a big coke can" mindset gave up the goods at the site that provided that last 1829 shilling. A gilded buckle, a Paris branded clothing buckle, part of a lock, few other metal scraps (and a couple of harmonica reeds not pictured) and my first Chinese coin! It's been holed for wearing but it looks like whoever did it couldn't read the coin, it would hang sideways. Not only my first Chinese coin, but it's also my oldest find by far as this particular one (Emperor K'ang Hsi) was minted between 1661-1722. I'll call it 1700s just to be safe. Didn't ring up high, I think it sat around 14 or so.

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#167

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02 May 2019 02:17 pm

Few more things popping out of the ground with the rains setting in, getting much more lead with a bit of wet ground. Of note:

From the above site, a sporting buckle with winged balls minus it's centerpiece. It's in the book (7.2.4), it was a tennis buckle. Officially found more tennis buckles in this township than cricket now!
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And from a bit of a later site (1910s) comes part of a cameo locket, 6.1g of silver unfortunately with no hallmark on this half. A scratchy 26 was the magic number on this one, I called silver (out loud to myself, bit of a worry) before I dug it, such a distinctive tone vs. even aluminium.
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#168

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08 May 2019 03:43 pm

Had good luck earlier now that we've had some rain, I thought I'd film the digs today since there wasn't much doubt about what was under the coil!

The patina on the front of the half penny flaked a fair bit so I stripped it right back, it looks a bit rough. The other side is very well preserved. Even the roo penny is in good nick!

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#169

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14 May 2019 07:44 am

The results of a fruitful after rain session at the inlaws, the four coins on the left bringing my total from that locality to six predecs:

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I've spent a lot of time over the last year detecting their place, it's only in the last two sessions though that I've cracked the pre-decimals for some reason... The 1934 penny is from near work and in particularly good nick for the location.

It's funny how the mallee soil ground balances on the Nox to such a different number to central Vic, I end up in high 30's mid 40's up north and usually between 10-20 in the south, would have thought that the goldfields soils would have been the higher based on visual and anecdotal cues.


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#170

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14 May 2019 12:43 pm

Nice finding...
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What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

#171

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14 May 2019 12:51 pm

Some kind of plated decorative thing, a mid 1920's

That is a nice hair broach.

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Won't be long now - 3240+ holes and STILL counting. (bloody ring-pulls and tabs) LOL

#172

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15 May 2019 04:06 pm

^^^ Aha! Thanks for the ID, it's still in my 'good' pile waiting for a cleanup.

Had a good lunchtime hunt, first dug target was a snake buckle hiding under a two-inch thick tree root. My first one!

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Then on the way back to the car I jagged a very small but solid 19-21 which absolutely made my day:

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Holed threepence with the initials DE, I'm sure this thing has a good story! Probably the house cat...

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

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#173

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15 May 2019 04:25 pm

Couple of nice finds thumbsup
Not sure about DE though
I wonder how to tell if the cat was dyslexic lol

#174

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15 May 2019 08:40 pm

The threepence is a unique find, I'd be pretty happy with that too. thumbsup


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#175

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15 May 2019 11:05 pm

C I E.... perhaps big_smile


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