Haven't had much of a chance to get out over the past few months because of lockdown in Melbourne. However, a local park near me has recently undergone some landscaping work and the contractors have very kindly scraped away about 200mm of topsoil over a large area. So far I've found a few pre-decimal coins, some old buttons and some other bits and pieces, but this morning I found something on my bucket list, a silver fob watch. Unfortunately, it's missing the guts, but it's still a great find.
Yep, the 5 Franc coin was a real thrill. Found at one of those low spots that just appears along a beach and then disappears a week later. I still haven't found a sovereign, but the 5 Franc coin is a bit of a consolation.
Had a quick dig in the water today and found a spot where some sand had shifted. I was hoping for some old gold, but walked away happy enough as I found an 1880 half crown, something I've never found before. It's been in the water for over 100 years, so it's a bit darker than it should be. Nice coin. Also found a couple of pennies in pretty good condition, and an old medicine bottle (just appeared in the scoop).
I've been hunting an eroded patch in the water over a week or so, weather permitting. It's been disappointing because I was expecting to find old rings but all I found was some pre-decimals. Anyway, I kept at it and here's the result: two gold rings and one silver (the chunky silver was a fresher drop, and I found it at a different spot on the same beach). Both gold rings have Birmingham assay office stamps and are 9ct. The smaller one has a date stamp for 1861, while the larger men's ring has a date stamp for 1956. The floral silver ring was black with tarnish when it came out, but the photo shows the clean version. All three older rings are broken at the join, so the signals weren't as strong as they could have been. But I was hunting with the Excal not the Nox - if I'd been hunting with the Nox the tone and ID would have been scratchy given these rings were broken. It's a good reminder to dig everything in the water (except for those blaring, wide signals that are obviously soft drink cans!). Note - I also found a lot of junk, plus a florin, pennies, junk ring and some lead, but I just thought I'd post the best stuff.
Took a break from the water and went for a dig in the dirt. A few pre-decs, an old knife handle I think, a 50-year Federation commemorative badge and ... wait for it ... a 1972 'B' Grade Victorian Girls Marching Association medal (tick that one off the bucket list).
Some good finds from an eroded patch in the water that's proving very fruitful. A couple of old rings, one is 15k gold, which was an older mix used in the UK. I like the 1900 half penny - it's in much better condition than most coppers I pull from the deep. The watch part with RSAF marked on it makes me think there could be a nice pocket watch buried deeper. Happy hunting! Clod.
Had a quick paddle last night at a beach that's been hammered over the years, but managed to find a fresh spot.
Lovely little silver signet ring with a full set of Birmingham stamps. Also: Victoria penny from 1965 is a nice find, two 1920s thrips, a couple of old pocket knives and an oldish looking bling earring.
Happy festive detecting to you all! May your $1 coins turn into gold sovereigns!!
Out walking the dog tonight and spotted the bottom of a bottle buried in the dirt. If you're like me, you spend most of your time looking at the ground. Annoys the heck out of my daughter. Anyway, I started scratching around the side of the glass, gave it a wiggle and out popped a complete lovely little 20-30s ink bottle. Just goes to show, there's always something waiting to be discovered! Happy hunting. Clod.