People often ask me how I consistently find old sites with great coins & relics around them? Well its simple just do lots and lots of research, make friends with the landowner and then often when you are out around a ruin a farmer will come up for a chat and give you a whole lot of information about other potential spots. This was the case today while I was going over the old Inn/Blacksmith shop, the owner came up for a chat and we were talking about the history of the site when he said that the blacksmith shop was up the hill a bit. Now comments like that are like a red rag to a bull and the alarm bells should go off because these are the very comments you need to listen for. I have to admit it was hard to stay focused for the rest of the conversation but I did and when it finally ended It took me about a minute to gather my things and get up to the spot. Now one of the things to always look for is bulbs that are often set out in the shape of a garden, as was the case here because there was nothing but the garden left to indicate that a dwelling was here at some time. I hadn’t walked far before I had a solid target, this turned out to be a big piece of brass that sounded just like a coin. Two digs later and I was onto my first coin a beautiful 1857 Victoria young head half penny. There was a steady flow of relics with a few coins scattered amongst them, with brass bits from an old horse buggy, harness buckle, brass thimbles, an old key and plenty of other bits and pieces.
My second coin was an 1847 Victoria young head farthing followed by a really nice silver George III sixpence, my oldest sixpence to date. I just love finding these really old coins because South Australia was settled in 1836, so one can only wonder where that coin had traveled from and which ship it may have arrived on.
I also found a small brooch with an interesting stone in it but I have no idea what it could be. Well the day was getting on and I was starting to get a bit hot and thirsty, as I was starting to head back to pick up my things I heard a booming signal that sounded a lot like a big silver. This wasn’t to be though as the last
coin for the day was an 1821 – 1829 very worn George IV penny, and so all in all it was a great little hunt on a warm summers day in South Australia, who could ask for more. If anyone knows what the stone is feel free to leave a comment and stay positive and enjoy your hobby, happy hunting.