It is always fascinating as to what you find when coin shooting parks with history that dates back to early settlement. Sometimes I try to visualise or put together what may have been happening when when I find different coins and items but as we know it is only speculation. Yesterdays finds were such a mixed bag and it got me to thinking about different generations and how even though the park is aging the people come and go to enjoy the day maybe with friends, family or just to sit and relax on their own. The way society changes is always intriguing as well because I look at the old coins like the 1907 Shilling and wonder how much it could have purchased back in the early 1900’s or how it even came to be in Australia. For example, one shilling in 1910 would buy you a medium takeaway coffee or approx 2 liters of petrol in 2012. It also gets me thinking about the changes in time and society in general, are we really that different or have people always been the same. I found pipes for smoking pot next to a couple of different trees and considered that maybe society is worse now than back in the 1800 or 1900 hundreds. Although if you read the history of our early settlement and what transpired in some of our parks, it seems that some people have always been a bit this way inclined. If only they could tell their full story clearly instead of just the little bits and pieces of history that we dig up and try to put things together, often far from the real truth and quite obscure I would suspect.
When Colonel William Light in 1837 mapped out Adelaide it’s parks comprised of many acres, all over the city but within one generation they had been reduced yo only about one third of their original acreage. The remaining parks have become an integral part of the life and character of Adelaide.
“They have been loved and hated, used for recreational, institutional, legal and illegal purposes, but they have survived and been preserved to a large extent.”
It is often interesting when I find a concentration of coins from a particular era in one area of a park and then another era of coins in another part of the same park with no real clue as to why. Maybe it was a favorite picnic spot, tram stop, old market site, we can only wonder most of the time but this is what makes detecting so much fun. The park I am concentrating on at the moment has one corner in particular where I have found more old English coins including an 1877 Gothic florin, an 1806 George III penny and even a 1797 Cartwheel penny, yet the rest of the park consists of mostly early Australian pre decimal coins.
Happy hunting and stay positive, keep the coil to the soil and remember if you aren’t out there swinging the wand then you haven’t any chance at all of finding something amazing.