It is not often that my friend Wayne (Qujibo) gets to Adelaide and so as much as I wanted to spend the day with my lovely wife she quite happily sent me on my way after scoring a nice ring yesterday. I caught up with Wayne at a car park to plan a bit of a strategy of where to hunt, he had already scored a nice Jack Daniels Zippo lighter. We followed on from an area that I started a couple of days ago, first target for me was a 1903 Britannia half penny but that was all for a little while. Wayne picked up a couple of pennies as we scoured the area looking for a hot spot, then I spotted a couple of my favorite old trees in the distance and wasted no time heading over there. My first target was a solid 12:37 and from the depths I scored an early 1879 Britannia half penny, a great start so I called Wayne over as my CTX 3030 locked onto another solid 12:38. normally you would think this to be a two dollar coin but when you are after old coins and you have just pulled a mid 1800’s half penny you know that it could very well be anything. Just as Wayne got there I pulled an 1897 Victoria veil head threepence out of the ground and we continued finding a mix of coins in this area. Then as I was chatting to Wayne I asked if he had ever found a gothic florin, his reply was no, then as if on que my CTX locked on to a really solid 12:45 – 12:46 and believe it or not out came an 1885 gothic florin. Wayne looked at me and said you are kidding aren’t you but I just sat back on my heels and laughed as I threw it to him.
Within about a minute Wayne scored a really chunky silver ring and it was then that we talking about how sometimes you say something and then it will happen and we started talking about finding a token in an area like this. So while I was digging up a half penny I looked across at Wayne and seen him walking towards me with a puzzled look on his face, he held out a rather large coin and said “its a bit big for a penny”, I took one look and even though it was coated with dirt I said ” mate I reckon that’s a token. A bit of spit and a rub and sure enough we see the words John Howell Bookseller Hindley Street Adelaide appear before our eyes, well to say that Wayne was happy was un understatement as a big smile came across his face. I personally hadn’t ever seen or heard of this token and straight away thought it may be quite rare, unfortunately not rare but a great find. There is something really special about moments like this when someone scores something that they have wanted to find for a while, congratulations again Wayne.
We kept going for a bit longer but it had been a great little hunt and we weren’t really getting much more so we decided to call it a day. We had a quick chat, reflected on the couple of days we had just spent hunting these parks and with a couple of beaming smiles parted company until Wayne’s next trip to Adelaide. I can’t wait to see what the dirt spits out when we catch up for another hunt so until then stay positive and remind yourself that life is not a waiting room, SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.