As I Jumped over the fence and sunk about four inches into the mud then squelched through about 20 meters of mud to some higher ground, I scratched my head and thought I hope this is worth it. The wind was cold and the sky looked like it could open up at any minute but this was the site where I had found the SAR button, cricket buckle and token recently, so I pressed on. I was going to grid this area slowly today and see what hidden treasures were still in the ground. It was hard going with the first ten or so targets being either small bits of lead or copper, I must say the wind was really starting to get cold and I was questioning my sanity at this point when the CTX 3030 screamed to life with a solid 11:37. Score, first coin an 1863 Britannia penny and as I checked the hole the profind was indicating that there was another target in the hole, bingo an 1879 Britannia penny, suddenly it didn’t feel quite so cold. I found a few more bits of lead before a nother solid signal and from around 7 inches a really cool looking livery button with a hunting hound on it, these are always a great find.
The next find was really special because it was another South Australian Rifle button but this one was smaller and only had the wreath on it whereas the first one had a horn representing light infantry.
No longer even aware of the cold wind, mud and clouds I continued to find plenty of great relics and a few more coins including an 1857 Victoria young head penny, George III Cartwheel and an early 1805 -1806 George III half penny.
I love finding relics with writing on them because I know that there is always going to be a history lesson ahead of me as I chase down the origin of the item. One round disc in particular had the words Patent Amalgam Pens on it so I chased it up, the closest I could find was a case from an extremely old barrel-shaped brass ink nib holder from the H. H. Raynor Amalgam Pens Company in London. Looks like the side part.
I would have loved the whole case but never mind, I found a heap more relics and ended up thoroughly enjoying my hunt despite the cold which had faded into the background now thanks to the great finds. So remember press on because you just don’t know what is lurking below waiting to be found, happy hunting and stay positive.