It was a glorious day in Adelaide and my lovely wife wanted to go for a drive in the country and I wanted to go detecting of course. So we decided that she would wander around a small country town for a couple of hours while I ventured back to an old site that had produced some great finds not so long ago. Follow the link below to a previous story.
As I pulled closer to the site my mind was flooded with memories of the great finds that had come from this spot, by now I was bursting with excitement and anticipation of what could be still in the ground. I was going to dig every repeatable target regardless of how it sounded because I thought there was every chance of finding a gold coin at this site. After about an hour of lead and small bits of tin it got the better of me and I headed down to where an old pear and oak tree were by a creek. It didn’t take long and the CTX 3030 was screaming a familiar tone in my ear with the ID around the 11:45 – 12:46 indicating that it was more than likely a coin. After a longer than normal retrieval due to some ordinary pinpointing on my behalf I finally found what turned out to be a George III penny from between 1805 – 1807.
Enjoying the moment for a while I stood back and appreciated how great it was to be at such a beautiful old site again digging up some very early South Australian history. The relics flowed with the usual boot caps, musket balls, and bits and pieces of old copper/brass knickknacks from an era past. Since detecting these old sites it has really made me think about how hard the early settlers must have had it being so far removed from their homes in a strange land. I was running out of time when I came across another high tone but it was jumping around from 11;46 – 12:45 to 1:36 which was really odd as it certainly pinpointed like a coin (or small target) but was reading a bit like rusty iron. Too my surprise I scored another half penny but this time it was an 1853 Victoria young head half penny, then only about a metre away was another solid tone around 12:42 – 12:43 and George III popped his ghostly head up out of the dark depths.
Happy hunting all, stay positive and think on this to enjoy SUCCESS you have to be willing to give up control.