Old coins found at settler’s farmhouse

We went to check out an old farmhouse ruin today which we know has had a few people detect around it. Rather then detect near the ruins we headed away from it and did the surrounding area. There was a ton of iron in the ground and the signals were not at all clear but we started getting good items straight away.

dog rego tag
1890-91 Dog Tag
dog rego tag
District 118

A little patch of ground near a winter creek below the house gave us 4 nice coins all dated 1863 – 1865.

1863 Penny
1863 Half Penny
1865 half penny
1865 Half Penny
1863 penny
1863 Penny
1865 penny
1865 Penny

There were a lot of old shells and random items in the ground which had to be dug as the coins weren’t coming up clear on the X-Terra’s. There were too many items to clean and photo so here are just a few of them.

This ring turned up just down from the farmhouse where a path to the creek most likely was. It’s a copper-alloy ring with gold gilding and carries the stamp ‘WMNC’ which is an unknown English maker and was dated approx. 1850 – 1900.

gold ring
Gold gilding visible
old farmhouse 014
‘WMNC’ stamp

On the way back to the car we hit a very noisy patch of ground around the stump of an old tree and turned up 2 more coins amongst old pieces of wire. The 1849 Penny is quite rare but it hadn’t aged well in the ground.

1849 penny1849 penny back

This threepence was just a couple of meters away from the penny.

1880 threepence

All up it was a very good dig and there is still plenty of ground to go over. It does go to show that even when people have been there before you it doesn’t mean they have found everything.

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