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
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‘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.

Detecting an old camp ground

We headed out to an old camp site today with the X-Terra 705’s. The area was used for school camps as far as I’m aware and was still in use until about 15 years ago. Today all the buildings have been removed and there is a lot of trash left lying on the ground. It didn’t take long for the coins to start turning up though, usually concentrated in small patches.

pile of coins
54 coins, not a bad few hours work.

All that for about $6 in change with a 1951 penny thrown in. Picked up a few random things among the trash. Round button (top left) looks to be gold plated, it was a solid 18 on the X-Terra.

I was on the way back to the car when I got a nice sharp 42 on the road leading in. The tag was a good 7 inches down, below the driveway gravel buried in the dirt. I’ve only given it a quick wash under water so it’s in nice condition for it’s age. I’m not up on dog tags so if anyone knows what district it is (South Australia District 58) please shoot me an email or leave a reply.

1894 dog tag
1894 – 1895 SA Dog Registration Tag

1894 dog tag back

We barely covered a tenth of the site due to the amount of trash and the need to move slow to discriminate targets. We’ll head back to this site in awhile but there are a couple of old farm houses we have permission to check out so we are off there next.