Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve 2012

This evening I was able to get out to my favourite park for a couple of hours for my last hunt in 2012.
It was very enjoyable  hunting in the late afternoon sun and then in to the cool of the evening. My finds were just average with $16.00 spendable and two more 1933 silver sixpences to cap off the year.

The pocket knife is probably the oldest I have found but it is totally knackered and so it is now in the bin.

Happy New Year to all.
Looking forward to 2013 finds.
Thanks for following my blog during 2012..


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Night Beat

The group on the left in the pic below is from a recent park hunt and includes a couple more English silvers. The group on the right is from last nights hunt on Mission Bay beach where I spent about 2 hours in the dry sand as it was high tide. There were still plenty of people on the beach at 10 pm  and so I was a bit restricted in hunting the preferred area's but had fun anyway. In the low light I thought the wee badge whatzits were earrings at first as I pulled them all from the same hole. Do you know what they are? I guess they are just multiple bling.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

First holiday hunt 2012

Enjoyed a couple of hours on a local beach early this morning and was quite pleased with the result as it is a well hunted stretch of sand. The current settings on my E Trac seem to be better than previous as there is a noticeable increase in the depth of finds in the sand. I am using Quick Mask most of the time too as it is so simple and quick to adjust for the conditions.

As you can see in the pic the main finds were exactly $5 spendable, one small lead sinker and two pieces of Silver.The pendant is stamped .925 and I think the carving is bone.
The 1934 silver NZ Florin was a big surprise as this beach was re sanded  2 or 3 years ago. The coin has some pock marking so must have been in the sand for quite a while.

All up in the 2 hours I found steel coins, copper coins, nickel cadmium coins, lead and silver but alas no gold.
Maybe next time.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Best day recently - Gold , Silver, Lead

Today turned out to be a most excellent days detecting in two parts.

It started by taking a road trip to a Regional park up the coast a way. Arriving at around 8.15am the beach was almost deserted.

Within a short time I found a line on the beach where there seemed to be many lead sinkers so I focused on that thinking I might get lucky with some Gold. Sure enough about 3 hours and 150 metres of beach later a gold and white gold ring came up from about 20cm deep. Happiness prevailed.  By now I had 780g of lead in my pouch and as the beach was getting quite busy I decided to pack up and move on. Here is all from the beach;

As I had not found Gold for a while I was still buzzing on the drive back and decided to make that my excuse to pop in at my favourite park for some more R & R. 

The park started producing almost straight away with $12.60 goldies and a most welcome 1934 silver Florin which was a nice bonus on top of the gold ring. Then to really make the day I brought up a pocket spill of 5 Silver coins, all English - 1 Half Crown 1919, 2 Shillings 1908,1921 and 2 sixpences 1929 and another with the date gone but Victoria facing left.

Here is the best of my excellent day out.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cash only day.

No special tickets to write about today.
Just $22 cash a sinker and a few 9mm blank cases.
Lots of clad too.
Had fun amongst the Pohutukawa's.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Silver Charles

Alterations to family activities  planned for today allowed me to get out early this morning and visit a park that has been on my list to search for some time now. I believe this park dates from around 1940 and has always been well patronised so I was hopeful of some good tickets. I was not disappointed as you can see with this cute silver ring

and this Charles Dickens 1812 - 1870 commemorative disc that I think is copper on an iron back.  I have been unable to find any info about who issued it or when.

This pic is everything found except the 30 or so 1 and 2 cent coins and about half a kilo of lead scrap for recycle.The silver sixpence is 1933 and the oldest penny is 1896.

 I think there will be another visit to this park quite soon.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Silver and Espionage in the Park

Max texted me at around 2 pm today and said he was going to hunt at Takapuna beach. I decided the beach would have been very windy so instead I went to my favorite park and spent 4 hours in the sun and under the trees when the showers fell. Found an 1885 young Victoria silver sixpence and a .925 silver ring as well as $15 in spendable's so I was quite happy with that result.

The Union Secure Lever brass padlock is an oldy but a goody and I was also very lucky to get the Queensland Secret Service badge too. No doubt the agent who lost the badge also dropped the two Australian penny's seen just to the left of it in the pic above. It is unclear who fired the bullet.

Thanks for looking.


Update: The QSS key ring badge is actually from Queensland Speedway Spares but I still like my Secret Service story best. :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

US Merchant Marines WW2

Today's hunt was a short road trip away to a park / beach I had not searched before.
I spent about an hour or so on the beach and as there were no signals I moved up in to the reserve area where the the targets were plentiful by comparison.

Here is the result of another 4 hours plundering with a very pleasing result despite being plagued by 1c and 2c coins (48). For the first time ever I could also see another hunters divots from perhaps 3 or 4 weeks ago and I am pleased to say he / she had missed quite a few gold coins which I was only too willing to uplift for Gas money. (Thank you E Trac.)

The badge was a welcome surprise when it popped up. Google tells me it is a   US Merchant Marines WW2 Overseas cap badge. It appears to be Silver and Gilded. As you can see the Silver coins are both NZ Shillings dated 1945 King George  6th and 1934 King George 5th.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

1872 (approximately)

A late afternoon park hunt today produced mainly 1c and 2c pieces and other junk.
I did find an AUFC 83 senior rugby badge named M M McQuoid  but I cant find out anything about him except I know he lost a badge some years ago. AUFC could be Avondale United Football Club. The other item of interest was another 0.935 silver watch back plate. I have found 3 now. It has the Standing Bear hallmark which I think the Swiss mark with a small b stamped by it's knee. Not too sure what the small b means. Could be the city or the assayer. Do any of you know? Went on to the Longines serial number site and it says:  This watch was manufactured in 1872 (approximately) Be nice if I had the rest of it. 

and here is all the rest of it.

Two hours of fun in the sun and the rain showers.
HH all.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Some of you run Google Adverts on your blogs so I guess it's OK for me to run mine. :-)

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bulbus brass

Today's hunt was the only one for me this weekend. I don't have anything grand to show from it like Brett's Platinum or Jim's double gold (congrats to both) but I enjoyed it all the same. The one item that did intrigue me a little was the bulbus brass thingee that you can see in the pic below.

At first I thought it was a builders plumb bob but now I am leaning towards a clock pendulum weight. The hole at the top is threaded and underneath there is what looks like a copper insert that I assume is used to fine tune the 305 gram weight. (Edit Nov.14: Since found that it is a handle from on old toilet chain pull )
Just one silver today and I think my first English 1955 old style threepence. Also dug some lead but that is already in the scrap bin.



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The aim of DetectNZ is to provide a local source of good quality metal detecting gear for those who enjoy it as a hobby and also for the more serious gold hunter.

To get the ball rolling I have become a Minelab Dealer and our first stock will arrive on Monday. In due course I intend to build up a reasonably wide range of useful accessories around the Minelab detectors to  provide a one stop shop for most detecting needs.

Initially we are stocking:

Pro Finder 25 pin pointer
X Terra 305 and X Terra 705 Gold Pack.
Excal II with the 10" coil.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Silver cannon

Just a short hunt late today back at the park were I found the silver buckle last weekend.
Tried out the E Trac settings Brett had suggested with a little success. Went over the same area where the buckle was found and both Max and I had found silver coins there before too. Got 2 more and the wee cannon so that finished the weekend nicely.

I see on the Paydirt forum that Chrispy in Christchurch got 30 silvers in one hunt. Hard to beat. Wow! I am in the wrong city I think.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Silver and grass

Got two hunts in today.
The first was a couple of hours on St Heliers beach from 6.45 am. I had planned to be there earlier to catch the 0.2 low tide but the plan failed. Nevertheless I did manage to find a tiny silver ring, some change and I think maybe my first British pound coin.  I was happy to get those items from that very plundered beach.

After lunch I followed up on a referral from Brett for a farmer out at Swanson who had lost his bunch of keys in a paddock. You will see in the photo below that the grass was so long that it made it impossible to swing the coil properly. Anyway after some instruction from the farmer of where it was likely to be I said I would give  it a go.  Well I did give it a go for about 2 and a 1/2 hours and found nothing except for a few nails. At least that proved to me that the E Trac was seeing through the grass even though I could only swing the coil  about 25cm above the ground.  Ah well you can't win them all. I think he will put the cattle in now and mow it all down. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gold returned

Six hours hunting parks and beaches this weekend brought me a few firsts at detecting.

I was on the beach today cruising along with few targets when a young family approached and asked what I was looking for. "Gold" I replied quite positively as if it was an every day occurrence.  Then of course the next question was "Do you find any?" to which I have a variety of stock answers ready but today I selected "Oh yes jewelry mostly."  Well at this point we parted and I sailed on ahead digging the odd thing here and there. After a few minutes the wee girl from the family came chasing after me yelling "Can you come back quick." So I did and guess what the mum had dropped her gold wedding ring in the sand and it had gone straight down.  A quick swing with the E Trac, pinpoint and then with only 2 shovels of sand and it was back on her finger. So I am counting this as my first ring return. Sorry no pics as they departed so damn quickly there was no time to get my phone out.

The other firsts were the silver buckle I posted yesterday and some grape shot from the same park. Then today on the beach a small version of the NZ Forces 4 star button ( only 15mm dia.) that I have not seen before. As it is brass it is still in quite good nick. Made by J R Gaunt and Son Ltd London (1899 - 1991).

Not many items to show really but still buzzing about the buckle. 


Friday, October 12, 2012

1909 Silver Buckle

After a trip in to the city tonight with an unplanned urgent delivery I took the opportunity to re visit a city park.
I am pleased I did as this popped up from about 25cm down. I was not too sure what it was at first but after washing it back at home my wife recognized it as half a ladies belt buckle.
It is hallmarked Birmingham 1909. Just wish the other half had been with it (I did re check the hole) as the pair nested together would have been quite smart.

The belt loop would fit a belt 40mm wide (1 1/2")  and I assume the other half would have been stamped with a number 1. It has been hand crafted as under a glass the saw cuts on the fretwork are clearly visible.

Here is what it probably looked like on the belt.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Doing the hard yards!

While waiting to have an idea for new ground to plunder I do seem to have been revisiting well hunted sites quite a lot lately and this weekend was no exception. An hour or so at Coyle park yesterday and several hours at Mission Bay and Kohi early this morning made getting a good result quite difficult. I sort of decided that that would be my personal challenge - to find something good that the other guys had left behind.  Well that's my story anyway. It's another way of saying nothing momentous to report today.

I did get a silver 6p and silver Gemini pendant, $16 in Goldies, some junk jewelry  saw a great Sunrise and had a lot of fun.

Thanks to Max and Andrew etc. for missing some stuff at Mission bay. :-))


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Silver n Shells

The last weekend of September but the first of Daylight Saving for this year. Yippee!

Yesterdays hunt back at "82 coin - one hole" beach was not that fruitful except for 3 more coins from the same hole and the small brass bell with no knocker.

This afternoon I decided to visit my favourite park as it usually gives me something good. The "anti-magnetic but not waterproof" watch came up on the second swing. The penny is 1920 and the earings are bling but the 3 shillings were very welcome. NZ 1933 and 1940 with an English 1919. Goldies have been scarce for me lately so the $15.20 was a nice bonus too.

Seemed to find shell cases wherever I hunted this weekend. I note several of the WW2 cases are getting much shorter now and I suppose it wont be long before all future hunters will find will be the head end.
The case below looks like it has been fired twice! Is that common?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

One hole - 82 coins

This afternoon I decided to do a short drive to reconnoiter a couple beach area's as a possible for new hunting grounds. On arriving the beach looked like a bit of a long shot but I decided to have a short swing anyway to get a feel for it.

After about 50 paces an unusual sound in the phones encouraged me to dig and this is what I found.

Yes 82 coins in one hole and I suspect there are still more lurking. So what could they all be from? Maybe the remnants of a cash box from a robbery in the area  or perhaps someone got away with the church collection - who knows. The only spendable coins are the 6 current 10c's so I got 60c whoop de doo!
Strangely they are also the youngest coins in the haul and all 2006 the year that size 10c was first introduced. The group on the right are all Fijian and on the left all Kiwi with one Australian and 3 unknown Asian in front.

Here is the hole.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mid week hunts are back!

Left work early today for some stress relief at the beach swinging the coil.
Only had an hour and a half  to pound the sand but got a nice surprise with a 190? English 3p popping up on the seaward side of a ripple cut. It must have been there a while as it is very encrusted.

Also a few coins and other junk with a .222 shell and a lead bullet. Overall a reasonable result from a well hunted beach.

With daylight saving starting in 10 days I am so looking forward to many more of these mid week hunts.
Good luck out there.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

1930's school re visit

Some of you will remember that Max and I got permission to hunt a 1938 school  back in February this year. Well the ground on the main field was too hard to dig then so we went back today for another look.

Max has his new E Trac and this was a good place to try it out some more.
Turns out the middle of the main field is a bit of a lake at this time of year so we decided to hunt the sidelines again. We were there about 2.5 hours. I dug 47 coins mostly old style decimal  and many of  them will end up in the bin of no value. The 3 silvers were welcome and may be due partly to running a different program from our first visit.

It was pretty cool two  E Tracs hunting at the same time and I look forward to another hunt when maybe we can get 3 going.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

English silver trio

Today's hunt was great.
I went back to a city park that I always really enjoy searching but had not visited for a while.
Arrived at 7.30am and by 8am I had found my first silver. Yep three coins in the same hole just waiting for recovery. An 1884 shilling with an 1881 sixpence and an 1889 threepence neatly stacked on top.

Here they are fresh from the hole.

A short while later up came silver coin number 4, a 1903 English threepence.
Threepence's are quite hard to find and this one was on edge in the ground so the E Trac did well I thought.

Here are all the items recovered today including the I Pod eyeball find.

The chain bracelet got me going a bit but alas I think it is not silver, just bling. So is the earing although possibly quite an old design.

And last but not least the key and tag. The only Robinsons Motors I can find were a company from Putaruru a small town in the Waikato. That company was registered in 1959 and struck off in 1987. My guess is that as this key was found on a sports field they probably ran a bus service for sports trips from Putaruru.
I wonder how they got home that day. Hot wired the bus I suppose. 

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Silver Imports

Two days.
Two hunts.
$2.00 spendable.
Two silvers.

Here is the best of it ............

1913 French 1 Franc and 1906 English Sixpence

and the rest of it.

I really, really really need some new ground to plunder.
Still 2 silvers is better than no silvers.
Looking forward to next weekends hunts somewhere already.

HH all.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cult ring maybe

Two beach hunts this weekend gave up 300% more goldies than the weekend before last. Yeah $3. Grrrr eftpos!

Targets were few and far between but I did manage to haul this ring up from about 35cm deep on the East end of Kohi yesterday afternoon. Had not planned to hunt there as Max and many others have hit it pretty hard this year but as I was in the area I just had to have a go.

This is how the ring looked when found.

...... and after an overnight in white vinegar and a bit of scraping.

Fits  a 20mm finger. 
It is junk and quite ugly I reckon but someone has loved it no doubt.
Hope you all had better luck out there. :-)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beach bling

Today was beach hunt day.
I arrived at 11am for low tide about 2pm. The first hour or so on the beach slope was a waste of time but once the water went out far enough so that I could get the E Trac on to the mud flats I started getting more hits..

It turned out to be the day for a few from the Te Tahi club to visit this beach too and it was good to chat with Phil and Jack and compare finds.

My finds for the day were $8 spendable, two large bling rings, a .925 silver pendant of 4.3 grams that looks as though it may have been gold plated when new and a couple of whatzits.

Huge bling 3cm across

It was good to get the silver and some gas money. The weather was fine and I had a really enjoyable hunt.
Might even go back some time soon.

HH all.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Coast to coast

This weekends hunts were really just a dodge the weather if you can situation.
Got out early on Saturday morning and hit Takapuna beach for a change. I know it has been done to death by others but what the heck I had fun . I found a ripple cut and got quite a few hits along it with the air force button below being the best of it, however the cold wind was really powering in and I had to quit before my core temperature dropped to dead. Still the button is in much better condition than those previously found so I left quite happy.

Today was a wild goose chase really as I went to Green Bay seeking a ladies silver necklace that had been lost there while swimming. It was several years ago now so I new success was unlikely but still had to try as there is lots of sentimental value to it for the owner. It was low tide with considerable storm water flowing across the sand and shells as you can see.

I put the E Trac on nearly wide open hoping it would look deeply into the situation but alas there was only copper and lead to be found. Lots of the square pieces of shim copper too. Cant think why.

Total goldies for the weekend = $1
Pretty slack eh. :-)
All good fun.

HH all.