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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