Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sterling and 10k New Year

Well my last hunt for 2013 was only for about an hour and a half this afternoon but very enjoyable all the same. I went to a small park for the first time and found that someone else had also visited recently and I assume got most of the goodies. However they did miss this........

A sterling sliver and 10k bracelet knackered by the grass mowers , 3 penny's, English Australian and NZ, a NZ half penny and a 1947 NZ Florin. The bracelet is only good for scrap but I am still counting it as Silver and Gold.

Thanks everyone for following my blog during 2013.
Happy New Year to you and good luck for 2014.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Holiday hunt no 4

Got out for a park hunt last evening. Stayed about 2 hours including waiting out a 20 minute rain break but was quite happy with the result nevertheless.

The silver Half Crown was the first hit  within 3 paces of starting out. Hoped for another but not this time.
$10.00 plus two silvers and an 1873 penny was the best of it. 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Got Gold Grin

I spent 2 - 3 hours detecting a city beach this morning enjoying the early hour while following the tide down. I had hit this beach last weekend and hoped there just might be more goodies to find. Sure enough a few coins and two rings surfaced and I drove home with the Got Gold Grin.

When I arrived home and put the glass on the gold ring Sacrebleu !!!
I find STG HGP!!!!!
Damm it - plated silver. Grrrr.

The black ring is unmarked and probably a junker and the wee bell is cast brass.

All good fun.  :-)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Adie and Lovekin No 2

As a followup from last weekends hunt I now have the details on the Swastika brooch I found. It was made by Adie and Lovekin, Silversmiths and Assayed in Birmingham, Sterling Silver, 1911.

I believe it has had blue enamel on the white background. Before WW2 the swastika was quite a popular design for jewellery and I understand is also used in the Hindu religion

As this is my second find of a piece by this Silversmith I can now say I have an Adie and Lovekin collection. Well it is a start anyway. Just wish I could have seen them both when new.

The previous Adie and Lovekin post is here: https://draft.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4356931542255746237#editor/target=post;postID=3245679027576755981;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=link



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Turquoise bluff

Today I was up early with the Sparrows and off to the beach / park where I found some silver a couple of weekends back. Once again I was too late for the bottom of the tide and so I quickly got busy at the base of the slope and after finding a few coins up popped this large heavy Copper ring.

I am thinking it is not a real Turquoise stone, just blue epoxy with black squiggles. 

After about 90 minutes the heat of the Sun pushed me off the beach and in to the park where I could hunt in dappled shade and avoid the dreaded sunburn. Here is the best of the mornings hunt.

$13.00 cash and another 1933 NZ Silver Shilling.
There will be more to post about the Swastika when I have managed to soak the crud off to be able to read the Hallmarks and makers mark on the back. 


Mixed bunch mostly cash

An early start last weekend produced a mixed lot of finds. $24.60 in cash plus a $2 Australian. The USB stick is a first and it still works fine . Been a while since I dug any Knuckle bones and then up pop 3 in one hole. The vehicle key is not branded and was an eyeball find. Unfortunately the Air Force hat? badge has been squished and probably won't handle straightening but I will try.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Some Silver still hiding.

I spent 2.5 hours on Mission bay this weekend. Early morning hunt but unfortunately I was too late for the low tide so was confined to the slope. Managed $5.20 and a Malaysian 10c coin, definitely not spectacular.The beach started getting busy around 9am and as the urge to hunt was not satisfied I transferred to a nearby seaside park. While hunting a guy with a dog remarked on passing "This place has been well picked over. I doubt you will find much". Well I already knew that but replied with the stock answer of  nobody gets everything and different machines give different results which seemed to satisfy him and he went on his way.  I was there for about 2 hours and was quite pleased with the result.

Here is everything found with the park finds on the right. I don't know what the small brass slug stamped 98 is for. All three silver coins were found at about 25 - 30cm deep.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Scrap value

Last Sunday I should have been at the Club hunt at St Heliers but as I was waaaay too late getting going I went to another mud flat instead hoping for some success as with the Silver coins the previous weekend.
Well of course it doesn't work like that and my finds were not very good at all. However at least I can now tick the spot off as being investigated. I was treated to some unusual city views on the way out.

There must have been boat repairs done on this mud in the past as I did find heaps of Copper sheet off cuts and pieces of copper 12v battery cable. The only items of any note were the three lead Musket balls and a small Brass button with the word Suspenders still legible. All up and including the Copper sheet a good value scrap metal hunt.



Friday, November 29, 2013

Whatzit's from the weekend

I found three Whatzits last during last weekends hunt that seemed worth taking home to reveal the contents.

The lower one turned out to be the top of an old lead toothpaste tube. The one on the right was a 1920 English penny and the larger left hand Whatzit revealed this padlock stamped Hand Made.

I think it was either lost before it was finished or the connecting pins and insides were made of steel and have corroded away because during cleaning it all came apart. 

Not sure what the small brass lug is for as it was just within the Whatzit. 

That's all. :-)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Silver search

Last weekend I managed to get to hunt an old Auckland beach that from my research was very likely to have had some old silver coins lurking. I am pleased to report that my hunch was correct and I managed 5 silver coins and a few other bits n bobs. Included was my new oldest coin being an 1816 George III English sixpence, . The others are 3 more sixpences 1817, 1837, 1922 and a 1908 English threepence. Unfortunately no large silver coins but I guess someone has been through before me.

There was also this brass button which I think is from the New Zealand Shipping Co Ltd.
  1. The New Zealand Shipping Company was a shipping company whose ships ran passenger and cargo services between Great Britain and New Zealand between 1873 and 1973. Wikipedia

Here is everything including my first Police whistle and first brass safety pin.

No gold but maybe next time.

HH all.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Club hunt - Pt Chev beach

Today was the club outing at Pt Chev beach. I went along knowing that good finds would likely be scarce but of course you never know for sure. I lined, I gridded , worked the slope, walked the flats, wandered randomly and followed a shallow cut but the cool finds were just not there for me today. The people though are always friendly on that beach which makes any hunt enjoyable.

One thing found was this lead disc with the elephant on one side and a chart in another language on the back as in the second image. One of you may know what it is.

Here are the rest of my finds. Nothing of value really. The Golb nugget is a good size and the headless soldier is well endowed. The button is labelled Smith & Caughey Auckland and the NZ threepence is 1957.

The car key is Wellington Phoenix FC.

That's all folks.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Beach, beach, park.

I have had two outings so far this month, visiting two beaches and a seaside park.
All good fun in the sun but unfortunately not a lot of  keepers to report. The silver ring was from my regular goto beach and today the large bronze ring and silver shilling popped up in a park not visited before.
This is the best of it......

.... and this is everything from todays outing.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunrise Gold

I got out early this morning arriving at the park at around 6.30 am keen to get a good result after only finding one dollar on yesterday's outing.

This 9ct signet ring popped up after about an hour of small coins and trash. Coincidentaly it came up only about 10m from where I found my first ever gold ring back in January 2012 which was also a 6.15am early start.

Then after about another hour the 3 English sixpences arrived one after the other, 1918, 1888 and a young Victoria with the date worn away.

The Traders token on the right is so knackered all I can make out is a standing Britania with right arm raised on one side and a capital D below centre and to the left on the other. Damm shame really as traders tokens are few and far between tthese days. After 3 hours there was not a huge number of keepers but they all arrived  at regular intervals amoungst the trash making the hunt very enjoyable.

So that's Gold two weekends in a row. I'm on a roll! 
Yeah right.

Thanks for looking .

Sunday, October 6, 2013

More Old gold with Silver n Lead

Today the club had an outing to a mudflat area that looked promising. There were many targets to dig although for me they were mostly copper and brass scrap except for a couple of coins and 675g of lead sinkers. After about an hour, two of us moved sites to a nearby beach hoping for better luck.  This turned out to be a good move for me as I found a 9ct ring, a Sterling Silver ring and a silver bow brooch along with an Aussie $2. The gold ring is hallmarked by the Chester assay office and I believe the date mark is 1898. Maker W. H. Tandy and Sons 1896 - 1957.

The lead sinkers were huge.

The day turned out pretty good with plenty to dig and some reward for it too.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mud Stuff

Today's hunt was on the mudflats of a Manukau harbour beach.In places the mud was too deep to walk on so it was not possible to cover the whole area properly.
For the second Sunday in a row I have found a patch of Grapeshot except last time it was on a Waitemata harbour beach . The 0.32 live round was also a bit of a surprise while the tiny copper bead at about 30cm sounded really good.

The best of it was the Silver ring and $2 spendable.
Muddy good fun.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Heavy Club hunt

Today was my first hunt as a paid up member of the local detecting club.
A small group of us plundered a city beach and as you can see the most common find for me was lead sinkers.

22k Gold was found today by one lucky hunter but my E Trac was colour blind. 
Maybe next time.
All good fun.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Deep Foreign coins at the beach

I was late for the Low tide this morning so I chose this beach as it is relatively close to home. Can you guess where it is?

The water was already over where I would have preferred to search so I decided to take it easy and just enjoy the surroundings. and be happy with whatever I found. Starting near the water I  dug heaps of bottle tops and tear tabs hoping to fluke a ring or two but without any success except for a couple of sinkers and pieces of bling. Eventually I ended up against the cliff where the E Trac started picking up deep mid to low tone signals that I thought may be foil but of course hoped for much better. I dug a couple which were both small foreign coins at about 40cm deep. Then another, and another. Ended up with 17 coins, mostly foreign, all at a similar depth from a smal area of about 3 square metres. The oldest is 1973 and the newest 2007. This is the small patch that kept me digging 17 holes. Other beachgoer's must have thought I was a bit loopy.

Note all holes filled. :-) Here are the finds. Nothing of value just an unusual mix.

From the top:
NZ coins:      1 x 20c and 5 x10c
Australian:     6 x 5c
Singapore:     2 x 20c and 1 x 10c
India:            1 x 50 Paise and 1 x 25 Paise.

Weird eh.

Anyone know what the round lead thingy on the bottom row is?

That was my Fathers Day hunt 2013.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gold and Elephants

Over this weekend I have spent a couple of hours on each of two beaches mainly trying out my E Trac with the new Pro Swing 45 detector harness from Minelab. Happy to say that once you have adjusted the harness to your frame size and get used to not holding up the detector it works just fine and would minimise the arm strain felt in a long hunt. Getting my arm to relax and let the harness do the work took a bit of practice.

While testing the harness I did actually manage to find some stuff too. The best items were a 9ct Gold ring and a 925A silver Elephant ring. The  Elephant ring is marked Thailand and I understand the 925A means it is a Silver alloy. About US$20 on E Bay.

The next pic is all my finds. Unfortunately the ankle bracelet is bling but it is undamaged and complete so that's a plus.. Grapeshot on a beach was a surprise to me. All found in a 1 square metre area. The Green rock gave a great signal and could perhaps be  a piece of Copper ore or similar as it looks quite natural under a glass. 

Thanks for looking.



PS: If you want to see a ProSwing harness I will have my one at the shop. There are also pics and price etc. on www.detectnz.co.nz  in Accessories.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

1934 Half Crown

Spent way too long on a beach with zero result last weekend. I should have gone to the adjacent park much sooner as within 10 minutes of moving there the silver half crown popped up just before I got rained out. Guess I will have to go back as there might be another.



Sunday, August 4, 2013

US Two cents and silver

Had not expected to get a hunt this weekend as the weather forecast was for heavy rain but it must have gone around us as it became quite fine as Saturday progressed. Keen to get out n about, I went to the park at 3pm and very glad that I did as it turned out to be one of those hunts with plenty of variety in finds which always makes it so much more enjoyable I reckon.

The best find of the day was a USA two cent piece. As you can see in the pic it is pretty knackered but is definitly a 2c. Has anyone else found one?
Wikipedia says

The two-cent piece was produced by the United States Bureau of the Mint for circulation from 1864 to 1872 and for collectors in 1873. Designed by James B. Longacre, there were decreasing mintages each year, as other minor coins such as the nickel proved more popular. It was abolished by the Mint Act of 1873.

Also pulled up a 1935 silver NZ shilling and this quite small .925 ring.

Below is a pic of all my finds for the day.
A Boys Brigade badge, penny's, half penny's, a 1947 half crown, Britsih pound, asian alloy coin, $16.10 in spendables and the fairy bling pendant.

The blue and white scarf pendant has Utrecht 2009 on the back. This is from The World Economic History Congress held at Utrecht, Netherlands, August 3 -7th. Coincidently I found the badge on August 3rd, 2013. 

Lastly is this an old condom box lid? I think it says Gordonia.
Hope they had fun.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Gold today

Have not been out hunting much lately due to family activities. However got a couple of hours in a park this afternoon  which produced $14 bucks and this 9ct, 4.2g gold ring. Nice to get some yellow again.

Happy hunting everyone,


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Big imposter?

Is it silver, is it white gold. Nope not even silver plated probably but not a bad ring for bling I reckon.

My afternoon park hunt today gave me the ring, a ladies watch, one 1908 English silver 3p, an 1889 penny and $12 bucks. The choker chain was an eyeball find. 

An enjoyable hunt in the Winter sun with plenty of  finds to keep it interesting. 
I left the Gold for next time or until the price rises.  :-)


Sunday, June 30, 2013

1901 Two Annas silver coin

Two short hunts this weekend produced 3 silvers and some spendables along with the usual junk. I was quite pleased with one of the silvers as it is my first Two Annas silver coin and dated 1901.  

The Two Annas were minted in silver by the British for use in India from 1862 to 1901. Some title Victoria as 'Queen' others as 'Empress. This one says Victoria Empress. It is quite small at only 15mm which is smaller than an English 3p at 20mm. I seem to remember someone else finding one a while back too.
Here is the best of it for the weekend.

Happy hunting.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fiorelli Fire

I haven't been posting much lately as I haven't been finding much really on the few times this month that I have got out in about. Generally it has just been for an hour or so before dark and that was the case on a local beach last night. I went there because it's not far from home and I needed to hunt but had no expectation of finding much as I know everybody is hammering this stretch of sand.

Well my expectations were correct as there was no gold , silver or even a coin or two in the time that I had. The nearest thing to gold was this 3cm diameter Fiorelli globe trinket

and this Fire truck

which both made huge noise in my phones as alloy tends to do. Although I have cleaned up the trinket a bit they had both obviously been there a while, were both only about 10 cm deep and found in the middle of the beach slope so  it is surprising everyone including myself, has missed them. They are of no value of course but what else has been missed? Better go back for another hunt I reckon. ;-)


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Return visit

Today I took a short ride out of town to the spot pictured below where I hoped the King tides of this weekend may have reshaped the beach a little but no such luck.

I had been there before and found lots of lead and one gold item. 

Today I only got the lead and $17.20. However with the calm sea, warm sun and virtually empty beach the lack of extra good finds didn't seem to matter somehow. :-)


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hobsons Choice

Today's detecting did not give me any finds to brag about however the views from the top of the volcano I chose to climb were magnificent. Warm sun, no wind and very little haze made it an ideal day to be up high.

Devonport and Rangitoto
Auckland CBD

I have lived in Auckland for 30 plus years and this was the first time I have been up there. That is another good thing about detecting. It takes you places.