Saturday, April 26, 2014

Silver and Snakes

Today I got to my local beach at around 7 am and followed the tide down for 3 hours or so. The sand is always moving on this beach and  so there was the usual selection of bottle tops and tear tabs. No gold for me this time but I did manage this nice Silver anklet chain.

With Auckland's cultural diversity new types of finds are appearing on the beaches I visit and today was no exception when all this came out of the same hole.

I showed a young Indian bloke who stopped for a chat and he reckoned they were Hindu horoscope cards. I asked him about the snakes and he said they were snakes.

This small charm like thingee had me guessing.

until I did this

And as you can see it is a 2cm lipstick. Some one must have really small lips.

Here is a couple of finds from Easter hunts. 

Do you know what this is? If so please email me. I think it is cast bronze and has a 17 mm internal diameter .

and a souvenir coin all the way from the US of A.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Golden Iti

I had a hunch that the storm surge from the remnants of cyclone Iti may have moved sand and sure enough on visiting the beach after work on Thursday evening I found it had stripped about 20cm off the top of the beach in places. So concentrating on those area's I found crusty coins and these two 14 k rings. (585)

It has been a while since I have seen gold so it made a great start to my holiday weekend.
Thanks Iti 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

4 Silvers today

There were other travellers in the field today all sporting CTX 3030's against my trusty E Trac. No pressure for me to get a good result of course. You would think I might have found more in 6 hours but alas no, my result was only 4 silver sixpences, 21 pennies and $9.00 in spendable's. I am not sure how the 3030's did in the end as we all departed at different times however I did see one English half crown.

Here is my stuff.

The oval badge is from Seddon Technical College which used to be where Western Springs High school is now.

All good fun.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Silver and Army Badge

Today I hunted in the same general area as I found last weeks 3 English  half crowns hoping for more of course. I did find one more dated 1920 and also an 1880 English shilling and a 1926 English threepence.

Another find that was a total surprise when it popped up from the depths was this Royal Army Service Corps cap badge from 1914 - 1918. At least I think that's what it is. Comments are welcome.

Here are the best finds without the trash.

The small pendant is from the Canterbury Jubilee Industrial Exhibition 1900 - 1901 and although the coin bottom left is pretty rough it is in fact a 1940 One Quarter Anna from India minted by Britain - George VI King and Emperor. Not shown is 21 pennies and $16.50 of spendable's. 
Had a great 6 hours. 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lost Silver funds

Recently I found 3 silver English Half Crowns in one hole in a local park. I was really pleased to get this find as in my experience they are not so plentiful any more. Two were 1915 and the other 1912. Also dug with them was a 1912 English Half Penny. This is how they were in the ground.

The thing that intrigued me was that between the halfpenny and the top silver coin was a folded piece of paper. I imagine that originally the paper was wrapped around all the coins as they were tightly stacked in the ground and it would have held them together before disintegrating over the years. Anyway after a few days of drying I managed to unfold the paper as below.

The paper seems to be a public transport ticket or ticket receipt but it is not complete. The piece of paper just above the halfpenny is all that is left of the outer wrapper. The silver coins are a little worn so my guess is they were deposited around the early 1920's. 

So why was someone carrying seven shillings and sixpence halfpenny? If they were so careful to wrap the coins how did they come to loose them? Where could they have gone in NZ for that amount of money in those days? Perhaps the half crowns were for a purchase and the halfpenny was the tram fare home but somehow I don't think so as a tram ride would not have had the type of ticket as above. I understand the average NZ wage in 1920 was about four pound ten shillings so this was possibly a considerable loss for the looser. Your comments are welcome and particularly if you can identify the ticket..

Thanks for your interest.