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Fingers crossed today is just as successful, weather is good, gear is charged, digging muscles recovered... itching to go.. now for breakfast!  I've been digging everything, no point not when there is such a good ratio of good to bad targets.  I'll report back 🙂

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Long and good hunt I hope!

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half time lunch break! I'm doing better than yesterday I think, I've found an older coin too..... I'm not covering much ground, I was there from 9 until 12 and only walked across the field about 4 times, about 50 times to go :laugh:


Best so far, and oldest, I think it's a 1908 English Penny.  I'll find out when I clean them all up properly. 28 coins so far today I think.

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Well day two is over, I got too tired to keep going at about 4pm I called it quits, I'll be back tomorrow weather permitting.

In coin count I believe I did better today, unfortunately I got a bucket load of NZ 1 and 2 cent pieces, long extinct coins.  The last coins of these denominations were minted for circulation in 1987, with collector coins being made for 1988. The coins were slowly withdrawn from circulation, before finally being demonetised (no longer legal tender) on 1 May 1990.    I will have to date check them all to see if any are 1988 🙂

The 1903 or 1908 Penny I found with the photo in my previous post was almost the first coin of the day, it was down quite deep too


For those concerned about my big holes, this is how they look once I'm done, this was the pennys hole


I can't even find it in that photo 🙂   I think taking a big dinner size plate hole out helps the grass survive, the roots don't get damaged as I dig deep, but I have to.. as the ground is so soft rarely is a coin shallow.


Another silver!


and another 🙂


and another 🙂 but this one was interesting, it had an old 20 cent coin in the same hole as it, there is no way they were dropped at once, the silver is from 1934, the 20 cent is from the 1980's, they weren't in circulation at the same time.


The field has these power lines go to it's club house, they caused me a bit of EMI issues today as I went near them, and also they have feeder wires going underground to each of the spot lights, the back and forward I did today was especially annoying it was directly in line with lights, and under the ground between the lights seems to be the power wire for them.  At first I didn't know what was going on as I was getting terrible EMI and had to knock my sensitivity back to 15 but I worked it out eventually.


This is the bottom of a light pole, the black conduit I guess has the underground wire going between lights.


You can see my car in the distance, I detected from 9am until 4pm and only made across the field eight times.... this place is going to take me weeks to finish, another 40 or so crossings yet, that's if I don't take it from the other direction too, it's also a lot shorter across the football field than it is along it.... big job ahead of me :laugh:


A 1936 half penny, I don't think I found any halfs yesterday


I didn't have to get far from my car to get coins.


A shilling!  Got to love all the silvers at this place


Another hole with two coins, both modern $1 coins.


another Silver!


This would have been a silver if it's date was a bit earlier, I guess at some point between the 1930's and 1940's they changed composition away from silver for the sixpence.


Another half penny, pretty cool coin from 1941


Just had to show this 5 cent photo as it had a good imprint in the soil

Now down to the dirty bit, the junk


A lot more than yesterday, in saying that I'm digging every target with an ID over 5.  I have no idea what that Leed drink is, never heard of it before.... Looked it up, 1950's to1980's Sprite, before it became Sprite lemonade.

And now the good stuff 🙂


A few more than yesterday, the only modern coins that can be spent in this lot are the line of gold ones to the left 🙂


The penny to the right I can't tell what it is, it's almost gone smooth.

I have no idea how to clean these older coins, they must have copper in them as they go green?  Stay tuned for day 3 :laugh:

I wish I had a Nel big coil for my T2


That would help take on this task.

When you have good days like these it makes metal detecting an absolute treat, I wish I was around for the early days of detecting, at least I have the advantage of modern detectors I guess.  The crazy thing about this spot is it's a 5 minute walk from my house, I'd never thought to detect it before and only went there to test out my new T2 to get away from the power lines near my house. :laugh:

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Mate, what an awesome hunt site. Good on you. I love the look of those Maori coins. Two thumbs up mate.

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I can't believe countries still have 1 cent coins, looking at my stack of them there, 14 in total for today... I'd need 100 of them to make up a $1 coin, mental.  $1 doesn't buy much in this day and age.  You would think it would cost more to make them than their worth.

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Yep. We have investors in the US that have stockpiled millions of the pre zink copper pennies waiting for the penny to be discontinued because the copper is worth more than a penny. Its illegal to destroy them until they are discontinued. 

The problem with having pennies here is nobody cares about them so they end up as a common nuisance item to dig, marginally more exciting than a pull tab. If the average person drops some pennies they wouldn't even bother picking them up.

The truly need to dump the penny and nickel here and make 1, 2, and 5 dollar coins instead.

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I noticed something too, I found a Mickey Mouse pendant, not broken, still perfectly intact, must be made of decent metals as it didn't rust away.. I thought nothing of it at the time but then I thought he looked a bit weird.... the reason, it's VERY old


It's still a bit dirty 🙂


The longer than usual looking nose, the heels on the shoes, it to me looks like 1928 to 1930....

I'm itching to get back there tomorrow 🙂

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Just fyi, the pin is probably worth more than any of the coins. Lots of people collect that stuff.

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Phrunt when I was chasing coins I kept my hole filled in neatly like you. In those days I did current Churches,Schools and Parks and was not stopped by the caretakers. 

Did NZ silver coils have the same content like Aus.

Australian pre-decimal silver coins minted between 1910 and 1945 comprise 92.5% pure silver (aka sterling silver). Later dates contain 50% silver. When decimal coinage was introduced in 1966, the circular 50 cent coin contained 80%silver.


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