Time to get back to some park hunting

Well, it’s certainly been a while since my last post and that is mainly because during the summer months here in the Southern Hemisphere I detect on the beach. While finding modern coins and the odd bit of bling is nice, it makes for boring reading.

For me it’s the old coins and relics that I truly love to find. So I was very happy when autumn arrived and the days started to cool and we had some rain. I personally don’t like to hunt in public parks in summer as the risk of leaving dead patches in the lawn is high.

My first destination was a park I have been going to for about three years now, and despite walking over ground I know I have been over in the past, it still gave up seven pre-decimal coins, five crusty pennies and half pennies and two silvers, as well as a couple of relics. The first interesting find was a small badge with wings. Upon cleaning, it had the letters BOAC, and below junior jet club.

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This turned out to be from the British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940 – 1974), from 1954 -1974 children could join the junior jet club and have their logbook signed by the pilot as they clocked up air miles. The other interesting find was a 12 gauge shotgun cartridge head stamp, after some research it dates from 1884 – 1924.

On my way home I stopped into the site of an old farm house, this site has seen other detectorist over it, but armed with my CTX 3030 and a good dose of patience I worked my way through the iron infested ground and found two nice relics. The first was a medallion commemorating the end of WW I, dated 1919, brilliant! I thought, there are still some finds left in here. The next find was only a few meters away,  a dog license tag dated 1949 – 1950. By that stage I was thinking it was time for some breakfast, so I called it a day knowing there should be some more finds there among the rubbish waiting for my next visit.

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So all up, three relics with some stories to tell and two nice silver coins.

Until next time, enjoy your detecting and enjoy the history!

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