A Cartwheel on a Hilltop
I first met Mark when I was gridding an area in a suburban park. He spotted me and came over for a chat about metal detecting for coins and jewellery. He and his dad had been detecting on and off for 20 years whereas, by comparison, I was a complete novice with just three years detecting under my belt. I came across him again on a forum and from then on we kept in touch.
After one quick suburban hunt and a few months of him ‘sussing me out’ to see what kind of person and operator I was, Mark suggested a day trip hunt at a couple of country locations. I love Australian history, researching old locations and then finding a coin or two and I jumped at the chance.
We each had a location in mind in roughly the same area so we combined our research and headed out of town on a grey old day in drizzling rain. The first spot was my suggestion and it was a crumbling old 19th century church on private land. On arrival we spoke to the property owner and he kindly gave us permission to detect but warned we had to stay away from the eroding, cracked bell tower for our own safety.
We were both using Minelab Etracs and Mark scored the only two coins within five minutes of switching on. One was a well-worn, fairly rare 1838 Groat (silver fourpence) and from half a metre away up came a 1903 King Edward halfpenny.
The full article can be found in the August 2011 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.