Old School Detecting


By Kent

I’d been keeping my eye on the weather all week and Wednesday was going to be sunny, sunny, sunny. Wrong. Half an hour after leaving home and while climbing over the Great Dividing Range, flurries of snow wafted over the road.  

Luckily as I descended from the higher points, the snow disappeared and the sun occasionally peeked from behind the clouds. Another 45 minutes saw me at my first destination – an old deserted country school. Two dilapidated buildings still stood, separated by about 50 metres and a cricket pitch.

Rugged up against the wintery blast the weather man told me was swirling up from the South Pole, I started detecting around the oldest building which had once been surrounded by a now almost non-existent netting fence. I remained outside the phantom boundary for most of the morning without result, digging the occasional screw top, all the while hoping for a coin.  

Finally a 1922 penny broke the drought so I stepped through what remained of the fence and continued detecting around the building. I was getting plenty of iron signals but not much else and another 30 minutes passed before I bagged my second pre-decimal, this time a 1943 halfpenny.

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