Local knowledge – the key to successful coin hunting


One of my regular detecting mates, Mark, shares my passion for researching old sites and then gaining permission to detect them. He’s a born and bred local with numerous contacts in the South Australian bush and they have served us well, as has my wife’s extensive library of local historical books. Country folk are almost always good for a chat about their local area’s history and quite a few have passed on folklore, hints and tidbits of information that have sent us off on new quests.

So, there we were in my station wagon negotiating the lattice-work of dirt roads and talking nonstop about patterns and settings for our Minelab E-Tracs. It certainly helps when you run the same detectors because you can share information. By talking, listening and comparing signals in the field with Mark, I’ve flattened out my learning curve and am now reasonably adept with the E-Trac.

The first location we’d lined up to hunt was a beautiful 1890s stone farmhouse. It was in good condition but no-one lived in it anymore and the owners were happy for us to find whatever we could in its expansive grounds.

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