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  2. Yesterday was a phone call from a lady who had been recommended to me to find............not a ring or piece of jewelry which is the norm, but...... ......A metal pin that had dropped out of a digger bucket that halted the job. Out to Kaiaua I went, and there was the digger that had been digging a pond in the gluggiest of blue and yellow clay. They had spent a couple of hours themselves looking for the pin to no avail. Needless to say, I found it in a huge lump of gluggy clay not even discernible to the naked eye. Happy peoples all round!!!!!
  3. WOW that's a nice coin and still got a lot of details. 🤗
  4. One of my finds on a farm that DID have a "pub" many years ago. It is not only the joy of finding such an item, it is also the history behind the item that makes our hobby so fascinating.......wonder if he was drunk and dropped it????? Silver coin; Denomination: Groat Royal Mint, London Queen Victoria (1837-1901) A groat is a 4 pence coin. There were two forms of groat, the currency issue like this piece with Britannia on the reverse, and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies witht the numeral 4 on the reverse. Although the last circulation groats were struck in 1856 (the threepence coin had become more popular), they remained part of the general currency until 1887. This issue was produced for circulation in both Great Britain and British Guiana History (from Wikipedia) The prospect of the introduction of a general circulation fourpence coin was raised in 1835, when the MP Joseph Hume spoke in Parliament in favour of its introduction. His reasoning was that the coin was convenient for paying cab fares.[2][3][4] The coin was first introduced in 1836, but proved unpopular with cab drivers as they now simply received a fourpence as payment, whereas previously they would often receive a sixpence without the demand for change.[5] The threepence was introduced in 1845 to "afford additional convenience for the purpose of change".[6] This new coin proved much more popular than the fourpence, and by the early 1850s it was decided there was no need for both coins. The final regular issue of groats was made in 1855, although proofs were minted in 1857 and 1862. In 1888 a special request was made for a colonial variety to be minted for use in British Guiana and the British West Indies. The groat remained in circulation in British Guiana right up until that territory adopted the decimal system in 1955.[7] Design The original reverse of the 1836 version of the coin, designed by William Wyon, is a seated Britannia, holding a trident, with the words FOUR PENCE to each side. Two different obverses were used during the mintage of this coin. Wyon's likeness of William IV appeared in 1836 and 1837, surrounded by the inscription GULIELMUS IIII D G BRITANNIAR REX F D.[8] Groats bearing the likeness of Victoria were issued from late 1837 onwards, also designed by Wyon, with the inscription VICTORIA D G BRITANNIAR REGINA F D. Those fourpences minted in 1888 bear the "jubilee head" of Victoria, designed by Joseph Boehm – the reverse is unchanged.[9] There also exists a pattern coin, dated 1836, which bears the same obverse as the William IV issue coins, but has a different reverse, designed by William Wyon, which has the inscription 4p instead of the words FOUR
  5. Time Left: 11 days and 14 hours

    • FOR SALE
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    For Minelab XTerra 705 .All excellent condition with own coil covers. 10 x 5 eliptical DD 18.75khz............water resistant 6 inch 18.75 DD 18.75khz...............waterproof for gold 9 inch concentric 3khz...............waterproof for coins Also have unit with standard coil, bought brand new so not a clone minelab, have manual, box, headphones, unit dust/shower cover Also stainless steel scoop (needs handle).....heavy duty for sea hunting. $1100 the lot or sell seperate. PM me for details. Cost when new over $2k. Will negotiate.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

  6. EDIT:.......Vinegar, Spoonful salt and dash baking soda.
  7. We have all had those crusty looking coins detected at the beach. Those with a high crusty sand build up stuck like glue ....I attack with a hammer! Now before you go smashing all your coins.....a bit of know how. Put the coin in a cloth...then a GENTLE whack oughto remove most of the crud without the crud flying in all directions! Throw them all in a bucket of HOT SOAPY water to get most of the loose stuff off and save your "recipes" from getting too dirty too quick. I use a rock tumbler with stainless steel shot and vinegar with a dash of baking soda to stop the gases building up and blowing the lid. Really cant be bothered sorting 'copper' from 'silver'.......after all the bank doesnt care the 20 and 50 cent pieces are a lovely shade of PINK!. After a few hours I take out the cleaned ones and throw them in a bowl of water and baking soda. The Baking Soda neutralizes acid.....thats all. ALL the bank is concerned with is they can identify your currency as being NZ, so dont even worry about the holes the 10 cent pieces seem to get. Our new currency is frankly crap.......better find it all now before it rusts away in the sea or soil. BTW, it is also magnetic.....that is except for the $1 and $2 coins. I have seen on YouTube ingenious people who have made their own rock tumblers using an old printer, and a fan. There are also many recipes......stainless steel shot, aquarium gravel, sand, pea metal etc. The s/s shot will last you YEARS......even though initially expensive. CLR is another acid cleaner to use. Note I said ACID......that means protect your EYES!!!!! CLR is Calcium, Lime and Rust cleaner. I have diluted it with COLD water into an OLD bowl, and using a sieve from the $2 shop thrown a handful of coins in the sieve. Let it all soak for half an hour, and during that time give it a bit of a swish using a wooden spatula to stir the coins around and pick out the clean ones. Rinse under clean water, then throw into another bowl with water and about a heaped tablespoon of baking soda. Keep your mucky CLR solution for another time and put a lid on it. DONT throw your waste from CLR or rock tumbling down the sink!!!! .....unless you are a plumber and can unblock drains. I have heard of people using toilet cleaner....however I cant comment as never used that. Once again....ONLY CLEAN COINS OF NO VALUE by the above methods. HAPPY COIN HUNTING!!!!!
  8. Hi Stewart, It is the starch that draws out the oxide, but dries the coin out. So......after the coin is dry, either use a little vaseline or the old sunlight soap.
  9. Yep this coin is staying in the family. :).
  10. Hmmm never heard of that i'm going to have to give it a try now thanks.
  11. Hi Tragous. Welcome to a great hobby !. A further suggestion is for you to scour the internet, youtube and practice the ART of extracting targets from the soil in such a manner that no one can tell where you have been. Gophers tend to give us a bad name leaving holes and dead grass. THAT is what gets you into trouble quicker than you can say sorry! Popping coins (shallow) is another art you can practice with a screwdriver. The internet has a wealth of information now.......and it is a challenge to leave a manicured lawn just so. Have fun!!!
  12. The humble potato will clean your copper coins to bright and new! .....just make sure they are of no value first.!!!! Method......Wash coin with soap and water first to get dirt off, dry the coin....then cut a slit in whole potato and insert copper coin until you cant see it. Leave it overnight.......(or longer) and Voila......looks like a new penny! I sometimes do several slits depending on how many coins.
  13. Very nice and shiny if you intend to keep it for yourself.......BUT the cleaning of ANY potentialy old valuable coin is a BIG No No. Coin collectors seem to have coronaries if a coin is cleaned with anything other than soap and hot water...... using anything other than a toothbrush is frowned upon by them. Seems their microscopes see too much!!!!! I have found soaking in either hot water and soap OR oil for several days takes the dirt off and still leaves the lovely patina couns acquire.
  14. It will depend where you are i'm in Nelson and we are allowed at the public parks as long as we keep it clean and tidy. We also have access to some Heritage sites as well but they where quite hard to get into so there is only a few of as that go to those sites. Your best bet is to ring the council where you live and and ask them and see what they say.
  15. Hi Everyone, New to metal detecting so trying to get clarity as to where I can metal detect. Anyone know the rules around parks? I know some are protected by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014. Others that are newer parks I would not think would be but I was hoping you could shed some light on it. Basically I need to know where I can metal detect without getting into trouble... Cheers, Tragous
  16. Thanks it was a cool find my best ever then i found a mint one on a auction site and had to have it.
  17. Terrific find!!!! Well done!😆
  18. Cleaned the coin up using some metal polish came up mint better than the pictures it's so shiny.
  19. Found more coin's to spend and some more badge's as well. Also got another old penny 1903.
  20. No problems we look forward to seeing your finds on treasurehunters.nz
  21. Thank you so much for your help and advice, we appreciate it.
  22. I have heard good things about the go find 44 but I have not tried it myself. You can get a second hand X-Terra 705 for as little as $600-700 these days just look around. When i first got mine I paid around $1000 for it.
  23. Thanks for your reply, what sort of price do you have on the X-Terra 705? Any thoughts on the Minelab Go Find 44? This has also been suggested to us.
  24. I have a X-Terra 705 its a really good machine and well priced these days this would be a good machine for a starter / intermediate person. You can get some really cheap ones like the ace 400 machines but they do not have ground balance and not really that good and more of a kiddy machine don't get me wrong they do work but spend a little more and get a good machine you can't go wrong with the X-Trerra 705 check out my photo gallery all found with that machine
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