By Vernon Hutchinson – QLD
The Bus Stop: The ground up my way has been pretty dry of late, making it so hard to retrieve coins that I nearly gave up. Then, recent storms rolled in and dropped a fair amount of rain and softened it up considerably. Before that, I could only coin pop a couple of centimetres, now I could get down at least 10!
A day full of unexpected thrills begins
I headed back to a park I’d been working with my detector and start doing the edges. At the time I wasn’t finding much and really just hoping for what someone else had missed. Or, a signal that had been amplified by the moisture in the ground.
The car park caught my eye so I started to work up towards that. People park their cars and get their picnic gear out, so I was hoping to find dropped items along the footpath.
Slowly I worked my way towards a bus stop, you know one of those concrete pads with a sign on it. I found a few modern coins, nothing to write home about. I was starting to think that there wasn’t much here.
The treasure trail begins
A while later, I got a nice solid signal and up comes threepence. You could have knocked me down with a feather. I was about 5 meters away from the bus stop and the thought of stumbling across the “old” bus stop got me excited. Now I’m focused and swung the coil slow and low, listening for the slightest faint signals.
Sure enough, I’m rewarded for my efforts with a lovely brass badge. After cleaning it I discover it’s a “Returned from Active Service” badge, (my 1st). Yes! Now I’m really motivated and soon rewarded again with another threepence, then another and another! I’ve definitely found the “old” bust stop I’m thinking to myself. Upon checking the coins I noticed they all had holes in them. Why? I have no idea?
Low and slow
On I go, swinging low and slow. I start getting multiple signals near the surface, so I started to coin pop. Up comes five pennies, one after the other. Most were commies, two of them I noticed were different. One had small pie-shaped pieces missing, possibly having been used for trench art? The other had a hole in it, as though it may have been worn as a pendant?
I started gridding the area now to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Another signal and a strange penny comes up. It’s a bit thicker than the others and after a bit of cleaning, I realised it’s a “1901 State of Queensland Australian Federation” medallion. WOW!
The next target is a halfpenny and then another threepence, but this one has been worked into a thimble shape. I’m still thinking trench art as this particular park once had troops stationed here during WW2. On I go and the next target that comes up is a harmonica reed.
After about 45 minutes, I had worked this bus stop over and moved on down around the park, finding just some modern coins.
All up I found a mixed bag of wonderful finds from that old bus stop. I later realised they’d moved the new one further down when they concreted and fitted the sign. The site I’d found was the original bust stop where people had stood waiting for the bus back in the day.