About Beaumont Commons
In 1849, Sir Samuel Davenport set aside a piece of land from the Beaumont village development for the pleasure of residents. The reserve retains many original woodland trees including two which are on the National Trust Significant Tree Register.
Flora conservation work is taking place in parts of the Common. The beautiful trees are Grey Box and SA Blue Gum with one original Native Pine.
Sunday October 29, 2017
Overview: 3 Hour Morning Hunt / Weekend / Spring 2017
Equipment: Minelab Etrac with 11’ DD Standard Stock Coil
Weather: Partly Cloudy Mid 20s
Soil Conditions: Mostly Firm Dirt Under Soft Lush Grass / Heavy Pebbles & Mid Sized Rocks / Pockets of Heavy Trash
Goal: 2x Pre-decimal coins, 2x silver coins, $15 modern coins, and at least one unique relic
After a daunting drive from the southern suburbs, I finally arrived at Beaumont Commons by 9am. It didn’t take long to get organized and underway searching for my first dig of the day. Not but 15 feet from the car, a beautiful tone came bursting through my headset. A solid 12:35 target ID from all angels, this we had to open.
To my amazement, I unearthed this beauty….A 1896 Queen Victoria Penny and in pretty decent shape as well.
What a brilliant way to start the day! My hopes were HIGH for the morning hunt ahead of me.
Not far from my Queen Vic, I landed a second strong signal about 4” deep that needed my attention ASAP. Feeling good about the 12:38 target signal, I was certain there was another coin waiting to see the light of day under my feet.
After popping a clean quick plug, this dig presented me with my first goal of the day — 1960 Sixpence….a silver coin!!!! Yippee, I always love my silver, however, this guy had a hefty ding by a landscapers mower of a bygone era. Nonetheless, this 1960 Sixpence still delivered a heart thumping adrenaline rush that only us prospectors can understand.
The further into my hunt regular targets started becoming far and few with more rubbish than treasures clogging up my pouch. With the occasional goldie here and there, though mostly just digging up those brown buggers (1c & 2c pieces) which seemingly gets your heart pumping only to be let down….again and again…….UUURRRGGHHHHH!!
A few hours in, the path started leading me back to the car which was fine as because I had a time restriction today. At this point I’ve already picked up my pace in order to cover more ground, however, I’m not thoroughly grinding myself across the commons at this point. So I know there’s plenty more to hunt again, plus I only hit 1/3 of the total park area leaving me many more return visits. Since today was a short hunt, I was only prospecting the ground to see if this park needed to be on my regular rotation. At this stage I was in search of strong 12:32 thru 12:41 Etrac signals in a detailed hunt for silver and pre-decimals coins. All I really wanted was a few more hits/digs before I call it a successful day.
Finally my trusted Etrac gave me a ripper of a signal that sounded too good to be true. If it’s another brown bugger I’m going to scream!!!! Thank you metal detecting gods, no brown bugger this time. This dig surrendered a cancer riddled 1920 Commonwealth of Australia Penny, but still a beauty in my eyes. I’ll take it mate! So yes, please tick-off one pre-decimal from my daily list.
Now time was running short and my goal today was undoubtably going to come up short (not far off though) even though I did reach a few good milestones, particularly that Queen Victoria. Even though the goal list came up up short, still in my opinion, any day in the park with the Etrac is a winner not matter what you find.
In the End
and the UNIQUE RELIC of the day………can anyone tell me what this is?
Remember to dig with respect and keep on discovering!