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Australian WWII - Far North Queensland Metal detecting and recovery

Article about: Hi Blokes ~ I am posting this as an going blog for interested parties that have been following my fossicking of (extensive) WWII ~ Far North Qld Australia . This area has been described in r

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    That's cool Stu.
    Another possibility is when the bloke hit it the coin went spinning into oblivion never to be seen again until you found it.

    Great work. Keep that shovel a working mate.

    Dave

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    Cheers Dave

    I almost chucked it but I tell I stick by my own philosophy to never throw out anything till I confirm it's status/ origins ~

    It looked like another nothingness when I first dug it ~ it was not until I brushed it off while having Smoko tat we suddenly realised what it was ~

    Had a raft of theories on it's tale .. tall or true ~ but it keeps coming back to the same one ~


    From vintage coin to, frikkin awesome-one off a kind relic.....

    I'm pretty sure they looked for it after their little trick shot.

    I definitely would.

    If they threw it away, THAT'S when I start to worry, cause the 'gun man' probably made shots like that on a daily basis, And the novelty wore off and he discarded it !


    All in all an "added value" to a vintage coin & in my humble opinion one that makes it a museum quality piece.
    This works for me ~ I am giving one more run in the (low voltage) electrolysis vat ~

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    Woow ~ What a week ~

    Hunts on Monday ~ Tuesday and another recce/ hunt today with my lady ~ Ms M !

    Monday it was Terry ~ from Cairns ~ Ed has some family dealings but i was able to go out with Ed aon Tuesday~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    We met up around 08.00 and headed into two sites ~ including one site which we have now written off ~

    A sole find on the second find ~ dug to Tiwain for a modern 2 cent coin ( discontinued in the 1990s ? )


    but the Weather man had other plans and we were seriously rained out by 13.30 ~

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    Mystery item

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    My finds for the day ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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    Tuesday ~

    Very early start ~ up at .4.00 ~ on site 0.6.15 ~ Now site again !

    I picked up a (Hat ) Rising Sun real early ~ which broke a hex I have been having regarding the RS's ~

    Then I broke another Hex when I finally scored a stamped ID tag ( after digging some 5 blanks !)

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery



    We split up and i had a good run except I git bogged down chasing the mythical "China Blue" Glassware in a bottle dump !

    But I eventually slowed down and started producing the goods ~ I had a good day on ' Aust Military Forces' (brass) buttons ~ including an Officer's cap button ~

    Ed was having a good day with the CTX again ~ ( also about being in the right place, regardless of MD ~ IMO !)

    But then I also chased a brilliant target which turned otu to be the Mess Stove top ~ a cast iron stove plate ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    By 13.30 we had enough the total contradiction of humidity and scorching Sun sent us home atad early !

    The combined total . Mine at the lower half and Ed's at the top ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The lower spoon I dug was unusual as it is extremely heavy !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The best of mine at day's end ~ also included another US Army webbing buckle~ But i am wondering now if these buckles are typical of the US Army kit that was being supplied to the Aust forces by 1944 ! (?)

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


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    Thursday ~

    Several lay days and i got the itch again ~

    I figured that I should take my (nature loving partner ) Ms M out fro a run ~ at first she was not fussed but decided it was great op to get out ~

    So we headed out for a Recce to a yet another site ~

    Took an hour t reach the site and we not even sure if we going to actually be able to access the site but ~ we got there ~

    I insisted I be able to MD for an hour which she was more than agreeable to !

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    The KG VI and the AMF button as dug ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    More promise to come ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    I feel another Hunt coming on tomorrow ~


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    Having a Vegie day today ~

    Just about buggered ~ lOL ~ went out again yesterday ~ 50 minutes drive to the site ~

    Spent 4.5 hours on site and pulled out just as the storms started to build ~ AND BOY! did we have thunder storms last night~ Bloody Hell ~ thunder felt like it was on the front yard ! But interestignly never a lot of rain to follow ~

    Any way ~ NO RS. NO ~ Coins ~ No AMF buttons ~

    But hey I will dig these 20 mmm shell cases all day ~ plus a few webbing buckles and a n intriguing Shrapnel piece ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Any ideas on the frag ?

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Late storms starting up ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


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    Great pics! You certainly have a beautiful nature there
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    Take one of the electrolysis vat ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

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    Finally take on the 22 mm shell ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Huge day Tuesday ~ two of us ~ FIVE sites in one day ~

    Two total fail ~ third positive but hard worked over as it backs onto a public road ~

    Under the watch of locals .. I guess shot this photo as they were quite some distance and I zoomed to max and snapped away ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    A pair of classic Australian Wedge tail eagles.. Beautiful ~


    The other two much more positive including old favourite ~ so lots of moving around ~ but I scored a few pieces ~

    Intriguing failed trench art penny .. maybe he should have just used it for target practice like the previous one I dug ~

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    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Intriguing that the beat up penny KG V 1926 ~ as opposed to the shot target penny of last week, a KG V 1923 ~

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    Well it is High Summer now and the Wet season is ~ well supposed to be in full tilt!

    But despite the frequent thunder storms there is not a lot of volume to the rain~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    When the storm clouds recede the days are extremely hot under high humidity in true Wet tropics fashion ~ So yesterday I headed out froa solo hunt in old grounds ~

    A pleasant SSE breeze kept things pleasant and the ground being damp made for a pleasant experience up till around 13.00

    Lots of targets and quality signals ~ but a lot of detritus ~ including many 303 blank cartridges and shell casings ~ a few good finds including mystery objects ~ more Primer flash tubes ~ and another ~ a third KG V
    which has been "tampered with"~ be it shot or a failed attempt at Trench art / ring~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery


    I also dug up this length of strapping. It was quandary at first as it is synthetic material with an original brass eyelet ~ typical of those that drive us detectorists insane on Military sites ~

    That is until I recalled that such fabric did appear long before WWII~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery

    “During the War, nylon replaced Asian silk in parachutes.

    It also found use in tires, tents, ropes, ponchos, and other military supplies, and even was used in the production of a high-grade paper for U.S. currency. At the outset of the War, cotton was king of fibers, accounting for more than 80% of all fibers used.

    Manufactured and wool fibers shared the remaining 20%. By the end of the War in August 1945, cotton stood at 75% of the fiber market. Manufactured fibers had risen to 15%.”
    Not a bad day Hunt ~

    Nice to actually find a ACP shell case that is not rotted which is so typical around these parts ~ in fact most US shells cases tend to rot much more easier that the Australian products ~

    Australian  WWII - Far North  Queensland Metal detecting and  recovery




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