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June 26, 2022 - A Most Unusual Find.
June 26, 2022 A Most Unusual Find. Well it’s been quite some time since I was last out Metal Detecting. Between too much rain and sopping wet fields and bus stops, I really had to bide my time. June 26 was a pleasantly warm day with lots of clouds floating on a delicate breeze; a perfect day for walking over to our local school yard area. The school is now renamed: Prairie Sunrise School. There’s an area just west of the school that’s called the Ryerson Recreational Site. It hosts two baseball diamonds and a walkway of sorts for local residents as a go between Dalhousie Drive and Rochester Ave. (See the first picture). I detected an area about the size of a two car garage. Metal detecting is not about covering as much ground and distance as possible in a short amount of time but rather about finding an area that has seen a lot of use by people and focusing on it. I had detected these very same trees before and with some luck (see October 18, 2020 ) but today I repeated the exercise and extended my hunt to cover all of the space between the trees and the fences too. The hunt was a success. Top of the finds list and most unusual was a really small silver coin. At first, I thought it might be a dime but it seemed too small for that. Then I thought of a religious token or pendant. It was quite caked in dirt but with further cleaning I realized that it was a .05c piece. Then I saw King George the 5th was the featured Sovereign. Wow… that tells me it’s old. Next appeared Straits Settlements and ultimately, the date: 1918. Most unusual indeed and a very unlikely find for being in south Winnipeg. I can only guess that someone must have had this coin as a souvenir or maybe it was for show and tell at school or maybe it came out of their Dad’s coin collection and ended up here along the walkway, lost in time and far from home until today. The Straits Settlements later became modern day Malaysia and Singapore. Notice on the third picture, A penny is unearthed on the top left and it’s mirror image can be seen, pressed in the soil and roots, on the right. Other finds of interest are a couple of buckles, a thumb tack, the sides of white MatchBox car… it sure took a beating. I also picked up 22 bottle caps and enough chain link parts to build my own fence. 14 pull tabs were also recovered. Did you know that there are collectors and clubs dedicated to the humble pull tab? Check out this website: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/archaeology- of-cans The other item worthy of mention is the oblong metal thingy that looks like a Medic Alert Bracelet or what at first I thought to be a dog tag. It reads: ABU Spinnaren Reflex Sweden. Any fisherperson worth their salt will immediately know this to be the spinner off of a fishing lure. Who knew? I certainly didn’t but Dean, our jeweler friend knew that right off the bat. So from the Straits Settlements to Sweden to back yard Winnipeg, it was quite the adventure and it didn’t cost me a dime to get there. Actually, I made $2.16. Ya gotta love those Loonies. And, as an aside, you can ZOOM in on any of my website pictures if you like, just use the Ctrl key and your mouse. It will give you a nice close detailed look. Until the next time: Roger
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