When original plans change and your day suddenly becomes free, what do you do? You arrange with your mate to go metal detecting of course! After some research we decided to visit a pathway alongside a creek. Amongst the loads of trash and a few ammunition casings, a few coins and relics were found. Here is the pick of the bunch.
I also thought I'd try to put some perspective on the age of the items found by including a little fact about something that occurred during that year. Since I'm a bit of a science nerd, all the facts in this post will have some sort of link to science.
Dog Tag - July 1 1896 - June 30 1897.
My first dog tag from the 1800s - I love these things. This one says district 51 and reg no. 996 on one side and has the date and what looks to be coat of arms on the other.
Interesting fact about 1896: Henri Becquerel exposed photographic plates to uranium and discovered the principle of radioactive decay. Learn more about Becquerel here.
Rising Sun Badge - Used in WWI and WWII
Designed in 1904 and is the third design of the badge.
Interesting fact about 1904: Jupiter's sixth moon is discovered, learn more about this here.
Sadly, I have no more information about this charm or the date it was made so there is. It looks to be electroplated, you can see delamination of the plating from the substrate in the top right hand corner of the charm.
Just because there's no date doesn't mean I can't give you a fact - modern electroplating was first discovered in 1805, learn more about this here.
1943 KG VI Penny
Interesting fact about 1943: DNA is proven to be the genetic material of the chromosome by Oswald Avery. Learn more about DNA history here.
1950 KG VI 1950 Penny
Interesting fact about 1950: Jan Oort independently predicted the Oort cloud (it had also been predicted by another astronomer 18 years earlier). The Oort clout is where we suspect many comets we see originate from. Learn more about the Oort cloud here.
1917 KG V Penny
This coin was in the same location as the 1916 half penny.
Interesting fact about 1917: The colour perception tests were published by Shinobu Ishihara. You can see some of them here.
1916 KG V Half Penny
This coin was in the same location as the 1917 penny.
Interesting fact about 1916: Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA was born. Learn more about Crick here.