Treasure Tim Discovers a Murray & Christie Token

I was eyeing off a very small isolated patch of early reef workings outside Bendigo and each time I drove past had wondered whether they had been detected before, so one day I decided to walk over to the lone mine shafts and detect around them for coins/relics.

I could see a lot of nails and iron rubbish on the surface so I grabbed the minelab E-trac and began detecting around them. Not finding much at all other than iron junk I was about to leave when I got a very strong, high pitch non-ferrous signal. I immediately recognised the signal as potentially a large copper coin and began digging. Within only about 2-3 inches I uncovered the Murray & Christie Castlemaine merchant  penny token in good condition.

Murray & Christie Token

I recently found several photos of the original Murray & Christie building in Mostyn Street Castlemaine.

Murray & Christie were ironmongers, and merchants in china and glass ware. I have located several pictures of the store from between 1861 and 1865 and it appears they added a second story to their store in about 1862.

I will update this post shortly with an image of the orginal building.


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About Treasure Tim

Tim works at Miners Den Australia’s Bendigo store ‘BendigoGold’. Having an interest in both Gold Prospecting and Treasure Hunting he is available to offer Miners Den Australia customers advice and support in their pursuit treasure hunting adventures and Gold Nuggets. Tim will be sharing his finds and advice regularly on the Miners Den Australia blog, so make sure you check back to see some fantastic finds and valuable tips on getting the best out of your Minelab Gold, Treasure and Adventure metal detectors! Having uncovered 1000's of historic relics and many ounces of gold nuggets Tim is perfect person to help you hone your skills and get you discovering more of the good stuff more often. Tim can be contacted via email

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