Historic Bendigo Town Medal Found

Treasure Tim found a historic 1887 Bendigo Sandhurst Town medal which was made to commemorate Queen Victoria’s jubilee.

It was found when Treasure Tim was gold prospecting in Bendigo with a Minelab GPX-4500 in a gold mining tailings area, which was full of rubbish and gold.

See the image of the medal Treasure Tim found below. If you would like to see what the orginal medal looks like and to read more about the history of the medal please visit Museum Victoria

Fishing Reel Relic found in Central Victoria

This is something I found early on when I got my Minelab E-TRAC metal detector. I took the E-TRAC to an old hut site that I’d known about as a kid in the bush.

I found a few old coins and detecting near the old creek at the site I dug up the fishing reel at a depth of 6” in hard packed clay.

It was like a rock when I dug it out of the ground and took a lot of cleaning to discover what it was.

Now it turns smoothly. I estimate it to be from the 1800’s or early 1900’s.

Perhaps one of the most interesting finds I’ve had.

Fishing Reel Discover with the Minelab E-TRAC

Early Fishing Reel found with Minelab E-TRAC

One Belt Buckle in Two Locations

I was detecting with my Minelab E-TRAC in an old house site in a gold mining town , and had on my 8” coil due to the high concentration of trash in the site.

Whilst detecting I got a good signal and dug up a socket piece from a belt buckle. I found it and thought it was a cool buckle and wondered if I could find the other piece to it.

I searched the immediate area thoroughly and found other targets but not the second part to the belt buckle.

Forgetting about the second part of the buckle I continued detecting for about an hour on the opposite side of the site and found the other half!

And straight away thought it was for the other piece. They were found within about 30 feet of each other in two separate parts of the house site.The completed Belt Buckle

The Two Separate Pieces of the Belt Buckle

Treasure Tim finds a Cambridge v Oxford University Boat Race Belt Buckle

One of Treasure Tim’s most interesting finds is a belt buckle representing the Cambridge v Oxford University Boat Race. A race which started in 1829 and continues today.

I Found the belt buckle in the remains of an old fireplace in an 1860’s early gold mining town in Central Victoria.

I was walking through the bush and I found some remains that looked like a miners hut and could see a lot of broken glass, that gave away that it was an old site. I decided to run the Minelab E-TRAC with an 11” coil around it and found the buckle in the fireplace of a stone chimney. It was about a foot deep into the rubble.

The buckle was gold gilded and in good condition although it was missing its centrepiece.
If you would like to find out the history behind the Boat Race which still occurs today visit  theboatrace.org

Cambridge v Oxford University Boat Race Belt Buckle

The Cambridge v Oxford Boat Race belt buckle discovered by Treasure Tim using the Minelab E-TRAC metal detector

Treasure Tim finds a Beautiful Cricket Belt Buckle

This find is one of my favourite Cricket Belt Buckle finds. I found it in Castlemaine, in the ruins of an old miners hut with many Chinese coins right beside it. Everything on the Buckle was intact – loop and clasp which is unusual as most of them were thrown, dropped or lost because a part had broken.

Interesting to note where the belt buckle was found as these belt buckles were for English people so it’s unusual it was found with many Chinese coins.

What was special about this belt buckle was that it was completely intact including the centrepiece. About 99% of buckles that I have found aren’t completely intact.

It wasn’t until I had returned home and a bit of harsh cleaning and scrubbing was done, that the find was revealed as a cricket buckle with its centrepiece.

This great find was uncovered with a Minelab E-TRAC Metal Detector and I also found an Eaglehawk gold office token at the same site.

Intact Cricket Belt Buckle found with Minelab E-TRAC

Introducing Our Resident Treasure Hunter – Treasure Tim

Tim works at Miners Den Australia’s Bendigo store ‘BendigoGold’. As our resident treasure hunter he is available to offer Miners Den Australia customers advice and support in their treasure hunting adventures. 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!

I was always interested in Gold and when I was around 11 years old I found small pieces of gold specking and panning in a creek near my house, and a family friend who was a long time gold prospector sold me my first detector when I was 12 in 1996. It was a Garrett Groundhog that I still own.

I only found one piece of gold with the Garrett Groundhog detector but still loved using it for general detecting, finding the odd coin and relic around Bendigo.

When I was 17 I was considering buying a professional detector to get back into it and I decided to hire the latest model gold detector The Minelab GP Extreme from Trackline Detectors in 2002 and I found a 1gm nugget the first time I hired it, I was hooked on detecting from then on.

I persevered with gold prospecting owning many models until 2010 when I decided to branch out into Coin & Relic detecting as well. I found the occasional interesting relic when gold prospecting and thought treasure hunting was a natural extension to my Gold Prospecting hobby.

I hired a Minelab E-TRAC from Trackline detectors to find relics and coins and discovered an 1838 English shilling and a nice cricket belt buckle in an old hotel site in Bendigo.

I bought my first proper treasure hunting machine, the Minelab E-TRAC and visited all the old sites I found whilst gold detecting years before specifically targeting coins, relics and interesting historic items.

I’ve since upgraded to the latest treasure machine the Minelab CTX 3030 and a Minelab GPX 5000 for gold prospecting.

Whenever I go out on the weekend (every weekend), I take the treasure machine looking for relics and the GPX 5000 for gold prospecting as I enjoy both.

If you have anything you would like assistance with please email him timkrause@minersdenaustralia.com.au

Cricket Belt Buckle Found with Minelab E-TRAC

This is the cricket belt buckle I found with my first Minelab E-TRAC hire.

1838 Shilling found with Minelab E-TRAC

This is the 1838 Shilling I found when I first hired a Minelab E-TRAC. It’s worn but you can make the date out on the bottom.