The title above is an understatement. A post on the Australian forum Dirt Fishing attracted my attention. It was entitled, More of the Same. Not exactly a ‘come-on’ for the readers. Nestling amongst a group of indistinguishable coins in a rather poor picture was an intriguing bit of Aussie social history.
The writer ‘Heath‘, also known as ‘Coffscratcher’ (don’t ask!) described it as … “an old bottle cap I thought was half-interesting”. A simple bit of research revealed that it was probably his star find that day, and very interesting. This is what he found …
The announcement by the Royal Mint about a new polymer £50 banknote released on the 23 June this year (2021), featuring the scientist Alan Turing, was the reminder for this blog post. Incidentally, the date coincides with what would have been the computer pioneer and wartime code breaker’s birthday.
There is a fascinating and well-written tale, ‘Turing’s Treasure’ seen in a 1993 Searcher magazine, part of the series on ‘Lost Hoards.’ The author was Colin P Hennell. I have worked on a new, expanded version of my original story, which I hope you will find interesting.
ALAN TURING’S EXPERIENCE WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT
I never expected to come across a true (allegedly) story about Alan Turing, the brilliant computer scientist. Colin P Hennell tells the story of how Turing decided to protect his wealth in time of war by burying a silver hoard of money and bullion, only to lose track of the time and place where it was buried. He had built his own metal detector, but failed to find the spot.
Just before the Second World War he transferred to the wartime Code breaking section at Bletchley Park where he became the mastermind behind the world’s first electronic computer, code-named Colossus.
For detectorists all over the world, unearthing objects before knowing what they are invariably brings a thrill of anticipation. The enthusiasm, joy and sometimes exhilaration for what we find depends on the country and situation. For example, taking into account on which side of the pond you live, the discovery of a modern padlock or coin dating back 70 or 80 years can be cause for great celebration. But, it’s all relative.
I posted a link to my last blog post on an American forum. The link was removed and I received a message about ‘a violation’. Fair enough – and I apologise for my blunder. Evidently I was ‘advertising’. “A few bad apples spoil the bunch” I was informed.
There was a reply to my post from a member whose name I forget – he said that William Trenholm was the guy who invented the first metal detector. I have other posts coming your way that name the usual suspects, but I had never heard of Trenholm, so I checked him out. I gleaned a lot of information from this book , ‘South Carolina Myths and Legends’ – The true stories behind History’s Mysteries by Rachel Haynie.