Please give coins back

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

BY­PASS­ING the locked gate and head­ing straight for the bed­room, an in­truder lifted six sil­ver coins of great value from ex-wood­chop­per Gra­ham Hib­bett’s gun safe just 10km west of Chin­chilla.

The coins, which would have been dropped in the early set­tler days when Mr Hib­bett’s land was known as Chin­chilla Sta­tion, were quite valu­able – the equiv­a­lent of los­ing be­tween $40 to $80.

The coins in­cluded an 1849 one-schilling piece, four five-schilling pieces from the 1890s and an 1880s 2-schilling piece, all marked with the char­ac­ter­is­tic head of Queen Vic­to­ria.

Mr Hib­bett found five of the coins in a pile at an old camp site near the creek, and found one more when he re­turned to con­tinue the search the fol­low­ing day.

“They must have been driven off by some­thing, be­cause they’ve left in a hurry and lost their money,” he said.

For Mr Hib­bett, the find was an ex­cit­ing his­tor­i­cal ad­di­tion to his other­wise prac­ti­cal collection of axes and me­chan­i­cal bric-a-brac.

When the theft hap­pened ex­actly Mr Hib­bett could not say, as he did not check the safe when ac­cess­ing am­mu­ni­tion or other valu­ables.

“I thought they were safe and sound. They went to the gun safe in my room, knew where the key was, and took them,” he said.

The thief also stole money from Mr Hib­bett’s dress­ing ta­ble.

“I reckon it’s one guy. I just want the coins back, or else,” he said.

Chin­chilla Sergeant Ger­ard Brady urged property own­ers to in­stall se­cu­rity cam­eras.

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