Please give coins back
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.