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50 Grams of gold with the SDC 2300

SDC 2300

July 23, 2014 09:00am

Here is 50 grams of gold nuggets (1.6 troy ounces) found with the SDC 2300 in California and Alaska, USA. The largest piece is 3/4ths of an ounce. The gold was found over about two weeks detecting time.

Chris R. – Alaska, USA

Posted on July 23, 2014 09:00am | 0 Comments

212 target day and GOLD

Excalibur II

July 22, 2014 09:00am

Went to a lake and hunted a beach with a friend that must have not been hunted in a long time. I was using my Excalibur II and he was using his Garrett At Pro. I was getting hits after hits digging it all. I started working the buoy line that separates the deeper water from the shallow side I got a low foil like tone. I figured it was just a wrapper from a cigar pack like I have gotten before. To my huge surprise I saw a Yellow Bracelet hanging half out of my scoop and after looking it was marked 14k but had CZ's in it! A little while later we decided to take a break and as I was just about out of the water I got a tone that was higher pull tab. when I was washing the clay out I saw a sweet sight of yellow again. This time it was a 10k men’s ring with some small real stones. WOW 2 gold but I was not done. LOL. We continued to hunt for a while after our break and just at the end my LAST target of the day at the water’s edge again was a blip on the Excal. I dug 2 scoops and in the bottom of the clay clog I saw a tiny yellow ring. It is 10k and missing whatever was in the center of it. BIG WOW 3 gold items! I ended the day with Gold some silver and $11.95 in Clad! My buddy found 1 silver stud earring and about $6 in clad. I love my Minelabs!


Posted on July 22, 2014 09:00am | 0 Comments

1715 Spanish Fleet silver Cobb

CTX 3030

July 21, 2014 08:00am

I recently spent some time detecting on the east coast of Florida in the Sebastian inlet area. My CTX 3030 was crushing the competition picking stuff up others walked right by... The weather was beautiful and I found a 14K white Gold ring a 14K white gold Mariners Cross a sterling Silver cross and chain and a sterling tennis bracelet with rubies emeralds and sapphires and allot of clad worth a few dollars...but my biggest treasure was found inside a clump of sand I picked up and brought back to Delaware it has an old brass eyelet with canvas wrapped around it...after it was cleaned by Dale W. Clifton owner of the shipwreck Museum at Fenwick Island DE. he noticed two Silver 1715 era Spanish Half Reale Cobbs imbedded in the Conglomeration. Dale was very kind an issued me a letter of authenticity for my finds. If you want to get motivated visit his Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick… truly amazing! I'm elated my first real piece of real treasure...See you on the beach!

Posted on July 21, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

Every Artifact Has A Story


July 19, 2014 08:00am

Every Artifact Has A Story

Posted on July 19, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

First return


July 18, 2014 08:00am
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Turned out to be a wedding party celebrating the wedding of two of the group’s nuptials the day before and it was the groom's ring which had been his grandfather's wedding band. They later admitted the ring had a value approaching $10,000.

Still it was great to finally find someone's treasure and to successfully return it to them.
Yesterday I was again looking for that Cub Scout ring. I hope to return it too soon.

Posted on July 18, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

Digging out my very first SDC nugget

SDC 2300

July 17, 2014 08:00am

Video Success Story

I did squeeze out my very first SDC gold nugget and it was actually the biggest target of the day. It weighed in at a whopping 0.4-grams! OK, maybe noting to write home about, but gold is gold, and the fact that it came from an old patch was certainly noteworthy. The following day I revisited the patch once again and was able to pull yet another nugget. It was smaller than the first, but still gold nonetheless. The only thing about the SDC I struggled with a bit was the coil design. The angle (or position) at which it sits on the lower shaft is a bit odd, but I think in time it is one of those things a person can get used to. I will be doing a lot more testing in the days to come, but so far I think Minelab has once again produced an incredible PI gold machine…


Chris Gholson - Arizona, USA

Posted on July 17, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

Three Legs Are Better Than None


July 16, 2014 09:00am

After a day out detecting and getting my usual soaking from the rain I decided to make another attempt on my local permission. Thankfully this day was to see better weather and in the end an unbelievable find.

The day started off with the usual mix of rubbish and buttons. Even though I love to dig buttons the ones the I got were not very interesting and were of the same variety. As the day went on I discovered my first coin, an old Queen Elizabeth big penny, unfortunately nothing to write home about. While doing my video for my YouTube Metal detecting channel I was explaining the dangers of glass in the ground and the safety of wearing gloves, which like a bad boy I wasn’t wearing. When shooting the video and talking I was saying to myself, “I hope I find something good here or this video is going to be boring”.

Posted on July 16, 2014 09:00am | 1 Comment

83 Grams From 9 Nuggets at AKAU

X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack

July 15, 2014 10:00am
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I had long read about people finding nuggets in Alaska using a metal detector but only dreamed about being able to do so. I learned about Gaines Creek and tried to go there. But, by the time I tried to make it up to there, they had already closed to the public.

It looked like all the places open to the public that catered to nugget hunters had closed down for commercial mining. Then, I learned about Alaska Gold and Resort, AKAU, close to Nome, Alaska. I reserved 2 weeks at the end of June 2014.

The metal detector I used was a Minelab X-Terra 705 with the Gold Pack. On my 2nd day there, I found a nice 28 gram gold and quartz specimen. Then my luck turned cold for the next 5 days. However, I finally started to dig every signal, carefully check any hole for additional targets, and recover even the faintest of signals.

Posted on July 15, 2014 10:00am | 0 Comments

When you hear "You won't find anything"


July 15, 2014 09:00am

After a year of trying, I finally scored permission to hunt a yard that once had a 1910 home on it in a city that has had activity all the way back to the Seminole Indian tribes.
One permission led to another and on an adjoining lot, I got a deep but clear signal that sounded pretty sweet. Upon scanning my dirt pile, something popped out and at first thought it was a silver half dollar.

Well the first thought was correct, it was silver and the size of a half, however it was a medal given starting in the early 1800's once a year to a selected person. Their name is inscribed professionally on the medal and also the date of which it was presented to the individual. Mine is stamped 1859.

Posted on July 15, 2014 09:00am | 1 Comment



July 15, 2014 08:00am

I am sending this in after talking to Tim at Minelab International. I used to think I had the top of the range metal detector and going out I used to find quite a lot of interesting items, then met up with a new friend and went out on our outings which was great fun. My friend decided that it was time to get a better machine and decided to buy an E-TRAC so I had to buy one as well to see if they were any good, not really expecting it to be as far as I was concerned I already had a top machine. It did not take long at all to get the hang of the machine, the finds poured in, so we went over old ground already done, and dug deeper with E-TRAC which threw me all over the place as far as I was concerned my old machine could not be beaten. Well how wrong could i be, now saving for the CTX 3030, my conclusion is best thing I ever done just waiting now to buy the CTX to try it out.

Posted on July 15, 2014 08:00am | 0 Comments

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