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E-TRAC finds 1914 Barber Dime


July 27, 2015 12:00am

My name is Keith and I wanted to share a recent story with you. I was invited on the 25th of July to a small club hunt with about ten friends to a children’s Orphanage that was built in 1850. I was using the E-TRAC with the normal coin mode setting and my first two coins I got was in the same hole (1905 Indian Head Penny and a 1917 Wheat Penny). My next coin was a 1914 Barber Dime at about seven inch’s down and mixed in with 4 rusty nails. I was standing there and the member (Wayne) who invited me on the hunt said did you find that coin there and I said I did. Wayne said Keith we have all been over that area with metal detectors, like the Whites and XP Deus brand and it was my Minelab E-TRAC that found the only silver coin that day.
Thanks again for an awesome detector

Keith – Ohio, USA

Posted on July 27, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments

Got Myself an Eagle

CTX 3030

July 27, 2015 12:00am

I dug the usual clad and was just hoping to find a silver Roosevelt dime or something interesting, but time was running out and I had to be on my way. As I was walking back toward the truck (still swinging of course), I got a nice 12/38 on the CTX. Without thinking I dropped to my knees and plunged my digger into the tough as nails meadow grass to recover yet another zinc penny. What I pulled out of the hole left me completely stunned. It took a minute to realize that I had just dug my first gold coin. It's been 2 days and the shock still hasn't worn off. Fortunately I didn't damage the coin in my reckless recovery. In hindsight the CTX was telling me I had a better than zincoln signal, I just wasn't listening. It was a solid 12/38, never waivered.
Well, after an overnight soak in distilled water most of the gunk rinsed right off and left me with a beautiful 1861s eagle, still can't believe it.
This just proves once again that you never know what you're going to dig or where you're going to dig it.
I love this hobby and love my CTX!

Posted on July 27, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments

winter woes

X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack

July 24, 2015 09:00am

Only done a few trips to the beaches during these last two months. The finds on these trips hasn't been anything spectacular mainly coins. Once the tractors have combed the beach two times a day the finds are scarce only 50 cents,10cents,$1,$2,coins seem to make up the majority of finds. I wonder how many chains get picked up by these machines. Detecting one of Sydney's iconic beaches at night only got a few bits of foil and about 5pulltabs,as the tracks in the sand indicated a tractor had already gone through and as we were leaving about 10:30pm another was starting up to comb the beach something to think about .Anyway don't give up hope because the nights that aren't planned are usually the best ones good luck.


Nick – NSW, Australia

Posted on July 24, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

Late middle age silver coin from Belgium

CTX 3030

July 19, 2015 12:00am

And that day I found a new top piece for in my display case.

I found a MAILLE ( = litthe denarius) from GENT (Belgium) , made in de period we call here the county of Flanders and this coin was strucked in the years between 1259 and 1305 . the material is silver, diameter 10mm and weight 0,4 gram ( so very thin)

Posted on July 19, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments


CTX 3030

July 16, 2015 09:00am

Just a pic of my CTX3030 and all the stuff I've removed from hunting ghost towns around Irvinebank, QLD. I also got well over 400 pre-decimal coins last year with my CTX, well done minelab team for such an unbeatable machine.

Chri – QLD, Australia - Admin of MINELAB CTX3030 USERS GROUP AUSTRALIA. On facebook. 

Posted on July 16, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments


CTX 3030

July 15, 2015 08:00am

It was a nice day for a swing so we packed the Toyota and headed to the closest ghost town. An old silver mining town from the mid 1800's near Irvinebank, Far North Queensland, Australia. On arrival we saw the obvious signs of old inhabitable ground, big old bottle dumps which had been fairly excavated. After finding a nice shady tree to park under we all went our separate ways. This particular ghost town had been a rest stop in the mid 1800's for Cob n Co coaches and had about 4 hotels, shops and quite a few residents. I t had also been a favorite hunting spot for some club members for many years till most of the coins dried up. As I moved slowly through the regrowth the CTX was humming nicely and every so often would scream out that nice high tone, which was usually a rivet washer. I was cruising around in my own little world weaving through the small patches of paperbarks when the CTX went nuts, quickly I looked at the numbers 12-46, I thought to myself, nah couldn't be but it held that single tone loud and clear so I swung the pick at the spot and dug a 4x4 inch hole and waved the coil over it, to my surprise it was in the mullock already, so I turned on the pinpointer and headed down to investigate, as soon as I got within 3 inches of the mullock the pointer went nuts, vibrating madly in my hand. so I reached into the middle of the pile of dirt and grabbed a handful and stood back up to see if I had something, as I opened my hand there it was a big shiny Gothic Florin, I'd been after one for so long that I couldn't contain myself and whoo hoo'd as loud as I could. On inspection I noticed I'd hit her badly with the pick, but it didn't matter, I had my first 1800's Gothic florin. I then swung the coil back over the hole and to my absolute amazement the CTX squealed out again. This time I was more careful in my approach and gently removed the top 4 inches, bingo there it was right on top of the mullock a 1854 British shilling. I took one more swing with the CTX from left to right and again that high pitch tone loud as hell. I thought to myself it couldn't be but after a few scrapes there it was another shiny shilling. As I wiped the dust from it noticed an unfamiliar head, it was a George III 1817 shilling, my oldest yet, again the excitement was too much and whoo hoo echoed through the silent bush. By this time my hunting buddies were heading over to see what all the racket was about. I open my hand to reveal 3 shiny silver coins, their mouths hung wide open, and when I told them the dates they nearly fell over. I then pointed to the 3 holes behind me and they didn't need a second invitation swing here and there. I just sat on a fallen log admiring my new additions to the album. But no more coins could be found by the other two that day.

Posted on July 15, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

GPZ 7000 the best ever

GPZ 7000

July 13, 2015 09:00am

I bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 in March from George who owns Miners Den in Cairns where you can get an excellent service and George will always try to help you when you need it . I would like to share my first experiences, for me it is a formidable detector and so easy to use , my first trip in the goldfields was in March for 10 days to test it and I could find many very deep specimens on an area I have previously detect with a return of 5 ounces of gold , a good start. I am retired so I have plenty of time, I am not a professional it is only a hobby , so far I spent around 7 weeks in the Queensland goldfields and run the Minelab 7000 only on pre-set factory settings and get gold nearly every day . I camp in the bush then I go detecting with a motor bike, for me it is so easy to set up this detector as I carry it in custom made bag and so quick to start compare to some I own before. I go slow and low and I have some excellent results to my level, I balance it very often and it pays and if the threshold is a bit noisy as soon I find a target, even a faint signal I will pick it up , it will cover the threshold sometimes a bit noisy but you need to be very attentive . I talked on the field with a few people who were using a GPZ 7000 and most of them are happy and for the one who was not convince yet I believe regarding what he said to me , is expectations are a lot to high , first of course you have to be on the gold and listen very carefully , with this one you can find some tiny nuggets with a very loud signal , some very deep specimens with a very clear signal , the deepest I found was 80 cm deep with 100g of very shiny gold showing through . So now for me we have to stop ignoring any signal because this detector is so responsive that we will walk away from gold. I think personally that it is the one to buy when you can afford it but we have to remember one thing this detector do not make gold it only help us more than ever . So far I found nearly half a kg of gold for 7 weeks of fun, with some very exciting moments when you dig so deep.
I would like to tell you how I am happy to own the new GPZ 7000 so functional and easy to adjust the settings and how you are lucky to have Minelab dealer like George in Cairns.


Marc – QLD, Australia

Posted on July 13, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

1919 Standing Liberty Quarter and 1819 Large Cent


July 13, 2015 07:00am

I started the morning with a few rusty nails and after two hours I finally thought I had a hit. I cut the plug and at about 7 inches I use the pin pointer only to find a larger rust nail, not what I heard in my headset so I covered the plug and scanned the hole again and this time it had that high pitch. I got my first Standing Liberty Quarter with a good date (1919) and detail to boot. My next coin came just 15 minutes later at about eight inches with a piece of red brick right on top of the 1819 Large Cent. I have been on cloud nine with finding two coins that are 100 years old from each other and that both are in great condition.

Thanks again Minelab for a fine detector.


Keith – Ohio, USA

Posted on July 13, 2015 07:00am | 0 Comments

holed seated dollar

CTX 3030

July 12, 2015 08:00am

I have been using the CTX 3030 since October of 2014. This past week on July the 4th, I found my first seated coin a 1876 seated dime. I have been metal detecting for 4 years and a seated coin had been high on my wish list. I did not have to wait long for my second. A week later I found my second seated coin that is by far the best find of my life. We went to a home located on an 1840's gristmill. The Mill has been hunted many times by several others over the years. As I worked along a sidewalk I got a nice 12-43 signal that I thought was going to be a dime. I opened the plug and brushed back some loose soil and the coins rim appeared. To my delight I realized it was much too thick to be a dime as I pulled it from the earth I was shocked and amazed to see a silver dollar emerge from the hole. An 1869 seated dollar. The CTX has been an absolute amazing tool. The more versed I become with the machine the more success I have.


Tim – Pennsylvania, USA

Posted on July 12, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

A month with the Minelab GO-FIND 60


July 09, 2015 12:00am

Been hunting since 1986, treasurer for stone mountain treasure hunters, stone mountain diggers. I got my new go find 60 just before the first of July, decided to start on the 1st for a whole month. I hunt parks, playgrounds, older homesites, far 1 -10 k ring with 11 small diamonds, 1-10 k gold ear ring, 4 pendants, 5 ear rings ,1 wheatie, more pic to follow.


Robert – Georgia, USA

Posted on July 09, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments

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