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Bust Half !! Dude Dude Dude!!

CTX 3030

November 19, 2015 09:09am

My buddy Mark Dayton and I are loyal Minelab users and always grab for our CTX 3030's when we are heading out to a new Gold Rush Site.

This hunt was no different. So with full batteries we headed out on our 30 minute hike to a recently discovered Gold Rush site that has been giving up some really great Gold Rush Relics. Mark with his 6" coil was pulling up some great buttons and relics and I too was getting a few relics and a couple Chinese coins. Then I got a banging 12/45 signal on the CTX. I knew it had a great chance of being a nice coin!! I yelled to Mark and we started the video rolling!! Man am I glad we videoed this dig!! Huge Flash of silver in the pile and "Bust Half--Dude Dude Dude!! You gotta love this hobby and Minelab detectors with their superior ID and Tone allows us to have a great idea of when to turn on the video to capture moments like this!!


Ron – California, USA

Posted on November 19, 2015 09:09am | 0 Comments

Chinese Coin Cache found on California beach.

CTX 3030

November 19, 2015 08:00am

While using my CTX 3030 11"Coil in the water at Coronado California I uncovered my first ever coin cache. 36 ea 200 year old Chinese Coins (Ch'ieng-Lung 1736-1795)
Most were in the minus tide wet sand or in ankle deep water. Very unusual find for this beach. How they got there is a big mystery. Most were very black and some paper is of one of the better coins, all bronze.


Ira Liss – California, USA

Posted on November 19, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Rare 1885 U.S. Liberty Nickel found with Minelab CTX 3030

CTX 3030

November 16, 2015 12:00am

I was hoping to find something a little deeper below the trash. I covered the front of the house again, swinging real slow, listening for something mixed in with all the low foil and high iron targets. Got a 12-14 signal at 8”, deeper than all the other targets I had been digging in front of the house, but it was difficult to pinpoint, inches from several other garbage targets. I dug a small plug and pulled out the coin, saw it was nickel size, but too dirty to see any detail. Poured some water on it, enough to see the face and date. I took out my iPhone to find a picture of an 1885 nickel to check if the face matched, and was shocked when I saw coins listed for big prices. I went to an online price guide and saw that 1885 was the rare date of the series.
Stomachs growling, we decided to skip lunch and keep detecting. Didn’t find any more rare coins, but pulled a few toy cars out of the area. Hoping to go back and try the trashy area again with a 6” coil and wander the fields with my 17” coil.

Posted on November 16, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments

120 Yr old baby fork

CTX 3030

November 13, 2015 08:00am

On October the 13th 2015 I was on a trip to Perrysburg Ohio and wanted a place to hunt. I could not decide on where to go so I decided to pick the biggest house on the street I ended up on. The lady was happy for me to hunt it and was excited about what I might find. I ended up hunting 2 days there and found a ton of great stuff. The house was built in 1873. On the end of the first day I got my most exiting find right at the time I was ready to call it a day. Behind the old carriage house I was getting a bunch of old trash and got a booming signal that I figured was going to be a can. Well only about 3 inches deep I saw the end of a fork. This fork is no regular fork it is in fact a Stieff Silver baby fork. It is the 1895 The Rose pattern and has a monogram on it that is from the 2nd owners of the house. The original owners died in 1893 and the house was sold. The second owners where not documented well so I have yet to track down their lineage. This is my first complete silver utensil and is heavy for its size. The history of the house is amazing and the fork adds a piece that was not well known. Last pic is the total of my finds including 20 silver coins 2 Indian Head cents 6 Buffalo nickels and more relics.


Matt – Georgia, USA

Posted on November 13, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Old Silver From Ohio Fields

CTX 3030

November 10, 2015 10:00am

A wonderful thing about our hobby is the relationships you make with other detectorists, we share a common interest and when you detect together it just increases the pleasures of making a great find. Our friend Bill invited us to a field site where he had made some great finds the previous couple of days. His generosity to us led to one of my all-time best finds. The day was cool and windy but the cornfield looked so inviting we started out and I soon found an Indian Head and a flat button, shortly after I found another Indian Head and then it seemed to slow down. I heard my wife Diane callout to me and she gave me our signal for a Seated Dime. Over the years we have developed hand signals so we can relay information over long distances. Bill and I went over to see her find of an 1859-O Seated Liberty Dime a low mintage coin of 480,000! A bit later she found an 1882 Indian Head while at the same time Bill found two Indians in a row. I moved to another area and was rewarded with a couple of Indians including a nice 1868. Working in the corn stubble I got a sweet tone on my CTX but the numbers were jumpy, ranging from 12-32 to 12-42 mixed with iron signals.

Posted on November 10, 2015 10:00am | 0 Comments

North Dakota (2)

CTX 3030

November 10, 2015 09:00am

I forgot to post these, I have found them in multiple areas. I had a 5th one but I gave it to one of the landowners of the ghost town I am allowed to dig. I found in the order of the photo, #1 in a park where I have found multiple wheaties but no more old silver. #2 is one of the two I found in the ghost town along with some wheaties and old relics. #3 was given to the landowner, #4 was in the same ghost town and #5 is the newest addition from a park I recently visited and will return to this weekend. What I don't understand is why can't I find the quarters to go with them? I figure because of the years stamped on them, there wasn't much of a need for anything larger in your pocket? If anyone has any pointers I'm open for suggestions. I'm still learning the CTX but what a hell of an instrument to have in your hands.


David – Texas USA

Posted on November 10, 2015 09:00am | 0 Comments

My first hammered

CTX 3030

November 09, 2015 08:00am

Being a long-time detectorist it has always been my dream to travel to England to search for a hammered coin. This year I finally decided to head over to the UK taking my CTX 3030 with me .. After attending my first rally I was over the moon with the finds I had made but still was chasing that dream .. Hunting in the afternoon on the last day of my first rally I came across a low tone that was quite jumpy being amongst cut stubble from the farm crops.. Digging down and having trouble to pinpoint I finally came across the target .. A Henry 111 half cut voided long cross hammered coin!!!
What a trip, to make finds I always had dreamed , and the CTX 3030 helped me get there :)


John – Queensland, Australia

Posted on November 09, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

349 Years Deep

CTX 3030

November 05, 2015 08:00am

7 years on my favorite little Colonial field has produced some great finds. And since I introduced the CTX 3030 to the field the finds have become amazing. But today's find topped them all.
While walking the perimeter of this freshly plowed field I spotted a few interesting stones. Definitely Foundation Rocks. I ventured a few feet into the woods and pulled a 1787 NJ copper and I was stoked. A few feet later a colonial Tomback button. As I ventured into the center of this clearing,The CTX3030 gave me that familiar high pitched sound and a nice tight Target signature.
9 inches deep, I pulled one of my oldest coins ever. a 349 year Old, 1666 Carolus II silver crown. My hands are still shaking. Once again this machine amazes me.


DA Frank L – New Jersey, USA

Posted on November 05, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Wonderful CTX 3030

November 04, 2015 04:00pm
Wonderful CTX 3030.jpg

I have bought a CTX 3030 at the beginning of July. It's perfect balance, stable operation and providing the correct target ID make me admire it. I have found great things in a short time. I am used to it easily because I have used Explorer before. I can dive enough to take a breathe because of it's waterproof feature. It provides great advantage on me because the gold objects are generally in the water when there are no strong waves and are not thrown out. At this point CTX 3030 provides advantage with it's depth and being waterproof in the shallow waters.

I could not have taken the photos of all the things I have found and nothing could be further from my mind to write my story but you can be sure that I will take a photo of all the gold objects that I have found from now on. The things that I have found:

Anonymous – Middle East 

Posted on November 04, 2015 04:00pm | 0 Comments

Detecting in N. Dakota

CTX 3030

November 02, 2015 08:00am

My job allows me to travel worldwide, I have been working in N. Dakota. I met a guy here whose family had homesteaded here in the late 1800's. I have been trying to get in all summer to hunt it but, the grass has been too high and thick. Now that grass is dying off and easily chopped so I can hunt the property. My latest trip I found what appears to be where the house stood. I have located an abundance of Ball jar lids with the porcelain in them. I later moved towards the area where there is a noticeable foundation. It came to be that was in the early years to be a house/barn where the family lived with the livestock. As I was hunting in this area I hit a large target that sent overload to my detector. I took out my pinpointer and began to see what size the area was. I found it was a rather large area and began to dig. approximately 6" below the dirt I hit a handle to what appeared to be a Cream Can. I continued to dig and to my surprise it was in fact a full intact Cream Can with little rust. I removed the can and took it with me where at work I gave it to the Great Grandson of the original owners. I will continue to look for the buried gold that the family had to have hid somewhere on this property.


David – Texas, USA

Posted on November 02, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

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