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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

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

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

Platinum at the beaches

CTX 3030

July 01, 2015 12:00am

I've been using Minelab detectors for many years at the beach, but have never found a platinum ring until I got i got my Minelab 3030, and this year I've been rewarded with 5 platinum rings since January 1st.


Ken – Nevada, USA

Posted on July 01, 2015 12:00am | 0 Comments

5th Dragoon Guards

CTX 3030

June 30, 2015 08:00am

The 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 7th Dragoon Guards and the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. All four were raised between 1685 and 1689, during the protracted contest between James II and William of Orange for the English throne.

Both the 4th and 5th Dragoon Guards were formed in 1685 from Troops of Horse raised by James II to defend London from the invasion.

Posted on June 30, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

Coin pouch in the forest

CTX 3030

June 30, 2015 08:00am

I went into the forest close to a location that I've been hunting a lot. This was the first signal i got within 2 minutes of detecting! I searched for about 2 more hours, but I found nothing other than rifle casings and rusty nails.
The location nearby used to be a gathering location for the European traveling people/gypsies called "tatere". This coin pouch was probably lost way after this time, and I don't know what kind of people that might have lost it, but that's one of the mysteries that comes with this hobby "who lost this item?

This was found with the wonderful CTX 3030!
It kicks trough the dirt and finds me the treasure that's hiding there!


Batbatbox - Aust-Agder Fylke, Norway

Posted on June 30, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

The Powers of the CTX 3030

CTX 3030

June 27, 2015 08:00am

I have been using the CTX now for a couple of months and found that customising the machine to suit the fields I am working really does make a difference. I made my own Pattern and running on combined tones and after two trips out this week have found these wonderful silvers. The seal was from the beach a few weeks ago. Thanks again Minelab team.


Mally – England, UK

Posted on June 27, 2015 08:00am | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Success

CTX 3030

June 26, 2015 11:00am

Recently I bought a 17 inch coil for my CTX 3030 in the hope of extracting more finds from some of my pasture sites...This time of year most people are restricted to pasture in the UK due to many sites being under crops.....previously I had searched the area with the standard coil but with the ground getting drier targets had decreased.....However the 17 inch coil renewed the site and I reckon I was getting at least 5-6 inches extra depth....I found a door or casket key escutcheon plate at what wasn't under 16 inches down in the soil....I also found a stunning Pipe Tamper in the form of St George killing the fabled dragon and a few days ago a marvellous Elizabeth the 1st silver shilling at around 14 inches down (must remember to take some sort of accurate measuring device) Since I had been working this small site for 8 months on and off I was clearly getting extra depth.... and as for small targets how did the 17 inch coil perform on these? Well an 8mm.button of the Royal Artillery dating to 1810 answers that one. Build quality and performance what more does one requires for our hobby? Attached are some of my finds, hope you enjoy them. Thank you Minelab as always....


Jules – English, UK

Posted on June 26, 2015 11:00am | 0 Comments

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