Treasure Talk

Welcome to Treasure Talk, Minelab's metal detecting blog. We've handpicked the very best and most knowledgeable contributors to present regular metal detecting blogs on topics close to their heart. Plus we're asking you to join in and make it a conversation.

Our bloggers share their product knowledge, detecting experience, personal tips and tricks and anything else they want to discuss that might be of interest to the detecting community.

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How to Clean and Preserve Your Finds

September 11, 2017 05:40pm

Brandon Neice
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.  Hopefully, by now, your odds are better than that of our sightless, furry friend.  Whether you’re a collector or a seller, it’s important to know when it’s appropriate to clean your finds, how to clean them, and how to preserve them.  Sometimes, cleaning a find can absolutely destroy the item and any potential value associated with it.  Other times, cleaning a find will enhance the visual appeal and increase the value tenfold.  Knowing when to tamper with your finds or leave them be is a fine line to walk.  In this month’s blog I’ll let you in on some trade secrets used to clean coins and other artifacts that you’ve dug.

Posted by Brandon Neice on September 11, 2017 05:40pm | 0 Comments

Every cloud has a silver lining – Discovering a Medieval Coin Hoard (Part 1)

September 05, 2017 11:11am

Derek McLennan
Derek McLennan

Just before Christmas 2013, a detecting buddy and I ventured forth onto a new detecting permission which I had researched thoroughly and had managed to secure.  I had spent countless hours doing the research and knew that a very small hoard of medieval coins had been found in the general area, by accident, during the early 1800’s.  So, hopefully there was a reasonable chance of another.  I targeted three possible large fields where I felt our chances would be best for finding a hoard and I arranged a day for our hunt.  As usual in Scotland it was a beautiful morning with gently lashing horizontal rain and a mild 60mph breeze blowing lazily across the field.

Posted by Derek McLennan on September 05, 2017 11:11am | 0 Comments

My GOLD MONSTER 1000 Methodology – Manual Vs Auto Sensitivity

August 29, 2017 12:39pm

Steve Herschbach

I am just back from a little detector outing and while I was at it I reflected on how once again I seem to do things a bit differently than other people. I am usually shy of talking about my specific settings because I am the last person to claim I know what's best when it comes to other people and how they detect. Ground conditions vary as do people's personal styles and preferences.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on August 29, 2017 12:39pm | 0 Comments

In the field with the GPZ 19 Coil

August 17, 2017 01:15pm

Nenad Lonic
Nenad Lonic Treasure Talk blog author

I have been swinging the GPZ 7000 19” coil now for over 6 months, so I feel a bit more informed to share some thoughts on the coil, how it compares to the stock 14x13” coil, and what detector settings have been working for me.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on August 17, 2017 01:15pm | 1 Comment

There’s gold in them thar hills

August 10, 2017 01:10pm

Derek McLennan
Derek McLennan

Have you ever had one of those days that you feel as though something nice is never going to find itself under your coil, regardless of how long you search?  Well it was on one of those days, which we all suffer from more than we would like to admit, that I was lucky enough to discover something wonderful.

Posted by Derek McLennan on August 10, 2017 01:10pm | 0 Comments

Hunting Beaches and Parks for Gold Jewelry

August 03, 2017 11:09am

Brandon Neice
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Metal detecting for rings and other jewelry is tough.  Unlike coins, which for the most part are uniform in size, shape, weight and metal content, jewelry doesn’t have consistency. That’s why we’re able to recognize coins by the tone and target ID numbers when we’re detecting.  Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry on the other hand, are made up of all shapes, sizes, weights, and karats.  These inconsistencies are what make jewelry hunting so difficult.

Posted by Brandon Neice on August 03, 2017 11:09am | 0 Comments

Bad Weather Brings Good Results!

July 27, 2017 04:32pm

Mark Gerlach
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I love getting down to the beach on a warm summer's morning -  calm seas, sunshine and the chance to pick up some recently dropped goodies.  What really excites me though is seeing on the weather forecast that a storm is brewing and the winds will be coming from the right direction to cut the beach back!

Posted by Mark Gerlach on July 27, 2017 04:32pm | 0 Comments

Getting the most from your GOLD MONSTER 1000

July 20, 2017 11:58am

Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph gold prospector

A few years back, I was remarking to some friends that it would be really great if Minelab made a high sensitivity VLF metal detector.  The Eureka Gold was a fine machine but at the time I was saying this I knew the technology had advanced and there was an opportunity for a research and development oriented company like Minelab to make a state-of-the-art metal detector within this category.

Posted by Chris Ralph on July 20, 2017 11:58am | 1 Comment

Follow the Shards to find the Coins

July 13, 2017 04:50pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

Today I'm going to reveal a technique used by many successful detectorists who search for ancient coins and artefacts. This technique utilises the greatest tool at your disposal - your eyesight.

You will also need to learn to recognise common pottery throughout different periods of history; Google is great for this.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on July 13, 2017 04:50pm | 0 Comments

GPZ 7000 Ground Smoothing Options (Software Update 2)

July 03, 2017 03:34pm

Minelab Electronics
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The GPZ 7000 has set a new benchmark for sensitivity over a very broad range of gold nuggets. However, a by-product of its exceptional sensitivity to gold nuggets is increased susceptibility to soil anomalies and unwanted interactions with the ground matrix. One such unwanted interaction is with the conductive (salt) elements of the ground.

Posted by Minelab Electronics on July 03, 2017 03:34pm | 1 Comment
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