Minelab’s Newest Compact & Collapsible Model Strikes Gold Hunting Success in Central Western Australia Goldfields

Minelab, the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs, today announced that a husband and wife (preferring to remain anonymous) from Victoria, Australia discovered 700 gold nugget pieces weighing a total of 73 grams while on a 5-week prospecting holiday in the remote hills of Central Western Australia. The fortunate duo discovered the gold in previously prospected land while using the latest product from Minelab, the SDC 2300 All-Terrain Gold Detector.

The SDC 2300 is able to detect even the smallest patches of sub-gram gold that most other detectors cannot, including pieces weighing in at under 0.02 grams.

“We’ve been successful in this region before, but we could tell that the patches had been explored very recently due to the detector holes on the land,” said the couple. “Our newly purchased SDC 2300 was able to detect gold in these very mineralized and heavily worked areas and has already paid for itself.”

Released earlier this year, Minelab’s SDC 2300 is an assembly free, compact gold detecting machine that collapses to a portable 15.7 inches (400mm) and transforms into a full-sized 59.1 inches (1500mm).  The body is constructed of military-grade material and features a sturdy, full carbon fiber shaft and 8 inch Monoloop coil.  The SDC 2300 allows detectorists to discover gold patches on land and underwater at depths up to 10 inches (3m) with settings for both normal and salt-water sensitivity ranges. Other features include automatic noise cancellation, automatic ground tracking (AGT) and 9 LED indicators on the display.

“It’s great to hear about yet another amazing find by folks using our SDC 2300,” said Gary Schafer, General Manager of Worldwide Consumer Markets and of America's Operations for Minelab Electronics.”

To learn more about Minelab or the SDC 2300, visit To read more of the couple’s gold prospecting adventures, visit the The Miners Den Australia Blog.


Compact, Collapsible, Military-grade, Waterproof Detector Able to Detect Nuggets Weighing Less Than 0.02 grams

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Minelab, the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs, today announced the official release of its latest product, the SDC 2300 All-Terrain Gold Detector. The collapsible military-grade compact detector comes assembly free and is waterproof and fully submersible up to a depth of ten feet (3m).

The rugged detector enables detectorists to clearly identify even the smallest patches of sub-gram gold. During product testing, field testers have discovered nuggets weighing less than 0.02 grams.

“The SDC 2300 is the most powerful, mid-range detector on the market,” said Gary Schafer, General Manager of Worldwide Consumer Markets and the America's Operations for Minelab Electronics. “It is the lightest and easiest to use and will find more small nuggets and fine-threaded specimen gold in mineralized soils than any other gold detector, including the GPX 5000,” said Bruce Candy, Chief Scientist at Minelab.

The assembly free, compact detector collapses to a portable 15.7 inches (400mm) and transforms into a full-sized 59.1 inches (1500mm) gold detecting machine.  The body is constructed of military-grade material and features a sturdy, full carbon fiber shaft and 8 inch Monoloop coil.  The SDC 2300 allows detectorists to discover gold patches on land and underwater at depths up to 10 feet (3m) with settings for both normal and salt-water sensitivity ranges. Other features include automatic noise cancellation, automatic ground tracking (AGT) and 9 LED indicators on the display.


·         Compact: Folds to small portable size, 8.5” (216mm) by 15.7” (400mm).  Fits into carry-on luggage and most backpacks.  

·         Waterproof Capability: Fully submersible to 10’ (3m) for detecting riverbeds and shorelines, allowing you to transition with ease from land to water.   

·         Rugged and Assembly Free: Military grade construction, one-piece detector designed to perform in the toughest conditions. No assembly required.  

·         Easy Patch Hunting: Search quickly and efficiently in hard to reach and remote places to find elusive gold bearing clustered deposits.  

To learn more about  the SDC 2300 please click here

Minelab CTX 3030 unearths major treasure in Mexico

Valuable silver cache discovered using a metal detector

3rd March 2014 

Minelab, the global leader in hand-held metal detector technologies has announced the discovery of a major silver haul in Mexico.  The large cache, which is possibly dated from the early 19th century Spanish trade, was unearthed at nearly 6 feet (1.8m) below the surface last week in southern Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, using a Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector.  The finder reported to Minelab “I have used other metal detectors in the past and they did not work.  Only the Minelab CTX 3030 was able to pick up the signal and without it, I would have never found this cache.”  The current market value of silver is approximately $21 USD per troy ounce which puts the estimated value of the cache over $100,000 USD; however, if the cache is confirmed to have historical significance, the estimated amount would likely result in an even higher value.

This latest discovery follows other recent finds including the discovery of a 5.5kg gold nugget in Ballarat, Australia at 60cms depth by a prospector using a Minelab GPX 5000 hand-held gold detector.  These successes illustrate the benefit of Minelab’s cutting edge technology in the pursuit of precious metals.  The Ballarat nugget was valued in excess of $300,000 USD.

Prospectors across North, Central and Latin Americas have tasted success with Minelab metal detectors. A prospector in Venezuela recently discovered 30 grams of gold at a depth of 150cms and in Brazil a 2gram nugget was discovered using Minelab’s gold detecting technology. There have also been recent discoveries of gold nuggets weighing more than 40 grams found in the California, USA and Sonora, Mexico areas, using the Minelab CTX 3030 and GPX 5000 machines.

Gary Schafer, General Manager of Minelab’s WW Consumer Business said:

“Our aim is to produce equipment with the very best detection technology at a cost effective price. Our machines operate and achieve results in the toughest of mineralized soil conditions and minimize disruption to the environment.

Minelab’s metal detectors have been used in Mexico, and other regions, to find caches of buried treasure, gold and other historical artifacts because our machines are engineered to eliminate the toughest soils as they search to the greatest depths beneath the surface to find treasure.

We are very excited about this new find in Mexico which further underpins our reputation for excellence, changing people’s fortunes & creating the world’s best metal detection technologies ™.”

Minelab launched its first hand-held gold detector in Australia in 1985 and over the past 29 years has been at the forefront of metal detector design and innovation.  

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boot 2014: Metalldetektoren neuer Generation

Metallsuche im Wasser mit GPS und Materialerkennung

Author: Holger Erdmann 

Date - 18th January 2014          

Zwei im Wasser einsetzbare Metalldetektoren hat Minelab auf der diesjährigen boot 2014 in Düsseldorf vorgestellt. Mit den Modellen CTX 3030 und Excalibur II bietet das Unternehmen nun auch Wassersportbegeisterten Geräte, um sowohl im Wasser, als auch am Strand bzw. an Land auf Metall- und Schatzsuche zu gehen. „Beide Modelle sind auch von Einsteigern einfach zu bedienen und arbeiten dabei mit modernen Technologien“ erklärt Ruth Fuller, Marketing-Managerin bei Minelab.

Der flexibel zwischen 94 cm und 1,4 m Länge einstellbare und bis drei Meter Tiefe wasserdichte CTX 3030 bietet beispielsweise eine integrierte GPS-Suche. Das Gerät führt zu den nächsten Suchstellen und ermöglicht es unter anderem, interessante Suchgebiete, Fundstellen wie auch bereits abgesuchte Bereiche zu kennzeichnen. Durch die Anzeige von in der Vergangenheit bereits durchsuchten Bereichen werden versehentliche Doppelsuchen vermieden. Zudem lassen sich über die Anwendung XChange 2 alle Detektoreinstellungen und Positionen auf PCs hochladen. Die Funde können gespeichert und kategorisiert, Fotos sowie Texte hinzugefügt und die Daten zu Google Maps transferiert werden.

Lohnende Ziele erkennen

„Mit FBS 2, Smartfind 2, GPSi und Wi-Stream nutzt unser Unternehmen zudem Materialerkennungstechnologien, die weltweit führend sind“, erklärt Ruth Fuller weiter. Lohnende Ziele sind so mit numerischer Tiefenanzeige auch in Bereichen mit viel Schrott und bei allen Bodenbedingungen leichter erkennbar, z. B. durch die Zielauflösung nach Eisen und Leitfähigkeit in Kombination mit einstellbaren Tonerkennungsprofilen. Insgesamt zehn Suchmodi lassen sich – zusammen mit jeweils zwei Unterscheidungsmustern – einstellen, fünf davon sind voreingestellt: „Münzen“, „Strand“, „Relikte“, „Silber“ und die Suche nach lohnenswerten Zielen in Suchgebieten mit vielen Metallen. Weitere Funktionen können per Knopfdruck aktiviert werden.

Der CTX3030 hat zudem einen Ganzfarb-LCD-Bildschirm mit Hintergrundlicht sowie einstellbarer Helligkeit und bietet neun Spracheinstellungen: u. a. Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Russisch und Türkisch.

Einsatz bis 66 Meter Wassertiefe

Der Metalldetektor Excalibur II wiederum zeichnet sich durch seinen möglichen Einsatz im Wasser in bis zu 66 Meter Tiefe aus. Ein spezielles Minelab-Verfahren zum automatischen Bodenabgleich verhindert bei der Metallsuche in Salzwasser sonst oftmals ausgelöste falsche Signale und sorgt für eine sensitive Zielerkennung auch in größeren Tiefen. Zudem macht das fluoreszente Gehäuse das Gerät unter Wasser sehr gut sichtbar. Ruth Fuller erläutert einen weiteren wichtigen Aspekt: „Die Handhabung des Excalibur II ist dank der äußerst flachen „Slimline“ Spule sehr einfach. Sie verbessert das Gleichgewicht, was gerade beim Tauchen sehr wichtig ist.“

Metalldetektoren neuer Generation

Schätze unter Wasser mit GPS aufspüren

Author: Holger Erdmann 

Date - 18th January 2014     

Die Schatzsuche mit Metalldetektoren zählt zu den letzten großen Abenteuern der heutigen Zeit – auch unter Wasser. Historische Münzen, Schmuck, Schlüssel, Uhren und viele weitere wertvolle Fundstücke lassen sich auf dem Grund von Meeren, Seen oder Flüssen ausfindig machen. Wer diese entdecken will, benötigt entsprechende Metallsuchgeräte, die auch für den Unterwassereinsatz geeignet sind.

Minelab, einer der weltweit führenden Hersteller von Metalldetektoren, bietet zwei Produkte an, die Wassersportbegeisterten sowohl die Suche nach Metall unter Wasser, als auch am Strand und an Land ermöglichen. Mit integrierter GPS-Suche erleichtert der bis drei Meter Tiefe wasserdichte Detektor CTX 3030 das Aufspüren von Schätzen und deren Dokumentation. Er führt sicher zu den eingegebenen Suchstellen, Fundorte und bereits abgesuchte Bereiche lassen sich einfach kennzeichnen. Die Daten der Schatzsuche können auf PCs hochgeladen und die Funde kategorisiert sowie gespeichert werden. Fotos sowie Texte sind einfach hinzufügbar und die Daten können zu Google Maps transferiert werden. Wichtig für spätere Suchen in gleichen Gebieten: Die Anzeige bereits erkundeter Bereiche bzw. Routen vermeidet eine versehentliche Doppelsuche.

Gerade für das Aufspüren von Schätzen unter Wasser kommt es laut Ruth Fuller, Marketing-Managerin bei Minelab, auf eine möglichst präzise Materialerkennung mit Tiefenanzeige bei allen Bodenbedingungen an: „Unser CTX 3030 arbeitet mit weltweit führenden Technologien, so dass sich die Ziele bzgl. Eisen und Leitfähigkeit einstufen lassen. Dies erlaubt Rückschlüsse, z. B. ob es sich wahrscheinlich um eine Münze oder um einen Nagel handelt. Unnnötige Arbeiten beim Tauchen oder bei Ausgrabungen an Land werden vermieden.“ Mit „Münzen“, „Strand“, „Relikte“, „Silber“ und lohnenswerten Zielen in Suchgebieten mit vielen Metallen sind fünf Suchmodi bei dem Metalldetektor voreingestellt, insgesamt können zehn eingegeben werden. Das Ganzfarb-LCD des CTX 3030 mit Hintergrundlicht und einstellbarer Helligkeit macht die in neun Sprachen (unter anderem Deutsch, Russisch und Türkisch) darstellbaren Informationen sehr gut lesbar. Das Gerät ist auch für Einsteiger einfach zu handhaben, erweiterte Funktionen für erfahrene Schatzsucher sind ebenfalls per Knopfdruck verfügbar.

Schätze in 66 Meter Tiefe erkennen

Schätze in bis zu 66 Meter Wassertiefe können Taucher mit dem Metalldetektor Excalibur II finden. Dieser zeichnet sich unter anderem in der Handhabung aus, wie Ruth Fuller erklärt: „Durch die äußerst flache Spule und deren Positionierung ist dieser Detektor sehr leicht und verbessert das Gleichgewicht, was die Schatzsuche unter Wasser noch einfacher macht.“ In den Detektor integrierte, neu entwickelte Technologie verhindert sonst oftmals durch Salzwasser ausgelöste falsche Signale und macht die echten Schätze leichter erkennbar. Zudem ist das Gerät mit seinem fluoreszenten Gehäuse unter Wasser sehr gut sichtbar.

Viele interessante Informationen für Hobby-Schatztaucher und -sucher sind im Internet zu finden. Beispiele sind und

Meteorite hunting with a Minelab by David Shackleton

Metal detecting for meteorites

‘There’s a surge of excitement concerning the discovery of meteorites, and the chances of discovery increase dramatically with the use of Minelab’s cutting edge metal detection technology. According to experts, approximately 500 meteorites survive the trip through our atmosphere each year and impact with the Earth after exploding during re-entry and showering thousands of smaller pieces onto the Earth’s surface.

Russia has been in the news recently as the largest meteor in over a century blazed through the sky at 18 kilometers per second. The massive rock exploded about 12 miles off the ground. Prior to the explosion, experts estimate that the meteor was 15 meters wide and weighed 7,000 tons. After the explosion, particles rained down onto Earth, scattering fragments of the space rock over dozens of miles.

Metal detector enthusiasts have found some amazing specimens in recent years due to the meteorite’s typical metallic composition. Sizes and shapes vary wildly, ranging from the size of a common bean all the way up to specimens weighing thousands of pounds. Meteor hunters start in areas that are known to contain impacts, commonly called “strewn fields”. These are the areas which serve as the “footprint” of an impact area, and thousands of meteor fragments can be found in these areas. The deserts of the world are popular hunting grounds as they lack vegetation and overgrowth. Hunters comb the surface looking for small craters which are typically formed with larger meteor impacts, or study the ground for the shiny and typically smooth, dark, heavy rocks.

Metal detectors are the most widely used tool, and targets can be detected well below the surface of the wind-blown desert regions.

Meteorites are highly collectible finds, with specimens fetching incredible values based on size, character, and weight. The mystery of a meteor is quite intriguing: Where did it come from, how many miles has it traveled, and what is it made of? The toughest decision to make will be to keep it or sell it. Only a select few have that decision to make, but advances in technology are starting to give the metal detectorists a most definite upper hand.’

Editor’s note: Thanks to David Shackleton for supplying the article – click GPX 5000 if you’re looking for the best metal detector to find buried meteorites, click CTX 3030 if you’re looking for surface meteorites and click Excalibur II if you’re looking for underwater meteorites in a lake, deeper than 3m.

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5 kg gold nugget found in Ballarat Australia

Source: SunriseOn7

An unnamed man from Ballarat, Australia has discovered a gold nugget weighing in at just over 5kgs with a Minelab metal detector.


Trash sifted for treasure - after party pays pair dividends

Author: Stephanie Bedo and Andrew Potts
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin (Jan 02, 2012)

While council workers were removing trash from the celebrations, David Turner and Lyndi Macrae were unearthing treasure left behind by the revellers.

And although the best loot the Southport couple could find on Surfers Paradise beach yesterday was handfuls of coins, bottle tops and a piece of costume jewellery, over the years they have amassed quite a collection... Read the full story


Relic Hunter: Minelab Treasure Tracking App

Minelab Treasure Tracking App

Author: Jim Leonard
Source: Relic Hunter (Jan - Feb 2012)

Recently, I discovered an app for my iPhone called Minelab Treasure Tracking and decided to give it a go. It’s available for free at the Apple iTunes Store and it looks to be very promising. Much work went into coordinating all its functions that this application has to offer. I know this, after designing and redesigning the magazine app for Relic Hunter. The Apple xCode toolkit isn’t very forgiving... Download PDF


Treasure Hunting: Field Test - Minelab X-TERRA 305

Field Test: Minelab X-TERRA 305

Author: Julian Evan-Hart
Source: Treasure Hunting (Dec 2011)

I always enjoy field testing metal detectors from the Minelab stable. The X-TERRA range – using the sophisticated VFLEX technology – is a tried, trusted and well-established series of detectors, so when an updated or new model arrives it is truly exciting. On this occasion I also had the added bonus of examining an additional product manufactured by Coiltek for the X-TERRA range... Download PDF


Minerva: Fields of Study

Fields of Study

Author: Trevor Austin
Source: Minerva Volume 22, Number 5 (Sept - Oct 2011)

At this time of year in Britain, it is not unusual to see a lone figure weaving through the bales of straw in a roadside field, following a determined pattern and swinging a metal detector back and forth. Even on windswept beaches in the depths of winter, resolute individuals can be seen steadily walking while waving their electronic wands before them. These metal detector users... Download PDF


Treasure Hunting: Beachcombing with the Minelab X-TERRA 705

Beachcombing with the Minelab X-TERRA 705

Author: Matt Renshaw
Source: Treasure Hunting (Sept 2010)

I love the sound of my mate’s “big diesel” when it’s carrying us off somewhere, to detect. So it was on a particularly sunny Sunday morning as we raced over the Welsh border to visit our neighbour’s shoreline – my friend with his French Deus and me with my Aussie Minelab 705. Sweeping past the magnificent castle at Conway, we were heading to some unfamiliar beaches that he had observed earlier... Download PDF


Treasure Hunting: Minelab Sovereign GT - Tips & Tricks

Minelab Sovereign GT - Tips & Tricks

Author: Des Dunne
Source: Treasure Hunting (Aug 2010)

When the very first “Sovereign” model metal detector went on sale in 1990, no one envisaged just what a success it – and indeed the Minelab brand – would eventually become. The “Sov”, as it became known, was a first with its groundbreaking BBS Technology and quickly earned a reputation for itself by going deep while ignoring junk and iron with no apparent depth loss... Download PDF


Treasure Hunting: The E-TRAC's Language

The E-TRAC's Language

Author: Des Dunne
Source: Treasure Hunting (Feb 2010)

If you typed the word “language” into a search engine on the internet it might return an explanation along the following lines: “Language is a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols”. We are born to a “native language” and grow up to become well versed in the tongue in which we utter our first words. However, when holidaying in a foreign country... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab X-TERRA 30

Author: Joe Cummins
Source: Treasure Hunting (Unknown)

The weather in January was not ideal for metal detecting. The biting cold winds and temperatures dropping down to minus two degrees in the morning, was enough to ensure that most people stayed indoors. However, the chance to check out the new X-TERRA 30 - and put it through its paces - was far too tempting an offer to let something as trivial as a typical Siberian summer day get in the way... Download PDF


Field Test: Sovereign Elite

Author: Bryan Oram
Source: Treasure Hunting (May 2003)

There was some degree of expectancy in the office - especially on my part - when we were anticipating the arrival of the new Minelab Sovereign Elite for assessment. Having owned and used a Sovereign XS2 as part of my own detector armoury for about four years, I was looking forward to seeing and testing the claims that Minelab were making about this latest upgraded version... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab X-TERRA 50

Author: Des Dunne
Source: Treasure Hunting (Jan 2006)

It has to be said that Minelab are no slouches when it comes to making fine metal detectors. However, it can also be said that some of the models they have produced are robust machines but a tad on the heavy side. All that has changed, as they have just introduced a brandnew range of truly lightweight models. These are called the X-TERRA, using brand new technology termed “VFLEX”... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab Sovereign GT

Author: Frank O'Shea
Source: Treasure Hunting (Jul 2005)

When news first trickled down that Minelab were introducing another Sovereign model I was very interested as I have been a dedicated Sovereign user for many years. It is apparent that Minelab listen to their customers because the new Sovereign GT model incorporates some new features and a few older ones from the past that have made a welcome return on this latest 2005 model... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab Musketeer Advantage

Author: Frank O'Shea
Source: Treasure Hunting (Jul 2002)

Everyone looks forward to the release of a new detector, and the obvious thoughts that run through the minds of prospective buyers are: “If I buy this new machine will it do a better job, will it go deeper, will I find more?” The truth is that sometimes, yes it can; sometimes a detector comes along that fulfils all those wishes. But whatever the detector, experience, luck, the choice of sites and the search style of the individual... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab Explorer XS (Part 2)

Author: Bill McAvoy
Source: Treasure Hunting (Sept 2000)

The first part of this field test (September 2000) mainly covered how the Explorer XS performs on the beach. In this article I will be looking at how the detector performs on inland sites, as well as giving more details on its set up and use. The time I spent using the Explorer on the beach gave me a good indication of what to expect from this high tech detector on inland sites... Download PDF


Field Test: Minelab Explorer XS (Part 1)

Author: Bill McAvoy
Source: Treasure Hunting (Sept 2000)

Due to serious health problems I have been out of commission, so far as metal detecting is concerned, for several years. To be given the opportunity to field test the Minelab Explorer XS was therefore a very nice welcome-back to the hobby. The reason I say this, is because the Explorer is a “serious piece of kit” and I knew that it would be a challenge for me to put it through it paces, and see what it could really do... Download PDF

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