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20 Feb 2014

Just Getting Started

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It's been cold, wet and nasty for most of the beginning of this year here in Philadelphia. It hasn't stopped me from getting out and doing what I love. Metal Detecting. There are so many lost treasures in the ground. Many aren't worth a thing and some are valuable. It's the thrill of the hunt for me more than anything that makes me get out and brave the cold and the wet during the winter months. We are a just a bit more than a month and a half into 2014 and I don't see an end in sight for a spectacular year!

 

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06 Feb 2014

Explore and discover

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Explore and discover antiques dating back more than 1,000 years

Mehrdad Minelab - Hungary

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23 Jan 2014

Member - Cofounder

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A great day out with my favourite detector (my E-TRAC), walking on an old coach road in Amherst NH, found a junction and something look like an old foundation, switch to my 6" DD EXcelerator EQ 2 Pro and "hunted" the main entrance of this old home... (oh yeah I need it few min to change my coil in this time my buddy did a loop around the foundation with his Garrett) let’s call it "experience" and with a great detector I pulled a large cent and this amazing 3 sols French coin few inches in front of the front steps...

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23 Jan 2014

An unexpected find

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With a break in the cold weather here in Colorado, I pulled out my E-TRAC for a little bit and play with it in my back yard of my house that was built in the late 1800s. First signal I get is near an old cedar fence post, it was an "iffy" signal, but figured why not dig it up and see. So, I dig up around the post and pull out an old mason jar lid, the kind that has the glass inside the lid.

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11 Jan 2014

Best Hunt Ever Thank You Minelab

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Video Success Story

I have been hunting since I was 9 year old. The E-TRAC is the 5th detector I have ever owned and I got it in the end of 2011. I have had some great hunts and made some awesome finds with it but today was my best hunt ever. The Minelab Was able to pull deep coins next to old water pipes that others had passed up or missed. I broke several personal records with today's hunt and got a first for me, a silver dime Trifecta of a Rosie, a Merc and a Barber. I also got two war nickels making it my new best silver day as I had previously found 4 silvers in one day but never 5. Also the 5th one made the 13th silver coin from the same park in 45 days which set two new personal bests as well.

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25 Dec 2013

Banner Day Near Richmond, VA

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Video Success Story

Last week a detecting friend of mine Terry McClemments, “Delaware Digger” contacted me to ask if I would be interested in joining him on a three day detecting trip to Richmond, VA. He said a friend of his had invited him and another friend down to do some Civil War Relic hunting on private property that he had permission to hunt on. A few days before the hunt Terry's friend could not go so he called me. I told him I would see if I could get off work Monday and clear it with the wife. By Thursday everything was a go and we left early Saturday morning. 

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18 Dec 2013

You never know

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You just NEVER KNOW!

I have pounded this orchard for a couple of years with many different detectors finding the occasional button or bullet but never finding a coin.

It was a special day with my "new" hunting buddy who I introduced to metal detecting last year. He was using my Tejon and is getting the hang of things. He found a 1944 Washington quarter about 100 yards away in the same location. This was his first silver ever and I was very happy for him. He was pumped.

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14 Dec 2013

Wedding band blues

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Hunting the surf you can see the long face of a person who has just lost something of great value, on Aug 2013 a guy just lost his gold wedding band in waist deep water, well my E-TRAC isn't waterproof I told him but I will look at low tide, well that came and went like 10 times up til Dec. Friday the 13th my lucky day, and for the guy who lost his ring of course!!! He and his wife live in califonia, and told him the great news, well he is still on the floor as we speak, he is ok !!! So Monday I mail it back to him. Good karma goes along way with me.

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26 Nov 2013

E-TRAC scores stunning bust half dollar

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Recently, I secured permission to hunt of series of fields.  While the targets in a field hunt tend to be more sparse than at parks or home sites, field hunting has a certain appeal in that it is likely that your coil will be the first to pass over much of the terrain.

So, I grabbed my E-TRAC, and on the first day of hunting, scored a large copper, and a very nice 1803 half reale.  That told me the site had excellent potential.

On the second day of hunting, however, I did not score a single coin.  That did not discourage me – its par for the course for this sort of detecting.  I’m very experienced with the E-TRAC, and I know if it's there, it will find it.

On the third hunt, just 15 minutes in, I got a beautiful signal that was very deep, bouncing between an 01-42 and 22-42. Nice tight pinpoint, and on the E-TRAC, good targets tend to have a certain “sweet sound”, for lack of a better word.  I knew it could be a good target, figured it was most likely a large copper, but could be a silver quarter or half,  but it could also be something like a crotal bell or piece of copper pipe.

Dug down about 8 inches, and saw the edge of a large silver coin.  I was in business.  Carefully worked the dirt away, and saw an eagle on the back. Thought it might be a walking liberty half dollar at first, but it was the wrong sort of eagle for that.  Turned it over and saw the bust: an 1830 bust half dollar in excellent shape!  Clean VF or XF grade coin with no problems; a beautiful coin in all respects.  I was jacked.

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19 Nov 2013

Ancient Roman coins treasure

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I have been detecting for years now, no treasure or hidden stash found till now. On a cloudy autumn day together with two fellow "diggers" we decided to go out and scan a forest near Ploiesti, Romania. It was going to be probably one of the last detecting trips for the year of 2013 because it was getting colder each day and in the winter we usually take a long break from our hobby.

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14 Nov 2013

Large cent

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Metal detecting finds relics and coins

Got an E-TRAC in Oct. of this year, been having a great time hunting with it. I find it to be very user friendly. My main Minelab detector over the years is my Excalibur detectors, they have found many hundreds of gold rings over the years. The pictures are of a few finds with the E-TRAC in the week or so. The silver spoon is beside a Draped Bust one cent. Other picture has a King George half penny.

Coco - Merrimack, NH, USA

14 Nov 2013

Persistence....

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Metal detecting finds - E-TRAC with coins

Persistence, time, effort, and research will always pay off. Never give up on sites that are full of trash. These finds came out of a heavily hit park that is so full of trash its not even remotely funny.

Located in the northeast section of Philadelphia, there are still some great finds to be had. On November 8th, I was able to recover some nice silver, along with several wheat cents, and an early 1818 large cent.

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14 Nov 2013

First year Silver Success!

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Metal detecting finds - coins

Hello,

This year I decided I needed a hobby to get me off the couch and outside and decided to take up metal detecting. I bought an X-TERRA 705 in February and love it! I found a couple silver coins, a few silver rings, and one beautiful gold ring with it.

In June a friend of mine sold me his E-TRAC and I fell in love.

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13 Nov 2013

Big silver.... Seated in the south

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Metal detecting finds - coin

Hot August or Cold January I'm not too hard to find. And today is no different. Whether it's an older yard, empty lot or the woods, I'm usually there. With My E-TRAC in tow , my hunting buddy arrive at our first of 3 stops for the day. It did not take long before that familiar sweet sound was singin' through my head phones.

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12 Nov 2013

E-TRAC sniffs out my oldest coins!

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Metal detecting finds - coin

In the fall of 2012, I decided to hunt the yard of a house built in 1880 here in the town I live in. It was getting well into fall and winter was just around the corner here in Iowa. I bundled up, as I knew I would be fighting colder temperatures and the bone chilling Iowa late fall breeze. I had my eye on this particular house for some time, as I knew it’s age and I had a good feeling about what I might find with my E-TRAC in the yard. I received permission by the homeowner to hunt the yard and I picked a day to start.

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11 Nov 2013

E-TRAC Success

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Metal detecting finds - relics

I've been hunting with my E-TRAC since the middle of September 2013. My finds have gone way up in quality as well as quantity. I'm finding deeper targets and digging so much less trash. I try to get out at least a little bit each day if I can. On the days that I do get out, I always manage to find something cool to add to my collection of dug coins or relics.

Drew - Pennsylvania, USA

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29 Oct 2013

Silver Spanish 2 Reale in found in Pennsylvania, USA

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Was just hunting my side yard here in south-western PA and my E-TRAC rang up a solid 12-46 and I dug up this coin that looks like a Spanish Reale. It weighs 6.2 grams and is about 1.3mm think. No seam around the edges. Don't know who scratched the cross in the kings face (guessing that's king somebody), wasn't me. My previous oldest coin was 1945, if real this one blows the 1945 away. Thanks Minelab!

Roy - USA

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23 Oct 2013

Early ANZAC history in a park

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Video Success Story

With the weather forecast of rain developing later in the day, I headed out for an early start to my current favourite park with my trusty Minelab E-TRAC. This particular park has been in use for over a hundred years and has produced some nice finds for me.

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14 Oct 2013

I dug the KING of V nickels...1885!!!

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Metal detecting finds - 1885 coin

Hit a field tonite I hunted last year. Was hoping I missed a few keepers, well I was right!

First keeper of the nite was a general service CW button and about 30 minutes with no keepers....no coins yet I get a nice smooth 12-12 signal and less than an inch deep out popped the KING of the V nickels!! 1885....woohoo!!

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30 Sep 2013

My 9 Copper Day

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Metal detecting finds - coin

Video Success Story

So my day began with selling popcorn at the local post office with my son for Cub Scouts. While there his mentor in school came by. A sweet older woman whom my son loves. I asked her where she lived and she told me the home right down the street. I told her my hobby and before I could even ask, she said come down anytime I like. So later that day I went.

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24 Sep 2013

First gold score EVER!

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Metal detecting finds - gold ring

Just upgraded to the Minelab E-TRAC about a week ago. I was out hunting in a very high trash local park the other day and found this 10K gold filled ring. It's the first piece of gold I've ever found while detecting. I'm loving this machine more and more!

Drew - Pennsylvania, USA

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24 Sep 2013

The E-TRAC does it again

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Metal detecting finds - relics

My E-TRAC never ever ceases to amaze me. Went out to spend the day on fields the we have detected for a number of years with a colleague. We did not expected to find much given the number of times we have searched these fields. Just another day on the cliff tops around Saltburn by the Sea.

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23 Sep 2013

First Silver

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Metal detecting coin with E-TRAC

Just picked up a Minelab E-TRAC as an upgrade about a week ago. This is my first silver score with the new machine. I hunted in a spot that I thought I had picked clean, and at 10 inches depth, out popped the silver rosie. I've got a feeling there are more deep targets that my previous machine has missed.

Drew - Pennsylvania, USA

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23 Sep 2013

Grand Slam of Nickels

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Metal detecting finds - coins

Went to a house built in 1900 on Saturday. The owner said it had been metal detecting a couple times. I went extremely slow and used TTF to pull out every non-ferrous signal. The yard was very trashy. I found one 1940 wheat penny in a hole with 5 nails. I started to focus on those hard to find nickel signals and it paid off!

I found a grand slam of nickels! 1867 Shield nickel, 1899 V nickel, 1913 Buffalo nickel, and 1948 Jefferson nickel. I also came away with 15 wheat pennies and 2 Utah tax tokens.

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17 Sep 2013

A Curious Find

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Metal detecting finds - relic

I found this cast bronze piece detecting in my back yard. I am hoping someone can give me an idea as to what it might be.

Gary - Iowa, USA

16 Sep 2013

Confederate Button

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Video Success Story

My Dad and I both use Minelab E-TRACs and go out detecting. We often times film our hunts and put them on YouTube. One day as my Dad and I were out detecting we went to an old empty lot in the center of town. The neighbor across the street told us that there was a very old house there at one time but it was moved. We got out our detectors and started hunting! One after another we started getting silver signals. All in all after 3 trips there we ended up getting 17 total silvers from this property. (Including a 1923 Peace Dollar!).

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02 Sep 2013

Something Amazing Was Recovered

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Metal detecting finds - 1853 coin-front

On Aug. 30th 2013 something amazing was found. During the work week I typically don’t get to much time to myself to go metal detecting so I typically go for an hour each day during my lunch break to get away from the office and to clear my head. I have been enjoying this hobby for over 3 years and love my Minelab E-TRAC which I have had for over 2 years.

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30 Aug 2013

1916's Walking Liberty Half dollar!

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Metal detecting finds - coin

I sure do love my E-TRAC... it is a silver finding machine! I have been metal detecting for over 20 years now, and the E-TRAC keeps pulling out the goodies all over the place! Just a couple weeks ago I was searching some lawn area near the University of Oregon in Eugene Oregon - an area I had hunted before, and I found a 1916's Walking Liberty Silver half dollar! This is a KEY DATE coin!

I took it into the local coin shop to show it off and the coin dealer offered me $200 for it! WOW...

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29 Aug 2013

A Long Way From Home

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Metal detecting finds - coin

I had a couple of detecting missions lined up for the day. The first one was a swimming hole hunt with the Excalibur 800 which turned up one silver ring and just a few old coins, fun none the less. The second mission was to search a domain in a port town not far from where I live with the E-TRAC.

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26 Aug 2013

Palstave axe

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Metal detecting finds - relics

Had my E-TRAC now for 2 weeks. Took it to a farm near my caravan where I had just got permission used coin mode on factory setting as still getting used to. And after like a hour or so hit into a nice hammered coin at about 6 inch down. Yippee was the first of 5 over the week. Plus 1 roman coin and a lot of buttons and a few things I'm still trying to ID ;).

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21 Aug 2013

Ms. Lady Liberty Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance

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Metal detecting finds - coin

I have been detecting with Minelab's E-TRAC for about a year now. I got involved with our local metal detecting club and was privileged to be mentored by some experienced E-TRAC users!! Each month, members of the club would bring in spectacular finds such as seated dimes, Barber halves, standing liberty quarters and large cents from the early 1800's.

I was determined to find some of these old coins and success began to happen. However, one coin on my bucket list was eluding me...."The Large Cent". Rob (my boyfriend) had retrieved 5 to my none!! Let's be honest...how irritating!! It has to be my turn to find one!!

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15 Aug 2013

Two E-TRACS = A Shared Hoard

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Metal detecting finds - denari-obvs

A few weeks ago myself and my friend Alun, both E-TRAC users, met up for a few hours out. Initially we were going for a dig on Alun's field. When we arrived we were a bit disappointed to see the farmer lime spreading. Not fancying a faceful of dust we discussed a plan B, as we were already kitted up I suggested we go and have a go on one of my fields about 20 minutes away. I hadn't tried this particular field though the adjacent ones had produced a few Georgian coppers and it did have a footpath running across it.

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08 Aug 2013

Hunt before the rain

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Metal detecting finds - coins and relics

A day off and an early start was needed for the days hunt as heavy rain was forecast for later on in the day. The very first signal and find of the day was the 1817 George 3rd silver shilling which set me up for the day nicely. A couple of worn Georgian coppers later and a brief stop due to some heavy rain and I found my first ever 'mini-hoard'. A good signal on the E-TRAC resulted in a £1 coin but the signals just kept on coming and I ended up with 5 x £1 coins, 1 x £2 coin and 26p in loose change all from one hole - just a shame they were all modern coins.

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07 Aug 2013

30 Year lay off

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Metal detector finds - coin

Over 30 years ago I used to go detecting and bottle digging, but gave it up due to family and work commitments, but three years ago after radical chemotherapy and radiotherapy for throat cancer I decided that it was time I got back into detecting so started looking for a detector and chose the E-TRAC. I have found lots of great finds including a silver ring that's going through the treasure process at the moment, but the best finds are the many friends I have made through clubs and rallies.

Roughy - England, UK

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31 Jul 2013

A change is good as a rest

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Metal detector finds - ring

As you all know last winter was pretty well a wash out and most of my spare time was left catching up on all the magazine interviews, reviews, etc what seemed to frustrate me was that all around me in our club there was nothing but E-TRACs. I was the only one with the Fisher F75; was I missing something?

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31 Jul 2013

Back to life with the E-TRAC...

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Metal detector finds - coins

I took the E-TRAC out for a walk Sunday to a farm I have been detecting over 12 years and before me, it was a club site for 15 years, this field I was on was the 2nd worst field to detect on so I stopped going to it 5 years ago.

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26 Jul 2013

Minelab kicks XP's butt!

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Metal detector finds - 1918 half dollar

When I first got my E-TRAC, I had little hope, considering all the other detectors I had seen used. I purchased the E-TRAC near this last Christmas and was very anxious to see how it would perform in the spring.

The first place I thought to go is where my dad found a Morgan Dollar when he was my age. Hit it, no luck; few signals on the ball diamond... Having little if no hope at all after that, I found my first silver dime.

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17 Jul 2013

Iron... The E-TRAC laughs at iron!

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Metal detector finds - 1862 Indian head penny

This has been one of the best weeks of detecting I have ever had. I went back to an old site that once had a Church on it. This site is so loaded with iron it is almost impossible to hunt in anything but Two Tone Ferrous.

Large areas give virtually nothing but iron signals. I had tried hunting this before when I first started detecting, I used an entry level detector that is pretty nice but it was no match for the iron. I came back when I got my E-TRAC and I tried again but to be honest I was still learning it and even tried Two-Tone Ferrous but really didn’t understand it. After a training session with my friend Terry Barnhart, known as Goes4ever on the forums, I started to understand it better.

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01 Jul 2013

1829 capped bust dime

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Metal detector finds - 1829 capped bust dime

A friend of mine invited me to hunt with him where he had found a large cent. We were there for about an hour and his wife called and said she was ready to eat. As she informed him of this, I pulled this beauty from the soil. I appreciate the invite Doug.

Dj - PA, USA

26 Jun 2013

Silver class ring reunited with owner 50 years later!

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Metal detector finds - silver class ring

Video Success Story

I was searching a local football field at a school that I have been hunting for the last year and I dug a signal 5-6" deep. Out the dirt came a very nice silver ring. The ring had 3 initials inscribed in it. It turned out to be an 8th grade class ring dated 1958. The school was no longer around and I couldn't find any information on who the ring could have belonged to.

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26 Jun 2013

2 piece wedding band set recovered and returned

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Metal detector finds - diamond wedding rings

I was out of town for the day and received a text from a friend of mine whom happens to be a lifeguard. He said that a couple came into lifeguard headquarters and the husband stated that his wife just lost her two wedding rings on the beach. It was down pouring at the time so I figured that if the weather backed off I would give it a shot tomorrow morning before I went into work.

Luckily the rain pushed off in the early evening so I gave the eager couple a call. The husband (Chris) stated that his wife was "beside herself" upset and fairly distraught. Hearing this I decided that I would get down to the beach tonight knowing that if another fellow detectorist found the rings they would most likely be gone forever. Not that they would not return them, but let's face it, how often do you actually know who they may belong to?

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24 Jun 2013

Colonial silver from worked site

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Metal detector finds - 1792 Carolus IV half Reale

Decided to venture onto a well worked farm with a friend, we have had some superb finds in the past but recently the finds had gone dry! We had both been running Explorer SEs but I recently upgraded to the E-TRAC.

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24 Jun 2013

Finding a relative of a 1930's find

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Metal detector finds - 1930 depression token

Recently I dug a 1930's depression era token at around 10" at the site of a torn down home. Although it was neat, I didn't give it much more thought. A couple of days ago I decided to clean the token and try and read the information on it with a loupe.

I ended up having to do a search online for more information on the token which was a Magic show token given out by a group of performers called "The Ushers". I decided to see if anyone was interested in the item so I listed it on a site for bid.

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20 Jun 2013

Gold class ring missing 6 years returned!

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Metal detectorist returns gold class ring

Thanks Minelab for another great find and another happy person!

After returning the silver and platinum class ring that had been missing for 31 years back in November, I was contacted by a woman who wanted to know if I would be willing to try and locate her son's missing class ring, which had been lost approximately 6 years or so. Naturally I was happy to try and find it. On Sunday 6/17/13 (Fathers day) we were finally able to arrange schedules for a meeting and recovery attempt.

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20 Jun 2013

More schoolyard finds

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Metal detector finds - coins, jewellery and relics

Made it back to the old schoolyard for a couple more hours. 3 more silver dimes and a silver war nickel. 7 more wheats and another buffalo. The silver ring looks to be very old. My favorite from this hunt is the old padlock.

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19 Jun 2013

E-TRAC finds three 1700's shipwreck coins in one day!

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Metal detecting finds - coins

After being sick for eight days and seeing the forecast was calling for a beautiful day, I decided to take a trip down to Lewes, DE and try my luck.

While my wife Sandi relaxed on a beach chair by the water, I started down the beach with my trusty E-TRAC with a freshly charged Lithium battery. I had only gone about a hundred yards and my detector sang out with that familiar low tone and my FE/CO numbers were showing 12-3 which indicated a Jeton which I had found previously on other trips. These coins are believed to be from the Severn which sank in 1774. I dug down about four inches, and when I shook out my sand scoop I saw my first Jeton of the day.

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17 Jun 2013

Double hammered coin spill

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Metal detector finds - hammered coins

Video Success Story

Hi, I went out with a couple of friends just for a couple of hours after work one night, and we were on one of my favourite permissions. We didn't have a lot of finds, just the odd penny and half penny pieces of lead and buttons, and at this point was happy enough with the finds we had got.

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17 Jun 2013

Key date wheat penny I found twice

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Metal detector finds - 1914D wheat penny

Video Success Story

Before I get to my twice-found key date Wheat penny, let me give you a little of my back story. I was in an auto accident in 1996 in which I was ejected from my truck. I broke my neck, and I am paralyzed from the chest down. My right arm is completely paralyzed as well, but my left arm works almost completely normally. I use an electric wheelchair to get around.

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11 Jun 2013

New record hunt

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Metal detecting finds - coins

Got permission to hunt an old school yard that has been private property a number of years now. The owner said "poke around all ya want but a couple other guys been through it and said they didn't find much".

Said thanks thinking to myself they probably didn't have an E-TRAC or my patience. Was only there between 2- 2 1/2 hours and pulled 7 silver dimes, silver quarter, silver 4-H pin, buffalo nickel, and 24 wheats!! All coins were fairly deep in the 6-9" range E-TRAC hit hard every time but one, which was a strong nickel but the conductivity number jumped quite a bit.

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11 Jun 2013

2 hunts = 2 Civil War tokens

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Metal detector finds - Civil War tokens

Video Success Story

I went to my brothers house for another cookout today, and his kids wanted to detect some. After we eat some grub we hit the yard swinging. I only had about 25 min. to hunt it was getting dark and the bugs were out. This was the 3rd target came up a solid 12-47 on the E-TRAC about 8 inches down.

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03 Jun 2013

A rare French coin in MA

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Metal detecting finds - 1782 French 2 sous coin

Hi, my name Chris I want to share this find with you guys. I found this rare French 2 Sous coin from 1782.i found it with my friend's E-TRAC. I normally use my Garrett AT Pro, but I wanted to try out the E-TRAC. Now I'm hooked! I wish I can a by one right now but money is tight. I have already half together.

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31 May 2013

Trying to save the past from the future

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Metal detecting finds - relics

A small town close to my house had a school that was built in the 1800's along with some homes and a settlement. In the 1950's, the county bought the property and ploughed everything down and built a then new school.

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14 May 2013

Why we hunt fields

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Metal detecting finds - 1907 Barber dime

We have used our E-TRACs in many settings, parks, private homes and other venues. One of our favorite places is in farm fields where old houses, schools or churches once stood. If you have not tried this I heartily recommend you giving it a try. On this day we had hunted one field and did not find much, so we went out to check another site I had found on the 1874 map and I could see the brick in the field from the car.

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10 May 2013

Greek sunshine

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Metal detecting finds - gold coin

Winner of Find of the Month - May 2013

Hello,

Sending you this story is a way to thank Minelab for their products and the kindness of the after sales service.

I have got an Excalibur, and Explorer and have bought the E-TRAC. I have made many good finds with those trustful machines. So many that I could write numerous "success stories". I have chosen to tell you what happened a week ago. That day, I decided to relax after work and detect a bit before night.

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07 May 2013

My first silver

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Metal detecting finds - 1942 Mercury dime

It was a cold, rainy, May afternoon, It was one of my first real times out with my E-TRAC, which I had purchased near Christmas time this last year.

I was excited to finally get out and find coins after a very strangely long winter. I took that time to learn the E-TRAC in and out, and all of its numbers and sounds.

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06 May 2013

First hammered coin

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Metal detecting finds - hammered coin

I only started detecting a year ago, and a couple of weeks ago on my second dig with my club I found my first hammered coin, a Henry 7th half groat, 1493- 1499. Really starting to enjoy my E-TRAC.

Finding this coin has really got me hooked on detecting and I'm already considering the CTX 3030.

Matt - Dorset, UK

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29 Apr 2013

Gold Brooch dubbed a unique discovery

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Metal detecting finds - gold medieval annular brooch

Winner of Find of the Month - April 2013

It was early evening when the phone rang, it was my detecting friend Peter, telling me of a new field he had just been given permission to detect on, and asked if I would I like to join him the next morning for a couple of hours. Without hesitation I said yes.

The next day was very cold and frosty, and my first impression was not great as I noticed, horses on one side of the field. I always get nervous around horses, so I turned my E-TRAC on and headed in the opposite direction.

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23 Apr 2013

Silver and gold

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Metal detecting finds - coins

I think many of us mad treasure hunters have a “Hit List” of places we know of and dream about, but often can’t or don’t make it because it’s not convenient.

There is one such place I know of and have been yearning to try. The area has a rich gold mining history which dates back to the 1860’s. It’s a long distance from where I live and then a boat ride across a lake.

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23 Apr 2013

Very proud of the next generation treasure hunter

E-TRAC

Young detectorist with shield nickel

I got started metal detecting when I was fifteen years old with my Dad's help. I will always remember our first hunt and finding my first Indian Head Cent and Barber Dime. Now I am a father of two kids, and the love for history and metal detecting is in them as well. Here is our story from 4-16-13.

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19 Apr 2013

11-silver day

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1942-D Mercury dime

Was invited by a friend to hunt a very old site that had some recent construction done & a few inches of dirt removed. This was only my 3rd hunt with my new Minelab E-TRAC so not knowing the machine I didn't expect to find much.

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16 Apr 2013

The Find of My Lifetime - 1834 Capped Bust Quarter

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1834 Capped Bust Quarter

I had a Capped Bust silver coin on my wish list but never really expected to ever find one, let alone a quarter.

I found this dream find at a public park I’ve been to many times but this is the first time I had my coil over this section of the park. I didn’t think there was much activity in this section so I always concentrated where I was finding lots of wheats and silvers, which was in the middle of the park.

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12 Apr 2013

War, what is it good for?

Metal detecting finds - relics

The title is with a positive angle.

If you're gonna think about all the horror or war around the world war has giving, you wouldn't enjoy a lot of finds we make with our detectors. So yes, respect for the history worldwide, but also a lot of joy when we find a piece of war history.

At my home place, are fought many wars. The Romans and the Vikings have been here, but also the great sea battle at the Gouwe just around the 14th century. Then the Spanish invaded about 1500, then the French. And as we all know the Germans with WWII.

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05 Apr 2013

Civil War Hunt uncovers 1840 Seated Half Dime

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coin and Civil War relics

It started out as a regular day of relic hunting, on a historical site which is located on private property. My friend and I started out as normal, getting some bullets and flat buttons, camp lead then I got this strange hit on the E-TRAC, FE 8 CO 40 Steady from all directions saying 5 inches.

Well I have never seen FE 8 CO 40 before, so I started to dig to see what it was. I cut the plug 4 inches so it would be in the bottom of the hole, well it was not there. I could not find it with my Garrett Probe, because the soil is so mineralized it goes off when you touch the dirt.

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05 Apr 2013

Gold coin from the far past

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Celtic coin

Six hours walking on a heavy ploughed field, but the sun was shining. A great day to search. But after 50% of the time not one find, only some lead shrapnel.

My patience was tested for this field. But yes a tone that was a bit louder than the small lead shrapnel I had found. So I dug the tone out, and with sun shining on the spot, it was really a beautiful sight to see. Man, all the hours walking for nothing payed off.

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21 Mar 2013

3631 Barbarous Radiate Hoard & Roman Building

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Barbarous Radiate Hoard

The hoard discovery has led to a Roman building being discovered. The 3631 coins were in the center of one of the rooms. The hoard has just been declared treasure and is currently being held at the British Museum, London.

 

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18 Mar 2013

Lost class ring, returned 42 years later

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1971 class ring

Back in October of 2011, I purchased a Minelab E-TRAC after watching numerous videos on YouTube of success stories. My previous unit was a Garrett Ace 250 which I had for only about a year.

The majority of my detecting takes place at private residences as the city parks and public areas have been over hunted and full of trash. I reach out to landowners by sending letters offering my service and 50/50 split to whatever is found.

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14 Mar 2013

Knights and treasures

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Medieval barrel lock

The village where I live is a village were even the Romans roam over the country. So it exists for a long time. We have encountered a lot of natural disasters. One of the most known is the big flood of 1953.

The dikes broke right in front of our village and a lot of times from the early Medieval times. As a result some Medieval castles were nothing more than a pile off stones.

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13 Mar 2013

2 rare Saxon coins

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Saxon Coin

Myself and my club members went onto new permission and after finding many 303s and lead people were getting a bit despondent and moving to different fields, but I stayed and hit a flat patch of pasture my friend was about 50 metres with the camcorder.

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07 Mar 2013

First silver with my new E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1916 Standing Liberty quarter

I got my new E-TRAC less than a month ago and was only able to hunt a couple time. I decided to get out in the cold weather and go to an old house in town that I got permission to hunt the day before. I wasn't there long and got a good tone.

Pulled out the plug and there it was a 1916 standing liberty quarter. I didn't know it was a rare mint until I got home and seen they only made 52,000 of them it paid for my E-TRAC and some.

Thanks Minelab for the great detector,

Brian - IN, USA

06 Mar 2013

Minelab, Thank you!

E-TRAC, Excalibur II, Sovereign Elite

Metal detecting finds - relics

Thanks to my Minelab detectors, I can have a great display closet in my room.

Found with first the Sovereign Elite, and now E-TRAC and Excalibur II. The displays are my Roman, Celtic and Medieval finds.

Minelab keep up the great work making great machines, we will do the digging.

Best regards

Rob - Zeeland, Netherlands

05 Mar 2013

The E-TRAC fulfils dreams

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - standing Liberty

I have learned that once you get to know your Minelab product, if the coin you desire is there, the detector will find it. Last year was a great year and I was able to scratch off many once in a lifetime coins from my list.

I knew this year would be harder as all the pounded out parks were then re-pounded by me and my E-TRAC picking out the one or two silvers that others missed by either an inferior detector or lack of knowledge.

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28 Feb 2013

1756 Half Reale

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1756 half Reale

My first target of the day and a very iffy target at that. I would get a good signal one out of 4 swings at different angles, but since it was high toned and deep I opened quick mask on the E-TRAC to see what it would read and it was in the iron range of 30-42, 28-42 and then it would bounce down to 17-42.

At least it wasn't a rusty bolt or nail, which is what I normally dig up with that type of signal. I dug it because once in a blue moon a coin will show up. On top of the ground it read 12-42.

Dave - PA, USA

28 Feb 2013

E-TRAC finds silver and platinum class ring missing for 31 years RETURNED!!!

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1983 class ring

Video Success Story

I just had to say thanks Minelab for another great season of hunts and finds with the Minelab E-TRAC. I sit here today reflecting back on the 2012 season and some of the great finds that I had made and realized that I had a story that I had a great heart-warming story that I just had to share with you. Towards the end of the 2012 season I had gotten permission to hunt a private yard in a local town and had no idea that it was to be the day that the E-TRAC would find one of my wish list finds and give me an absolutely priceless experience that I would not trade for anything and will always remember.

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28 Feb 2013

1865 Civil War camp

E-TRAC

Civil War Camp finds detecting

Hi all, Christmas eve 2012 I went out for a couple of hours to a pounded CW site close to home. I had been over the area before with little results.

Well armed with the E-TRAC in TTF mode I started finding bullets. After just a few hours I had about 20 dropped bullets, buttons and other camp site related odds and ends.

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12 Feb 2013

Diamond ring reunited with owner

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - diamond ring

I received a call from a young man that’s in the Armed Forces. He stated that his girlfriend had lost a family heirloom in his father's back yard in Oct. 2010. It was her grandmother's gold and diamond ring. The young man wanted to know if I could try to find the ring. I told him I would. After several phone calls, arrangements were made for me to meet up with the father at his place.

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31 Jan 2013

1863 Civil War Token

E-TRAC

1863 Civil War Token found metal detecting

I found this Civil War token at an old elementary school. It rang up as an Indian Head penny signal of 11-36 and I didn't know what it was until I got home. I was surprised as I never had one of these on my radar. That's why this hobby is fun, you never know what you will dig up next.

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25 Jan 2013

Best hunt of my life!

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Silver coins

My best day of metal detecting started just like most others: hunting one of my old stand-bys. Today’s stand-by was a university campus, originally constructed in the 1890s.

My first two hours yielded nothing more than a single wheat cent and I considered giving up. Soon after that, I dug a silver ring followed by my very first Morgan silver dollar.

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16 Jan 2013

1774 Two Reale on baseball field

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 2 Reale coin

Found this on a baseball field I've hunted many times before. I've found many Rosie's and some silver Washington quarters on this ball field but was stunned when I pulled this 2 reale out of the ground.

Dave - PA, USA

14 Jan 2013

A real Christmas cracking find

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - diamond earrings

On the 5th January 2013 David received an email from two of the club members: Jeremy Knibbs and Svetlana Bykova. They had a little fun story with a few photos attached for his information.

The couple were contacted by a friend, Liz, who runs Plank's Farm Shop (Lydeway nr. Devizes. Wiltshire) and who knows they have an interest in metal detecting. She had been unpacking and moving a large number of Christmas trees in one of the farm's storage barns, when she realised that one of her earrings was no longer in her ear. Unfortunately, they weren't Christmas cracker-quality but were in fact diamond earrings from Tiffany – a wedding present from her husband.

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11 Jan 2013

Very first target of 2013. What a coin!!

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1838 Seated Half Liberty

I decided to hit a small field closer to home I have always wanted to try. This field is next to a house that was torn down a few years ago. It was an old home. So I get the E-TRAC all ready and start to swing. Ten feet in I get a solid 12-39 in all directions at 4"-6" deep.

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19 Dec 2012

Our first hoard ever

E-TRAC, X-TERRA 705

Metal detecting finds - Roman coins

Thought I would share a few pictures of our first Roman silver hoard now that it's in the public domain. It has been declared as treasure today by the coroner’s court. The coins were found in Mid-Cornwall near to a tin mining area. We weren't searching for Roman and all three of us had just bought detectors for the first time.

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19 Dec 2012

2 identical rings

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - silver rings

I found one of these silver rings about a month ago at our local city school yard. My wife and I went metal detecting again today to same school and she found a identical one! What are the chances?

Ben - OH, USA

19 Dec 2012

Worked out park no match for the E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1951 silver coin

I have been detecting since I was 9 years old and have owned 5 detectors over the years with number five being the E-TRAC. I had left the hobby for various reasons and at the time it was an easy choice since I was getting frustrated digging for an entire day and going home with $2 clad.

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17 Dec 2012

Key date Mercury dime

E-TRAC

Metal detecting find - 1921 Mercury dime

Hunting a park that dates to the late 1800's I found a hot spot where I've been finding lots of Mercury dimes, a few Barber dimes and many wheat pennies from the teens and twenties, even an 1899 Canadian quarter.

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12 Dec 2012

Liberty on a home site

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1838-O seated Liberty Dime

One of our members located an old home site in St Charles Missouri built between 1820 to 1830. The Home site is up on the market to be sold so I contacted the real estate agent handling the property and got permission to Hunt it on 12/02/2012. I was told the site has been hunted many times before. So we were not expecting to find much.

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12 Dec 2012

Spanish Colonial Cob!

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coins

I went on a night hunt with a couple buddies. My friend found a real nice Indian Head penny and I only found a musket ball. It started to drizzle out then just before it started to pour, I got a solid 12-36 in all directions at about 6".

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06 Dec 2012

From Paris to Iowa

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Kepi button

In July 2012, I was detecting where an old house had been torn down due to flooding in 2010. I found my first Silver dime of 2012 on this site so I was excited to hunt it again.

After finding a Buffalo Nickel and a Wheat Penny, the remaining finds were mostly junk. Then I got a deep signal in the 28-30 range which usually means brass.

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30 Nov 2012

The fields of November

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1836 Seated half dime

Saturday, Kyle invited us down to his choice fields for a hunt, Doug and his nine year old son Malachi, Diane and I drove out to meet him and we all rode to a cornfield first. The stalks were still high in this fresh cut field and so were our expectations.

The others got into the field just a bit ahead of me, but I was able to make the first find, a 12-25 signal led me believe I had a button or maybe a fatty Indian. I did pop out an Indian but it was not a fatty but a severely corroded 1902.

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30 Nov 2012

The E-TRAC does it again

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coins and relics

Well I went out today with my friend Doug mding. He had a new site to hunt. So we went out this morning in the cold. He had found some nice coin's last week. So I was hoping to find a real or a doubloon.

So it was a hell of a climb to the top of this hill, but we got there and started to hunt. The first hour, we did not find much but gun shells. It was a big field and woods. Doug went in the woods and I hit the field. He also used an E-TRAC. Why? Well it 's the best in the business brother.

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27 Nov 2012

The best find I ever had

E-TRAC

Roman statue of goddess Fortuna

Winner of Find of the Month - November 2012

Hello everyone!

At the start of September, I went out with my E-TRAC to a field where people have been searching with metal detectors for over 30 years. Till this day people still dig up nice finds at this particular field, including me.

My find was surrounded by iron objects, so I didn't have a clear signal. Nevertheless, I still decided to dig and see what was there...

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16 Nov 2012

A rare find for the E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Robert the Bruce half penny

I wasn't feeling too well this particular day, but I was desperate to get out metal detecting. So reluctantly, I paid a trip to the field closest to me. I wasn't expecting to find much as I call this field my "Junk " field - the reason being that the last two seasons I had spent clearing it of modern junk with my trusty Minelab Safari.

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15 Nov 2012

First time out with E-TRAC = beautiful silver

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - George II Schilling

I was excited to get out in the fields with the detector I had heard so much about and saved hard to get.

Around two hours into my hunt, I was happy with my new machine, having found some deeply buried coins from the 1930's & 40's, a nice Medieval buckle and some older buttons.

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14 Nov 2012

A medal in the park

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - medal

I was detecting in a local park this morning and found this medal for a ski event.

Dan - AZ, USA

13 Nov 2012

Shipwreck coins recovered

E-TRAC

Metal detectorist with find

Video Success Story

Recently, the northeast was hit by superstorm Sandy that did a lot of damage to a large area, and some of my friends from our metal detecting group “SPHRG” Southeastern Pennsylvania Historical Recovery Group looked forward to hunting several shipwreck beaches in NJ and DE.

The news of the damage to the New Jersey shore was heartbreaking and most of the beaches were closed. However Delaware was spared the worst of the storm, so we decided to try our luck at Lewes and Coin Beach below Dewey Beach.

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09 Nov 2012

Ultimate Rare Roman Coin found in UK?

E-TRAC & Explorer SE

Metal detecting finds - Roman coin

Just a few days ago, Mark and Colin who use an E-TRAC and an Explorer SE were on one of their sites in Yorkshire. Sometime back it yielded a few Roman coins and now they thought it worth a re-visit.

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07 Nov 2012

A game changer

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1882 gold coin

Here is a fun couple of days I had with my E-TRAC this summer. I mentioned on Facebook that I go metal detecting. An old buddy wanted to know what kind of detector I used, and how well it worked. I told him that 8 years ago I bought a lesser machine & that this year I had bought a Minelab E-TRAC, a better digging tool & a pinpointer. Together those three things were a "game changer".

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06 Nov 2012

Persistance and an E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Medieval seal matrix

I live in Scotland in an area where the landscape has been seriously altered as a result of a century of Coal Mining and because “good” finds are few and far between.

I am very passionate about history and metal detecting gives me a direct link with history. The machine I use for this is an E-TRAC and before that, for a number of years I have used a Safari – which I swear by!

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06 Nov 2012

Seated Grand Slam

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coins

Recently on a Saturday morning, I had a little time and went to the same field near home I often hunt. The field has been heavily hunted for years. Coins are sparse and I frequently get skunked, but when you find something it is usually pretty old. It, just a couple weeks prior, produced a silver 1831 Capped Bust Half Dime. I hunted about an hour in the same areas I usually hunt, as do many others, before needing to leave, and found nothing.

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31 Oct 2012

My detecting life

CTX 3030

Metal detecting finds - Edward the Confessor silver penny

Winner of Find of the Month - October 2012

My name is Mal and I have been a metal detectorist since 1978. I live in a small village just outside Oxford with my wife and son surrounded by beautiful countryside steeped in history going back to the Iron Age and beyond.

I was first introduced to metal detecting by a stranger I watched in a field next to where I was fishing. He was walking about strangely with this flying saucer on the end of a metal pole and every now and then he dug a hole and put what he found in his pocket. Well curiosity got the better of me and I wandered across to see what he was doing. He said he was hunting for old coins and he brought out of his pocket an assortment of old pennies and half pennies he had found. I was hooked, excuse the pun, fishing forgotten and went about finding out where to buy one of these strange machines.

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31 Oct 2012

How a bad day turned out to be a good one

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Merovingsiche coin

Yesterday, I started a new painting job on a house of a customer of mine. The morning went well, and the work was going great. That was until the rain came.

The work I have done was ruined. And I couldn't work anymore for that day. A little bit angry, I turned home. The whole year it is raining more than usual, so my work is getting behind a lot.

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24 Oct 2012

Badge of success

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - police badge

As the year winds down, I was 1 away today from my goal of finding 30 silver coins for the year. I decided to head out about 40 minutes from my home, to a park in an old town that was established in 1887. The town sits on a lake surrounded by several counties and was once a camp site for Seminole Indians.

I detected the main park for 3 hours and only came up with a 1945 wheat cent. I finally gave up and decided to head a few blocks away to the lake front. About an hour of swinging added .75 cents to my bag. After talking to a local, I asked about another piece of land I saw on my way in and he said that is the original park that sits behind city hall.

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23 Oct 2012

Colonial field homesite gives up the goods

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coins and relics

After two weeks of tracking down the owners of the site, I finally obtained permission to metal detect some farm fields that once had dwellings from colonial days. There is still corn stubble in the field and it was difficult in places to get the coil close to the ground.

I set the E-TRAC on a two tone ferrous program and quickly located the debris field.

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23 Oct 2012

A new milestone for my E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Civil War bullets

I hunt for civil war relics in Virginia. I've been doing it for ten years. I have around five places I mainly hunt. I used a White's Dfx for the first seven, then I purchased a Tdi. Now I'm not saying I didn't find anything with these machines, but the differences in the trash I've dug compared to my new E-TRAC is phenomenal!

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15 Oct 2012

Stunning coins are find of a lifetime

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Aethelred II derby mint AD 997 - 1003 Saxon penny

We went on a dig in Bedford for the Minelab Owners group for my second year. First few days were not that good. I was getting a bit down in the dumps finds-wise.

We were given new fields, heard Roman was coming off, so over to that field. A couple of grots came up so, I went into another field (mowed). This bit of field had bits and bobs came off. Most people went home.

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15 Oct 2012

A beautiful Queen Mary penny

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Queen Mary penny

On only my second trip out with my new E-TRAC, I found this beautiful and very rare Queen Mary penny in a spot that had already been covered by 4 other club members using other makes of machine.

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11 Oct 2012

Like brand new

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Celtic coins

Hi there all metal detecting folks.

I wanna share a really thrilling moment with you all again. A few days ago, I went searching with a friend of mine.

We usually are with each other to go searching. So also this time, the plan ( hope ) was to find some ancient Roman and Celtic coins.

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04 Oct 2012

A ghost town barber

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds- 1900s Barber Quarter

Due to this summers drought, I got a chance to hunt an old ghost town that is located under a lake in Okla on Sept. 28, 2012. After locating a spot that looked like an old homestead had been.

I started working the area in a grid pattern and after several hours of hunting, I got a 12-46 tone and after digging maybe 2 inches deep in a sandy silty soil, laying face down was my first Barber Quarter.

Thanks Minelab,

David Morris - OK, USA

28 Sep 2012

The proper tool for finding treasure

E-TRAC

Metal-detecting-finds - coin silver watch case

My E-TRAC has surprised me with its findings more than once.

This past weekend it did not let me down! As I was driving along last week I often pass by older houses and wonder what might be in the ground. Recently, I've been stopping at more and more of these spots asking permission to metal detect their properties.

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28 Sep 2012

War of 1812 shoulder plate

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1812 shoulder plate

I've had 2 Minelab's in the past 5 years. A Quattro MP and then moved up to the E-TRAC about 2 years ago.

On (-4--2012 ( my daughter's birthday) my hunting partner "king coiler" Randy C and daughter were both busy so I went detecting on my own in an old spot that's been done by us and other before.

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26 Sep 2012

Two 1851 half cents stuck together

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - half cents

I was detecting a soccer field and finding lots of clad quarters, so when I found what I thought were two clad quarters stuck together I didn't bother to give them a look and put them in my pouch.

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25 Sep 2012

The TOT Ring

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds- Totatis ring

I was just calling in on a Sunday morning to one of my local permissions to have a morning session, and there was a lorry filling a farmers feed hoppers, it was blocking the track to my field, I couldn't get past so decided to pull into the farm entrance to wait for him to unload. While I was sat in my truck the owner of the farm came over and asked if he could help me, I told him I was waiting for the lorry to finish then I would be able to pass, "oh right he said and what are you going to be doing?"

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20 Sep 2012

Wedding ring reunited with owner

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - titanium wedding ring

I got my first message from a chap who had lost a ring. They had lost it while walking the dog and felt it come off. It was in some long grass and they searched and searched but could not find it.

Permission was granted for the search by the landowner.

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18 Sep 2012

Rubbish turns out to be one of nation's greatest finds

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1st century Roman millifiori mount

The first week out with my E-TRAC, I came across a small bronze disc with glass enamelled to one side. It was so well made I thought it was off a Victorian snuff box and threw it in the garage with my other rubbish.

Three months later whilst wandering in the Roman section of the British Museum in London I nearly fell over when I saw an exact copy of the disc in a display case.

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12 Sep 2012

Harley Ring Returned

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - Harley-Davidson ring

My wife and I are full time RV'ers. At most RV parks the owners are kind enough to let me hunt in the parks.

We are currently in Alpine, WY and about a month ago, while hunting with my E-TRAC, I came across a white gold Harley-Davidson ring with four small stones in it. It had a name and what appeared to be a serial number inside of it.

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05 Sep 2012

If only these finds could tell a story

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - good conduct medal

As I watch videos of Treasure Hunters around the World, it is so interesting to find items we are un-accustomed to finding. Some of the items are coins minted in their region or a bronze age tool. So it is swell when we can find something that we can all relate to.

The items I mention are WWII relics. No matter where they are found around the World, every country felt the effects, so we can all relish finding these items, even if we were not born yet when the war took place.

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30 Aug 2012

Amazing Pendant

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 14k gold pendant

I had just recently gone archery cow elk hunting with my wife and my sister. Our plans were to stay out for a week. We would go and set up a couple of ground blinds for them to hunt in. I was to watch my two boys while the girls would sit and wait for the elk to come to water.

The boys and I could spend the day detecting with my E-TRAC and Sunray X5 Coil, we targeted areas that others had camped, finding mostly bullets and brass.

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30 Aug 2012

My first gold coin and it's a big one!

E-TRAC

1919 Veinte Peso Libertad - Front

I went out earlier today, Sunday August 26th, 2012, after enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning with my family, my wife took a nap after we got home and gave the OK to go detecting for the rest of the afternoon!

I decided to go to a park where many old coins had been found by my detecting crew. Barbers, Indian head pennies, Buffalo's, etc. have come from this old Los Angeles park. This park is really trashy and I have had some really good luck just slowing down and listening what my E-TRAC is telling me. I love this machine and I have it tuned to work well in trash and still pull deep, old coins.

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27 Aug 2012

Research + Minelab = Success

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coin and relics

I have been getting use to the E-TRAC ever since I bought it in December of 2011. Every day is a new experience and a learning curve. The machine never ceases to surprise me.

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21 Aug 2012

E-TRAC Hits Early 1700's in the States

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - coins

I went out Saturday, Aug 18th to an area by my house that is known to give up some oldies. I hunted for an hour and found a couple wheats and then hit a nice 1897 Indian.

I knew I was in a good spot so I decided to grid that particular area and went about as slow as a person can go with the E-TRAC.

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15 Aug 2012

Guess what I am using my voucher for?

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1917 Florin

Well as you can see, I won the article for July in Minelab's Success Stories. Well here is another of success but then not.

We left the gold fields after a reasonably good season with Shazza lucking onto a small patch the day before we left. This was a very nice end to our 2012 prospecting season.

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14 Aug 2012

A very fine morning

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - medieval relics

Sunday morning, the sun is rising. A cup of coffee with the wife and kids.

An then off to go, a big trip of 5 minutes on the bike :)) A small grassland is trimmed and I have permission to search there.

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13 Aug 2012

A Portuguese find in New York

E-TRAC

Metal detecting finds - 1720 Portuguese 10 Reis Coin

I'm new to metal detecting, Being my second week with my E-TRAC I've found a few coins and a couple of old civil war buttons but today I really hit it big.

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07 Aug 2012

My First Large Cent

E-TRAC

Metal detectorist with 1847 large cent

Video Success Story

This past weekend some friends from our metal detecting group “SPHRG” Southeastern Pennsylvania Historical Recovery Group which I founded four years ago met in Concord Township, PA.

We did some research on an old farm that sits back about two hundred yards from Smithbridge Road. Using Google Earth and Bing Maps we saw that there was a large home and barn that did not show on the maps after 2002.

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31 Jul 2012

A happy searcher with my E-TRAC

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Metal detector finds - Celtic coin

Last weekend, I went with a friend to search for a couple of hours.

Nice weather, and the farmers are starting with getting the grain off the fields. So we get more chance to go searching again.

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23 Jul 2012

E-TRAC leads to a find of a lifetime

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Metal detector finds- dragon pendant

I was hunting with my MD partner at a local park with my E-TRAC. We hunt specifically for gold and silver jewelry.

I was finding a few coins and only found out at the end of the day when I looked at my coins that I had found my first Barber dime and an Indian head penny.

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23 Jul 2012

A signal most would have passed up

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Metal detector finds - toy firetruck

Video Success Story

I got permission to detect a 1947 home of a friend of my parents. I went slow and basically dug everything that sounded good and some things that were questionable.

Close to the road, I got a signal and my pin pointer found a nail and a piece of copper wire. Thought that was it after my pointer said nothing else was in the hole. I stood up and re-scanned again with the E-TRAC and it said there was still something sweet sounding there.

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19 Jul 2012

E-TRAC finds 200-year old piece of history

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Metal detector finds - 1812 military breastplate front

I was hunting a spot where I had been told was an old war of 1812 area of Ontario on a friends property. I had just purchased my E-TRAC the week before.

The day after I bought it I started finding some great coins and artifacts. The day was getting late and I had all ready found several military buttons and coins from the 1812 era. When go over an area I had hunted numerous times with my old detector, all of the sudden I got a solid high pitch signal.

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18 Jul 2012

A Great find with the good old E-TRAC

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Metal detector finds - King Otto III coin brooch

long, long ago there was a time.....

The early black ages is a really dark time. Why? Because we still don't know much about it.

Roman, and even Celtic time is more know then the 6 till 10 century. So when I have a relic ore coin from this ages I am verryyyyyyy happy.

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13 Jul 2012

Historic 1860s Cricket Belt Buckle

E-TRAC

Metal detector finds - cricket buckle

My metal detecting had been rudely interrupted by a sudden knee injury. I had missed some prime time detecting and now Winter was fast approaching. I didn’t care, I was itching to get back into it after the operation and rehab period.

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28 Jun 2012

Karma Comes Around

E-TRAC

metal detecting find - white gold ring - usa

I did a ring recovery tonight near a hotel in Lexington for Chris and Erin, who called me after searching for “metal detector rental” in Lexington (a search I deliberately intercept with my website at (http://www.pocketspill.com). I try to intercept those searches because I know people who rent detectors are far less likely to recover items than if a skilled operator is available. I volunteer my time in Lexington whenever possible. I hate to see people waste their time, money and still not recover the item, especially something as special as an engagement ring.

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25 Jun 2012

It Was Worth It

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Not much searching last week, after I crashed with my motor cycle. With a result fractured ribs. But I wanted so badly, that I took a painkiller and went of for a short time searching.

It was tough, but it was worth it. I thouhgt it was a bronze Roman coin, but no it was a nice Antoninius from Gordanius III. Hope it wil get beeter soon, so I can go back to that place.

Best regards all, and have good finds.

Rob - Zeeland, Netherlands

10 Jun 2012

A Girl and Her E-TRAC

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 1805 draped bust - usa

About a year ago my wife Diane got interested in metal detecting with me and so I got her an X-TERRA 705 and she took to it like a duck to water. She was doing so well I decided to upgrade her to her own E-TRAC. She has made some good finds with it including a beautiful Standing Liberty Quarter and a Franklin Half but this hunt topped them all.

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03 Jun 2012

E-TRAC Finds the Original Minelab Guy

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metal detector find - army figure - usa

Even though it may not seem like the greatest find of all time, it made my day when I dug a signal and discovered the original Minelab guy. Knowing the history of how Minelab started with Military Mine detectors, I got a huge chuckle when I saw this soldier with a mine detector.

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21 May 2012

My 1st Gold Ring with Diamonds

E-TRAC

metal detector find - ring - usa

My uncle lost his 1949 AAA baseball championship ring he earned after hitting a grand slam against the Braves in Memphis Tn. He lost the ring 12 years ago in his back yard. The 86 year old Iwo Jima survivor (wounded twice on that island) didn't ask me to look for it. I kinda insisted I give it a try.

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19 May 2012

I Can't Explain the Feeling

E-TRAC

metal detector find - gold watch - aus

I bought a E-TRAC from Swan Hill Detectors and was amazed by the outstanding support. All I had to do was ring Paul and he would help me straight away. This was how I learnt how to use the machine. I had a lady contact me to help find her watch that was lost while bailing hay in a padock. It fell off while changing the wraper on a round bale machine.

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17 May 2012

What a Great Day!

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metal detector find - 1921 coin - canada

The year is 1921. The city, Ottawa, Ontario. The place, The Royal Canadian Mint. Someone says "Dump the coins!" and almost 3.5 million silver Canadian 5 Cent pieces are melted down. The government has chosen to go with the cheaper and larger nickel format for the coming year. But wait, some people have already purchased the 1921 5 cent piece, and about 300 have gone into circulation.

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14 May 2012

Discovering the Gold Dollar

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Had a small job this morning close to a place I have been trying to get to all winter but the road was impassable, small mining town in the foot hills lots of iron and few targets. I was hunting in TTF stock coil auto +3 sens was about 15 I had been there about four hours and found nothing but trash and the skeleton key (eyeball find)bent down to move a piece of wire that my coil was hanging up on and noticed a strange shape.

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13 May 2012

I Love My E-TRAC

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metal detectorist finds - cannon ball and ballets - usa

About 5 years ago, I purchased a used Lobo metal detector. I have wanted a detector for years, so needless to say I was happy to finally get one. I thought it was working alright, I was able to find some interesting things… lost toys, a few coins, parts & pieces of some unknown items.

Then approx. 6 months ago, I met a man, Bob McGinnis, and we started to discuss metal detecting. To my surprise, he told me that he owned a business for metal detectors. (This was nice, because I’ve wanted to upgrade to something new).

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13 May 2012

In the Right Spot

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 18k gold cheif ring - usa

I'm so happy I bought a Minelab E-TRAC! It was only a week old when I visited a local park again to practice with it. I had been there a few times in the past using another brand detector with marginal success, but I wanted to get experience with my new detector.

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10 May 2012

All I Can Say is WOW!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - coin trifecta - usa

I just received my E-TRAC yesterday, I had planned for it's arrival by taking the following day off from work to get familiar with it. I went to a park where I had found a couple of silver coins previously but had not hunted it since because the good targets were just plain out of reach for my old detector. I figured this would be a good place to start with my new E-TRAC.

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10 May 2012

What a Day!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - morgan dollar police badge chauffeurs badge - usa

I guess I would say my success story would include the great group of people at Minelab Chicago.
I had to send my E-TRAC in for repair to find out I had a bad touch pad which probably caused by being in the rain to much (Use the covers guys!).

After them calling on a Thursday with the repair cost which I thought was a great price I mentioned I sure would like to have it for the weekend. I couldn't believe it they had shipped it fast enough that I got back Friday.

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09 May 2012

One More Off the List!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 1864 2 Cent Axial Lighting - usa

Hello all!

I was in Boston for work today (May 3rd, 2012) and stopped at a green on the way back that we have hammered !! It is not very big... City block one way and about 1/2 block the other...

I was pretty wet from the knees down in short order... Stock Pro coil... TTF (Two Tone Ferrous) and working slow....

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08 May 2012

Super Excited

E-TRAC

metal detector find - class ring - usa

A few weeks back, hunting at an old school, I got a very solid signal from my E-TRAC. Cut the plug, and at 5 inches down out came a very large class ring. I was super excited being my first class ring I had ever found. The ring was made from sterling silver and read 2004 state champions across the top and side. Luckily it also had a jersey number and a name on the side of the ring. After a few hours of searching the web I found a team roster for that year, however the name online did not match the name on the ring. Still at least it was a lead. I found guy who was listed on the roster and contacted him through facebook.

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01 May 2012

Find of a Lifetime

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metal detecot find - ovm buckle - usa

To my surprise I found through research an old homesite on my families farm from the 1880's. There was no sign of the homestead and we never knew it existed even though we lived there for over a decade. I got permission from the current owner and quickly with my son and friend Bryon off we went.

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29 Apr 2012

Wish It Was My Full Time Job

E-TRAC

metal detector find - angel coin - usa

I went and picked up my buddy today April 28th, and he doesn't have a car or a very good detector. I usually feel bad as I pull tons of coins, silver and more out and he ends the day with very little. Today he did good digging a silver coin from 1939 and I was the one feeling bad.

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26 Apr 2012

Restoring 65 Years of Memories

E-TRAC

metal detector find - wedding band - usa

I and fellow Dayton Digger Tom Johnson were called out to see if we could find a lost wedding ring. The gentleman had lost it he believed in his garden plot two years before and after much fruitless searching thought it was gone for good. His daughter contacted Tom and Tom asked me to help him find it if we could.

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26 Apr 2012

Never Thought it Would be this Great

E-TRAC

metal detector finds - usa

I can't believe it! I found another silver today. I never actually thought it would be this great. I thought it was going to better, but not like this. I used my old detector for 2.5 years. I found 2 silver dimes, both Roosevelt's, both shallow, most likely new drops. I have had my E-TRAC for 3 weeks. I have found three silver coins already, two mercs and now a Washington!!!!

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23 Apr 2012

Not Bad for a Quick Hunt

E-TRAC

metal detector find - coin spill - usa

Here in April I saw the weather report was calling for a sunny day in the 70's so I took my new E-TRAC to work today. On the way home I stopped at a nearby dog park which has a farm house dating back to 1834.

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18 Apr 2012

What a Surprise

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Been Coin hunting for over 34 years and have found many old coins but had never been able to find a Seated Liberty quarter until this past weekend. Was hunting a old closed down golf course that dates back to 1922 and came across a 6 inch deep tire track completely filled with water.

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17 Apr 2012

One of the Best Adventures to Date

E-TRAC

metal detector find - kansas pacific rail luggage tag - usa.jpg

I answered a call from my Minelab dealer, Gerry, around dinner time. He asked if I wanted to go with him and a few friends detecting and old mining town. I knew I really couldn’t go, work was pilling up deadlines were looming, I said, “I will be at your house at 4 am.” As I hung up the phone I thought here is a chance to get out and detect with some guys who know what they are doing. I had purchased my E-TRAC less than a year ago and had moderate success with it, a series of short hunts around town finding a few silvers and a handful of wheat pennies. I didn’t have the time this summer to hunt too seriously. I couldn’t pass this opportunity up, I had to go.

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15 Apr 2012

Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club to the Rescue

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This is just my second week as Chairman of the club and on Thursday 12th April 2012 I received an email from a lady named Toni, who lives in the Pewsey area of Wiltshire. The contents in her short explanation really touched my feelings as she explained she needed help to find her lost wedding ring.

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10 Apr 2012

Broke My Silver Record

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 1838 seated half dime - usa

Started the day out hitting some old ball fields with my brother. I was running the E-TRAC... First field we hit lots of clad I hit 2 wheats nothing speacial. My brother remebered a small field we hit last year without much luck so off we headed for this little 1940s ball field behind a school. 20min into the hunt my brother hits a 1941 washington then I hit a nice 5 gram silver ring.

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10 Apr 2012

Unexpected

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metal detector find - 2 reale - usa

Hello all!

I went back to the colonial I got the complete buckle at 2 weeks ago... I've been there approx. 10 times now... So I picked a location on the other side of the pond that I've been through, but with the let your feet wander method.... Today was 9 hours of gridding.... and it paid off !!

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10 Apr 2012

A Find of British National Importance

E-TRAC

metal detector find - complete cast copper alloy pendant - uk

I have always used Minelab detectors, my first one was an Explorer II, I then upgraded to the Explorer SE Pro. My birthday was comning up and my partner [Sue] bought me the E-TRAC ,reports said it would make your land like new so I gave it a go.

I went on land that had produced roman and saxon but didn't expect what was to follow. The area was done before with both detectors before the E-TRAC come on the scene, about an hour passed and this beauty was in my hand.

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30 Mar 2012

My First Barber Quarter

Explorer SE Pro

metal detector find - indian head cent & barber quarter - usa

Detecting at an old farmhouse, I decided to take a break from digging modern coins and scan the side of the driveway down to the road. I was rewarded first with a 1907 Indian head cent in great condition. About twenty feet further down the drive I picked up on a somewhat choppy but deep signal that just sounded right. I popped the plug and there it was, my first ever Barber quarter...

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29 Mar 2012

Good Hunt With Some Great History

E-TRAC

metal detector find - pendant - usa

I'm still learning my E-TRAC. A friend and I decided to hunt an older area in Northern California one Sunday afternoon. I ended up with only three old coins - 1937S wheatie, an 1886 Indian head, and a 1909 "vertical S" wheatie. Not bad.

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27 Mar 2012

I Owe It All To This E-TRAC

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metal detector find - 1794 liberty cap half penny - usa

I went to a field that I have visited in the past with some excellent success. Though when I do hit this field, it is always very hit or miss. Good targets are slim but usually very old when I do find them. So on a lunch break last week I tried a new spot in the field.

On the edge line of the field were some light woods. In the woods I saw some foundations and oyster shells. I turned on the E-TRAC, noise cancelled and away I went. Three swings in I get a solid 12-41 at 5". I guess my pin pointing was off since I gave the coin a nice hair cut with my digger. But to my surprise I found a 1794 Liberty Cap Half Penny.

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27 Mar 2012

Over Five Hundred Coins

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metal detector find - coins - usa

I have been metal detecting for over thirty years using all different brands of detectors and in June of 2011 I purchased my Minelab E-TRAC. After a few months of in the field training with it I obtained permission to hunt down a now closed down golf course that dates back to the earlu 1900's. With my E-TRAC in hand I started out and in a five month period hunting on weekends I have been able to locate over five hundred coins which sixty seven of them are silver. The E-TRAC can really go get the silver. Thank you Minelab.

Joe - Ohio, USA

22 Mar 2012

Family Heirloom Returned

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metal detector find - initialed ring - usa

Winner of Find of the Month - March 2012



On March the 2nd, I took the E-TRAC out to hunt a 1917 home where one family had lived there for 3 generations. Thirty minutes into the hunt I recovered this smashed ring. This ring had belonged to the owners father who had passed away several years ago. By the look of it, it was many decades old.. Of course his initials are RR...

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22 Mar 2012

Did I Mention I Love My E-TRAC

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metal detector find - gold aniversay ring - usa

I am a regular park hunter because to be honest I am a busy working Dad with a young child and just don't have time for long far away hunts. I decided to hit one of my tot lots that has produced absolutely NOTHING for years. I am not sure why I even go there other than the joy of hunt. In the past I had hunted the park hard with my other detector but upgraded to an E-TRAC about a year ago.

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21 Mar 2012

Glad I Went Back!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 1895 0 barber dime - usa

It was Tue March 13 and my detecting buddy Dr. Bob met me at 7:30 am for a day of detecting. We hunted an old country school yard first and I found one Barber dime. We then hunted an old country church and I found a 1932 quarter and an Indian Head penny.

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21 Mar 2012

17th Century Silver Bonanza!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - 1652 silver coin - usa

Hi All, At the beginning of March I began searching a new site that has early structure, but shows no activity on the earliest maps I have access to, (1892). After a bit of scanning, I pulled a large silver coin with a cross visible on one side, but clearly not Spanish, Finally Identified as undated 400 Reis Cruzado, 1640-1654. No web info, found image in an old World Coin book.

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20 Mar 2012

Surprised Beyond Belief

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metal detector find - civil war belt buckle - usa



On March 2nd my metal detecting world changed forever! I'm currently in college to become a High School History teacher and got into the hobby because of my love for history. I live in East Central Indiana, not really a Civil War hot bed of activity if you know what I mean. However, we do have some relics here, as I found out!!

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20 Mar 2012

A Crazy Signal

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metal detector find - colonial buckle - usa

I had the opportunity to revisit a colonial house, that was built in 1704(ish), I'm hunted a few times... I was on site about 5 hours and worked an area measuring 100X100... This property is 47 acres, but the targets were coming pretty steady in this small area...

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19 Mar 2012

A Happy Balance

E-TRAC

metal detector find - antique stirling silver brooch - usa

I enjoy posting videos, reading forums and making new friends in the Detecting Hobby. Having said that, it upsets me when I see users of other metal detectors talking down on Minelab products and making fun of us for relying on numbers.

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19 Mar 2012

An Hour I Will Remember the Rest of My Life!

E-TRAC

metal detector find - cold coin - netherlands

After a stressfull week, a nice day out with friends is always a good thing to do. But going out with friends to search is even a better way to spend your time, well that is how I feel.

After made mu son I prommisse we go out for fishing next week, an helped the wife with houseceeping. Yea yea I know, but she is working also fulltime. And teaking quality time with my dautgher to look a singing program on tv. My time was come to do my thing with my friends.

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13 Mar 2012

Wow What a Find!

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Metal Detector Finds - Eagle Officer's Sword Belt Plate - USA

I have been detecting since '97. Started out with a cheap Quickdraw II and immediately became hooked. It wasn't long before I realized I needed something a little better. My first Minelab was an Explorer XS. Through the years I've upgraded several times and currently use an E-TRAC. Hands down the best machine I've ever used. I hunt with a buddy that uses a Whites and he just can't get the depth that I get.

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11 Mar 2012

First Real Outing

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Metal Detector Finds - 1700's Buckle and 1785 Colonial Connecticut Copper Coin - USA

Was detecting a old cellar site I presumed to be 1800s. Got a decent 12-41 on the E-TRAC at 6 inches or so. Dug down found a nail rescanned still a target and out pops another nail and this coin!!!!! Definetly dated the site alot older than I thought. Also found this 1700s buckle the same day. The coin is a 1785 colonial connecticut copper one cent coin!!! and did I mention this was the first real outing with the E-TRAC for me.

Tyler Hock - Vermont, USA

09 Mar 2012

I Love this E-TRAC!

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - King George III Rex Half Penny - USA

I've been detecting now just over three months, and I'm amazed at how awesome this machine is. I live in Philadelphia and love the history here. A few blocks away from me is one of the oldest parks in the city, and is open to MDers. In two months I've found 14 Mercury Dimes (oldest: 1916-S), 1 Barber Dime (1906), 3 Buffalo Nickels, 5 Silver Quarters, 2 Rosie Dimes, 5 Indian Head Pennies, 107 Quarters, 167 Dimes, 370 Pennies, 83 Wheat Pennies, and my greatest find, and oldest, is a King George III Rex half penny!

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05 Mar 2012

Found a Pine Tree Shilling!!

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Metal Detector Finds - Coin - USA

l got word from a local 'old timer' that a certain area of a cove on my local tidal creek was used as as swimming & picnic area when he was a child, Got permission from the property owner to scan the saltmarsh areas above the waterline. So, around lowtide I stated searching in the shallow water.

I found toasted SLQ, 1907 Barber Quarter & a smooth large copper, as the tide advanced, I moved inshore, and not making any more good finds, decided to head north to a Fine Cellarhole that usually gives up some goodies.

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04 Mar 2012

On my whishlist

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Gold 1/4 Celtic Stater - Netherlands

I, am searching for several years , and I talked with a lot of people and I have read a lot of story's of searcher who had found a golden coin.

I have found really nice old gold item's but never a coin. So a gold coin was high on my wishlist.

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01 Mar 2012

Listen to your Hunting Buddy

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Metal Detector Finds - Jewellery - USA

My hunting buddy Steve has a spot he'd been working over with good results for relics in the past and we'd also worked it over many times as a team on top of that. We'd moved on to some other areas but Steve said he had a feeling we should go back over it again. Well, it pays to listen to your hunting bud so off we went Steve, my wife and I.

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26 Feb 2012

Roman Frog Brooch

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Metal Detector Finds - Roman Frog Brooch - Netherlands

The frogs are early this year :)

Long week work, so I promissed myself to take some time for myself to go searching. After a while de E-TRAC made a strange sound. Not a bleep but a kwek kwek sound ( lol )

It was a frog I found, a really beautyful Roman brouche with glass patin. And as a treat I also
found 2 Celtic coins and a Celtic bead.

Alle have fun and good finds. Best regards from the Netherlands.

Rob van der Zande - Zeelande, Netherlands

26 Feb 2012

A Day I Will Never Forget

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1789 George Washington Button - USA

Feb 6th, 2012 is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. I woke up and decided to detect a park about 25 miles from my house. I had been to this park one other time where although I had not found anything old I found alot of clad. When I went to the park the first time I met another fellow Minelab hunter, he used an Explorer and had told me he had found a 1763 reale there. I remember thinking there has to be some history there to find a coin like that so I decided to go back.

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21 Feb 2012

Bronze Age Medallion

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Metal Detector Finds - Bronze Age Medallion - Hungary

2011 dec 27. South Hungary. Minelab E-TRAC mechanically. Kb 45cm from deep one. 8 cmm are bronze age madalion.

Magnus Maximus - Baranya, Hungary

20 Feb 2012

A Super Machine

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - George II Half Guinea - UK

I had been detecting my local beach in west Wales and searched all over the beach with no finds and then I went to an area covered in stones and slate about 3mx3m when I started finding £1 coins. I found 15 and a few other coins I returned on the next day and searched the area again in a grid pattern. Then I had a nice deep signal on the E-TRAC, I dug down about 1ft and at the bottom of the hole was a gold coin it was a half guinea of George II in very good condition. I will go back to search again when the sand has been moved by the tide. Thanks Minelab for a super machine.

Terry - Cardiganshire, UK

11 Feb 2012

The Grand Prize of Chuck E Cheese Items

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Chuck E Cheese Birthday Medallion - USA

Almost every Detectorist in the United States has found a Chuck E Cheese Game token and there is a running joke about finding one. I have a can of them myself so they are nothing to be excited about. Today however, I found the grand prize of Chuck E Cheese Items.

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07 Feb 2012

Beach Hunting Australia

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins - Aus

On Friday the maximum temperature was forecast to be 22c and low tide at my favourite beach would be just before 5:00pm. For many years using my Sovereign, then Quattro MP and Explorer SE I had thrashed this old swimming beach until unable to find another single target.

Thursday night I had the battery pack charging and planned to take my brand new Minelab E-TRAC which I purchased from Swan Hill Detectors to this beach for a first trial. Also at home I altered the audio settings to have SMOOTH Response, tone variability 30, this setting is just great for my hearing because the good targets stand right out.

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03 Feb 2012

Lucky Me and Minelab

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 14th Century Gold Ring Brooch - UK

Having taken early retirement I was keen to extend my hobbies and my wife conspired with my friend Steve Wright, a very active detectorist with the Coventry Heritage Detector Society, to purchase me a machine.

Steve chose a Minelab X-TERRA 70 and I subsequently joined the Club in 2010 and soon became familiar with my new toy. I loved my X-TERRA 70 and felt that I could sniff out anything.

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30 Jan 2012

My Heart Skipped a Beat

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1879 Morgan Silver Dollar - USA

My girlfriend and I drove down a gravel road to detect an old church/school built 1879. It was clear it was built for function as there was nothing fancy about it. It did boast a beautiful view of farmland on all sides, and across the street a well groomed cemetery.

I was told the church had been well hunted numerous times, but I couldn’t resist since my E-TRAC has found 87 silver coins in one year; some in places that were supposedly “hunted out”.

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29 Jan 2012

What Detecting is all About

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Metal Detector Finds - 11-12th Century Heraldic Pendant - UK

This has to be my best find ever and I have found some really great artefacts. Brand new land, which is steeped in history within 1/2 mile of a Manor House and on a "How" a mound which was used in the early medieval times as a meeting place to exchange goods and news, all being over looked and in control of the Lord of the Manor.

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27 Jan 2012

A Very Successful Morning

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 620 AD Anglo Saxon Thrysma - UK

I took up metal-detecting in November 2009 and joined the Essex Detector Society. I started off by purchasing a Minelab X-TERRA 305 and soon started finding coins. These were both copper and hammered silver coins. I decided after about nine months to upgrade my metal detector and purchased a second hand Minelab E-TRAC, which has proved to be an excellent choice. One weekend early in August 2011 I took a friend out with me to a field where I had previously found approximately ten hammered silver coins.

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26 Jan 2012

Rewarded For My Efforts

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Zeeland 1/8 Dukaat - Netherlands

A few weeks ago I was searching, when a farmer came to me. After a while he asked me to search
a land because he thougt he hit a WWII granate while plowing his field. So last week I had a few hours time to search. I went to the marked place and indeed I found the granate. It was a big
nasty brisant granate, that we found often before.

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23 Jan 2012

It All Changed When I Got My E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins and Jewellery - USA

I have been metal detecting for 6 years in Southern Nevada. It is tuff detecting here because the area is not that old and the soil is mineralized. I have used several name brand detectors and only found 1 silver coin and 4 wheat pennies during that time. That statistics all changed this last year when I got my E-TRAC.

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21 Jan 2012

Thrilled to Bits

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Bronze Age Torque - UK

It is not often that you are relatively sure you have found "Find of the Year" at your club meeting only moments after you have first set eyes on it, but this is what happened to me. I didn't want to get too overconfident though as there are always cracking finds at our meetings, but this is special.

Out on a dig a couple of months ago I recieved a cracking signal on my E-TRAC that showed solidly in the middle of the screen. Do you get a sixth sense that something is good or is it experience with the E-TRAC that tells you? Anyway I was towards the edge of a large Wiltshire field in South West England. I dug down the 8 or so inches that the E-TRAC was telling me was the depth of the find, I was careful with my digging as usual so as not to damage anything and I was glad that I was.

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09 Jan 2012

Roman Play Stone

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Roman Play Stone - Netherlands

The E-TRAC in the car, and of to search with a friend to a place where you can find Roman coins.

Only after a month of rain it was really not attainable with the detector in hand. To much clay was sticking on the E-TRAC, and digging was not possible.

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06 Jan 2012

484 Silver Coins in 2011

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins and Jewellery - USA

A few friends and I like to metal detect on evenings and weekends at homesites and local parks. These photos are coins that I have found through the year of 2011 and my ending total was 484 1/2 silver coins ranging in years from 1964 back to 1829. The 1829 was a capped dime and also found at this home was an 1835 capped half dollar. Oh bye the way if anyone was wondering about the half it was a mercury dime clipped in half which I thought was an interresting find myself. Well thanks for looking at my story and happy hunting to all hope you find treasure too.

Wayne - Pennsylvania, USA

04 Jan 2012

E-TRAC Finds Sword!

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Metal Detector Finds - Spanish Sword - USA

Winner of Find of the Month - January 2012

A friend and I had decided to get one last hunt in for the year on New Years Eve, since the weather in our area was to be in the mid 40’s. We hunted a yard and curb that I had permission to hunt and made a few finds. After hunting for awhile we moved on to another place that we had gotten permission to hunt a few weeks back, and had not hunted yet. After double checking with the homeowner we started to hunt this small yard.

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03 Jan 2012

Making Front Page News

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Case - Canada

On Dec.1 2011 I was metal detecting in our local park with my E-TRAC, looking for old silver coins. I
love this machine I call it my silver magnet because it is so accurate on locating silver. The high pitch sound and the numbers on the screen.

After finding a couple of 40's silver coins I got a solid silver reading at 6 inches down. To my surprise out popped this little silver case. Brought it home and cleaned it up a bit called the wife over to the kitchen sink and asked her to open it. Inside was a tightly folded wet newspaper clipping of a memoriam which read's:

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30 Dec 2011

I'm Glad I Upgraded

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Metal Detector Finds - Wisconsin Game Warden Badge  - USA

I recently upgraded to my first Minelab (E-TRAC). I have been detecting a friends yard with a house dating back to the 1890's. I have detected this yard several times with another companies detector and found many great pieces, coins, jewelry etc. But after hearing how great the E-TRAC is, I decided to buy one and give it a try.

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26 Dec 2011

My Best Finds From 2011

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins, Jewellery and Relics - Netherlands

Let me start, with all the best for everyone in the year 2012, en that we all may have nice finds.

On a forum in Holland, I placed some of my best finds in the past year, and I thougt wy not share it
with the rest of the world. May it create a possitive thinking for comming year, with thinking to never quit becose once the day will come and you find your dream.

Greatings to you all.

Rob van der Zande - Zeeland, Netherlands

20 Dec 2011

E-TRAC Finds Gold Nugget

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Metal Detector Finds - 28.6g Gold Nugget - USA

Gerry wasn’t there. The scene is: I’m hunting in a spot I’ve hunted in many times before. Because of all the time I’ve spent here, I’ve conditioned myself to ignore a lot of signals, because of the high density of trash, both ferrous and non-ferrous targets. It’s a City park – lots of noise. So here I am, getting tons of signals, listening for that sweet tone of a coin. But let me tell you a little story about my friend and Minelab dealer Gerry McMullen of Gerry’s Metal Detectors of Boise, Idaho.

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17 Dec 2011

Killer on Coins

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins - USA

I would just like to say Minelab will always be in my stable. I have been a whites detector person a long time. Almost bought a v3i until I heard it was complicated and had problems. I hardly ever seen any great finds on the forums that I visited. Well I started hearing this and that about the E-TRAC. Man I tell you the finds I seen with the Minelab's were amazing. I said maybe I am in the wrong crowd. Well I found a great dealer Woodland Detectors and the rest is history.

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15 Dec 2011

Vary Rare

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Metal Detector Finds - 1838-O Seated Liberty Half Dime - USA

I've had my E-TRAC for a year now and have made many amazing finds with it. I've hunted parks, old schools, and old houses with much success. I decided to try my first cornfield hunt. After researching an 1874 atlas of our county, I picked an old farm that was only a couple miles from my house. The owner of the house was very friendly and told me the house dates back to at least 1850.

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14 Dec 2011

Mint Condition

E-TRAC & Explorer XS

Metal Detector Finds - 1422 Henry V Gold Noble - UK

After organising Gwent Detectings various charity rallies where we have now raised over £16,000 it was decided to have a 2 dayer! The land was in Worcester with no knowledgeable history apart from the odd church and the promise of the odd Roman grot?

This day in August was a 'golden' day for three Minelab owners, myself, Simon and Paul. Day one saw Simon find a gold seal matrix with his Minelab Explorer XS, find of the weekend you would think until Paul came up with a Gold Quarter stater he'd turned up with his E-TRAC, in amazing condition which took over as find of the weekend, until a sudden downpour stopped play with only an hour to go..!!

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13 Dec 2011

Preserving World War II History

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Metal Detector Finds - WWII Live Ammo - Aus

Gusap in the beautiful Ramu Valley of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a service town for the growing and refining of sugar by Ramu Agri Industries (RAI). During World War 2 it was one of a number of airfield bases constructed by American Airborn Engineers in the Markham & Ramu Valley’s as the Allies advanced against the Japanese in PNG. At Gusap amongst the sugar cane fields you can still see evidence of these activities from nearly seventy years ago – aircraft revetments, marsden matting, Caterpillar D4 tractors (disassembled & flown in), fighter plane drop fuel tanks, discarded fuel drums but slowly a lot of this history is being lost.

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09 Dec 2011

Pretty Cool!

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I recently purchased an E-TRAC and went to an old race track. I found two 1882 Indian pennies and a 1900 barber quarter at 8 inches. Pretty cool.

Jason – KS, USA

08 Dec 2011

Hard Working Detector

E-TRAC & X-TERRA 305

Metal Detector Finds - Copper and Silver Coins

Have been detecting for only three and a half months, I have two Minelab detectors at present, an X-TERRA 305 and an E-TRAC. I am pleased to report that I am impressed with these two detectors as they together have uncovered many great finds valued way and beyond the cost of both detectors.

Finds so far:...

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05 Dec 2011

My First 1700's Silver

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Metal Detector Finds - 1790 Spanish Half Reale - USA

On December 1st I had plans with a club member to hit a 1760's cellar hole that has yielded great results this year... We've pulled 13 coppers mostly early to mid 1700's... 6 pieces of US silver, 6+ Indian heads, and the usual suspects... Lead, Buckles, buttons, farm parts, harmonica reeds, etc.

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01 Dec 2011

History Comes Back to Life!

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Metal Detector Finds - Celtic Silver Coin - Netherlands

bzzzzz. bzzzzz. 0500 in the morning. The wake up call. Breakfast and a cup of coffee to open up
the sleepy eyes. I was determend to find some ancient coins . Driven a total of 520 mile for 3.5 hours of searching, the time was short becausse of family diner. CRAZY ???? Well a litle. But in the morning sun, walking on ancient fields it is worth every second.

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28 Nov 2011

Don't Ignore All Loud Shallow Signals!

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins and Relics - USA

Another great day out with the E-TRAC! The highlighted finds shown came from one previously hunted cellar hole site that was inhabited from ca. 1830's to the 1920's. From left to right I found: A "Defiance" CWC Pocket Watch with last patent date June 4 '07; 1889 Liberty Seated dime; 1889 Indian Head cent; 1919 "Mercury" dime; 1905 Indian Head cent; ca. 1830's Heraldic Eagle Militia belt plate; brass entry door key; brass shoe heel protector; and oval Rosette plate.

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20 Nov 2011

A Nice Small Tone

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Metal Detector Finds - 17th Century Puzzle Ring - Netherlands

Started the day with my feats in the water searching for the famos Dutch shrimps with a small shrimp net. With a temperatur of 8 celcius fot a good wake-up call. After a while I treated myself with a big sandwich with delicious Dutch kroketten and a Heineken.

Back home about 13.00 Hours, my brother called if knew places to search, he is just starded with
this great hobby. But there where a few places we could go to, so i looked sweet to my wife if it was oke to go away again fo a few hours.

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11 Nov 2011

E-TRACs Bring in the Harvest!

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Metal Detector Finds - 1796 Draped Bust Large Cent - USA

My hunting partner Doug and I decided to do some door knocking at some old farm houses as we have found that this is a good way to meet some very nice people and get good sites to detect. This Saturday was a crisp fall morning but with abundant sunshine to warm us up.

Our first site was a 1900 house. Doug scored first with a 1908 Indian and I got on the board with a 1904 Indian, then Doug got 1918 wheat and then I got 1913 wheat. A bit later I dug up an unusual item, I first thought it was going to be a token or maybe a foreign coin but it turns out it is an Apothecaries weight. It says Two Scruples which turns out to be a measurement of weight; one scruple is .333 percent of a dram. These were placed on one side of the balance scale and then the medicines were placed on the other side.

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09 Nov 2011

Very Impressed With This Machine

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Metal Detector Finds - 1796 Draped Bust Dime - USA

All I can say is amazing! I received my E-TRAC on Friday November 4th, 2011. In only two outings with the E-TRAC I have dug 4 silver coins. The 4th silver coin was dug at 8 inches. When I recovered it, I thought to myself that someone must have hammered it or it was placed on a train track. I chalked it up to being a Barber Dime and didn't think anything of it

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08 Nov 2011

I MINELABED IT!

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins - USA

I used to wonder from time to time when I would go out hunting for coins what I was missing. Well… I don’t wonder anymore… I MINELAB the spot! I was out Sunday with the E-TRAC checking out a spot that I had permission to hunt. After hunting for awhile a friend and I had turned up some clad and other relics such as a piece of a crotal bell and 2 oil lamp tops.

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07 Nov 2011

Getting Closer to History

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Metal Detector Finds - GAR Pin - USA

My success story begins here, this past spring I was in Canon City Colorado visiting my mom and sister. I decided to take my detector just in case I was able to find a good spot to hunt. After visiting with the family for a couple of days I decided to try getting to some ghost towns that were nearby.

I hunted 2 ghost towns, and come back with nothing at all. It seemed as if they have been detected for many years and not even a nail was found. After returning back to my moms house she was curious how the detector worked as did my little sister as well. so, I explained to them how it worked and figured lets go outside and try it out on the property.

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05 Nov 2011

A Special Birthday Present

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Metal Detector Finds - St. Christopher Medal - USA

Finally a Giveback. My wife and I were recently invited to my daughter's girlfriend's birthday celebration at the girlfriend's mothers home. Knowing that it might be a long day, I brought the E-TRAC along.

I was hoping that maybe, they would allow me to hunt the yard? The dinner was fit for a King.. I just Love Lobster. After enjoying that great meal, I asked and was granted permission to hunt the yard. Good Luck with that, they said. After about one hour I ended the hunt, and showed my finds to the ladies.

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02 Nov 2011

Some Good Karma

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Metal Detector Finds - 1892 S Barber Half - USA

It's was beautiful day so I spent the morning hunting in my favorite park. The park maintenance crew recently cleared the undergrowth out of a very old section of the park where I've found dozens of barbers in the last 2 years as well as many mercs/buffalos/indians and wheats using my E-TRAC. I knew there had to be more there and with the ground cover cleared out, it was easy to swing the detector.

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26 Oct 2011

Making the Club Proud

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold Full Stater - USA

This was another Sunday dig with timeline MDC from Birmingham. Went for dig in Shrewsbury with 50 members. After two hours of detecting I was fed up, no coin, no artifact... nothing except few pieces of lead!

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26 Oct 2011

No Regrets

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Metal Detector Finds - Indian Territory Token - USA

I have had an E-TRAC since March of this year. I have been metal detecting for 24 years. I have several friends that metal detect and we go out quite often. After seeing the E-TRAC in action, several or my friends have sold their old machines and got the E-TRAC.

Most recent, my friend Dave had purchased a leading competitor's top machine for about the same price as an E-TRAC. He hunted hard with it for several months and just couldn't get his machine to perform up to what we thought an expensive machine should have. So he took the chance, with my constant nagging, to try the E-TRAC knowing that he would not regret it.

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26 Oct 2011

A Once in a Lifetime Chance

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Metal Detector Finds - 1854-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar - USA

I have long been intrigued by metal detecting, and a little over a month ago I took my first step and purchased an E-TRAC from Tom at Minneapolis Metal Detectors. He recommended E-TRAC the for its overall superiority in finding deep silver. I got it home and hit the dirt running.

Up until this weekend, I have only been getting clad and the occasional piece of jewelry. I was starting to wonder if my town (which dates back to 1820), had anything left in the ground to find.

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24 Oct 2011

E-TRAC Scores 112 Silver Coins in 17 Days!

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins - USA

I had business in an unfamilar town, and researched potential places to detect while I was there. Threw my E-TRAC and gear in the car, and headed off.

The first site on my list was closed, and when I arrived at the second site, it looked special. Old and undisturbed. There was a police officer in the parking lot, and I asked if it was ok to detect here. He said no problem, so I grabbed my E-TRAC, and was off.

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23 Oct 2011

WOW

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold Ring - UK

One word.......WOW......... this metal detector just keeps surprising the "hell out of me". Going on to a farm that the three clubs on the Island have done for the past 6 years, I knew that the finds would be few n far between, but about an hour into the field I pulled up a hadrian Dupondius, and my very first gold ring, intacted ...... no one else got anything ... I came off the field with the biggest smile. Minelab carry on doing your stuff ...

Julian - Isle of Wight, UK

21 Oct 2011

A Dream Becomes Reality

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Metal Detector Finds - Grosso Hammered Coin - Switzerland

Winner of Find of the Month - October 2011

Five years ago I moved from England to work in Switzerland. Here metal detecting is really interesting and exciting because being the cross roads of Europe you never know what ‘nationality’ of coin you will find next Swiss, French, German, Italian, Euros and so on. However what has eluded me all this time is a medieval hammered coin. I seem to have found everything else, including two Celtic coins, but never a medieval hammered.

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21 Oct 2011

Detecting an Old 1800's Site

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Metal Detector Finds - Relics - Aus

It was another great day in Adelaide with clear skies sunshine and a high around 33 degrees. So as I sat there looking out the window while chatting on line to my friend Shaun I was having a hard time deciding if I should go fishing off the beach or detecting at an old 1800 site that I had permission to hunt. So I mentioned to Shaun that I was considering an old relic & coin hunt and when he asked if I would like some company it pretty well made my mind up that detecting it was to be.

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20 Oct 2011

Shot to Hell

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Metal Detector Finds - Buffalo Nickle with Bullet - USA

Usually we Detectorists remove nickels from the ground and the condition is what we most times would fondly call "Shot to Hell"! While out last weekend with the E-TRAC, the nickel I found was literally that!

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16 Oct 2011

A Real Beauty

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Metal Detector Finds - Roman Brooch - Netherlands

Reading and searching, and prospecting. Believe me those 3 words are a big key to succes. Yesterday, after work and eating with my family. Give the children and woman a big hug. And I drove off to the place I wanted to search. I Spended a lot off time before with reading and searching the internet and old maps.

Once I reached my destiny. I Grapped the E-TRAC and went searching. After I found really a lot of old granate shrappnels and bullets, I finnaly found what I was searching for.

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16 Oct 2011

Just Amazing

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins - USA

I was spending an early rainy morning pouring over old maps and atlases and found reference to what was called F.U. Academy in Fairfield County Ohio. After a little research I found out that Fairfield Union Academy was a boarding school built in 1860. The present site was a newer elementary school that was recently bulldozed.

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15 Oct 2011

Beyond my wildest Dreams

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Metal Detector Finds - 1890s Police Badge - USA

Been using the E-TRAC for about 18 months now and my finds are beyond my wildest dreams. It's amazing what you are going to dig up next. Like this 1890s police badge. I've been running a Neil Jones pattren that I pick up on MLOTV except I changed smooth to normal and just love it.

Thanks for looking HH.

Mike - Idaho, USA

14 Oct 2011

Life can Turn on a Sovereign

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Metal Detector Finds - King Edward VII Soverign - NZ

I have three detectors, all Minelab and they have all paid for themselves. I recently graduated to the E-TRAC and although a little intimidated at first, within a few short weeks it has almost became an extension on my arm. For me, it's real strengths are in its ability to set patterns to allow you to target the good stuff.

I set a fairly tight pattern which I use almost exclucively in the parks to find gold and silver jewellery and coins.

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14 Oct 2011

First Gold Ring!

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Metal Detector Finds - 21K Gold and Diamond Ring - USA

Out hunting at an old baseball field. Digging every soild signal I could find with my E-TRAC. Got a soild sound at 3 inches... though it was going to be another pull tab... flipped the plug and noticed a ring in the bottom center of the hole.

Now I have found other rings in this field, including 4 silver rings and a bunch of toy rings... so I did not get to excited. I started to clean it up a bit and could read very clearly "21k" inside the ring along with some Chinese symbols (at least I think Chinese symbols).

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07 Oct 2011

Sensitive E-TRAC

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Metal Detector Finds - Jewellery and Medieval Coins - Netherlands

How sensitive a E-TRAC is????
I know for sure, if you got the experience. Verry sensitive!!

Yesterday searched a new field, becousse I thougth it could be promising. Well it was. 3 times silver and 1 gold item in just 1 hour searching. The gold item was again an old farmers Sunday jewelry, a silver small button.

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29 Sep 2011

My Find of the Month

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Metal Detector Finds - Southern Cross of Honor - USA

Video Success Story

I have been detecting for about a year now. I started out with a Minelab E-TRAC and have been hooked ever since. Thought I include the coin in my story it is the Southern Cross of Honor I consider to be my find of the month.

I have been hunting an area near where I live with my E-TRAC. It was a series of old houses and an old church. I had been hunting the area for over a month and I was down to the last house that I had permission to hunt. I had found a few silver coins around the house on previous hunts but nothing to brag about.

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26 Sep 2011

I Thought I was in a Dream

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Metal Detector Finds - 1820 George III Sovereign - UK

I had been finding hammered coins for the last 3 days, and I had been out with friends, they had had enough and were on their way home. I was still wanting to detect and get a hammered coin for the fourth day, so I said my goodbyes to my friends, and I went on my way to a field where I had been finding the hammered.

Well after a couple of digs I had a piece of gold in my hands, a lovely George 111 1820 sovereign. I am still in shock, I started shaking and thought I was dreaming, it was a very weak signal but it was one of them deep weak signals, you will know them.

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25 Sep 2011

Ancient finds from Japan

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Metal Detector Finds - 621 AD Kaitsuu Genhou - Japan

Winner of Find of the month  - Septembre 2011

Went detecting along another old mountain path that runs from Bishamon Temple to Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto. I wasn't expecting to find much but figured that if I did hit something it was going to be old. About halfway along the walk I hit a solid 12-25 on the E-TRAC and bent down to dig in the ancient clay. Just about an inch under the surface and out popped a little stack of coins, all fused together. I was super-excited and assumed that they were Edo Period (1603~1868) coins called Kanei Tsuho like ones I have found before. They would have been strung together and on a string and carried that way. I threw them in the finds pouch and kept on for the whole day.

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25 Sep 2011

No Giving Up

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins and Silver Rings - Japan

Made a deal with myself that I wasn't allowed to leave the beach until I had found either $40 clad or 4 gold/silver rings. Was a bit worried about it actually but within 4 hours I had about 6400 yen ($82.46 US) and 3 silver rings. Conditions weren't exactly ideal as the beach was pretty sanded-in (and crowded!) but it turned into a pretty good hunt. Love my E-TRAC.

Dave Stewart - Osaka, Japan

23 Sep 2011

E-VAC

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins, Ring and Relic - USA

While a couple of my buddies and I were detecting in some areas two of us use E-TRAC another uses a whites dfx. He calls our E-TRACs the (E VAC) because there is nothing left after we go through the area.

Keep up the good work. We would never trade our E-TRACs for our old MXTs for nothing.

Rick - Maryland, USA

15 Sep 2011

A Nice Silver Pocket Spill

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins

Every day we are able a co-worker and I go out during lunch to metal detect for about 45 minutes or so around town. We are very limited due to the time we have but it's better than spending the day in the office with no break. I started doing this with him back in October of 2010. In February of 2011 I finally took the plunge and bought a "real" detector. I had been watching my co-worker use his E-TRAC for months and was very impressed with it.

Since that time I had made some decent finds for our area however, I had yet to find a nice silver pocket spill and had only twice before found two silvers in one day. Until 14 September 2011 that is.

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13 Sep 2011

Treasure Isn’t Always in the Ground

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I took my first-ever metal detecting trip to a local beach to test out my new E-TRAC and learn its features. I enjoyed a very successful day of discovering the E-TRAC's powerful capabilities and found ten clad coins (most over 6” deep). Toward the end of the day a mother and her two children approached me and asked if I could please help them find a silver charm they had lost about an hour earlier. I agreed and the mother relayed what had happened as we walked to their site.

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13 Sep 2011

A Couple Thousand Dollars Worth of Coins

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins - USA

I headed out to an older part of town this week to investigate a sidewalk tear out my wife and I had seen the night before. I knew the E-TRAC was going to love this spot so first thing the next moring I headed over and within 15 min pulled my first keeper, a 1899-o Barber Quarter!

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08 Sep 2011

Pleased and Impressed

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Metal Detector Finds - Jewellery and Relics - USA

The E-TRAC is only the 2nd detector I’ve ever used (I also have a Cobra Beach Magnet from a BOGO offer, but I’ve never used it). The first was a cheap model I had in high school in 1981. Used it for a few weeks, but quickly gave up on it.

Learning to detect with the E-TRAC in iron infested areas, and learning to discriminate “by ear” using multi-tone was difficult at first, but fortunately, I stuck with it. I purchased it back in Feb 2010. After a few months, my silver coin count began to increase. It took nearly 4 months to find my first gold ring. By the end of 2010, I had over 100 silver coins and jewelry, and 17 gold jewelry items (mostly saltwater beach/ shoreline finds). By this time, I was already very pleased and impressed with the E-TRAC. But I was still just learning how to saltwater beach/shoreline detect with it.

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06 Sep 2011

I Couldn't Believe it!

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Metal Detector Finds - Civil War Sword Buckle - USA

In Maine we don't have to many places to swing unless you have permission on private property. The beaches are heavily picked over, and the parks are small. However if your research methods are up to par and your ears are open you might find a place or two to find some history.

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02 Sep 2011

Chuffed

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Metal Detector Finds - Quarter Cut Hammered Coin - UK

I have now had the E-TRAC since May of 2010 and was so pleased with its performance and suprised that my picture was in the National Magazines, Since then I have found serveral hammered coins, georgian coins, and the "odd things" and "what its". I don't worry in writing reports for the above as my club find these with the other machines ( I don't recomend ) However I got to tell everyone the power of this machine.

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01 Sep 2011

30 Minutes of Playing

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Metal Detector Finds - Crude Copper Crucible - UK

After owning a second hand Minelab Sovereign for a season I decided to speculate and buy an E-TRAC. The result 30 minutes of playing digging holes in a freinds field I found the artifact below. What was it I asked myself? Talking to an expert he feels it is a criude copper crucible used for smelting clippings off gold coins in the centre of the crucible is aproximatly 21 grams of 22 carrot gold.

Andy Pennock - England, UK

31 Aug 2011

The E-TRAC Got It

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Metal Detector Finds - 1912 Barber Dime - USA

Hello…I purchased my E-TRAC earlier this year from Mike at M/T Detector sales in Ohio. Issues at work, as well as other schedule conflicts have prevented me from getting out much with it. I have managed to make it out a few times though. I have often wondered what I might find if I took the E-TRAC out to one of those “hunted out” spots. One of those places that everyone tells you there is nothing left to be found, or one of those places that you know you and others have hammered frequently using various detectors and coils.. Well…on August 19th and 22nd 2011 I thought it was time to find out what my E-TRAC could do, and boy did I!

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31 Aug 2011

The Find of a Life Time!

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Metal Detector Finds - 18K Diamond Ring - USA

After Hurricane Irene hit the east coast of the US, I was desperate to hit the beach even though I live four hours from the beach. When I learned the tides were perfect I packed my E-TRAC into the car and headed down the road at 5:30am. I arrived on the beach at 9:30 and immediately started hunting. The erosion was much less than expected but the large shells on the beach showed promise.

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31 Aug 2011

The E-TRAC Loves Silver

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coin - UK

Not a lot to say really - The E-TRAC Loves Silver!

MartinG21 - Surrey, UK

30 Aug 2011

Unbelievable E-TRAC

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Metal Detector Finds - 1787 Fugio Copper - USA

I really enjoy hunting farm fields and recently got permission to hunt one near my home. I managed to find three Mercury dimes and the owner said I should check around the house. Not wanting to miss an opportunity I went straight to the big shade tree behind the house. Within 20 minutes I found my best find ever. A 1787 Fugio Copper. The E-TRAC is unbelievable!

Rick F - Massachusetts, USA

30 Aug 2011

Waiting for a Detectorist

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Metal Detector Finds - 1917 Pittsburg Press Medallion - USA

One of the highlights of any hunt, would be to find something pulled from the ground, that has a date on it. Silver, Gold, actually any kind of coin, or relic. I'm excited just to get a dated dogtag, but my most recent find of this medallion/award has a real story to it.

Way back in 1917, a young boy, or girl, sent into the Pittsburg Press (notice no H as yet) a story about George Washington (a contest), and was given this medallion as a prize award. I was hoping to trace this back thru the paper, to a person, but they can't seem to find it in their archives.

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28 Aug 2011

A Killer Day

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Metal Detector Finds - 1916D Mercury Dime - USA

Winner of Find of the Month - August 2011

Today Mr Stuff (Dave) drove up to hunt with me, and wow....we both had a KILLER day!

We hunted sidewalk curb strips and a couple old houses. Our finds were just awesome today. He was kicking my butt on silver and I grumbled that I had not YET dug a silver coin yet today and the very next signal was a solid 12-45 at 4-5"...........I cut the plug and opened it up.

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15 Aug 2011

Relic Hunting the Old West with a Seasoned Veteran

Metal Detectorist

Being a well rounded and experienced detectorist who travels quite often, I have been fortunate to have found my share of good quality coins, artifacts and gold nuggets. So when I get extremely excited, that usually means I just dug something that does not get found much here in the United States. This coin is my 1st ever US 3 Cent Silver and it is the 1st year minted 1851. The “O” recognizes the New Orleans mint and that too was the only year they minted it. All the others years made were minted in Philadelphia.

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09 Aug 2011

The Joy a Detector Can Bring

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold Wedding Ring - UK

In early July a teacher in the school where my wife works was asking around if anyone knew where she could get a metal detector. It seems that she was cutting the grass for her elderly mother-in-law, when the cable got caught on the necklace around her neck. Hanging on the necklace was her gold wedding ring, that no longer fitted her finger.

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05 Aug 2011

Small But Great

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Medieval Coins - Netherlands

Most it be big to be great :)).

Last week the farmer I know, was taking out the patatos . So the land was free to search.
I have bin there before with an everage of 2 coins in about 20 hours searching.

Wy go back then??? Simple the 2 coins are belonging to the favorites I have found.

The funiest of all is, they are SMALL. About 8/9 mm. But they are GREAT.

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03 Aug 2011

Jewellery Rescue

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metal detector find - pendent - aus

Jewellery Rescue is an Australian wide network of amature and pro detectorists dedicated to the search and return of lost peoples jewellery for a modest fee. The E-TRAC being my prefered search primary detector.

It was 3pm - I arrived to search a 1.2km looped running track that Bianca jogs frequently. The target was a beautiful 36 diamond 25 mm pendant that has a matching ring of equal distinctive qualities. I used the twin ring to the pendant made out of the same gold on the E-TRAC to help indicate when the twin was most likly to be found.

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26 Jul 2011

Copper Worth Dancing About

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metal detector find - 1749 king george ll farthing - usa

1749 King George II Farthing – July 23, 2011:

What was I thinking... Oh yeah... Hello my name is Paul and a MD'ing addict!! It was 100+ yesterday... But recently at a family get together a family member was talking about always enjoying seeing and reading about my find and suggest I come up some time as they live in a 1740's Colonial and have been there for 20 years... In that time no one had detected there... Concord, NH... 2.5 hours door to door... So plans were made... Today was the day... And its only supposed to be 97!!

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23 Jul 2011

I May Never Find Another One

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metal detector find - morgan silver dollar 1882 - usa

While detecting an old church yard here in Iowa, the caretaker had told me you won't find much here, it's been hit for years by many people, he said good luck. After about and hour or so, I got a good strong signal next to an old sidewalk. About 9 inches down there it was, my 1st morgan silver dollar, an 1882 in very nice shape. I was speechless, got me the find of the month on American Detectors metal detecting site.

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21 Jul 2011

98 Recorded Finds

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metal detector finds - ring and coin - UK

I have been metal detecting for just over a year with my E-TRAC and I have found 98 recorded finds which the flo has recorded on finds.org. I gained some more land and the first time out I found a late medevil silver seal ring which is going through treasure act.

The next time out I went to another field and found 33 roman coins with in a small area and one of the coins has never been found/recorded before. The flo has told me the British museum wants to aquire it.

Pip - Lincolnshire, UK

19 Jul 2011

First Hunt With My New E-TRAC

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metal detector find - 1893 barber coin - usa

I just got the E-TRAC and the first time I take it out of my back yard I hit silver! & not just any silver but a 1893 Barber! In good condition for a 118 year old coin! This is a pretty old find for us in the states. Could not be happier with my new E-TRAC and its ability to lock onto silver like a hawk onto a mouse!

I have been collecting coins for a while but never have a had a feeling like the one I got when I dug one up!

Thank you Minelab

Digmeahole - NY, USA

13 Jul 2011

New E-TRAC Makes a Dream Come True

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metal detector find - bronze age spearhead - neverlands

English Translation

Vanmiddag er even erop uit geweest. eerst een veldje naast een boerderij waar ik alleen twee kogelhulzen vond. Ik had tegen me zelf gezegd dat als ik na een half uur niets leuks vond dat ik gewoon ergens anders zou gaan kijken.

English Translation

This afternoon I took my new E-TRAC out for the first time.

At first, I visited a field near a farm where I found just two bullet casings. I told myself that if I found nothing, I would go and look for another spot. I always say this, but it doesn’t always happen because I don't want to give up that easy. However this place was really hiding nothing.

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12 Jul 2011

A Once in a Lifetime Find

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metal detector find - great cache - usa

Recieved a phone call from a friend of mine, pgh mole to go detecting at a hunted out park and was not too excited to go, but it was better than sitting at home. Got to the park and was not finding much but clad, this park had givin up a 90 clad quarter cashe and some silver in the past. Decided to find a spot where I thought nobody had hit, looked up the hill where there were some big trees and high grass and decided thats where im going to start.

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11 Jul 2011

On My Wish List

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metal detector find - kanon ball - neverlands

Do we want to find iron? Yes some times I do want to find iron.

Last week they were diggin a trench in a field of a farmer. In the 16e century there was a big fight between ships of the old Spanish and Dutch fleed. The old kanons were spitting fire and kanonballs. So I toke my E-TRAC. Asked the farmer and working people if I could search the mountain of soil comming out of the trench. No problem was the answer.

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04 Jul 2011

Another Reason to Dig Pull Tab Signals!

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metal detector find - 1850's 3 cent silver - usa

Today I went digging today with Diggerdan, we hunted two places first place was a farm that was gonna be tore down, owner was building a new house next door. I got 3 FIRSTS for me today

I got a deep, bouncy, 12-24 ....17-28.....12-28, depth meter showed around 8 inches, at about 5 inches I see a TINY silver disk, I pulled it out and right away I was excited.

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27 Jun 2011

One of My Most Cherished Finds

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metal detector find - GAR Medal - usa

One day while at work, A good friend of mine told me he bought some property with some old houses on it. He said I was welcome to detect there if I wanted. Needless to say, I was so excited. Getting to the site one evening after work, I was floored by how old the houses were. They still had stacked rock foundations, so I knew it was gonna be a good chance to find some goodies.

 I found a lot of nice coins there, Barber dimes, wheat pennies, a Three pence coin, a Penny from Japan, small jewelry items, and several Tax Tokens. But my favorite find was this GAR Medal for a Lyman U Humphrey.

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23 Jun 2011

Accidental Discovery

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metal detector find - silver ring with tiger eye stone - usa

In June 6, 2011, I went to the beach in Ventura California for a quick hunt in the wet sand with my E-TRAC. For an hour I worked a beach cut that give me a few corroded coins, pull tabs and a corroded ring with a tiger eye stone that I first considered as a brass junk ring.

It was until the next day after another wet sand hunt, that I discovered by accident that the cheap ring turned out to be silver ring with a tiger eye stone.

The ring got wet with drops of salt water from the next morning hunt while I was sorting out my finds and I noticed how it reacted with the ring's brown tarnish.

I got really excited that cheap ring was in fact a nice silver ring with a tiger eye stone.

Juan Jimenez - California, USA

22 Jun 2011

Day Three and the E-TRAC Pays for Itself!

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Metal Detector Finds - 18k Solid Gold Necklace

This whole mess of metal detecting started when my friend got his first Bounty Hunter and showed me how it worked in the front yard of my house. I was instantly intrigued and thought it was very interesting and really neat. Soon after getting the idea and learning how to do it, what to expect and precautions of detecting, I purchased my first detector. It was a Garrett Ace 250 and I had a lot of fun with it for 2 years from 2009 to early 2011 netting my first silver dime and first silver ring. After a while of detecting, I took it upon myself to watch some metal detecting videos on youtube. One thing I noticed during some of the videos was that people were having a very high success rate with the Minelab E-TRAC.

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15 Jun 2011

Backyard Success

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Metal Detector Finds - 1876 Seated Liberty Quarter (Front)

My father and I have been detecting for a couple of years never finding much but clad. I finally get into the hobby a bit more and purchased the E-TRAC! I un-boxed it and charged the battery overnight while I read through the user guide. I took it outside the next morning and first signal I dug with it ended up being a 1906 Indian Head Penny.

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13 Jun 2011

A Piece of Early American History

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Metal Detector Finds - 1800s US Military Belt Plate

I have been using the Minelab E-TRAC for almost 2 years now and can say without a doubt that it is the best machine for the type of detecting that I do. I primarily hunt cellar holes and abandoned home sites from the 1700's - early 1800's here in the NH/VT area. All of the sites are trashy and require the best equipment on the market.

The other day, after receiving permission from the land owner, I was able to get out and detect an old cellar hole that had been hit by many detectorists with lesser machines. After about 10 minutes at the site, I received a nice high tone accompanied by the numbers 09-41 near the edge of the old stone foundation. I decided to dig even though there were lots of ferrous and non ferrous bits of trash in the area.

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09 Jun 2011

Wondering How I Will Top This?

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Metal Detector Finds - 1876 Seated Liberty Half Dollar (Front)

The start of my second season with my E-TRAC brought hopes of exciting finds. We're lucky to hunt seven months a year with the snowy and frozen Ohio weather so I was anxious to get out and start detecting.

It was a beautiful June morning, 75 degrees and sunny. I decided to hunt a particular place in a local park that I had been playing in since I was a young child. It's a large urban park, around one hundred years old, and well hunted by many previous metal detectors. The grassy field I was hunting was not providing much, only clad and one wheat penny. I than moved over to an old parking area, which was very trashy sounding. I was swinging my 11-inch coil slowly, trying to hear that crisp, clear silver sound.

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07 Jun 2011

Cartwheeling

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Metal Detector Finds - 1797 Cartwheel Penny

A friend Markoss and I had detecting access to an 1850’s homestead site on private country land. We had detected there twice previously and un-earthed some great old Australian tokens and British coins from our early colonial days dated between 1806 and 1910. The odd piece of jewellery and some brass dog registration tags from as early as 1889 also came to light. To us it had been a dream spot but with both of us using E-TRAC's we thought that the area had been covered fairly well by our third trip. Our thinking was correct and finds of note were much harder to come by.

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06 Jun 2011

Making the Critics Silent

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Metal Detector Finds - 17th Century 22 Carat Gold Watchplate

English Translation 

Minelab zou geen ( oud ) goed kunnen vinden wordt wel eens gezegd door vooral White gebruikers. Nu had ik al een paar dikke ringen gevonden. Maar niet echt oud dun goud.

Reken maar dat ik de critici heb stil gekregen, het is een zeer unieke vondst geworden...

English Translation 

'Some White's users say Minelab users cannot find old thin gold with their detectors. I already found some big gold rings but no thin gold. Now I make the critics silent with an exceptional find... 

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04 Jun 2011

Coins from 2000 Years Ago

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Metal Detector Finds - Keltisch Coins And Relics

Last week hunting for very ancient coins. Difficult time to do, but found a nice small place. Don't think to find a lot of things and coins. 9 hours of searching, but what a rush when a old coins come out of the ground. Some Keltisch coins and relic's from 2100 yearold. And some midevil coins.

Hunted with my E-TRAC, and small coil. Stil floating on a cloud.....

E-TRAC....THANK YOU , again. 

Rob van der Zande - Ouwerkerk, Netherlands

02 Jun 2011

Exceeded Expectations

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Metal Detector Finds - 6th Tauride Grenadier Regiment Badge

Winner of Find of the Month - June 2011

Hello.

Explorations have been dealing with for 15 years. I go to the places already searched and still find something. Equipment has exceeded my expectations.

I chose a place that every year a dozen people searches. I did not count on something interesting. I expected to find some buttons Tsarist infantry, or scales. After 5 minutes of walking my E-TRAC signaled colored object on the screen. I started to dig.

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30 May 2011

In Shock

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Metal Detector Finds - 1864 Two Cent

Walking through the woods last nite before dark and getting bit up nasty by mosquitos although I sprayed really well. I made it to the foundation that I found the 3 large cents and spanish silver in the same hole only to find that it was so overgrown I could not get near it. So I put the coil down next to some stone walls that were near the foundation but I have not gotten to yet. This area was pretty well grown up too but I had literally about a 10 by 10 area altogether to semi swing the coil. Right next to the stone wall I get a 12-38 hit about 3-4 inches deep. No clue what this might be I dug carefully and find an oddball size coin in the hole. At first I'm thinking foreign coin but low and behold I see 2 cents and a wreath. I'm in shock now. The only target I dug last nite and its a 2 center. 

Thanks Minelab!! 

Joseph Gilli - NY, USA

28 May 2011

The First Target I Dug

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Metal Detector Finds - 1773 Virginia Half Penny

I was hunting an old farm today and this was the FIRST target I dug, I can't believe I dug this in my area of Ohio. A Virginia half penny, it has a clear date of 1773....man I am pumped up!!! I scratched it, sadly because it had roots all over, but right now I am so happy I don't even care. Before this my oldest coin was a undated capped bust dime.
 
Terry Barnhart - Ohio, USA

23 May 2011

Love that E-TRAC!

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Metal Detector Finds - 1903-S Barber Dime

Yesterday, May 21st, 2011, I decided to go out detecting for a while. The place that I went was not too far from my house, where I found a 1853-o half dime last year. This place has a large pond that I was told ,use to be a swimming place years ago. I got a good signal that read 11-43 on my Minelab E-TRAC. It was reading about 6" deep. To my surprize I popped out a 1903-S Barber dime that was in extra Fine condition. I thought this was a key date, so when I got home I ask my wife to check the date again. She said that it was exactly what I thought. The new 2011 coin price shows that in ex. Fine condition it is worth $800.00. Boy this made my day! Love that E-TRAC! 

Randy Joel Baxter - Iowa, USA

13 May 2011

Beautiful Condition & Captured on Video

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Metal Detector Finds - 1803 Draped Bust Half Dollar

I was hunting an old tavern sight and noticed impressions in the ground that looked like a row of trees once stood along and old wagon trail so I stared to detect that area. On the first trip I found 3 large cents. 2 were draped bust and one was a matron head. so I decided to go back the next day after a nice rain to see what else I could find. I got a signal bouncing from 12-48 1-46 and some other numbers in between. So I start to dig expecting a lawn sprinkler hear or something of the sort. Then I see the rim of a big silver coin!!!!!! I pull it out looking at it I thought it was a Morgan Dollar until the dirt fell off revealing an 1803 Draped Bust half dollar in beautiful condition!! 

The best part is I captured the moment on video

Jerry Cooper - NY, USA

11 May 2011

The First of its Kind

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Metal Detector Finds - 1676 French 4 Sols (Front)

On Saturday April 4th I joined Barry Small and The Artifact Detecting Team (ADT) a Minelab Sponsored treasure hunting team. I as a Minelab dealer was asked to represent Minelab at these events. The ADT is the first of its kind in the U.S.A. The ADT is working in conjunction with the Southampton Historical Society. In the past no historical society has ever considered allowing a metal detectorist on a historical site. As you may know many nonprofit organizations are losing their government funding, so Barry thought it would be a good idea if detectorists would be allowed to hunt historical properties for a fee. That fee would in turn be donated to the historical society to help them fund projects. This is a winning situation for all. Detectorists would be able to hunt land that was never available to them and in turn the historical society would gain monies to help in the completion of unfinished and future projects. What a great idea.

 

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10 May 2011

Smooth as....E-TRAC

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Metal Detector Finds - Hammered Coin

After six months with the mighty E-TRAC and studying the MinelabTV information movies, emailing Mr Des Dunne and getting as much info together as possible I have now made my own patterns and modes for various sites around the UK. The best little bits of advice I can give as a novice user is to run your E-TRAC on Smooth with Manual sensitivity set at 20 to start with. Noise cancel set to 1 always and volume gain set to 14 and everything else on 30. I run Conduct multi but many run with Ferrous two tone. I tried Ferrous two tone on a site a few weeks ago and look what popped out of the ground! 

Thanks Minelab for producing such an amazing machine. 

MartinG21 - Surry, UK

04 May 2011

What a Beauty!

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Metal Detector Finds - Edward 6th Shilling (Front)

The E-TRAC is my third Minelab machine. I thought my Explorer II could not be beaten but it was. I spent the weekend in North Wales on a site near to a 10th Century Church that was built on an even earlier site. Had a great day with spectacular scenery, peace and quiet, a cold can of Guinness but best of all I found four hammered coins and a Roman Bulla. Three of the coins were Elizabeth 1st and I've found several similar coins in the past. Then, just as I was finishing my Guinness came that lovely clear peep. About a foot down I found the coin that makes it all worthwhile. ...

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01 May 2011

A Hunt to Remember

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Metal Detector Finds - Indian Head Cents & Barber Dimes

Had a great road trip with my buddy Ray on Thursday. Started it by getting on the road around 6AM and did not get home until after midnight. In that time we got about 9 solid hours of hard detecting at 3 different spots. Besides the fun of hanging out with one of my favorite detecting partners, I managed to pull out quite a few goodies. Broke a personal one day record for Indian head cents and Barber dimes. Even managed to pull out my first V nickel of the season. ...

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01 May 2011

Digging in Disbelief

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Metal Detector Finds - 1784 Spanish 1/2 reale & Large Cents

My buddy Everett brought me to a foundation last year back in the woods and I found my first LC there a 1848 next to the well. At the time I was still using coins mode and the pro coil. He at that time already made about 5 trips to this site with another buddy of his and they both found a total of about 20 coins altogether and a whole slew of other colonial and 19th century artifacts. He thought the place was cleaned out. We went back one more time last year only to find nothing else. We kept saying this year that we have to go back sporting our 12x15 coils and now I'm running in TTF. My buddy uses a Sovereign.

Well we finally went out for a 2 hour hunt last nite and boy am I glad we did!! ...

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28 Apr 2011

Three E-TRAC's = Five Large Cents!

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Metal Detector Finds - Large Cents

My nephew Paul invited me and his brother Bill to hunt a field site where an old house once stood. My wife Diane was trying out her new X-TERRA 705 and Bill’s young daughter Eloise was there observing. We had been hunting about an hour turning up some old spoons, square nails and typical farm relics when I got a very solid signal. Using my field shovel I turned over the target spot and pinpointed the target...

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24 Apr 2011

Three in One

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Metal Detector Finds - 3 in 1

Today I met up with diggerDan and off we went to do some door knocking, first house we stopped at we got permission and we were there all day!

Dan got a silver dime right off the bat, and I got an odd scratchy signal, sounded like silver from one way but horrible after I turned 90 degrees, it was giving me a reading on the E-TRAC as 01-47....03-47... So I dig and the first thing I see if this big iron chunk, pull it out and then I saw a silver quarter... 3 of them!!!!

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19 Apr 2011

The Right Choice

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins & Relics

Woke up on a beautiful Saturday morning then answered the phone to be asked by my usual detecting partner to hit some fields as they were being seeded on the Monday of course I jumped at the chance to try out my brand new E-TRAC which I had not even turned on yet. So I checked the battery loaded my gear into the car and 45 minutes later I was at the site only to be greeted with my friend with a long face, the area to be detected was not available, instead we had to use a ploughed and rolled field that had supposedly been done to death for years by various detectorists and clubs.

My friend broke out his trusty X-TERRA 705 then was off. Now it is time to start thinking on my feet...

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19 Apr 2011

A First for Everything

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Metal Detector Finds - 1880 Canadian Silver Coin (Back)

I'm from Niagara Falls, Canada. I just purchased a E-TRAC detector after I read all the good success stories on with Minelab machines. After I received my machine I was excited to test it out, I read over the manual did a few tests in the back yard and went to a spot I found last year just before the snow came. This was my first time out this year and first time I have ever used a Minelab machine, I walked out onto the field and my first signal was a 1880 canadian nickle! It was the oldest coin I ever found but not for long!!!

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14 Apr 2011

On Cloud Nine with a Flying Eagle

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Metal Detector Finds - 1857 Flying Eagle

Today I had no where new to go so I went back to the farm where I dug my 100th Indian last fall... almost winter. This yard gave up a ton of wheats, several silver and a lot of Indians, and a couple V nickels.

Today I did NOT expect much but I was going to dig all iffy signals I skipped before because of time, I was digging deep shot gun shells, scraps and bits of copper, brass etc... nothing good. I get this 6-7" deep signal that was bouncy but fairly solid from two ways...

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13 Apr 2011

A Trifecta of Firsts

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins

Saturday April 9th, 2011, is a day I will not soon forget. It was finally a good day to MD here in the city of Pittburgh, PA. Mostly because of a break in the weather. Spring was on our doorstep and I was dying to step out. One of the oldest parks in the city is West Park on the northside of the city. They called this section of town. Old Allegheny. So being old, that is exactly where I wanted to be with my three week old E-TRAC.

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08 Apr 2011

A Record Year

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins

I have been metal detecting since before the mid 80's. Throughout the years I tried a variety of machines, and they all have provided me with a good measure of success. I always enjoyed the hobby, even during those years when I had to drastically cut down on my detecting time. However, the last two years, 2009 and 2010, have been exceptionally fun and exciting...

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04 Apr 2011

Never Let Me Down

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins

I've had my Minelab E-TRAC for about 14 months now and it has brought me much success. Here is a picture of some of the silver coins I have found lately with my E-TRAC. Some of these coins were found at depths of 10"! While other detectors pass up deep targets, the E-TRAC never let's me down!

Dale Andrews – New Jersey, USA

28 Mar 2011

Would You Lend a Friend Your E-TRAC?

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Metal Detector Finds - Celtic Silver Unit

The other day I took some time off work and invested it in some serious detecting. My good friend Steve normally always accompanies me. Recently on one of our sites Steve asked if he could borrow the E-TRAC for a while, fine I thought... and then he found a gold Celtic quarter with it. Today he asked the same thing and found a beautiful mediaeval seal matrix... so I stopped him in his tracks and took possession back of the E-TRAC and within half an hour I had found...

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27 Mar 2011

A New E-TRAC and a Week of Firsts

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for making such a great product. I've had my Minelab E-TRAC for about three weeks now and couldn't be more pleased! This past week I've been detecting in a small park near my house and have made more quality finds in one week with the E-TRAC than I did last year with my other detectors. I found three new "firsts" for me this week alone...

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26 Mar 2011

X Factor, Luck, Fate or All Three

Safari, Explorer SE Pro and E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 16th Century Sword Scabbard Chape

Yesterday I was searching a site in Cambridgeshire when I discovered a sword scabbard chape (pictured right) most likely dating to the 16th C. Remarkably it appears to have a small section of the sword still in situ, as this has corroded into two large granular iron oxide masses on each side. Now some 10 years ago a colleague found one of those strange 10-11th Century Anglo Scandinavian scabbard chapes that look, like contorted little dragons on this site as well. Since a chape had just been found the conversation was about all things sword related for a few minutes and then we got on with searching.

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22 Mar 2011

A Rare Find From the Civil War Era

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Metal Detector Finds - Federal Revenue Cutter Buttons

Mar 13, 2011 - Sunday I had to drive my son back to Boston and stopped just outside of town at a green... and had a blast! :-) I recovered a nice 1899 Barber Dime, an 1864 and 1893 Indian Head Pennies, a large Token for a Daredevil Show… Two older lead toys…

Then along came a 12/31 6-7” signal…

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09 Mar 2011

A Double V Nickel Day

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins & Iron Nails

I went to an old site today and this place is mega trashy, nails everywhere!!! I tried several different methods of hunting and TTF was the only option where I could get decent signals, and I crawled thru the iron slow as a snail! If you look at the dirty pic, look at all the nails, there were nails in almost every hole I dug, this place is brutal.

I dug all signals nickel range and above, started off with a 1906 injun, then a 1936 wheat, everything was clad and trash after that for almost 2 hrs, then I got a 3" deep nickel signal, dug the hole saw a green disk, flipped it out and it was...

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07 Mar 2011

My First VA Hunt

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Metal Detector Finds - Bullets

Hi, my name is Steve Ciriaco. I'm a member of SIHH & SHPRG. My Club Events Coordinators: Carter Pennnington, Keith Debs and Mike Burns set up our first VA Hunt in Cold Harbor, VA. When we started, our guide was Randy. It was a two-day hunt and everyone was excited to see what they could find. After hunting all day, I turned up two Confederate bullets and one three ringer encased in a tree bark. One of the other members, Woody McKay called me over to a spot where he was finding three rigners in a Rifle Trench, so I joined him. Heading down to the end of the trench, I got a faint signal from my E-TRAC, which is the only metal detector that I use on a regular basis, that I bought from Ron Degattor of Gold Digger Metal Detectors. So, I started digging. About six to eight inches down, I found a Three Ringer. I always check my hole for additional finds. As I stuck my pinpointer in the hole, it went off again! I scooped up a handful of clay and there it was another one! I had a big grin on my face.

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23 Feb 2011

Over the Moon

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Metal Detector Finds - Charles The 1st Penny

I was on a new field with our club, and with my E-TRAC that I have had for several months now, the field was a little quiet, and our members were saying on the radio that there was not a lot of finds, apart from buttons and a few Georgian coins. I was just about to go to lunch, when I had a "ping" the screen showed 11:15 and 12:15, so I knew I had a good target. I began to dig and oh my word, the machine and I had found a Charles 1st penny in very nice condition. My very first Charles I was and still over the moon, such a lovely coin, and even more respect and love for the E-TRAC.

Julian Whittaker – Isle of Wight, UK

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18 Feb 2011

Never Give Up

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Metal Detector Finds - Silver Ring

This last weekend I thought I would venture out as the weather was fine and sunny for a change on the Saturday 12/02/2011. Not for one minute I thought I would be coming across anything really of interest as I had been over the field before on a couple of occasions with no luck at all, just the odd cartridge cases, scrap lead foil and pieces of iron. After an hour or so my arm was starting to ache as the field was still in stubble and not so easy to detect on, but using the 8 x 6 SEF made it that little bit easier.

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17 Feb 2011

It Could Happen to You

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins

I have been metal detecting for about five years and have read about caches of coins being found but never thought I would find a cache of my very own. But that is exactly what happened to me.

I decided to take a half day off of work to get out and do some much needed detecting with my E-TRAC. I planned on heading to an empty lot that had been scraped and produced a few nice finds for some other local detectorists including a nice 1864 Indian head penny. This is pretty old for California, especially considering the town in which it was found was not incorporated until 1885.

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17 Feb 2011

Pounded Park Produces Finds

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1903 Barber Half Dollar

After getting into the hobby a few years back and reading all the great success stories Minelab owners had I took the plunge and finally got my own. I chose the E-TRAC and it's produced for me, my silver coin finds picked up dramatically and the most recent find was a 1903 Barber Half Dollar out of a park that has been pounded by several different detectorist over the years and some even saying they thought it was hunted out. Thank you Minelab, I am one happy customer.

Clayson – Illinois, USA

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08 Feb 2011

Dreams Do Come True

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins

I've been an avid treasure hunter for some years now. I've had average success but nothing to brag about. When discussions arise, as they often do, about great machines Minelab is always on the tip of everyone's tongue. I finally purchased an E-TRAC and was not prepared for the type of success it would bring. The types of finds you always dream about have finally become a reality. ...

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04 Feb 2011

Love This E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Diamond Ring

Two gold rings in one day! Let me just start like this... I purchased an E-TRAC about two weeks ago and pulled my hair out the first day! I did not understand the machine at all! I have owned Whites machines my entire three years detecting. I did not like the E-TRAC so I put it in the closet for a few days and kept on detecting with my prizm and mxt. I then read on a thread post when learning a Minelab machine you need to lock your other detectors in a closet and forget about them for six months! So I got the E-TRAC back out and started watching YouTube videos and learning!

So I was in the forest detecting a hillside digging every sharp and repeating signal...

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29 Jan 2011

Minelab Finds What White's Had Missed

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Watch Fob

It was a chilly November night when my wife and I were invited over to my brother-in-laws house. Never wanting to miss a chance to swing my E-TRAC I was sure to load it up and take it with us. Once we got there I headed inside to talk with the family. Two of my brother-in-laws as well as my father-in-law are all avid detectorists and have been for over 15 years....

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21 Jan 2011

Believe the Hype

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins & Relics

I decided to buy an E-TRAC seven months ago. I'm a relatively new metal detector who was using another name detector without much luck. I received my E-TRAC and set out to see if the E-TRAC lived up to all its hype I've heard about. As you can see from the pictures, IT DOES. I've found hundreds of coins and relics in the last seven months. I've found gold, silver, wheaties, tokens and Civil War era buttons along with many other relics. This is the best machine out there bar none. I would without a doubt recommend the Minelab E-TRAC to anyone wanting the best machine out there.

Lonnie Pate – Arizona, USA

20 Jan 2011

Nothing Can Find What the E-TRAC Does!

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins

After being out of the metal detecting hobby for a year due to a back injury from a car accident, I was able to start detecting again. From previous experience with the E-TRAC, I knew the E-TRAC was deadly on deep coins. I took my E-TRAC to an old church that was established in 1892. The old church had burned down, and a new church was erected about 30 yards away. Iron was everywhere I swung my coil, but I know how the E-TRAC just sees through iron with no trouble....

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16 Jan 2011

A Bumper Year

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins

Hello Minelab! 2010 was a record breaking year for me! I dug a total of 151 silver coins, all with my Minelab E-TRAC! Here's a breakdown of my silver coin finds for 2010:

  • 1 Barber dime
  • 68 Merc dimes
  • 57 Rosie dimes
  • 1 Barber 25c
  • 1 standing 25c...

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07 Jan 2011

One Fine Day

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins & Relics

Another fine day detecting - this time with the Weekend Wanderers Jan 2nd 2011. Eight little Roman coins found, a lump of lead (I wanted to find it honest!) and a couple of shotgun caps and a lead "thingy" - Not bad considering many of the other searchers on the rally found nothing. E-TRAC ready for the next outing.

Martin Gilchrist – Surrey, UK

06 Jan 2011

Set for Success

E-TRAC

Metal Detecting At Corfe Castle

My story begins with my first ever dig and it was at Corfe Castle 2010 at Nordan Farm, got there on Monday with Captainpugwash. We did two days of sightseeing then went onto the very, very steep hill (almost died) lol. Found two Roman coins. Met Neil (slow and low) he took my detector, put in a programme and over the next two day found another eight. I thought to myself WOW, the man’s a genius lol. ...

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10 Dec 2010

Finding Old Coins Again

E-TRAC

Just wanted to tell my Minelab story and thank you for a tremendous product. Been detecting now for 18 years. Started out with Tesoro and after a few years switched to Fishers. Though I seemed to find quite a few old coins, I felt I was missing something. That something turned out to be a deep seeking Minelab. Three years ago I bought an X-TERRA 70, and started hunting my old and what I thought was hunted out spots. I was wrong. This unit was much different than anything I had used before. I started finding old coins again.

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01 Dec 2010

First Attempt!

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Ring

I travelled down to a site where there used to be a fun fair every year (when I was a child many, many moons ago!) and got permission to "practise" using my E-TRAC. As this was the first time out with it I left the settings as default but with a long tone and set discrimination to coins and jewellery. I kid you not, after four steps forward I got a 12-13 then 13-13 every time, I pinpointed it the best I could, dug about 3 inches down and there it was

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26 Nov 2010

If It's There, the E-TRAC Will Find It...

E-TRAC

The Wyvern Metal Detecting club from Swindon in the UK, of which I am a member, recently held a rally on an arable farm where the club has searched many, many times before. It was early autumn or fall as our US friends call it. I had only been with the club to this site once before as I am relatively new and last time that I went there I found one small bronze roman coin and a medieval jetton. The fields were perfect for detecting on, they had been ploughed a few weeks back and were now flat due to the rain that had fallen.

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25 Nov 2010

Is It Minelabed Out?

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1942 D Merc & 1912 Barber Dime

Winner of Find of the Month -  November 2010

I had invited a friend from Indiana Roger, to come sometime and hunt with my regular hunting partner Doug and me. We went to the old park and Doug and his son Malachi joined us. We started out a bit slow then Roger hit a spot where he picked up three Wheaties with 1910 being the oldest. Doug made it and quickly got us going with a 1945 P war nickel, Roger then struck silver with a 1936 Merc. Doug doubled up on silver with a 1946 Rosey.

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24 Nov 2010

A Productive Day in the Fields

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Roman Coins

Dear Minelab,

Not long having the E-TRAC, I found my local Detecting club via www.rallyuk.org

A few weeks ago I went out with another member of the Club who has a Safari. We detected fields near Somersham in Cambridgeshire and what a very productive day we had.

Downloading the UK Roman Field pattern to my E-TRAC, I spent most of the afternoon digging up Roman Coins, circa. 278 AD, together with a rare steelyard weight and other very old finds.

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09 Nov 2010

Ring Returned to Owner After 37 Years

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Gold 1973 Class Ring

One day last September I went metal detecting at a park on Fern Ridge Lake just west of Eugene Oregon. After only a few minutes of hunting I dug a ladies high school class ring! 10k GOLD class ring! The ring was dated 1973 and was from North Eugene High School. The cool thing about this is that that's the same high school my wife and I graduated from in 1991!

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28 Oct 2010

100 Silver Coins So Far This Year

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins

Dear Minelab,

I recovered the 100th silver coin for 2010 this month! (Oct 10th)

  • 1892 Barber Half
  • 1967 Kennedy Half
  • 1856 Seated Quarter
  • 1892 1908 and 1914 D Barber Quarters
  • 1 No date SLQ
  • 1873 German 20 Pfenning
  • 1867 Prussian 1 Silber Groshen

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12 Oct 2010

Medieval Vessel

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Medieval Vessel

Winner of Find of the Month - October 2010

Last week I had a bit of spare time after finishing work. I arranged to meet a detecting buddy, Brian, for a quick detecting session on one of my fields. The field has produced a few medieval hammered coins and some nice artifacts in the past so we were hopeful that something would come up in the short time we had.

The weather was fine and the ground was quite dry so we took my jeep to the field to save time. We arrived, had a quick chat, wished each other luck and then headed off to see what we could find. The stubble is quite long this year so the going was a bit tough. Towards the end of the session we met up to compare finds,

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23 Sep 2010

The Way a Detector Should Be

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins & Relics

I traded in my DFX and purchased the E-TRAC on Monday. Tuesday I read the manual and Andy's book. Today I took it out for a full 10 hour day, hitting my favorite spots that I have been over multiple times and directions with my DFX. The E-TRAC and me just hit it off right away. The smooth and steady threshold in what I know were very difficult EMI areas was such a pleasure. I immediately started finding Mercs and silver quarters.

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16 Sep 2010

A Very Rare Find

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Louisiana Civil War Button

It started off a humid and overcast morning in what I have nicknamed "The Old Country" Near Historic Raleigh North Carolina. Normally, one doesn't venture into the forest in the summertime. Rattle snakes, Copperheads , ticks, and heavy overgrowth make metal detecting very difficult in these parts. Being a dedicated metal detecting enthusiast, I get to where I can't stand to be away from the sites that have produced nice historic finds in the past. For me, it's the feeling I get just standing where our forefathers were when times were unsteady and tensions were high with Revolutionary war skirmishes and battles took place. It's almost like the love of Fly fishing and the feeling you get in anticipation before you even present the fly on the Madison River in Montana on a cool spring opening morning of Trout season. If you've been there, you would understand that sentence. In other words, it's a passion.

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13 Sep 2010

Medieval Matrix Seal with Roman Intaglio

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Medieval Matrix Seal With Roman Intaglio

Last week I finished work early and as the weather was good I decided to head out for an hour or so to get some detecting in before heading home for the day. The field I had in mind had just been cut for silage a few days before and as land is scarce at the moment I decided to give it a go. I’d detected this field a few times before and had moderate success (mostly lead) so wasn’t expecting anything spectacular to come up, how wrong I was...

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31 Aug 2010

Another E-TRAC Find!

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1783 Georgius Triumpho

Maggie, Samantha and I just returned from a much needed after camp vacation. We met up with family in Historic Charles Town or known today as, Charleston S.C. This is the old country folks. Even though I packed the E-TRAC's and an X-TERRA for Maggie, I only managed one short two hour hunt...

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26 Aug 2010

What Have You Been Missing?

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1783 Two Real Silver Coin

Winner of Find of the Month - August 2010

I was at one of my favorite parks in NY which many detectorists had left for dead. This place has been pounded for 30 years but with each Minelab upgrade, targets still seem to appear!

I had four buddies with me from a local club, The State Island History Hunters, and we each had a different metal detector. I was using the Minelab E-TRAC while the four other detectors were Garrett Ace 250, Fisher CZ-6, Fisher 1280-X and a Minelab Explorer SE. I was at the field about 20 minutes before they arrived and had marked two signals for the guys to check out. The first was an Indian penny signal about 8" down and the only detector that was able to get a solid response was my E-TRAC. It ended up being an 1890 Indian.

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23 Aug 2010

Woke Up And It Was A Copper Morning

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1866 Two Cent Piece

Finding Coppers With Doug Schilling and Tony Mantia, both E-TRAC users

Pardons to Joni Mitchell for parody of her song, but Doug and I did wake up early to beat the heat and the raindrops. We were invited to hunt an old farm house site and it turned out to be one of our best days ever with both of us scoring firsts, for oldest coins, varieties we have never found before and a wide range of types of copper coins found.

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20 Aug 2010

Silver Magnet

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins & Jewellery

Why wouldn't you use a Minelab!! I have been using the FBS detectors for two years now and all I can say is Holy Cow!! These machines are silver magnets. I could go on about how many hundreds of gradable coins I have found but that would take a year. So here is a picture of all of the stuff I have pulled out since switching to this machine! Thanks Minelab for making a machine that makes this hobby fun!

Benjamin (T.O.) - Montana, USA

11 Aug 2010

Tipping the Scales With Over 5kg of Gold Coins!

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 5Kg Of Gold Coins

I have been a keen gold prospector for a good 15 years now and have never been interested in Relic or Coin hunting, but have a mate that does have a Minelab Quattro and he did a bit of relic work around the old Miners huts while we were out on the gold. So it was for that reason that I thought maybe I should get one myself and give it a go. So I bought an E-TRAC so I could relic around the goldfield miners huts and towns myself whilst I was out, but still never made time to do that while I was on the gold.

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30 Jun 2010

Speechless in the Surf

E-TRAC

I was on a beach in Southern England detecting when a man came up to me and asked how good was my machine. I replied it’s the best (E-TRAC), he then told me he had lost his wedding ring after falling off a jet ski he was in about 6ft of water and unable to swim and in the panic it had slipped off his finger he then said he was only married two months ago

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25 Jun 2010

Lost and Found

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1959 Class Ring

I have attached a photo of a 1959 class ring from Girard College in Philadelphia. I found the ring in an old yard in mid February and was able to locate the owner within two days. He lives in the Seattle area. The house was part of the old Navy base in Sanford, Florida. Don, the owner, lost the ring in 1962 while stationed at the base. After 48 years in the ground, the ring was still beautiful. I returned the ring to Don in March. I'm sure this is now a big conversation piece with his family.

Chuck Hosbein – FL, USA

25 Jun 2010

Never Had So Much Fun

E-TRAC

Metal Detecting Field

Winning the Find of the month - June 2010

I was sitting in my living room and it suddenly dawned on me what an amazing machine the E-TRAC really is. I have owned it for about two months now and as I learn more about the machine the more respect I have for the technology that has been engineered into it.

I have been detecting a football field in my local park and I am overwhelmed at how many coins there are in the ground. I leave after every hunt with a pocketful of change. I have never come upon a site with so many coins. I suddenly remembered that I had tried to detect this field before with no success with my previous detector. Remembering my experience I decided to write this amazing story.

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26 May 2010

Rock Solid Detector

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1954 Half Dollar

I got my E-TRAC about a month ago. Been going to this old home site and this place had a lot of trash (iron crown tops etc). So I thought I would swing close to the front entrance, about ten feet from the porch I got a high tone and dug. Out popped a 1954 half dollar, my first silver ever. I was so excited I turned the E-TRAC off and left lol. Went back two days later and found a 1963 dime, it was great. I also took it to the beach and let me tell ya, in the sand the E-TRAC is solid as a rock, if it says it a dime it’s a dime. Same for pull tabs this thing rocks on the beach. Thanx Minelab, I love my E-TRAC! 

Tony Gifford – NC, USA

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31 Mar 2010

Minelab Leads the Way

E-TRAC & Explorer SE

I just returned from a week long hunt to Birch, Essex, England on virgin ploughed farmland. There were seven guys on the hunt total.

Here was the breakdown of machines used:

1 person: Whites V-3
1 person: Whites V-3 and E-TRAC
2 persons: Explorer SE with Pro coils
3 persons (including myself): E-TRAC

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22 Mar 2010

E-TRAC Finds SMALL Silver

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1853 Three-Cent  Silver

Armed with a new E-TRAC earned for his birthday this detectorist proves skill and devotion to the hobby of metal detecting pays off. Within a couple of weeks an exciting find of the smallest US silver coin ever made for circulation, an 1853 three-cent silver, was the result of this detectorist's work. What a great find!

Minelab User - Tennessee, USA

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22 Mar 2010

E-TRAC...Never Fails to Impress

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Coins

Here are some photos of finds made by a detectorist from Elko, NV with his new Minelab E-TRAC. Detecting an older site in February where there was quite a bit of surface iron trash the E-TRAC was used with a small accessory coil. The pictures show three coins from the old Western site including an 1893 Barber Dime, an early US five-cent coin dated 1866 and an 1843 Seated Liberty Dime which was the oldest coin to come from the site.

Minelab User - Elko, Nevada USA

08 Mar 2010

Colonial Spanish Reale Unearthed in North Carolina

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1725 Spanish Reale

I got this detector just about a month ago and took it out for the first time on Saturday, Feb 27. I was detecting an area that was believed to have had a lot of colonial activity. We had been to this site two times before this and found only flat buttons. I dug up this 1725 Spanish Reale, or rather change from a Spanish Reale. I have not seen any of these come from NC. My oldest find to date! I love my new E-TRAC...This is the most stable running detector I have ever used!

Jamie Miller - NC, USA

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04 Mar 2010

Back-to-Back Silver Days

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Silver Coins & Jewellery

We just started to thaw here in Connecticut (New England) and I headed out Sunday Feb 28th to a new spot...My second target was a Roosevelt silver dime and the day rolled from there...I ended the day with a record five silver coins and 14 wheat pennies...I was so excited the next day I could not wait to get out of work and head back over...five more silver coins! Yes back-to-back five silver days...I have been out five times now in 2010 and have 13 silver coins...one piece of sterling jewellery and 39 wheat pennies already! Thank you Minelab!

FooserPaul – Connecticut, USA

01 Feb 2010

I Just Had to Have an E-TRAC

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - 1833 Capped Bust Dime (Back)

Winner for Find of the Month, February 2010

I live in a very historic area. I had permission to hunt woods around a lake that was active from about the 1820's to the 1960's. Though I assumed it had been hunted before, I knew there had to be old coins in the area. I hunted it (with my "other" detector) on 6 or 7 trips out, without finding a single "good" target. I had been having success for 20 years, but the targets just seemed to be disappearing. These woods should have targets that I just wasn't finding.

 

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07 Dec 2009

Corfe Rally

E-TRAC

E-TRAC Metal Detector At Corfe Castle

In your last Minelab Times, I read with interest the article "Staffordshire Hoard" accompanied by a photo of detectorists in a field near Corfe Castle in Dorset. That photo has special significance for me, as I was privileged to attend the Minelabowners Rally at Corfe last September and detected on that very field as well as surrounding fields where permission had been gained by Minelabowners (MLO).

A memorable find for me on that field was my first cut quarter hammered silver coin and my detecting friend found a very bent Medieval hammered Silver Penny there. I was suprised how thin those hammered coins are, making them easily damaged by farm machinery.

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13 Nov 2009

Envy of the Club

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Pewter Tableware

Found a set of pewter tableware on a metal detecting rally…Turns out the tableware was resting in the kitchen area of a previously unknown Roman building…the find came from a depth of approx 15” – 18”…None of the other machines could even pick it up…Quality Minelab…This was my first outing with a new club, so not sure what people are saying behind my back but I am pretty pleased with myself…Check out the Weekend Wanderers website for the full story soon…Thanks Minelab…Wouldn’t have any other machine even if it were given.

Peter Steanson – Hampshire, UK

13 Nov 2009

Proud New Minelab Owner

E-TRAC

I'm a new owner of the great E-TRAC and I had to say I'm falling in love with your products…I want everything Minelab!

A.R. – VA, USA

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13 Oct 2009

Rare WWI Find in Unexpected Location

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - WWI US Army Corps Of Engineers Insignia Pin

I was out on a Saturday morning detecting at a newer house. I was just expecting to find modern clad and such since there wasn’t much history at this location. Or at least that is what I thought.

After avoiding a lot of scrap aluminium signals all of a sudden I heard a great signal. It was a solid 13-46/47 in both directions. I knew it was something good based on the tone of the signal. I dug up the target quickly as it was easy to pinpoint with the E-TRAC and it was about 6” deep in the ground.

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24 Jun 2009

My Golden Thimble

E-TRAC

Metal Detector Finds - Thimbles

My wife always says: old socks are no longer mended - they are thrown in the garbage! In the past however, women took the time to sew and to embroider, and if my finds are anything to go by,

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