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Mark Williams metal detecting blog posts

At the age of 25 Mark bought his first Minelab Eldorado MkII and with grand visions of great riches to be found he was hooked well and truly on metal detecting. Mark soon discovered that the world of coin & relic hunting was not just about the lost riches that are out there but the many different areas of history that can be learned by researching something he has found.

Mark has been very successful over the years with some amazing coin & relic finds. This year Mark has upgraded to a Minelab E-TRAC which has enabled him to move to a new level of coin and relic hunting, more than quadrupling his finds. Mark says it is very hard to name a favourite find, however he would lean towards an ornate cricket buckle from the mid 1800’s for relics and his latest addition of an 1850 Victoria half crown for coins.

You can find Mark's own blog; to have many useful tips and encouraging stories of successful hunts.


The Warwick Wonder

May 01, 2015 08:39pm

Over the past weeks Aussie Digger (aka AD) has been sending me a steady flow of pictures of small nuggets up to 5 grams in size that he has been finding with the GPZ 7000. Well a man can only take so much of this and after getting an open invitation to come up any time I decided to bite the bullet, pack my GPZ 7000, head up and give it a go.

Posted by Mark Williams on May 01, 2015 08:39pm | 1 Comment

A Growing Confidence

April 13, 2015 11:48pm

As I live in South Australia I often feel I was born in the wrong state when it comes to chasing gold. Friends of mine from all over Australia are always telling me about a patch they found and how much they got on the weekend etc. This always leaves me pondering how good it would be to live closer to where the high gold bearing areas are. When it comes to gold, South Australia has only produced a drop in the bucket compared to other states but if you put in the hard yards there are still some nice bits to be found. I recently went to a much hunted out area (because that’s all we have here) to see what the GPZ 7000 could find.

Posted by Mark Williams on April 13, 2015 11:48pm | 2 Comments

Transition of a Golden Kind (Part 2)

February 21, 2015 12:48am

Within a couple of weeks I was on my way back to Victoria with hopes of finding ‘the big one’.  A couple of mates put me on to an area where they had done exceptionally well, so I was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to get there.

Posted by Mark Williams on February 21, 2015 12:48am | 0 Comments

Transition of a Golden Kind (Part 1)

February 19, 2015 08:23pm

I am probably better known for my coin and relic hunting, having had some fairly reasonable success over the years but I just hadn’t been able to master the gold side of things. After a couple of attempts, firstly swinging a GPX 4000 in Victoria a few times and then a few more attempts with the GPX 5000, I was over it and  pretty much ready to throw in the towel.

Posted by Mark Williams on February 19, 2015 08:23pm | 0 Comments

CTX 17 Worth Its Weight In Gold Part II

September 25, 2013 09:00am

My last blog was about the advantages of using the CTX 17 while hunting on beaches and I must say that I am still pulling out some great finds, including a few more rings and heaps of silver coins (florins, shillings, sixpences etc.) that have been there for a long time. Next I will cover parks & ovals to discuss the advantages of using the CTX 17 and the Volume Gain feature for both shallow and deep targets. My settings this time, although similar to what I use on the beach have a few small variations. 

Posted by Mark Williams on September 25, 2013 09:00am | 2 Comments

CTX 17 Worth It's Weight In Gold

September 06, 2013 11:25am

Since writing my last article about the advantages of understanding the CTX 3030 to get the best out of it, I have spent many hours using the CTX 17 coil to see if adjusting the volume gain would make much difference. To my surprise and delight I have had some awesome results going over ground at the beach, parks and ovals that I had previously hunted with the CTX 11 coil.

Posted by Mark Williams on September 06, 2013 11:25am | 2 Comments

Ups & Downs Of Volume Gain

April 05, 2013 03:07pm

These days we are bombarded with gadgets loaded with special features, the CTX 3030 is certainly that way inclined, but if we are too lazy to experiment and familiarize ourselves by using them, what is the point?

When the CTX 3030 came out I quickly spent a lot of time getting my head around what its capabilities were, all the time knowing full well that even if I understood these features it would take some time for them to sink in. I have found that if I know what it can do, then it opens up my mind allowing me to develop different techniques in various situations to improve my detecting.

Posted by Mark Williams on April 05, 2013 03:07pm | 2 Comments

The benefits of GPS Mapping

November 30, 2012 10:15am

There has been a lot of questions as to the benefits of the GPS Mapping feature of the CTX 3030 and to be honest I was unsure of its usability when it came to practical coin & relic hunting. I can remember sitting down and reading the manual while scrolling through the features of the GPS mapping, thinking to myself, where could I possibly use features like WayPoints, FindPoints, GeoTrails, GeoHunts and the list goes on, I was really struggling with the concept.

Posted by Mark Williams on November 30, 2012 10:15am | 1 Comment

Going to the next level

September 28, 2012 11:05am

Layer upon layer

Have you ever wondered when you are consistently digging coins at a certain depth, maybe that’s the limit of your detector’s ability, or is that as far as the coins have been able to go? The answer to this is yes and yes in some cases you are definitely hitting every target, but other times you are at your detectors full depth and there are coins below. Sometimes after I have been over and over an area until it stops producing, I have sat back and imagined if there is another level of coins lying just out of reach, maybe even just millimetres away.

Posted by Mark Williams on September 28, 2012 11:05am | 0 Comments

PRO-FIND 25 - The quiet achiever

July 23, 2012 10:00am

When I first heard that Minelab could be working on a hand held pinpointing device, myself and a thousand others all sighed and thought it’s about time. There is always so much expectation of a great product whenever Minelab release something new, and for all you serious diehards the Minelab PRO-FIND 25 is not about to fail the reputation of this leader in the field of metal detection technology.

Posted by Mark Williams on July 23, 2012 10:00am | 0 Comments
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