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31 Jan 2014

Identification mark

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So I after 7 years of searching finally made finding German identification marks found in the woods, a great joy.
Number of soldiers: 641
Mark: 3.Battr.Art.Ers.Abt.75
Blood Type: A
Unit: 3rd Batterie / Artillerie Ersatz Abteilung 75 (mot)
Formatting: WH - Heer
Found: Melnik / Czech Republic
3rd Batterie / Artillerie Ersatz Abteilung 75 (mot)
3rd Battery / 75 Artillery backup partition (mot)

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30 Jan 2014

1791 Spanish 8 Reale

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Video Success Story

My buddy and I hunted a 1799 Farmhouse and I found a beauty. Sorry for the curse words but we were both excited, as you can tell. I use a Safari, and my buddy uses a E-TRAC. We had a great day. Would not use any other machine other than a Minelab. You guys rock.....

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10 Jan 2014

I uncovered a 1923 Halfpenny while low on batteries

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Low battery indicator at the time and I was about to give up, but the Safari made two high tones and I uncovered a 1923 halfpenny and a short distance away a catholic medallion. It was one of my exciting finds to start the New Year for 2014. The area was once a greyhound race track.

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08 Jan 2014

3 WEEKS 4 GOLD RINGS AND WAR RELIC

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I bought a Safari off a friend a few weeks ago, it’s taken me a few days to get my head around the tones as I’ve been using a Minelab Sovereign Elite.

we went to an old World War II camp which is now a football and dog walking field, my son and I went for an hour, set the safari in conductive all metal mode as seen on the Minelab owner site, we had only been there 10 minutes and got a hit of 20-24 ID, I thought that sounded good and dug away and out popped a 1939 German eagle spange 2nd class badge and a few coins, we were well made up!!

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30 Dec 2013

Happy!!

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Found out in the middle of a cotton field. Took only about 5 minutes or so. The Safari done its job. The owner was so happy and so was I!!!

Ricstone - Missouri, USA

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30 Dec 2013

Treasure at the end if the rainbow!!!

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It was just after a heavy rain storm that me and my buddy Scott Beaufort-Dysart hit a strong 21 signal on my Minelab Safari. Six inches down, BINGO!!! an Edward the first hammered penny dating back over 700 years!!! The rain had past to the distance at this point and a glorious rainbow appeared, if this doesn't give you the enthusiasm to push on in this harsh English weather then what else will??!!!

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11 Dec 2013

The Little Oak Tree

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The Safari does it again!

While searching a trash strewn hillside where the old cart path had been bulldozed over for a new road, I got a weak little high tone, out of the plug comes a tiny coin. I blow some dirt off the surface and see a familiar date, 1652.

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02 Dec 2013

My new Safari hits her first Silver

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I took the Safari out for her first hunt since it 40 out. Took her to a place by my house an old school was there, a new school is there now. I worked a small tot lot and the old stairs to the once stood school.

The machine sings with coins no doubt. But everyone tells me once u here silver u will know. I was amazed of the sound but the depth indicator was all the way at the bottom. I sounded so sweet and I been fooled so many times before with junk. Makes at 13 inches pulled a 1962 Washington out! My first silver with the Safari!

Not a bad haul today found a pocket spill of 3 quarters too.

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27 Nov 2013

Rare Higley Copper FOUND

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I was out detecting a colonial cellar hole yesterday and pulled some nice 1700's relics when I get a nice solid 36 on my safari. Usually at a place like that a 36 is a King George copper, but this was different. I noticed there was a deer on the coin it looked familiar from somewhere but I couldn't place it till I went home and looked through my Red Book. I noticed it was a rare 1737 Higley Copper of which supposedly only 80 are known to exist... although it looks like there's 81 now. In AG3 condition this is listed as a $6000 coin and could be much higher based on the rarity. I was absolutely thrilled with this once in a lifetime find.

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27 Sep 2013

Iron Age / Roman Strap fitting

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Metal detecting finds - relic (back)

I am a member of Ambers Digs, a group of detectorists that venture out most Sundays in the North East of England. Recently the group had its annual rally which consisted of a weekend camp on farm land with a large area of arable land on which to detect. Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to attend the rally for the full weekend but managed to make it for the final day.

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24 Sep 2013

Sweet Silver

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Metal detecting finds - coin

I've been hunting a spot I call my Money Tree. It's a nearly 500 yr old oak tree that once had 2 old homes next to it. Haven't been finding much lately. Started to dig those bouncy signals. The ones bouncing from low to high tone. Was only finding old iron nails & bolts. Got a similar signal & was pleasantly surprised to find this sweet early 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Type 1. Was in with iron, you can see some rust on the back from the iron that was laying against it. This is my 2nd SLQ & 1st with a date.

Lou - New Jersey, USA

04 Sep 2013

Richard I hammered coin

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Metal detecting finds - coin - front

After the summer months with no metal detecting waiting for the crops to be harvested I finally got the chance to go out with my trusty Safari. I went out with my usual group on to a stubble field in North Yorkshire, England. After a couple of hours the field had not yielded anything for me or anyone else in the group. I look up and see everyone has trudged back to their cars to move on to another field.

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23 Aug 2013

Write On

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Metal detecting finds - quill pen

I've been hunting a spot I call my Money Tree for a few months. I have found many Indian Head pennies, Wheats, 2 Large cents, 11 Silver coins & many relics. It surrounds an old oak tree said to be nearly 500 yrs old. I have been over this spot numerous times & continue to find things I've missed.

I've recently learned to dig those not so great signals, for example ones that read like iron but don't sound like iron. Doing so I found this pretty cool Antique Silver Quill pen minus the tip.

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15 Aug 2013

1749 King George II

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Metal detecting finds - coin

While hunting near an old stone house in an area loaded with iron I was able to retrieve this 1749 King George II. Still learning new tricks every time out with the Safari

I love this machine!

Chris - New York, USA

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14 Aug 2013

KY Cadet From NH

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Metal detecting finds - button-front

I never expected to recover a 'Southern' button up here in NH, but as we all know, unexpected items often show themselves. So far I've recovered two of these scarce pre Civil War 'Western Military Institute' buttons from the same property. They both have an 1850s backmark. The school was founded in 1847 at Drennon Springs KY, and in 1855 moved to Nashville TN.

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01 Jul 2013

Edward III gold half noble

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Metal detectorist with his find

Took my Minelab Safari out on a club dig near Thatcham, Berkshire, UK. Went over a bit of land that looked like it had been well dug by other detectorists. Got a cracking signal and out popped this beauty.

A gold Half Noble of Edward III. Minelab does it again!!! First a deeply buried hoard of Roman pewter tableware back in 2009 and now a piece of gold that everyone else missed. Thanks Minelab!

Pete - England, UK

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24 Jun 2013

Oldest and first!

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Metal detector finds - 1837 large cent

Well after about 6 months with my Safari, I have found a first and oldest. I was detecting a new spot that I received permission to hunt not even 4 blocks from my house. I just got started, not even a half hour into my hunt I got a great high tone, with a 39 on my Safari.

I dug about 5 inches down and what do you know, an 1837 large cent pops out. I couldn't believe I found this so close to my house! I am still in shock over this and now it has peaked my wife's interest into this hobby.

Doug - PA, USA

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20 Jun 2013

Medieval Zoomorphic buckle fragment

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Metal detector finds - Medieval Zoomorphic buckle fragment

I recently took up metal detecting again after a 15-year absence as it is something I was always fascinated by, but having three young children meant that I never had the time to pursue it . The kids are now older so I bought myself a popular beginners machine and joined a group and set about attending weekly dig meetings at various locations around North East England.

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21 May 2013

Another Minelab another amazing find!

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Metal detecting finds - 1752 silver Reale

I've been using Minelab detectors for many years and they never stop amazing me! Back in 2009, my X-TERRA 50 found me a New England Oak tree coin, a find of a lifetime.

Recently, I purchased a Safari and took it to a farm I've searched year after year and the finds are few and far between.

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20 May 2013

Earning some gold

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Metal detecting finds - jewellery

You just got to love the FBS Minelab offers on some detectors. My Safari keeps on giving and giving.

One hot spot I found was great one day, then nothing a couple of days later. Then a few more days pass, I go back then wham, these nice rings and chains!

The Figaro chain is 17 grams, while the other two are 4.5 grams and will not show up on other detectors.

Safari prevails!

Ralph - NJ, USA

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07 May 2013

Surfing for gold

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Metal detecting finds - jewellery

Hello, I go out on the hunt for jewelry in any weather or season as commercial fishing is what I do so, weather isn't a factor to me.

Everyone loves to hunt the beach, easy to dig and nice sights too.

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06 May 2013

Back yard treasure

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Metal detecting finds - 1723 half penny

Hello, from a commercial fisherman and detectorist, always look under your own property as you never know who has dropped a coin on the ground 290 years before you were there.

This 1723 half penny was in my yard by the Delaware Bay... the old time whalers and who knows what people were here at this time.

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16 Apr 2013

A Safari victory

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Metal detecting finds - Roman votive altar

Minelab products never cease to amaze me with their build quality and performance. Over the last decade, such products have made some of the most astounding and fantastic discoveries for my colleagues and me. This goes on and on.

Some time back a friend was made redundant and his detector broke so I lent him my Safari. Eventually I gave him it and he has gone on to make superb finds at incredible depths. Today he popped round with another "Safari Victory" this time a beautiful and mysterious Roman votive altar, most often associated with Roman soldiers and various cult beliefs.

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28 Feb 2013

Lucilla Augusta a beautiful roman coin

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Metal detecting finds - Roman coin

Hello, I'm a French guy and I bought my Safari 9 months ago and I've already find a lot of interesting objects and coins. I'm' really happy to introduce you my most beautiful find I've ever made! I find this Roman coin in a wood in the east of France.

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16 Jan 2013

Hoards of medieval silver coins

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Metal detecting finds - silver coin hoard

A few days ago, along with my father and an older person who found many years ago by chance some medieval coins during the reign of Michael the Brave, we came together in a great area Dolj County pasture to try our luck.

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08 Jan 2013

Kentucky cadet button dug in NH

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Metal detecting finds - Kentucky cadet button

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share a rather unusual find, A 'Western Military Institute' Cadet Button.

I have been told this pre CW Eagle and Cannon variant is a fairly scarce one. how it came to NH is another of the great mysteries that we unearth.

Thanks for looking and HH all :)

Herbie - NH, USA

10 Dec 2012

A hidden family treasure

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Metal detecting finds - coins

Knowing that I am passionated about detecting, one of my neighbour asked me if there were any chances that I could help him. He wanted to check if there is no valuable object left in his mother’s house as he was about to sell it. He just inherited the house from his mother who previously inherited it from her own mother. It’s a typical small cottage from Bretagne in the Finistère region, France. Equipped with my trusty Safari and PRO-FIND 25 I started to cover methodically the attic.

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29 Oct 2012

Short after work hunt with Safari yields gold and silver

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Video Success Story

Wednesday afternoon 10/17/12, I got out for a short hunt after work with my Minelab Safari. I was only out about two hours and 15 minutes. My first good find for the day was a 10K gold ring. A little while later I dug a 1960 plain Roosey. See video.

Thanks,

Tommy - MI, USA

28 Sep 2012

Saved from the sea

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Metal detecting finds - ring

Pulled this ring from the surf line about 6 to 8" down with my Safari. Rang gold and it sure was. Great beach detector.

JB - NJ, USA

25 Sep 2012

New Safari finds 1780 Reale

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1780 Spanish 2 Reale

Hello, I recently purchased a Minelab Safari and am loving it. The more I learn the machine and it's many functions, the more I am enjoying it and the more great stuff I am digging up.

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27 Aug 2012

The Return of Ms. Tiffany

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Metal detecting finds - silver ring

I only had my Safari for a few weeks, when my Brother in law asked me if I could help him recover a Silver Tiffany Ring that his daughter, my niece lost in their front yard about 5 yrs ago. So I said I would give it a try.

My niece lost the ring while throwing a ball for the dog to chase. Because it was silver, I was searching for that high signal. I spent about 4 hrs searching for the high silver signal & could not locate it.

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09 Aug 2012

A Lock on the Past

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Metal detecting finds - Norfolk & Western Railway padlock

My very special Minelab Safari metal detector is almost three years old and it keeps on finding some of the most interesting items that my little home town can produce. I never really gave much consideration to submitting an entry in Minelab’s “Find of the Month” program when I first bought my Safari, mostly because I was too busy with my twice a week treasure hunts, then cleaning and researching my various trophies.

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31 Jul 2012

My first civil war bullets

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Metal detector finds - civil war relics

Video Success Story

Went with some new friends to civil war hunt and found my first bullets.

Bruce - MS, USA

11 Jul 2012

Safari, an exceptional beach detector

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Metal detector finds - coins and relics

Hello.... Here are some pictures of beach detecting in Brittany. Thank you to Minelab who offer exceptional beach detectors. The Safari, which is easy to use as the settings are straight forward helps encourage beginners.

asterix - France

21 Jun 2012

New Location Brings New Surprises

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Saturday June 9 2012, I had to work today so I got out for a short hunt after work. It was hot and I wanted to stay in a shady area. I was a hunting a place I have never hunted before. I dug the usual trash and clad coins. I also dug two wheat cents and King George penny. Then a large sterling religious medal with Jesus on one side and Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus on the other.

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08 Jun 2012

Speechless

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On June 7th after work I went to check out a place I had heard of from some older generation that this was an old swimming hole. About 200 yards from it was and old stone foundation. I started detecting and was finding some old relics. Nothing to brag of then I got a siver signal and it was a barber dime about 8 inches deep.

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17 May 2012

Great Mix of Value and Technology

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I was detecting an old home site with my 10 year old son .. he inherited my ace 350 when I bought the Safari.. What a machine I cannot believe the depth on this thing!! I recovered the lock at 10 inches and the dick tracy cap gun at 20 inches!!!!

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10 Apr 2012

I Almost Didn’t Dig

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metal detector find - 1808 mexican half reale - usa

I’ll set the date first April 1, 2012 or April fool’s day for the first time in years I didn’t get woken by my son to “Dad there’s a moose in the back yard” or to plastic wrap on the toilet. He and my wife went away for the weekend. Having a Sunday to myself does not happen often so I decided to take a road trip to the coast to a field I had gotten permission to detect.

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01 Mar 2012

A Brilliant Hobby

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Metal Detector Finds - 1892 Gold Half Sovereign - UK

I love my Safari! This week I visited a farm which has been allowing metal detecting for over 30 years. You would think that after this period of time and with so many detectorists there would be little to find and true enough the finds were few and far between. However my Safari managed to pick up a signal from approx 12 inches deep and when I dug it up .... a gold coin .... an 1892 gold half sovereign to be exact. What a brilliant hobby this is and what a brilliant detector!

Brian Saunders - Suffolk, UK

16 Jan 2012

Do I Love my Safari? ...Yes!!!

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Metal Detector Finds - 9th Century Saxon Mount - UK

After using my friends spare machine at christmas, I was introduced into the world of “metal detecting” which is walking round a field digging holes in the rain and only finding pennies. I was hooked! I was so exited pulling out Victoria pennies and old tractor bits, with the slight possibility of treasure. The machine I was using was good but my friend was pulling out so much more, a silver here, a Roman there. “Ok” I said “what machine have you got? ”..... “Its a Minelab mate.”

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08 Jan 2012

A Birthday That I will Definitely Remember!

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold and Ruby Ring - USA

I just had to share this story with all the Minelab detectorists out there!!

Yesterday, I turned the big 31!! Stringfrenzy and I hit a local park here in town. We found a little clad and that was about it, until I got a good dime signal and out popped this charm of a tiger! I looked at the back and saw the .925 stamped on the back! Silver!!!! I was happy!

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31 Dec 2011

All I Can Say is, WOW!!!

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Metal Detector Finds - 14K White Gold Ring - USA

This past year, I purchased my first Minelab detector, after the urging of several of my metal detecting friends. Previously, I used a competitor detector. Several friends of mine kept telling me how much they liked their Minelabs and how much they were finding while using the Minelab, even after pounding the places there were searching! With the Minelab, they just kept finding more and more that they had walked over!

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09 Dec 2011

Incredible Detector

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metal detector finds - class ring

Three days after my Safari arrived I still hadn't gotten to use it due to work, after the 3rd day I decided to at least give it a go in my own yard. Over the years I have searched my yard with other well known brands of detectors so I didn't expect to find much. Just minutes into the hunt and I find a 1963 10k class ring, at around 9in. This is an incredible detector.

John Guinn – Tennessee, USA

08 Dec 2011

The Find I’ve Always Wanted

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Metal Detector Finds - Celtic Gold Quarter Stater

Our club returned to a local farm having priviously found a small spread of Roman coins along one field boundary. We suspected a hoard might have been scattered when the adjacent ditch had been deepened a few years ago. This time we had permission to investigate in the ditch, along the other side of which runs and old medieval trackway. After a couple of hours struggling with the thorny under growth within the ditch, I climbed out to join the other lads who had teased up over a dozen more Roman bronze coins from the field. I was slightly disapointed, having only found two coins within the ditch and those at a distance from each other, so finding a hoard in the ditch was looking less likely that when we had started. ...

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04 Nov 2011

Cannot Wait to go Back!

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Metal Detector Finds - 10K Gold Wedding Ring - USA

I woke up this morning to a cold but sunny November day and had the urge to go out and detect. I knew that I couldn't hit a few of my favorite celler holes due to it being hunting season in my area. So I decided to hit the sports fields at a local Summer Camp I work at and had gotten permission to detect.

I knew the camp has been around before the 30's and that before that it was a farm. I also knew that the camp fields had been worked over with bulldozers and other equipment to make the fields. But, I was bored and had the itch so I headed out.

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27 Sep 2011

Best Day So Far

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Metal Detector Finds - 1899 US Quarter - USA

Okay I bought the Safari a few weeks ago. I've been maybe a total of 6 hours out detecting so far. Now I am not a pro not even close, but I have found more with Minelab in those few hours than I have with the other detector I had.

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20 Sep 2011

Still Smiling

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold Quarter Stater - UK

This year I decided to upgrade to a Minelab Safari after seeing my friend recover 3 silver coins on 3 separate occasions with his Safari. This weekend I took it out for the second time to a local Suffolk rally.

After setting out on a lovely sunny day I got my first good signal within 5 minutes and there it was, my first silver. A silver hammered penny, I was so happy I could of gone home then, smiling all the way but I decided to carry on.

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11 Sep 2011

Huge Gold NFC Ring!

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Metal Detector Finds - NFC Ring

With metal detector in hand i just started scanning a beach that I haven’t scanned in my short time as a "detectorist"( less than 3 months) and was soon approached by someone offering a monetary reward if i can find what they had lost. I asked what it was and his response was he lost an "NFC Championship ring". I didn’t recognize him but he said his name and that he was a coach for the Giants in 2000.He stated that he had doubts that i would find the ring and that he was staying in the hotel there on the beach and that if i find it ask for "so and so" but sson he was off to work. He returned to the beach with his phone number.

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06 Sep 2011

Star of Stars

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Metal Detector Finds - Star of Stars Militia Artillery Belt Buckle - USA

While searching in an old farm field that research said there had been a post office in the 1800's, I found this Militia Artillery belt buckle. These buckles were issued to the various states in the 1810-1820 range for use by the states to arm their militia. When the Civil War started the Southern states issued these out to arm the troops because nothing else was available at the time.

Buckle is known as the "Star of Stars" buckle because of the design of the large star.

Mac - NC, USA

06 Sep 2011

Pure Gold

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Metal Detector Finds - Pure Gold Bar - USA

I found this 1g. Pure gold bar with gold rope work frame while searching a school ground area in a nearby town. Together the bar and frame weighs 2g.

I have heard it said you can't find gold with a Minelab. I think this proves that wrong.

Mac - NC, USA

10 Jul 2011

Safari Proves Depth Advantage Over Whites

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metal detector find - 1858 seated liberty quarter - usa

I have been a die hard Whites XLT user for a few years now. I have found plenty of great coins, relics etc. But I was having trouble with depth on this machine and I just knew I was missing older coins. So I researched and watched many videos on Minelab machines and needless to say I was wanting one badly. So I bought a New Minelab Safari on June 28 2011.

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01 Jul 2011

My Oldest Coin to Date

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metal detector finds - 1775 King George III coin

Saturday, June 4, turned out to be a beautiful day, not only for the great weather. I finally broke through the 1800 barrier and found this 1775 King George III half penny on property that I had hit pretty hard over the last few years but obviously had missed with the Bounty Hunter Land Star.

The property is slated for residential development and a neighbor had told me that an engineering firm had recently drilled three holes around the property to test for and measure the water table below. I decided to hit the first hole about 30 feet away from the main building which dates from 1906, per city tax accessor records.

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21 May 2011

Thank God my Kid Missed the Bus!

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Metal Detector Finds - 1907 Indian Head & 43 Wheaties

Well the day started our rough. Son missed the bus so I had to take him to school. On the way back I decided to stop at the summer camp I work at. The owner was up and I started talking to him and he asked how the detecting has been. I told him a little slow do to all the rain we are getting up here in New England. He stated he wanted to show me a spot I should try. I happened to have my detector in the beetle so I grabbed it and jumped on his golf cart.
 
He drove me to the side of our small golf driving range and took me about 100 feet into the woods. In front of me I could see all kinds of old metal pots and glass. The area was covered in weeds but in one area it looked like what used to be an old foundation. He said that before his family bought the camp the part was a farm and a small cabin used to be here. He stated that when his dad started making the driving range they found some old coins mostly Wheaties but a few silver!! He told me to go for it. 

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16 Apr 2011

Priceless Finds

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Metal Detector Finds - Coins (Front)

I just wanted to share my story. I bought my house and land from my family after my grandparents passed. The house was made back in the late 1800's and my family moved in in the early 1900's. I have owned two other metal detectors and have detected my land and found a few items. This past winter my wife bought me a Minelab Safari and I finally got time to try it in the yard. I new the yard had been detected very hard before but thought I would just try to get used to the tones.

I was detecting a small piece of my yard with my 12 y/o son when I heard a high pitched tone...

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01 Apr 2011

Some of My Best Finds So Far

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Metal Detector Finds - Saxon Relics

I started detecting around 8 months ago now, after securing my first farm permission I quickly got to work using my newly purchased Safari. After reading all the advice on the Minelab owners forum and trying different settings for myself I soon started hitting the finds and some very nice bits and pieces were seen by human eye's for the first time in many hundreds of years. Most detectorists love finding hammered coins and I’m no exception, I have found a wonderful selection using the Safari along with some really nice Saxon items including a couple of Strap Ends and a lovely Gilded Copper Alloy Disc Brooch / Mount, I love the Safari and would recommend it to anyone whether a novice or an experienced detector user. It definitely comes up with the goods as you can see in the pictures, these are just a selection of the best items I have found since buying the Safari.

Mark Reed – Norfolk, UK

01 Apr 2011

A Different Kind of Treasure

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I was attending my first metal detecting Rally with my brand new Safari. As I was new to the hobby my expectations were not initially high but it was a beautiful day in the Suffolk countryside and I was glad to be there amongst all the other hobbyists. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of items the Safari found and at what depth. I found my first coins and numerous old artifacts so was very happy. However it wasn't these that gave me the greatest pleasure overall... the greatest pleasure came from a simple dog name tag. Let me explain. ...

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31 Mar 2011

Twice as Nice

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Metal Detector Finds - Vicksburg Sharp-Shooters Tongue & Wreath

This was the last thing on my mind was to dig a two piece tongue and wreath side by side. I found the wreath first at about 3-4 inches and about 15 minutes later maybe 4-5 inches to the right of that hole I received another singled, thinking yea right I dug down about 1 1/2- 2 inches and out came the tongue and after close inspection as I had never seen one like it the letters VSS came to light (Vicksburg Sharp-Shooters) associated with Co E 12th Mississippi Regt from Warren County, Miss.

Frank – Virginia, USA

26 Mar 2011

Finds in the First 60 Seconds

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Metal Detector Finds - Gold Minim

I have just upgraded from an X-TERRA 705 (which I purchased 6 weeks ago) and my new machine arrived this morning, I have just come back from my first session with the new Safari, with 3 Roman coins, 4 Old Pennies and a Gold Minim (in the first 10 yards and first 60 seconds) from a field which has been well detected, the minim is the first gold coin I have ever found...... I am absolutely over the moon, Thank you Minelab for the effort and work you put in to creating, what are in my opinion the best machines available.

Thomas Johnson – Denbighshire, UK

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26 Mar 2011

X Factor, Luck, Fate or All Three

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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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18 Mar 2011

A Top Find is Found

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Metal Detector Finds - 1877 Indian (Front)

On March 15th Tuesday I was out detecting in the woods along an old cart path. After about half hour I got a nice mid 30's signal a few inches down. Dug the hole and out popped an Indian Head penny checked the date and saw 1890, I looked back down and saw a second coin picked it up and looked at the date and saw 1877. I couldn't believe it one of the most valuable Indian Head Pennies...I was in shock. I had to get on the phone and call the people in my metal detecting club and share the news. I saw one of these last year made the top finds in Eastern Western Treasure.

Scott – Cumberland RI, USA

01 Mar 2011

A Scottish Rarity

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Metal Detector Finds - Henry Earl Of Northumberland Penny

While making my way back to the car after a hard days detecting on frozen pasture I decided to try a part of the field where I've had some success finding hammered Elizabeth 1st coins .Deciding to go back there on this day was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Swinging the detector I got a signal, although not very strong I decided to dig, using my spade I took the first clod out and quickly swept over the hole.

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14 Jan 2011

Army of the Potomac Relics

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - Potomac Relics

I have been using the Safari for four months now, in my humble opinion is a great machine. I have enclosed a group shot of my finds, these finds were found in Stafford and Orange County, Virginia, and was part of the 120,000 men of the Army of the Potomac camped during the winter of 1862-1863 and General Lee's winter camp in 1863-1864....

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29 Dec 2010

First Day Out With the Safari and a Gold Coin

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - 1846 Young Head Queen Victoria Full Gold Sovereign

Winner of Find of the Month - December 2010

I received my new Safari on Tuesday December 7th. I had to wait until the following Sunday before I could take her out, seemed like a month and not five days. I charged the batteries and read the manual cover to cover countless times.

Myself and a friend arrived at the stubble field at 7am on a very cold Sunday morning, what greeted us was a very frozen 40 acre field. Whilst drinking a coffee we admired the Safari and then got ourselves down to business. Setting it up seemed second nature after reading the manual and looking at different forums on the net. ...

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17 Sep 2010

Finds From the 1700's

Safari

I have been metal detecting for 20 years. I recently purchased a Minelab Safari in early spring. I have come up with some great finds. A few weeks ago I was metal detecting one of my favorite spots, where I have found lots of colonial coppers and large pennies. I got a signal in the 15 range which could be a nickel, shell casing, pull tab, or ring. It was about 12 inches down. I dug down and found a small ring and could see that it had writing on it embossed around it.

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13 Sep 2010

Just What I Had Been Looking For

Safari & Explorer SE

Metal Detector Finds - Machine Gun Corps Badge

Recently I saw a TV programme where a group of metal detectorists were examining the site of a World War I British tank that had been destroyed in France. They found fragments of tank and from amongst the debris a Machine Gun Corps badge was found... I was really impressed, the design of the badge was such an evocative artefact from this most hectic of historical periods.

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10 Apr 2010

New Search Area Turns Up Romanesque Find

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - 12th-13th Century Romanesque Military Badge

Winner of Find of the Month - April 2010

Now that many fields are cropped finding sites always starts to be a problem. Fortunately we secured permission for a new search area, an ancient village stuffed with medieval moated sites in the surrounding woodland. We searched several fields and found Georgian coins, thimbles and buckles, but not a hint of anything older. After hours it was quit or do one more field time, so we decided of course to do another field closer to the village. Once again Georgian coinage and buckles, but several bullets and fragments of aeroplane also turned up. At the top end of the field a pair of Peewits clearly had a nest in the area, as the kept dive bombing us

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18 Jan 2010

Minelab Safari Gets One Step Closer to Lawrence of Arabia

Safari

Metal Detecting In The Dessert

In November 2009 I returned to Jordan as part of The Great Arab Revolt Project, sadly when re-examining my luggage Jordanian customs had not put back the upper stem to my Safari and despite checks at the airport the item could not be located. Without going into a lengthy story Minelab brilliantly flew a replacement out to me which not only enabled me to metal detect, but also is directly responsible for the finding of several hundred coins and artefacts. One of these belonged to a 2.95 inch Mountain Gun, and was actually a fuse protector for one of the shells. Shaped like a small propeller it fitted onto the base of a shell reducing the chance of a detonation should the shell be accidentally dropped etc.

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02 Dec 2009

Ghost Town Hunting

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - 1787 Connecticut Copper Penny

Went hunting at an old ghost town site. A colonial county seat that later was abandoned and is now just a big hay field. In the area where the courthouse is supposed to have been, Andrew Jackson started his legal career in this courthouse in 1787.

1787 turned out to be my lucky number. I found a few artifacts. A thimble, two fired lead balls, a broken gunflint, button and part of a padlock. But a good strong penny signal turned out to be a 1787 Connecticut Copper Penny.

Mac in Oak Ridge - North Carolina, USA

28 Aug 2009

Can You Smell Gold?

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - Edward III Gold Half Noble

"Just as harvest had been in operation for some weeks I decided to pay a visit to a local field, with Steve, that had only been harrowed a few days before. In the past this field yielded little to the many determined searchers who trod its surface. Detecting is a combination of research skill, a great detector and of course Lady Luck. Combined these three come under numerous other permutations when considering frame of mind and weather. Anyway for some possible 700 years something had indeed been lost on this most "tight" of terrains. In the last 40 years no local detectorist was gifted the right permutation of factors to find this buried thing. But on this day in late August, armed with my Safari, the combination of elusive factors would fuse together for me and a strange but positive signal would be experienced.

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04 Jun 2009

Finds from the Bronze Age

Safari

Metal Detector Finds - Bronze Age Relic

A few months ago whilst using my Safari I had the great luck and pleasure in finding a Bronze Age object. This was later identified as the base section of a Bronze Age sword scabbard chape. The signal had come from about 8 inches down and registered loud and clear. The Safari then went on to locate a fragment of Bronze Age axe-head, but afterwards it was the chape that fascinated me...I could conjure up images of the chieftain or tribal leader who had once been so powerful and influential to be able to own a sword. I wondered at what he may have been called and marvelled that today’s technology could locate this incredible object that had not been handled for 3500 years.

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