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GB_Amateur last won the day on November 6 2017

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About GB_Amateur

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    Southern Indiana
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    Finding old coins & native precious metals, researching history
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    Fisher Gold Bug Pro, White's TDI/SPP, Minelab X-Terra 705, Fisher F75 Black, Minelab Eqx800, White's TRX, White's ProStar

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  1. GB_Amateur

    90 Minutes With The 600 Over Lunch...

    Excellent finds! Being able to hunt restricted areas such as military bases is certainly a plus. I don't understand what you mean by "...ignored what were likely pennies..." when you subsequently dug two Wheats and six (Memorial?) coppers. Do you mean you ignored Zincolns?
  2. 12-13 is the sweet spot for nickels, but it doesn't cover the spectrum. If the coin has been in the ground a long time then it can go down. If it's a Warnick it can go up. If you're OK with digging some pop tops (and occasional other junk) and you're in an area that you expect old nickels and Warnicks, I wouldn't be too restrictive. I've yet to see any nickel hit 15, but that doesn't rule it out. I've definitely seen nickels hit 11.
  3. GB_Amateur

    Patch Gold

    Yes, that tip applies to every form of treasure hunting. Lost items (nor native metals) aren't simply located at random. The Apollo astronauts weren't likely to find coins on the moon. (Gold, well, that's a different story, lunarwise. JW, maybe you ought to take your detectors there....) I also have many of Charles Garret's books and enjoy them. They aren't typically as deep as some others (e.g. Clive's and Chris Ralph's) but his enthusiasm and optimism are contageous. Speaking of Clive's books, I'm working my way through his (obviously new) Eqx book now. One read won't do it for me, not even close. But for my needs it's worth the $16 (including shipping) US price. When I get through the 2nd pass I'll find some time to review, but it's way too early for that.
  4. GB_Amateur

    Easy Learning The Gold Monster 1000

    3.15 g is a flake? I can't wait to see your pickers! Great start right out of the box. You're hooked on the GM 1000 now. I feel sorry for your dredge, sluice, and pan. šŸ˜¢
  5. GB_Amateur

    Ammie's Travel Blog

    Good news about Louisville: been there since the 18th Century. Bad news: md'ing in city parks is forbidden. šŸ˜ž Enjoy the graduation.
  6. GB_Amateur

    Latest News On The QED ?

    Reg, is this the first device you recommend above? https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-RS-160-Wireless-Headphones/dp/B002SOU2Y0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1526405268&sr=8-2&keywords=sennheiser+rs+160
  7. GB_Amateur

    The Past Couple Of Hunts...

    Thanks for the pics and the details of how you pulled those goodies out of the iron. Which mode(s) were you operating in? Your pennies come out of the ground pretty clean (discolored, but not scaly). I wish mine were like that. It's really interesting how much variation there is in soil conditions throughout the US. I couldn't read some of the dates+MM's. Anything exciting? Two silvers is excellent in my book, regardless.
  8. GB_Amateur

    Needle In A Haystack

    Cool finds, strick! Any idea on the age of the ring? I assume it wasn't left by the miners. Really like that powder flask. Figured you wouldn't give the SN ale crown cap any publicity by including it in the pic. šŸ˜
  9. Good finds, especially the 1869 IH! That's a low mintage date worth a decent premium (depending upon condition, of course). PCGS has retail of $90 in G-4. (Retail price for professionally graded coin, not what someone will pay you. See Ebay for better middling value. Yours might beat G-4, I hope.)
  10. GB_Amateur

    Ammie's Travel Blog

    Yep, it's too bad you couldn't have searched this site before they brought the house down, backfilled, and reworked the yard. I was lucky last year that I got into a site where the only thing backfilled was the house's footprint. We take what we can get, though. Four Wheat's are..., well..., better than four Zincolns. Did you check the dates+MM's? Good fortune at the CW site.
  11. GB_Amateur

    I Am On Cloud 9... 1909...

    Nice finds! The condition of that Sterling ring makes me think your soil there in that park isn't very friendly to silver. One of the V-nickels looks to be in decent shape, as does one of the IH's. Hopefully these will all clean up to be presentable. Someone ought to write a book on that....
  12. $100 @amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X37JF9/?coliid=I3G8Y3M7I52QQP&colid=KT4N3YMOA948&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  13. GB_Amateur

    First Hunt Nox 600

    Old homesites (in my experience) tend to have a lot of iron trash. Park 1 has a high iron bias (2 out of max 3 on the 600) which will reduce iron falsing. I'm thinking this might be a good place to start. Regarding the wild card -- gain (sensitivity), there are a lot of advantages keeping this is in check, such as reduced EMI, ground response, and iron trash response. The stock default (20) is pretty high to begin with. I've done well finding old coins on gains of 17 and 19, as well as 20. Your site will usually lead to you how to set the gain. My advice is not to feel like you're leaving something behind if you have to turn it down below the factory default. This detector packs a lot of punch!
  14. GB_Amateur

    I Guess Iā€˜m In.. Kind Of Logbook

    Are you able to cash in or convert those obsolete coins to modern Euros? IMO the 'score' really comes down to what you are looking for. Modern coins have their own nemeses, but so do collectible coins. (I see aluminum drink can lids in your junk bucket. Those fool me, too.) Jewelry and native gold -- ditto. The Eqx does seem to pack a lot of targets into the 12-13 region (nickels here in the US but apparently modern Euros over on your continent), but are there tricks to maximize the reward vs. the risk? Time will tell.
  15. GB_Amateur

    Short Relic Hunt With The Equinox 800

    Don't know much about guns so can't help you there. After my post I thought about the possibility that it's a cane endcap. Imagine a manufacturer giving the customer choices on the final endcap. S/he (manufacturer) could make a (female) brass threaded ferrule that attaches to the wood's butt end and then have options for the finish cap. The recessed end of your part might have held a semi-precious gem but more likely an inexpensive glass insert. Just brainstorming....