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That's good size gold for NZ compared to what I find :laugh:  Good to see a Gold Bug Pro in action and doing so well.

Well done, you make me jealous! There is certainly no shortage of snow down our way now after a very slow start to winter.

Congratulations on your new pending family member.

 

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That gold bug is almost 10 years old and still going strong. Have yet to find a way to kill it. 100s of trips under its belt if you include land based relic hunts. 

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I thought it might be quite old as mine being newer has white coil covers, I'd never seen black ones before. Good little detectors.

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Interesting about the coil covers, I used to get white ones and then later when I got a replacement coil it does not fit the white covers anymore. Not sure what the change was about, no change in performance seemingly. I still really rate the gold bug as a detector despite having seen in action and used a number of other (late model) detectors. Largely due to the local geology and my style of gold digging. 

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Great job detecting

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Your first picture kinda resembles our rocky mountains here in the states but then you mentioned getting a little snow and I realized you had to be in New Zealand...Nice work on the gold 

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