My daughter had a friends party to go to this weekend, it's currently a long weekend not that it changes my life but it means a lot of people are off on adventures and doing small breaks, I figured seeing I was going to be right near the beach to pick my daughter up from the party I'd take my detector for a quick hunt. I only had a couple of hours and I didn't think I'd find much, although I think it's a nice beach it's not overly busy and as we are just in spring the hot beach weather isn't quite here yet, although today was 25 degrees celsius which is 77f in the old money so it was pretty warm. A few surfers were out but not much in the way of beach goers hanging around on the beach which was good.
I had my pooch with me as he seemed to be itching for some time away from the house but my wife mostly looked after him, he came and did a bit of detecting but he was just getting in the way.
I parked near a giant concrete whale for a look around then moved on, the area didn't look like a good detecting spot, too many people around for my liking as there was a playground nearby.
A bit further along seemed alright, parked down near the beach but had to go exploring the hill to see what was about.... my dog dragged me up.
the beach is covered in pebbles and shells, it's also typical of a New Zealand beach with a lot of black sand, the Nox was a constant -9 on the entire beach. I was hoping this big bit of drift wood might have something under it from people sitting on it, but there was nothing..... I also wasn't finding any junk anywhere. I was wondering if my Nox was just struggling with the black sand. The ground balance was fine on it though, it wasn't an issue unless I went to all metal then it was always -9.
Next Stop! Antarctica!
I found I had to ground balance a bit as the concentrations of black sand were pretty obvious.
I did a bit more explorirng and found an area that looks like the tides go into it moving the sand around.
and had my first good target in the bottom channel of it.
Not even sure what coin it is 🙂
My next coin was in a similar area further along, I wasn't overly gridding or doing anything fancy, just walking along exploring.
This area looked like the water had washed it out, like sluicing from gold miners 🙂 I have no idea how to read beaches, I was probably more thinking prospecting than beach detecting. You'll notice all my dig holes in the above photo, all coins.
Often quite deep too ,and all old, no modern currency all coins from some time ago.
an old Shilling, not sure if it's silver but very likely as most years of shillings were. It's ID was right for a silver shilling.
A Florin, also an old coin, 1950. I might be the first person to detect this area, or the first person with a detector good enough to see through all the black sand to get these deeper coins, someone had obviously gone through and cleaned up any modern shallow finds as I wasn't finding modern coins.
I was finding Target ID's were terrible until I had them out of the dig holes, the black sand really messed with ID's so I was just digging all targets, often hunting in pinpoint mode as it worked better than normal modes, especially now I knew there was old deep coins.
This one was quite deep too, I found it in pinpoint mode, I had no idea what I'd found at the time, a coin I'd never seen before.
It's from French Polynesia.
A nice bit of Paua Shell (Abalone)
Nothing down near the water, most the coins I found were in that sluiced out looking channel that I guess the tides washed out.
Time to go pick my daughter up.... The time went way too fast as I was having fun.
All except the bright silver coin are old currency, no longer in circulation. The only junk I found the entire time were the two sinkers.
And the French Polynesia coin.
It's 100 French Franc's from 1984 with a mintage of about 500,000 and some info about it here https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces1356.html
French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity in the South Pacific between Australia and Chile. Its main island is Tahiti and its population is 270,000.
Might of been a good place to use the Fisher Impulse AQ.... no junk, plenty of finds, lots of black sand...... Only problem is I don't have one, yet..... I might try the QED there next time. This time I wasn't even armed with a sand scoop or anything, just my prospecting plastic scoop, I was very under prepared for a beach detect, at least I had the F-pulse with me as it handles the beach well, much better than my Carrot AT.
I was sent this video, the x-coil runs very nicely in the wet ground, just remember these coils are not water proof so don't submerge them.
I'm not sure if the nugget was stuck down deep or kept sliding back into the hole from the water, but anyway what impressed me was how well the 10" x-coil was handling the wet ground.
Anyway I just though I would share the guys video with you all.
It was election day in NZ yesterday and it was already well known we were going to have a landslide victory to the current government due to their Covid handling more than anything, it was the Covid election rather than a political one so rather than staying home seeing that on TV all day I decided to go for an afternoon hunt. Mitchel drove the other day 4 hours for one nugget, while I can't match that I was going to drive an hour for similar results only if I found a nugget it would likely be smaller than his 🙂
I was going back to a place right near JW's house mainly because it's the shortest drive to a gold area from my house but we have both absolutely slammed it especially with it being only a few minutes drive from JW's house too. This particular little area we've spent days on end at, many days. We've both done well at it but the gold dried up, JW said he's done with the spot but I wanted to try one more thing before giving up on it, my 8" X-coil there. I honestly didn't think I'd find anything but with only a few hours and even less if I drove off further it had to do. I could explore other areas in the similar area but I wanted to try the coil at this spot where we'd both done well on the gold before.
My first target was one I knew was there, I'd hit the target many times in the past but never bothered to dig it knowing it was junk but my curiosity got the best of me so I dug it up.
It was down deeper than I expected for such a booming target.
It was a little old tin, a shame the miner that threw it out or lost it didn't have the gold stashed in it 😞
I was detecting around for an hour or so with very little targets at all other than shotgun pellets that I was just ignoring with the double blip the GPZ does on close targets and if they disappeared in a scrape or so they were rejected for the next guy 😛
I then had a really nice sounding rather faint signal, one that was pretty confident might be my first gold of the day. I dug, and dug and got down quite deep and the target was now screaming so I went over to my bag and got my Nox to try narrow down where it was as the GPZ was roaring on it so I couldn't pinpoint it, I had a feeling at this point it wasn't gold as the signal was too good, if it was gold I was in the wrong country as it was too big 🙂
The Nox was giving odd ID's, for such a big screaming target it was favoring the lower ID numbers between 1 and 10 or so, I was a bit confused but narrowed it down to being a rock 😞
What kind of rock would behave this way? I smashed it open and it had tiny little flakes in it that was sparkly like a silvery type colour.
I put the Equinox down in the hole to try show how deep the rock was. It didn't really work but it was deep.
They didn't sparkle as much in the photo or on camera as in the sunlight.
After that disappointment I was struggling with wanting to continue, I'd had that I'm giving up feeling thinking I wasn't going to get any gold and i got another faint signal quite close to that last signal, a couple of feet at most. I thought here goes, it's another rock.
I scraped away at the ground and the target moved.... here goes, a pellet. I was a bit puzzled by that as I'd done this exact spot before with the GPZ and 10" and the Nox, even the Gold Bug 2 and Monster had been over this little area so was puzzled I'd missed a pellet. It's right near where I found various nuggets weighting around 9 grams not too long ago and JW had also got another 2 or 3 grams from it too. No target was left I thought, but I was wrong... maybe gold does grow back 🙂
Maybe the little guy was on edge of something and fell over onto the flat or something, I have no idea. I was very surprised to find it. This is my new scoop, I absolutely love it, I saw it was the one Steve used so figured I best try it out. The flat base makes life so much easier recovering tiny targets getting them close to the coil, and it has sharpened edges for scraping which is very handy, much better than the round traditional scoops people use. The little gold riffles I thought was a bit of a gimmick but they do really work.
I found a big spider too, you don't see many big spiders in NZ and none are harmful except a small colony of Aussie Red backs that were accidentally introduced into a small area in the same region, they haven't spread though and are isolated to one spot. I still jump a bit when a spider comes out, especially a big one after spending most of my life in Australia where they all want to kill you. 🙂
No more gold for the afternoon so time to head home, it was starting to rain a bit anyway.
So my little nugget, it was 0.058 of a gram until I cleaned it, should have left it dirty 🙂
The other good news, my WM12 has started working, I was having a lot of trouble with it on previous trips with the audio constantly dropping out, this time it was fine, no idea why or how, different location so maybe it was some weird interference at the other spot that kept making it play up even on multiple days. It dropped out a few times but in normal scenarios you would expect it to drop. This time I was using the WM12 with my SP01 as I'd rigged up my harness how I liked it, it meant I ran the GPZ volume on 4 and let the booster do al the work previously when using the GPZ here I'd just run the WM12 with no extra speaker or SP01. I really think a low GPZ volume with the booster doing the work makes faint targets stand out more, the GPZ appears to run smoother.
So nothing too exciting from my afternoon hunt except the weird rock!
By Gerry in Idaho
One of my customers recently found a stunning: near 4 pound quartz boulder with just under 11 ozt of gold with his GPX-5000.
Just goes to show you those multi thousand dollar treasures are still out there being dug up.
Yes this came from the lower 48 states.
Good luck everyone.
By Rob Allison
It's been a bit since I posted anything. The forums are very slow, at least mine here. I have to get all you guys/gals more fired up to post more stuff so we all can learn from each other and share experiences.
That being said, the COVID-19 really changed how we do stuff, let alone set out mass FEAR to the World. There is no doubt it's real, but I will just leave it there and talk about gold nuggets!
I managed to get out recently and had a nice run of luck with the Minelab GPZ 7000. I rounded up over an ounce in one day working any old channel. All the gold was down on bedrock and it was difficult to get some out of the cracks as they were covered and full of hard pack Caliche (notice the color or caliche on the gold).
Just over 31 Dwt's (20 Dwt's = 1 Troy Ounce). Not a bad days work getting 1.5 ounces of the good stuff.
God is Great.
Not that I wanted to see if it could be done, it’s only 130 miles! My Wife Robin, needed to dig a nugget...she hasn’t been out since our move to Reno. Now, you always have a mental note of stuff to pack. We loaded her Grand Cherokee, for this adventure off we go! Arrived to a location, I figured she’d have some luck at with her SDC 2300. Gearing up, I’m looking for both of our new Doc’s Scoops...What the Heck! Left them both at home! Well, I know I’ve used my hand as a scoop a few times! But, onetime I forgot my scoop and as I was recovering a nugget I opened my hand to see the target and a Scorpion crawled out of my hand and the nugget went sky high, I later found its landing spot. Since then, I’ve learned that a cut water bottle will get ya by as a scoop and save you from tossing good target to the wind. Well, needless to say Robin got her fix of digging/finding some gold with her detector in and old patch, that both of us and countless others have swung on before! Nuggets are funny, some days they are like fish biting all day and other days not a bite! But, the Hunt and adventure is the most important to balance your inner self, Gold is just the bonus in our hobby! Until the next hunt!