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I am primarily a gold prospector but I do enjoy all things metal detecting. The thing is I really like finding gold (or platinum, silver, etc.) so my focus is always on precious metals. That being the

View from "Bunker Hill" Weather for October - great, as it can actually snow! Temps in F My ten days with Mindy came to an end and I moved to a new barn to be with Ron's incoming group. The

Thanks Happ54, do consider just doing it. My two story threads and links have all the info needed. Ok, last set of photos.... Typical lunch in the field I do like hunting in the vicinity of

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This is my first post on this forum . I have been a long time lurker and a non posting member for a while . Just had to post after reading Steve's brilliant post , love the pics too !  Steve , you deserve every wonderful find just for running such a brilliant , decent forum . It's a total credit to you and a breath of fresh air compared to so many other forums . Your trip description makes me feel like grabbing the Nox and booking a trip to the Old Dart right now! As you described though there is a bit more involved than just getting an air ticket . Keep up the great work and I hope there is a gold coin waiting for you on your next trip . All the best from the land down under .

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32 minutes ago, Hunterjunk said:

This is my first post on this forum . I have been a long time lurker and a non posting member for a while . Just had to post after reading Steve's brilliant post , love the pics too !  Steve , you deserve every wonderful find just for running such a brilliant , decent forum . It's a total credit to you and a breath of fresh air compared to so many other forums . Your trip description makes me feel like grabbing the Nox and booking a trip to the Old Dart right now! As you described though there is a bit more involved than just getting an air ticket . Keep up the great work and I hope there is a gold coin waiting for you on your next trip . All the best from the land down under .

Thanks Hunterjack, it makes me feel good to know the story is inspiring some people. I basically just love what I do and consider myself to be incredibly fortunate to have been born when and where I was. I got started when detecting was is its infancy and have seen it grow far beyond anything anyone might have imagined 50 years ago. It is very gratifying to have had at least a tiny influence on the technology by gently nudging for decades. It has led me to friends and adventure around the world, and as a dealer for many years my basic livelihood. If a person is blessed by doing what they love then I am blessed indeed. It helps to have a wonderful wife who sends me out for gold and won't let me come home unless I find some!

Thanks again everyone posting now and coming up. Sharing the story is almost as fun as living it and it will give me memories to look back on many years from now. I highly recommend people takes lots of photos and keep a journal. I am so glad I did all these years.

I have a lot of photos that would have been too much for the main post but will add them separately tomorrow. Got some honey-dos to attend to now!

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Thanks Steve.. that's pretty awesome.  You probably could've worn that piece of gold out like an earring.. lol.. looks like something kids wear these days!

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Congratulations Steve. A dream hunt for sure! The age of the finds are truly mind blowing.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Bryan

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Steve thanks for sharing the adventure with us, feel like you took us with you, and congrats on that awesome ancient gold, whatever it may turn out to be.

Looks like the Equinox is now the "in" thing in the U.K. for hunting plowed fields eh?  

Hoping to get out with Tom this weekend to a new (to us) area I researched in the spring.  Our first initial trip to these remote camp sites a few weekends ago brought us many gold rush era relics, including three eagle tongue and groove wreath buckles!!  Hoping to find a little gold there myself this weekend if the other camp sites pan out we shall see.

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