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  1. 4 hours ago, Diggin' It said:

    One thing that puzzles me, is the only coins I have ever found here, are no older than 1940's...wondered if maybe I couldn't get deep enough because of all the iron...found model T hubcap, damper from coal burning stove, tractor parts, a cast iron can opener patented in 1892,

    1940 was over 80 years ago a penny could buy a lot more then. "From the early part of 1940 to the middle of 1943, average weekly wages in manufacturing establishments covered by State unemployment compensation laws increased 71 percent, from $26 to $45"

    I would of taken more care of my COINS if I had any back then.   🤑

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  2. Simon as you only got 10 days before I head over your way to remove all of that heavy metal in your area. I will post you some Vegemite lids to fortify your plastic coil ears it should do the trick as it withstands exposure to Vegemite.


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  3. 19 hours ago, fogrider said:

    Thanks for posting.

    Modern metal detectors are new to me. I last hunted in the early 1980s.

    Seems like all brands require the operator to learn their detector's "voice". 

    In my situation, my Nox 600 reads gold at 13-15, which is where pull tabs live. Canadian nickels sound almost exactly like certain bottle caps when operating in full mode, and only really shine at 4kHz. 

    I'm learning to hear the subtle differences in signals. The light iron "grunts" of some bottle caps, and the narrow chirpy "waaah" of a coin on edge.

    Cheers, and good hunting....


    Old school also (well old anyway) When I discriminated for coins in the 1980 I found that I got a much more relievable reading by lifting the coil as far as I could and still have a soft signal that was definite. I think that doing this reduced the ground an other target masking effect. As coin hunting is secondary to gold prospecting my detectors don't have ID facilities, so I can't say that this will help with the junk targets but might be worth trying. 

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  4. 5 hours ago, Malleeboy said:

    Jason Why don't You borrow another 6000 and same coil and take it out and do a side by side test with the same settings and see what happens.  Minelab could have stuffed something when they had it apart. 

    All the best . Mike 

    Good to see you around again Mike last time we spoke you were in a bad drought but I guess you must be unwater at the moment. I wish you all the luck you need. Your suggestions is an old and well used way to help find detector, coil and location problems which I have used many times and should be used more often. Jason have you tried seeing if the EMI is directional by having a horizontal shaft position with a vertical coil (90° to the shaft) and doing a slow 360° turn. If it is directional it direction it will be 90° from where the noise goes a lot quieter and will also occur at 180° further on.  If you have no success it might be your GPX6000. 


  5. Phrunt and Oneguy ....... A great post both of you have said what I have heard and it does show that gold will be detected in  all types of ground and conditions. That's what makes it hard to recommend a detector for someone that is not detecting in your area. The differences between Victoria, West Aust, Australia, New Zealand and of course USA vary immensely. It was great to see your posts with out the   .......*&*^!*...... that goes on some forums. 


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  6. In the areas that I detected in WA with a VLF detector it was not the hot ground it was the hot rocks 3 or 4 target signal per swing from them in some spots. At the time I had 25 years experience with VLF detector at the time. Using Minlab detectors post 2003 I had no problems with the PI detector in the same area. As for depth the hot ground of Vic was a lot worse for the VLF but hot rocks were only a mild problems.   

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  7. Well Steve that's life. I see a few more trips back to West Aust. The weight is only a side benefit and by the way it only gets left in a jar/safe. Only spent when the grand kids get  their inheritance from good old grand dad. Your description should at least warn the first times that all their hope of taking our gold 😉 is not easily achieve with out a lot of luck.

    As for the currency a $160 AUD nugget is only worth $100 US nugget. So you win one way and lose the other way. 🙃 

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  8. 4 hours ago, Erik Oostra said:

    G'day Geoff.. Do you know what they mean by 'East Africa'? Is it just modern day Kenya or does it also include Uganda and Tanzania?   

    This link might help.       ....LINK....

    Here is some relative information from it.

    First East African shilling

    Unlike elsewhere in the possessions of the British Empire that used sterling, in British East Africa the shilling instead of the pound was the primary unit of account, with the pound being a superunit mainly used for recording very large sums of money that would be inconvenient if quoted solely in shillings.

    This anomalous state of affairs arose because the first currency used by the British colonial authorities in British East Africa was the rupee, not sterling. The East African shilling was introduced to Kenya, Tanganyika, and Uganda in 1921, replacing the short-lived East African florin at a rate of 2 shillings to 1 florin. The florin had been introduced because of increasing silver prices after World War I. At that time, the Indian rupee was the currency of the British East African states. The rupee, being a silver coin, rose in value against sterling. When it reached the value of two shillings, the authorities decided to replace it with the florin. From the florin thence came the East African shilling. The currency remained pegged to one shilling sterling and was subdivided into 100 cents.[2][3][4] In 1936, Zanzibar joined the currency board, and the Zanzibari rupee was replaced at a rate of 1/50 to 1 Zanzibari rupee.[3] It was replaced by local currencies (Kenyan shilling, Ugandan shilling, and Tanzanian shilling) following the territories' independence.[2][3][4]

    In 1951, the East African shilling replaced the Indian rupee in the Aden colony and protectorate, which became the South Arabian Federation in 1963. In 1965, the East African Currency Board was breaking up, and the South Arabian dinar replaced the shilling in the South Arabian Federation at a rate of 20/= to 1 dinar.[1][5]

    The shilling was also used in parts of what is now Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea when they were under British control. Before 1941, these areas, then known as Italian East Africa, used the Italian East African lira. In 1941, as a result of World War II, Britain regained control and introduced the shilling, at a rate of 1/= to 24 Lire. Italian Somaliland was returned to Italy in 1949 as a UN Trusteeship and soon switched to the somalo, which was at par with the shilling. British Somaliland gained independence in 1960, and joined what had been Italian Somaliland to create Somalia. In that year, Somalia began using the Somali shilling (replacing the Somali somalo) at par with the East African shilling.[6]

    Ethiopia regained independence in 1941, with British support, and began using the East African shilling. Maria Theresa thalers, Indian rupees, and Egyptian pounds were also legal tender at the beginning of this time, and it is unclear exactly when this status ended. Full sovereignty was restored in late 1944, and the Ethiopian dollar was reintroduced in 1945 at a rate of $1 = 2/=.[7] Eritrea was captured from the Italians in 1941, and began using the East African shilling, as well as the Egyptian pound. The lira was demonetised in 1942. When Eritrea formed a federation with Ethiopia in 1952, the dollar, which was already in use in Ethiopia, was also adopted in Eritrea.[8]

    Second East African shilling[edit]

    A revived version of the currency has been proposed by the East African Community, which consists of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan.

    It had been proposed that the Second East African shilling would be introduced into circulation in 2012, but the target was not met. A second target date of 2015 was set, but that was not met either. The third target date is 2024.[9]

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  9. Better to keep your mouth shut than take a claim. I took a claim out on a spot where I got 26+ ounces from first. All it did was bring it to everyone else's attention. By being careful I have had two spot that the wife and I got over 1 kilo from one and more than 2 kilo from another with out being followed by others and leaving no trace of working it for others to see.

    Using the Neo Magnet did you have it covered with a cloth to help moving the black sand from it.

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