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  1. 22 hours ago, Valens Legacy said:

    What ever detector that you may use know what the ID numbers are of the coins that you would normally find.

    I always do a test with the coil that I am going to use and place coins in my garden that I expect to find where I plan to hunt.

    That way you can cherry pick which targets to dig. I found that when I am digging in an area that is newer it is always with a lot of trash from who knows where. I will concentrate on the silver first and then go to the other items on my list and have much better luck.

    Everyone has given you the best advice and I hope that we have helped in some sort of way.

    In general if you start on the highest target ID that you are chasing, it will let you know if the location has not been hit hard and allows you to cover a lot of the spot with out being bogged down digging junk. If you get some good targets, Then you lower your ID and get more good targets it lets you know whether to go more aggressive and dig every target. 

    Also you can lower your sensitivity if the targets  are shallow to make the ID less influence by the ground minerals and very small bits of junk.

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  2. Largest gold nugget

    In late 2018, miner Henry Dole - an employee of RNC Minerals - found what is now claimed to be the largest ever gold nugget. While digging in the Beta Hunt mine near Kambalda in Western Australia , Dole found a gold nugget weighing 89 kg, beating all the others on our list, and the previous historical leader, the Welcome Stranger.

    The nugget is still waiting for verification of size and purity to claim its place as the world's largest gold nugget. Once determined, the gold nugget can receive an estimated value, but it will be worth millions for the gold content alone. Given its new claim as the world’s biggest gold nugget it will undoubtedly fetch a price into the tens of millions thanks to its rarity.

    List of nuggets[edit]

    Name Discoverer(s) Location of discovery Country Date Gross weight Net weight Notes References
    Welcome Stranger John Deason and Richard Oates Moliagul 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia 1869 2,520 ozt (78 kg; 173 lb) 2,284 ozt (71.0 kg; 156.6 lb) Found only 3 cm (1.2 in) below the surface, near the base of a tree [5]
    Welcome Nugget Red Hill Mining Company Bakery Hill, Ballarat 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia June 1858 2,218 ozt (69.0 kg; 152.1 lb)   Melted down in London in November 1859 [6]
    Canaã nugget also known as the Pepita Canaa[a] Serra Pelada Mine State of Pará 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Brazil September 13, 1983 1,955 ozt (60.8 kg; 134.1 lb) 1,682.5 ozt (52.33 kg; 115.37 lb) Largest in existence [9]
      W. A. Farish, A. Wood, J. Winstead, F. N. L. Clevering, and Harry Warner Sierra Buttes 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States August 1869 1,593 ozt (49.5 kg; 109.2 lb)   Sold to R. B. Woodward for $21,637 [10]
      Serra Pelada Mine State of Pará 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Brazil   1,506.2 ozt (46.85 kg; 103.28 lb)   Displayed at the Banco Central Museum in Brazil [11]
      Serra Pelada Mine State of Pará 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Brazil   1,393.3 ozt (43.34 kg; 95.54 lb)   Displayed at the Banco Central Museum in Brazil [11]
    Lady Hotham   Ballarat, Victoria 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia 1854 1,170 ozt (36 kg; 80 lb) 17 dwt. of gold Named after the wife of Governor Charles Hotham [12]
    The Golden Eagle Jim Larcombe and son Goldfields-Esperance, Western Australia 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia 1931 1,135 ozt (35.3 kg; 77.8 lb)   Sold to and melted down by state government [13]
    The Heron   Golden Gully in the Mount Alexander goldfield 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia 1855 1,008 ozt (31.4 kg; 69.1 lb)   Miners found the nugget on their second day of digging [14]
    Hand of Faith   Kingower, Victoria 23px-Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.s Australia 1980 875 ozt (27.2 kg; 60.0 lb)   Found using a metal detector [15]
    Fricot Nugget William Davis Sierra Nevada and Northern California goldfields 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States 1865 201 ozt (6.3 kg; 13.8 lb)   Sold for $3500 to Jules Fricot, who sent it to the 1878 Paris Exposition. On display at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. [16]
    Dogtown Nugget Chauncey Wright for Phineas Willard, Ira Weatherbee and Wyatt M. Smith. Magalia, California 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States 1859 648 ozt (20.2 kg; 44.4 lb)   Sold to the San Francisco Mint for $10,600 [1
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  3. LuckyLunndy a great write up of your adventure. I wish I had a ¼ of your skill with words, but no hope with my dyslexic spelling ability. It great to see the old measurements dwt and ounces but since gold has been at approx. a $100 Aus. a gram I have been leaning to wards the metric system. It is not a nugget unless it is a pennyweight or ounce 😉 Keep your story coming as it is always welcome. Using the eye and not Gerry's mouth is great. 🤣 

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  4. I think AUSTRALIA is much more safer for non gold detectorist than USA.

    Note I said non gold detectorist so watch out if you are after our GOLD 

    Despite being home to 21 of the 25 most toxic snakes in the world, Australia only has, on average, one to two snake bite fatalities each year.

    When it comes to self-defence, Australia’s snakes have things pretty well covered. We share our continent with about 170 species of land snakes, some equipped with venom more toxic than any other snakes in the world.

    But bites are actually quite rare in Australia and, since the development of anti-venom, fatalities have been low – between four to six deaths a year.

    “This is in contrast to India, for example, where bites may reach one million a year, with over 50,000 deaths,” says Associate Professor Bryan Fry, a herpetologist and venom expert at the University of Queensland. “Snake bites are very, very rare [in Australia] and often the fault of the person being bitten. Most bites occur when people are trying to kill a snake or show off.”

    From LINK   ...........https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2012/07/australias-10-most-dangerous-snakes/..........     

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  5. 43 minutes ago, Gerry in Idaho said:

    Chuck,  If I could do video editing as well as I run a detector, it sure would make things easier on the eyes.  If I do swallow one on accident, I sure hope it comes out even more shiny.🤣 

    If that happens Gerry you will have to LITERARY give up the detector and go back to PANNING 🤐

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  6. 12 minutes ago, phrunt said:

    Thanks, I'll snag some, only $5 at Super Cheap Auto! 

    The Calibre Tape-It is a silicone self-fusing tape available in a range of colours. It has an incredible 950 PSI tensile strength, which insulates 8000 Volts per layer. The tape is able to withstand 500 degrees Farenheit of heat, while remaining flexible to -60C. The tape is able to create a permanent and air and water-tight seal within seconds without leaving a gummy or sticky residue, unlike other electrical or duct tapes, therefore there is no messy clean up! The versatile Tape-It has an extremely long shelf life which allows you to keep it on hand for whenever you need it. Whether you need to seal leaky pipes, create extra grip on your tools or sporting equipment, or waterproof electrical connections, the tape does it all. It even works


    Simon let us know how it performs in your locations.

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  7. I have used both PVC and CLOTH tape over the years, and found it OK, but I went to the "Self-adhesive Silicone Tape", Waterproof Silicone Rubber Adhesive Repair Tape, Bonding Rescue Wire Hose Silicone Self Fusing Tape.  I found by wrapping it around twice it even provided protection against my rough swings against side hits on the outside of the coil.

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