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Randy Dee

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About Randy Dee

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    Durham, UK
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    At 76 Years Old
    Only Got Time For Metal Detecting.
    Licensed Ham Radio Operator When I Can Squeeze It In.
  • Gear Used:
    Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab CTX-3030, Minelab Etrac, Minelab Explorer Mk 2, Xp Deus, Makro Racer 2, Red Heat Mk2, Tesoro Gold Sabre Plus & 3 Very Early C-Scope BFO Machines.

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  1. Almost all Celtic and Bronze-age bronze artifacts found in the UK are found in excellent condition especially the Bronze-age axe and spearhead hoards. A few months back I posted an artifact of mine from the Celtic / Romano British period which is a Celtic Horse Harness Attachment. Here below is another of my Bronze-age finds it is a Socketed Spearhead which has not been finished or sharpened I found this along with the bronze ingot which had been previously attached to the spearhead, both found together.
  2. Bronze as in the " it is a 1st Century B.C. Celtic bronze "Eye type" toggle cloak fastener".
  3. Randy Dee

    Problem With Equinox 600

    Please don't panic as what you are describing may be caused by your own settings and very dependent to what Mode you are using and one of your settings which I believe may not help is you are using "Tracking Ground Balance" this has caused me to be concerned in the past when I was tempted to use it and one thing which I had noticed was my Equinox 800 would give off a slight spitting signal and the VDI numbers would move all over the show and then I would lose all audio but when I moved away then returned of the previous signal zone I would go through the same annoyance again and it was only after I had started to dig in the area of the dubious signal and using my pinpointer probe I actually found a hammered silver cut quarter penny and this was identical when trying to gain a repeat signal from very small hammered silver coins, it was my own perseverance to eliminate this audio problem that I realised all of the misbehaving cured when I reverted to "Manual Ground Balance" with the head away from the signal source and remaining in "Manual GB" and all of the problems were coming about through my detector being in the "Tracking GB" setting as the more i moved the coil over the weak signal the more the Equinox was Ground Balancing out the signal and eventually no audio. Hope you get the Equinox sorted soon and it is worth trying Manual GB.
  4. I have had my Equinox 800 1 year this week and yesterday Sunday 10th February I celebrated with an extremely rare Celtic find from the period 100 BC (Over 2,000 years old) it is a 1st Century B.C. Celtic bronze "Eye type" toggle cloak fastener. Main body shaped like a human eye with a large bulbous pupil, the loop on the back would have once been stitched to the garment, It would function much in the same way that toggle fasteners on duffle jackets do.
  5. To all of the Happy Equinox users I wish you all A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from the UK. I hope you all get the Christmas Presents which you all are hoping for. Good Hunting Randy Dee
  6. With your current settings your Equinox will for ever give falsing on iron as first of all you don't have any BIAS against iron set your "Iron Bias" to 3 or 4 and back off a bit on your "Recovery Speed" to 3 or 4 and work your coil sweeps slightly slower you should then be able to have a higher "Sensitivity" setting of 18 - 20. And unless you want to hunt for small iron relics and nails whilst using 5 tones, in "Tone Break 1" which is -9 to 2 turn down the " Tone Volume" to 1 and the "Tone Pitch" to 1. Hope this solves your 6" coil problem.
  7. Randy Dee

    Any News On The 15 Inch Noxy Coils?

    Myself and my Equinox user friend David Hopper and his son Kevin went onto one of my Roman field permissions on Sunday 4th November with both David and myself using the new 15" coils, we were both very impressed with the performance of this coil and the results were very much like what Gordon Heritage had stated in this months Searcher magazine we were impressed with both the depth and signal quality from deep extremely small finds and we had Roman Minims around the 6" - 8" depth mark, I had 22 and David had 8 and these coins were as thin as paper and the size of your little finger nail. The highlight of the day was when Kevin and myself watched David digging a pit to recover his signal from his very rare Roman Vesparsian silver Denarius 69 - 79AD, I said to him are you digging for a grave we had tried both machines over the signal and David recovered his find at around a foot deep (His Pinpointer + 4"). One thing which we both noticed was that we had to turn down the "Sensitivity" 2 or 3 notches to quieten down the ground chatter even though we were carrying out manual "Ground Balancing" it could have been caused by the sheer volume of ground coverage and feedback with a large coil very similar to the CTX-3030 17" coil and the wet soil conditions wouldn't have helped. The weight is very light for a big coil that I didn’t give it much thought all day and that is from an almost 76 year old. It pinpoints with the greatest of ease. To my experience, the 15” Coil is a great addition to the Equinox coil armoury. It is a a great coil to turn to if you have large open fields especially pasture to hunt with moderate trash and just like we proved it is very capable to find the small items at a great depth, on my Roman fields there is next to nothing other than Roman coins and artifacts to be found but on my other permissions where I find the abundance of Medieval hammered silvers I can see this 15" coil hitting the small hammered silver farthings, half pennies, whole hammered silvers and cut quarters & cut halves. Myself and David were detecting close together and using Kevins coil photographs I believe there is a lesson to be learnt why I am hitting more signals and resulting finds than David and I have mentioned the cause to David in the past and for the uninitiated take a look at Davids coil it is dry and clean whereas mine is muddy and wet and following advice from Neil Jones ( Slow & Low ) always keep your coil flat on the ground like ironing the soil because detectors don't like air between the coil and the soil, David always swings his coil 2" - 3" inches above ground level, on the previous visit to this field with David we both worked the same area and again I had 22 Roman coins and David had 10, like Neil has said before if you are not going through 2 - 3 coil covers a year it shows you are not utilizing the coil sweep correctly to achieve maximum detection depth, which makes sense. That will have to do for my observations of the 15" coil. Good Hunting Randy
  8. Randy Dee

    Any News On The 15 Inch Noxy Coils?

    Today I got a delivery of mine and friend David H 15" X 12" Equinox coils, I will be out detecting tomorrow and giving mine a bash.
  9. Randy Dee

    Steve's 2018 UK Adventure

    Steve What a great article which is a complete account of your detecting enjoyment armed with the Equinox 800. Thanks for sharing your wonderful detecting holiday experience in our Gods country England, what you encountered is the type of detecting I do twice a week here in the UK and have done for the past 42 years. Don't get over disappointed with not finding a Gold Stater because it is one coin which I have not found myself, I have found the Celtic Silver units and the Celtic bronze core type but the gold ones have eluded me. Good Hunting Randy Dee Durham, UK.
  10. Andy You must go on youtube and watch the 3 separate series of "The Detectorists" the programmes portray the metal detecting on the humorous side here in the UK at first it seems a bit on the "Train Spotting" type of show but it grows on you . I have attached a photograph of the gold Ecleasticle Staff Jewel which the lads had found and is identical to an original find now on display in the Ashmolean Museum. Here below is a link to the full story about the Alfred Jewel found in Somerset 1693. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Jewel .
  11. Randy Dee

    Pitting In Silver Coins

    Yes JW some of the forgeries are worth more than the real thing but all depends on the coin condition as the copper content tends to rot away much quicker than silver or gold. Henry 8th debased his coinage so as to gain the silver and finance his armies, Henry VIII silver coins would wear away on the coin legend high spots such as Henry's nose and as a result his nose would show through red from the copper and resulted in Henry being nick named "Old Copper Nose". Here below is a small article from my dear friend John Winter blog. ========================================================================== Henry VIII – Old Coppernose By John Winter Until Henry’s reign, English currency was made of valuable metals – gold and silver – whose face value was approximately the same as their bullion value. To pay for his wars (see below), Henry decided to mix the silver in his coins with the base metal copper. The Henry VIII groat (4d) was minted in Bristol in 1547 was such a coin with only a small silver component. The blanched silver surface (showing through first on the high surfaces – e.g. the nose of the portrait ) soon wore away to reveal the copper alloy underneath earning Henry the nickname of Old Coppernose! The currency had been debased.
  12. Randy Dee

    Any News On The 15 Inch Noxy Coils?

    I phoned my good friend Craig at Crawfords the UK distributor today and paid for my Equinox 15" X 12" coil and I was told that I should see my coil delivered early next week as they are being dispatched from the European central supply depot in Holland today. I am number one on Crawfords list, I placed my order 13 months ago when the Equinox was first launched at the UK 2017 Detectival, I ordered my Equinox 800 along with the 15" X 12" coil on that day
  13. Randy Dee

    Pitting In Silver Coins

    Andy Your Victoria Shilling is a forgery and the base would be of poor copper then dipped in silver, the shillings and sixpences of George III were more susceptible to being forged than most other reigning sovereign and here below is a forged George II Shilling in the first stages of deterioration similar to yours. Over the years I have found many forged coins especially the Bullhead tanners (Sixpence) of George III he was called Bullhead because of his fat large head. Forged George III Shilling This is the best shilling example with most of the original silvering remaining. It's very convincing now and would have probably been undetectable without scratching the silvering of in 1819! In comparison with a real one it would seem this coin was either struck in inferior metal with the original (stolen) Royal mint dies or copied by a very very talented engraver. The artistic aspects of this coin are parallel with the original and there are no differences whatsoever with the quality and positioning of the design elements. Well done that forger!
  14. Hello Andy Your coin is a Half Groat ( Two Pence ) of Charles 1st, it appears to be a strange one as the mint mark looks like it is a Crown over stamped on a Boars Head facing right, at first I thought it was of the Aberystwyth Mint and Group E but the strange mint marks is the cause for confusion. The Crown Mint mark alone makes it from 1648 - 1649, but the Boars Head mint mark makes it 1643 - 1644 and the Worcester or Shrewsbury mints. A nice coin.