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    Coin & Relic detecting, historic research, geology, electronics, electric guitar, electric anything!
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    Detectors: XP Deus x2 (main), Equinox 600, Racer 2, Teknetics G2(backups), F75 (not feeling the love), Tejon, SPP
    Pinpointers: XP Mi-6, Garrett Carrot, Whites TRX, Minelab Profind, Deteknix X-pointer

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  1. Here is a couple more outings at the same locality, the 1860 English Shilling was masked by a shallower flattened beer can, hence why many others overlooked it. The lead object with the handle appears to be some sort of stamp, still not 100% sure.
  2. Like most Victorian era jewellery it's only gold gilt, though I do certainly wish it was solid and hallmarked.
  3. Yep, I'm in Southern Australia. Oldest coins we get here are usually KG3.
  4. This was a hunt prior to finding the silver thimble in my previous topic. I have been detecting this house site on and off for a few years now and it still offers some excellent finds if you are patient & persistent. Most finds have been made with the Deus and HF coil using the Hot program, with only minor adjustments made with the reactivity and disc if the iron is unbearable. The property was occupied from the 1850's through to the mid 1900's sometime, and has thrown up plenty of Victorian era coins, relics and jewellery in the past. Probably my favourite find on this trip was the large Ironmonger's token with a beautiful patina, I really don't find many of these in my part of the world - moreso on the Victorian goldfields. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics.
  5. Tried out the new charging clip and it works a charm, easy to clip on the HF coil (unlike the XP clip), and also easy to remove without putting clip under any stress. So far, so good.
  6. I literally just received a 3D printed charging clip from Detecting Doodads in the US, as I have gone through several XP clips in the past. Will give a report on ease of use, fitment etc. before heading out this weekend.
  7. Thanks for the kind comments, yes it was a due reward after chasing many low conductor targets. Still pinning my hopes on finding a full or half gold sovereign one day due to the former residents being quite wealthy. Whether it will be found in the iron contaminated areas or on cleaner ground that is simply too deep for the hf coil remains to be seen.
  8. At long last after many years of crushed and bent copper thimbles, I managed to dig up my first ever silver thimble. It was quite a deep and scratchy target with rhe Deus running the round HF coil, and being packed with soil thankfully it managed to retain its original shape. I been fortunate with many good finds over the last few months around the old house site, will post up some silver coins and relics later on.
  9. You really have to give it to Nokta/Makro on the build quality and robust coil ears provided on these accessory coils, especially when compared some of its competitors.
  10. No there are not many signals, you do come across the odd patch of iron and scattered tin roofing, other than that coins stand out like the proverbial (if you can get your coil to the ground}. Problem is that the finds tend to get dragged a long way from their origin considering the ground has been ripped in the past, so a bit of a lottery on what you will find.
  11. ...and those tag dates are 1892 & 1889, which is even more amazing given the lack of oxidation. They slowly morphed into aluminium ones and finally the current ones are plastic - a hole on the bottom of the tag denotes a female, whilst the rear of the tag will have the district and dog number.
  12. Ok, so technically in the past I had already found evidence of travellers camping out in the surrounds, close to where the inn might have been. In my part of the world where English colonisation only occurred in the late 1830's, it is very rare to find pre-Victoran era coins - with exception of a couple of local inn sites. So far we have seen KG3, William IV and a lone Reale from the site, of which most were lost by travellers heading across the border to the rich Victorian Goldfields. I had recently been given a more approximate location of the actual inn location, so a day was spent pushing through metre high prickles chasing the telltale iron signature of previous habitation. There were plenty of clues lying scattered in the soil, ceramics, lead, the odd brass fitting and a lone fob watch winder, though no coins at that stage. Low and behold after fruitless hours of searching I got my first decent signal within a few metres of my car (always the way), and by the thickness of the coin I knew it was going to be old - an 1806 KG3 penny. So despite being very happy at finding that coin, looks like I still have a fair bit more ground work to do. Even more daunting is the sheer size of the site considering my previous Georgian coins and a keg tap were found over 300 metres from the latest coin.
  13. I have been progressively working a Victorian era house site over the last week or so with the Deus and 9" HF coil, previously it had been detected with my Explorer SE Pro several years back, though obviously not thoroughly enough. The oldest coin so far off the site was from 1862, though more desirable are the dog registration tags which are considered quite rare and fetch a decent price (not that I would ever sell them). So far only one silver, an 1884 threepence. The soil here is also very sandy and drains well, leaving many of the finds in very good condition - some of the dog tags look like they were dropped yesterday and you can achieve some pretty good depths even with the 9" coil fitted. Hope you enjoy the pics.
  14. I started out with the 11" & 11x13" coils, ended up mothballing the 11x13" due to weight/nose heavy properties, and preferred the 11". Years later I moved to the 9" HF coil and haven't looked back. Achieves excellent depth over my mild ground, light as heck and perfect size for swinging over older coin/relic sites typically hidden away in thick vegetation. I do find that with a smaller coil you tend to spend more time thoroughly investigating areas of interest vs trying cover it all with a larger coil, and sometimes missing targets in the process. I am currently in the process of going over old ground (Victorian era) previously detected with an Explorer SE Pro, and I am pretty chuffed at what that little Deus coil has me found so far - both deep targets and also targets co-existing with iron. I've attached a few pics of the results from utilising 14.4kHz, have yet to even touch the higher frequencies.
  15. If the Deus LiPo batteries are anything to go by, the Mi-4 should give years of use on the internal battery - and with up to 30 hours life from a single charge. So plenty to like about the Mi-4, and yes all parts are replaceable. You do have to be careful using the TRX in a hole with multiple targets, as despite having "tip only" detection, there is second point of detection further up the TRX shaft that can possibly simultaneously pick up on other targets in the hole.
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