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GB_Amateur last won the day on September 5 2019

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    Southern Indiana
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    Finding old coins & native precious metals, researching history
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    Fisher Gold Bug Pro, White's TDI/SPP, Fisher F75 Black, Minelab Eqx800, Tesoro Vaquero, Garrett Carrot, White's TRX, Sunray Pro Gold

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  1. You're really showing your age, Paul. My wife and I got lectured by our niece maybe 10 years ago using that old lingo, and that was after she put her eyes back in the socket. Those are 'flips' among younger generations. I'll let you Google Image 'thong' if you're not up on 21st Century terminology (and all the more reason to if you are 😏). OTOH, having read many of your posts, maybe this was part of your typical subtle, clever methods.... You've spent too much time hanging around with those feisty Meganesians.
  2. Garrett Groundhog (15 kHz VLF/TR), which sat unused in my closet for 35 years, every once in a while whispering "don't you remember why you bought me? " If you open responses to more than just detectors, I credit Long John Latham (and especially his illustrators and authors) for his dual publications True Treasure and Treasure World. You've got to stimulate the brain first and they sure did that starting back in 1970 (the first issue I read was from then; they started publishing and distrubuting a couple years earlier).
  3. Aren't all Minelab Equinoxes (except maybe pre-production units) made in Malaysia?
  4. First thought -- electromagnetic interference (EMI). If you are inside a building there are multiple sources including internet routers and simply the AC powerlines in the walls. If that's the problem, it will lessen and maybe go away if you put some distance between yourself and buildings. (Even then you may pick up interference from overhead or undergroumd power lines, TV cable lines,... it's a long list.) Turning down the sensitivity/gain will also show improvement.
  5. The title of the thread reminded me of Gary Drayton. He pronounces that alloy word a lot differently than I do (or have ever heard), and frankly his pronounciation is pretty gross with the mental images it creates. On every treasure/gold TV show there's at least one person (usually more) who tires me out with either nonesense -- Drayton -- or obnoxiousness (nice word -- many better ones) -- Parker Schnabel, anyone? (I heard Parker belongs to assaholics anonymous, but so far it's not producing the desired effect.) As far as the real topic, being able to recognize reproductions (or fa
  6. You and I think alike, Geof. Before my initial post I looked in Charles Garrett's 1985 The Advanced Handbook on Modern Metal Detectors and there is an entire chapter there on searchcoils, but I could only find mono (for BFO's and PI's), coplanar, and coaxial.
  7. I had to look that one up. Pretty funny, although I question whether *real* Italian speakers use that word. Italian speakers with certain English language accents, though... If you want to see people blaming everyone but themselves for screwups they are responsible for, it doesn't take many reads of reviews on Amazon USA to get your fill. Although I have no interest in getting a GPZ or GPX, I still find this topic interesting. I wish the Russian attempts to make a coil for the Equinox would get more attention. The fact that the topic is as rare as hen's teeth (on this site, anywa
  8. If all they were doing was joking then I'm fine with it. But often a joke or 'kid' has some truth to or intent to it. A friend of mine thought she was doing me a favor by tossing pennies in the park where I detect. Honest mistake by someone who doesn't understand where the fun (for me) comes from. I let her know..., in a nice way, of course. Someone here (I think it was Tnsharpshooter -- where's he been lately, BTW? -- excellent poster) told about a person who didn't like people metal detecting an historic (but public) site so that person strewed nails everwhere. Real nice...
  9. So even the Feds admit how worthless of a coin it is. 38 years of this folly and they continue to crank them out as if people want them. We should have a Zincoln bashing (literally) party with sledge hammers.
  10. I was thinking the other day about some of the best metal detectors of the analog age and early digital age. My memory shows concentric searchcoils, the Fisher CZ series being an example. What is the earliest commercial detector that had the commercial option of a DD coil? (As opposed to prototypes, experiements, garage builds, etc., although if you know of any of those it would also be interesting to read about.) Were there analog detectors (and if so, which ones) that worked with DD coils or did those not come around until digital circuitry took over?
  11. I think defacing USA coins is illegal, too. If you're anything of a packrat (like I), you just have a jar (or jars) to toss the copper alloy cents into and wait until copper goes up enough to make it worthwhile to sell. Copper is a commodity, afterall and a jarfull makes a good doorstop, counterweight,.... Most silver alloy coins we find are also numismatically worthless but their bullion content is the consolation prize when we find them (and confirm the date+mintmark isn't a semi-key or better). I have a pocket of my detecting pouch for coins and jewelry. The other 'finds' pock
  12. Current copper spot price is $3.29/lb. 145 copper pennies in a lb at 95% purity, so about 152 uncirculated copper pennies together have a lb of copper content. Add a few more to account for wear and you're still around 2 cents worth of copper each. As with any alloy, there will be cost associated with separating the alloy components. It's illegal to melt them but that doesn't seem to concern some.... Zinc, OTOH, is currently around $1.25/lb and since zinc pennies are lighter it takes more of them to add up to a lb. Bottom line is that the bullion value of them is less than their face
  13. Yes, larger coils pick up more targets per swing, and are more likely to have both good (desired) and bad (trashy) targets in the field-of-view at the same time. As far as finding low trash sites, that's quite a tradeoff. I can hunt my back yard which wasn't used much (the only owners before us never had kids and AFAIK spent their time indoors) so my yard is pretty quiet. But if I go to a park or school (which is where the goodies have the best chance of being as far as accessible public sites) there is iron and aluminum trash aplenty. Are there quiet parts of these sites? Sometimes,
  14. I question whether or not the Minelab Equinox is a good first detector. Yes, it has canned settings so it doesn't need a lot of adjustments to be able to find metal. However, the 11" stock coil isn't as forgiving as small coils and we've seen plenty of people here (some even experienced with other detectors) question everything under the sun (bad settings, unit is a lemon,...) with this detector. I had been detecting for 3 years with multiple detectors before getting an 800 and it took me a long time to get comfortable with it. (I hardly go out without it now.) One of the things that'
  15. No ring-and-beavertail pulltabs among your junk targets (but I see the Busch beer can lid had one). Only one nickel 5 cent piece. Did you hunt wide open for a while and then disc against the lower conductors (including nickel zone)? If I'm at a site that has been used more/less continuously over the years I want to see R&B pulltabs (last manufactured ~1975). For the modern tabs I'd be happy if I never saw another one. BTW, you should have pointed out that the top coin is a modern USA $1 coin. The Aussies and Kiwis think we don't have those, and I sometimes wonder myself....
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