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  1. Reg Wilson is a bit of a legend in Australian detecting circles and has kept a comprehensive photo collection of his finds over 4 or 5 decades. Now everyone likes gold images and stories - and there are plenty here! I've been offered existing topics to post on, but I believe the topic deserves its own thread to do it full justice. All images are those of Reg Wilson unless otherwise attributed. The album consists of hundreds of photographs of not only gold, but many gold detecting industry characters, some of whom are no longer with us, but who all contributed in their own unique ways to the great gold chase we still enjoy today. Firstly, a bit of background. Reg first shot to international fame with the finding of this 98 ounce piece which he named the "Orange Roughie" in 1987, decades later to be fraudulently rebirthed as the "Washington Nugget" By no means his first find, Reg was already a successful detector operator and at the time was testing a prototype GT 16000 for Minelab's wizz kid engineer Bruce Candy: Photo: Australian Sun Herald L to R: Bruce Candy, the late Doug Robertson, Ian Jacques, Reg, John Hider Smith. Reg recalled: "The man standing next to Bruce Candy is the late Doug Robertson, who with his brother Bruce worked the aluvials below the famous and fabulously rich Matrix reef at McIntyres. They had an old Matilda tank with a blade attached to clear Mallee scrub. Between them they had a wealth of knowledge of the northern Victorian gold fields. (Doug's name may have been Robinson. Memory is a bit foggy)" Ian, Reg and John were prototype SD 2000 testers in Victoria, AU and were collectively known as the "Beagle Boys" a name bestowed upon them by Dave Chappel, the publican of the Railway Hotel Dunolly. On any Friday night huge nuggets, some weighing well over a hundred ounces could be seen displayed on the bar. 120oz from Longbush. Found all on its own, finder anonymous: The playing cards and US currency indicate that the nugget has just been purchased by the late "Rattlesnake" John Fickett, a US gold buyer who bought many of the big pieces back then: Ian Jacques and Reg with 44 oz 1989: Ian Jacques with his SD 2000 prototype late 80's. Real prospectors don't use bungees All for now, but at least we've made a start - - -
  2. Hey Mitchell (mn90403), since the anniversary of your finding the "Goose Egg" is coming up, (Thanksgiving Day), I hoped you wouldn't mind if I "bumped" the photo to show the good folks and anyone who might have missed it the first time around, what you were alluding to : "My 5000 and the 18" NF was a lot of fun to run. I almost got in the pounder club with a deep Arizona nugget." Amazing find indeed!
  3. Amateur makes ‘gold find of the century’ in Norway A man out walking on “doctor’s orders” with a newly-bought metal detector has discovered a huge haul of gold by accident. A Norwegian out walking on doctors’ advice unearthed rare 6th-century gold jewellery using a newly bought metal detector, a discovery archaeologists said on Thursday was Norway’s “gold find of the century”. “At first I thought it was chocolate coins or Captain Sabertooth coins,” said 51-year-old Erlend Bore, referring to a fictional Norwegian pirate. “It was totally unreal.” The cache comprised nine Norwegian gold medallions and gold pearls that once formed an opulent necklace, as well as three gold rings. Amateur archaeologist Erlend Bore posing with a gold treasure photographed shortly after he found them with a newly-bought metal detector. (Photo by Anniken Celine Berger / various sources / AFP) / Norway OUT Archaeologists say the find is unique because of the design on the medallions -- a type of horse from Norse mythology. Bore, who dreamt of becoming an archaeologist as a child, made the discovery on a farmer’s land near Stavanger in August after he bought a metal detector on his doctors’ recommendations to get more exercise. He had been out searching and was about to head home for the day when the device suddenly began beeping on a hillside. He called archaeologists, who took over the search. Mr Bore found these coin-like gold pendants. (Photo by Erlend BORE / NTB / AFP) The treasure consists of nine gold medallions and pearls that once formed a luxurious necklace, as well as three gold rings. (Photo by Anniken Celine Berger / various sources / AFP) The jewels, which weigh a little more than 100 grammes, were discovered to date from around 500 AD. “It’s the gold find of the century in Norway,” said Ole Madsen, the head of the University of Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology. “To find that much gold all at once is extremely unusual.” The most recent comparable find in Norway dates back to the 19th century. A reconstruction of the necklace Mr Bore found (Photo AFP) “Given the location of the discovery and what we know from other similar finds, this is probably a matter of either hidden valuables or an offering to the gods during dramatic times,” professor Hakon Reiersen said. In line with Norwegian law, both Bore and the landowner will receive a reward although the sum has not yet been determined. Amateur makes ‘gold find of the century’ in Norway | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site
  4. There has been a great Kentucky Hoard found, and fortunately it wasn't my stash of KFC... Original Story https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/man-finds-small-fortune-buried-on-his-farm/news-story/b33a742a3441efa0815c96cf1f12a138 A Kentucky man has discovered a “small fortune” buried in the dirt at his rural farm after unearthing more than 800 Civil War-era coins potentially worth more than a million dollars. The stunning treasure trove has been dubbed the “Great Kentucky Hoard” and includes hundreds of US gold pieces dating to between 1840 and 1863. In a short video released by collectable coin seller GovMint, the man — whose identity and specific location have not been made public — says: “This is the most insane thing ever. Those are all $1 gold coins, $20 gold coins, $10 gold coins,” as he aims his camera at the artefacts lodged in the dirt. GovMint described his find as the “discovery of a lifetime”. The coins after being authenticated. According to the Numismatic Guaranty Co (NGC), which certified the coins’ authenticity, and GovMint, where the coins were sold, 95 per cent of the hoard consisted of gold dollars, known as $1 Gold Indians, along with 20 $10 Gold Liberty coins and eight $20 Gold Liberty coins. The rarest is the 1863-P $20 1-ounce gold Liberty coin. Just one of these coins can sell for six figures at auction — the Great Kentucky Hoard boasts 18 of them. NGC’s website notes that the $20 Liberty coin, which circulated from 1850 to 1907, was minted by the Treasury Department after gold was discovered in California. The $20 Liberty coins found on the man’s property are even rarer because they do not include the words “In God We Trust,” which was added in 1866 after the end of the Civil War. NGC also noted “several interesting varieties and errors (that) were also discovered”, which can make a rare coin even more valuable. One of the most sought after coins in US history is a 1943 Lincoln Penny that appeared entirely by accident after a handful of coins were accidentally made from copper. Rare coin dealer Jeff Garrett, who was brought in to handle the Great Kentucky Hoard, said it was a “virtual time capsule of Civil War-era coinage”. As well as providing an unexpected fortune to the rural farmer, the coins also shed light on a troubled period of American history when the newly independent country was embroiled in civil war. Kentucky was a neutral border state between the north and south, which meant residents frequently found themselves torn between the warring sides. Many wealthy Kentuckians are rumoured to have buried huge sums of money to prevent them from being stolen by militaries. In 1872, James Langstaff left a letter saying he had buried $20,000 worth of gold coins on his property in Paducah, Kentucky, while fellow Kentuckian William Pettit buried $80,000 worth of gold coins near Lexington. According to LiveScience, neither of these bounties have been recovered — though, unlike in many countries, Americans aren’t required to report historic finds discovered on private property.
  5. From Victoria Channel 9 News. "oh wow, the wife's going to be happy with that." ......Link.....
  6. Aussie boy's $20,000 find buried at popular beach The boy came armed to the beach with a 'metal detector and small shovel'. Thu, 23 March 2023 at 3:20 pm NZDT·2-min read A "very excited" young boy was able to dig up a man's prized $20,000 watch that he lost at a popular Sydney beach on Tuesday. Josh Shave, 10, went hunting for the valuable Cartier Santos watch at Balmoral Beach with his father Simon, when the stressed 79-year-old man couldn't find it in his shorts pocket after going for his usual morning swim. “Dad was in a real state and very upset,” the man's son, Justin, told the Mosman Collective. “He returned to the car after his swim, and when he went to put his watch on, it wasn’t there. “He parks in the same spot and swims in the same spot every day, but even after retracing his steps, it couldn’t be found. The 1975 watch bought in France holds great sentimental value for the man, being one of his "most treasured possessions". Article: https://nz.news.yahoo.com/aussie-boys-20000-find-buried-at-popular-beach-022053551.html
  7. Maybe a new Monumental Nugget? Sierra County Historical Society | Monumental Nugget (sierracountyhistory.org) https://www.geologyin.com/2018/02/the-largest-gold-nugget-ever-found-in.html
  8. I rarely find anything worth posting here, but I think you might enjoy this. I have a standing permission at an old farm yard here in eastern Massachusetts. I've been over this particular spot six or eight times, and found a Barber dime just before the end of last season. So that's where I started last night. Deus II, Sens FT, square tones. Settings probably wouldn't have mattered as this signal was pretty clear – low eighties, fairly clear tone with a slight scratch on the outswing, and a bit of an unctuous warble. So a bottle cap, or more likely a big screw top from a liquor bottle. I dug it anyway because I wanted to clear the trash out and hopefully find more coins. It was very dark already, so when I flipped the sod, I could barely tell that I had a pocket watch or compass, so on I went. once I cleaned it off a bit at home, I explained to my son that this wasn't plated because there were no flakes coming off, but that silver sometimes comes out gold toned. At that point the back falls off. I got so excited about the inscription that I didn't read the case marks. So it took quite a while for me to realize that this was, in fact, a 14k gold watch!
  9. It happened last year with Craig Douglas (NuggetHunterNZ on DP Forum) finding a 177 Gram gold nugget and now it's happened again, these guys have now found a 121 gram nugget in a creek similar to how Craig found his this time using a GPX 4500 or 5000, not sure which one. And the video of it, these guys make a heap of good videos usually of them dredging but this time it was detecting when they found it. The video has a fair few gold finds on it, Perhaps I need to start looking in creeks more often 🙂
  10. Hey folks, I met up with a few friends on boxing day and headed into the wilderness to try and find some gold. After a hike into the location and setting up camp I headed off with my sniping gear to find my fortune, about 10.30am. By 1pm I had about a gram and a half in small pieces from a range of crevices. At this point I had a short break and considered my options. I chose a good looking crevice which cut across the river and had a good bedrock / current arrangement. After removing a little of the gravel which covered most of the crevice I spotted a couple of of slightly chunkier bits than what I’d got earlier. Well, shortly after this the crevice really pu on a show and in the following 1.5hours I found some fantastic gold. I ended up with 29.6g for the 4.5hrs I’d spent in the creek. This is pretty up there in terms of total gold Iver personally found in a day.
  11. I had previously posted this ring on the Deus2 forum when I found it a few months ago. Since it's about to celebrate its 130th birthday I thought you guys would appreciate some pictures of it too.
  12. Metal detectorist discovers medieval wedding ring worth an estimated $47,000 "Every metal detectorist dreams of unearthing something valuable. For one man the English countryside yielded an incredible find when he stumbled upon a medieval diamond wedding ring in "almost perfect condition" near Thorncombe, in the South West of the country. Now the item is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000 ($35,500 and $47,300) when it goes on auction later this month." Story Here Auction Site Inscription in Medieval French reading: ‘ieo vos * tien * foi * tenes * le moy’ translating ‘As I hold your faith, hold mine’ Photo credit: Noonans
  13. This was just shared with me so I can not confirm if the actual date and state are correct. All I know at this time, it was found in 2021 with a Minelab in Arizona. The weight is 61.5 ounces and I've been told it is not for sale. I'm quite sure this big daddy would choke me out if I tried the Gerry Mouth Pic. I would be happy as heck to choke on it all the way to my grave. What's interesting is the mostly solid state of this mammoth rock. Wonder when it will hit the news and be on every channel. Even though it's not for sale, there will be crazy price offers and sooner or later it will sell. What would you pay? If it's a genuine AZ nugget, I'll start off with $75,000 and a free GPZ-7000.
  14. Here is a story of a guy using his Nox finding a $40,000 Diamond ring at a beach in Florida. https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/florida-ring-diamond-metal-detector-b2228985.html A metal detector discovered a $40,000 (£33,646) diamond ring while combing a beach in Florida on October 10, before returning it safely to its owner. Joseph Cook, 37, was on Hammock Beach in St Johns County when his metal detector picked up the huge jewel. Following the discovery, he called local jewellery stores in search of its owner, before receiving a call from a couple from Jacksonville who had lost a ring. “Karma’s always good, every time I return an item, I find something better, so I’m happy I could give it back,” Cook said.
  15. A Queensland man has made a fortuitous find after spotting a glittering rock that turned out to be a precious gem "the size of a small child's fist". In video uploaded to TikTok, Matt Betteridge can be heard exclaiming "Holy Dooley" when he releases the large gem from the earth. He declares it to be a "monster" 834 carat sapphire. Speaking to 9news.com.au, Betteridge said the find left him in absolute shock. The 'monster' sapphire was spotted glinting in the ground. (TikTok: @betteridge_sapphires) "We are usually looking for sapphire the size of a fingernail and to find one this size is unreal," he said, revealing the gem has an estimated worth of about $12,500. "My reaction was disbelief and (we're) absolutely stoked. "For now we will keep it as a specimen until we decide to sell it - or (get) an offer we can't refuse." Betteridge uncovered the gem in Rubyvale, near Emerald, which is one of the world's largest sapphire-bearing areas. He said the heavy rain that's been bearing down on the east coast over the past few months have made the sapphires easier to find. Days before he uncovered the 834 carat rock, he made another impressive discovery; a 359 carat sapphire. At the time that was the biggest sapphire he had found, but little did he know the record would be broken days later. Days earlier Matt Betteridge found a 359 carat sapphire at Rubyvale. (TikTok: @betteridge_sapphires@) Betteridge revealed what prospective prospectors should look out for should they be tempted to try their luck on Queensland's gemfields. "They just shine like a bit of broken glass," he said. "Look for your darker stones ... they sort of stand out. "You do get an eye for them eventually." Original Story: https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-news-834-carat-sapphire-turns-out-to-be-rare-gem-size-worth-12500/e143e7c1-dffe-47b7-ae4a-e310ba93a99d Another Story on it: https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/aussie-specker-finds-massive-gemstone-on-evening-walk/news-story/92edc67e034191a7d67300d1ddbafbf6
  16. This nugget was discovered 150 years ago! Flashback 1872: The Holtermann nugget and its fascinating connection to North Sydney. - Mosman Collective
  17. Perth Mint buys King Henry, world's largest-known gold specimen, for $3m - ABC News
  18. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/yorkshire-couple-find-250k-gold-hoard-under-their-kitchen-floor/ar-AA11jnpz?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=630fbd00202844ecac857b7ab90f3cfd
  19. Here's a rock one of my customer found. Just imagine how many more are still out there. If this one was, then maybe it had a bigger brother.
  20. Beautiful find by a beginner using a Nox!… https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cjd7kw/the-ancient-golden-treasure-rewriting-danish-history?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=exchange&tblci=GiC-DRm48aCkNrIsMxJn8v9xJGruDGCFPOIZV7cb_pPIeyCMjFQou5C_u_3lztH-AQ#tblciGiC-DRm48aCkNrIsMxJn8v9xJGruDGCFPOIZV7cb_pPIeyCMjFQou5C_u_3lztH-AQ
  21. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfsJbj9DtOE/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= 😜
  22. These are my 3 treasure finds I had in less than two years a 1500bc bronze age hoard , 1250/1360 medieval coin hoard and a 1450/1550 silver religious devotional heart pendant
  23. I had a bit of a hiatus from the forum, it wasn't long before I departed I did a post about which coil to use on my GPX to look for of all things, a train 🙂 That's right, I was going to use my metal detector to find a train! Well, in the end the trains were found and so far one recovered, I thought I'd put this video up for those interested in a bit of train history. A bit of a funny story, for train lovers its a big deal, unfortunately I'm not a train lover but I do appreciate what they were trying to achieve and they did achieve it. I'm sure given enough time and a big enough coil I could have found it with my GPX! These guys found it using historical information and a dirty great big digger. There is more of them, you never know what I'll dig up with my Nox, CTX and my shovel.
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