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  1. The focus while designing the Axiom was 100% on the nugget detecting aspects. But I do think it will end up finding favor with some relic and coin hunters also. I will add information and videos about the subject to this thread as I come across them. This is my best "not nugget" find with the Axiom so far is a silver 1914 sixpence I accidentally found while nugget detecting in Australia.
  2. Today's hunt was in an old field inland about 5 miles . Short session. Did a grid on a section with lots of moss under a tree. Swept it with the 15x12 ,marked targets and switched to 6" to pinpoint. (9v dead in the 35) Would have switched to the small one anyway , still aching from yesterday....... Half a rivet , an old nail and a 3" piece of barbed wire.
  3. It has been a while since posting a find as work has kept me busy. I was out today to a local baseball field where I have found a few other silver dimes on the outfield in left field. These two came out along the outfield fence line on the first base side about 8 feet from the fence. I was using the 10x5 trying to pick through after cleaning the area with the Deus II a month or so back. They were about a foot deep with bouncing TIDs down to around 24 and up to about 35. I knew the second one was silver dime as it sound and acted just like the other one. The large iron in the pics came out of the same area during the previous cleaning process. I recall someone on this forum found a weight on the beach a while back. Well, this is about as strange to find one on a ballfield. Equinox, Park 1, all metal, 5 recovery, 50 tones
  4. Chose to post this to illustrate what we all know, the masking effect is real. Went to a park that is pretty well picked through. It has been hit hard by every detector club and enthusiast in our area. Last year I was able to pull a $5 gold coin that was masked by iron out in the brush, and yesterday I was able to pull 4 coins, one being a nice semi-key barber quarter in areas that I've detected no less than 20 times with my host of detectors, and I'm sure has seen thousands of swings over it. It was only 4-5 inches down, but was surrounded by nails. After getting a new to me 10"DD replacement coil for my V3i, which seems a little hotter than my previous coil, I headed out to see if I would be able to find something I've missed. There are no 'dig me' signals to be found, just a rare bouncy or very iffy directional signal to dig. Working in an old nail bed with small river rock down about 4-5 inches where trails were once graveled, I was near big old iron and a lot of nail signals. First signal was messy, something I've never considered digging before, but it had a few inconsistent high beeps mixed in with plenty of iron in my Mixed audio program (iron in one ear, good tones in the other). Opened the plug and had several responses from the pin pointer. Picked one, loosened the soil a bit deeper expecting a nail, and removed a small scoop. Out pops a VF 1899 S Barber Quarter on edge. A bit surprised, but thrilled. Then I recovered 3 nails in the hole making a nice little circle around it, none further than 3 inches away. In the next few minutes I'd repeat the same dig on a signal I'd generally pass on, and out popped a 1907 IHC and a 1912S wheat all at about 5 inches in the rock/dirt matrix. and with iron nearby. Could have covered these with a garbage can lid. I'd dug 3 or 4 wheats before in the near vicinity, so I knew something might be here, but how on earth have they remained hidden this long with so many detectors passing over them, me included. Thank you iron! The hobby has gotten tough, but there are still good targets in those 'hunted out parks'. While i like my Deus quite well in many applications, the V3i with it's sophisticated programmability (such as selecting how many signal responses in a particular range result in an audible and visible VDI response, and it's mixed mode audio ) allows me to eke out a few well masked targets and keep the hobby fun!
  5. Its been 40 years since I swung a detector. The last 3 months have been a blast. Met lots of nice people, hunted a couple of un-touched sites, and hauled a few nice coins out of the ground. Nothing terribly old. This area off northern Alberta was mostly settled in the 1930's. Some highlights include an 1899 English penny (an odd find for this area), 1922 nickel, 1935 cent, two 1943 tombac nickels, a few George V silvers, a 1954 dime (a bit of a key date), and a bunch of pre 1960 silver. The 1948 bronze chauffeur's badge was a nice artifact. Winter's here. Time to pack up the Nox 600, catalog some coins, and start gathering permissions for next Spring. There are a couple of circa 1910 sites that look promising... Cheers!
  6. Wasn't expecting this, but a forum member, @dogodog, texted me and said he was going to take a vacation about 2 hours from me and invited me to hunt the local beach. Got there at 8, he was there with his wife and a few other friends. He had made breakfast and invited me to join them, nice 👍 they were renting a house for a few days to catch an air show and get beach time. While we were out detecting we got a bit of a show from the Blue Angels and other aircraft: At one point we were watching the planes and got swamped by a wave 🤣 It was an incredibly nice day, pretty much everything event-wise is over at this beach as of Saturday, when we got there it was pretty empty but got busy later, surprising for a Sunday. I brought my Deus 2 to give it a real big beach run, I thought it would be better there with EMI than my Equinox, but found out that as long as we weren't too near the hotels it was quiet. We started out walking the surf line, the tide was coming in but we're got a chance at some low spots. The beach had been dragged earlier in the morning, we thought with the sifting machine but were later told by someone informed that they just bladed it. We really didn't find much along the surf, and ran into a few other detectorists. Pretty much everyone was saying there wasn't much out there, we were finding pennies and then I got a penny signal and was surprised to dig this copper junk ring: That gave us some hope. Turns out we are both pretty hardcore hunters, but stayed together for the most part to shoot the bull, seems we have a lot in common. 😀 One thing for sure is we both enjoy talking with people. We ran into a lot of nice folks there! Here's the total for me, kinda disappointing we didn't get more jewelry. It was ironic that Jamie was finding mostly pennies, he sure made up for it later. 🤔 32 coins and the ring. $3.21. we got up higher on the beach later in the day and found a lot more coins. Overall it was a memorable day, a real blast, and I have a true friend. 🙂 I can't thank him enough for inviting me. I'd do it again at a moments' notice.
  7. All I had to do today was get a material list for a deck repair side job in a neighboring town. On the way there I hit a large park that I hadn’t been to in probably 4 or 5 years. This isn’t an old park and from previous research that I had done there weren’t any houses there before the park went in. I was just going there to get clad and maybe some jewelry. I ended up on a large field that is used for soccer. Things were slow and target signals few and far between, but near the middle of the field I got a deeper sounding high tone (I was in program 3 but with the reactivity at 1.5) coming in at 89-91. About 5-6” down I see a silver rim and out pops a 1951 rosie. Definitely a nice surprise! Then not 10 feet away I got a bouncy 70s signal and a few inches down was a nice little rose petal 925 earring. I left not long after that and headed to the deck job. On my way back I stopped in my little town and figured I’d hit some curbstrips. I got a few wheaties and was heading back to the car and hit a strip without a sidewalk. I got a wheat then got a nice 95-97 signal and out pops a 1939 GW. A few feet further I got a 1950 rosie. I then rounded the corner and hit a very narrow (about 16-18”) strip along the sidewalk and got a well worn 1944 merc. By then it was getting dark so I called it quits. I ended up with 4 silvers, the 925 earring, 9 wheaties, a 1952 Canadian cent and $5.97 in clad. My last silver coin was back on the last day of July so these four were very welcomed. I’m now at 31 for the year.
  8. Found today at another beat up park. This was only 4 inches down. Was my second dig. I can’t believe this was missed. Possibly, the other detectorist thought it was a modern coin that’s why it was left. There’s a ton of old circular dead grass plugs all around this area. Lots of iron and nails. This is in amazing condition being 184 years old, and a first for me. Thanks for looking.
  9. Prep work for the hurricane is finished, so what else to do? That's right, go detecting! I decided to go back to the 15" on the Equinox vs. the 10x5 today while detecting the local ball field. The sandy soil was already wet, so it was allowing me to reach down and touch some older coins. 2 silver dimes that were each 11" down and 2 wheaties that were not as deep. The silvers jumped down into the mid twenties and went as high as 33 and gave an iron tone a couple times. It felt good to swing the big coil again...so deep and awesome coverage! Now the wait is on to see what becomes of the storm. Praying all is okay for everyone. 15", Park 1, 50 tones, all metal, 4 recovery, up to 24 sensitivity
  10. Out to the ball field again after the rain and wind. Thankfully there was not much damage here. Using the 15" again with the Equinox gave great depth. The Mercury dime (only my 5th ever) sounded sweet using 50 tones. I have found quite a few silver coins where the sandy soil meets the layer underneath with just sand and shells. I'm guessing this layer was dredged from the gulf and put down many years ago. Either the coins came with the fill, or the coins stop their migration through the sandy soil when they hit that layer (second-to-last pic). Two wheats (1944 & 1955) and a Canadian penny (1955) also sounded nice. One of them was in the high 30's... thought for sure it was silver. Elizabeth looks much better than Abe! Anyone know what the cylinder-like item is? Maybe a percussion cap? Do those have holes in? Park 1, 4 recovery, 50 tones, all metal, 24 sensitivity
  11. Yesterday I hit an old house site that I’ve hit many times before. Actually it’s multiple old house sites from an old textile mill. There’s a new larger plant where the old textile mill used to be, but all the old houses are long gone and there’s a huge grassy area in front of the new factory where all the old houses stood. You’re not allowed to detect this grassy area. I know because I got asked to leave about a year ago. However, there’s a city hike/bike trail that goes right next to part of the grassy area and I can still hunt there. In the past when I brazenly detected the main grassy area😇, I found quite a few silver coins and some cool relics. But now all I’m left with is a small area by the trail that is yielding less and less finds. I did manage to find an old toy car, a rifle casing and an old lock. I did get two wheaties but no silver. So, the 39 nickels. What’s up with that? Well this morning I decided to hit my son’s high school for a clad hunt. A while back pre-deus II, I used my nox and got $33 in clad out of there in one afternoon. Then a time after that I got around $17 and few more times close to $10 each time. Needless to say this place hasn’t been detected in a long time. Today I got $12.08, but the amazing thing is I dug 39 nickels! That’s a new nickel record for me! I mostly used two programs: Rattleheads silver slayer and my own GCOIN3. The GCOIN3 (general, used for coins, 3 tones) is based on the general program with disc at 7 and notches from 7-57 and 66-80 with 3 tones. The silver slayer is similar but based on the Fast program with disc at 7 and notches from 7-59 and 65-87 with pitch tones. With both I had the sensitivity at 80 (the lowest sense I’ve ever used with the D2) and reactivity at 3. Both programs are like lasers at picking out coins from the trash. I don’t know why I got so many nickels. I was digging everything in the 60s. Sometimes the TID was consistent but the tones sounded bad and other times the tones sounded really good but the numbers were really jumpy. On some the tones were so bad that I normally would have passed on digging, but today I just wanted to experiment and most ended up being nickels. You can see the amount of pulltabs I dug. The half square tabs sounded really good and were indistinguishable from a good textbook nickel signal.
  12. Hello. My name is Craig. I live in a rural area in Northern Alberta, Canada. I'm 63 years old. Back in the early 1980's I enjoyed many hours detecting in Edmonton Alberta with my trusty Whites Coinmaster 5000D. I would hunt the parks, playgrounds and boulevards of the river valley area, as well as some of the surrounding towns. I was an avid coin collector in my youth. I still remember finding an 1896 large cent as well as a 1910 quarter, along with lots of other old coins. Flash forward to today. I decided to reboot my old hobby, so I scooped a Minelab Equinox 600 for a great price from Cabela's Canada, as well as a Garrett pinpointer. The area I live isn't that old; mostly post-1900 communties. That being said, I've had some good finds in my first month detecting this year. Please see my post in the "coins and relics" forum for more details. I still get a thrill when I see the edge of a silver coin pop out of the dirt, and I hope to enjoy many more years of detecting and collecting. I look forward to hearing of your experiences, and sharing stories of those great finds. Cheers!
  13. Greetings from northern Alberta, Canada. This is my first post on this site. I used to detect back in the early 1980s with a Whites Coinmaster 5000. I decided, at the age of 64, to get back into the hobby, so I purchased an Equinox 600. I practiced using the detector on my old farm, and found a few coins from the 50's and 60's. The local area was only settled in the 1920s. In the last few weeks I've ventured out onto some local old properties (with the owners' permissions) and had some success. The most interesting coin I found so far is an 1899 English penny in an old school yard that was active from the 1930s to the late 50's. It's an odd coin to find in a small northern Canadian community, but it goes to show you never know what you're going to find! Interesting coins include: 1899 British penny, 1918 10 cent, 1915 US cent, 1922 5 cent, 1938 10 cent, 1946 25 cent, 1951 25 cent, 1943 tombac wartime 5 cent (x2), 1938 1 cent.
  14. Went up to a local beach today hoping the jellyfish would be gone so I could finally water hunt there. Nope. Water was loaded with "stinging nettles" a jellyfish common in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. Some say they don't sting, but the poor screaming kid I helped today with white vinegar would beg to differ. I'm no stranger to pain but I don't want to get it the stupid way. 😀 I also saw a dead ray: They put up one heck of a fight when you catch them. Got there early, but immediately got some Intel from a local that an old couple had hit the place pretty hard, he told me where they were and what parts of the beach they hunted. Sounded like the couple Jamie and I met at VA Beach on Sunday, he said he comes to this beach. Undeterred, I hunted the waterline, the high tide line and the towel line. Today I had the D2 with a modified Beach Sensitive program where I stripped out all discrimination and lowered all filters. I wanted to try a "raw" setting that would hit on everything, as the Deus did not see a gold chain hunting last Sunday. I did pretty good for a hunted beach: 17 coins, oldest was probably 70s. At least I got more than one of everything, proving to me that my program was good. Trash was pretty bad, this is about 2/3ds of it, a guy offered to take some off me early on. Many of the items were sight picks. I can't leave anything I see behind. Then the day got strange, first I dug this gold plated hairpin with bling, my only jewelry of the day again restoring my faith in my settings. I would not have dug that. Next I went along the surf at a hotel, didn't find much but when I was coming back, I got a very strong 66, I thought "oh, one of the really nice pull tabs"... Nope. 1816 8 Maravedis Spanish coin, Ferdinand VII, Jubia mint I think. Looks like a "J" on the left side of the almost completely obliterated bust. The "8" is gone. Here is the reverse: Gotta love that ol' rugged cross. 😀 Not far from it I got a 62 and thought "nickel or generic pull tab"... Nope. 1916 Cuban Liberation 5 centavos, in great shape. Here's the other side: Why were these here? No corrosion, only pocket wear. The only explanation I have is that a visitor to this country dropped lucky coins. They're lucky for me now thanks! Then I found this: A large old hem weight. 🤪 The kind of stuff I find relic hunting. After that when coming back I ran into a couple whose boy was out trying out his new metal detector (a cheap Chinese knockoff that looked like a Garrett), he had his coil on backwards. 😵 I went up to his Dad and asked him to call him over and we got him straightened out. I showed him my crazy finds, and gave him some quick tips on hunting, basically dig it all with a beep dig machine. Told them to let him detect their yard, and try to get him a farm permission, and to check metal detecting laws wherever they go. I also showed him how to properly swing the machine, and to not worry for a long time if all he gets is junk. I let him have the rest of that beach. I was paying for parking so I had to go. Odd day but very satisfying. 🙂
  15. Here we are at the Autumnal Equinox and it is still hot & dry in many places limiting the opportunities to detect successfully. On my East Texas sites the ground hard & dry to 10-12". We are in the upper 90's F. When we do get some real rain & cool temps I will be trying to make up some time in the field. How are your conditions?
  16. I've been reimmersed in metal detecting for about 3 years now and sometimes I still feel like a beginner, specially when I see some of the amazing and mind-blowing finds that other more experienced detectorists make. Now I've found some cool things, but I always feel like I still have a long way to go to get to the next level. At first I thought it was the machine so I got two of the nicest machines I could afford. I quickly learned it was not the machines. Then I thought, well it must just be me, so I deep-dived into each machine I had and tried to learn all the ins and out I could and detected evey chance I got. I'm still learning, but I feel much more comfortable with my machines than ever, so I thought well maybe it's not me. Normally, I plod around in my local parks close to me to detect which were mostly built in the 1980s, so there's a limited amount and date range of articles to be found there. Fortunately, this year I've been able to go to some historic locations to detect and have found some amazing things and have begun to realize, as Realtors say, it's all about location, location, location. I was recently lamenting to one of my much more experienced detecting friends, saying how I envied him for his experience and all the wonderful things he has found. I had FE (Finds Envy). To my surprise, he said he envied me! I couldn't even image why. He said that he saw how excited I got everytime I found something that I had never found before and that I was getting to experience my "firsts" of so many finds to come. He said that all of his firsts were behind him now and he missed getting that level of excitement out of each find. That put everything in perspective for me and I remembered that I got into metal detecting for fun of being outdoors, going to new places, and the thrill of possibly finding something new or long lost. This put me back on the path and empowered me to ask for my first permission. I have driven my a large church in my area several times on my way to detect in nearby parks. A few days ago I noticed they had a carnival set up on their grounds and had rides, booths, food, a beer tent, and concerts going on. So on the day after the event ended I decided to go see if I could get permission to detect the carnival grounds. As my father used to say, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained". I went into the church office asked the manager if it would be okay to detect the carnival area. Imagine my amazement when he replied, "Sure that's fine just be careful around the large equipment". He then asked if would mind looking for a lost necklace while I was out there that a family had reported to them. I told him that I'd be happy to. As I got out to the field, all of the rides and heavy equipment had been trucked away, leaving a clear field of play. I fired up the Deus II and began the search. I started hitting good signals right away and cleared a whole lot of trash in the process. I gridded the area of the rides as that was supposed to be where the necklace was lost. As I took a short lunch break, the manager came out and told me that there had been other activities in the grassy areas and I should check those as well. So after clearing the carnival area, I searched all the lawn areas as well. By the end of the hunt, I could feel the weight of my pouch which was unusually heavy. Unfortunately, I didn't find the lost necklace, but I did find over 90 coins and tokens, some junk jewelry, and a nice Stainless Steel ring. I showed my finds to the office manager and he was amazed at the amount of stuff I found and trash that I cleared and I gave him the ring in case he could find the owner. He was most appreciative and said that the next time they had an outdoor event, he would ask me back to search the grounds again. So while my finds were nothing extraordinary, my FE (Finds Envy) has turned to FP (Full Pouch) and I'm good with that! 😎 Some of the unsorted trash... Some of the more ineresting trash... That D2 sure loves round objects!
  17. With the sad passing of the Queen it has been reported we are going to have to get all new currency as they remove the Queen from it, and add the mug shot of the new King Charles instead. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-13/king-charles-coins-australian-currency-mint-change-from-queen/101432724 They're doing it quite quickly too. There seems to be a few prototype coin designs floating around The problem I can see is the new odd shape is going to be a more difficult target and even more of a junk signal, along with the fact it's likely going to mean we need to learn all new Target ID's for the coins.
  18. Out to a local ballfield with the Deus II today that I have been clearing with the Equinox 10x5 lately. Just before packing it up due to the melting taking place in my clothes thanks to the Florida humidity and heat, I got a strong signal that screamed surface. I was really hoping for a ring, expecting a pull tab, and would never have guessed it would be a 1942 nickel resting in the dirt hidden by the grass. It likely was deposited in the last 2 weeks as I have been over that spot recently. You just never know! Update: A member of the forum PMed me and gently informed me that my nickel was not technically a war nickel due to the fact that there was no mint mark above the dome. I love learning something new every day, so the info was greatly appreciated.
  19. I don't have a picture. But at an Antique shop in Chamblee, GA the owner's father was a Whites dealer and detectorists in the 1970's. He had on display (behind a locked glass case) a large clear salad bowl about 20" across and 10" high filled with his coins he found and I am not talking clad coins either. It was filled almost to the brim with silver and old copper coins. Never thought too much about it since back then I was taking a 20 year break from using detectors looking for gold nuggets in North Georgia. But know looking back, it was an amazing amount of finds. Probably why we don't find much silver left in the parks around metro Atlanta. The White detectors must have been quite the detectors back then.
  20. 20 on the deep ones, 26 0n the shallow and 22 to 24 mid-range. But I went to the closet and pulled out my Mystery Master Classic. Who will reign supreme? Well, the "Iron Chef" of course. Bon apatite.
  21. I haven’t posted much of anything for the past month or so. However I did take a trip to upstate NY last month to visit my sister. I found out her old farmhouse was built in 1785. I had detected it about 5 years ago while I still had my very first detector, a FisherF70. Back then I found a good bit of clad, a few wheaties, but no silver or anything really old. This time I took the D2 and got a few decent finds, but nothing really exciting. Since that time with the f70, they’ve moved a lot of ground around as they are remodeling the house and yard. This time a did get a silver though, a really nice 1945 war nickel. I also got a big copper that’s devoid of any markings because it’s so toasted. I’m pretty sure though that it’s a large cent because it’s the exact same size as the only other large cent that I’ve found. In the pic it’s the one without the hole in it. I also found a nice musket ball that must have been dropped before it was fired because of its intact sprue. It measures around .630 in diameter, so maybe that’s a .69 caliber with the patch? I’ll have to get a pic of it. After coming back to NC after the NY trip I hit three mercs at two different sites. One was a park that’s about 25 minutes away that I had yet to detect with the deus. I’ve pounded that place with the nox and have pulled over 30 silvers out of there. On my first trip there with the deus I got two mercs. The other merc came from a site that I had been to two previous times with the deus. These silvers bring me to 27 for the year.
  22. Been home a month already, and as you all know things don't stop happening just because you're away. Besides catching up from falling behind domestic tasks, it also takes a while to get back in the habit of reading and posting. But I need to write my experiences down before I forget even more of what happened. I'll break it into a few posts to hopefully minimize the yawns (yours and mine). In summary I spent 27 days (26 nights) away from home, leaving on the 31st of May. Here's the Outline of the trip (not including days spent merely driving): 0) 3 days in Colorado at my sister's home, with one day spent hunting an early 20th Century homestead permission of hers (unfortunately my nemesis -- regraded/backfilled property -- led to zero finds), and one morning with Denver's Eureka Treasure Hunting Club in a city park (that was already reported by Jeff McClendon and me here). 1) 4.5 days in NW Nevada, first 3 with Steve (the one person here I don't need to specify last name nor site username 😄) and Steve (Condor). For those familiar with that area we were near the Stone House and Sawtooth. After they left I spent one night alone and then was surprised when another DP member poster drove up in his VW Beetle(!) -- Andy (Abenson) for the last day or so. 2) 7 days in NE Nevada at Monte Berry's "Welcome to the Hunt Outing" (WTHO) #14 ghost town detecting get-together with 12-14 like-minded people. 3) 3.5 days at 10.5 kft (3.2 km) altitude in the Colorado Rockies at an 1860's ghost town site with my sister and her partner. I don't know which is more satisfying -- actual detecting or spending the evenings around the fire discussing our pasttime with such great people whose company I was fortunate enough to share. No less than four of my comrades has 45 or more years of detecting experience (and accompanying stories) and you can count on me to ask questions on that until the fire was low and we needed to get some shuteye for the next day's efforts. Several more had their silver anniversary (25 year) pins as well. A few stats for those who may be curious: 4325 miles (29.9 mpg and $658 of petrol), 13 nights sleeping in my vehicle and 7 nights in motels (other 6 at my sister's house), ~$1600 for the entire trip, including food and lodging (but not counting cost of batteries 😁). Only needed to put the Jeep Compass Trailhawk into 4WD twice and one of those was following Condor's pickup through a deep gully/wash. (Was he trying to lose me? ) I should say how many hours I spent actually swinging a detector but I haven't added it up. Mostly because of my age but also dependent upon the heat, 8 hours is a long day and sometimes (when I'm arriving or packing up to leave) it's less than half that. BTW, on the way home I stopped at a couple roadside rest areas (the old kind on 2 lane roads, not the modern Interstate kind) to finish of the detecting time fix for the trip. I'm really bad at remembering to take photos, but here are a couple. The first is in NW Nevada which was meant as a joke to a friend who predicted I would be abducted by aliens (you know, Skinwalker Ranch, Blind Flog Ranch,... although those are in NE Utah). Second one some of you will recognize because of the aspen trees, tree line,... from high in the Rockies. You may notice I try not to show enough detail that you'll figure out our secret locations. I'll stop for now and go into more detail on the detecting sites (and finds) in the next installment.
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