The SDC 2300 Finds Both Little AND Big Nuggets! from Minelab Treasure Talk

Chris Ralph

Chris Ralph gold prospector

I am just back from a two week prospecting trip to Alaska (11 days of digging), and I now have about 120+ hours of prospecting with the SDC 2300 and I have really been impressed with it. Just to show how successful the SDC 2300 has been for me, here are 50 grams (1.6 ounces) of SDC 2300 gold I have dug from both California and Alaska. 

From Minelab Treasure Talk

Heroes at Highclere from Minelab Events

03 Aug 2014 - 03 Aug 2014

Heroes at Highclere is back and  bigger and better than before!

Join us on Sunday 3rd August 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First  World War and raise money for numerous charities. The event will support a variety of armed forces charities as well as humanitarian causes.

Also, Minelab are proud to sponsor a local detecting club "Time Explorers" you will have a stand at the event. Make sure to pay them a visit when your there. 

A wonderful family fun day with activities for all ages, come along and enjoy. 

For more information please click here

From Minelab Events

Minelab GPX 4800 / 5000 Metal Detector ~ Serious Detecting

Minelab GPX 4800 / 5000 Metal Detectors now on Sale at Serious Detecting

More new features and functions make the GPX 5000 the best gold detector in the world!

The GPX 5000 sets the new benchmark in gold detecting technology. With an amazing range of features and functions the GPX 5000 is not only superior to its predecessor, the GPX-4500, and is in a class of its own.

Minelab GPX 5000:

The new features and functions of the GPX 4800 take gold detecting to the next level!

The GPX 4800 features Minelab's exclusive Multi Period Sensing (MPS), Dual Voltage Technology (DVT) and Smart Electronic Timing Alignment (SETA). Building on the strengths of its predecessor the GPX 4800 also offers some of the features found in the high performance GPX 5000.

Minelab GPX 4800:

Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector ~ Serious Detecting

Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector now on Sale at Serious Detecting
Minelab Excalibur II with a 10" Coil:
Minelab Excalibur II with an 8" Coil:

The World’s Best Water Detector!

Thanks to the unique design of the Excalibur II this amphibious detector has all the features you need and can be used just as effectively in or out of the water. Whether you love combing the beach or deep sea diving the Excalibur II is a must have.

Minelab E TRAC Metal Detector ~ Serious Detecting

Minelab E-TRAC Metal Detector now on Sale at Serious Detecting:

Minelab's most technologically advanced detector sets new industry benchmark!

The groundbreaking E-TRAC metal detector combines the traditional features you love with the technologically advanced E-TRAC Xchange. This USB interface allows you to connect your metal detector to your home computer to store and share information along with many other benefits.

SDC 2300 Field Test Part 2 from Minelab Treasure Talk

Gordon Heritage

Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

After the success of finding my first Roman gold coin with the SDC 2300, I decided to take it in my hand luggage to Croatia.

The trip was hastily organised when we received news that a field had been harvested, where Richard Lincoln and I had found 55 hammered coins in November 2013 (picture below). The Croatian archaeologists wanted us to identify the area of the hoard, so the race was on to do this before the farmer sowed his crop.

From Minelab Treasure Talk

212 target day and GOLD from Minelab Success Stories

Went to a lake and hunted a beach with a friend that must have not been hunted in a long time. I was using my Excalibur II and he was using his Garrett At Pro. I was getting hits after hits digging it all. I started working the buoy line that separates the deeper water from the shallow side I got a low foil like tone. I figured it was just a wrapper from a cigar pack like I have gotten before. To my huge surprise I saw a Yellow Bracelet hanging half out of my scoop and after looking it was marked 14k but had CZ's in it! A little while later we decided to take a break and as I was just about out of the water I got a tone that was higher pull tab. when I was washing the clay out I saw a sweet sight of yellow again. This time it was a 10k men’s ring with some small real stones. WOW 2 gold but I was not done. LOL. We continued to hunt for a while after our break and just at the end my LAST target of the day at the water’s edge again was a blip on the Excal. I dug 2 scoops and in the bottom of the clay clog I saw a tiny yellow ring. It is 10k and missing whatever was in the center of it. BIG WOW 3 gold items! I ended the day with Gold some silver and $11.95 in Clad! My buddy found 1 silver stud earring and about $6 in clad. I love my Minelabs!


From Minelab Success Stories

1715 Spanish Fleet silver Cobb from Minelab Success Stories


I recently spent some time detecting on the east coast of Florida in the Sebastian inlet area. My CTX 3030 was crushing the competition picking stuff up others walked right by... The weather was beautiful and I found a 14K white Gold ring a 14K white gold Mariners Cross a sterling Silver cross and chain and a sterling tennis bracelet with rubies emeralds and sapphires and allot of clad worth a few dollars...but my biggest treasure was found inside a clump of sand I picked up and brought back to Delaware it has an old brass eyelet with canvas wrapped around it...after it was cleaned by Dale W. Clifton owner of the shipwreck Museum at Fenwick Island DE. he noticed two Silver 1715 era Spanish Half Reale Cobbs imbedded in the Conglomeration. Dale was very kind an issued me a letter of authenticity for my finds. If you want to get motivated visit his Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick… truly amazing! I'm elated my first real piece of real treasure...See you on the beach!

From Minelab Success Stories

First return from Minelab Success Stories

x-terra finds ring.jpg

Turned out to be a wedding party celebrating the wedding of two of the group’s nuptials the day before and it was the groom's ring which had been his grandfather's wedding band. They later admitted the ring had a value approaching $10,000.

Still it was great to finally find someone's treasure and to successfully return it to them.
Yesterday I was again looking for that Cub Scout ring. I hope to return it too soon.

From Minelab Success Stories

The Minelab SDC 2300 "Alaskan" from Minelab Treasure Talk

Steve Herschbach


I have been prospecting in Alaska for nearly 40 years and it is dramatically different than the prospecting I read about on the internet. Everyone else seems to be out detecting in desert locations, and I am always detecting in pouring down rain! Others are out detecting in wide open country, and I am detecting in brush so thick I can barely squeeze through it.

From Minelab Treasure Talk

Digging out my very first SDC nugget from Minelab Success Stories


Video Success Story

I did squeeze out my very first SDC gold nugget and it was actually the biggest target of the day. It weighed in at a whopping 0.4-grams! OK, maybe noting to write home about, but gold is gold, and the fact that it came from an old patch was certainly noteworthy. The following day I revisited the patch once again and was able to pull yet another nugget. It was smaller than the first, but still gold nonetheless. The only thing about the SDC I struggled with a bit was the coil design. The angle (or position) at which it sits on the lower shaft is a bit odd, but I think in time it is one of those things a person can get used to. I will be doing a lot more testing in the days to come, but so far I think Minelab has once again produced an incredible PI gold machine…


Chris Gholson - Arizona, USA

From Minelab Success Stories

Three Legs Are Better Than None from Minelab Success Stories


After a day out detecting and getting my usual soaking from the rain I decided to make another attempt on my local permission. Thankfully this day was to see better weather and in the end an unbelievable find.

The day started off with the usual mix of rubbish and buttons. Even though I love to dig buttons the ones the I got were not very interesting and were of the same variety. As the day went on I discovered my first coin, an old Queen Elizabeth big penny, unfortunately nothing to write home about. While doing my video for my YouTube Metal detecting channel I was explaining the dangers of glass in the ground and the safety of wearing gloves, which like a bad boy I wasn’t wearing. When shooting the video and talking I was saying to myself, “I hope I find something good here or this video is going to be boring”.

From Minelab Success Stories