Birmingham Counterfeit Eight Reales from Minelab Success Stories

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Not to diminish the significance of the countless 18th century coins and relics I have found with my Explorer SE Pro, but there's one that for me takes the grand prize: a counterfeit 1775 Eight Reales, one of only two known to exist (left). And just a year after having found it, I found a real one (right), just a quarter mile away, bearing the same year!

Julio R - New Hampshire, USA

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Brilliant finds from Minelab Success Stories

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Hi all at Minelab apologies for lack of communication just a few things had to sort out in my life. Have been out and about with my CTX 3030 and made some really great finds recently. First one was a really highly decorated spur dating to the 15th Century. Then I discovered a Georgian period rubbish midden only very small but it contained an iron buckle and a large kitchen type knife. The final find so far was this little man whom one might say is moderately well-endowed. I think he dates to the late Georgian period and may be some type of crude pendant poking find at King George 111. I've plenty more finds to share too. Thanks for a brilliant product which really has given me the finds from new sites and has truly refreshed sites that I have been searching for over three decades....want finds, build quality and peak performance then Minelab it has to be... Cheers

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Un prospecteur retrouve des vestiges sous marins de la bataille de Sagone from Minelab Treasure Talk

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David Cuisinier metal detectorist - LA BOUTIQUE DU FOUILLEUR

Un bateau, et plus prÉcisÉment une « flÛte », coulÉe le 1er mai 1811 retrouvÉ par un plongeur À l’aide d’un dÉtecteur de mÉtaux, c’est ce que nous allons vous raconter dans ces quelques pages. 

Cette fois ci notre amis Mudy Diver a frappÉ trÈs fort le tout dans les rÈgles de l’art c'est-À-dire sous contrÔle de l’archÉologie sous marine. Voici donc le travail de toute une Équipe et de plusieurs campagnes de fouilles enfin rÉcompensÉ.

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My lucky forest! from Minelab Success Stories

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Me and my two buddies had been walking around in 4 hours and just digging crap and some outdated coins… The week before I found an iron cross from WW1 in the same forest, so we were hoping for some nice finds.

Around 10 minutes after the coffee break, I got a huge signal, first I found a huge copper coin with a silver coin attached! I screamed out loud!! I cleaned the coins and was ready to take a picture, but I decided to check the hole one more time and suddenly I had a total of 7 COINS! This was too much for me... I did not detect any more that day :)

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Jáchymov - Cradle U.S. dollar from Minelab Success Stories


I'm trying everything possible, so I wanted to find nuggets. As you walking in Australia or America. But there is a problem - nowhere near us has gold. In our region, however, since the Middle Ages silver was mined. I have read a few clever books and found the nearest possible location. I chose Jáchymov.

In the area are pure crystalline silver and the local silver veins often based directly on the surface and Schottenbergu (now Castle Hill) and Türckenbergu (today around dimensions guards and hats) were reportedly even finding the 'grass' or in the roots of uprooted trees and with a little luck we might be able to kick some nice coin. Maybe rare Jáchymov thaler.

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In the footsteps of the "34"... from Minelab Success Stories

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During the campaign of Italy in the summer of 1944, the Allied troops fought fiercely to conquer every foot of ground troops to Nazi-fascist, determined to slow their advance as possible in anticipation of the completion of the second true line of defence (the Gothic Line) after having sold at a high price that the line Gustav hinged on the famous Abbey of Montecassino.

The fights here in Tuscany have however been violent and witness the left indelible traces in both small towns and in the countryside or in the hills...

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2nd time out with CTX 3030 from Minelab Success Stories

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Went out for the second time at the beach with my CTX 3030 and ending up finding Barber half dollars, Quarters, and Dimes along with walking liberty half, standing liberty quarter, merks and rosies 22 all together, not pictured where the buffalos, Indian heads, wheaties, v nickel, and large amount of clad. what got me was how good the CTX 3030 pulled the silver out of all the junk and iron.


Coco - USA

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A Tsunami of Coins from Minelab Treasure Talk

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David Cuisinier metal detectorist - LA BOUTIQUE DU FOUILLEUR

A very warm day was expected. Like every day at 12 during my break time, I would take out my X-TERRA 705 for a walk in the fields with the kind permission of the local producers.

However, when I arrived at the car, it was so warm that I told myself that I better have my meal at the edge of the water where its shady and leave my detector in the trunk. But of course I couldn’t resist to do some detecting.

Ok, I had only one hour and 15 minutes to do some detecting, including finishing up my lunch. From one shady area to another, it suddenly occurred to me to go to the direction of the forest. I normally wouldn’t even go there because I knew I would not find anything. Nevertheless, I was thinking that at least I could do some detecting where it is shady.


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Transportation history Restored from Minelab Success Stories

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As I move towards my third year of E-TRAC owner ship, it continues to amaze me what it recovers in worked out areas.

Recently I have been hunting a vacant lot that use to house a railroad yard that connected to the harbor steam ships back in the 1800's. The trains would go right out on the water on bridges and stop and meet the steam boats.

Both freight and passengers were on the trains and boats. Each would be transferred to the boat or train depending on if they were coming or going. When the passengers handed over or picked up their luggage, steamer trunks etc., like today, they had tags on them so you could recover the correct pieces. However, unlike paper ones used today, they used brass tags attached with leather.

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700 years old Silver Medieval Religious Ring Found from Minelab Success Stories

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My local metal detecting club has a highly organised committee who arranges metal detecting rallies for large groups at numerous historical sites. It was with great excitement that I set off for the latest rally on 170 plus acres of undetected farmland with history abound.

The site had a Bronze barrow close by, a moated Medieval site dating back to the 13th Century, English Civil War links, 2 17th/18th Century mills, and was not far from a historical Roman town.

180 detectorists met at the farm site and set off detecting, with 2 Find Liasion Officers waiting to record any great finds made.

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My first saxon coin from Minelab Success Stories

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Went out detecting on one of the farms I have permission on and after digging the usual bullets and shotties for an hour I was heading for cover from the rain and I had another signal which seemed deep so I dug it expecting another bullet but to my surprise was a coin, a saxon coin which a friend put up on detectorist and ukdn for me, a couple of people suggested sending a picture to the early medieval coin corpus which I did and as it turned out I have found a new unpublished and unique coin of Æthelbert II.


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Just how deep can the CTXC 3030 detect a coin? from Minelab Success Stories


I hit a site last (Mar 19, 2014) that has produced old deep silver in the past, but not in over a year. I was using the CTX 3030 with the 17 inch coil, manual 32 sensitivity, gain 30, Ferrous Combined. In about 2 hours I hunted a straight line about 150 to 200 feet long. I was very focused and very meticulous on each beep out of the machine.

The first target I dug was a “Blue Bird” pin that hit at 6 inches and rang up in the 12-42 range. It was a little bouncy but had rust on the back where the attachment pin used to be. I will have to clean it up a bit better to see if it has any hallmarks on it or if it is junk.

The next target was an 8 inch memorial cent hitting in the 12-40 range.

The next was a 1939 Merc at about 7 inches, 12-42 and a nice silver tone.

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