Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part III from Minelab Treasure Talk

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Tuesday

In the middle of Vinkovci there is a large archaeological dig happening.  They believe that the site is that of a temple, it spans four centuries.  It is just over the road from the site where the Vinkovci treasure consisting of 34 high quality silver plates was found a few years ago. We had an invitation to visit the site and to search with our CTX 3030’s …. It would be rude to refuse that sort of invitation!

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TIBOOBURRA GOLD from Minelab Success Stories

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But what you can’t put a price on was the fun we had finding those elusive little nugglets out in the warm sun of the Corner Country. Nor can you put a price on the incredible scenery that can be found all around Tibooburra.

Some of our favourite scenery can be seen while driving the back track off the Cameron’s Corner Road to Nuggety Gully through to Tunnel Hill, it is a photographers dream. Our three weeks in the Corner Country was extremely enjoyable and thanks to the SDC2300 we found enough gold to pay for our trip, what more could we ask for?

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Separation from Minelab Success Stories

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My second year with my 705 has been incredible. I have been lucky enough to have found several coins that I thought I never would. An 1866 two cent piece, a civil war store card and most recently my first silver dollar a 1901 Morgan. I have been hunting old house sights that are littered with trash and the 705s ability to separate has been the key to success.

 

Tim – USA

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Never assume... from Minelab Success Stories

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It was early September and we were planning a whole day of detecting for our members of the club, the site we acquired permissions to detect on where over 250 acres and had quite a lot of history too it.

One of them is the legend of Haakon Jarl beeing beheaded by his own slave in the year 995, upon delivering Haakon Jarls head to the new king Olav Tryggvason the slave got his own head cut off as well for his betrayal against his former king.

It is olav Tryggvason and the slaves cut off head you can see on the city statue in Trondheim today. A central piece of our city's history.

We had hopes of finding something that could be linked too this legend on the site and we set off 22 men strong onto the fields. The hours went on without many good find leaving the soil, a few silver coins here and there dating about 200 years back but nothing sensational.

More than halfway through the day we decide to move a little bit to one of the fields on higher ground as we were concerned that the river might have flooded the fields at one point, washing objects away.

we went at it again, and it did not take long before first "old" object revealed itself, a very nice spin whorl giving us new faith in the area.

as i walked along the field swinging my ctx i had a solid signal ringing very high, not quite silverish but almost up there. i decide to dig only to find a 18th century lead bullet, ah well.. a tleast something not trash..

next signal appears only a few meters from the last, same tone same clarity, i dig it and yep, another lead bullet.

next signal appears only a few meters from the last, same tone same clarity, i dig it and yep, another lead bullet.

next signal appears only a few meters from the last, same tone same clarity, i dig it and yep, another lead bullet.

this just keeps going on like this across the field until i have about 10-12 lead bullets in my finds bag.

i keep walking and guess what? Another signal just like the previous bullets... i think too myself "ah why bother..too many of them allready" and i start walking again only too stop after taking no more than 2 steps and it hits you.. that voice that always tells you "hey....what if?..can you really walk on not knowing?..c'mon dig meee"

im pretty sure many of you regognise this scenario!
so i take two steps back, pinpoint the signal and dig the plug... i take one glance down the hole and the voice comes back: "holy mother of...! i told you too dig it!!"

down there right in the centre i see something gold looking, i lay down too get a closer look and it just can’t be anything else but gold! i call out too those around me so they could see the unearthing of the object.

i gently pick it up and the earth unveils the largest, heaviest gold finger ring i have ever seen in my entire life! jaws drop around me and there was utter silence for a few painful seconds...
then it dawns on us all what i had found and a whole lot of words not suited for print echoes through the valley.

I delivered the gold ring and find location too our local museum the next day and they date it too roman times 200-400 AD. and they weigh it in at a staggering 30 grams!

The find of my life! the "lead bullet" that i didn’t bother to dig...
lesson learned guys...
even if you do have "the best detector"...
NEVER assume!

Best regards
Karl Johan Valderhaug
Trondheim Metallsøkerklubb, Norway

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1909 You're So Fine from Minelab Success Stories

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1909 You’re So Fine

Hi, my name is Will, I live in northwest Iowa.  I’ve been hunting for about four years now and I have found some really cool things.  Nothing can compare to what I found on October 4, 2014, at least not yet.  I’m only about to get out to metal detect for a few hours a week.  Not as much as I’d like to though.  But when you have a wife and four kids at home that’s where most of your time is spent.  Here within the last 3 weeks I haven’t had much time to get out and dig.  If I did I wasn’t having much luck, that’s metal detecting for you, it has its ups and downs.  I’m sure all you fellow hunters out there can agree with that.

  My buddy Tim from work got permission to metal detect his landlord’s property and invited me along to hunt it.  All week the anticipation was building as Saturday came, I kept thinking about what we might find on the property.  We left early Saturday morning, it was a very chilly and windy morning.  The temperature was only in the 40’s.  When we arrived at the property we noticed an empty lot down a few houses.  We agreed that we should hunt the property after we finished at the landlords, soon we started our hunt.  Tim started off strong, pulling out wheat penny after wheat penny.  I started off slowly, just a few wheat pennies nothing too special.  As we finished the landlord’s property I was feeling defeated.  No silver coins or anything too impressive.

 We decided to venture to the empty lot a few houses down and try our luck there.  After a few minutes I dug up a 1964 silver dime and Kansas state sales tax token.  My luck was soon turning around.  Then I got a very strong signal on my Etrac.  I thought it would be an Indianhead or another wheat penny.  As I dug the hole I found the coin about 4 or 5 inches deep.  As I looked I realized it wasn’t an Indianhead, and was in fact a wheat penny.  As I cleaned it off to see the date, I was shocked to see it was a 1909 S! I yelled over to Tim telling him that it was a 1909 S, as my heart began to beat faster.  As he came over to look at the coin I had found we soon saw the VDB on the back. 

We couldn’t believe that such a rare coin had been pulled out of this lot.  You can only imagine my reaction, it just goes to show that location and persistence pays off and you never know what you may find.  Keep your head up and keep digging my friends.  Happy hunting and good luck.  Special thanks to Minelab for my success story, hours of enjoyment, and especially for my oh so fine 1909.

 

Will – Iowa, USA

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The Beach is Still Hot from Minelab Success Stories

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I started Metal Detecting in 1979. I used to mainly Detect inland. But found out the Atlantic Coast Beaches can produce Great Finds and easy target retrieval. I like to Metal Detect after North Eastern Storms and Hurricane's, I am presently watching Hurricane Gonzalo, Oct 2014 on NOAA. I live about 4 1/2 hour drive from the East Coast. I mainly search from the North Carolina Outer Banks to Florida. It took me over 30 years to Find my Current Beach Hot Spot. I usually have to detect this area 12-13 hour straight because of the tides and sometimes have to wear a Life jacket because of the currents. The enclosed pictures are what I Find in (1 ) Day . The Rare South Carolina Militia Plate was Detected recently along with the Coins from the 1700-1800 and the Flat Buttons. The 1st time I located this spot I could see Coin and Buttons from the 1800's just lying on the Beach, I detected for over 20 hours in 2 Days. I use a Minelab Excalibur with an 8 inch coil. The day before I found this site I ordered a Minelab E-Trac. What was I thinking. -goldnugget

 

Walker1946 – North Carolina, USA

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TIFFANY PLATINUM from Minelab Success Stories

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Metal Detecting is a funny hobby. When you least expect it, POW....a great find is in your scoop. I have been using a CTX-3030 for about a year and recently started using the 17" coil. I find I can cover a much larger area with the new coil.
It is the end of the year and most Cape Cod beaches are beat. I had just detected 2 large north side beaches without luck when I decided to rinse the saltwater from my detector in Spargo Pond. This as a large beautiful pond along 6A.
I had just stepped into the pond when I heard a whisper of a tone. It was by no means powerful but I dug. I could not believe my eyes when I pulled the Platinum ring from just a foot of water. If I could have done a Handstand I would have when I read the inside and it said, ".750 Plat .950 TIFFANY. TIFFANY is the most famous of US Jewellers. Whoopie...What an end to the season!
The ring is .95 Platinum and 18k gold.

 

Dan – MA, USA

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A Gothic Florin anyone from Minelab Success Stories

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A Gothic Florin anyone...!!!
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:01:55 PM »
Thank You
HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! LOOK WHAT I HAVE TO SHOW YOU!!!!! :) :)
On my Minelab 305 it made a horrible hardly repeatable high tone. But the 305 never lies.. So I decided to dig it ....I couldn't believe my eyes. (oh wait I didn't even know what it was until Rogsav2 (Dad) pointed it out very excitability) It's a BLOODY GOTHIC FLORIN!!!!!!! :o :o.. My first Florin and its a 1885 Gothic Florin....yeah baby ;) ;)
Not bad for a 13yr Aussie Kid

 

Ashley – QLD, Australia

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A Gothic Florin anyone from Minelab Success Stories

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A Gothic Florin anyone...!!!
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:01:55 PM »
Thank You
HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! LOOK WHAT I HAVE TO SHOW YOU!!!!! :) :)
On my Minelab 305 it made a horrible hardly repeatable high tone. But the 305 never lies.. So I decided to dig it ....I couldn't believe my eyes. (oh wait I didn't even know what it was until Rogsav2 (Dad) pointed it out very excitability) It's a BLOODY GOTHIC FLORIN!!!!!!! :o :o.. My first Florin and its a 1885 Gothic Florin....yeah baby ;) ;)
Not bad for a 13yr Aussie Kid

 

Ashley – QLD, Australia

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Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part II from Minelab Treasure Talk

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Monday started at 7:00am.  We first had to meet up with Hrvoje Vulic, the chief archaeologist at Vinkovci Museum to be briefed on the conditions of our permits and then on the methodology for the days work. We were to search the site with the CTX3030’s using the on board GPS and data logging to show the position of each signal. The signal would then be excavated by a technician who would bag and tag it with the find point number.  Once the area had been searched the technicians would identify the area of highest concentration and excavate it by around 6” (150mm) while we searched the spoil for any coins that may have been missed. Then we were to search the area again and the process would be repeated. We were excited, although this wasn’t the site we had come to search we had found four coins on the surface and the site hadn’t been metal detected before. The indications were good.

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Got the pair from Minelab Success Stories

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Hi, about a month or so ago, I submitted a story about finding an early gold cuff link (click to read) at an old church site1850's. Yesterday I was working the gold fields around Blackwood and decided I had had enough and was heading home, driving down the road, I passed the old church and decided I'd get out and have a bit of a swing for a while, I picked up a 1942 penny and a 1853 three pence, I was now happy and headed towards my car when I got a nice strong signal, 3" down and out popped the matching cuff link to the one I found a while ago.

 

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? from Minelab Success Stories

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Thanks Minelab, for making awesome detectors!!!! My efforts pay off working hard water sites with the rite tools equal success!!!! I have never seen a silver cobb anything like this, it has some kind of stamp on it, and to see it come out of the ground in front of you is like seeing god, although I have never seen him!! Lol. Wow what an experience.

Ralph – New Jersey, USA

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CTX with 17" coil finds deep gold nobles &ring from Minelab Success Stories

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First hits were a couple of the beautiful Henry VI groats, then i got a different kind of tone, we shared the digging as by now we were going down a good two inches deeper than the standard coil had and found another stunning groat, before we filled in the hole I stuck in my propoint and there was something else there! pushing in my finger I flicked out a shining gold ring - intricately decorated and set with a polished deep blue stone it took my breath away and even seeing pictures of it now still gives me the goosebumps!

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1897o Key Date Barber Dime Found from Minelab Success Stories

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Last weekend I decided to detect an old park built in the 1800's. I only took a few steps from the car and got a shallow quarter signal. After retrieving it and a few steps forward I got a nice deep 12:45 signal. Popped the plug and at the bottom was silver! The coin was covered in dirt and I did not want to rub it so I put it away in the car. I ended up finding another silver dime (Mercury) and 4 Indian head pennies. After I got home I decided to rinse off the dirt off the first dime. As the dirt washed away a beautiful 1897 date appeared. I turned the coin over and it had a mint mark O! The coin is in extra fine condition with a sharp Liberty and only 666,000 were struck! Thanks for looking & Happy Hunting!

 

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Hobby Glory from Minelab Success Stories

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Hi there at Minelab, I get the monthly newsletter, and read the success stories, so decided to enter my own little story. I have a good friend in Carl, and go detecting at least one a fortnight, to local show and sports grounds. This particular time, we decided to go to the to town down the highway, we'd been swinging for about an hour, and got about $10 in $1 and $2 coins, half a dozen 1 and 2 cent pieces and of course the bottle tops, when the next signal was a bit more sharper and solid. The same depth as the 2 cent coins, so dug the plug, and removed the soil "like concrete" and I got excited, to see a silver coin.

when I saw the date and condition, a 1925 FLORIN, I was mind blown, what a ball terror.

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Minelab money from Minelab Success Stories

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The weather was bleak and the beach trips were put on halt for a little while. The days have improved so I made a trip down to the beach the gold and silver was none existing but the coins were plenty full, and I was using the X-TERRA 705 with a stock coil. I have to try the 15inch coil next trip as I can cover more ground and also go deeper this machine runs fine and is very easy to use so until next time enjoy and good luck hunting.

Nick Kalaizis – NSW, Australia

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