Deciding on which metal detector to buy is easy with our comprehensive Metal Detector Guide. Rest assured that no matter which Metal Detector you buy from our store it will always be the best in its field and the latest revision of the model.
So let’s start by asking the question: “What type of detecting will you be doing?”
- Coin, Treasure and Relic Hunting
- Gold Prospecting
- Combination of both
Coin, treasure and relic hunting and gold prospecting have different requirements because of ground conditions, target size, amount of trash in the ground, and the conductivity of targets.
Coin, Treasure and Relic Hunting Metal Detectors
Coin, treasure and relic hunting grounds are often places like parks, farming land and beaches and therefore tend to be littered with buried trash such as bottle tops, ring pulls and nails. Metal detectors can see all of these targets, but digging up trash is time consuming and unrewarding.
To solve this, the range of metal detectors we carry have the ability to ‘discriminate’ whether a target is likely to be treasure or trash. The discrimination feature on our metal detectors measure two target properties, ferrous properties and conductive properties.
Ferrous properties refer to how much iron is in a target and therefore how strongly it’s attracted to a magnet. Ferrous targets tend to be trash, so can be discriminated/masked out based on their ferrous properties alone by the detector.
Conductive properties refer to how well a target conducts electrical current and therefore responds to a metal detector’s magnetic field. Trash like nails and foil have different conductive properties to valuable targets like coins and rings. In this case the metal detector can make a judgement as to whether the target is trash based on conductivity.
Our superior discriminating coin treasure and relic detectors are:
Gold Prospecting Metal Detectors
Gold fields typically occur in areas where there are high levels of ground mineralization. Ground mineralization refers to how magnetic the ground is. This doesn’t mean that mineralized ground produces a magnetic field, but it does mean that particles or grains in the soil will be attracted to a magnet. Metal detectors see mineralized ground as one huge target, which makes detecting buried targets in mineralized ground difficult. To solve this Minelab has a range of gold prospecting metal detectors that have superior ground balancing technology to counter act ground mineralization.
Our superior ground balancing gold detectors:
Dual Purpose Metal Detectors
Dual purpose detectors have both ground balancing abilities (compensation for ground mineralisation) and discrimination abilities (treasure from trash).
Our superior dual purpose detectors:
Metal Detector Summary
In summary, gold prospecting detectors can see through mineralized ground and coin, treasure and relic hunting detectors can discriminate treasure from trash.
Some scenarios to consider when choosing a detector:
“I travel a lot and like to search out old ruins, ghost town and historic sites, and would like to detect in these areas, as well as parks and beaches along the way. I’d also like to be able to detect in water at the beaches that I detect at. So, I want a powerful, robust, waterproof detector, with the best available discrimination, to maximize my chances.”
Detecting solution: Minelab CTX 3030 Starter / Standard Pack
“I’m a keen coin, treasure and relic hunter. I regularly go on dedicated trips to parks, open fields and beaches. I’m looking for the very best detector for depth and discrimination”
Detecting solution: Minelab E-TRAC
“I enjoy regularly detecting for coins, treasure and relics and want an easy to use top performing detector that will work in all conditions”
Detecting solution: Minelab Safari
“I do a lot of travelling, so I’m looking for a low priced detector, which will be used at playgrounds, parks and picnic areas along our travels”
Detector solution: Minelab X-TERRA 305/505
“I want to search for coins, treasure, and relics both inland and at the beach. I need a detector that punches deep, and has excellent discrimination capabilities. A mate of mine regularly visits the goldfields, so I may occasionally try my luck for some nuggets”
Detector solution: Minelab X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack
“I live a few hours away from some goldfields, which have produced nuggety gold over the years. I want the deepest, and most sensitive detector on the market, as I will be searching on the old diggings, as well as on the surrounding virgin ground”
Detector solution: Minelab GPX 5000
“I want an excellent gold detector with auto ground tracking and discrimination to avoid the surface junk, but I can’t quite afford a GPX series detector”
Detector solution: Minelab Eureka Gold
“I want an excellent gold detector that’s easy to use, and punches down deep, but isn’t overly expensive”
Detector solution: Minelab Eureka Gold
“The goldfields close to home historically gave up mainly fine gold and specimens, so I want a detector that is very sensitive. I may also look for relics.”
Detector solution: Minelab GPX 4800
“Living right on the coast, I’m after a detector that I can use for wading and diving to search for lost jewellery and coins”
Detector solution: Minelab Excalibur II