Treasure Finds and Stories
10x12" SEF Coil Finds Coins & Relics that Other Coils Missed
I started off in my yard, in which I had given up on the possibility of finding any more old coins. The first thing that I noticed was, despite expecting to have to turn my sens DOWN on the DFX, I actually put the sens UP a few numbers and remained fairly stable. Both the stability at higher sens and the consistency of the ground balance seemed superior to the stock coil, in my opinion at least. I started swinging across the yard and didn't find too much in the way of new nonferrous targets - I've been over and over this yard with both my Garrett gta1000 and the DFX stock 9.5.
Now let me tell you, with the hours I've put into this yard, I never thought I'd find another old coin around the house, let alone in the first fifteen minutes. And this wasn't a blip of a signal - it yelled at me from 6 inches down, even if the ID wasn't dead on. For my terrible ground, that was quite a feat.
I was really impressed with the depth of targets I was getting with this coil. And the ground is dry as a bone, so it"s not moisture helping out, but quite the opposite. I have read that the weight on this coil was a bit much for some, but it's a lot lighter than it looks (though still heavier than stock). I came in worn out, not from swinging, but from how deep I had to dig in the NC clay to get the targets out!! My wife even commented that it looks heavy, but when I gave it to her, she was surprised at how light it is.
In the coming days I managed to pull a number of keepers form that yard, including a silver rosie, several wheats, and the best yet -- my very first shield nickel!!! The ground coverage and detection depth on this coil really helped me pick out those deeper signals for good results.
Last year I had used my other detectors to recover several objects of note, but it's what I left behind that proves how great this coil is. One of my personal favorite relics is a two-part United Confederate Veterans reunion medal from 1927. What I didn't realize was that there was actually a second, deeper UCV medal from 1924, but I didn't find it until I got the SEF coil and went back over the area again! Not only that, but two other detectorists had helped me search that area in the meantime, and hadn't found it, either. And this isn't a fluke occurrence. Last year I recovered an 1850's keyhole cover from a travel trunk lock. The SEF coil helped me easily find several smaller pieces from the lock's backplate, which the other coils had passed over.
From my research of the history of the property, I knew that a number of the children who once lived here had attended the Bingham School, a prestigious prep school from operating nearby from 1844-1891. I had wanted, ever since I started detecting on the farm, to find the elusive Bingham uniform button. I knew there had to be at least one, and I was slightly disappointed that I hadn't ever found one. Less than a month with my SEF coil and I had found my holy grail of button collecting from my very own property!
The downsides are few with this coil. It does tend to pick up a bit more EMF than the stock coil, and pinpointing takes some practice before you get it down. Also, some bottle caps tend to sound much better on this coil than the stock. Target separation can sometimes be tricky in really trashy areas, but I plan to save up for a smaller SEF that ought to take care of those spots nicely.
Overall, I really can't say enough good things about this coil. It's gotten more quality coins and relics out of my hunted out farm site than I EVER imagined. It's like having a whole new detector! I wholeheartedly recommend this coil, and THANKS Kellyco for making such a great product!