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Treasure Finds and Stories

There are treasure hunters all over the world uncovering incredible finds with a metal detector. Whether you’re new to the hobby, or a seasoned pro, sharing the story behind each discovery is part of the fun and excitement. Check out these treasure finds and stories; some of which are from our very own customers!

Civil War Relics Found

I used this coil with my Minelab Explorer 2 on a Civil War battlefield searching for relics. This was done with full permission of the owner in a area that had been searched many times by different detectors over the years. Using my stock 10.5 coil I searched a area and found a few medium size shell fragments as well as the usual farm equipment pieces you would expect in a field. On average the stock coil was pulling fragments down to a depth of 12 inches.

I believed that there were larger fragments and relics below what I could find so I purchased the 16.5 coil. Initially opening it I noticed that it was a little heavier than expected, but truth is when you get a larger coil it is going to get heavier. When using the coil following the recommended slow sweep rate was no problem as the extra weight offset any notion of quick sweeping.

Another of the things I noticed was that the tones seemed to be a little different. What took me a bit to recognize as I am not as seasoned as others is due to the size of the DD coil is set your machine to deep and fast not just deep. The literal distance between coil sections is larger and response is crucial even with a slow sweep rate.

I abandoned the depth gauge this does not reflect the accurateness of the gauge but more in my lack of knowledge with the larger coil to the gauge. Now that being said let me tell you about its performance. The first day I used the coil I was disappointed as the shell fragments I found were only about 6 inches down. No need for a deep coil for that shallow of a search. As many of my veteran detectors will attest to though is that patience is a virtue and that on my second trip out there I went to area I had searched well with my stock 10.5 coil. Within 5 minutes and less than 20 feet from the car I had a large signal. I figured that it was shallow.At 6 inches it eluded me, at 12 inches I was confused but determined. Finally at about 18 inches I pulled a large fragment. The largest at that time for me. What confused me is that you always hear that a deep signal would flutter or skip across the screen. This never wavered in its sound it was loud and clear all the way.

To date I have found in the same area I searched about 15 fragments many large, 3 rifle hammers, 1 large chewed mini ball, 2 smaller chewed mini balls, a ring, and a 1962 dime and about 5 other lead balls although they are smoothbore musket balls. Now initially I had a problem with the digging of holes because of pinpointing issues. Best bet when pinpointing without a small probe is to remember that the deeper it is the closer to center it is as I found out. Targets at 6 inches were only 2 inches from the top of the coil but at 12 inches or more they were almost always in the center or slightly behind center.

Since then I have bought a Sunray x-1. A handheld probe will narrow the time by of what it use to be. I wish I had one when I first started. Needless to say it would have prevented me from all of the recovery time I had to spend after the first few times out. I am very glad I purchased this unit. Overall I could not ask anything else of the coil. It does what it says it is suppose to. A little heavy but a beast on depth. My deepest find so far is at about 20 to 22 inches and this was a medium size shell fragment, I almost gave up on it because I did not think anything that deep was real. Turned out it was, plan on using this coil as much as I can.

Lee, Virgina

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