Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector with 10" Search Coil
- Product Review (submitted on March 27, 2008):
When I first started metal detecting thirty years ago, metal detectors were in what I like to refer as their “Model T” stage of technology. They were heavy, unbalanced, and they didn't come with a spare battery. Yet, they could still find coins and jewelry. Some of these old machines didn't even have a meter. I own a Minelab Excalibur II now, and its great!
A metal detector of the twenty first century finds coins, shows you how deep they are and even what kind of coin you have found before you even dig it up. All this with a machine that weighs less than three pounds. It doesn't take long before an experienced operator using a new machine can tell if they have just found trash or coins. About fifty years ago or so manufacturers of cans started to put quick open tabs on their cans or what we call pull tabs today. I have found so many silver coins and lost jewelry in the last thirty years I have had to put them in the bank. Most of the rings that I have found were only novelty items but I have found some that my wife and daughter claimed as soon as they saw them if that tells you anything. My wife wears a large silver brooch I found in her grandparents back yard about ten inches deep.
When I was younger if I wasn't home or at work; I was out metal detecting. I have found most of the silver coins made, even the rare ones. I still however haven't found my dream coin, a twenty dollar gold piece. I found a three dollar Stella gold coin out in Illinois, and a five dollar gold in Columbus, Ohio. That is all the gold coins that I have ever found. Thank you Kellyco!