XP MI-4 pin pointer product review

When XP announced the MI-4 pin point probe I was a little confused, as I already have an MI-6 and love the radio link to the Deus, why would I want to change.
Then the whole concept of the XP MI-4 was explained to me and it now makes perfect sense.

The MI-4 pin point probe from XP metal detectors | What you should know
XP have a top end product with the MI-6, but I guess that is really channelled towards the XP Deus users as it has the radio link and the expert “Deus only” features when connected.
If you do not yet own a Deus, why pay extra for the features you may not require.

You should read this before you buy a metal detecting pin point probe

The MI-4 has been designed, to offer a top quality reliable product to those who do not feel the need for a radio link in a pin point probe.

What features does the XP MI-4 pin point probe offer ?
Would you believe it has just as many as the MI-6 in the stand alone mode :

A Rechargeable lithium battery.
6 Programs.
3 power levels.
2 detect audio modes, Pitch or Pulse.
5 Minute time out mode – saves battery life.
Fast De-tune for large targets or difficult ground.
All the parts are quickly replaceable.
Waterproof up to 6 meters.
360 Detection.
A Lanyard.
A rotating holster.
2 year warranty.
The MI-4 floats.

Using a pin point probe is essential always insist on XP products

So what’s in the box

Mi-4 pin pointer
Rotating Holster with belt clip
Lanyard and USB charging lead

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The Rotating Holster

The rotating holster is a great idea as it can be worn on a belt or webbing, allowing you to rotate the probe using a ratchet mechanism, this is ideal if you find the pin pointer is uncomfortable when bending down.

MI-4 pin point probe | Just look at these features
USB Charging

Fast charging from any USB port, battery life is up to 30 hours, depending on LED / Audio / Vibrate selected.
30 Hours is a long time considering you only switch the probe on for a minute while recovering a target.

Locating a buried target using a pin point probe is much easier

The link break feature

I would like to talk about is EMI, or to be exact EMI that you cannot hear – Silent EMI.
Did you know that many probes have always used an open circuit even when they are switched off, this can silently affect the detector up to 2 meters away, unless you are looking for it you may never know this is happening, this problem is especially noticeable when using PI machines.
With the MI-4 and MI-6 the open circuit link is broken as soon as the probe is switched off eliminating any “Nulling” problems, allowing your detector to work at its optimum performance levels.

Every professional metal detectorist should have an MI-4 poin point probe from XP metal detectors

I have owned many probes over the years, and to be fair they have all done a good job, but every one of them have had some points I have not been happy with, whether it be build quality, reliability, features or performance.

I have been testing the XP MI-4 pin point probe and can honestly say it is a good tool for the job, it’s rich in features has a chunky robust feel with excellent build quality, so if you are in the market for a pin pointer you won’t go far wrong with the MI-4 from XP Metal Detectors.

Understanding the MI-6 menus and features

Accessing the functions on the MI-4 is exactly the same as the MI-6, except there is no option 7 in the menu, the video below shows the full range of MI-6 features.
It helps give a better explanation into how good this product really is.

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Pascal Lebrrun rally in Belgium 2018

XP metal detectors were kindly invited to attend the Pascal Lebrrun rally in Belgium, it was gratefully accepted as this would be another opportunity to meet our customers, offer assistance, answer questions and above all thank them for supporting us and our products.

Rallye international Pascal Lebrrun 5000 hunters since 1999

The rally got underway and everyone met up at base, which was a large farmyard with refreshments and seating…however this was just the meeting point, the fields were 6 kilometres away, the rally organisers had arranged buses to take everyone to the site, which was a massive task for over 400 people, but everything went to plan.

A little about Pascal Lebrrun

Pascal was a very respected member of the metal detecting community, he worked very hard to maintain a strong relationship with the Belgium authorities and Archaeologists, very much like a one man NCMD or FID.
His life ended tragically when a WWII bomb exploded.
The original Pascal Lebrrun rally was held so his family could pay for the funeral expenses and help financially support them, now the event has continued and still sealing bonds between metal detector users and the Belgium archaeologists.

Metal detecting in Belgium at the Pascal Lebrrun rally

The rally fields were perfect, with gentle grass slopes easing down to a river, there was even an ancient cave at the bottom.
Unlike UK rallies, there are strict laws in Belgium regarding metal detecting, so the event was based around finding buried tokens and then exchanging them back at base for prizes, kindly the local Archaeologist was on site to identify and record any natural finds that were discovered.
The token hunt started with a mad rush, spirits were high and it was clear everyone was having fun, cold beers were available all day I think this was just to cool everyone down as it was over 20 degrees in the sun.

Metal detecting in the hot sun with an XP Deus

After the first event, everyone caught the buses back to base for a gourmet standard amazing lunch, followed by apple pie and the first token exchange and the raffle draw, then it was back to the fields for the second hunt. This was a different field, once again with an ancient track running through it and breathtaking scenery.

Meet fellow metal detector users from all over the world at an international metal detecting event.

The second token hunt ended after 2 hours and it was then time for something we had never seen before….A pin point only hunt.

This consisted of a roped off area with buried chunks of metal, the aim was to find as many targets as possible with a pin point probe, the rules were you could not stand up during the hunt, I think this was a welcome challenge for those who had been drinking since 8.30 in the morning.
This indeed was the event of the day and so much fun.

Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting event pin pointer hunt

After the pin point hunt had ended  it was time for the final prize draw back at base, some fantastic items were on display, then it was time for more food. This time it was a barbecue once again to the highest standards, we continued until about 10.00 o’clock and that was us finished, but the party was still going way beyond that.

Metal detecting pictures of XP Deus users at a Belgium rally

What a fantastic event and a massive thanks to the organisers who worked so hard to make this happen, it was good to see that at least 80% of detectorists were using XP, everyone I talked to were more than happy with our products and had no intentions of changing. Thanks for all your feedback regarding future requirements and a massive thanks for your warm hospitality and for supporting XP, we hope to meet up with you all again very soon.

An XP Deus user at the Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting rally 2018

Hopefully we can have an invite for next year and bring along some fellow detectorists from the UK

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Viva La France at the Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting rallye

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This whole event taught me to trust the Deus and never assume

Ancient coins found with an XP Deus metal detector

I guess for most of us the real drive related to metal detecting is connecting with the unknown

It’s amazing to think that we will never know what remarkable treasures the soil hides.
I must admit that many times I have the obsessive thought that maybe something incredible could have laying buried just 10cm outside my Deus search swing, sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when that thought is in your mind. This article is kind of a follow up from my earlier post called “Metal detecting trust your feelings” recently published on the XP Classroom blog.
People know me as Vorax I am a proud member of the Pro Detectie association in Romania, as a group we work alongside the local museums to protect our countries heritage and share the history we have uncovered, without the assistance of high performance metal detectors, none of our amazing discoveries would have seen the light of day.

I must admit that when I began metal detecting I had a clear vision, and that was to find something truly memorable and important for my country’s history and heritage. I have had some very good luck in my ”MD career”, I can’t deny that, sometimes I just become complacent about finds, even if they were pretty nice. As it often happens in life, my period of numb self-sufficiency changed in a blink of an eye on a normal day.

Searching the desserted forrest with the XP Deus metal detector

For some months I’ve been searching inland and beaches, my inland search had been mainly exploring the same area, in which are three forests close to each other, one considerably big and two smaller. I spent about two months prospecting the big forest, without any notable finds, beside few modern coins and items, mostly cheap jewellery from ca. 1900.  I kept going back there, because the landscape was beautiful and the forests are very clean, every visit was a true joy ride. After another month in the big forest, I decided to try to change my luck and start to search the smaller forest out of the three.

The first day in the small forest was no different; very clean soil, very few signals. At some point, I decided to work towards the opposite side, more exactly an area clearly showing as odd shaped object on my GPS screen.

After a short walk my GPS told me I had reached the spot, believe it or not but the very first signal there, was the one that changed my fortune.  A very strong and stable signal, jumping across three tone ranges on my custom Deus Fast program. From the beginning I was sure that the signals were coming from multiple separate targets, I was receiving a clear 65-70 value, but also a collection of faint ones at about 40-55. I initially thought that most probably would be some sort of shallow trash pit, but I began to dig with a big grin on my face, why the big grin ? All I can say is I was having an unexplainable feeling that something uncommon was in that pit… and I was right.

After digging down, I spotted the ”grey light”, I was sure that I was seeing Silver in the hole. Multiple large objects of Silver were sat there at around 10/15cm deep right before my eyes: Brooches with gem stones and Gold detail, rings and other various jewellery, both in Silver and Gold. I was stunned, but needed to compose myself because more signals were still there in the same hole. I detached the lower rod from my Deus and started to work very slowly and methodically with just the coil …..Genius idea !

Ancient jewellery found with an XP Deus metal detector

At a glance I estimated the jewellery to date back to somewhere to the medieval period, but something even more incredible happened. When the jewellery pieces were all recovered, I started to pick up coins, which were located under the jewellery hoard, and they were not common coins, but 13 silver Thasos Tetradrachm, dating back to about 400-480BC.

Ancient coins found with an XP Deus metal detector

I was in a dream state of mind, it was an unbelievable moment and a truly unique feeling. When I handed all the materials to the National Museum of Romanian History, they suggested that the mixed periods could have been related to a medieval thief and some stolen goods.

Trust your xp Deus metal detector it will lead you to treasure
Possibly a wealthy medieval family having some ancient coins in their collection, who had been possibly robbed. But the most interesting piece from the hoard, was a small oval Silver medallion, displaying some engraved inscriptions related to Saint Ambrose and containing some bone fragments and human hair.

Thanks XP to my Deus and indeed to XP for making a powerful lightweight machine, capable of working the most difficult terrain. After the discovery buzz was gone, I understood that the fast target separation of the Deus made me aware that multiple targets were in the hole, perhaps with a slower machine it would have registered something completely different. This whole event taught me to trust the Deus and never assume! That jumpy signal…. You know it could be trash but on the other hand it may not !

Cornel ”Vorax”
from the ”Pro Detectie” Association.

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Terry finds a unique Iron age brooch with his XP Deus

Terry finds a unique Silver Iron age brooch with his XP Deus

On a warm November afternoon in 2017 i thought i would get a couple of hours metal detecting in, so off I went to a permission I have done a few times before.
All I found was the usual buttons and a Vicky penny so decided to go up the hill and try my luck. After a short while I got a great signal and started to dig down about 6-7 inches,when I turned the turf over there it was gleaming in the sunlight I thought it was a Roman brooch so I took some pictures, carefully removed it from the clod and put it in my finds pouch.

I contacted my local FLO and could not believe what they were saying

I carried on for another hour or so but the excitement got to much for me so I packed up and went home. I contacted my Finds Liaison Officer and sent him the photographs. I was really not prepared for the reply.

“WOW that is a great brooch, there are similar brooches called P-Shape which are Roman, these examples have a separate spring that is wrapped around a detachable bar mounted at the top of the head.

However your example has an integral spring that has been cast on the bow, this is typical of the La Tene II type brooches of the middle Iron Age and are very rare. There are only 11 on there database for the whole of the country, none are silver. there are silver examples known but I’ve never seen one, even in a museum”.

Metal detectind with the XP Deus | Another fantastic rare find from the iron age

Good old XP Deus…

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Metal detecting trust your feelings

Follow to your soul and you may be rewarded

I must say from the moment I picked up my first machine metal detecting has been a very satisfying hobby. No, not economically satisfying, but more like a window for the soul….. and also bonus for my country’s historical heritage.

I firmly believe that I’m a lucky guy, besides having a loving family, I’ve encountered several situations that have made others say ‘’man, you’re truly lucky’’.
So, keeping that in mind, I’ve entered the metal detecting world with a slightly different outlook to many others.

I started the hobby with a cheap machine, just in order to see if the activity would suit me. Even in the early days, I was struck by an image, an advertising image, it was a new metal detector that pushed the boundaries to another level; that detector was the XP Deus, and from the very first moment I saw it, I knew that it will become MY metal detector. Lots of other manufacturers based their advertising around glossy pictures and the promises of more performance and deeper treasure, which even as a beginner made me think twice. But this machine had no hype, just facts and the best advertising campaign available…..The customer.

Some recent XP Deus finds
XP Deus users have recovered some fantastic treasures over the years - this is just a small example

The day came when I finally got my hands on my very own Deus, and since then a long series of lucky shots accompanied me on my journey. I won’t describe every nice coin or interesting artefact I’ve discovered, but I will over a series of articles show you my more important finds that have kept my passion for History alive, and I think the equipment I am using is partly responsible for this. I say partly because there is a lot of luck involved with this hobby…..Plus I believe you can change your luck by focusing on your own feelings, I will explain more in a while.

In another article I will talk about a very interesting Medieval hoard consisting of Gold and Silver jewellery, plus all sorts of other valuables, this time I present to you a ‘’classic metal detectorists dream’’, a big, silver coin hoard.

The day

It was a cold January day with clear skies, in my mind I pictured detecting a forest, so that was just what I did. I had been looking at a particular site for some time so I headed in that direction. Most of the time I go detecting alone so on this day it was just me, my little jeep and the Deus.

Vorax the lucky guy
metal detecting can be a lonely hobby if you find treasure there is no one to share the experience with....Just you and your XP Deus

After few hours of searching with my XP Deus I had very few signals (mostly trash or modern coins) I started to have a strange feeling, it’s hard to explain, a mixture between energy and desire, I have experienced this many time before: I felt that something good will happen to me on THAT day, in THAT forest. I have talked with people and read many times about the detectorists having such feelings, or should I say strong sensations, I personally believe this is something we all have the abilities to uncover.
With this feeling in my mind, I continued to search with only 2 available hours of daylight left, (in January everything is dark by 5.00pm, and you don’t want to be alone in the forest…).

Surprisingly or not, that good feeling was once again spot on: A very loud and jumpy signal came from base of a tree, I carefully excavated the area and there it was a hoard of silver coins, most of them Ottoman but also Austrian, Spanish, Russian and few Romanian ones. A total of 596 coins cumulating 12,5 kg of silver. I was in shock but not 100%, because in a strange way having carried the “Detectorists feeling” with me I knew that something incredible was going to happen, so in a way it was not a complete surprise.

Follow your dreams
XP Deus finds another amazing treasure

The entire hoard was handed to the Romanian National Museum of History in Bucharest (I attach also a document related to that) and for me it was just another incredible day that gave me incredible memories. I’m lucky, yes, it’s true, because when I get old I will have some very interesting stories to tell; hopefully I will be believed…..

Certificate of recording

My advice to fellow detectorists out there is follow your feelings, if something feels different while detecting don’t ignore it, there may be greater powers out there giving you a sign.

Thanks XP for such incredible machine, which for me has not only been the compass to my success but made this hobby so much more enjoyable.

Cornel ‘’VORAX’’ from the Pro Detectie Association

Team XP metal detectors Romania

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XP Deus 4.1 – Users review

Since the launch of the latest XP Deus version 4.1 firmware update, we have noticed a bit of confusion and panic among the Deus users, so we thought it may help others to do a short review of the update, and try to quash rumours and clarify the overall situation.

The V4.1 has been available from some time as a Beta version for testers, now it is presented and ready for download in its full form at .

We will start our review by facing one of the most publicised issues related to the V.4.1, more exactly the technical problems that occur during the update.

First of all, the user must be aware that the update can only be done only through a PC/Windows operated unit (at this moment there is no interface for the Mac/OSX) and we all know how many problems can be related to a Windows operating system… We’ve noticed many users complaining that everything would freeze during the update, either the Deus RC screen or the PC update screen page (or even both). One simple solution in order to have everything running as it should, would be to stop your PC Firewall / antivirus programs before starting the update (turn off firewall & antivirus > reboot your computer > download the V4.1 > install it > everything should be just fine).
You will need a good internet connection during the update.
The new protocol asks you to make sure the items being updated are on charge, if you do not have enough charging plugs, simply put each item on charge when it is time to update them, also if you have an HF coil, this will not show up on the update.
Do not turn your headphones on until you are asked to do so, this will be after the coils have updated.

As for the previous updates, even with the V4.1 you will have the possibility to work exactly like in earlier versions: If you wish you can create your own custom program from one of the factory programs, I prefer to use the ”Hot Program”as a platform as it is built on the V3.2 filters, while the ”Deep Program” uses V2 filters. Updating from 3.2 to 4.x I can instantly see you have not lost anything, but you just have gained more options, and that is one of the most powerful Deus characteristics…Options!

Let’s enter a more detailed view on the V4.1…what’s new about it, what is the point of updating your system in the first place.

We must start by saying do not expect anything totally new or miraculous.
After we tested it, we concluded that the V.4.1 is more like a ”finesse” update,  one oriented to the fine tuning of some already present features.  The V4.1 does not change any of the discrimination or GB parameters, but introduces few more options related to them.

Deus version 4.1 improvements

We must say that we have spotted some real improvements related to the wireless connection to the coil. Some members of our team use the Deus lite setup (having the WS4 headphones instead of the RC control box) and had in the past few issues with the connectivity to the coil. Now everything looks fine and very stable, without having any more problems related to the pairing of the WS4 headphones to the coil.
The connectivity speed of the MI-6 pointer to the Deus is also improved, even though we did not have any problems with it before, now it seems faster.

Probably the biggest V4.1 new feature would be the additional options related to the GB/Ground Balance menu. By entering the Ground Balance Expert menu, you will be able to tune the Deus in order to track and read different kinds of soils, depending on their intensity. If you search a low mineralized area using a low ground sensitivity (1 to 5), the Deus won’t track it and won’t display the ground values, operating on the default recommended level of 88. If you go for higher ground sensitivity (6 to10) the tracking mode will pop even in low mineralized soils.

In order to keep everything running smooth, it would be better to have the ”Ground Sensitivity” kept at lower levels (1 to 5).
Here is a detailed article on the Ground sensitivity and the Deus ground balance.


At this moment in time the GoDetect phone app is still under construction, I talked with XP and they assure me something really good is in the pipeline, so I am happy to wait for the finished product. The GoDetect software is in your RC and will not require another update when released. It’s the phone side which is being worked on.

Our thoughts

Our overall experience with the V4.1 was a positive one; we were somehow prepared to face a less stable platform, but it wasn’t so. The V4.1 is very stable, we have not experienced any disconnection of the RC from the coil, no false readings or any sort of glitches.

Watching social media we have noticed an overall fear related to a possible loss of depth while using the V4.1.  We noted all the questions or frustrations that we saw online, on several pages and forums, so we decided to run some tests with the new update and the HF elliptical coil.

Our results were pretty much the same as the ones obtained with the V4, but on deeper targets the V4.1 signal appeared to be more stable and clear. Also testing V4.1 gave us a 1-3cm depth advantage on some targets (especially small silver coins or fragments).

Our conclusion is that the V4.1 won’t lose you depth, so do not panic about that, in fact we found just the opposite.
You have to think, are these scare stories about the Deus updates released by internet trolls.
The XP web site and the XP Classroom have a wealth of help and information available to everyone at all levels – What other manufacturer offers this amount of on-line support, I can tell you NONE !

So yes version 4.1 is a real winner for us guys so follow the instructions and update your Deus.

Get out into the field, follow your dreams and enjoy the Deus experience.

We wish you all the very best.

Michele and the RMA Deus test team.

XP Deus version 4.1 new update procedure

The new version of the XP Deus metal detector software version 4.1 is available to download free for windows pc users, there is no download available for a Mac.

You will loose all your custom programs after an update, make sure you have the coils, headphones and charger to hand.
Follow this link…….

Here you will also find the latest XP information and the revised Deus 4.1 instruction manual, covering ground sensitivity on page 35.

Deus version 4.1 update procedure.

Download the Deus update file to your desktop. Then install it onto your pc,allow a desktop icon to be installed, then open up the desktop icon to start the software.
You will notice the first screen…..Those familiar to the Deus updates will notice a new option will be seen.

Follow stages 1 to 5 as listed in the picture below.

Please make sure the first coil in your coil menu coil and your headphones are on charge…..Yes you are advised to put these items on charge before and during the update, make sure your headphones are switched OFF at this stage.
Once your coil and headphones are on charge, follow the rest of the procedure instructed in the picture above.
Once the update is underway you will be asked to unplug the USB from the RC and plug it in again.
Then the coil update screen will appear, telling you to make sure your coil to be updated is on charge.

Check the serial number on the warning is the same as the coil on charge and click YES if it is on charge, click IGNORE THIS COIL if you do not want to update the coil and it will skip to another coil in your Deus menu.
Once the coil is updated you will be asked to carry out the same procedure on any other coil registered on to your machine.

You will need to fit the charging clip to each coil before it updates.

If you have a white HF coil, the update process WILL NOT be displayed on your screen, however please make sure the HF coil serial numbers are installed into your RC and headphones before the update.

Once your coils are updated it will then ask for you to turn on your headphones, if you have 2 SETS OF HEADPHONES only turn on 1.
Once your first set of headphones have been updated you will be asked if you have another set, if so click YES, now you must turn off your first set and turn on the second set.

Once your Deus has been updated the screen may appear to be dark, this is because the contrast may need adjusting.
Go to Options – Configuration – Contrast and lower the numbers.
Watch this video : Deus dark screen – Easy fix

XP Deus HF coil uncovers some rare finds in the USA

My hunting partner S.C. Keith and I took our XP Deus detectors to a new site last week.

When we got there, he tagged a flat button with his XP Deus just 5 minutes into the hunt. Five minutes later he gets another good signal. It turns out to be a two-piece Civil War Eagle Artillery button. At this point I’m thinking man its going to be one those days where I get whooped on finds.

After about thirty minutes I’m going over an area we hit a few days before and get a good signal through my Deus headphones. I cut the plug out and then started trying to pinpoint the small target. After about 20 seconds I start thinking to myself, this might be a small lead ball or something. Then I see a small oval shaped button. I picked it up and turned it over then noticed some writing and an engraved picture on it.
I called Keith over to get ID on it. After a few minutes he says, “Does that say John Adams?”  I replied,” Yes, it does.” But it wasn’t until later that night that my buddy stumbled on to some information about it. At that point we realized how rare and valuable it really was.

There are less than ten known examples of a John Adams cufflink known to exist. I’m so excited about making this find and I am still in shock!  The XP Deus has found me many great finds, an has indeed done it again in style.
If you have watched my YouTube channel then you have seen some of those finds. But this is by far the greatest thing I have ever found. The second President of the United States engraved on a button. What a piece of history!

About John Adams

John Adams was born on October 30, 1735, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was a direct descendant of Puritan colonists from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate degree and master’s, and in 1758 was admitted to the bar. In 1774, he served on the First Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams, patriot during the Revolution, member of Congress and representative of same to European leaders. first Vice President of the United States under Washington, 2nd President of the United States of America. His son John Quincy also became President. That piece probably dates late 1790’s and is awesome. He died July 4, 1826 within hours of the death of his political rival, Thomas Jefferson.

XP Deus find number 2

Then only days later bucket list find number 2 appeared while out hunting with my buddy Chris AKA The Black CAT the temperature was around 50 degrees.

Early on in the hunt I hit a really nice 1855 half dime.
What happened next was truly amazing, a good strong signal came through and I started to dig, I could see a button, but was that a GW inscription ?
Surely my eyes were deceiving me !

A Washington button, its a super rare piece only 4 of this type are known to exist.

I called my other detecting partner S.C. Keith for a quick ID, he quickly called back and I could not believe what he was telling me.
This button is on pg.396 of Albert’s button book. It is listed as WI 20-A. On the GW button website it is known as GWI-20-a. Later I spoke to the owner of the GW site, and he thinks it could still carry a rarity of R-6, the means only 3-5 are known.
George Washington buttons auction prices.

More about George Washington

The button was found using 28 khz, searching in iron using my own modified Sifter program, I think this is a great unmasking frequency.
Thanks XP for making the best relic machine on the planet !

Another great day with my XP Deus

John finds a Celtic Gold coin with his XP Deus metal detector

My story starts in Kent G.B with my trust XP Deus on a very wet, windy, cold and muddy Private Permission. it was Sunday morning and my plan was to detect, then make an introduction and shout out for another YouTube give away competition once the day had ended.
I walked 2 miles to my farm permission to ask if I was still OK to Detect on the farmers land and I met up with one of the Farm Workers who gain me permission to search on a 200 acre field. I was so excited as it contained a very old Neolithic Burial mound, although I was not allowed to detect over it I could detect near it.

I set up my XP Deus running the v4.0 software and used the HOT Program I did not even get close to the Burial Site on the day so this story could get even more interesting as time goes on but after several hours of searching a track around the edge of the field and unearthing many common finds and scrap I cam along the last part of the track and started to find a few fragments of a Buckle, then an old crusty coin. Next I was so happy to unearth a Sixpence from Elizabeth I dated 1566 with the mint mark Portcullis in Extremely Fine condition for a Hammered Coin.

A stunning medieval coin found while metal detecting using an XP Deus

A metal detectorists dream find of a lifetime

A few targets later and still over the moon with my Hammered coin I thought to myself I have had a good day today.
Then I got a medium tone signal of 65-67 on the XP Deus v4.0 HOT Program, a little scratch in the signal here and there but a signal I would dig any time of day. Once I located the target using my MI-6 Pointer I saw what can only be described as a Horse on a tiny coin, it was black in colour when I cleaned off the mud and thought to myself that I could go home a happy man finding a Bronze Celtic Stater coin.

Celtic Gold coin found with an XP Deus metal detector - Very rare find of a lifetime

I was so very wrong in my initial ID because I got home and left the coin in a diluted solution I use to clean certain coins like Gold and Silver. Once it had sat there for a few hours I decided to give it a wash and gentle brush, the black patina covering the coin started to come away revealing the stunning Gold detail of a 2,000-Year-Old Gold Coin from the Iron Age.

I am still buzzing over this find, even now after a week of finding it, I will be going back over the same area with the XP Deus to see if there are any more to be found.
The details of the coin are as follows:

Celtic Cantii Dubnovellaunus Quarter Stater c.25BC-AD5 Iron Age.
Extremely Rare Find in G.B.
Very Rare provenance.

I am so over the moon to have been granted this chance to find such an awesome part of British History by using the XP Deus on the New v4.0 software on the HOT Program which has been finding so many Hammered coins for me lately.

The XP Deus – metal detecting for WWII militaria a find of a lifetime

It’s somehow hard to start this metal detecting story, because it is related to such an incredible moment for me and my team, the emotions we felt during the events are something that can’t be described but only lived.

As a preface, I want to highlight once more a significant aspect related to the XP Deus. The vast majority of those who use the machine are oriented to discoveries related to ”old stuff”, like ancient or medieval targets, but the Deus can be successfully deployed also in other contexts. Regular readers of the XP blogs know the RMA are a team specialized in the recovery of military artefacts related to both WW1 and WW2, all within the Romanian territory. We work very closely with our local museums and the community.

We don’t dig randomly, we study every detail of our targeted areas, but the most important part is to gather information. Sometimes we gather valuable information from military history books or archives, school manuals or stories told directly by veterans.

After we put together enough information related to the location of a WW2 German headquarters, we decided to give it a try. On our first visit we managed to achieve some good results: all sorts of mixed materials, apparently garbage, but in fact very important, because this confirmed that in German troops were stationed in the area.

The ”playground” was a not very big forest, with almost flat ground and a surrounding field. In the centre we discovered several trenches and shelters dug into the ground. We came back the next day, and focused our search on an area that was littered with signals, but most important…there was a lot of brick on the surface.

Four of us (me included) were using a custom ”Fast” program, with medium discrimination, 5 tones, 11Khz and most important 2,5 reactivity. This new reactivity option, included in the V4 update, was a perfectly balanced speed for such context. We started to hear so many signals, most of them very strong and high pitched: pieces of aluminium, buttons, coins, all sorts of parts coming from bigger mechanisms and so on. We had to dig every signal, because in a Militaria context even a metal scrap may prove to be something interesting.

Most of the signals were almost on the surface or at very shallow depth, so everything depended on the Deus recovery speed and discrimination. We found clear signs of intense activity in that area, but nothing suggesting fighting, no empty shells, shrapnel or battle-damaged material. I received a very strong 95 signal, I was convinced that another aluminium ”piece of useless something” was under my coil, but it wasn’t so.

On the surface, just under the leaves, a German Flak badge (this badge was awarded to servicemen of the Flak artillery who distinguished themselves in action against enemy aerial or ground attacks), complete and in incredible condition. I was totally hyped by the discovery but in the same time aware that there could be more, and this time I was right.  Only a few meters from the badge spot, another Flak badge, identical to the previous one; we just brushed them with some water & vinegar mix (yes, we carry such stuff on the field) and they were…like new!

At this point high signals were everywhere, we needed to contain our excitement, because it was clear that something big was happening.

Behind a big rock, I managed to recover a German Gorget in use by the military police, then a few meters from it I started to find German Iron Crosses of second class (EK2, awarded for a single act of outstanding combat bravery above and beyond the call of duty). There was a lot of confusion in our walkie-talkies, everyone was screaming in the same time from different spots of the same area ”My God, I have found several iron crosses”.

We were in a dream state of mind, a weird situation because it was a scenario many of us often dream about, and it was happening in real-time: ”How could it be to find tens of decorations in one hole?”, now we know that.

We’ve found the exact location of a German commandment, where many materials were dropped and left behind, most probably when they had to retreat in a hurry from their positions. All the decorations were ”unused”, not yet awarded, probably stacked for future use. We were glad to donate part of the discovery to the local history museum, offering them all the information we gathered on and from the field.

We will get back to you with more details related to this discovery.


Thanks XP once more, the Deus proved again its qualities!
Daniel from the Romanian Military Archaeology Team – RMA