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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…

XP want to hear from you.

Be a member of the XP world-wide team – If you have a story with good quality pictures or a nice XP find please send it in we would like to hear from you.
Please send your correspondence to:  gary@xpmetaldetectors.com

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

XP want to hear from you.

Be a member of the XP world-wide team – If you have a story with good quality pictures or a nice XP find please send it in we would like to hear from you.
Please send your correspondence to:  gary@xpmetaldetectors.com 

XP Deus HOT program – XY or Horseshoe

The XP Deus XY screen nails big iron

The XP Deus Hot program
Comparing the XY and the Horseshoe graphics.

The XP Deus metal detector | version 4.x has seen the introduction of the new XY graphic screen, I have been asked many times what is the best one to use.
To be perfectly honest I don’t think there is a solid answer because they both offer their own individuality.

XY Graphic

The XY is a nice simple  “Yes – No” interface which is easy to understand, personally I would have liked some kind of mineralisation bar as this is the only thing I miss having.

The target report is mainly a straight line, which increases in size depending on the intensity of the target, the sensitivity of the line can be adjusted by the user, this is called the zoom feature.
Why would you want to increase the sensitivity of the line.
That’s a question I asked when I first started using the XY, but now it makes a lot of sense, for example : My zoom setting is set at 3, rather than the pre-set 6, this is because I find the audio is far more reliable when deciding to dig deep or small targets, compared to a meter.
In a nutshell I don’t want an inconsistent meter reading to cloud my decision.

So what advantages can the XY screen offer :

Identification of Coke – Hot rock – and large iron, in most cases coke gives a true top bottom reading, hot rock gives a left right reading and large Iron is just plain ugly.

Coke

The coke signature is pretty reliable, a top bottom thin line, however my tests on some very thin Gold can also give this reading, so it is up to the user to make the decision to dig or not.

Hot Rock

When using program 10 Goldfield I am regularly bothered by hot rock, the XY screen nails it every time.

Large Iron

Sometimes this gives a good audio and a solid number on the Horseshoe meter, but the XY is pretty accurate with identifying these targets.
most coins and pure targets are represented by a pure line, with no deviation, in many cases shotgun shells give a slightly disrupted line, but this should never be taken as gospel.

The Horseshoe graphic

There is a lot more information on this screen, including a bigger target ID, but in many cases too much information can be a bad thing, take for example the ground phase reading and the adjusted ground balance numbers, this encourages people to chase the numbers when in most cases they are random numbers.
More is explained in this video.

As said earlier, the mineralisation bar is, to me very important as it is a good indication of the ground strength, in many cases here in the UK a high ground level can be a sign of habitation.

The horseshoe meter works on a similar principle to the XY, left for ferrous, right for non-ferrous, I say similar because somewhere deep within things are different.
When using the HOT program the XY gives a true left right reading, where as using the HOT program with the horseshoe every target (Ferrous or non-ferrous) will give a positive Non ferrous reading.
This is because program number 9 HOT uses an open discrimination, if you wanted to see a ferrous reading on iron, you will need to introduce some discrimination.
I personally feel program 9 HOT compliments the XY screen.

Here is a video demonstrating the 2 screens using the HOT program I hope it is of some interest.

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 http://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/metal-detector/deus-update/ .

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.

GoDetect

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 ground balance talk

The XP Deus ground balance

The Deus operates what I describe as a true ground balance and can require a little more understanding compared to many other machines on today’s market, just because it is there does not mean you have to get involved with it, as I will try to explain in this article.
Without ground balance – or ground cancel, the detector will see the ground beneath your feet as a target.
Ground balance is a form of rejecting the ground whilst still having the ability to detect ferrous and non-ferrous targets, very much like rejecting Iron and only hearing non-ferrous targets.
Typical ground conditions around the world are either conductive or magnetic, sometimes a combination of the two.
Take for example an average field in the UK, it is wet, this makes the ground conductive, then introduce years of cattle waste or modern fertilisers and the ground matrix is a mix of different minerals that can change from area to area.
Another example is magnetic iron sands (“Black Sand”), salt, and high concentrations of other minerals in the water will call for a different range of adjustments.
This is a difficult challenge for any VLF metal detector, sometimes it is impossible to get an accurate ground balance, so a compromise has to be the best solution.
This is why XP offer factory pre-set ground balance settings, so you don’t have to worry about complicated adjustments.

Do I need to ground balance my Deus

The answer is NO the user does not always need to perform this procedure, because XP have taken care of most of the work within the software, the factory pre-sets are more than adequate for 99% of most UK inland searching. Notice I said the UK, as I know some overseas soil very often require extra adjustments for optimum performance.
The operator can adjust their ground balance if they wish to change the characteristics of the Deus in order to suit their searching environment, or to find specific targets.
However they must also bear in mind there may be negative consequences if the ground balance is incorrectly adjusted.
Chasing random “on screen” ground numbers can be very counter productive.

Top Tip : Only adjust something if it requires adjusting – never adjust it just because you can.

Ground numbers and consistency – how they are generated

This is possibly the easiest way to explain how the ground number are generated:
Let’s take the Deus and wave a coin in front of the coil, when the coin is close, the “Target ID” meter readings are solid and reliable, move the coin far away and the meter readings become less consistent.
The same applies to the “Ground” readings, a solid ground echo is indicated by a high mineralisation bar, the numbers can be trusted. A low mineralisation bar indicates a weak ground echo so the numbers will be inconsistent and in many cases inaccurate, just like the target ID we have just talked about.

Figure 3: XP Deus ground sensitivity adjustments

Version 4.1 Ground sensitivity (New feature)

Version 4.1 has a Ground Sensitivity feature – GROUND SENS.
This allows the operator to adjust how strong the ground signal needs to be before :
A: The ground meter gives a numerical display.
B: The Deus starts to track the ground.

For example lower numbers will require a strong ground signal to activate the ground reading.
Highly mineralised soils typically give the strongest ground signals, indicated by a high mineralisation bar.

Figure 1 : Mineralisation bar

If a strong ground signal is not received by the Deus the numerical ground display now will show – – and the ground balance will default to 88.
This is also the case if the coil is motionless for a short time, once the coil is in motion again the ground numbers will resume, providing there is a strong enough signal for your chosen ground sensitivity setting.

*Note: Earlier Deus software versions had a fixed ground sensitivity of around 10.

What is the best ground sensitivity setting.

In most cases somewhere between 4 and 6 will work well – Once again I am referring to the UK here.

How do I set the ground sensitivity.

You can be in either tracking or manual GB mode.
Swing the coil over the ground and detect normally, we do not recommend pumping as this can give an over powered reading.
As you detect watch the numerical ground display and adjust it accordingly, I prefer to see a constant – – reading with an occasional number, but you may want to see constant numbers.
There is no exact setting as this is a user PRO adjustment, time should be taken to learn this feature.
It is not recommended to set your Ground sensitivity to high because you will see erratic numbers appear as the machine is trying to report or track to every slight change, and as mentioned earlier, these could be inaccurate numbers.

Tracking mode + Ground Sensitivity working together.

You can now use ground sensitivity to tell the machine when to track.
For example: If you set the ground sensitivity so the ground numbers only display when you are detecting over mineralised ground, then it will only track at this time. If it is not tracking, the ground balance will default to 88 and show – – above.

Why default to 88 if there is no ground signal.

88-90 is the best all round setting for most UK inland soils, it will eliminate most magnetic rocks and minerals. This is my preferred setting.
Let’s imagine you are searching on mild ground in tracking mode and your ground sensitivity is set only track over areas of higher mineral, your ground display will possibly show – – most of the time.
As you pass over an area containing “Heavier” ground your machine will track accordingly and display the relevant number. Because most of your ground is milder it will not be strong enough to activate your tracking back to the lower (normal) setting, so your machine will remain at the higher level after you have moved away from the difficult area, resulting in an inaccurate ground balance.

Figure 3 : Default ground balance – – No ground signal and a default of 88

As a safeguard the machine will default to 88 until a further mineralised patch of ground activates the tracking again. Once again this depends on how you have set the ground sensitivity.
Tracking is best suited for ground with gradual changes in mineralisation. It is not recommended for ground with lots of iron contamination and fast ground changes.

Can using a lower ground balance give more depth.

Sure in many cases this can increase depth, but you must understand there will always be a trade-off. For example, lower GB settings may introduce unwanted signals from some magnetic rocks, ceramics and also make the coil “oversensitive”, especially if searching wet (conductive) ground.
A tap on a root or even stubble will give a false signal if the GB setting is too low, false signals will mask small targets and once again will be counter productive.
Remember depth is not the holy grail of metal detecting.

So in a nutshell a lower GB will give more depth, just like raising your sensitivity to 99 but you would not want to search like that would you!
I think you are getting the picture now.

Can I raise my ground balance to 99

Now we are getting into the realms of witchcraft, raising the ground balance can be just as detrimental as lowering it. Levels of 99 may shift very highly conductive targets over to the reject range. For example: A large Silver plate may give the iron tone if the GB is set too high.

When I lower my ground balance I get a good signal from magnetic rocks, can they be eliminated

In many situations magnetic rocks can very often be eliminated using the ground notch feature.
Remember magnetic rocks also known as Hot Rock are rejected by ground balance, not to be confused with Coke which is rejected by the discrimination.

Ground notch

Introducing Ground Notch.
Ground notch is exactly what it says, the operator can assign a certain ground range to be ignored, in this case of the graphic below, Hot Rock is rejected by the ground notch. There are not multiple “thresholds” to choose from like we see under the discrimination notch menu, although Ground notch works on the same principle…It notches out a particular ground range that may contain unwanted targets.

As you can see by the graphic below hot rock registers at 88, the ground notch has eliminated 83-88. The overall ground rejection is 60 – 76, you can see 77 – 82 are still accepted, 90 is the maximum range for ground notch.
Remember this is the ground range, not the discrimination range.

The factory pre-set ground balance runs from 60 to 95, at 90 all of your unwanted troublesome ground and hot rocks are eliminated, even slight changes from 90 to 88 will be enough to make your machine a little more “edgy” if required.

Why does the beach setting require a different ground balance

This is because the wet sand has a different mineral range to inland, so a different rejection range is required, from 0 –  30.
As you can see, typically wet sand falls around 25, it is advisable to pay attention to your sensitivity setting when searching wet sand, very often it will require a lower setting to maintain a smooth operation.

I want to hear hot rock and Ceramics because it gives me information about my site but lowering the GB gives them a high tone, is it possible to make them a low tone

Yes this is now possible with version 4X software and the HOT program, or any factory program using Full Tone audio.
The discrimination range now falls below 0, in fact it can be lowered to -6.4, this “sub-zero” range will accept targets such as hot rock and ceramics as a low tone, if you want to eliminate the feedback, simply turn your discrimination up from -6.4 to -2, then you will only get feedback from ferrous and non-ferrous targets.
This is where ground balance and discrimination cross paths.

…………………….But that’s another article for another day.

Does Goldfield program 10 use the same ground balance

Goldfield uses a slightly different filtering system and works best with an exact ground balance in order to gain the optimum performance.
To start with you will need to ground balance on a clean area of soil, start by slowly raising and lowering the coil up and down and listen to the feedback, then as the coil approaches the ground press the PIN POINT button once, you should hear the feedback drop. This indicates a correct ground balance and your 2 sets of ground numbers should be the same.
If there is an inconsistency, repeat the procedure again, sometimes it may be necessary to lower the sensitivity to obtain a smooth performance.
Manual – pumping – beach and tracking options can be used in the Goldfield mode.
As mentioned earlier – If your ground balance range falls below certain conductive rocks, you will hear a signal from them, they sound almost negative as the coil passes over them. With a little practice you will learn to ignore them.
The XP screen is a great addition to the Goldfield program as it gives a lot of useful target information, such as a flat left right line for Hot Rocks.

I hope this gives you an insight into how versatile the XP Deus can be, simple for those who want to just switch on and go, and for those who like to change, the machine it can be a complex as you wish.

Final tip :

Ground conditions change all over the world, if you are looking for maximum depth, remember ground conditions will in most cases dictate the performance of your machine, sometimes it does not pay to over think things and convince yourself you have the wrong settings, when you are at the mercy of the soil conditions..
An erratic machine may miss small targets, a smooth running machine with less power may be a better option, this is why the Sifter program is a very popular choice.
Most importantly have fun and enjoy your Deus.

This metal detecting article | XP Deus Ground Balance key features explained
Was written by Gary Blackwell
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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…….
XP DEUS VERSION 4.1 DOWNLOAD

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.
Or
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!

Here you can watch the video showing the point of discovery.

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

Here is a video of me discovering the button.

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 !


The Calabash Digger You Tube channel is a great source of XP Deus information.
XP Deus metal detector tips info and live digs USA

The sound of the battlefield

Was this the last musical note on the battlefield
Our team’s activity is directly related to the First World War events that happened in Romania, especially the areas where the Romanian army fought hard to stop the German and Austro-Hungarian advances in 1916.

Many of the battles took place in the Carpathian Mountains. Some of the remote locations have now become true time capsules, untouched and unexplored for over 100 years.
Like on so many occasions we started our session with a 2 hour walk to reach the targeted location. Once there, we immediately observed scrap metal on the surface: rusted parts from water flasks (both Romanian and German), piles of empty rifle shells, big pieces of shrapnel and splinters; we knew that we were ”there”.

I won’t bore you with all sorts of already seen relics (because that particular day many targets were recovered) and I’ll skip directly to what we consider the truly special find of the trip.

Considering the heavily iron infested spot the XP Deus metal detector was the only logical choice, I was using a generous discrimination and reactivity 3, in order to investigate only the clear signals, usually above 80.  I heard a very strong and high signal, registering at about 90-93 on the display; by using the audio response at 3, I had the ability to understand that it was deep, probably at over 20cm. The signal was high and clear, but at the same time somehow faint, so I decided that something bigger was there.

I was on a slope, so having the possibility to detach the Deus lower rod to investigate the wall, played an important role. When I saw a familiar shape surfacing from the soil…I was frozen in the moment and overwhelmed with emotion.

It was not a helmet, a bayonet or sword, a machine gun or a hoard of badges and medals, but a bugle, an infantry bugle. To find a musical instrument on a battlefield is very rare. That solitary bugle’s role was simple: It was used to play one single musical score, the signal to attack.

The bugle played for the last time in 1916, when the Romanian troops launched an attack on enemy positions. The instrument was in use by Romanian troops, without markings, the model is most probably related to a Hungarian or British producer. The piece was exhibited at the Brasov History Museum.

A funny fact is that at the time, I was searching with Michele’s Deus, we switched our MD’s for few hours, because I was interested in the machine and wanted to try it out. After that day I placed the order for my own machine, which I now use with great pleasure and amazing results.

Daniel
Romanian Military Archaeology Team

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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.
VA170.
S171.
BMC2475.
ABC312.

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.

Metal detecting rally in Romania turns up some surprises

Every year since 2014, the ‘’Pro Detectie’’ association gathers numerous metal detectorists together for a national rally, which is always a great opportunity to make friends and spend some quality time with our comrades in hobby.

We, the members of the Romanian Military Archeology team, are all members of the ‘’Pro Detectie’’ association, so the annual meeting is the perfect occasion for testing new gear and to answer the questions from those who are interested in Militaria metal detecting (WW1/WW2 areas where military conflicts took place).

This year’s meeting gathered more than 100 people so, as you could imagine, there were many questions and technical discussions related to all sorts of machines, coils, probe pointers and so on. During 2017, five members of our team chose the XP Deus, and four others have placed orders.

That being said, I must add that we have unknowingly become XP Deus ambassadors among our MD community, because we are so impressed by its versatility and performance, we never miss an opportunity to show people how it performs and the advantages it has over many other machines on today’s competitive market.

During the three days spent at the MD rally, we managed to meet other XP users, so we were glad to share programs, hints and tips, and offer them some XP hats, shirts and rain covers. The rally was also the context for our first tests with the MI-6 probe, we were glad to present it live to a curious audience, who until then had only seen the MI-6 online.

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, during our three-day event we had very short time in the fields. With several small teams distributed in a large area produced some good results even though the time was short. In the only day with bearable weather, we scored some nice little finds, from an area with mixed ground and modern contamination. We were aware about the WW1 and modern junk around the spot, but what happened changed everyone’s day.

Most of us use a customised Deus Fast program, and alternated to the Deep program (which comes pre-installed on the V4 firmware), we use the Deep program in order to better define the deeper signals; Alternating between two considerably different programs is just one-click away on the Deus, for us those two programs are the perfect combination. Among the first signals, we recovered a German belt buckle made out of brass, dating from the WW1 period; a very loud, clear and stable 90 signal, at about 10cm depth, you can’t miss that.

Some silver coins (Romanians, Austrian, Hungarian dating ’800/‘900) were found on a slope, all of them in tricky positions. When we suspected that some faint signals could have been in fact something good, we pumped the audio response to 5, in order to get a harder response and a more punchy signal; that way we were able to locate and recover the coins.

We also found a bronze ring (probably medieval) and not far from it a surprise: a fragment from an ancient bronze Celtic axe. We were pretty satisfied with the finds, and everyone become more relaxed, and just enjoyed the rest of the day.

While out detecting, we heard someone screaming in the walkie-talkies, we immediately thought that it could be a bear attack.

But before starting to panic, we heard laughter also…more and more laughter, and Florin’s voice calling us in a hurry to his location.

Long story, short: Not far away from our pic-nick spot, Florin, one of our team members, made an incredible discovery: not less than a Medieval Templar sword, in an incredible good shape, solid iron!

Yes, we must admit that we couldn’t resist the temptation to place the sword in a rotten log for just one picture… (no sword was harmed during the procedure, don’t try this at home!)

No need to specify any settings in the sword case…he dug the very high irony signal only because the place was otherwise extremely clean, so he was curious to see what could have been there giving such a signal. I must also admit that it’s almost a myth inside our group…it looks like very often the Deus leads us to incredible situations and discoveries, like a psychic medium!! 🙂 Anyway, the sword was located at 15cm of depth, in its surroundings nothing else was discovered; the exact location was reported to the authorities.

All the finds were donated to the local museum of history; The sword is now in the reconditioning process and it will be exhibited within the museum’s 2018 exhibitions.

We want to thank XP for all the support and confidence in our work!
What can we say about working with XP products… it’s beautiful because it’s easy.

Michele & Daniel from the ‘’Pro Detectie’’ Association and the Romanian Military Archeology Team

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