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Visiting the Jersey hoard through the eyes of a metal detectorist

The Jersey hoard bought to you by XP Metal Detectors

The Jersey hoard is now at the La Hougue Bie museum where it is being dis assembled and recorded.
It’s name is Le Catillon II as Catillon 1 was discovered in 1957…On the same field !
I have heard people talk about the museum, however had no idea of its attention to detail until I visited in person, naturally the Jersey hoard is the center of attention but it is surrounded by magnificent finds dating back to neolithic times.
As a metal detectorist I felt proud to be a member of the detecting fraternity, because most of the finds on display were all down to us guys….Well Reg and his club, if it wasn’t for their dedication and the willingness to work with the Jersey Heritage massive parts of history would be lost forever.
And laid out in front of me for the world to see was solid proof that us guys really do a great job and are not “Treasure Hunters” like the media would like to call us, but another branch of Archaeologists who choose to use metal detectors to save history.

La Hougue Bie

La Hougue Bie is a historic site, combined with a with a museum, it’s located in the parish of Grouville.

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Hougue is a Norman word meaning mound, and comes from the Old Norse word haugr.
The word Bie has an uncertain origin.
Underneath the earth mound is an 18.6 metre long passage to what’s though is a burial chamber which was in use around 3500 BC .
During recent years Archaeologists have removed the soil from one face of the mound to see if the construction is all earth, they were amazed when they uncovered a perfect stone structure beneath the earth, with clear details of skilled stone masonry.

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On the top the mound are two medieval chapels, one 12th Century and the other from the 16th Century, the public can still visit the chapels and the chamber.
During World War II it was used as a key lookout point, and an underground command bunker was built in the mound and adjacent to the chamber. On a day with good light you can still see the medieval paintings on the ceiling.
Weddings are still held in the chapel.
The museum hosts a vast array of finds dating back to the stone age. Several coin and artefact hoards are on display in a well-lit environment. The Jersey Hoard Le Catillon II is on full display behind a screen. Visitors can clearly see the hoard being dis assembled and the staff including Reg and Richard are more than happy to stop work and answer any questions.

Reg Mead talking to visitors
There are several other hoards on display at the museum, many of which were found by Reg and his club, it’s a fantastic place to visit.
Some hoard on display date back to the stone age.

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The Jersey hoard so far June 2016

The museum purchased a laser scanner with metrology arm and can measure within 50 microns, that’s a 20th of a millimetre.

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The coin cleaning process consists of a mild acid soak and then gentle picking with a thorn as this will not damage the coins surface.
Reg and Richard have undertaken extensive training and now work at the museum cleaning and recording, they are now experts on Jersey coins and indeed historic Jersey.
On a good day they can clean and record 200 coins.
Here is a before and after

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In March 2015 coin number 12001 was recorded, making Catillon II the biggest Iron age coin hoard in western Europe beating the Marquanderie hoard which was also found in Jersey 1935 consisting of 12000 coins.

Items cleaned and recorded so far

So far the total amount of coins cleaned and recorded has reached 45000, mostly Silver but some Gold
Complete Gold Torcs 5
Pieces of Gold Torc 4
Gold Bracelets 3
Gold Rings 2
Gold sheet 2
Copper loops 2
Stones 1
Ingots 7
Silver wire 1
Decorative Gold pieces 3
Glass bead 1
Misc objects 6
During my visit a bronze age spear head had started to appear amongst the coins

Jersey-hoard-Gold-Torcs

Coin types

Some Jersey coins were the XN series Silver based stators which were originally linked to the Abrincatui tribe from the Avranches region in Normandy, they are rare coins, many locals know them as “The Moon Stater” The hoard consisted of mainly coriosolitae staters and are common to Jersey.

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Preservation

The hoard lives under a water vapour screen to mimic real underground conditions and preserve the coins and artefacts until they are ready to be removed.

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The replica

Neil Mahrer head conservator for the museum made a fantastic replica of Catillon II, all the coins are hand painted and look exactly like the real thing. It can be seen in the museum proudly on display in front of the real hoard.

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The hoard replica made of resin

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Fact

Avranches is now twinned with St. Helier in Jersey.
There is now a book available called Le Catillon II

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I have a signed copy of Catillon II by Reg Mead and Richard Miles, it’s free…All you need to do is register here at the  The XP world-wide Forum and post yes please or a comment about this article under the Catillon II competition section.

Visiting La Hougue Bie
A visit to the La Hougue Bie in Jersey is a must for every detectorist the finds on display are truly amazing viewing the hoard in it’s natural form is a once in a lifetime opportunity, once it has been dis assembled and recorded it is possible we will never see it like this again.

*Important note :
Please DO NOT take your detectors to the island unless you have special permission, customs and detecting laws are very strict.

We recommend staying at the Grand Jersey hotel.

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Deus Gold field secrets

The XP Deus has a motion all metal circuit called Gold field, it can be found on factory program #10 on your Deus menu, it has many hidden secrets.
So many people like myself have been using the Deus for many years and have not even given it a second thought.

XP Deus deep targets using Goldfield

Gold field is for nugget hunting, right !
Yes it is very good for nugget hunting in difficult soil conditions due to the advanced ground cancel system Gold field uses.
However it may be worth paying more attention to Gold Field.

Ground balance

The Gold field ground balance takes a snap shot of the ground by using the methods available, Manual, pumping, beach or tracking. I prefer pressing the pin point button and pumping this is the easiest.
It is different because the ground snap shot is like a notch, everything below the ground reading is accepted, where as in conventional discrimination mode everything below the rejected number is also rejected.
This is where small Gold nuggets can be found, so it’s a tricky juggling act between rejecting the ground and not rejecting nuggets that may have the same readings as some ground.

Here is an example …..Lets assume your ground reading was 76

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Gold field what adjustments are available ?

Sensitivity
Frequency
Reactivity
Disc IAR
Tone

IAR the hidden secret

IAR is an Iron amplitude rejection not an Iron volume, 0 is off and settings from 1 – 5 adjust the rejection range, the Deus gives a broken sound when the iron phase is detected. The manual states that a low IAR will reject shallow Ferrous objects and a high IAR will reject them better at depth, personally I have found setting 3 to work well.

XP Deus Goldfield tips

I search open fields so can Gold field offer an advantage ?

If searching badly iron contaminated land Goldfield will drive you mad and is not recommended, it is far to sensitive, although it can be used as a check mode.

Clean sites

Gold field has some hidden secrets that can offer you an advantage once you become comfortable with the way it operates.
It is deeper than conventional search modes so can be used in long grass.
It is far more sensitive than conventional search modes because it uses less target filtering.

How can IAR be an advantage for inland searching ?

All detectors that work in using a discrimination mode can be caught out by large or mis-shaped iron, most of the time IAR gives you a clear broken sound on these tricky targets, so it may be an idea to make your own custom program using Gold field, name it “Iron Check” and save it next to your current search program, then you can quickly toggle between the two using the + and – keys.

IAR in the USA

We are getting some good reports back from the USA, stating that IAR check programs are a good way of rejecting unwanted bottle caps.

Can Goldfield be used as a deep seeking program for finding hoards ?

Watch this video
Yes for sure, you can easily adapt the factory setting to work well.

Frequency – Deep setting 4Khz
Reactivity – Deep setting 0-1
IAR – Personal preference
Sensitivity – To suit site conditions

Method – Regularly make an exact ground balance – Search with your coil 102 (25cm) above the ground, ignore the short choppy signals, listen for a long wide signal – This could indicate a large deep target.
* Note this method takes practice so don’t expect an easy ride at first.

Beaches

Gold field works very well on beaches, especially with the bigger coil, once again always ensure an exact ground balance is obtained by quickly pressing the pin point button and hold in while pumping the coil.

XP Deus ground balance tips

Notes on using Gold Field with only the Ws4 or Ws5 headphones (Deus Lite)

Ground balance
Select p10
p000
Press the Menu button again so you see —

p--
Press and hold the – button and pump the coil to ground grab, you will hear some tones when this is done.
Or you can manually ground balance by selecting GND in the menu and using the + and – buttons.

p--GB
* NOTE : The IAR feature is referred to as DISC in the headphone menu, make your changes and save your program into an empty memory slot.
Ws4 and Ws5 saving and deleting programs

Watch the Deus using Gold Field find large Gold Nuggets

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XP Deus report from Finland

Fantastic XP Deus finds from Finland

Kanta Hämeen Menneisyyden Etsijät – The XP Deus metal detecting group from Finland have enjoyed a really exciting spring, this report comes from Pekka one of the members.

Finland XP metal detecting group

We have been lucky enough to search areas which would normally be out of reach to metal detectorists .Good co-operation with the National board of antiques has been the key to unlocking these extremely rare opportunities.

We have been lucky and feel very privileged to search the land of one of the most prestige mansions in Finland and now thanks to the great co-operation with authorities has given us the possibility to metal detect in Åland which has very strict regulations on metal detecting.

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In the continent of Finland, we have never really found Viking settlements but in Åland the story is very different.

During our detecting trip to Åland we located a new Viking settlement with finds dating back to 800-1100 AD. These finds have a direct link to the Viking era in Sweden.
A very rare and valuable woman’s Viking brooch was found together with some Arabic coins and other jewellery.

Our team rely on the XP DEUS to produce the finds.

These fantastic finds were not the only ones we made during our trip.
We also discovered rare early middle age coins and other fine objects, some dating back to early Iron Age.

We have been very fortunate to have good search permission during the spring, as a few weeks after our first trip to Åland we discovered one of the biggest Viking coin treasures found in Finland.

Viking coins found with an XP Deus metal detector

More than three hundred coins dating back to 1000 AD was discovered on a field in Häme (a county just 100Km north from our capital Helsinki).

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We also found a fantastic sword which we left in context and asked the Archaeologists to excavate.

Viking sword found with an XP Deus metal detector
Once again, without the DEUS this find may have never seen the light of day. Now these unique finds are presented to the public in Finnish National Museum in Helsinki.
Our next trip in a few weeks’ time will take us close to one of the key middle age castle ruins in southern Finland.
Our DEUS detectors will follow us there.
Lets see what we have to show after this trip.

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This great hobby with our great DEUS has revealed more Finnish history than nobody could have believed!
Thank you to everyone at XP
Have a great summer!
Best Regards, Pekka and his Deus team from Finland.

The Jersey Hoard re visited

I have always loved Jersey and visit around 3 times a year, during my short breaks I have never used a metal detector on the island.

I got an invite from Reg Mead and Richard Miles they wanted me to give them a short XP Deus training session the next time I visited the island, my tickets were booked the next week.
For those of you who have been in hibernation since 2012, Richard and Reg found the Jersey hoard hoard called Catillon II consisting of 70,000 coins, even now they are still picking through the mass that originally weighed just under a ton.
It now rests in the La Hougue Bie museum Jersey where it is being dis assembled recorded and cleaned.

modern day jersey hoardThe Catillon II hoard as it is today

Their quest for the hoard started 30 years ago after Reg had been talking to the land owner and she mentioned her uncle had up routed a tree and hundreds of coins started to appear from the ground.
The events leading up to the find makes me think the whole thing was just meant to be ! Richard and Reg talk more about the events on our video which will soon released.

Our flights landed and within an hour Reg picked Stuart and myself up from the Grand Jersey Hotel and took us to the hoard site where we were greeted by Richard.
We all instantly hit it off and the banter started, Reg said if you find just one coin I will be very impressed…So the challenge was on… I could see these 2 guys were very accomplished detectorists and knew their way around a metal detector.

Firstly we talked about the Deus then made some adjustments to suit the soil conditions and the desired targets, which were Silver Celtic coins called Billion, a large part of the hoard coins came from the French Coriosoliate tribe 50 Bc.

The soil was very Loamy, covered in rejected potatoes yet easy to dig, Stuart filmed as Reg and Richard got underway with the Deus, I rigged up another set of Ws4’s so the audio could be relayed between all 3 of us and I could make observations about target sounds.

Jersey potatoe field
I noticed a lot of vehicles just cruising around, slowing down and driving off again, I asked Reg who were they ?, he went on to say they were locals and farmers who patrol the area day and night and adopt a shoot first and ask questions later policy, I was so glad we were guests of Reg and Richard.

Richard Miles and Reg Mead

It wasn’t long before the Deus announced a positive signal which turned out to be junk, a melted piece of heavy foil, then Richard dropped a bombshell, he said some of the fields were covered in a type of green waste, many years ago some bright spark advised the Jersey farmers to spread the spoil from the incinerator over the fields to help break down the soil. Great so we were searching for Celtic coins amongst green waste, this would make a fantastic video….NOT !

Fortunately the guys had done a pretty good job clearing the hoard site, it wasn’t long before the Deus sang out again, a positive 84 on the meter, bingo !, Richard found our first coin, Reg jumped in to see armed with his famous toothbrush, they now call Reg the scubologist at the museum as he wanted a formal archaeological role.

Richard-and-Reg-looking-for-the-Jersey-Hoard-with-an-XP-Deus

It was confirmed our first coin was found with the Deus. Reg jokingly said to Richard that we had already started to make them look like amateurs, I looked up at Stuart who grinned and raised an eyebrow from behind the camera.

Silver-coins-from-the-Jersey-hoard

I knew why, it’s because on the plane flying over we talked about the film and how nice it would be to get just one coin coming out on camera, it would make a nice scoop and make the journey worth while.
The guys quickly tuned their ears into the Deus and found a further 7 coins, making a total of 8 in about 3 hours, this short session blew their minds, we decided to get some lunch and calm things down a little.
After lunch we did some more filming in another part of the island and headed back to the hotel for tea and medals.

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What a fantastic first day in Jersey 8 coins and we hadn’t unpacked or even seen our hotel rooms….

I have to say Stuart and myself were totally in awe of Richard and Reg, not because they have found a hoard but the friendship they have, 2 really fantastic guys who are passionate about the hobby, they have still remained friends all through the hoard experience, which we know in the past has ruined friendships and even marriages.
They have remained level-headed and not reacted to the media when they are called “Treasure Hunters” which all detectorists hate to be branded, they are simply 2 great guys who were fortunate to find a hoard of coins.

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They did the right thing and declared the hoard to the authorities…In turn the archaeologists welcomed Reg and Richard into their workplace and trained them in cleaning(scrubology), conserving, identifying and recording. Now thanks to their honesty and the fact they are decent human beings, these 2 detectorists have moved up a level and are now experts in the field of Jersey Celtic coinage.

It’s great to see Reg and Richard interacting with the public at the museum where they now work on a voluntary basis.

More Jersey trip information in part 2

Catching and scratching with the XP Deus

The crops are beginning to grow and the window for metal detecting is starting to close.

I wanted to make a final visit to my iron contaminated site with my XP Deus to make some further tests.
Recently I have been using the 13″ Coil with my Deus, and I’m convinced my finds rate has increased, it could just be luck but I am am shocked how well this big coil works amongst iron, especially using “Full – Tones”.
Here is a short video showing how the day went, it demonstrated how effective the Full – Tone – 13″ coil combo can be.

There will be a full “catching and scratching” article in the Treasure Hunting Magazine very soon !!

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Audio response

The Audio response is something that is rarely talked about amongst XP Deus users, do people really understand it ? or is it simply an un important feature ?
During my 1 to 1 Deus training sessions I always emphasize the importance of the Audio Response, time is taken to demonstrate it’s true function as this can be an important step to understanding the Deus.

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OK so what’s the deal with the Audio response

Audio response hides behind many names depending on what machine you have used in the past, Modulation,  Signal Gain, Signal Boost, Volume Gain, some manufacturers even call it Sensitivity…This is when the machine has a fixed sensitivity and the Audio Response is used to control the ground and signal noise, quite often you hear people say they can get a deep target on zero sensitivity, this is in fact zero Audio Response. This just goes to show what an important feature Audio Response is.

What does Audio Response actually do ?
In simple terms it can add another dimension to your target signal, it is an adjustable signal amplification based on target depth and size, in other words when adjusted correctly it allows the size and depth of the target to dictate the volume of the response.

The XP Deus version 3x has 8 audio response levels 0 – 7, a setting of 0 will give the best perception of target depth and size, small or deep targets will sound very faint, shallow or big targets will sound much louder, so in a nutshell audio response has added the perception of audio depth…or colour to the signal.
If you run a high audio response and you are searching a busy site the flat audio sounds will soon mentally drain you.

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What are the advantages of using a low audio response setting ?

I can’t emphasize enough what an important part of the Deus this feature is.
Firstly it can suppress a lot of chatter and ground noise.
There is no depth loss by using lower numbers, you will get a much better idea whether to dig or not to dig a suspicious target based on the signal intensity and the audio information gathered.
The more Audio Information the better !

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“In the field” Audio Response 3

Let’s assume you have passed the coil over a target with an audio response setting of 3, the target sounds very faint and broken, this is still very worthy of an investigation because it may be :
A: Faint because it’s deep or small
B: Broken because the ground has started to consume the target……AUDIO INFORMATION !
If the same target with the same audio response settings was Loud and broken, this would most likely be iron….Quiet and broken possibly GOOD, Loud and broken most likely BAD.

“In the field” Audio Response 7

Now let’s assume you passed the coil over the same target with an audio response of 7 (all targets now have the same audio intensity)…The same target will be loud and broken and in most cases dismissed as Iron, You would have lost all the important audio information by using a high audio response.
NO AUDIO INFORMATION will lead to less finds!

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Searching deep pasture

Imagine you are searching un disturbed land, you are convinced the older targets have sunk deeper into the ground compared to modern targets which are shallow, using a low audio response can help you “Cherry Pick” the deeper targets by the softer audio sounds, giving you the option to perhaps ignore the louder shallow/modern targets. I have used this method on several occasions when searching modern parks.

What are the advantages of using high Audio Response numbers ?

In my opinion far less than using a low to medium settings.

As mentioned earlier high settings give the same audio intensity no matter what size or depth the target is. Some people may gain advantages such as “all metal” relic hunters, detectorists who are hard of hearing, also those who search in noisy environments.
I’m sure there are other scenario’s from around the world that I have overlooked, but for me it has to be level 3 for most of my searching.
Remember a lower audio response will not compromise the detectors depth, it simply softens the deeper or smaller signals.
This XP Classroom article was first published in The Searcher magazine www.thesearcher.co.uk
Gary
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XP Deus Romanian Military Finds

My name is Michele I am now the proud owner of a new XP Deus, I had the chance to test it last week for the first time and made some interesting finds.

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My name is Michele from Romania, I work with a small team who specialise in the recovery of military artefacts and relics, most of the sites we search have very difficult conditions, we have to deal with a large amount of iron, the site in question was no different, so this was probably not the best situation to learn and use a new machine.

At the beginning of the day I was a bit nervous about all the settings and options. After only 45 minutes of use, I can say that I was already very comfortable with the Deus.

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I was lucky enough to recover some interesting items, including: 2 Romanian WW1 water canteens, which after the cleaning process revealed  the names of their owners (Afteni Mihail and Fledman Chivu). A WW1 bayonet for a Mannlicher rifle and three silver Romanian coins, also coming from the same period: 5 Lei from 1880, 1 Leu from 1914 and 2 Lei from 1873.

Romanian-daggers
Here in Romania we practice metal detecting by strictly following all the national laws.

We regularly work alongside the museums and feel very proud when people come to view our discoveries.
What can I say about the XP Deus
The recovery speed of the Deus is incredible, and made it so easy to isolate the silver targets in the iron infested area.

I have to say it’s a great machine for militaria hunts, perfect for the woods and mountains, very light, compact and fast, very fast.

Greetings from Romania!

Michele from the Romanian Military Archaeology team

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https://romanianmilitaryarcheology.wordpress.com/

Romanian-coin

A brief history of the Lue
On April 22, 1867, a bimetallic currency was adopted, with the leu equal to 5 grams of 83.5% silver or 0.29032 grams of gold. The first leu coin was minted in Romania in 1870

Before 1878 the silver Russian ruble was valued so highly as to drive the native coins out of circulation. Consequently, in 1889, Romania unilaterally joined the Latin Monetary Union and adopted a gold standard.

Silver coins were legal tender only up to 50 lei. All taxes and customs dues were to be paid in gold and, owing to the small quantities issued from the Romanian mint, foreign gold coins were current, especially French 20-franc pieces (equal at par to 20 lei), Turkish gold lire (22.70), old Russian Imperials (20.60) and British sovereigns (25.22).

Romania left the gold standard in 1914 and the leu’s value fell. The exchange rate was pegged at 167.20 lei = 1 U.S. Dollar in 1929.
During Romania’s World War II alliance with Nazi Germany, the leu was pegged to the Reichsmark at a rate of 49.50 lei = 1 Reichsmark, falling to 59.5 lei in April 1941. During Soviet occupation, the exchange rate was 1 ruble = 100 lei. After the war, the value of the currency fell dramatically and the National Bank issued a new lei, which was worth 20,000 old lei

XP Deus Full Tones

Deus Full Tone can give you a real advantage when looking for a hot spot….

Even if you prefer not to hunt in Full Tone it is still worth learning a few basics and find out how it can be applied to your searches.
Full Tones will always be my “Go To ” setting no matter where I am searching, it has a very raw audio and combined with zero discrimination can make a deadly program.
People new to the XP Deus may find this combination a little noisy, but those more experienced users will know this noise is simply information.
Q: I don’t hunt in Full Tone so how can I use it to my advantage ?
A : By using it to find Iron ! – Iron can be a sign of habitation.
Full tone will give you an audio map of whats under your feet, once you have found a hot spot using Full Tone, simply work the area with whatever program you are comfortable with.
This Video shows how you can easily map out the base of a possible old building using such a method.

Comment by Devonlad
Very interesting – I have never used the hot programme as like many I started of using a pre-set 2 and slowly over the months tweaked it to suit the deep clean pasture that I search.  After two years I am happy that my Deus is now set for me to get the most depth and the tones are set to my personal preference.

Then last week the landowner let drop that he had a forty-acre field of ploughed rolled flat stubble if I wanted it.  On site last Sunday, and to be honest over whelmed as to where to begin.  There are no features that jump out other then two springs, so I began in this area with my normal programme, it was however, far too sparky which made it difficult to distinguish the fainter deeper tones.

Time to have a think and a tug on my e-cig, what changes should I make?  Time to go hot was my conclusion although I knew the sounds would be completely different to the tones my brain is now finely tuned to.

Off on a walk looking for the iron and I fluked it, locating an area within fifteen minutes of searching.  Now I know what the fuss is about, it cut through the iron enabling me to make the non-ferrous finds and establish a sort of audio map in my head.

I  now have the confidence, (should it be pasture or ploughed) I have the programmes just right for me and the land I search.

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3 Trips by the CZ connoisseur a regular poster on the Findmall Forum

Trip 1 : Searching the rental house the 9″ coil gets it done !!

Got back to the old neighborhood a couple days back and started at a bungalow type house built in the 1920s. One of the first coins to come up was a bent 1926 Wheat, but that was to be the only old coin from that house.  I went around to the backyard to find three Showbiz tokens stacked in the same hole! Too bad they weren’t silver quarters….

After that we found a rental not far from there built in the early 1940s, but this place was also very trashy. The older coins it seemed were 4-5″ deep tangled in the roots, but most of them turned out to be Wheats.
We didn’t stay long at this place since the weather was getting windier and colder. We pulled 4 Wheats on Sunday, and ended the 4-coin silver streak that day as well.

On the Monday I had to drive back to CO again, but decided to see ifmy buddy Gerald wanted to hunt. I didn’t have anything lined up except what Dad and I had hunted the previous day. I had a lead on two rentals, but my information was old and it turned out one of the properties had already been rented. We drove on to where Dad and I had left off, and after about an hour of fairly thorough hunting with only a couple Wheats a piece to show for our efforts…we decided to find another spot…but where?

 

We drove over a couple of blocks to the old neighborhood I’d lived in for almost four years – this neighborhood is a postwar development which almost every house I ever hunted held at least one silver coin! Gerald and I found two houses side-by-side and we commenced to swinging. I started on one end of the yard, and noticed signals were few and far between. After digging two or three pieces of junk, I locked on to a 71-72 signal (4kHz) which sounded very close to the surface. A minute later I had found a shallow Wheat, and rescanned the hole to find another one inches away. Was on the right track! But signals were just sparse – I wondered at one point if the Deus was working OK, I wasn’t even getting that many trash signals.

Walked onto the curb strip and got a 79-81 reading which jumped around a bit. My car was parked a couple feet away, and I was getting falsing from it, but I knew there was a shallow coin there as well. Was very surprised to see a reeded silver edge and the first silver of the day pops up – a 1917 Merc!

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Not thirty feet down the strip I got another 79-81 signal, and from a shallow 3″ out came a 1956 Rosie! Gerald rounded the corner and I showed him the coins, and he was getting worried that the Ol Skunk may pay him a visit today! But I had complete faith in him – shortly thereafter he finds a silver quarter at around 5″ down…like there was even any doubt, right?!

Made my way around the other side of the house, and got a 76-78 signal in both directions, we both called it a silver dime and it was…a 1963 Rosie. I kept getting these “72” readings on the Deus, which in 4 kHz means a copper penny. I must have passed over a few of these before I decided to dig one – and it turned out to be a 1950s Wheat! I quickly had to backtrack and find all of those “72s” again – about half were Memorials while the other half were later-date 1940s and 1950s Wheats. I just can’t seem to leave a Wheat in the ground, and when I pass things over, I ALWAYS regret it – that’s why I dig almost all targets!

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I remember getting a solid “64” indication, and this one turned out to be a 1917 D Wheat. Many times those early brassy Wheat cents can indicate like zinc cents, and seeing that green disc in the hole is always rewarding! Still waiting on my 1914 D Wheat (it will come one day!) Ten feet away I got a high 70s hit, and this one was the last silver of the day, a 1953 Rosie.

Between the two of us, we didn’t leave much at that place, and the ground had a lot of clay which I think helped keep the older drops fairly shallow. I didn’t dig a coin at this place deeper than 5″. I had seen this happen at other Memphis locations where the house is on a small hilltop and the targets just aren’t that deep. In contrast I’ve also hunted lower-lying houses where some coins made it to 8″ and deeper….

 

The 9″ coil performed flawlessly, and I can’t see much difference if any vs the 11″ Deus coil besides the obvious greater coverage area. Now that the days are longer, it’s only a matter of time until I get back to “Deep Coin Park”

Trip 2 :  The 9″ coil did good again today

I Had time for a short hunt today – I decided to try out an old park not far from home – the same park that I found so many deep coins late last year.
Upon getting there I saw another detectorist using a White’s V3i, and casually made my way over to him, Introduced myself and asked how the “hunt” was going – he had found a single Wheat in another corner of the park, but nothing in an hour or so. Showed him the Deus, and a few of the controls, but he was like me – his time was valuable and was most interested in finding coins rather than talking! I of course respected that and began hunting.

Used my goto 4kHz setup – one thing I’ve noticed with air testing is that the maximum depth difference between Reactivity 1 and 2 is less than an inch on penny/dime sized coins. With the 11″ coil there was more of a difference, but I decided to leave it in Reactivity 2 for the faster processing. It was a very open program:

4kHz
Sens 85
Disc 2.0
Reactivity 2
Silencer 0
Audio Response 4
Full Tones
Notch 00-10, 97-99
Manual GB 85 (Pumping in three different places = 86)
Notch ground 86-89

Some people have stated, “Why don’t you run Disc at 0 if you’re notching 00-10 anyway?” I haven’t tried Disc = 0 but I’ve found that for picking out the smooth, deep signals it seems best to run SLIGHT signal filtering to help with small surface foil (and some deeper foil too), as well as deep iron ID. I have nothing scientific to back this up, but it seems that running Silencer 0 vs -1 helps just a tad with deep iron, and running GB close to neutral (plus or minus 1 in either direction) also helps with tiny foil and iron targets. I never run Sensitivity beyond 85 – always stays between 80-85 not matter what – since too much transmit power can cause falsing.

I still end up digging plenty of foil and iron, but when I get over a deep coin (beyond 8″) there’s something a little extra in the audio that puts a smile on my face! Cross-checking 90 degrees usually confirms a coin (not always LOL), and these deep ones almost never give VDI.

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The first coin dug was a 9″ Wheat dated 1918 D – back in the groove for sure! I actually got VDI from this one, 89-91; and there wasn’t any crackling whatsoever – just a smooth faint hit. Went on to get a 40-51 indication, not quite as faint but deep enough to NOT lock on…was happy to pull a Buffalo nickel but MUCH HAPPIER when I noticed it was a Type 1 WITH a mintmark! Looks like a 1913 D T1 Buffalo which is a semi-key date – the park doesn’t fail to impress – I’ve never hunted an area that gives up so many mintmarked 1910-1920 era coins!

Found some shallow iron targets – it’s always good to get those out of the way since oftentimes there are deeper coins underneath (not today though!) Last coin was a confident non-VDI hit and from about 8″ down comes a nice 1911 Wheat – I’ve absolutely trampled this tiny 50-foot square corner of the park and still pull coins – with the 9″ coil able to reach that deep I’m sure there are some bigger and better goodies just waiting to be found

Trip 3…No April fooley on this hunt !!!

We finally had a decent day where the snow wasn’t blowing, settled, or otherwise blocking the way to get to a good local spot where older coins seem to congregate! I hunted this park on Monday and found a couple of older Wheats and a nice Type 1 Buffalo nickel, and for the last couple days I’ve been jonesing to get back out there!

Today I picked up in the same 50-foot box where I keep getting faint targets…many of them turn out to be keepers! I ran Disc = 0 today to see if it helped with any of the foil – didn’t see any difference in performance one way or another. First target sounded good and indicated 89-91 VDI un 4khz – at the 7″ mark out came a 1934D Wheat…a little newer than usual but still on the right track – that just proved that I didn’t have the coil over that spot before!

Went on for a while and dug some foil at various places, then finally got over a sweet-sounding “86” that sounded like a deep silver quarter! I got excited but that quickly waned when it turned out to be a pulltab at 5″….re-ground balanced and not 2 feet away I got a faint high-toned hit. Looking at the “horseshoe”, it indicated non-ferrous (right side) about 1/3 of it was shaded. In my experience, this indicates a coin-sized (dime or penny sized) target at about 6″. At about 7″ down out came a pretty sharp 1893 Indian that cleaned up rather well.

Running Disc = 0 didn’t seem to affect the operation of the “horseshoe”, even for the deeper, tougher targets. Every time I got one of those soft, rolling hits the horseshoe indicated “non-ferrous” – the 1902 Barber Dime was at 8″ and it indicated about 1/6 shaded right side. Didn’t dig ANY IRON today, but when I want to go after those 10″ coins and beyond, I’m sure more will show itself. For now I’m going to leave Disc = 0 – I don’t see anything adverse from running it like this, and when I changed over to an adjacent 8 kHz program (zero Notch, zero Disc) there was no difference in the horseshoe operation that I could tell.

Deepest coin of the day was found right at the end of the hunt, maybe 15 feet from the Barber dime – a 1912 Wheat. I didn’t check the target in other programs since it was getting dark – once I saw it was a Wheat I headed for the car – lunch was a long time ago and I was famished!

Will be getting back there Monday – the weather is supposed to warm up and be ideal for getting at those deep ones!

Many thanks CZ connoisseur for sharing your adventures and a special thanks to the guys at Findmall Finds Treasure Forums for allowing us to share the posts.
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Finding treasure at 74 years old

Finding Gold coins with an XP metal detector is beyond most peoples dreams.
One rainy day in October Philip Jones had his prayers answered….He only had a few hours spare in the morning , as he had a doctors appointment in the afternoon.
Taking advantage of his limited time he decided to visit a local field in West Norfolk.

Philip jones finds treasure with an xp metal detector
The field was on the top of a hill with a Roman villa a few kilometres away. The farmer had just removed the potato crop so Phil was looking forward to searching it again, the sandy soil was easy to dig but the recent rain made quite a challenge .
He arrived at the field and decided to wait for the rain to stop, the clouds were clearing. Looking across the field he could see a rainbow which made him smile as it seemed to cross his intended search area .
What happened next was unbelievable !
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