XP Deus HF elliptical coil review

Will it take the Deus to another level ?

The XP Deus 9.5” x 5” elliptical HF coil is a long awaited addition to the range of coils available for the Deus. With a smaller footprint than the standard 9” coil and a higher frequency range up to 80khz this coil unlocks even more potential from the Deus to get in amongst the iron on busy sites and to detect deeper into mineralised soils.

I know exactly where to take the Deus with the HF elliptical coil

When I received my new coil, I knew exactly where to take it. One of the fields we have permission to detect was once the site of a Medieval manor house and a small area had recently been set with maize for bird cover. Sitting within a field of 3′ high wheat crop, this was a real detecting oasis at the end of summer. We had hit this patch hard over the previous month, with both the standard and HF 9” coils, and the soil is naturally mineralised and chock full of both large and small iron targets. It should be a perfect test for the elliptical coil.

The search – Choosing a good set up

I started my search with my 2 tone HF program at 75khz but soon found I had to back off the sensitivity to 85 to enable the Deus to run smoothly. From the outset I was digging tiny pieces of lead that were giving great signals. It’s always a revelation when new technology shows you what you what you have been missing and I was reminded of when I first took a Deus on a site that we had ‘worked out’ with the Goldmaxx Power. I spent time checking signals with the lower frequencies and almost all the targets were invisible to 14khz and 30khz. Occasionally I would get an iffy response from 30khz, but switching back to 75khz turned them into definite ‘diggers’.  High mineralisation levels on this site mean that the GB needs to be run quite low in order to achieve the best depth, making my 2 tone program quite unstable.  I switched over to HOT, and what a difference the HF coils make to this program! At 75khz the target ID’s are boosted right up. Small, low conductive items now generate a higher tone, making them much easier to pick out from bad ground. Running with the discrimination at -6.4, the field was alive with the low tones from iron but the non-ferrous targets clearly shone through. In a little over 3 hours of searching I recovered 62 non-ferrous targets from this patch, all previously missed, including a tiny hammered silver halfpenny of Elizabeth I.

Next trip out I decided to test the elliptical in ‘normal’ conditions, a flat field where we have found a few nice items in the past but was not the site of any major activity. Using 75khz was a nightmare here, time after time I was digging down to find tiny pieces of shot from shotgun shells. I switched to my HF Deep program (2 tone, reactivity 2, 14khz) and soon started to cover more ground, digging larger and deeper items. The 9.5” length of the coil allows decent ground coverage and with a normal sweep speed it feels very light indeed. Depth at these settings is quite good and my deepest find of the day was a George II halfpenny at 9”. I reburied the coin at 10” and was still able to pick it up, though not with the same clarity. Although I would usually prefer a larger coil in these circumstances I had a very enjoyable day, finding an Anglo-Saxon pin, Anglo-Saxon strap-end and an Elizabeth I sixpence. Lisa, using the same set up, recovered two hammered coins and a fabulous Roman fantail brooch from 7” deep.

Summing up – My personal thoughts

Since then, we’ve both used the ellipticals on a variety of sites and they are proving very effective. Used as our primary choice for the most difficult Roman and Celtic sites or for mopping up the missed finds from productive areas, they have been responsible for some very nice finds. The pinpointing is so precise and it really locks on to even the tiniest target. The extreme sensitivity of this coil at 75khz can be a curse if used in the wrong circumstances but on the right site, when searching for small gold and silver, it’s deadly!

Adam Staples/Lisa Grace UK


West Coast Detecting Belgium rally review

 I was kindly invited to Belgium by West Coast Detecting as they had organised a rally with Pit Stop in the town of Opwijk.

West Coast Detecting are based in De Panne and have a very well stocked shop, they have a very large following which was clearly visible on the day.
Christophe went on to say, “most of our customers are also good friends, it is good to see everyone together for this event”
You can visit their Facebook page here West Coast Detecting

People started to arrive early in the morning, I was happy to see so many XP users attending this event, it was a great opportunity to meet customers in person and discuss the hobby and our products.
Christophe Decoussemaeker the owner of West Coast Detecting gathered everyone together and gave them a pre-dig talk and wished everyone good luck.

The rally got underway with everyone keen to find some tokens, the fields also contained some natural finds so there was something for everyone.
In total1400 tokens were buried over several fields, every token found was exchanged for a raffle ticket which then went into the prize draw.
There was plenty of tokens for everyone, so the chances of winning something nice was very high.

The rally was split into 2 sections, 1 dig before lunch and then another dig after lunch, and wow what a lunch !


The organisers spared no expense and hired a professional catering team, who did a fantastic job of feeding hungry detectorists until they could eat no more.
The weather held out for the second part of the dig, everyone went back into the fields for a last chance to find some more tokens before the raffle draw.

The day moved very fast and it was soon time for the raffle, there were lots of prizes to win, some were provided by sponsours others were provided by West coast detecting and Harry and Kristal from Pit Stop.

Everyone enjoyed this familly metal detecting event, it was good to see the comradery between fellow detectorists, it reminded me what a great hobby this is. I met so many great people, not just from Belgium, but from France and the Netherlands who travelled up for the day.
I have to say everyone who attended were very professional and great ambassadors for our hobby.

The rally sponsours

I would like to thank everyone for making me feel very welcome and for suppoprting XP.
And a special thanks to Christophe and his wife Stephanie, Harry, Kristel and Tony from the Pit stop team, Nancy for the photographs, and all the people who made this fantastic event possible.
Sorry if I missed anyone out.

The raffle draw

Nearly all the tokens were recovered and exchanged for tickets, Christophe called the raffle numbers which was a long process as there were so many prizes on offer, at the end of the event his voice was almost finished.

Keep a look out for next year’s West Coast Detecting event, it will definitely be one for your diary.

2 Bronze Age axe head moulds

To discover a mould for an Bronze age axe head is a very rare find, in the same week we had 2 reports from Deus users, both from different parts of the country.
Bronze axe heads were made by casting, early examples appeared to be very similar to its stone predecessors but then evolved and developed a socket for the wooden handle to fit into, and a small loop or ring to make lashing the two together easier. Groups of unused axes are often found together, suggesting ritual deposits to some, though many archaeologists believe that elite groups collected bronze items, perhaps restricting their use among the wider population.

Our first find was from a good friend and member of our XP test team Gary Cook, here is his story.

I was out on a local permission of mine using my Deus with the 11″ coil and version 4, I was using a 2 tone program with a discrimination of 5.5.  After about an hour I had a few Roman Grots in my bag when I get a clear loud signal reading about 95 on the Remote. Thinking it was a large piece of lead imagine my shock when only 2 ” below the surface I see what I think at first is an Axe Head. On Closer inspection I can not believe what I am looking at it’s a Mould for a Palstave Axe Head. Extremely Rare and in fantastic condition, Its dated from around 1800 to 2500 BC. I wonder how many Axe Heads it has made.

Another Great find for my Deus.

Our second story was sent in by George who is from Wales, incredibly he found both halves with his XP Deus here is his story

Both halves of a Bronze Age axe mould find

I have been having trouble getting new permissions in my area, but have been keeping my eye on a farm for a while. The farmer doesn’t live there and seldom visits,  I noticed him one day in a top field tending to his sheep, so I decided to wait by the bottom gate and try my luck with him on his return. After about 40 minutes he finally headed back to the gate I was at and on his

After about 40 minutes he finally headed back to the gate, I opened the gate for him and asked for two minutes of his time. I t turned out he was very interested in what I had to say and very knowledgeable about the area in general and gave me permission to go on his land wishing me well before driving off.

Having my Deus and all my gear in the boot I set off across the first field, at less than an hour into searching I received a cracking signal, registering in the early nineties on my machine. I carefully started digging down and after 10 inches down the soil layer turned into clay and sand. At around 16 to 18 inches I was about to give up, but with my next spade full of earth I unearthed 2 large pieces of metal side by side, I could clearly see bronze on one of them. I removed them carefully having no idea what they were, they were very heavy and caked in clay.

After a further 45 minutes with these heavy weights dragging my bag down I decided to head home and see what I had. After carefully washing the mud and clay away I sent a picture to my son who recognized them immediately for what they were, both halves of a Bronze Age Palstave Axe head mould.

One week later they are now in the hands of an excited FLO (Finds Liaison Officer) and I am busy searching for more but without much luck.What a fascinating hobby metal detecting is as you never ever know what that signal is going to be when you detect something. And who knows what will appear next.


XP Deus top tip

Program number 10 on the Deus is called Goldfield is one of your deepest programs, it uses less filtering than the discriminating programs such as GMP and Deus fast.
Disc IAR is an iron rejection and at a maximum setting of 5 it will reject most Iron.
Using Goldfield for hoard hunting takes a little practice but is well worth the effort.
Make sure you get an exact ground balance by pumping and pressing the pin point button.
Here is a video explaining Goldfield in more detail.

Andy finds a rare Medieval Gold Brooch

Early in 2016 I was metal detecting in Kirby Muxloe, where I had been given exclusive rights, when my XP Deus gave a strange jumpy signal.  My VDI readings were jumping between 40 and 70. It was wet and cold so I decided to make this one my last signal of the evening.  I went down 4-5 inches and noticed a small Gold object in the side of the hole. I remember thinking, Wow how lucky was that, as the spade only missed this item by a few millimeters.

Seeing is believing

As I carefully picked it from the soil, I could see it was an item of beauty, I shouted to my mate ‘Gold!’ He came running over and we both admired it. Our thoughts were it was Georgian or Victorian as it looked in excellent condition with superb craftmanship.  It had script on one side and white enamel with Gold motifs on the reverse. Amazingly the pin was sill intact and also made of Gold.

Later that evening my friend contacted me with and confirmed it was treasure as he had checked on my behalf with our local Finds liaison Officer (FLO). He also said he was convinced it was from the Medieval period and it was my legal duty to hand it in within 14 days to the local coroner or FLO.

At that point the nerves kicked in, I couldn’t sleep that night. I was extremely excited as this was my first treasure find. I contacted the farmer the following morning to share the good news with him. He was equally excited, he went on to say the family had farmed the land for a hundred years and were not aware of any treasure being found previously.

The brooch ended up with the British Museum who confirmed it was made between 1400 and 1490, they were very interested in the French script which translates to ‘Honour and Joy’.
The brooch was with the Museum for around ten months before they decided to ‘disclaim’ the brooch and return it to me.

The next step

After discussions with the farmer, who generously said it was my call as to next steps, I decided to put it up for auction.  Sotheby’s were extremely interested but I had, in the meantime, spoken to Adam and Lisa who are both keen metal detectorists and who run the artefacts department called Historica for Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Derbyshire. Adam and Lisa were very helpful and knowledgeable. They were excited by this find too.  They offered extremely favourable terms for the auction and, along with Charles Hanson himself, promised a lot of local, national and international publicity leading up to the auction date.

Here is a little information about my find:
It is a 15th century “Honour and Joy Gold Heart” brooch.

This was a Medieval gift of love born from the bloody war of the roses.

This fine piece is inlaid with enamel and engraved with the French inscription “honor et ioie” (Honour and Joy)

I discovered it using my XP Deus just outside the moat of Kirby Muxloe Castle.

The castle was built by William Hastings the first Baron Hastings and it is believed this very item once belonged to his wife Katherine Neville.
Back in medieval times jewellery of this quality was only reserved for royalty and the highest ranks of nobility.

The guide price was £6-8,000. The brooch actually sold at auction for £20,800.


Team XP at the UK metal detecting rally 2017

Firstly we would like to thank everyone for supporting XP metal detectors at the UK rally.
Alain, Cedric,Julien and myself had a fantastic time we really enjoyed meeting and talking to all the fantastic people who came over to the XP stand.

We hope you enjoyed the high frequency search coil demonstrations and took away some valuable information with you. These new coils have certainly opened up some new Deus options, keep a look out for the new Deus version 4.1 update, it has a new option called “tracking sensitivity” and will be available to download free of charge very soon.

There was an unbelievable amount of fantastic Deus finds made over the weekend, it was good to meet up with some of our overseas distributors who do a great job promoting our products and supporting customers.

The Viking made a guest appearance along with many other visitors from all over the world.

As always the French stole the show, not only the percentage of XP metal detectors out there in the field but the amount of finds that were responsibly recorded with the on-site FLO team.

Once again thanks to everyone for supporting XP and see you all next year.

XP Deus – Metal detecting news from the USA

XP Deus feedback from the USA has always been very good, perhaps it is because this metal detector suits to so many different search scenario’s from yards to ancient battlefields.
Here is the latest news from some of our XP USA team members.

Sonya Harshman

 I get asked almost daily if I am happy with my XP Deus, and what it is that makes it different from other detectors.

This question immediately puts a smile on my face because I love to tell people about this machine.
I have only been detecting for 2 years, and only 1 year with the Deus. My finds have EASILY tripled with the XP Deus from the very beginning. Why, you may ask? It’s because no other detectors let you tweak your settings to the extent that the XP Deus does to have the best possible outcome at each site that you hit.

Got EMI interference?

Turn down your sensitivity and change frequencies. Still hear it? Adjust your inner frequencies and your problem is solved.

Is your site loaded with iron?

Turn up your reactivity and slow your swing speed to pick those sweet tones out in between the grunts.

Nice, clean yard?

Lower your reactivity and turn up your sensitivity to go deep and get those long, hidden coins.

And you want to make sure that you don’t miss those quiet tones from the deep targets right?

Then turn your audio response up to 4 or 5. You’ll never miss those deep targets again because it was too quiet of a tone to hear. The XP Deus can literally be set up to give you the best possible results at any location.

 With my first detector,  I found a few large cents and around 15 Indian Heads in a year. So far since January with my Deus, I have found 72 Indian Heads, 12 large cents, 5 flying eagles, 2 trimes, 1 reale, 2 half dimes, 4 2-cent coins, and a $1 1857 Gold coin. Not to mention shield and V nickels, seated quarter and dimes, and others. Plus, too many relics to list.

 If anyone is on the fence about this detector, please, get a hold of me. I will gladly help you make the best decision about your metal detecting career. I promise you, you will never want another machine after you’ve used the XP Deus.
Sonya Harshman

Ed Huffman, owner of treasure Mountain Detectors
Captain of the XP Deus Team USA

Gary’s interview with Ed Huffman talking about the new HF coils

I got a chance to talk with Ed Huffman from Treasure Mountain Metal Detectors over in the US.

Gary: Ed what is your honest opinion about the HF coils?
Ed:  I would like to start off by saying there’s not a lot of optional coils that have amazed him over the years. Not just for the XP Deus, but all metal detectors. Yes, there have been some optional coils which enhance performance and make a difference in-depth, separation, and coverage for diverse types of hunting situations. However, what I’m talking about here is an ‘optional coil’ that has truly amazed me with instant results.
Gary: I know from our earlier conversations, the detecting scene in the US can be very specific, from coin shooting in yards to relic hunting old battlefields. How would you rate the HF coils as an all-rounder?
Ed: I have personally had tremendous success with both, the XP Deus 9” Inch HF round and 9.5” Inch elliptical coils. What has amazed me, as well as other Detectorists, is these coils are being used in trashy / iron infested areas that myself and others have spent hours upon hours detecting with other metal detectors. Within a few hours of detecting these areas, it is truly amazing what the other metal detectors missed due to the trash and iron infestation! These new HF coils are the answer to making your old detecting sites new again and are a true game changer….For me and my team they have taken the Deus to a new dimension for specific sites.!

Not so long ago the question asked was “What machine do I take” for a specific hunt
Now it’s just a case of “What coil do I take”

Gary: Tell me more about your teams experiences with the new coils?
Ed: Heath Jones, Scott Duncan and Josh Nickerson are highly experienced XP Deus users and Members of the XP Deus Team USA. They had their maiden voyage with the HF Coils this past week and within an hour of detecting in a spot that both and others had detected over the years, Heath sent me a photo of a gold ring! A few moments later, Scott sent me a pic of another ring! After a couple more hours, Heath and Scott had racked up 4 Rings, an antique compact case, numerous coins and a Civil War .58 caliber three ringer! Check out Heath and Scott on the podcast History Seekers where they will be talking more in-depth about this experience! Same amazing results for Josh Nickerson too! Josh has found a handful of coins including an 1854 Half Cent, 1876 Seated Dime and 1855 Large Cent in the same areas he and others have hunted many times throughout the years!

Gary: What about customer feedback ?
Ed: The feedback for the HF Coils has really been excellent! With the short time that these coils have been on the market we have sold a lot and now that everyone is seeing the results the sales are increasing weekly! I have had numerous customers call and send me pics in amazement of what they are finding in the areas that they have frequently detected through the years. The main comment I hear from the customers is this.


“Ed, I can’t believe that I found this because I know for a fact that I went over this exact area before!”

Gary: So how would you compare the HF coils against the black coils, do you think running at a higher frequency sacrifices depth? What about the big Silver coins you guys hunt for?
Ed:  Personally, I feel that the black coils have their place as well as the HF Coils. The black coils along with the HF coils are all important to utilize to be successful! To get the absolute most out of an area that you currently detect or will detect in the future, you want to be as prepared as possible. This can truly be the difference of finding that rare amazing artefact or coin that is inches away from being detected by the HF coils because of the depth range or needing that superior separation to squeeze out that rare artefact from an extremely iron infested area that you only do with the HF Coils!.
Now… that is just two examples of why it’s important to have the black coils along with the HF coils. Once you start to factor in the different frequencies and ability to handle mineralized soil and saltwater, I could probably talk another hour or more on why it’s important to have all the optional coils for the XP Deus!

Gary: Are you planning to make some Deus videos for the XP Deus team USA website?
Ed: I’m happy you asked that question Gary! Videos are very important and an excellent way to demonstrate and show the superior performance capabilities of the XP Deus Metal Detector. All the time I have people asking me about the XP Deus and how I think it would perform in certain situations. You know to be honest I can talk about the XP Deus all day, but to show someone how it performs or to demonstrate the settings on video goes a long way because to a lot of people, seeing is believing! Heath Jones and myself are currently putting some videos together that will show the XP Deus performing numerous tests with different settings and different coils and how it affects one another. We also have a lot of real world detecting videos where we’re making some awesome finds with the XP Deus to share too! Check us out on YouTube at TreasureMtnDetectors and HistorySeekers.

Gary: How do you see the future for XP in the USA?
Ed: Like I have said before Gary … XP Metal Detectors is the future of metal detecting! I have personally been using the XP Deus Metal Detector ever since it was released in the USA back in 2012 with version 2.0! Back then, as with any new detector brand that Americans are not familiar with, they can be hesitant on getting one until it proves itself. I can tell you that the XP Deus proved itself extremely fast here in the US with Relic Hunters because of its ability to work the iron infested areas! Now jump to 5 years later, the XP Deus is not only a popular Relic Hunting detector but extremely popular with Coin & Jewellery Hunters and Gold Prospectors!
Here at Treasure Mountain Detectors we were selling around 30-40 XP Deus Metal Detectors a year back in 2012 and now were selling over 200 of them a year! I personally feel that the XP Deus is the ultimate all-round metal detector for Relic Hunting, Coin & Jewellery Hunting, Gold Prospecting and Beach Detecting! I would also like to mention that if anyone has any questions or just wants to talk about the XP Deus please feel free to contact me anytime. Once again Gary, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you my friend! Happy Hunting!

Dave DiNataile

2017 has been an exciting detecting season for me.  Six months ago I made the decision to make the XP Deus my go to detector and have never looked back.
Professionally made videos from XP made the learning curve an enjoyable experience.  I was able to understand The XP Deus in a shorter period of time because the information was plentiful and insightful.
My confidence level increased after each hunt and the proof was in the finds that I was pulling from the ground.  I returned to all the sites I have dug in the past and was amazed on how much was still there, missed by my prior high-end detector.

I was able to get noticeably deeper with the innovated programs.  The coins and relics I was recovering were increasing and becoming much older.
The recovery speed and the ability to hear good targets amongst the iron makes this machine second to none.  Distinct tones, pitch and volume of targets is utterly consistent.  In many situations I’m able call it before I dig it, I just love hearing those high tones in the HOT program.

Just when I think the XP Deus has peaked, it goes to another level.  High frequency coils, updates to the controller and the most amazing pin pointer on the market today, The MI 6.
Plain and simple, The XP Deus is a true performer and I’m a proud user of The XP Deus.
Why not check out Dave’s video’s
XPress metal detecting with Deus Dave YouTube channel

Calabash Digger

Instructional video’s, hints, tips and extreme XP Deus testing

Scott has a really good series of video’s online, if you have a Deus technical question that needs answering, there is a very good chance Calabash Digger has made a video on the subject.
Many people in the USA including myself regard him as one of the top Deus users in the US as he has a very comprehensive understanding of the machine and a great ambassador for the hobby.
Check out the You Tube channel here Calabash Diggers XP Deus tests.

Thanks to everyone who have contributed to this article
Written by Gary Blackwell

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Unexpected Deus Gold

I don’t know what your expectations are when you grab your metal detector and head out for a day’s detecting. Some of us go out hoping to find coins, others dream of finding interesting militaria and relics, the list could continue up to modern items (for example, I have a friend who loves to find modern toys).

As detectorists, our one desire it to unearth something unique.
Out of all the most desirable metal detecting discoveries, ancient artefacts and Gold has to be top of most people’s list, but what if a seemingly ordinary day would in the end give you both !

Just another day metal detecting in the forest

It was a warm day at the beginning of May, and indeed just another day detecting. I was searching an area which in the past had previously given up some small items, such as Roman Fibula fragments, a few Roman minims and half of a Silver Denarius. Nothing incredible but the forest was beautiful and I just love being there, every time I visit this area it always gives me the ”There must be something else here” feeling.

Crazy as it may sound this is how it really happened.

I was on my way back to the car with pockets full of modern coins and mixed garbage for disposal, I told myself, the next signal is going to be my last dig, and that was the moment when my Deus reported a high and very stable tone. I remember saying to myself “I hope this is something good” I can only assume the gods were looking down on me at that point.

The recovery

I started digging and noticed that scattered around the first target were also other positive signals, my hopes were raising.
I managed to recover few Roman bronze coins together with two tiny bronze buckles and other fragments which looked like parts from ornaments, I knew I was ”In the zone”. After a short while I had recovered multiple artefacts.

Another signal this time in the foil range

I stood in disbelief and played out the events that had just happened in my mind. How could a routine day very quickly turn into something very special, and on my last dig.
As I turned to leave the “hot spot”, convinced that every target had been recovered, I received a strange mixed signal from my Deus: somewhere in the foil range, a cracking 37/42 signal.

Long story/short: The strange signal wasn’t related to foil or any other garbage…But from a Roman Gold coin! No need to describe what can’t be described, but I can tell you for sure that I was in a state of trance, unable to believe what just happened in front of me…to me!

Recovered at a depth of about 10cm, the coin is a Roman Gold Solidus Honorius (393-423) issued at Sirmium between 393-395, having 4,33g.
Later my joy was even bigger when the staff from the Romanian National Museum of History decided to feature the Solidus on the front cover of their volume dedicated to ancient numismatics.

I have since donated the coin to the National Museum of History Bucharest.
I truly love this hobby and my XP Deus! 
Now I will let the pictures talk!

This article was written and submitted by
Marian from the RMA team.

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XP Deus tip : Low target numbers.
Low numbers may be Gold
If you see a low target number and think it may be foil – Think again as it could be a Gold coin !
When in the ground, Gold can be easily consumed by the ground itself, this in turn will lower the target ID.

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Rare militaria found in Romania

I am very aware that most of the XP Deus users chose the machine mostly for locating ancient coins and artefacts, but I will say it once more: The Deus is a VERY versatile machine, capable of working particular sites for specific targets,  if you understand its way of functioning.

As many have said several times before, they chose the Deus because it’s incredibly light, fast and easy to use; yes, easy to use, despite all the voices stating that it is hard to understand, why would it be when the factory programs are all installed and you are ready to go straight out of the box, all you need to do is learn it’s ways.
Let’s say that the Deus could be compared to a lifetime companion: If you take time and understand the ”right rhythm” you will work in harmony, in turn you will be rewarded.

How I use the Deus

I use the Deus mainly for searching areas that contain militaria, all the time I am looking for interesting pieces of iron that can be reconditioned or donated to our local museum, so the Deus has to deal with highly iron infested sectors, while looking for a specific type of iron. This method of searching amongst iron to find iron can be a very difficult task.
Some places I visit are full of all kinds of modern scrap, both ferrous and non-ferrous metal, in this case I set my Deus to zero discrimination, in order to interpret the signals, then choose the spot where to dig while having a good idea of what areas to avoid. That’s the procedure we follow if we want to find a bayonet, for example. I guess you could say it is picking the modern iron from the old iron.

My latest session

During my last session, I kept the Deus set on reactivity 3, mostly because I needed a fast recovery between targets, also keeping in mind that most Militaria targets are considerably big, so you won’t need maximum depth. When I hear a mixed iron signal showing about 23/27, I know that something good could be ”behind” it. Working at 0 discrimination, makes the interpretation of such targets easier, which otherwise could have been rejected if using a higher discrimination.

I’ve managed to recover a WW1 Steyr bayonet, a rare model issued by the Romanian Army and for use with the Henry Martini rifle. There was a high faint signal coming from the brass head, almost covered by the iron feedback coming from the rest of the bayonet. The piece was in a nearly vertical position, at around 20cm deep; if the brass head would have been positioned horizontally, very probably the signal would have been much better, but the Deus managed to pick it out anyway.
Attached are some pictures of the reconditioned bayonet, together with her sister, recovered during a previous session!

Thanks XP for your continued support
Michele and all the RMA team.

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XP Deus tip – Audio response
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, using a low audio response can help you “Cherry Pick” the deeper targets by the softer audio sounds, allowing you the option to perhaps ignore the louder shallow/modern targets.

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My Deus keeps finding Silver coins

My XP Deus never fails to amaze me, it just loves finding ancient silver coins, here is my story.
I began detecting in 1979, when you still needed a licence from the post office, and found quite a few pre decimal coins, but stopped after a couple of years due to other commitments.
In 2014 I bought a second-hand detector and started again, and soon had the bug, as my interest progressed I decided to get a decent top of the range metal detector. I bought the XP Deus, full set-up with 11” coil, and from that day I have never looked back.

I love using this machine, its wireless and so light that I can use it all day long. From day one I found it a very simple metal detector to use and was everything I was looking for in terms of technology.
I started with Deus Fast, and soon moved on to the Hot program, I found a new confidence when using full tones, I was so in tune with the response and the way it performed, it suited my hearing and style of detecting.

I also bought a 9” coil and the XP wired back phones so I have a full backup machine.

Very early on I quickly discovered that the Deus loves silver, and began to find numerous hammered, milled, and a few Roman and Celtic silvers. I soon had my first Saxon penny with the Hot program, a lovely condition Cnut short cross.

Two months later in January 2016, again with Hot, while on a dig with Mid-Week Searchers, I dug up a unique Saxon penny of Ludica (825-27).

I knew it was a Saxon penny straight away, as the three lines of writing on the reverse were very clear, I got excited and ran over to show my detecting buddy Neil. I left the dirt on the coin, so could not see the obverse until I got home. After washing it in distilled water I could read +LUDICA REX MER on the obverse with a lovely portrait, and see +LVN/DONIA/CIVIT on the reverse. I had never heard of Ludica, so I Googled him and realised that I’d found a rare coin. A little research later it dawned on me that I had a unique coin, as there were no Ludica coins listed with this portrait, and none with the London reverse.

I sent a picture to the Fitzwilliam Museum who told me it was a very important discovery – a coin of a new mint (London) for Ludica. The reverse is very similar to that of a unique London coin of Ecgberht as king of Mercia (829-30), and the obverse is similar to the East Anglian coinage of Ludica, but with a different (London) style. This fills a major gap in our knowledge of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon coinage. The coin was recorded in the Early Medieval Corpus (EMC 2016:0014). After recording I put it up for auction with DNW, but was advised to withdraw it so that the experts could see it first. I made an appointment and took it to the Fitzwilliam where its was checked over and weighed. It will have to go back to be auctioned soon, as I have a 50/50 agreement with the landowner .

I have now upgraded to version 4 software, and mostly use the default Hot program, I like the new features and now the Silver signals are even clearer.

I had a shock the other day whilst using Hot again on another Mid-Week Searchers dig where the BBC were present. I dug up a Saxon style silver cross in lovely condition – I couldn’t believe it! I showed it to several people, and they told me that it was the real deal. Just then the BBC reporter covering the dig asked me for an interview about it, which I did quite excitedly. Shortly afterwards, it became apparent that it was a modern copy, so that was a bit of a let down, especially as a genuine bronze Saxon brooch came up nearby. It was exciting for a while, and I still sent some pictures to the local FLO, just in case.

Here are some of the Silver coins I have found using my XP Deus.

Andy Hall, East Sussex.

XP Deus tip : The Deus has been designed as a true audio machine, hearing a target tone correctly is an important part and can go a long way to your success. Make sure you have a good program that suits your hearing and if needed adjust the tonal range to a frequency level you are comfortable with.
A simple 2 tone program may be a better choice if you have difficulty interpreting a multi-tonal range.
Tones can be adjusted via the expert menu on your Deus controller.

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XP Deus HF round coil pasture test

An afternoon metal detecting with the XP Deus HF coil.

Having used the XP Deus high frequency coil for some time now, it has quickly become my coil of choice for hunting ancient sites, the 54Khz has really opened my mind and proved without a doubt there is no such thing as a worked-out site.

As most of my sites are now under crop I wanted to try this coil on some pasture and concentrate on the low to mid frequencies, 14 – 28Khz, sometimes deep pasture can require a different set up and approach compared to cultivated land.
Personally I like searching pasture because it gives me a chance to see how deep a machine can detect on undisturbed soil.
Which leads me straight into my short article.

How deep is the XP – 9″ High Frequency coil?

This was a perfect time to carry out a little experiment with my HF, I have some permission on some pasture which has not seen a plough for many years, it has always been shy at producing targets but looks ideal for detecting. I wanted to use some standard factory settings for my deep target test.

The DEEP program #6

I chose program 6 (deep) as I was confident this powerful program would suit the pasture field in question as it has minimal iron infestation and hopefully the DEEP program would help locate some deep targets.
Not knowing how the high frequency coil would perform, I took notes on all my targets prior to digging while changing the frequencies from 14 to 28 to see if there would be any noticeable advantages.
I was quite shocked to discover the higher frequency, 28Khz produced a cleaner audio sound than the lower frequency 14Khz on many targets I detected on the day. Perhaps this was a reflection of my ground conditions.
While using the deep program, the occasional deep horse shoe fooled me, giving a fairly good audio sound, this was to be expected as DEEP is a very powerful “RAW” program. To conquer this, I switched to program 9 (hot) and re checked the target. Every time the audio reported Iron, I have to say Iron cannot hide when using program 9 HOT, the full tone audio gives the operator so much valuable information. I found the white 9″ HF coil operated a lot smoother than my 11 inch black coil in this situation, even with the sensitivity turned up to 94 the HF coil was very settled, I can only describe it as “confidence inspiring”.
During the afternoon my targets varied in size, I dug a lot of lead and blank Georgian coins which had been eaten away from cow pee over the years but it was good sport and a good test for the HF coil.

My best find of the day was a Charles 1st silver six pence dating 1639-40 which I recovered at just over six inches deep, also a small copper alloy bell at 10 inches. This is the first hammered coin I have ever found on this field so it has uplifted my confidence for future visits.
Overall I felt the HF coil performed very well using the DEEP setting on my pasture site, and I truly believe even at 28Khz was easily on par with my 11 inch standard coil.
XP technology is moving fast and in the right direction, I can’t wait to try the new elliptical coil on some really difficult sites….Watch this space !

This XP Deus 9″ round coil article was kindly submitted
By Gary Smith

XP Deus TIP :
Ground balance – Lowering the ground balance beyond a recommended level may appear to give you more depth but may make operation unstable, this is a mistake many new XP Deus users make.
Lower settings can make the coil over sensitive and give false signals on certain ceramics, contact with the ground such as rocks or tree roots, hot rocks, holes, disturbed soil, even your hand. Do not adjust the ground balance to the displayed ground reading unless you are confident an adjustment is required.
XP recommends that you stick with 88 – 90 to ensure a smooth operation on a wide range of search scenario’s.
“Only lower the ground balance if you are confident with its operation”

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