The Metal Detecting Gold Topic

Blackadder43
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So whilst its baking hot, crops are still out, ground is rock hard, and the world seems upside down at present
I thought maybe we could have a show and tell of Gold finds by you all, but maybe with a difference
I have been detecting for a long time, but have never found gold, i bet though i have walked over it in my time, but for whatever reason me and my machines have never found it.
There are a multitude of reasons for this, but maybe some of your stories may help people like myself to one day find some.

So, use this thread to upload photos of your gold finds, but be so kind as to add a bit of info about how you found it (if you can remember of course)
Add your machine if you like, even settings if you remember, numbers it came in at

Gold can come in low on the conductivity scales, so some of us may need pointers in those low signals that we assume will be trash or foil etc.
Was research involved and prompted you to look harder or dig more signals that would be ignored in the heat of a rally etc.
Did you walk past the signal, ignore it, but then thought "maybe i should dig that one"

Failing all that if you cant remember, it will just be a nice golden thread to fluff your egos a bit whilst we wait for cooler weather and the crops to be harvested, and the world to settle down again....
Sadly i cant participate cause i aint found anything golden (i have been lazy and not been on our beach in over 10 years now, so thats my fault lol)

Lets see what you have found people....... :thumbsup:

Remember, you can click on the first photo in the first post and then scroll through using the image gallery on every photo that gets posted in this thread :thumbsup:
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I have found a few Gold rings.. Most was "reward" rings, and lost by someone who would like it back.. So I was rewarded for finding it..
Best one are the ones with diamonds.. gave in the area of 100 to 120 £ in reward..
My first ever Gold ring - found with the Cscoop XD1220

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My second best ring - Found with XP DEUS

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My only gold find wich was not a "Go find Job" actually it was completly identical to my own, at that time ring.. A bit of a chock

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Look forward to the silver post, as I have done some nice finds over the years..
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Boy can gold come in at some very low TID's!
I had not long had my Deus and 11” black coil but was still familiar enough with it. I had recently joined a club and we were on a farm regularly frequented by many detecting clubs. I started along the field edge but found it to be completely iron infested for several meters in so I went for a good wander about this arable field. But after maybe 45 mins without getting a single non-ferrous target though hearing the regular present iron well enough I just thought sod this, I'm going to play in the iron blanket at the edge of the field. So I increased the reactivity and gridded it super slow like snail pace. I think I found a few clear small non-ferrous targets of foil and scrap. Then a really broken high tone showed amongst the strong iron grunts flashing the occasional TID of about 32 I think, it wasn't even very clear but just the slightest hint that something was there. I removed a clod and the signal had completely disappeared. I've had this happen a lot with small nuggets in Aussie when they have turned on edge, so I crushed the clod but still nothing. But it had gotten my inquisitiveness and I had no other plans so persisted with disturbing the soil further. Eventually I had it again but it was so weak and a real pig to find even on the surface. It was in a lump of concrete like clay and only a tiny bit of the decorative gold showed, at the time I thought that it was just a modern gold earring! I bagged it and showed a friend, he ran his detector over it and it could not detect it at all, just silence. Another knowledgeable member suggested that it looked Tudor. I managed to break off some more of the rock hard clay to reveal this.
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A Tudor gold filigree dress pin-head - a treasure find which is now on display in a museum. :thumbsup:
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@Easylife
It doesnt matter how many times i see that Gold pin head displayed, its actually beautiful :clapping:
The workmanship is fantastic and must have been made for an important person or occasion
I think thats the first time i have read the story of how it came to pass though, so thats interesting too
A great lesson to all of us who have some iron infested areas, and great information for the Deus users :thumbsup:

@Danzigman
Great work John, you found Gold, and you had the opportunity to reunite them with their owners, plus get a reward :clapping:
I have 2 gold rings that i would be absolutely gutted if i lost them, so for a kind person to find them again and return them would mean an awful lot, i expect the people you returned those to felt the same
Great detecting and brilliant end result :thumbsup:

Off to a good start here already :D
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I still have a 5 acre horse field that was my first ever permission in my DFX days and also when I got a Deus. I've hit it real hard, gridded it to a certain extent and would be pretty hard pushed to find any non-ferrous target on there now, so it makes for a great testing site. So when I first got the 9” HF coil I went straight up there to see if it could pick anything else out, I happened to set it at 54khz to get the most difference. I meandered down the field to where I had previously found a hammy and some George I coins as I felt there was maybe more to be had but nothing else showed and coming back I maybe just found the odd missed small button. But in one particular area that I had previously done to death yet still scanned it on about every visit I got a completely unmissable non-ferrous signal with a separate iron buzz. From about 4” down came a tiny 10mm Georgian gold fob split-ring and laying just below it was a large lump of iron. So that was a pretty lucky find, right place, right frequency! On the Nox it has a TID of just 1, which I guess that some would normally discriminate out? With the Deus the higher frequencies actually elevate the target ID's and I guess it may have had a TID of about 36 in 54 khz?
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I have been lucky, I admit it, not as lucky as some, but then again a little luckier than others. I have found two gold artefacts
, and although some of you will have seen them, some may not, so let's have another look.

My first gold came as they tend to, out of the blue, stood alone in a recently sowed field, while waiting for my old mate Bob the Log, he had called me to say he was running late, and I should carry on without him for a while. So I grabbed my Rutus Alter 71, and headed into a small field that we never detect, and just wandered around until Bob turned up. The field like so many fields was not quiet, but also not full of signals, and as such I had had a few buttons, buckles, and the usual shotgun cartridge caps. It was at this time I though I would head back to the gate where I had parked and wait there for Bob, about halfway back I got got a an unusual 75 on the Rutus, but a signal worth a look, so I dug a small spade of the sandy soil, and the signal was out of the hole, so I grabbed a handful of the soil and shook it when I spotted something glint and fall to the ground.
I grabbed another handful of soil and again gently shook it, and there in my hand was a gold stater. At this time I never thought it was real as I had not seen one with the block writing on the reverse, so i again called Bob who was just leaving home, and asked him to bring his Spinks book, he of course thought I was joking, but he bought it along, but the stater wasn't in there.

Later that evening, I posted pictures on line, and I got an ID of it being a rare Atrebates Stater, and my first gold.

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Two very beautiful & exquisite finds I- rutus and Ian , and you both have done wonderfully well to have had the honour of finding them . I just wish I`d been the one chosen for either . :D :clapping:
Same with the others,all beautiful finds,. :clapping:
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My second gold item came on an organised dig with the Soil Searchers and came on my last dig before the C19 lockdown, this was on some old parkland, and I was out with my Equinox 800, This dig was tough going, the grass was wet and way too long for enjoyable detecting, and I had really had enough, and was heading back to my van. To do this I followed the hedge around the park as the grass was shorter here, and gave a chance of detecting as I went.
As I neared the gate I had a nice rounded bell like tone, and a solid 10 on the screen, I turned 90 deg and it was still giving a clean signal, and still a solid 10, so I dug down around 8" and was disappointed to see the back of a gold coloured button in the hole, but when I lifted it out I was real surprised to see it was actually gold, and all marked up.
It turned out to be not a button but part of a set of cufflinks, my first gold with the Nox :thumbsup:

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A nice find also. :thumbsup:
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I remember this find very well . I had this urge to go metal detecting , normally I plan ahead so I can arrange my working week and call the Farmer to set it up and check its ok to go , job done . The urge to go was quite strong and a call to see if all was good to go and off I went . It is a very trashy site , full of green waste and so was very frustrating with not a lot of results . Third hole and I got a very scratchy signal , almost to the point of not bothering but it was different to a lot of the signals which were mostly rubbish but sounded good .
It was about six or seven inches down and to be honest I thought that it looked like a heavily decorative button with some gold gilding so there was no immediate heart stopping moment to begin with . After wiping away the dirt , what soil was left within the recess of the design revealed what I then realised was something a little more special than a button .
Found with Q40 , Jewellery mode . Sensitivity I can't recall exactly but would have been around 75-80 .
Iceni Irstead Smiler 1/4 Gold Sater ID by Allectus .
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Great finds being shown, and some i've not seen before..... :thumbsup:
Good information showing that often the gold finds dont set your machines electrics on fire
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@Danzigman
Great work John, you found Gold, and you had the opportunity to reunite them with their owners, plus get a reward :clapping:
I have 2 gold rings that i would be absolutely gutted if i lost them, so for a kind person to find them again and return them would mean an awful lot, i expect the people you returned those to felt the same
Great detecting and brilliant end result :thumbsup:


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Here in my Universe, we are obligated to hand in all items to Police. So if you find a watch, ring, key or vallet detecting - you are by law obligated to hand it in.. Police will try reunited item and owner.. Or if not possible, - Sell item on auction. Money will go to goverment, and you left with the honor finding it..
I normally always work for free to help people, it gives the detectorist a good image.. But from time to time a "Pre set reward" is given to find item.. Most people are so happy you will help, and hugs and kiss.. Giv Redwine or other...Fine for me..
On the other hand I have in a few occasions worked to find keys 3 hours.. In one occasions.. I didnt find them, and they really didnt care.. said nothing and left.. Other occasions "Rich guy" long time and found them.. I could have ½ of the country to detect, as he knew everyone.. Never heard from him againe..
I do not look so deep into the good and bad of this.. Im happy if I find the item...
I try stay away from the croud.. One time on a beach a young girl had lost her heirloom gold watch during a late night swim, after graduating from Uni.. next evening I tried hard to find it.. ( I had several different photos from mobil phone to triangulate from) didnt find it.. But some boys was interested, so I gave them the coins I found as we got forward. It became to much for one guy, who came with his beer and started to shout about public disturbance and privacy ect.. - It was way over his bedtime I belive...
So is it... Good and bad experinces... Im not in this for the money, but take them when offered.
Happy hunting guys and Girls... Some really nice finds shown here... Im stil to find my first piece or old gold..
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I have given three gold items back to family of the owner,
A gold pocket watch which had the farmers grandads name on.
A man's gold wedding ring with a couples name on went back to owners wife who still lived in the village many years after he died.
A gold mourning ring with the name a of Georgian gentleman on & dated 1786, that went back to his family after some research, they only wanted a photo of the ring for the family tree research folder, but they came up to see the big house & area he used to live in & after showing them around I thought the ring should go back home with them, I hadn't found gold for ages, then after giving this ring back to the family in 2016 I've found some sort of gold every year since?
So this lot is all I got left,
the old chap found the big seal ring eye's only while walking around picking up pottery while I was finding sod all with the detector & he won't let me forget it!
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Oh wow, very nice, and really well done for giving things back to their owners or their families :thumbsup:
Great stuff
You need to change the lenses in the old fellas glasses to extremely dark ones :thumbsup:
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Had to go back and look through some old records from August 2016 I have on my database for this my only gold found, only had the Deus for a couple of months so was still getting to grips with it, I was in a field that had not turned up too much, don’t know why just headed diagonally into the field where I thought I had left off last visit, stubble had been disked and my marker was gone!

I nearly didn't go out detecting that day as I worked the night before, got there at 12:00 started on a bit of pasture not done before and thought I would wander down to see if the stubble was a bit easier, they leave it about 9 inches and chop the straw, tough going but better than last week.

Rain eventually stopped play and packed it in at 16:00, here are the settings; found with a Deus on lightly disked stubble, ground damp and lose 4 inches down, 44 readout
Deus Basic 1 (possibly version 3)
slight changes, Iron Vol 1, tone 3 enhanced pitch and tracking (was at 83)

Ring was declared Treasure and now in the Museum

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Regards Steve
A foolish faith in authority, is the worst enemy of truth." Albert Einstein
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