About Treasure Tim

Tim works at Miners Den Australia’s Bendigo store ‘BendigoGold’. Having an interest in both Gold Prospecting and Treasure Hunting he is available to offer Miners Den Australia customers advice and support in their pursuit treasure hunting adventures and Gold Nuggets. Tim will be sharing his finds and advice regularly on the Miners Den Australia blog, so make sure you check back to see some fantastic finds and valuable tips on getting the best out of your Minelab Gold, Treasure and Adventure metal detectors! Having uncovered 1000's of historic relics and many ounces of gold nuggets Tim is perfect person to help you hone your skills and get you discovering more of the good stuff more often. Tim can be contacted via email timkrause@minersdenaustralia.com.au

Gorgeous Gold Pieces Found with Minelab GPX 5000

We were recently shown some great finds by a BendigoGold customer-

I was out detecting with the Minelab GPX 5000 metal detector with the 11” Commander Mono Coil in a spot near a quartz reef. We found a small piece of gold on the Saturday, it was the only piece we found but decided to return on Sunday for a more thorough look, as we thought the spot had more potential.


Returning on Sunday I began detecting and heard a faint signal and began digging. After about a foot down, and underneath a very large quartz rock, I unearthed this quartz specimen with gold showing all through it. A specific gravity test on the rock suggests approx. 26 grams of gold within it. We also found several other nice specimens and nuggets in the same area.


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Lovely 222.6 gram Nugget Found

A BendigoGold customer recently showed us some of his great finds.

One was a 222.6 gram gold nugget.

The nugget was found using a Minelab GPX 5000 metal detector with a Nugget Finder 14″ x 7″ Elliptical mono coil.

It was found at a depth of around 12″. The ground was very hard  & dry, it was virgin ground.

The nugget was very dirty when pulled out after cleaning in hydrochloric acid it weighed 10 grams less.

What a great find!! Not a bad day’s prospecting!

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Success with the Minelab Eureka Gold Metal Detector

A BendigoGold customer recently had great success with the Minelab Eureka Gold Metal Detector. Congratulations to the prospector..

I went for a drive out the bush in some new areas looking for quartz outcrops to try out my new rock hammer .

I came across a nice quartz area and the area looked gold bearing so I also ran my Minelab Eureka Gold Detector with the Coiltek 6” Goldseeker Coil over the area to see if there were any signals around it.

I found many rubbish targets straight away and after about 40 minutes I heard a rather large signal and began digging.

It was about 6-8 inches deep until I got the target out and there was this beautiful quartz specimen full of gold. Within a foot of that one I got another good signal and similar depth, out popped another beautiful nugget ,again with some host rock still attached.

A couple of beautiful gold specimens thanks to the Minelab Eureka Gold, paired with the Coiltek 6” Goldseeker coil.

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Beautiful 22.3 gram Gold Specimen Found

A BendigoGold Customer found a beautiful 22.3 gram specimen with quartz still attached.

It was found using a Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector using a 12″ x 7″ Nugget Finder Mono Coil.

The ground was highly mineralised and the specimen was found at a depth of about 10”.

Due to the high mineral level of the ground there was only a faint signal but the prospector was well rewarded with this beautiful piece.

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Minelab CTX 3030 discovers a Beaut Cricket Buckle

I was studying an old map which showed considerable alluvial gold workings in an isolated area near Bendigo and decided to take a drive there to see if it had seen many detectorists.

The diggings were extensive and probably had a large population in the 1860’s. It appeared as though nobody had been detecting there so I switched on the Minelab CTX 3030 and detected around the diggings and it was surprising how much junk was around, and shallow.

After a couple of hours digging pocketfulls of the usual buckles and buttons, but nothing of great interest, and that it was nearing 40 degrees, I was ready to call it a day and head back towards my car when I heard a broad, high-pitched signal on the edge of a digging.

I could tell it was a large non-ferrous object and that it was down several inches. I began digging the rock-hard dry ground, using my Minelab PRO-FIND 25 as I went to keep me from hitting the object with the pick.

After approx 6-7 inches deep, the PRO-FIND told me I was almost right on it, so I proceeded to use my hands. I finally seen the edge of a large flat brass belt buckle. Carefully prying it out with a stick, I was excited to think it would be another Victorian era cricket themed buckle, but also wondering if it would come out broken or damaged, as many of them are. It sure looked intact when it was just out of the ground so I walked it back to my car and brushed off the dirt with an old toothbrush to reveal its detail. I sure was lucky with this one. Beautiful condition and it still has the clasps on the back. Another excellent goldfields buckle for the collection.

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Treasures found by Treasure Tim with the Minelab CTX 3030

I recently found a group of old gold diggings in the Greater Bendigo area which upon inspection didn’t appear to have been detected before, or at least not recently, so I was fairly keen on grabbing either the GPX 5000 for gold, or my CTX 3030 for the relics left behind by the old miners.

I fired up the GPX 5000 with a mono coil just to get an idea of the extent of the metal objects laying around, and immediately I ascertained they had not seen a detector before due to the high volume of rubbish targets. It was then I decided to use the CTX so as to discriminate a majority of the unwanted junk targets.

Within no time I had a pocket full of old miners buttons, belt buckles, brooches, and various other lost personal items. These diggings would have most probably been worked in the late 1850’s to early 1860’s. Here are some of the many coins and other items found with the CTX at this site. Chinese and European coins were found. The tailings heaps would most probably contain a few pieces of missed gold too, which is a job for the GPX 5000 another day.

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Christmas Eve Sovereign – An unusual story of luck

A few days before Christmas, I went out bush in search of likely coin/relic hunting areas near Bendigo, of which there are plenty, but most I’ve found had seen a detector or two over the years, and most of the easy targets had gone long ago.

I managed to locate a small settlement site, with the remains of several stone houses in a row which I guess date around 1850’s or 1860’s. The easily accessible location of this site discouraged me a little, as I was sure someone would have detected it before me. The first house site I decided to detect around immediately excited me, as I was finding many easy objects all around it, which would suggest I was the first there.

Within perhaps half an hour I had a strong 12:28 signal on the Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector which I proceeded to dig without caution, with a gold sovereign the last thing on my mind at the time. Hastily, I scraped the shallow target out and saw the glint of gold sitting on top of the dirt.

After picking it up, I knew what it was which obviously excited me greatly until I realised that I had lightly scraped its face with my digging tool. A beautiful 1830 English full Gold Sovereign.

I moved onto the other house sites in the settlement and began to notice many dig holes by other detectorists, even a pile of dug up junk targets placed on the rocks. I thoroughly detected them and yielded virtually no targets.

I still can’t understand why the first site I decided to detect had not been touched, and the others immediately adjacent had been completely hunted out. Perhaps if I began detecting the others first, the discouragement of them may have sent me away early and not bother continuing on. I can picture this happening to me, and can only suspect this was the case for others.

I have since changed my recovery technique!

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256g Nugget Found with Minelab GPX 5000

A customer came into the BendigoGold shop recently showing us his 256 gram nugget (8.2ounces).

It was found on the side of a hill. The customer had stopped and seen a likely looking spot and decided to have a search with his Minelab GPX 5000 metal detector and Nugget Finder 17” x 11” mono coil and found a couple of tiny bits of gold. He then heard a massive loud signal and thought it would be junk but decided to have a dig anyway.

From only about 8 inches down in solid hard ground popped out this awesome nugget.

He was very lucky not to hit it with his pick.

It was found on Christmas eve 2013. What a fantastic Christmas present!

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