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.
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!
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!
2013 was a great year for one prospector who sent in a photo of his finds from the last 12 months. Using a Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector with a Rooster Booster he has found close to 14oz’s in Victorian Goldfields.
The nuggets range from 0.06g to 1.5oz using a few different coils but the best all rounder coil he found was the Minelab 11″ Commander coil.
Congratulations to the prospector and we hope 2014 is an even better year!
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The picture below is of my last years worth of finds up until January this year with my Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector.
Not shown is all the $1 and $2 coins as they get spent and lots of sinkers donated to my fathers fishing adventures.
Finds come from a range of locations from Beaches to Bush including local parks, military sites and old house sites out in the bush.
Finds include sinkers, junk jewelry, gold and silver rings, Pre Decimal coins, Military finds, 1c 2c, foreign coins and of course current coins.
I am a bit of a hoarder and it was quite a surprise to see it all in one spot instead of stashed away in tins.
Quite a few ounces of beautiful Queensland Gold – found by one of our more enthusiastic Sydney customers with his Minelab GPX 5000 which he purchased from Miner’s Den Sydney.
There’s also a photograph showing some of the Chinese Coins that he found on the diggings that he visited.
The young prospector had already sold 4 ounces of the nuggets before he arrived with his remaining haul for us to photograph.
I recently had a very good 3 days of detecting with my Minelab GPX 5000 Metal Detector. Starting very early one Saturday morning I headed off on the 2.5 hour drive to our ‘patch’. Upon arrival and after a quick coffee I decided to pay some more attention to the gully behind our main area of finds. I had already picked up one nugget in the bank of this gully a few weeks earlier so I wasn’t expecting to find much. To my surprise within a few minutes I had a target! Gold it was, followed by 2 more! How on earth had I missed these last time???? After clearing that area I headed up to another spot where I had picked up 6 small bits. To my amazement only a meter or so from the mini patch I had a variance in my threshold. I kicked the leaf litter away and was rewarded with a faint but definite sound. A nice deep 1 grammer! That was it for the weekend sadly……..
On Thursday that same week I had a day off and decided to head out again. My plan this time was to shift logs and sticks around. I cleared an area about 10m by 10m, turned the detector on, ground balanced and bang- a target. A 1.3gram nugget! After clearing some more with no luck I decided just to wonder, looking for sticks that had not been moved. I found a small pile of debris that had been overlooked, shifted it to one side and got a strange and confused signal. I began digging knowing it was gold….. it was a good deep target and after 10″ the sound became inverted and I got excited! Another few inches and she was out, what a ripper- 8.5 grams coated in a great red ironstone clay!
After I recovered from that dig I began walking only a few meters from the last one and got a very faint drop tone right in the open! I took a few inches off and it got a little louder. A few more inches and no more change! I was getting very excited….. after about 10″ I still could not pin point it with the tip of my 14” x 9″ Nugget Finder Coil so I began thinking of multi ounce deep dream nuggets. At 15″ I still could not pin point it so out came the Minelab PRO-FIND 25 pin pointer and found it almost right away. Another inch and it was out. I saw it lying on the pile and for a split second all I could think of was “is that it?” then I realised it was still my biggest piece ever so the happy dance begun. It weighed in at a great 16.2 grams!
So the total for the week for me was a healthy 30.8 grams- not bad for 7 nuggets.
I hadn’t had a spare full weekend to go relic hunting with my Minelab CTX 3030 for a month or so since I was lucky enough to find an 1856 Sydney mint half sovereign.
Saturday I had walked into an old mining area in central Victoria which had been mined by hundreds of diggers from about 1852 through until about the 1870’s or so. Normally most of these areas have been detected by someone over the years but I immediately noticed that there was a lot of easy, large non-ferrous targets laying around on the diggings, and shallow, which suggested I may have been one of the first here!
This is always exciting, but rare to find these days for myself. Encouraged by this I spent most of Saturday digging hundreds of old metal objects with some interesting finds including a nice cricket belt buckle and a few silver shillings, among other things. It was a large area and I hoped that if I spent time and dug everything, that I could be lucky enough to find another gold sovereign!!
This has always been on my mind since finding my first one 2 years ago! The Sunday I went back to the same area and it wasn’t long before I had another gold coin in my hand, from only about 5-6 inches deep !!
This time, a beautiful 1858 Sydney mint half sovereign, and in exceptionally good condition. I couldn’t and still don’t believe my luck. I was also lucky to find a nice traders token and yet another cricket themed buckle.
BendigoGold had a customer stop by last week to come in and show us a 3.2 ounce gold nugget found earlier in the week in Central Victoria.
This great little nugget was found using a Minelab GPX 4000 gold detector and a Nugget Finder 17” x 11” coil. It was found at at depth of around 14 inches.
The two lucky finders were travelling from interstate and were only stopping by to detect in Central Victoria for a couple of days.
Congrats to the finders!