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  1. 12 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nice Patch to Split!

    A good friend and customer sent over this photo that he took a while back. All of this gold was found in a single day using the Minelab GPX 5000. What is even more impressive is that the finder told me this was only his cut. He was working with a partner and they actually split all the gold they found that day. So, the real take was twice this amount! Congratulations to this talented and hardworking prospector – that is an impressive day on the goldfields! Thanks for sharing…
  2. 11 points
    A friend of mine that bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 not long ago just sent me these photos of an awesome discovery he made. While swinging along he picks up a very low, mellow signal. He said it wasn’t much of a signal, but since gold had already been found nearby he decided to scratch on it. Once he broke open the ground and got down a bit the signal really improved. By the time he hit two feet it was an overload. He said the target was hidden down in a bedrock crack and as he swept the dirt with his fingers he caught glimpse of gold. He said he kept sweeping aside the dirt and the exposed gold just continued to get bigger and bigger. When it finally came out of the hole he was rewarded with an absolutely stunning 9-ounce nugget!!! This is the largest piece I have heard of so far this year, and I think he’s going to have a tough time beating it. What an amazing find! A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector. Thank you again for letting me share your photos; keep up the good work!
  3. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nice start with the Equinox 800!

    I sold a Minelab Equinox 800 a while back to a gentleman up in Wyoming and mentioned that I always love seeing photos of customer finds. Well he didn’t forget, because I just got these in the mail! From the looks of it, he has definitely gotten the hang of the machine. He has found all sorts of goodies. My personal favorite is the bar token from Montana…Great work Tom, thanks so much for sharing with us!
  4. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    There's always a few more!

    I was able to get out detecting over the weekend. It was snowing and cold up north, so I bailed out and headed south to the deserts. What a difference 5,000 feet makes! The weather was great and by 10:00 I had ditched the sweater and was hunting in a T-shirt. I really wanted to go exploring for new ground, but because the days are so short now, I decided just to focus and rework some old patches. I was using the Minelab GPX detector and my all-time favorite coil, the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution. I hit two patches that had produced nicely for me in the past. All the easy “sitting duck” targets were long gone, so I knew I’d have to take my time. I decreased my normal swing speed to about half and really concentrated on keeping the coil as low to the ground as possible. I hugged all the contours and kicked rocks and dead brush out of the way. I was absolutely amazed at how many tiny, subtle targets started to show up. There were lots of ironstone hot rocks as well, but moving slower helped minimize those as well. The slower speed changed their target signal and I was able to ignore a vast majority. That’s not to say I didn’t hear a lot of ghost signals, but after you scratch and kick enough of them, eventually a few turn into solid targets. I dug every single target I got, most of which were slivers of rusty iron, but in the end I walked away with 12 shiny nuggets in my pocket. The total weight was 6.1-grams. None of the pieces were huge, but like I’ve said before, I never toss any of them back! Here are a few photos…Happy Hunting everyone!
  5. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Freshly dug GPZ nug!

    So, a friend of mine sends me this photo in a text. He is out swinging his GPZ 7000 (with 14” coil) when he gets one of those sweet, low mellow signals that we are all on the hunt for. He digs down nearly two feet and breaks through a compacted gravel & rock layer that probably hasn’t seen daylight for many millions of years. And there waiting for him at the bottom was this beautiful half-ouncer!!! What’s even better, this was only the second target he dug that day! Not a bad way to kick off a morning. A big congratulations to this fellow. He and his partner are some of the best operators I know, and it’s a rare day when they get skunked. Thanks again for letting me share the photo.
  6. 9 points
    nvchris

    12" Evo @ 82

    She's a bit of a legend and loves her GPX 5000 with the 12"round Evo. This is coming behind several very experienced GPZ operators. @ 82 years young she still has it!
  7. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Close to 4-Ounces!

    I had a customer send over this photo of two really nice nuggets that are in his collection. Although he didn’t give the exact location, I got the impression they came from near the AZ-Mexico border country. They were detected using the Minelab GPX machines. Each of them is over an ounce, and total combined weight is nearly 4-ounces! It’s always nice to see that the big ‘uns are still out there lurking. Congratulations to the lucky finder – thank you for sharing!
  8. 9 points
    My buddy Dean texted me this photo of a great find he just made here in AZ. While detecting a strip of grass along an old sidewalk he picked up a signal that registered as if it were a nickel. The object was buried about 8” deep. He said he fully expected to see a Buffalo nickel, but instead out popped this beautiful & delicate cameo! It is wrapped in gold and appears to be carved from agate. It is not dated, but based on the history of the area; he’s guessing maybe 1920-30’s. He was using the new Minelab EQUINOX 800. Congratulations my friend - what a cool find!
  9. 8 points
    Chris Gholson

    Gold from the caliche

    I forgot to post up this find I made last month. I was working a new spot that actually didn’t look very promising at all. None of the classical indicators were there, no red dirt, no quartz, no nothing really, other than plain gray dirt. However down below this hillside I could see where the old-timers had dug around and stacked a few rocks. I figured they had gotten a sniff of gold, so I decided to swing around for a while. I hit a few boot tacks on the surface, then I heard a low, mellow sound. I dug away about eight inches of dirt until I hit a hard caliche layer. The signal stayed in the hole, so I kept chipping away. It was slow going but eventually I found the source of the noise. It was a solid hunk of caliche that had no obvious signs of gold. I set it down on the ground and smacked it with a rock. The lump cracked open and revealed a beautiful yellow color inside! A few more hits with the rock and finally my prize was free. It ended up being a lovely nugget weighing 2.5 grams. This find was just a good reminder that even if you can’t see visible gold it doesn’t mean it’s not there. If something produces a solid ‘beep’ on the detector, it’s probably worth hanging onto for a closer look later…I was swinging the Minelab GPX 5000 fitted with the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil. Happy hunting everyone!
  10. 7 points
    LowPoint

    "DIGG'N MOOD"

    I went out this morning to a spot in a wash that I had walked thru about a 100 times or more over the years. As I recall, each time that I had walked thru it I had thought that this spot would be a good spot for gold, but had not dug any of it because of the extensive amount of overburden, large rocks and boulders strewn through out it. And once when I had tried to dig down to bedrock the material was compacted like concrete,..UGH!!! ........... I had actually not even had any plans of going out this morning, as I laid in bed half asleep waiting for the alarm to go off at 8 am. But my mind started working, and for some reason narrowed-in on this particular wash location causing me to picture in my mind just where any gold would be. I had in the past found a few nuggets upstream, and a number of them downstream, so I knew gold was there, but this stretch would be a challenge physically. When I got to the wash I first detected underneath a small waterfall just upstream of the stretch of wash, and got a very mixed signal. It was kind of weird and wavy. After about 5-minutes of pulling about 12 chunks of black ironstone hot rocks (thus the weird-wavy sounds) out of the bottom, a very strong signal was still down there. The signal turned out to be a 1.69 gram nugget (the round one in the photo). It was just after that when my "Digg'n-Mood" kicked in, and I was determined to dig that stretch of wash out, Once-and-for-all"....About 15 ft. further downstream I got a very strong signal right about the crest of where the wash was transitioning-downward in grade. It was a nice flat and smooth 2.20 gram'r that had been hiding just under the lip of a down-drop-shelf. It was about that time that I decided to "see what the wash was doing" downstream of where I was digging. The center and whole right side of the wash was exposed and open with good looking bedrock, but I had not found any nuggets there in the past????.."strange".... But standing back and looking upstream toward where I had stopped digging I could see that all of the rocks and material had collected on the left side, "and" the bedrock was sloping downward toward that left side underneath all of this material. So I moved just out of center and started removing large rocks, etc. off of the left bank. It was about 4 ft further downstream when I got another strong signal, which turned out to be the "spike-shaped" 1.03 gram nugget, and then the other smaller one ( .12 of-a-gram) almost in the same hole. So, the total for the day was 5.04 grams,.................Not bad for not even planning on going out at all today. ..........Gary............I don't know why those 2 photos turned out green????? I was using a new phone The 3-small nuggets ( .61 of-a-gram) just below the dime I had found last Friday in a different wash.
  11. 7 points
    Chris Gholson

    Almost an Ounce!

    A friend and customer of mine over in California sent over this photo. He bought a Minelab GPX-5000 and has already found some beautiful gold. This awesome ¾-oz nugget is just one of his most recent finds. He said it was over two feet deep and found right next to someone else’s old dig hole. The area had obviously been detected before, but this lovely chunk had been overlooked, most likely because of its depth. This is a great plug for the Minelab brand. They are definitely pricey, but they get results! Congratulations to the lucky finder and thank you again for sharing with us! Keep up the good work...
  12. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Glad he dug it!

    Check out this unusual nugget that a friend of mine found while metal detecting in Arizona. He calls it the “SEE THROUGH” Nugget! He said it was buried ten inches deep, and gave off a very weird signal response. He almost didn’t dig it, but then luckily decided to go back and investigate. I’m not sure what the two brownish spots are, but I believe they could be limonite…Great find!!! Thanks a million for letting me share with everyone. Keep up the good work!
  13. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Great find beneath the old Oak!

    A customer of mine back in Missouri just sent over these photos of a great find he just made. His house was built in the 1830’s and there’s a big old oak tree in the backyard that must be ancient. He decided to run his new detector beneath that tree and it paid off nicely. Check out this incredible 1835 bust dime that he detected at less than five inches! He said it was tough to see the date until he soaked it overnight in baking soda and water…Congratulations to this lucky finder; I can’t wait to see what else turns up beneath that oak!
  14. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    GPZ 7000 strikes again!

    The GPZ does it again!!! Here is another gorgeous nugget that was just unearthed last week by a good friend of mine. It weighs in at 16-grams, or just over a half ounce. Pieces like this definitely make the week, if not month! It was found in the AZ desert with a Minelab GPZ 7000. Thank you for sharing and congratulations once again!
  15. 6 points
    A good friend & customer of mine here in the US just sent over these photos of an outstanding gold/quartz specimen he recently found. While out swinging his Minelab GPZ 7000 he picked up a faint, but repeatable signal. After digging down over two feet he unearths this lump of quartz. A closer look shows that it is shot through with gold!!! I don’t believe he knows the actual metal content yet, but a specific gravity test will give a very good estimate…What a great way to kick off the season! Congratulations to the finder, and thanks for sharing! P.S. if anyone out there has photos they wish to share, but would like to remain anonymous, please send them over. You can email or text them. We love seeing this stuff!
  16. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Some incredible stuff!

    I have been getting some great photos lately from my customers. Check out this incredible handful of gold that was found not long ago by a customer with his Minelab. I have seen thousands of nuggets over the years, but I have to say that his “foil” nugget is by far one of the coolest. It almost looks fake, but he assured me that this is exactly how it came out of the ground. I have seen a few similar from Nevada, but nothing of this size. This would be a piece any collector would love to have. What an incredible find!!! I really appreciate all the wonderful photos, thank you so much for letting me share with everyone here.
  17. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    A fun Arizona C&R hunt

    I got in a great coin and relic hunt this week with my buddy Dean. He was able to get us permission to hunt a large property here in AZ that has seen continuous campers since the 1940’s. It was a great place, but huge, and where to start was the real tough part. We picked out a small corner and went to work, him with the Minelab EQUINOX 800 and me with the CTX 3030. Within a few hours we had filled our pouches with clad, and amazingly there was very little modern day junk like the local parks. Best finds of the day for me was a silver 1949 ‘Rosie’ and a 1955 Mexican 1 Centavo. Dean landed lots of Wheaties and a pretty silver ring of hearts. ..Nothing of extreme value was found this trip, but we had a blast. And there are many more acres to go, so who knows what else will turn up. Have a great weekend, and happy hunting everyone!
  18. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Almost an Ounce!

    Now that the weather is cooling off in the southwest, the gold is starting to turn up! A friend of mine sent over this photo yesterday of a beautiful specimen he just dug up using his Minelab GPZ 7000. It came from somewhere in the Arizona desert and was hiding at approx. 20+ inches. The entire piece weighs in at nearly an ounce. There were several other nuggets found nearby, but this was the largest. A big congratulations to the lucky finder. I really appreciate you sharing, and I can't wait to see what else may be lurking nearby up on those hillsides
  19. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Really nice Space Rock

    I got a chance to hold this lovely iron meteorite yesterday that was found here in Arizona with a metal detector. This one was a real beauty and probably the nicest I’ve seen this year. For those here not familiar with meteorites there are different varieties, this one consists overwhelmingly of an iron-nickel alloy called meteoriciron. The ‘irons’ are also the easiest to identify in the field because they are heavy, strongly attracted to a magnet, and highly reactive to a metal detector. They can turn up just about anywhere, so before you toss out that next “hot rock” take a closer look – it might just be a meteorite! Have a great weekend everyone!
  20. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Future Prospectors!

    I wanted to say thank you again to Acorn Montessori Schools here in Arizona for inviting me over yesterday to speak with their students about metal detecting and gold prospecting. The kids were an absolute pleasure and I really enjoyed the excitement in their eyes when they got to handle real gold nuggets. I was about their age when I first got exposed, so I am hoping this was just the first step in their journey to becoming future detectorists! Thank you again everyone – I’ll see you and your families out in the goldfields!
  21. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    AZ Exploring & Relic Hunt

    My father Steve and I got out for some detecting this past weekend. We spent two days exploring a fairly remote area in Arizona looking for new winter prospects. We didn’t come across any nugget laden gullies, but we did find the remains of what must have been a camp or small village. Perched on the edge of a hillside were several very old rock foundations. The walls of the structures were all hand stacked, so I imagine they had to have been built around the 1880’s. It was an incredibly cool place that I’m not sure many people have seen, simply because it was mostly intact. I was happy to see that no one had kicked down the walls, shot it up, or covered it in graffiti. We broke out the Minelab CTX 3030’s and spent about three hours poking around. The old-timers had absolutely covered the area in ferrous garbage which made detecting tough. Despite this we still came up with a few neat finds. There is still more detecting to be done there, but I think when I go back I will run the smaller 6” coil…Here are a few photos from the trip.
  22. 5 points
    Thanks Chris, yes you're right, the ellip is the best shape for my hunting. I had the same coil but solid and found some great gold with it but sold it when I sold my 5000 to start using my 7000. Right now I'm using an ellip Advantage (still a great coil) am eager to give the open spoke ellip a swing... thanks again. I'll keep you in mind when I find that big one... right now I'm not quite ready for wheelbarrows, but ya never know. ? Right now I seem to be stuck on this "1.5 gram per nugget" patch I've been working. ? Jen
  23. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Relic hunt in the rain & mud!

    This past Saturday my detecting buddy Dean and I got to sneak in a few hours on the coin/relic machines. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate in the least bit. The moment we got in the car to head out it began raining. In less than fifteen minutes it was pouring so hard the road was flooded and every gutter and storm drain was overflowing! Of course the day we decide to go detecting we get hit with the hardest Monsoon storm of the season! The conditions were less than ideal, but we made the best of it. We’d get to hunt for half an hour, then the sky would break open again and we would be stuck in the car until it cleared out. It went this way all day, but we managed to pull a few goodies from the mud. I was swinging the Minelab CTX 3030, and him the Minelab Equinox 800. The best finds were two silver coins, a token, part of an old lantern, a piece of costume jewelry, and quite a bit of clad...The rains have been great this year here in AZ. As soon as the temperatures come down a bit, it will be time to hit the goldfields. Happy hunting everyone!
  24. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Back from eastern Canada!

    Hi Everyone, My family and I made it back home safe and sound. We had a wonderful time exploring eastern Canada, despite that awful heat wave. Our plan to escape the Arizona summer didn’t pan out quite as expected, and the region set new all-time highs during our visit. It was hot and humid, but we made the best of it and saw lots of amazing places as we passed through Toronto, Montreal and finally Quebec City. This was my first visit and I fell in love with all the historic sites and old “walled” cities. I day dreamed about the coins & relics that must have been hiding just beneath the soil around those old forts built by the French in the late 1600’s. I guess it gives an excuse to go back some day. Here are some really amazing minerals that we spotted in the Royal Ontario Museum. Also, these old cannons were posted around the perimeter of Quebec City. I was familiar with the longer barrel ones, but I had never seen the short, squat ones before. Does anyone know their purpose? I thought perhaps for close range defense, like a shotgun. For those that left messages and emails while I was away, I sure appreciate your patience. Your orders will ship out directly, and you will get replies by tomorrow, if you haven’t already. I hope you all are having a great summer season so far, I hope to have some nuggets to post as soon as it cools off a bit. Happy hunting!
  25. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Customer snags one..

    A customer & friend of mine over in California sent over these photos today. He wanted to show off his most recent find made with his GPX 5000 and new Nugget Finder 14x9” Evolution Coil. He said he measured out the hole as best he could, and it looked to be about 8” deep. Not too shabby of a dig for a nugget of this size…Congratulations to the finder; we sure appreciate you sharing with us. Bring that good luck down with you when you come see me this winter!
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