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  1. Chris, Very cool!!! I know... in some mines tokens were used by miners to show they were inside the mine.......They might also have done that in industrial factories too! They would be put the tag on a peg board where the Portal, time-clock or in the Dry-room. to see who was in there if cave in or some other disaster happened... What you have there ...could be the work history of one miner... nice find! Gerard
  2. I have never used the Minelab 8” Mono coil.... but I have used the 11” but now that I think about it some more.....that 11" was a Minelab DD coil and But I liked the 11” the best out of all my Minelab Coils even the Monos All my Minelab mono coils are collecting dust... The Minelab coils are rather heavy.... But honestly, if the issue is sensitivity? The stock Minelab coils still don’t even come close compare with the "Coiltek Elite Coils on the GPX 4500. My Round Elite 14” will hit a fly speck sized 0.04 Au at 4 -5 inches and it sounds as loud as a 22 cal lead. With that coil.... I am not worried about missing anything with the CoilTek Round Elite 14” ! not even my nugget finder coils will do that! Hope that helps... have a happy 4th! Gerard
  3. Hi @GotAu? Congrats on getting on here... A Great Resource !!! As for the ( 8” vs. the 11” ) or... the 14” vs. the 18” or even the little 6” Sadi Coil... they are all tools in your tool belt! It all depends on the Ground you are in... I Really like the "Coiltek Elite Coils on GPX 4500 the are an Amazing Coil that turned the GPX-4500 into 100X sensitive better machine 100X better than it ever was stock!!! I love my 4500!!! It is truly an Amazing Machine with the CoilTek Elite on it!!!!! I have the Elite 14” & also the Elite 8” Monos as my primary coils. They all have there place... If I am in quite Deep Ground I will run the Larger Coils... If I am close to bedrock i will run the smaller coils and I will use the smaller coils in noisy mineral areas and areas with lots of Electro-magnetic & T.I. and also junky areas with lots of trash... I also run a Detech DD 8” coil that is also water proof when needed and That is whats on my 4500 right now... That little DD is a great little coil too. So to answer your question.... All of them are better than the other coils.... It all is depends on where you are using them.... That is why I have all of them!!! Happy Hunting!!! The Very Best, Gerard
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    Hi Joe, Good Question, I just replaced the Ramp carrier (Which Failed) and the Ramp style was really a pain to put on and take off!!!! I I was never really happy with the Ramp Style Carrier and after nearly losing it on a prospecting trip 180 miles from my home... i was not going to buy another one!!! I thought about buying a trailer... but to get into the areas where I go... Ground clearance was a major issue! After doing some research I replaced it with a Hydraulic Carrier Called the “MXHauler” it is very beefy!!! much better material and construction than the Ramp style that failed. I had to Modify it to fit the Rokon... I also Ordered an "extra Mounting bolt" to now have three bolts that attaches the Rokon’s frame firmly to the MXhauler (see photos below) Cut a Slot into the Fiberglass cover to access the Frame... (Above) Added two new mounting Locations to the MXhauler (Above) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now sitting on my 4X4 SUV it rides much Higher up... and has much (Better clearance!) and also it is much more stable than the Ramp Style Carrier was!!! But, saying that does not mean that I am not going to blast down rough rocky roads... And As for the ease of use... it is like night & day!!!!.... It is so much easier to unload the Rokon & to Load it back up on to the vehicle !!!! Honestly the Ramp style really sucked in so many ways!!! My Rokon weighs 240lbs and with the Three bolts no issues or thoughts that it is going to fail at all. The Only issue I found being that now that the Rokon is Higher up.... It now blocks my taillights on the back of my vehicle... but, the solution is simple... you can add magnetic trailer lights the plug those into your Trailer light plug! ( That.... though would be a major issue if you were thinking about mounting the Rokon on the Front of your vehicle.. then it would block the headlights. ) 'A major side benefit to the MXhauler > With the MXhauler ~You can now work in the Rokon and Run the Rokon while bolted safely on the MXhauler... where as I couldn’t do that either easily or safely before. So that's a real plus!!! Since I have had the MXhauler I have easily replaced both drive chains and removed both wheels to get new tires and serviced the Rokon clutch and did everything while bolted to the MXhauler. Working on it is so much easer now that it's up high that it ever was working on it sitting on the ground!!!! You can even put the Rokon in gear..., and take it up to top speed all while bolted safely up on the back of your vehicle!!! And check for noises and vibrations it is extremely helpful !!! So Joe, If you decide to get one of these... I can trace a template so you can Drill the Holes and do the same modifications so it will fit your Rokon too. All the Best Gerard
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    Hi Dave, I use MineCache > you can get a one year subscription at MineCache.com. MineCache applies as a layer to GoogleEarth... it’s updated regularly and. Has “Active Claims” and also... “Closed Claims” And being that it’s a layer in GoogleEarth... I can lay my GPS tracks on top of it & USGS Geologic Maps in one location and then I can transfer all that data to Garmin inReach And onX Maps for use out in the field. I rarely use LR 2000 . Happy Prospecting! Gerard
  6. Chris Dang!!! seem like those nuggets aren't social distancing at all !!! They’re all Up close and personal !!! I need some of that type of Social Distancing too !!! (Maybe this weekend !) Beautiful Nuggets!!!
  7. Happy New Years to you Too Chris. I hope you find your retirement nugget this year!!!! Gerard
  8. Very cool!!!! Great Idea!!!! Merry Christmas Doc!
  9. Hey Chris, Wonderful Chunky Nuggets there diggin deep holes hidden beneeth the trash! Proving that persistence pays off in the end!!! One time I dug an old Miners enameled plate down three and a half feet that had a wonderful sweet signal with my GPX4500. I had to come back a week later with a shovel to finish the job! I could only get down 2.5 feet with only çvv v my pick... I was hoping for a one pound nugget!!! Lol! all that it was a beat up miners Plate As for the Schilling Lid... it could have been a number of food products. Schilling sold dc Coffee, baking soda and spices. I found in one article that in 1916 Schilling came out with “Schillings Best”. AUGUST SCHILLING arrived in San Francisco from Germany in 1870 at 16 years of age and soon entered the service of J. A. Folger & Co. Schilling’s great drive, initiative and intelligence won him early recognition. About the time he became legally of age, he was made a partner in the business, and the firm name was changed to Folger, Schilling & Co. Late in 1879 George F. Volkmann was employed by Folger, Schilling & Co. as shipping clerk and soon attracted the attention of the partners. In 1881 Folger and Schilling decided to separate. Each of them offered Volkmann a partnership and he accepted Schilling’s offer. Folger continued the business and resumed the firm name of J. A. Folger & Co., under which it operates to this day. The partnership of A. Schilling & Company was formed on September 8, 1881, with August Schilling having a two-thirds interest. At that time both men were 27 years old, having been born in or near Bremen, Germany, in February 1854. However, they were not known to each other while there. Their first business location was at 122 Davis Street, San Francisco, where they engaged in the processing of coffee, tea, baking powder, spices, extracts and some other unrelated products which they supplied to the grocery trade. Many grades were offered and, as was the custom of the time, all were adulterated in varying degrees. For example, coffee was mixed with chicory, tea was artificially colored, cinnamon was mixed with almond shells, etc. However, their Pioneer Baking Powder was pure, consisting of refined grape cream of tartar and Englishbicarbonate of soda. The label on the can pictured a typical miner of 49er days bearing a pickax on his shoulder.
  10. Great Video work Chris! Proving once again... That Persistence pays off ... eventually !!! Gerard
  11. Sweet nuggets with character !!!!