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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Beautiful lil' Specimen   
    Hi everyone, I thought I’d share this photo of a beautiful little gold specimen that a friend of mine found with his Minelab GPZ 7000. What a great piece to add to the collection, way to go! 
     

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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Past 20 Years - One of my Most Amazing Finds!   
    This is one of those stories I would have never believed, had it not happened to me. I have been metal detecting for over 20 years and I can honestly say this is one of my biggest surprise finds ever!
    It started early one Saturday morning in July. I decided to brave the Arizona heat and go check out a place I had spotted on Google Earth. What I saw on the screen sure looked like the remains of several old buildings. Was this an early homestead, an abandoned ranch, or maybe something from the days of the railroad? I had no clue who had lived there, but I sure hoped they had left behind some silver coins or cool relics for me to find. 
    The road getting in was dirt, but I didn't need 4WD and I easily found the spot. Sure enough, there were two crumbling foundations from what were likely small houses. Based on the look of the concrete and the trash lying about, I dated the site to roughly the 1930's. All of the usual rusty garbage was there, and unfortunately so was a layer of modern day junk. It was obvious from the stone fire rings and countless shell casings, that this was a popular hunt camp. 
    I decided to start in what I dubbed the "parking lot". It was a nice flat area in front of the foundations that looked the most likely to hide coins. I fired up my Minelab CTX 3030 and went to work. Even with a low level of discrimination, the machine was blanking out virtually everywhere. I knew I would miss targets, but I figured I would try to cherry pick the most obvious signals first. 
    About ten minutes into it, I get a mixed-up sound beside a bush. As I swept the coil, the threshold blanked out, then gave a clipped high tone. The target ID came up as 12-40. I envisioned a silver coin near the surface surrounded by garbage. Using the side of pick I scrapped away about two inches of the loamy soil. The target moved immediately, which I didn't consider a good sign. I sifted through the dirt until I found the source of the signal; a smooth, heavy slug of metal. It was gray to brassy in color, and was covered in dark spots, almost as if it had been burned. I rubbed off some of the grime and noticed its' surface was pitted and deeply scratched. I assumed it was a molten blob of lead or brass and slid it into my pocket. I continued my day, never giving a second thought to the weird lump of metal. 
    My new spot didn't turn out to be the relic bonanza I had hoped for. I found a handful of old buttons and a few clasps, but not a single coin. When I got home later that evening I was disappointed to tell my wife and daughter that I hadn't found anything good. As I emptied out my pockets onto the table, my daughter asked, "What's this?" holding up the mystery metal blob. 
    "No clue." I replied.
    She wandered over to the sink and held it under the water. "It almost looks like gold."
    "Yeah right," I scoffed.
    "No I'm serious!" she replied.
    I took it from her outstretched hand and held it up to the light...she was right. I got into the cabinet and took down my digital scale. I dropped it on and the scale responded 14.8-grams. I hefted it a few times in my hand. God, this thing was dense! It was a convincing color and weight, but that was impossible! The nearest gold country was over 50 miles away! Unable to accept the evidence that was piling up, I went back to the cabinet, this time for my 30X light scope. 
    "Do you think it could be?" she asked.
    "Ha ha, I wish! How cool would that be!?" I grinned as I lowered my eye to the scope. I adjusted the focus and literally couldn't believe what I saw below. It was gold - solid gold! I looked closer, down into the bright yellow crevices and could see sugary crystals of quartz and patches of limonite. This was, without a shadow of a doubt, a genuine, authentic gold nugget! 
    I have had many incredible finds over the past twenty years. Some have been nuggets much larger than this, but this is the first time I have ever struck native gold while hunting for coins! It makes no sense at all, but there you have it. A half-ouncer, found with the CTX 3030 in the middle of a parking lot surrounded by broken beer bottles and spent cartridges. Definitely one of the most bizarre, and amazing surprises of my life. 
    P.S. The pics show before and after cleaning in a mild acid. 
     





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    Gerard got a reaction from GotAu? in Curious about 8" vs 11" mono differences.   
    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
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    Gerard got a reaction from GotAu? in Curious about 8" vs 11" mono differences.   
    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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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Customer's GPZ finds!   
    Here is a great testimonial I just got from a very happy customer. He picked up the Minelab GPZ 7000 a while back and is off to an amazing start! I sure appreciate the feedback and the great photos. Keep up the good work! 
    “Hi Chris, been out with the 7000 four times now. 6 grams the first trip, nothing the 2nd trip, found the quartz/gold specimen on the 3rd trip, and 5 grams on the last trip. Been real happy with the 7000, finding more gold than ever before!”
     


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    Gerard reacted to bitster98 in Claim search   
    Gerard , thank you so much!!! That's what I'm going to buy . I have had the same experience dropping mine off my ramp style carrier granted it was rough going where I was but sucked none the less. Also the carrier I been using weighs 100 lbs & ratchet straps suck. Man I really appreciate your post & advice!!!! Thank you so much!!! Have a wonderfull evening and lots of yellow in your future!!!! Joe.
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    Gerard got a reaction from delnorter in Social Distance Gold   
    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!!!

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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in First day out with the GPZ 7000   
    A customer and friend that just bought a new Minelab GPZ 7000 from me was nice enough to send over the photos below. His first day out he scored seven nuggets for a total weight of approx. 6-grams!  A pocketful of gold with a new unit is always worth celebrating.
    Congratulations to this prospector on a great first run. Thank you again for the business and for sharing your finds - keep up the good work!  


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    Gerard reacted to beatup in First day out with the GPZ 7000   
    Well done on the  first day out with the 7K
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    Gerard reacted to DOC in Doc's Nugget Stalker™ Swing Assist Guide Arm SAGA™   
    Another exciting IMPROVED INNOVATION from Doc.  "SAGA™" $44.95  Contact Chris,


     
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    Gerard reacted to beatup in Doc's Nugget Stalker™ Swing Assist Guide Arm SAGA™   
    Very Smart design Doc
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    Gerard reacted to DOC in Doc's Nugget Stalker™ Brand the "Gold SPOT"   
    So what about a recovery scoop and a pocket gold pan in one?

    I promised you that I would be giving you another surprise this week.   I have always loved using a recovery scoop, but it sort of aggravated me that little pieces of gold would sometimes sneak out of the scoop when I was trying to sift dirt into my hand.  This aggravation has been even more exacerbated by the introduction of machines like the Gold Monster that find such dinky pieces of gold that they can surf right on top of the dirt and be easily lost.

    I have always advocated that when you get the target into your scoop try to agitate the dirt so the heavy gold sinks to the bottom.  Well what if there was a scoop made where the bottom of the scoop was recessed a little to make it a SPOT to catch the GOLD.  A Gold SPOT,  Or a "G" Spot?  Then what if the scoop was designed with an incline that led to three riffles of three different heights?  This way when you sift the dirt out into your hand, the riffles stop the heavy gold and hold it making it easier to recover?

    I designed the "G" Spot so the scoop is smooth on the bottom so you can shove it in your pocket and take it out with ease.  I looked at gold pans and they always form the riffles by molding them into the pan by raising the riffles on the inside of the pan by indenting the molded material on the bottom of the pan.  This just causes a weak spot, and leaves crevices for dirt to collect in.

    Like to crevice?  Add a little water to the "G" Spot and you have a recovery treasure scoop and pocket gold pan all in one neat little package.

    I think the "G" Spot with these unique features will speed up target recovery and it's just fun to use..  I guess this is actually sort of a tease because I only have these 5 scoops.  They are just the pre-production proto-types sent to me for approval.  So what do you all think should I approve these to go into production?  I vote yes!  What do you think?

    Doc

     

     

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    Gerard got a reaction from delnorter in Weekend Success; added a few more grams   
    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.
     
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    Gerard got a reaction from delnorter in Weekend Success; added a few more grams   
    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.
     
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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Nugget Stalker Picks - NEW!!!   
    I just got in a small batch of the new Nugget Stalker Picks from Doc. My first impression out of the box is very positive. At roughly 2.5 lbs. the pick is light for its size. It has a wooden handle that measures about 22” long. There is a sharp point on the back for breaking into stubborn soils, and a wide head on the front that will make scooping out a hole a breeze. The price is $89.95. Check out the photos below and either call or email me if you would like to grab one…Great looking pick Doc! 



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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Great weekend hunt - best day so far!   
    I had some time off this weekend, so I decided to head out to the hills to chase some gold. Unlike earlier in the week when temperatures in north-central AZ were in the teens, the weather down in the desert was absolutely perfect. By 9:30 I was able to peel off the jacket and just go with a T-Shirt for the rest of the day! It’s a good thing too because I got a work out digging trash, lots of it! By the end of the day I had filled up one pocket with lead, wire, and all sorts of garbage….but, I also added a few nuggets to the bottle as well. I had a hunch if I persisted through the trash I would eventually be rewarded, and Mother Nature didn’t let me down. Using the Minelab GPX and 15” Nugget Finder Evolution coil I pulled a total of five nuggets for nearly ¼-ounce! All the pieces were decent, with the biggest weighing about 2.5-grams. Definitely my best day so far this winter season!  👍



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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Success in the AZ Outback! Client scores his first Au!   
    I was fortunate enough to catch a client & friend digging up his very first gold nugget! This was the first piece he has found with a metal detector and I’m sure it won’t be the last! Congratulations again Bob, I feel lucky to have been there to share in the excitement. 

     
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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Old spot - New gold!   
    I headed out this weekend to check out a spot I hadn’t been in well over a year. It was a fairly good sized wash that had produced some decent nuggets for me before. The weather down in the desert was beautiful, and I was excited to see that the summer monsoon rains had really shifted the gravels around. I came across several new stretches of bedrock that I had never seen before. 
    I knew it was going to be a good day when I turned on the detector, took three steps and hit a signal. I dug away the rocks on top and hit a reddish layer of dirt sitting on the bedrock. When I finally had the target in my hand I almost couldn’t believe it. There was a lovely chunk of gold starring back at me – my very first target of the day!!!  I continued my way up the wash, working both the newly exposed bedrock and some of the deeper stretches of gravel that I may have overlooked before. I did dig a handful of junk targets, but two more of them turned out to be gold. I finished off the day with three nuggets for a total weight of 2-grams…Here’s a few pics of the freshly dug nuggets. All found with the Minelab GPX and 15” Evolution Mono coil.  
     



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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Almost an Ounce!   
    An AZO customer and friend just dug up these beauties while metal detecting in California. He found them using the Minelab GPX 5000 coupled with a Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil. Total weight was around 25-grams, with the biggest piece weighing in right at a half ounce. He said this nugget was hiding down nearly two feet in a dry creek bed! Congratulations to this lucky and hardworking prospector, thank you for sharing with us! 

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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Couple of Ounces!   
    A friend and customer of ours shared this awesome pan-full of gold that he recently recovered from a trip way up north, using his new Minelab Gold Monster and a sluice box. I always love the feedback, especially when photos like this are attached!
    Keep up the good work my friend, & please drop me a line if there''s anything else I can do for you..and feel free to send photos anytime!  

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    Gerard reacted to dick ward in GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOTSHOTS   
    PLEASE REMEMBER THESE MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES.  
    Six years ago they lost their lives protecting others by fighting the Yarnell hill fire.  Chris Gholson, AZO/Minelab donated a detector and organized a raffle to benefit the families.  I thank him and all those who contributed. 

     


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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Still turning it up!   
    A friend that I hadn’t heard from in a long while called out of the blue the other day. It was good to hear his voice and to see that he is still out there cleaning out the desert of all that heavy metal! Here is a photo he sent over of some really rough nuggets that he found with his original Nugget Finder Coil. This coil has to date back to at least 2005-06, and it’s still chugging along! Congratulations amigo - you are a gold magnet!  

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    Gerard reacted to Mothwrlode mike in The Equinox Finds gold alright!   
    My summer season consists of a lot of VLF detecting at some old tertiary channels with quiet ground and exposed bedrock. I’ve been using a Gold Bug 2 with a 6” coil for years and found thousands of nugglets with it for quite a few ounces. It decided to crap out on me and I thought it was time for a change after seeing a Gold Monster squeeze out some good gold from old ground. After researching I decided to go with an Equinox 800 I picked up from Chris. I can say it exceeded expectations with the 6” coil. I only had an hour to spend at an old patch that was hammered with GPZs and Gold Bugs and Gold Monsters. FIRST SWING popped out a gold bug caliber speck. In a half hour 4 more popped out and I decided to give it a try at a cabin site where I found some great relics and bottles and an 1872 seated dime and 1911 nickel.
    It was a wooded cabin with foundation intact and long period of occupation so the trash density is as high as you’d expect. I’ve hit it hard with an XP Deus but thought this 6” coil might have an advantage. The ground is incredibly hot, as in hot with a GPX and GPZ, it drove the Deus nuts and definitely was a chore with the Equinox but with patience I was able to get new and impressive targets. The cabin was built on gold ground and sure enough a foot away from where the nickel was found I picked up the biggest flake in the photo. It’s a flake at only 1.8 grains. I don’t know how this thing picked it up. I also picked up a handful of birdshot lead and small copper sheet scraps amidst everything in the heart of the site. 
    Needless to say this thing rocks. And yes it can find gold as well as a gold dedicated machine. It’s the first dual purpose machine I’ve ever seen that can perform at the top of the spectrum with both. No coins or relics this day but I only had a half hour to look and it found incredible targets in the most difficult of sites. I think it could excel on half dimes and $1 gold coins if they’re around. So many of my patches have cabin or town sites around them and now I don’t have to hike in two machines or spend the full day with only one. Can’t wait to see what more time will produce with this thing. 

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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Getting closer to the source   
    I was digging through my albums and I came across these photos from a friend of mine here in Arizona. He bought one of the Nugget Finder 8x6” Sadie coils and wanted to show off some of his finds. What’s interesting is this area he is detecting is not really known for specimen gold. Most everything found there has been well worn and no attached host rock. I’m hopeful that he’s near the source and the next group of photos will be of his truck bed loaded with gold-bearing quartz! Thanks again for the pics!


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    Gerard reacted to Chris Gholson in Another for the bottle   
    I got a chance to swing the Minelab GPX this past weekend. While walking down a very tiny and narrow wash, I picked up a faint signal. Because of its location I assumed it was trash, but once I got down about 6”, I knew this target had a chance. Once out of the hole I was pleasantly surprised to see a shiny one grammer peeking out from the dirt in my hand! Not a huge find, but it’s always a good day when I come home with new gold in the bottle. It was found using the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil which is officially one of my all-time favorite coils. 
    P.S. The snakes are definitely on the move. Although I didn’t see any, I did see plenty of their tracks crisscrossing the sand. Be sure to wear your chaps and be safe out there everyone! 
     


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