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    Question about how U.S. gold coins read on a metal detector

    My #1 detecting goal for 2019 is to find my first gold coin after detecting for 49.5 years so I have an important question for members who have found U.S. gold coins or who have tested them to find out how they register on the meter. I found a post, last year, by someone who said he has found a few U.S. gold coins and that all denominations register in the same range. I think he said they show on the penny range but I'm not sure and I haven't been able to relocate that post.
    Late this week, I'm traveling to a Texas ghost town that has never been detected before and I think it offers me the best chance at hitting my goal that I've ever had.
    Can any of you tell me which ID range U.S. gold coins fall into, according to denominations, on my detector? I'll be bringing my Garrett Ace 350 with a large coil and Ace 250 with a standard coil and also my trusty Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger which doesn't have an ID meter. Do all denominations fall into the same range, example "penny/dime" range, or do they vary according to their denomination?
    Thanks for your assistance.
    ~Texas Jay
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    Texas Jay, each of the gold coin demoninations will have different conductivity numbers on my E_TRAC and will do the same on your Garrett's meter.

    The $1 gold coin reads in the range of bottle caps, nails and aluminum can slaw pieces.

    The $2.50 coin reads in the range of small pieces of the old style pulltabs.

    The $5 coin reads in the range just above old style pulltabs.

    The $10 coin reads in the range of a new zinc penny.

    The $20 coin reads in the range of a quarter.


    Now, keep in mind, the reading will also depend on how the coin is sitting in the soil, (horizontal, vertical or somewhere in-between).

    So here's what I recommend, don't reject any thing and dig all signals. The site you are describing shouldn't have any pulltabs (hopefully) but your most likely targets will be iron. Last year, I decided to detect an open field in a park and dig every signal and two gold rings surfaced that I would have typically left due to the low conductivity reading that were in the pulltab range. Good luck!

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    Good info SD51. I'll probably never need the info around here, but you just never know. Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddsPoint View Post
    Good info SD51. I'll probably never need the info around here, but you just never know. Gary
    I know what you mean Gary, I haven't ever done the "Gold Coin Dance" but we never know. Hope it someday happens for you! Steve
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    sprailroad

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    Makes me wonder how many hundreds if not thousands of gold coins I've missed over the years. Kidding aside, SD51 is of course right, and in 30 yrs of detecting I too have never found one, a lot depends on where you are detecting, and how many times you can get down on one knee and back up again. Sounds like you will have a GREAT place to detect Texas J, after 49.5 years of detecting, man, I hope you come away with one of EACH denomination.
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    Ed

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    in 36 years of detecting I've found only one gold coin and it was a bullion coin minted in Australia at the Perth mint for distribution at the Shawnee Reservation starting in 2002. The coin contains one fifth of an ounce of pure gold and rang up in the penny/dime area on my White's Eagle II that I was using at the time. The coin itself is roughly the size of a dime.

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    Dig em all Jay, ya never know. Where ya goin? Trickem or Cotton Gin? Good luck.
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    They definitely weren’t used AS much as silver or copper but one would have to think that they ARE out there! From what I understand,the 5$ gold piece was the “workhorse” of the gold coins circulating,so on the CTX3030 I dig signals that are stable in the 12-30 range(12-28 to 12-31) when in a site that has a good probability of having them. This machine doesn’t lie about other coins,I’m not expecting it to lie about gold!
    With that being said,I’ve never found a gold coin. But I will. I can SMELL it!
    Good luck Jay. With that kind of hunting behind you it is WELL overdue!
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    Good advice given. I would add to that by saying your best chance of digging a gold coin would be to dig without looking at the meter. Go by sound. Meters are filters and filters sometimes block the very thing you are looking for.
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    Dig till you drop!

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    I have found more than one. The big 2 Escudo was shallow and on my Deus rang up in the 90's a true high tone. It was 4 or more inches down, but not much more than that. My Cibola nailed my first gold, a 1774 British Guinea, the Cibola has no meter but it blew my ears off.

    The $5 US gold was on a beach and with the Deus, again, high tone and blew my ears off, it sounded much like a clad quarter. The $1 US gold I found awhile back with the Deus rang up horribly. No vdi, just a noise, and I dug it anyway. Surprise!

    Anyway, dig it all or lose out. I would have missed the $1 coin, which is probably the one most likely any of us should find.
    Last edited by smokeythecat; Jan 31, 2019 at 12:34 PM.
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    My first and only gold coin came in the form of a bullion coin encased in a gold ring. It was the sound that told me to dig. If i had gone by the numbers, the coin would still be in the ground today.
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    I do believe that luck is part of the formula to digging gold, but hard work is the biggest factor to success.
    Dig till you drop!

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    Cherry pickers will never find gold. Unless its on top of the ground!
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    Feb 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD51 View Post
    Texas Jay, each of the gold coin demoninations will have different conductivity numbers on my E_TRAC and will do the same on your Garrett's meter.

    The $1 gold coin reads in the range of bottle caps, nails and aluminum can slaw pieces.

    The $2.50 coin reads in the range of small pieces of the old style pulltabs.

    The $5 coin reads in the range just above old style pulltabs.

    The $10 coin reads in the range of a new zinc penny.

    The $20 coin reads in the range of a quarter.


    Now, keep in mind, the reading will also depend on how the coin is sitting in the soil, (horizontal, vertical or somewhere in-between).

    So here's what I recommend, don't reject any thing and dig all signals. The site you are describing shouldn't have any pulltabs (hopefully) but your most likely targets will be iron. Last year, I decided to detect an open field in a park and dig every signal and two gold rings surfaced that I would have typically left due to the low conductivity reading that were in the pulltab range. Good luck!

    I sure appreciate the excellent information and suggestion, SD51. Most, if not all, of the old ghost town site is located on about 300 acres that has been owned by the same family since the 1870s. The family knows that it has never been detected before so I'm very excited to get the first shot at it. The only pulltabs that may be there are those that have been thrown away by deer hunters over the years but I don't think there will be too many of those.
    I and 2 other members of our Central Texas Treasure Club will go there this weekend and detect some of it for a few hours. The good thing is that we're welcome to return whenever we want (except for deer season) and detect as much as we can. The main thing to worry about is rattlesnakes and there are plenty of them there during warm weather.
    Thanks again!
    ~Texas Jay

    http://centraltexastreasureclub.webs.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymailman View Post
    Dig em all Jay, ya never know. Where ya goin? Trickem or Cotton Gin? Good luck.
    I think I will at least begin digging everything, uglymailman, but if the place is overloaded with rusty nails and small iron pieces, I may go back to Jewelry Mode which is what I run my detectors in 99% of the time anyway. It picks up everything from foil on up.
    No, I won't be going to Trickham or Cottonwood. I hunted Trickham many years ago and it's been detected a lot over the decades since but when I visited there last year, it was so grown over by brush and small mesquites that it looked like it was impossible to detect anyway. I'm still negotiating with landowners in Cottonwood, trying to get permission to detect some of the old townsite.
    You won't find this ghost town mentioned on the Internet and very little is even known about it and I want to keep it that way. But we do have many ghost towns in this area, a few of which have never seen a detector, and several of the others have been detected very little. Thank you and everyone for the "Good Luck" wishes.
    ~Texas Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Jay View Post
    I sure appreciate the excellent information and suggestion, SD51. Most, if not all, of the old ghost town site is located on about 300 acres that has been owned by the same family since the 1870s. The family knows that it has never been detected before so I'm very excited to get the first shot at it. The only pulltabs that may be there are those that have been thrown away by deer hunters over the years but I don't think there will be too many of those.
    I and 2 other members of our Central Texas Treasure Club will go there this weekend and detect some of it for a few hours. The good thing is that we're welcome to return whenever we want (except for deer season) and detect as much as we can. The main thing to worry about is rattlesnakes and there are plenty of them there during warm weather.
    Thanks again!
    ~Texas Jay

    http://centraltexastreasureclub.webs.com

    Keep us posted on how you guys do and we all hope you get to dig your first gold coin!
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