Metal detecting is not just a very interesting and fun hobby for young and old, but could also be profitable, with some finds even bringing life changing rewards.  You could also reach fame and be apart of very important discoveries of history. For decades detectorists of all ages have been searching fields, woodland and the beach and for many years to come there will be amazing discoveries. Many important artefacts have been uncovered which provided an interesting insight in to past history.  Many of these finds are displayed in museums for many future generations to appreciate. What can you expect to find: Roman coins Medieval jewellery Hoards Coins of all kinds, hammered silver, gold ect. Gold nuggets Spearheads Rings World war relics Modern currency and tiny jewels Ancient roman statues Coffins, containing personal effects of value What about gold nugget hunting?  Australia is one of the most popular destinations.  Out in the deserts there are sometimes large pieces. Treasure hunters often spends months at a time camping in the dessert while gold prospecting.  Africa also has a lot of natural deposits and it is a popular destination for gold hunters. In the United States you can find it near creeks too.  What can you expect to dig up on the beach? Modern money Tiny jewellery White and yellow gold rings What levels of detectorists are there? 1. Beginners. When starting out in the hobby it may be easier to use a simple machine which is easy to set up.  If you are unsure if you will keep to the hobby, perhaps consider something in a low price range, but not too low, as price also equals quality.  A poor quality machine may cause frustration due to false signals, digging useless items and very little finds.  Practice your sweeping motion and speed of detecting, do not walk too fast.  Learning to ground balance may be tricky at first, but it is not difficult and soon it will become second nature.  I 2. Experienced. Once you have learned the basics about metal detecting and feel confident that you wish to continue, you can try a more advanced machine with more complicated settings.  As you progress and understand greater finds will be discovered and digging of less trash items more common. 3. Professional or expert. Now you are top class.  You understand how to set the ground balance, the discrimination settings, read the audiable and visual settings successfully and ready to try the more expensive top range metal detectors.  At t his level the hobby is most enjoyable as you have gained all the knowledge. How to gain permission to search fields? There are websites who meet land owners with detectorists who wish to search fields.  You can also join social media groups or a local  metal detecting club. How do I find a buddy? Posting a request on social media or your local metal detecting club are your best options. You can meet many people by attending a rally too.  There are several rallies every year in many countries around the world. What happens when you search on a landowners field? The landowner will allow you to freely search on their field with the agreement that all finds are declared and the profit from what is uncovered split.  The usual amount is 50 / 50. How does Nexus fit in to the whole picture? We cater for the most advanced users who seek the greatest depth and discrimination accuracy.  If you are looking for the most powerful metal detector, with the latest technology, there is no need to look further than our current models. The company started in 2004, with the very first model named Nexus Standard.  It had the regular analogue meter with needle.  Air tests and underground tests confirmed excellent results.  There was an article written in the treasure hunting which piqued interest of detectorists around the world and the first few users were so astonished by its ability to find targets deep, that is was named “the deepest metal detector in the world”.  Soon word spread and more people learned to appreciate how extraordinaryily deep you can find any metal target with it.  Nexus Standard was upgraded to Standard SE.We introduced some medium range and beginner machines too, Coronado and Groundfix.  The Ultima was developed with a large dual 20 inch search coil and later Ultima 5F with interchangeable frequencies.  Users have asked for something which can work very well in trashy or contaminated sites.  This is a serious problem for many, constant creation of false signals and beeping can drive anyone off a field where there may be something valuable hidden.  What are some of the features professionals in the hobby look for: Advanced users often make a living out of their finds and it is important to have an optinum performer. Best for finding hammered silver and gold coins. Best dicrimination, target seperation. Well balanced. Deepest Most powerful Easy to work on trashy, contaminated and highly mineralized soil Some tips for beginners: 1) It is important to study the user manual for your specific model, as each detector has different settings.  Get to know the fuctions well before embarking on a trip out with it.  Two important settings are the Frequency and Sensitivity.  By adjusting these settings you can vary the amount of targets and depth at which you will find them. Reducing sensitivity helps in sites with high contamination.  If you are discovering few targets, try to increase the sensivity.  Working in segments by first removing undesireable targets and then going over the same field later may be a strategy worth incorporating in your regular search plan. 2.  Annoying beeping sounds This may be due to inference from different sources.  A few possibilities are Powerlines Mobile phones Electric Fences GPS tracking devices 3.  Create a test area.  Bury some targets and see if you are able to detect them.  This could be useful to do prior to traveling out to a field or rally as a beginner. 4.  Be alert.  Being out in the nature is a relaxing experience.  It is still important to be on the look out for creepies and crawlies, even some wild animals which may be nesting somewhere. 3.  Respect the area where you search.  Once you dug a hole to uncover a target, rebury the hole.  Do not litter and take all your trash with you.  If a landowner has to clean up after you were on their fields, you may lose permission to be search on their land very soon.  5.  Dig carefully.  It may be useful to proceed with care.  Hitting and slamming the ground with a spade could damage a very important target and reduce its value dramatically. 6. Check your batteries.  Make sure your batteries are sufficient to last the length of time you will be out.  When in doubt, take some spares.  7.  Dont forget your headphones!  Working with headphones helps to hear all the faint signals.  Make sure they are packed.  8.  Check if the electronic box of your unit is weather proof, if not, do not use it in wet conditions or get dedicated covers for your specific brand to protect it. The depth at which you will find a target in the ground or chance that you will discover it has many factors.  1.  The type of coil, DD or concentric. 2.  The frequency the coil is tuned at. 3.  The soil condition, whether it is contaminated, mineralized ect. 4.  Whether the soil is wet or dry. 5.  The size of your metal detector’s search coil. 6.  Type, size and shape of the target. 7.  Proper ground balancing. Pinpointers or pin point probes. Even with a significant amount of research, reading through reviews and asking opinions, it is still difficult to reach a decision on what the best value for money,  pin point probe on the market today is today.  But the latest model may not be exactly the one for your personal needs. But first, what is the purpose of a pin point probe? It is to help you locate the exact position of the target which were indicated by your metal detector.  Having the ultimate machine to find those lost treasures is the first and most important step.  You can speed up your time on the field by pinpointing the target instead of digging endlessly through the dirt you unearthed. Your metal detector has a larger search coil which, depending on the coil size is valuable as a general screening device to locate the target. Once a non-ferrous signal has been indicated, now you need to zero in on that hammered silver, gold coin or other tiny object, a small, hand held unit is far easier to manipulate in or around the hole. The other valuable purpose for a pinpointer is to keep you from damaging your finds. They all have different quality, features and performance, from middle to top of the line, with a variety of shapes and sizes. It is necessary to decide where you will be using it.  If it is for search near or in water, choose a water resistant one. The following important feature to consider is target response you will receive from the unit.  Some just have an audio response, while others have an additonal vibration feature and or indicator light.
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2000 year old Roman pendant.                                                                                                         14 August 2017 Lee Sansom, an HGV driver from Saltney, Chesire made the discovery of a lifetime while metal detecting with his father in a group of 20 metal detectorists on a field in Farndon. At first he thought it was just a piece of junk, but as he cleared more of the mud from the find he soon realized it was of ancient origin and far more significant value. British Museum curator Richard Hobbs said the silver Roman pendant is a very rare and valuable find.  It dates back 2000 years and is set in an orange carnelian stone, engraved on the front is a fallen soldier or gladiator holding a shield towards what appears to be a large feline, likely to be a Panther. At the back it features five circular cuts in the shape of a cross. Experts believe it belonged to someone wealthy.
A large Roman military garrison was stationed once in Chester and the jewellery was found outside the city walls.  The pendant has been ruled a treasure and will be on display at The Grosvenor Museum in Chester following valuation by the British Museum.  Half of the money will be paid to mr. Sansom and the other half to the landowner of the field where it was found.
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Hoard of silver Arabic coins.                                                                                                                                 16 August 2017       Numerous silver coins which dates back to the Samanid Empire (819-999 AD) and other artefacts were discovered by a metal detectorist in North-East Ukraine at a site by the Psel river in Sumy Oblast. Silver fittings, which are remains of a belt were also found with the coins and it is believed that the coins were kept in a bag or some kind of purse, attached to the belt. The coins are silver dirhams which were minted in the Samanid Empire, a Sunni Iranian empire, surrounding Afghanistan, and parts of Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and between 819-999 AD.
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18 ounce gold nugget worth more than $70000.                                                                                                                                                 21 August 2017 Oscar Espinoza, of Modesto, California was out with his metal detector in a woodscreek in Jamestown when he striked gold.  He uncovered an 18 ounce nugget. The estimated value is $70,000.  The find has been placed somewhere away from his residence for safekeeping until it will be sold. Bryant Shock, a local business owner, said it was a rare find and he believes it will spark collectors' interest, resulting in driving the price up four or five times. The nugget is more valuable in it's original form because it's a piece of history and if it is melted down, only the metal will make up it's value.
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