Cleaning Silver Coins and Silver Ring – Before and After Photos

.925 Stamped Sterling Silver Ring - Before and After Cleaning
.925 Stamped Sterling Silver Ring - Before and After Cleaning

If your a reader of this blog, the other day I wrote a post on finding some Coins and a Silver Ring in a Western Australian Lake (Lake Dumbleyung) which has extreme salinty, so salty that it is more saltier than the Dead Sea.

The coins were totally encrusted with mud, salt, tiny stones, shells and grit, so much so that it was basically like concrete. The Silver Ring was not so bad, but was badly tarnished, basically it was totally black from being in the salty water and black mud for many years.

So I put myself to task to attempt to clean the coins and the ring.

I knew that if the coins were also silver then they would be basically still okay, but if the coins were copper Australian Pennys then they would be basically beyond repair.

I tried a few cleaning techniques, the first cleaning method I used was soaking the coins in Distilled water for a couple of days, but I lost my patience with that as I knew it would just take too long, so then I used the good old Electrolysis Coin Cleaning method and that worked a treat.

When I originally found the coins in the Lake, I didn’t have a clue about what type of coins they were. All up there was around 10 coins I found.

The electrolysis helped me identify what the coins were as follows:

1 x $2 coin

1 x $1 coin

1 x 20 cent coin

3 x Australian Copper Pennys

3 x Silver Shillings and

1 x Silver Sixpence

As predicted apart from the Silver Coins, the other non silver coins were basically ruined from corrosion. The Australian pennys were basically paper thin, eaten away by corrosion and other chemical reactions and only one of the pennys was just barely identifiable as you can see in the photo below … the Queens head!

But amazingly the Silver Shillings and the Silver Sixpence came out in excellent condition, and what strikes me as being so amazing is that the four silver coins I found, had been buried in the black salty mud for at least 50 YEARS! Yes there was some mild deterioration of the silver, but nothing like the other coins.

Once I could make out the dates of the coins, I went to a good Australian Coin Values website to see if I had hit the lucky jackpot and found myself a coin of value, but unfortunately there only worth a few bucks at most.

After I finished with the Electrolysis cleaning, I cleaned up the Silver Coins with some Goddards Silver Cleaning Cream and a soft cloth , and they came out pretty good, as did the Silver Ring I found also which is stamped .925, which means it is Sterling Silver 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper.

Here are the before and after pics. Click on the photos to get a better view.

Australian Silver Shillings - Cleaning Before and After
Australian Silver Shillings - Cleaning Before and After
Australian Silver Sixpence - Before and After Cleaning
Australian Silver Sixpence - Before and After Cleaning
Australian Copper Pennys - Before and After Cleaning
Australian Copper Pennys - Before and After Cleaning

Melbourne Metal Detectorist Wanted – Lost Wedding Ring – Generous Reward!

Lost Wedding Ring at Carrum beach (in-between Chelsea and Seaford) in Melbourne, Victoria
Lost Wedding Ring at Carrum beach (in-between Chelsea and Seaford) in Melbourne, Victoria

I got an email this morning via this Metal Detecting Blog asking for help to find someones Lost Ring in Melbourne Australia.

Hoping maybe a Metal Detectorist reading this is from Melbourne Australia, and would like to possibly help out and maybe get a good reward if successful.

For your info, I am on the other side of Australia, and can’t help.

As follows:
I lost my gold wedding band at a Melbourne Beach, Victoria a few weeks ago. I was swimming opposite the Surf Lifesaving Club and in-between the flags.

Obviously the ring has great sentimental value. I am kicking myself for not having it engraved.

Willing to pay a generous reward for return! Can anyone help find it?


0438 134 136


Jareds Lost Ring - Australia Day Brighton Beach - Scarborough - W.A.
Jareds Lost Ring - Australia Day Brighton Beach - Scarborough - W.A.

I got an email today from Jared in Perth, yesterday he lost his Wedding ring which carries enormous sentimental value to himself and his family.

Jared asked if I could help find his ring, unfortunately I had to say no because I am currently building a shed which should be completed by the weekend…. then I will probably head to Perth to try and find Jareds ring.

I did however point Jared to another Perth Metal Detectorist, so hopefully he can find Jareds ring successfully!

In the meantime If anyone reading this has found Jared’s ring, please contact me or Jared.

Jareds note:

This ring has enormous sentimental value to me and my family. It was my late father’s ring, who tragically died when I was a young boy. My mother has been holding onto it for 25 years to pass to me on my wedding day – which was only a month ago!

LOST FROM:                    Brighton Beach, Scarborough
DATE:                             26 January 2009 (Australia Day)
TIME:                             Approximately 12 noon
EXACT LOCATION:           Somewhere in the water – directly in front of the Surf Lifesaving Tower.  I was about waist –chest deep at the time.
SPECIFICS:                      Mens, wide (approximately 1cm), yellow gold wedding band. It’s heavy!
ENGRAVING:                   It has my parents’ initials and wedding date, as well as ‘Jared 28-12-08 Sarah’, engraved on the inside.


Did you lose your Ring or Jewellery on Australia Day in Western Australia?

Did you lose your Ring or Jewellery on Australia Day in Western Australia?

Have you Lost your Treasured Engagement or Wedding Ring? Lost Your Medi Alert Bracelet? Or have you Lost your Valuable Watch? Or a Sentimental Piece of Jewellery? A Ring, Charm or Bracelet your Gran passed down you you? You know what I mean!

I knew I would get some phone calls from people who had lost rings and jewellery at the Perth and Metro beaches on Australia Day, if you have please contact me and I maybe able to help or point you in the right direction on how to recover your lost jewellery!

Contact Bill at Western Australian Metal Detecting and Lost Jewellery Recovery Services

I Lost My Ring in the Snow!

No, I didn’t lose my ring in the snow, but have you?   I have a good friend in Vancouver – Canada, his name is Chris Turner, owner of a Metal Detecting and Lost Jewellery Recovery Service he offers to people mainly in the Vancouver area in Canada.

At the moment it is a snowy Winter in Canada, and Chris tells me that is the first thing he hears on the phone “Can you help me find my ring? I lost my precious ring in the snow!

Chris has been busy helping people find their lost rings in the Snow and he has some great YouTube clips to prove it! Check them out! Watch the video, if your a bit soppy like me, grab a tissue… hehe!


See more of Chris’s Metal Detecting YouTube Videos

I asked Chris to send me an email describing his Metal Detecting Services and the following describes his service:

I will search all Beaches, Parks, lakes, Yards, and Ski Resorts in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. I also offer my service to the people in Seattle Wa. That’s a 3 hour drive.
I have searched lakes in BC for people who have lost rings, 6 hours from the Vancouver area. This kind of search I require  travel expenses… If someone would be in need of my service I’d go anywhere in the world… I love my job!!!!

But looking at Chris’s Lost Jewellery website, this is a more formal description of his service

Welcome to Finders,
My name is Chris Turner and I started this service in 1995 to help people recover their lost jewellery.  Finders is relatively unknown to the public due to the high cost of advertising but with the help and support of the Lifeguards at the Vancouver beaches, I’ve been able to help a small percentage of people that reported their loss to the lifeguards and were referred to my flyer.

Read the Newspaper Articles about this unique one of a kind service, and see the Book of Smiles.

Tips for speedy recovery:
The sooner you call Finders the better your chances.

Lost Your Jewellery On The Beach?
Do not panic or search for your lost jewellery in the sand, by doing so you will bury it deeper and make it harder for us to find and also attract others to the location of your lost item. Call ASAP to avoid others from finding your jewellery, and/or from the beach-grooming machine destroying it.

Lost in a Lake:
Your chances of recovery are high due to the fact that not many people have underwater detectors.
If you lost something in the water no deeper then 25 feet down I use a diver to grid search the area with an underwater detector to recover it. If you make note of where you lost the item and put us in a close proximity, the chances of recovery are higher. If your not sure when the ring came off while you where swimming there is little chance of recovery.

Lost on your Property:
The chances are very good that it will be found but there is still a chance of the lawnmower hitting it and sending it flying.

Lost in a Park:
Must act fast due to the fact that usually the grass is groomed and maintained at a short height, this makes your lost item easer to spot by eye.  There is also the chance of others  finding it or a lawnmower damaging it.

Lost in Snow:
Depending on the conditions and if we can make it to you, we can find your jewellery in the snow.

We are equipped with the best detectors.
If you’re sure of the location where you lost your jewellery call right away, chances are very good for recovery. If your not 100% sure you lost it where you think you lost it, the chances are reduced and our success rate is lower.

How Much will it Cost?
The jewellery recovery service is based on “Reward Only”, the same as if you placed “reward if found” in the lost column of your local newspaper. It costs you nothing if we can’t find it!

However If a diver is required or the search is outside the Lower Mainland the cost of our operating expenses will apply.

Ending Note:
I’ve been treasure hunting since I was 14 years old, I love the search and the excitement of the discoveries I make.
I love what I do and I can do it all day every day!
What other job or hobby do you know of that can make so many people so very happy when you find what they lost.
If you or someone you know has lost something of sentimental value call Finders.

What you thought was lost forever can now be found!

Although Chris is located in Vancouver, he regularly travels across the Canada – US Border to help people find their lost Jewellery, areas such as Seattle is an example he has helped many people before.

Chris has been a great inspiration to me and he has offered me a lot of guidance in helping me to become successful in helping people in Western Australia locate their lost jewellery in the same “Spirit” as he does.

When I say “Spirit”, I say that because Chris helps people find their lost jewelery not based on charging people per hour to find their lost jewellery, but to help people in a good natured way, that is if he finds your lost ring, then it’s based on a “Reward Only” service, the same as if you placed “reward if found” in the lost column of your local newspaper. It costs you nothing if he can’t find it! And if he does find it, well it’s up to you to decide on how much of a reward you’ll give him.

Chris also operates Forgotten Fortunes

Canadian House & Property Search Service for Hidden & Buried Treasure

 People hide their money!
Since the beginning of time and still to this day people have hidden their valuables for safekeeping’s. If you ask yourself why… Here are a few reasons.

War Time
War time has caused many people throughout history to rush and hide their most valuable possessions (Gold, Silver, Cash, Jewellery & Paintings) in their homes and on their property, for safe keeping. After the war some were able to recover their valuables, many were not as fortunate.

Banks or financial institutions
Many individuals who grew up during the depression are hiding their money. They fear they may experience what their family went through before them. So they hide money as a way to feel secure.

Read More on Chris Turners Treasure Team Canadian House & Property Search Service for Hidden & Buried Treasure

I must say I was fascinated when Chris told me of this service he operates from his hometown of Vancouver.   Some of the examples he has told me about in regards to people hiding large stashes of money, jewellery and gold in their house and then suddenly dying without them telling their family members where their secret treasure location was located is just amazing.

It brings to mind how often it must be the case when people hide tens of thousands of dollars in money, jewellery, gold bullion in their house and then they either pass on or suffer from either a debilitating illness, Stroke, comatosed or have a disease and then not being able to communicate to close family members in regards to their hidden stash (yes just a scenario, but it happens all the time) … especially in these days of the current global financial catatrophe, with people taking their money out of their banks and buying Gold Bullion in their droves!

Then their home is sold, rented out or even in some case demolished if needs be and that hidden treasure either stays where it is forever, or goes secretly into the hands of the new owner, or if your lucky the treasure discoverers are honest, then they inform local police authorities, who then tell you of your parents or grandparents secret horde of one million dollars buried under their house along with their love letters they wrote to each other during World War Two! You wish! But I bet what I have just said has got you thinking about possible hidden treasure spots at your parents or grand parents house!

Anyhow, if your in Canada, and you are thinking, maybe I should get my house searched for hidden treasure, or lost some sentimental jewellery in the snow or at a park, or anywhere, then it may pay to get in contact with Chris Turners Treasure Team!

Chris has a great Motto … Search and We Will Find!

Coins & Silver Ring Found in Salt Laden Mud

I went back out to the local Lake yesterday with the aim of possibly finding another Ring or two. This time I carried out a proper Metal Detecting grid search of a small area where there was likely a lot of human activity when the Lake had water in it, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing etc

The area I searched was not the same area where I did a quick 15 minute search and found the Lost Gold Wedding Ring five days ago, so I decided I would try my luck in a different area, and come back to the “Gold Ring Area” another time.

I came a bit more prepared this time, I brought with me some insect repellent, to stave off the annoying flys that bite, it only helped a little, and these flys are the worse I have encounted, they would even bite through my Chesty Bonds Singlet, they must have mosquito like fangs! I ended up rubbing insect repellent all over my singlet and decided next time I will come even more prepared … with a long sleeve shirt!

Anyhow I knew I would find myself some coins, obviously lost out of  swimmers pockets, I also knew that the coins I would find would be severely covered in corrosion from the salty environment the coins had been laying in for anywhere up from 5 years to up to 50 years or more.

So I ended up finding around 10 coins, and I have not got a clue what the coins exactly are, such as Pre-Decimal Australian Coins (Pennys, Shillings, Six Pence ) (Prior 1965) or Post-Decimal Australian Coins (5, 10, 20, 50 Cent Coins) (Post 1966) because as you can see in the photos below the coins a surrounded by a shell of corrosion, and no doubt are damaged beyond repair.

I was also happy when I found a nice Silver Ring, possibly another Lost male or female wedding ring, not really that sure, but nethertheless another nice ring to add to my collection of Western Australian lost and found rings to write about on this Metal Detecting Blog!

So after finding this stuff with my metal detector I have decided to do some experimental “Coin Cleaning, and I found this great coin cleaning link and I currently have the coins soaking in Distilled Water as per instructions below:

Distilled Water Coin Cleaning
One of the gentlest methods of cleaning coins is using distilled water (DW) soaks. This requires that you soak the coin for 24 hours remove the coin and gently scrub the coin with a soft toothbrush. Change the water and then repeat until the coin is clean.

Distilled water contains almost no dissolved minerals. When you put a coin in DW the minerals on the coin transfer to the water until the DW is saturated with minerals.
Good Candidates

See other Coin Cleaning Methods

It will be interesting to see what the results are, I will keep you all updated on this.

As I say, it is highly likely that none of the coins will be unidentifiable due to the corrosion.

The 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are made of cupro-nickel (75 per cent copper and 25 per cent nickel). The one and two dollar coins are made of aluminium bronze (92 per cent copper, 6 per cent aluminium and 2 per cent nickel). These coins will corrode slowly in a salt laden environment such as the lake I found them in or in the Ocean.

The Australian Pre-Decimal Penny and Half-Penny is made out of copper and will corrode very quickly in salty enviroments.

The Australian Six Pence, Three Pence, and Shilling are made out of pure silver.

A commonly asked question: Does Silver rust?

Silver will react to salty soil and water and can suffer from sulphide related tarnish. 80% of the lost silver rings I have recovered from the ocean have suffered from tarnish, but a bit of silvo or silver polish will bring the ring back to it’s former glory.

I once found two Australian Silver Six Pence coins in the ocean, those coins were in a shell of rust, and when I cracked open the shell, inside the silver coins were like brand knew.

Read more on Australias’ Salinity Crisis

Stay tuned for before and after photos of the coins and the silver ring!

Here are the photos of the coins and the ring I found yesterday

Billy - Toto - Ginger - Metal Detecting at Lake Dumbleyung Western Australia
Billy - Toto - Ginger - Metal Detecting at Lake Dumbleyung Western Australia
Coin suffering from Corrosion - Australian Pre-Decimal Penny?
Coin suffering from Corrosion - Australian Pre-Decimal Penny?
Australian Coin with major Corrosion
Australian Coin with major Corrosion
The Silver Ring Found in Salt Lake - Major Tarnish - Nil Corrosion
The Silver Ring Found in Salt Lake - Major Tarnish - Nil Corrosion

Is this a Beer Bottle?

Is this a Beer Bottle? It's Tiny!
Is this a Beer Bottle?

Well after finding the Wedding Ring yesterday with my Metal Detector yesterday I decided to do a quick bottle dump search in an area  where I had previously found some old Australian bottles 

In Australia, just like anywhere else in the world, farmers, settlers, roadside workers would likely take all of their rubbish to an isolated area and either bury it or in most cases burn it if the weather permitted.

When I am driving on isolated roads and even on country and rural highways, I always keep my eyes peeled for potential farm dumping grounds. These are very easy to see if you know what you are looking for. I know of quite a few areas where there are bottles, but just need the time and permission to do a search.

When looking for bottles either driving on the road or walking through the bush, these are the things I look for as follows:

  1. Old Car Wrecks
  2. Old rusted cans laying around
  3. Unusual clumps of grass
  4. Unusual mounds of soil
  5. Charcoal pieces on soil
  6. Glass sparkling in the distance or in front of you
  7. Old unused gravel roads or tracks

And thats just an example, basically it is just common sense, but a good Bottle Hunting tip which I always remember is “Don’t look at the bush, look through the bush”

That saying is something I was once told when I was a Soldier in the Australian Army, not to do with bottle hunting, but to do with hunting the enemy, you need to look through the bush to find the enemy.

It is amazing how true this saying is, when you train your eye, you will be amazed what you may see laying under a bush, an old bottle could have been laying there for a hundred years or more.

The photo above is of a tiny “Beer Bottle” I am not really sure if it is a beer bottle or a spirits bottle… if someone visiting this blog can help identify what the bottle was used for it would be greatly appreciated! It is around 17cm high as you can see by the ruler next to the bottle.

I have never seen such a bottle like this one before … I actually found around 10 of them by the side of a gravel road… hoping someone can help me identify what the contents of the bottle may have been.

Anyhow here are a few of some of my favourite old bottles which I found yesterday.

Champions Vinegar Bottle - Era - 1890's
Champions Vinegar Bottle - Era - 1890's
Retro Pepsi Bottle
Retro Pepsi Bottle

Gold found in Dumbleyung!

Thats Salt not Snow!
Thats Salt not Snow!

It has been so hot here in Western Australia, yesterday reached around 45 degrees celsius, and for the last two weeks it has been averaging over 30 degrees celsius, today was a lot less warmer than yesterday, but still above 30 degrees and my girlfriend Natalie and I were bored and took the oppurtunity to go for a drive around the local district of Dumbleyung, where I live.

Dumbleyung has a population of around 250 people, a nice quite little town, famous for our lake “Lake Dumbleyung”

On New Years Eve 1964, after a particularly wet winter had seen the lake fill to overflowing, Donald Campbell set the world water speed record when he piloted his boat, Bluebird K7 across the lake at the remarkable speed of 444.66 km/h (276.3 mph).

Unfortunately Lake Dumbleyung is presently a very dry lake, I have not seen it full of water for around 5 years, when it is full, it is beautiful, full of water birds, even Pelicans and Seagulls come to the lake which is 250kms from the ocean, although no fish can survive in the water due to its extreme salinity. However around 20 years ago fresh water Bream were introduced but died as soon as the lake dried a year or two later.

Anyhow, I decided it would be nice to show my girlfriend the local water ski club, and also thought it would be a great chance to go metal detecting out there, with the aim of finding myself some Lost Gold Jewellery as I knew there would be a high chance because Gold will not corrode in salt water or salinity affected soil, but coins, silver and all other metals will corrode, and also being a water ski club, people skiing have a high chance of losing jewellery due to falls, take offs etc.

As soon as we arrived we were pounced upon by man eating flys (flys that bite) and they were really annoying, but that did not stop my eagerness to get out the Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector as quickly as possible and start swooping potential lost jewellery spots, such as the old boat ramp, the picnic area, the beach area where Mums would babysit their kids.

I started getting heaps of the usual pulltab signals which I expected, after around 10 minutes I got a nice signal through my headphones, and found myself a nicely corroded aluminum beer can.

Then another signal, this one was different, and I could not believe my eyes, I found myself a nice wedding ring… I was very excited and asked Natalie to take a photo of me and my new find.

I was excited for a few reasons, 1. I found Gold! 2. It’s something to write about on this Metal Detecting Blog  3. The chances of finding more lost gold rings and jewellery in this area and other lakes around the district are extremely high! and finally 4. It would be fantastic to be able to find the original owner of this ring and reunite them with their lost gold wedding ring which may have slipped off whilst water skiing.

The ring has a engraving, a gold stamp and the manufacturers name stamped on the ring, so if I find the owner, they need to be able to tell me what engraving is on the ring.

The manufactures stamp marking is “Caris”


And from the research I just did I found out the following


John Caris’s general store in Vulcan Street Moruya, opposite the Adelaide Hotel, was crammed with an extraordinary array of goods for Christmas. Inside the store, he sold everything from axes to washing soda and men’s suits. Caris was also a watchmaker and an optician. He joined the Coolgardie gold rush with his brother in the mid 1890s and eventually opened Caris Brothers, Perth’s largest jewellery store.

 I don’t think the ring is that old, no more than 50 years from what the engraving says.

We only stayed in the area for around 30 minutes, due to the biting flys, but I will definately be returning to the area very soon!

Can’t complain, in 30 minutes I found myself a gold ring, a couple of very corroded unidentifiable coins and the usual pulltabs!

Click on the photos below for a bigger and better photo.

Me Metal Detecting and the immense sparce of Lake Dumbleyung
Me Metal Detecting and the immense sparce of Lake Dumbleyung
Me and Ginger
Me and Ginger
Sifting for Gold!
Sifting for Gold!
Showing off the Gold!
Showing off the Gold!
The Gold Wedding Ring I found today!
The Gold Wedding Ring I found today!
Me and the ring - please excuse the flys on my lip!
Me and the ring - please excuse the flys on my lip!

Using a Metal Detector inside your House!

I got this email the other day from someone asking advice on using a Metal Detector inside a house as follows:

Just came across your site. My girlfriend has lost a ring in our house (we think) which was given to her by her now deceased grandmother. I don’t think it is worth much but obviously has great sentimental value.

I am a bit sceptical that it could be found in our house, which is quite an old house and I am assuming filled with copper pipes/iron nails etc… Do you think it would be worth trying to find it?

Also if possible I would try and do it secretly so if found it would be a surprise.

My reply to the person was, it would be impossible to find the ring inside their hours with a Metal Detector, obviously there would be way too much electrical interference, let alone all of the metal inside the house, especially if it is a Steel framed home. There a many many factors to consider, copper piples, roofing insulation, steel roofs, electrical wires, all of the metal under the house, pipes, frames, house supports etc.

Basically the only way you could find it is to do a good thorough search of the house, it will likely turn up, and could have easily rolled under a carpet, fridge, amongst clothes and so much more.

Just a word of advice, don’t use a metal detector inside your house, it wont work, unless you live in a mudbrick house,


Metal Detecting Equipment I Use to find your Lost Jewellery and Relics

I use a variety of Metal Detecting Equipment to retrieve old relics, coins, lost jewellery, lost rings at the beach, and much more.

Obviously I use Metal Detectors to find the lost treasure, rings, old coins etc, but thats the easy part, after I get the signal of a potential buried item which may be your lost ring, watch, bracelet, earring or something else, thats when I will use some other tools which will make the recovery easy.

I will show you some pics of exactly what I use when hunting for your lost items or when I am just metal detecting for my own use.

Currently I have two top of the range Minelab Metal Detectors

As follows:

Metal Detectors I use

Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector 

My first one is the Minelab E-Trac Metal Detector from the very first day I bought this, I tested it out straight away and had fantastic success with finding over $250 in loose coins on a Western Australian Beach, around 11 Gold and Silver Rings, plenty of fishing sinkers and as usual plent of bottle caps.

It is an awsome machine. It can be used on both land and sea … but please take note that it is not Waterproof, however, there is no problems if you detect in water of around a foot or two depth, but please make sure if you buy one, you always wash the coil prior to finishing and storing away…. don’t get the digital display wet, you can purchase metal detector covers for the display. But even with the cover, it is not 100% water resistant. If you buy one, please ask the dealer about this. And how to use it without getting the display unit wet.

E-Trac is Minelab’s most technologically advanced detector, incorporating unique Full Band Spectrum (FBS) Technology. Its sleek, sturdy design, innovative control panel, intuitive menus, clear LCD, robust lightweight coil and comprehensive targeting options set E-Trac apart from any other detector available today.

Minelab E-Trac Metal Detectror
Minelab E-Trac Metal Detectror

Minelab has taken a further ground breaking step by incorporating a USB interface, which will allow you to download and upload E-Trac settings, User Modes and Discrimination Patterns using your own Personal Computer (PC).

E-Trac will locate valuable metal objects in a variety of mineralised ground conditions such as extremely salty soils, sea water, wet beach sand and highly magnetic ground conditions. By using the E-Trac you can become one of the many successful detectorists who combine their passion for the outdoors with the excitement of discovering valuable coins, relics, gold and jewellery on a regular basis.

E-TRAC Technology

E-Trac delivers Full Band Spectrum (FBS) with Simultaneous Frequencies ranging from 1.5kHz – 100kHz through its powerful microprocessor. The frequency range means that the signal received from the detector coil is analysed from a wide range of responses. This allows E-Trac’s advanced signal processing to rate detected objects according to their ferrous and conductivity (FE-CO) characteristics and analyse more target information so that the target identification (ID) is more accurate.

Minelab’s Smartfind™ is a unique two-dimensional scale of discrimination. Smartfind™ graphically represents both the ferrous and conductivity properties on the same display. This combined with E-Trac’s target Discrimination ability eliminates signals from undesired targets and accepts signals from desired targets. E-Trac’s technology means:

– Greater detecting depth
– High sensitivity over a wide range of targets
– Less interference from electromagnetic sources
– More accurate identification of target characteristics

E-TRAC Xchange

E-Trac Xchange allows you to download and upload detector settings and Discrimination Patterns via USB to your Personal Computer. This advanced feature is designed to allow you to quickly configure the E-Trac to particular detecting environments and preferred targets.

You can always share your experiences and settings with other detectorists. The installation CD and Xchange User Guide supplied with your E-Trac ensure you can get started straight away.

You can build a resource library charting your success with your E-Trac. Download and store your valuable Settings, User Modes and Patterns for your favourite sites and upload them as required. There’s no limit to the number you can store on your PC so make the most of your E-Trac and never worry about losing your successful settings again!


  • E-Trac Xchange USB functionality – create, download and upload your E-Trac Settings and Discrimination Patterns for your favourite sites; save to your PC or XChange them with others by email.
  • Ultra-lightweight waterproof 11″ Double D Waterproof Coil, versatile with sharp, accurate pinpointing and depth!
  • QuickMask™ with independent Ferrous and Conductivity rejection level adjust – a fast and simple way to edit Patterns
  • Smartfind™ offers Minelab’s proven unique discrimination and dual coordinate target profiling.
  • Discrimination Scale with radical realignment improves the target ID and recovery rate of good targets at depth
  • Sensitivity functionality with expanded Auto, Manual and “Suggested” settings
  • Refined Threshold adjustment level on a 1-50 scale – greater precision to suit your requirements
  • Pinpoint with audio and visual indicators on 2 modes makes target size and identification more accurate than ever
  • Four pre-programmed Minelab User Modes with specific Settings and Patterns suited to Coins; High Trash; Beach and Relics.
  • Four User Mode slots – personalise your Modes to suit your specific detecting target preferences and environment.
  • Ground Setting options of Neutral and Difficult adapt easily to benign or the most challenging operating conditions with these settings.
  • Trash Density – High ensures you experience fewer false signals in high trash environments, Low is perfect for cleaner sites.
  • User-centered Keypad and Menu Interface Design – enhanced usability with intuitive icons and logical menu sequences that are fast and so easy to use!
  • Clear resolution Visual Display Panel 72mm x 48mm – designed for optimum visibility in all light conditions
  • Ergonomic, perfectly balanced Handle Assembly ensures longer periods of detecting without fatigue!
  • Additional Expert Features and Preferences allow you to customise your E-Trac to suit your needs.

Mineland Excalibur II Metal Detctor

This machine is great and is 100% Waterproof, which means you can snorkel or dive for lost treasure, rings, coins, jewellery and much more, the very first time I used this metal detector, I found a beautiful 9 Diamond Mens Diamond Ring, in a couple feet of water at a beach, it’s worth alot of money, so I was very happy about this. I found that ring in around a foot of water.

Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector 100% Water Proof
Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector 100% Water Proof

The New and Improved Excalibur II

Minelab’s unique BBS 17 Frequency and Ground Rejecting Technology makes the Excalibur II the ideal machine. This amphibious detector can move from land, beach, wet sand conditions to underwater depths up to 200ft (66m) seamlessly.

Never again get false signals from detecting in salt water, enjoy the simple, yet effective discrimination, be surprised at the sensitivity and depth that you pull targets from.

The Excalibur II is the ideal coin and treasure detector.

Its New features and improved specification include:


  • New High Visibility (Hi-Vis) fluorescent bodywork
  • New Slimline Coil (8″ or 10″ option) for improved balance
  • New NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • New Hi-Vis Skid Plate
  • New Side-Mount Shaft for shallow and surf-wading (available as an optional accessory)

I also use Koss headphones on My E-Trac Metal Detector, they are pretty good, but if it is windy, it is sometimes hard to hear Signals, however I would recommend them, usually if you but a Metal Detector, they will give you free headphones, if not, just ask if they can throw in a set, especially if you are spending alot of money of your first detector.

Sifts, Beach and Sand Scoops

When water detecting, such as metal detecting calm rivers, estaurys, lakes, dams and ponds I use a homemade Sifter which is attached to old tyre tube, this is very easy to use and make. To use it, basically to have it attached to your body via a strong length of rope, when you detect a strong signal under the water with your detector, you use a Metal Detecting Beach and Sand Scoop to pick up the sand or mud in which the coin, ring may be buried in, it acts as a sift, and when the mud or sand drains out, it should reveal your find, which will hopefully be something of value.  I will describe below more about the types of Scoops I use.

Floating Sifter for Water Metal Detecting
Floating Sifter for Water Metal Detecting
I bought the below Sand Scoop of Ebay, it is pretty good, but does involve you bending down quite a bit to retrieve rings, coins etc and can be quite tiring, the good think about it is that is is light weight.
Hand Held Sand Scoop
Hand Held Sand Scoop
The below Sun-Spot Sand and Water Scoop, it one of my favourites, it never fails to find anything, I would say the only downfall is its weight, it can get quiet heavy after carrying both the metal detector and the Sun Spot Scoop, but still never the less, it is well worth the investment, and don’t let my remark about its weight turn you off buying one, I bought it from America. The Shovel is huge and has a huge pick up area, enable a succesful recovery on first attempt.
Sun Spot Sand and Water Scoop
Sun Spot Sand and Water Scoop
If going on a long journey, such as a extended Metal Detecting Hunt, I also carry with me a Uniden Two Way Radio, it could come in handy for emergencies, such as snake bites, accidents or injuries. And if I am going to very isolated areas, I also take my EPIRB with me, and a first aid kit is always essential.
Swivel Gel Knee Pads
Another item I bought off Ebay, these are great for when you are detecting on ground which may be hard and has plenty of stones, nothing worse that resting your knees of sharp stones when you are digging, these Knee Pads protect your knees from cuts, bruises, and sore knees.
If you wan’t to take up metal detecting seriously, there are plenty of websites out there that specialise in Metal Detectors and Accessories.