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A blog all about metal detecting and metal detectors

  • Getting too cold, wet or snowy outside to go and metal detect? why not coin shoot for treasure!

    Coin shooting has been a popular pastime for many of our customers over the years. It's a great and free way to continue searching for treasure in your downtime and a great way to get your family involved in the practice too since it can be done in the comfort of your own home, at any time of day and during any weather or season.

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    Coin shooting is the term used for the popular hobby of going to local banks and exchanging large currency, or purchasing smaller coin currency, usually stored at banks in "paper rolls" There are still many rare coins in circulation today. Many of the silver coins that were minted are still mixed in these coin rolls banks use for change. Say you buy $50 worth of nickles, or dimes, then find a rare date or mint, or even better, a miss strike (ike a miss print with notes where the coin has mint imperfections) - These rare finds can be worth an absolute fortune to coin collectors!

    With the advancing technology of coin sorting and returns, nowadays it's incredibly easy to return opened rolls of coins back to banks and simply deposit the coins back through a sorting machine into your account.

    we're read many stories of coin shooters finding massive jackpots hidden away in these rolls of coins, it's important to have a rough idea of what to look for before you begin however, there are many guides and pictures online that can help you get started and show you what to look for. Always be on the lookout for miss prints and abnormalities as these unusual and extremely rare coins can fetch the most to certain collectors around the world since not many of them ever make circulation and are usually just destroy and remade at the mint before hitting the banks and eventually your purses and wallets!

    Once you've found that treasure bug, give us a call and see about our metal detectors and packages so you can get out and start hunting that really old and rare treasure that's not been dug up yet!

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    #1. Get an MI-6 Pinpointer for $40 with the purchase of these 2 configurations.

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  • Detectorist uncovers treasure from Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest

    A Captivating story coming out of England where a detectorist has dug an incredible gold ring with a huge sapphire stone from the fabled Sherwood Forrest, the old home of Robin hood and his band of thieves. The ring was discovered in Nottinghamshire by Mark Thompson who found the ring after just 20 minutes into his session. What makes the ring so unique is the size of the stone, probably worn by a high ranking member of the church of England, possibly a Bishop.

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    Mr Thompson said at the time: "I had been out metal detecting with a group for about 20 minutes when I heard the signal.

    “I was really excited when I saw that it was gold, but I didn't realise at that point just how significant it might be."

    The ring is currently being auctioned at Christies with an estimated price of 25,000 to 35,000 Great British pounds, or about 30-40k USD. British treasure find rules dictate the proceeds of the sale will be split 50/50 between the finder and the landowner.

    Sherwood Forest once covered a huge swathe of land from north of Nottingham city up to the edge of Doncaster. However, it now comprises just 375 hectares of land. Ubran sprawl has built up around it's perimeter but there is still a lot of treasure to be found! Maybe you'll get lucky too and dig up some of robin hood's spoils? If you would like more information on metal detecting or to get the best price for a metal detector, please don't hesitate to contact us and happy hunting!

  • What is a Minelab Multi-IQ Metal Detector?

    Not all things are created equal, you know that. New technology, new experiences, new frontiers and now you get to master them all.

    Metal detectors used to work on a single frequency so that typically you could only a limited range of metals at one time. Small coins, fine jewelry and gold. lf you imagine a flash light that lit up only one color that's what you have. Then Minelab Multi-IQ got better and switchable multi-frequency protectors came about so you could find different types of treasure but you needed to know in advance what you were looking for.  So you would have to manually switch our flash light to different colors before you could find our treasure. Good if you were psychic but not so effective for the rest of us. Now we have Minelabs Multi-IQ revolutionary technology. Running a simultaneous multi frequency detector that now can find any metal in any soil, anytime.

    Minelabs imaginary multi IQ flashlight now lets us see the entire range of color.  Every type of metal at one time. That is Minelabs multi IQ technology. No more digging around in the dark. You just seen into the future of metal Detecting.  Affordable, effective, ingenious!

    Minelabs Multi-IQ...... All metals....... all soils......... all the time!

    Minelab, performance is everything.

  • MINELAB EQUINOX 600 SERIES METAL DETECTOR WITH FREE 6" EQUINOX SMART COIL UNTIL JAN 31ST 2020!

    New holiday promotion for the Minelab Equinox 600 from BBH Metal Detectors offers a free 6" Equinox smart coil with its already great bundle a free Minelab Carry bag and Minelab Shell finds pouch.

    https://www.bigboyshobbies.net/minelab-equinox-600-series-metal-detector

    15% Military discount available a well!

    Check them out!

    Minelab Equinox 600 free 6 inch coil

  • The new lineup of entry-level but feature packed metal detectors & the cost of technology advancement

    As we've seen over the last several months, the majority of metal detector manufacturers have shifted focus towards more aggressively priced entry level machines. Minelab introducing the new vanquish 340 440, 540 metal detectors and nokta makro introducing the simplex, all in the $200-500 price range sporting the latest and greatest technology from their respective developers.

    While the lower to mid range start adopting the newer technology the more high end metal detectors use, that begs the question; where is the high end metal detector market is heading? Are we due a followup from the king of the high end, the CTX 3030? what do garrett currently have in the works to potentially dethrone the almighty AT Pro and AT Max lineup? What new technologies are the manufacturers working on for their mid to high end machines we've not yet heard of?

    The Minelab Equinox 800 & Equinox 600 was the biggest shift in the market we've ever seen, a first, truly all purpose multi-frequency machine that can detect just as good on the beach as it can on old farm soil and everything in between, at a very affordable price point. When manufacturers implement this type of technology and make it affordable to all, the whole industry benefits, more competition is created and industry innovation rapidly increases.

    2020 is going to be an amazing year for our hobby. The technology we've been seeing in our computers and phones has been making its way into our metal detectors and accessories at a much faster pace than in the past. Technology like Bluetooth, GPS, digital imaging etc have all seen integration into our hobby and tools over the last couple of years, metal detectors are getting smarter, headphones are getting lighter and less wires, even pointers are utilizing a lot of this new tech and we can't wait to see what next year brings to our industry!

    If you have any questions about any of our metal detectors please don't hesitate to contact us and as always, happy hunting!

  • Software upgrade 2.0 for the Minelab Equinox 800 and Minelab Equinox 600.

    Software upgrade 2.0 for the Minelab Equinox 800 and Minelab Equinox 600.
    Get more from your Minelab EQUINOX metal Detector.

    At Minelab, we get your passion. And like you, we never leave any stone unturned. It’s that same grit and determination that drives us to make every product and every innovation just that much better.

    What is new?

    Difficult ferrous targets — the common enemy for all detectorists. That is until EQUINOX. Hit the download on our EQUINOX update to make those pesky bottle caps, rusty nails and other falsing targets a thing of the past. Fire up the Minelab Update Utility and you’re on your way. It’s simple. You’ll experience the enhanced Iron Bias feature, improved EQUINOX 600 backlight and much more.

    Improved Iron Bias

    Iron Bias has been enhanced with the addition of a new Iron Bias settings profile. The original EQUINOX Iron Bias 'FE' settings will still be available, but there is now the option to switch to the new Iron Bias 'F2' settings, which have an improved capability to reject a much wider range of difficult iron targets, including bottle caps.

    EQUINOX 600 Backlight Brightness

    The EQUINOX 600 now has the ability to adjust the backlight brightness to an additional 'Low' setting that matches the minimum setting on the EQUINOX 800. This 'Low' brightness is ideal for detecting at night and in low light conditions.

    Download the Minelab Equinox 2.0 update by clicking here!

    As always feel free to call or email us with questions or to purchase a minelab product. Minelab Military discount available!

  • Update on shipping and Nokta Makro Simplex Metal Detector now with Auto and manual ground balance!

    Based on feedbacks received from our Nokta Makro customers at many events from users as well as customers reaching out to us through forums and emails, we (Nokta Makro) decided to incorporate both auto and manual ground balancing to the device. The Field and Park modes still can be used without ground balancing in many areas but for experienced users and tough conditions, ground balancing can now be done automatically as well as manually.

     

    This has been the major update on the device along with some other minor changes.

     

    We apologize for the delay but at the end of the day Simplex+ just became more powerful than it was before. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Back to School is the best time to get out and metal detect!

    Every year around this time, many parents rejoice at the prospect of a bit of peace and quiet while their little ones head off back to school. For metal detectorists, back to school is usualy the green light to get out and start hunting those once packed parks and beaches!

    As many of you know, September usually brings in some cooler weather and even a bit of much needed rain, if you've ever tried to detect on fields during the summer, you know how much of a challenge digging in dry dirt can be. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get into metal detecting if you've been considering it as a hobby, almost all of the parks that have been bustling during the summer vacation months will be deserted, leaving you all alone to dig up any treasures that may have been left behind.

    Beaches and rivers are also prime hunting grounds during back to school weeks, summer sees huge tourism which usually means lots of lost jewelry and electronics scattered around the shores to be found. If your looking to get started with metal detecting, now couldn't be a more perfect time to begin! Please check out our large selection of metal detectors and as always, give us a call if you have any questions and Happy hunting!

  • Detectorist Unearths Ancient Trove of Coins from a Battle Site in Europe!

    45 year old Jaroslaw Musialkowski, and his brother Marcin discovered 200 coins whilst detecting at an undisclosed location on the site of the Battle of Roslin. The massive haul of over 44 ancient coins was found after a third visit to the site.

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    The battle of Roslin saw more than 20,000 loose their lives when the Scots defeated the English armies, it's believed that of the 30,000 English soldiers who entered the battlefield, less than 2,000 survived.

    The ancient coin spill is currently being evaluated by the National museum of Scotland, current estimates put the coins dates around the time of King Edward I who reigned from 1271-1307. Experts believe the coins may have been used to pay mercenaries during the epic battle.

    The coins which were found earlier this year were discovered alongside some ancient pottery and have yet to be appraised, we expect them to fetch a pretty penny though! From the images posted online, it seems the dectorist who hit this jackpot was swinging a Garrett ACE 400, a great entry level machine that can find just as well as some of our more expensive units!

    If you have any questions or are looking to get started on your treasure hunt, check out our wide selection of metal detectors and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and as always, happy hunting!

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