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  1. In my experience coins do not "sink" deeper. Leaves, grass, and dirt will accumulate over them over time which eventually makes them deeper, but they don't sink. I have the same problem in finding silver coins anymore. I have a 1986 Whites 6000 DI Pro with an 8" loop which certainly does not go as deep as the new computerized detectors, but still does good. I have never found a silver coin buried deeper than 4 inches. Most of them I find are shallower than deeper. I believe that most parks are just worked out. Where you find silver coins now means the area just hasn't been worked that much. I am talking about the Southern Oregon area. Some places the silver may indeed be deeper. There is a park here in Southern Oregon called Lithia Park that I hunted in the early 1980s with excellent results. I found lots of silver within 2" of the surface and not any deeper. After an absence of over 30 years I came back to try it again and could not find even one silver coin after trying several times. Talking with detectorists in the park I found out even with their top of the line detectors they were not finding anymore silver either. The only things they were finding at deeper depths were relics, nails, bolts, and tin cans. They were complaining of not finding anymore silver too. In my opinion.........you have to go to where the silver still is.........mineralcreekmike

  2. OK OK, now I see this is supposed to be your best NON NUGGET find. Oh well, this is my best find & I'm sticking to it......lol My best find ever was three, half ounce gold nuggets in one hole......on a hillside. Was following an ancient channel up the hill from the present creek with my detector, fighting mosquitoes all the way and inhaling a few, when I got a faint signal. After digging through moss and 10 inches of half frozen dirt, I found a small pothole in the bedrock about 8 inches across. Carefully scraping away more dirt I uncovered a half oz. nugget, well worn. Running the detector back over the hole again I received another signal. I continued to carefully scrape the dirt away and uncovered 2 more half oz. nuggets as well as about 50 smaller piece in the 10 grain range in this small pothole. This was in Alaska at my favorite creeks where a 55 oz. nugget was recovered as well as lots of em in the 10 - 25 oz. range. My goal is to find one over 1 oz.


  3. post-27433-0-93626200-1418955627_thumb.jHi everyone, I'm new to the lower 48 states. I just spent 45 years in Alaska where I became pretty proeffecient in finding gold with metal detectors. I even put myself through two years of college with the gold I found.......at the old price in the 80s. I found most of it with an old Whites 4000D Series 2 detector, and a Whites 6000DI Pro. Now I have a new Whites GMT but so far have not had a chance to use it. I live here in Southern Oregon now and would really like to try my luck in Nevada or Arizona this winter but just don't know where to go. Anyone have any thoughts on what they call the "Rye Patch" near Imlay, Nevada? I know where Imlay is but any instructions on how to get to the Rye Patch from there? Anyone have any ideas on other areas that someone who feels totaly out of place in the lower 48 might try?


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