Sunday, December 23, 2012

National Geographic 'Diggers' TV Show Returns

After a brief hiatus the team of Tim Saylor and George Wyant are back on the National Geographic Channel with new episodes of their 'Diggers' show. When the show first premiered the duo had been criticized by Archaeologists and organizations around the country who said that they encouraged and glamorized looting of American archaeological sites.

The show was apparently a hit in the ratings, however National Geo obviously stepped back and did some soul searching and it is a good bet that they did some retooling to calm these boys down, and put them on the right path to satisfy the archaeological community as well as other groups.  

Check out the upcoming shows.

We welcome your comments about this show. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Advance Announcement 2nd Annual GoMinelabbing Treasure Hunt Weekend

The Gold Digger-Metal Detector Co. has just announced that it will be holding its 2nd annual GoMinelabbing Treasure Hunt Weekend on May 18th & 19th 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ. This event is sponsored by MINELAB. 
Details regarding registration and hotel information will follow.     (908) 595-9933

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


One tool that you should never be without when you are out detecting is a pinpointer. 
Many times it is hard to find a small metal object in the ground, but a pinpointer just makes the job a whole lot easier. Don't go by price alone, you want one that is reliable and well made.

Most pinpointers come with a holster to attach to your belt.

There are a number of good pin pointers on the market. My personal favorite is the Garrett Pro which sells for about $130. 

Minelab has a new pinpointer - PRO-FIND 25 It sells for about  $169.
Fisher has the F-Point  which sells for about $60.

Nokta has the RS which sells for about $140

White's has the Bulls Eye II which sells for about $120 
Detector Pro Pistol Probe sells for about $170

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winner of Sand Scoop to be announced at Dec.17th meeting

Just a reminder that we will pick the winner of the sand scoop at our Christmas party on December 17th.
Contact Glen Gunther to enter the drawing. Tickets are just $5.00 ea. The scoop retails for approximately  $150.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coin Found in Potato Field sells for $430,000

A rare colonial 1652 Massachusetts silver coin found by an East Hampton, N.Y., woman in an old potato field almost 23 years ago has been sold for more than $430,000 in Baltimore, Md.
The woman who found the coin, Lillian King, sold it in 1992 for $35,200.
The 1652 New England sixpence had been in a private collection for 21 years and was expected to sell for $100,000.
The coin was commissioned by the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is one of only eight known to exist. Other examples are owned by institutions such as the American Numismatic Society and the British Museum.
Source: Blanchard & Co.
Photo: Krohs Nest- 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deep Search Club Christmas Party December 17th

Calling all Deep Search club members. Don't forget to join us on Monday December 17th for our annual...

And be sure to bring a little something like a small dish of food or desert to share with the group. 
Please be sure to let Richard Clark know what you are bringing
Doors open at 6:30 and we start at 7:00

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

American Digger Magazine Sues Spike TV Over American Digger Show

According to The Wrap ( , Spike TV and parent company Viacom are being sued in federal court by Greybird Publishing. The company claims Spike and Viacom are using the magazine's trademark without authorization and the use of the name is hurting the magazine's reputation.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grady "Butch" Holcombe and his wife Anita Holcombe, the publishers of "American Digger," claim that they started receiving calls, emails and "unfavorable comments on hobbyist forums from subscribers ... alarmed by the show's highly inflammatory and negative depiction of their hobby and the risks the show posed for the ability of hobbyists to continue their metal detecting activities" 
After the show premiered, Ric Savage, the former pro-wrestler turned "American Digger" reality star, was ousted from his position as a columnist at "American Digger" the magazine.
The publishers are demanding that the defendants be stopped from using "American Digger" and destroy all video and iterms bearing the mark. Greybird is also asking for damages and Viacoms profits.
Source: Huffington Post TV

According to the Hollywood Reporter Viacom who owns Spike TV says that it attained a valid license from Greybird Publishing.


Friday, October 19, 2012

New OKM 'Black Hawk' Metal Detector

Standard 36 cm - 14.18 inch coil and optional 16 cm -6.33 inch search coil

The Black Hawk metal detector comes with the following features and advantages:
  • lightning fast 600 MHz processor
  • with advanced combined technology of Pulse Induction mono coil and SCMI sensor we have increased depth and metal discrimination
  • find very small targets like nuggets, coins or jewelry with the optional 16 cm search coil
  • advanced programming have made this unit very easy to operate
  • search at night with a built in LED lamp and adjustable backlit display
  • discrimination of ferrous / nonferrous metals
  • wireless stereo headphones for silent metal detection
  • various settings to optimize the detector performance to your local soil (Threshold, Delay, Interference, Sensitivity)
  • external powerful battery pack for operating times up to 6 hours
  • optional 12 V car charger to charge while on the go                                                           

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Minelab Discontinues Sovereign GT & Explorer SE Pro

This was posted on Minelab's website in their NEWS section

Minelab is discontinuing 2 of its existing products as of December 31st, 2012. These are:
Both the Sovereign GT and the Explorer SE Pro have been highly successful Minelab products for many years and we are proud of the history that both of these detectors carry with them. With the addition of the new CTX line of product and our continued investment into the X-TERRAfamily, the Excalibur IISafari and E-TRAC models we are confident that Minelab continues to offer the highest performing line and best value of premium coin, treasure, artifact, and beach & water metal detectors in the industry. As with any product discontinuation, Minelab will support our standard three year warranty period.
With the success of the CTX 3030 Standard Pack, we have decided to simplify the range by discontinuing the CTX 3030 Starter Pack, effective 1st November 2012.
Distributors & Dealers will be able to place orders for the Sovereign GT & SE Pro products until December 31st, 2012, and the CTX 3030 Starter Pack until 1st November 2012.
Please place your orders for these popular products as early as possible. We will supply product in full for all orders received by the 31st of December, 2012.

NEW White's TDI™ SL Metal Detector

USD $1249.95 With 7.5" coil
USD $1299.95 With 12" spider coil 

Precision Ground Balance Control: Balance out the ground iron mineralization of hot rocks, black sand, and other tough grounds.
Pulse Delay Control: Labeled for best performance settings - Small, Gold, Wet Salt, Large Target.
Variable Audio Select: With Ground Balance "ON".
3-Way Target Conductivity Selector:
Allows variable audio to low, high-conductive targets, or both.
Volume Control:
Get extra sensitivity for tiny targets and still keep volume at a comfortable level.
Threshold Control: Accurately adjust the audio to hear the smaller, deeper signals.
Frequency Control: Adjusts for hunting near power lines, microwave or other environmental interference.
Battery Life L.E.D.: L.E.D. light to indicate battery life.
Waterproof 7" or 12" spider search coil: Other accessory coils available.
Batteries: NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack included. Alkaline "AA" battery pack also included.
Two-year Parts and Labor Warranty.

Operating mode: Pulse Induction
Pulse Frequencies: 2.6kHz - 3kHz
Pulse Delay: 10us - 25us
Search modes: PI, Ground balanced PI
Ground balance: Differential delay
Audio tones: 1 or 2
Audio output: Speaker, headphones
Search coil: 7.5" Dual Field, 12" Dual Field
Weight: 3 lbs (7.5" DF coil), 3.5 lbs (12" DF coil)
Length: 43 - 48 inches, adjustable
Batteries: (8) AA, NiMH & alkaline
Battery life: 5-6 hours typical

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gold Digger Metal Detector Sales Wins Top Honors at 2012 Minelab Americas Partners Conference.

Deep Search Metal Detecting Club Member and Gold Digger Metal Detectors owner Ron DeGhetto was awarded the Eagle Award at the 2012 Minelab Americas Partner Conference held Sept.13 - 16th in Charlottesville Virginia. The Eagle Award is the highest honor given by Minelab Americas to the Authorized Dealer who exemplifies leadership in customer service, sales, technology and business feedback.

Ron DeGhetto 

Congratulations to Ron and Gold Digger Metal Detectors

If Deep Search Metal Detecting Club Members are in the market for a new detector or need digging tools or scoops, you may want to visit their shop in Raritan NJ.

Call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.
(908) 595-9933

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday by appointment only

Garrett Fall 2012 Newsletter Available On-Line

Garrett is attempting to 'Go Green' and is asking readers to choose between a Print version and a Digital copy.  Please see last page of their newsletter for a copy of the form pictured below. Let's save trees which help our environment.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DSMDC Picnic A Good Time Was Had By All

On Sunday September 30, 2012 DSMDC held a picnic & beach hunt at the "Seven President's Park" in   Long Branch NJ. It was beautiful and sunny most of the day and everyone had a great time. 

Special thanks to Donna & Bob Funk for handling the food, drinks and deserts not to mention doing all the cooking. 

PHOTOS: By Jack Giarraffa


Photo by Bob Smrek

Photo: Bob Smrek

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Way to Clean and Cash in your Clad Coins?

At the last Deep Search Metal Detecting Club meeting club member Steve B. said that he brought a large number of his clad coins to the bank and cashed them in. We were all curious how he managed to cash in all the coins he had found both in the ground and on the beach without having the bank reject them because of their overall condition.

Steve explained that he had cleaned the coins using a wire brush attachment on his drill. He said he holds the coin with a small pair of pliers and turns on the drill and that they come pretty clean.

So like many of us who have these dirty, rusty looking clad coins hanging around, I decided to give it a try. I pulled out my DREMEL tool and put on the wire brush attachment.Before cleaning

Quarter left after cleaning. Right normal quarter 
The quarter I cleaned still has a brownish look to it, although not as bad as this photo. Using the wire brush did not damage the coin in any way which was something I thought would happen. Overall I thought the 'experiment' work well.

So now I will take a bunch of the cleaned coins to my local bank which has a coin cashing machine and see what happens. NOTE that if you do not have an account with the bank they will normally charge you a fee to cash in your coins. The other option is to roll them, however now I understand that some banks do not accept rolled coins.

Bob S. Webmaster

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mercury Dime Values

COINS has a web page to help you determine Mercury dime values.
Photo Left: Circulated coin
Photo Right: Uncirculated

Average Mercury Dime Values

The following table lists the value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) for your coin(s). The first column lists the date and mint mark followed by the value of an average circulated coin and the average value for an uncirculated one. These are approximate values and the final offer that you will receive from a particular dealer will vary depending on the grade of the coin and a number of other factors.
DateAvg CircAvg UncDateAvg CircAvg Unc
1916 D *$2,000.00$13,000.001934 D$3.70$28.00
1916 S$6.00$42.001935$2.90$10.00
1917$2.80$38.001935 D$2.90$25.00
1917 D$7.40$200.001935 S$2.70$16.00
1917 S$2.70$110.001936$2.80$9.00
1918$4.90$70.001936 D$2.70$17.00
1918 D$5.10$170.001936 S$2.70$13.00
1918 S$4.00$170.001937$2.70$9.00
1919$2.90$58.001937 D$2.70$16.00
1919 D$9.30$300.001937 S$2.90$18.00
1919 S$6.70$290.001938$2.70$11.00
1920$3.50$48.001938 D$2.80$12.00
1920 D$3.30$190.001938 S$2.80$14.00
1920 S$3.40$210.001939$2.70$9.00
1921 *$100.00$1,000.001939 D$2.90$10.00
1921 D *$140.00$1,000.001939 S$2.70$20.00
1923 S$5.30$270.001940 D$2.90$10.00
1924$2.70$60.001940 S$2.70$10.00
1924 D$6.00$240.001941$2.80$7.60
1924 S$4.90$280.001941 D$2.70$8.00
1925$2.80$59.001941 S$2.70$8.00
1925 D$13.00$400.001942$2.70$6.80
1925 S$5.70$310.001942/41 *$330.00$3,000.00
1926$2.90$41.001942 D$2.70$8.70
1926 D$4.30$160.001942/41 D *$350.00$2,000.00
1926 S$26.00$900.001942 S$2.70$10.00
1927 D$7.90$250.001943 D$2.70$7.40
1927 S$4.40$320.001943 S$2.70$9.00
1928 D$6.70$210.001944 D$2.80$7.60
1928 S$3.40$140.001944 S$2.80$9.00
1929 D$3.60$24.001945 D$2.70$7.60
1929 S$2.70$32.001945 S$2.90$9.00
1930$2.70$31.001945 Micro S$2.70$23.00
1930 S$3.60$70.00
1931 D$8.10$80.00
1931 S$4.40$90.00