Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0319)
I have been hunting for gold in the Colorado Rockies for about 1 year now and had met with a fair degree of success using the MXT. I am always looking for an edge to maximize my treasure hunting success and when the V3 was released I had high hopes that I could attain that edge with this new machine.
Most treasure hunting stories are about huge finds and big dollars, however my story is a little different, it’s about a small find with huge ramifications. After a long winter I had been itching to test my new V3 looking for gold. My acid test for the V3 finally came in early June in the Colorado Rockies at 11400 feet. One of my favorite locations is on the mine dumps.
My treasure hunting partner and I had found gold at this spot before, so we knew there was a good probability of finding more. Now for those of you not familiar with Colorado gold, in some Colorado mining districts gold occurs in crystalline form embedded in quartz, it is rare and is highly sought after by mineral collectors. Even the smallest specimens are valuable as collector pieces. This is the kind of gold you see behind glass in museum mineral collections. Detecting mine tailings is especially challenging due to the highly mineralized conditions with lots of iron trash from the mines, iron oxides and many hot rocks. I naturally had high hopes that the V3 would perform well in these conditions.
In early June at altitude, its still winter. We were hunting in-between one of the frequent snow squalls when I happened to swing my coil over a rather ordinary looking section of ground. When I heard that wonderful ZIP...ZIP sound singing out loudly in prospecting mode I knew I had a target. I dug down about 1/4 inch through the surface crust and quickly retrieved the target, a very promising rusty colored encrusted rock about 1 centimeter in length.
Only later, after I had cleaned up the find with a bit of acid, did I realize that it was a very nice specimen of crystalline gold on white quartz, total weight 1.4 grams. This was my first gold of 2009, and my first gold with the V3. Best of all, I had just proven in the field that the V3 is capable of locating sub-gram size gold in crystalline form under harsh mineralized ground conditions! That was exactly what I had hoped. Thanks to White’s for engineering such a sensitive and capable machine. I have no doubt that I will be finding much more gold this summer using the V3.