To: Fisher Metal Detector 28 Dec 13
Subject: POW/MIA Bracelet (Fisher Find, Story)
Dear Fisher folks, my name is Keith and I have been metal detecting for about three years. I
purchased a Fisher F5 in September 2010 and F75LTD in July 2011. I have found a great
collection of old coins, tokens, buttons, and other cool finds since buying both detectors. My
most treasured and honorable find was back in March of 2013. I was detecting a small yard in
Lebanon, Ohio with the F75 and got a hit, when I dug down a few inches I could see that it was a
bracelet. What I ended up with was a Viet-Nam POW/MIA Bracelet that people in the U.S.
would wear to honor the POW/MIA's during the war and even after the war ended.. I did some
research on the bracelet name (SPEC4 Randall Ellis) and seen that he was still MIA. I wrote a
letter to the Pentagon asking if I could send the bracelet onto a living family member. I received a
letter back in late November from them and they gave me an address to forward the bracelet onto
a Army Base in KY. , and in return they would send it to a family member. 1 wanted to write to
you all because of what my F75LTD found and that in the years to come I will not forget SPEC4
Randall Ellis. I have included some photographs of the bracelet and I made a small shadow box
for the family to have.
Keith A. Church
ELLIS, RANDALL SHELLEY
Name: Randall Shelley Ellis
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 14 June 1948
Home City of Record: Charleston SC
Date of Loss: 18 April 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 112323N 1061833E (XT428593)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.
SYNOPSIS: On April 18, 1969, SP4 Ellis was serving as a medic for HHQ, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry. His unit was on a combat mission in South Vietnam, operating in a tank infantry formation when one of the tanks was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), causing casualties. Ellis responded immediately, and as he climbed aboard the tank, sniper fire wounded him in the left hand. He was taken to a medivac landing zone to be taken to a medical aid station. He was seen by several different people at the LZ.
Whether Ellis ever boarded a medivac dustoff helicopter was never determined. No one ever saw him again. The area was cleared and searched twice that day and again the following day. A company-sized sweep was conducted but nothing was found. All medical facilities in the country and some out of the country were queried about SP4 Ellis, but no information regarding his fate was reported.
Ellis is among some 3000 Americans whose fate remained uncertain at the end of American involvement in Vietnam. Since 1975, that number has dwindled to around 2400 due to case resolution, and return and identification of remains.
Soccer Field and Dog Attack!
There is this park/soccer field right in the middle of downtown, next to a college. It has an 8' chain link fence and is hidden from view by all of the trees surrounding it. I took a walk around and found the field open to the public, no front gate and wide open with easy access for college students. Then I saw the sign, Parks and Recreation. The college and city share the field.
I went out the following Sunday and in a 3-hour hunt I found 51 quarters, 29 dimes, 7 nickels and 41 pennies (not enough room to show them in the picture). After three more visits with a hunting buddy, we took another 67 quarters and the usual (he, he) complement of dimes -- Oh, and 6 rings; almost forgot.
There is another public park, a very large park with two ball fields that is hunted heavily, but my F70 finds what is missed at a consistent depth of 6 inches (taking grass depth into account this amounts to a 4" ground depth). My buddy and I dig early in the mornings, apparently the other diggers go out in the evenings, so I have not seen what machines they are using, but they are missing things, for sure. The college park, however, seems to have never been searched. I saw no other evidence anyone had hunted there. What a find and right in the middle of town and college. It just goes to show, you never can tell. I'm thinking others may think the college is off limits not knowing this park is used by the college as a courtesy of the city.
I am loving my F70! I have found 12 silver rings and one gold. The gold ring was by accident, it was next to a penny. When I tested the ring by itself the machine would not read it at all. I reset my Disc. and wow, there it was. I wonder how many gold rings I have passed over. Now that I am much wiser I cannot wait to hit the local parks again with a new setting.
The F70 is my second Fisher, I also have an F2 which I like and is now my wife's when she wants to join in the hunt. The F70 is great, so easy to swing and the battery life is incredible -- how do they do that and still make this machine so powerful? Good job, Fisher! As I advance in my knowledge and understanding of this F70 it just keeps getting better. Now that I know where the setting is for gold on the Disc level I am really looking forward to going out again with my newer setting.
Beware of Dogs
Head’s up, folks – When hunting look around from time to time and be sure to keep aware of your surroundings. I say this because I had a pit bull attack me, full on attack and I kept him away with my F70. I am just glad I saw him coming. The owner could not get the dog under control after he ran away from her and headed for me, fangs gnashing. He ran nearly 60 yards, as soon as she let him off the leash, and came straight for me. Thanks again for my sturdy F70 keeping him away -- luckily, my coil survived. Of all the dogs I have run into at the parks this is the only one that has ever attacked me -- oh, wait, I take that back, there was another dog “attack,” a black Labrador puppy, he nearly licked me to death, but that was fun.
Peace brothers, Dan
I purchased an F4 back in August, after watching Russ Balbirona’s videos, and I could not be happier. My first week I dug close to $30 in clad. This detector is not only easy to learn and use, but its fun! Here is a picture of two gold rings found in the same week! Thanks Fisher, I love this detector!
Finds Big Gold
bought a Fisher® F2 early January 2012.
The next month, I found this large gold pendant
and chain, it's 14K and 37.8 ounces. I sold
it for $950!!! I replaced the $50 for a $100
to go toward the 330hp motor for my Monte Carlo
Bug 2 Found Gold Nugget
was out with the Gold Bug 2 as my weapon of
choice in the Dale District near 29 Palms on
a Saturday in November. I decided to hunt a
small piece of ground that had yielded some
small nuggets in the past. This 20' x 20' area
had been well raked and detected many times
over, but I was hoping to hear some faint signal
telling me that a target was under my coil.
It was a bit of a shock that I got an overload
signal near one corner of the raked out area
... I was thinking it must be a fresh bullet.
The real shocker came when I was 6" down
and unearthed a 17 gram nugget! How did this
one manage to wait for me? Well, they say you
can't find a nugget unless it has your name
on it and this one must have had mine. As a
bonus, there was a 2 gram nugget about 4"
under the first. 19 grams total weight ... not
usually what we refer to as Gold Bug size nuggets!
Ltd Found George Washington Inaugural Button
found a George Washington Inaugural button in
January 2012 in the South Carolina Low Country
with my F75 Ltd. The button is listed in Alphaeus
H. Albert's book as WI 23 (GW with Eagle and
Liberty Cap), but Albert's book on buttons shows
only a 25mm size. This button is only 14mm and
I have found that there only three known including
this one. Man, what a thrill to dig this rare
button and to have two of my best friends, Mike
Parker and Brian Gilliland, with me to share
the excitement. This is my best find ever so
far. The Fisher® F75 Ltd is without a doubt
the best detector I have ever used.
A member of “The Alabama Gang"
spoke to a customer service representative at
Fisher® Labs to tell him I was looking for
a new detector. After listening, he recommended
the Fisher® F75 Ltd. The second time we
spoke I was frustrated as I didn't understand
the Fisher® detector after owning another
brand for years. Well, the rep talked me through
the settings and got me on the right track.
did he ever!!
was exploring an old road that had a field next
to it. Everything was normal until I found a
cutout in a stone wall that led to a field that
I decided to check out. I found Colonial buttons
and a 1787 Connecticut Copper. I returned the
next day and was I ever surprised. From a small
50-yard diameter in this field the F75 pulled
out 50+ Colonial buttons, about 20 coins, Vermont
Copper, several CT Coppers, King George IIs
and the best find, so far, was the diamond ring
in the center! I know the ring is Colonial as
the newest coin was 1814 and there is no evidence
of any modern junk present. I am heading back
to hunt again once the field is mowed.
for recommending a great product, but more importantly,
thanks for the customer service.
Ltd Finds Monster Gold Nugget
found a 3.42 troy ounce nugget with my F75 Ltd
at Ganes Creek, Alaska. I found it about 15"
deep in a 2' diameter hole.
that Ganes Creek has stopped its metal detecting
program, I think these “big nugget”
finds are going to be quite a bit more rare
events in the future.
am David B ... better known as “digger27”
on the forums and my F2 just gave me the most
thrilling week of my short career.
bought the F2 as a backup/guest/take-on-vacation
detector about two years ago, but it turned
out to be so much fun and so productive that
it continues to be one of my main weapons to
this day. I am a park hunter for the most part,
and jewelry is my goal ... especially gold jewelry.
In the time that I have had it, the F2 has come
through time and time again finding me lots
of silver items including rings and chains,
and even a few gold rings. However, nothing
I have experienced so far swinging the F2 could
have prepared me for what I uncovered on three
hunts at a particular park.
, I had found a new park to hunt and I had just
purchased a 10" coil for my F2, so I brought
it with me to see what was happening at this
site. I was surprised on the first hunt at the
huge amount of high-tone signals I was getting
and digging. A whole lot of quarters, dimes
and copper pennies were recovered that day,
and I thought that this place might not have
been hunted very much in the past. I also discovered
tons of trash, including bunches of tabs and
foil. I had been hunting for a month with the
F2 and the sniper coil and was amazed at the
amount of great things I was finding, not only
at new sites, but at some of my older sites
after revisiting them with that sniper coil.
This was the perfect site to come back with
the smaller coil and see what was really masked
and hiding among the trash.
returned to the site and proceeded to hunt the
same areas I had previously scanned with the
larger coil. I really concentrated on a small
patch of grass between two small basketball
courts. This was the area I figured the players
would sit and rest when they weren't playing.
only did I use the sniper coil that day, but
instead of cherry picking just the high tones
I dug every solid signal including the trash.
I know from experience that gold could come
in as a zinc signal if it is large like a class
ring, but most of the time the smaller rings
will be from foil to tabs so, time to do a lot
of digging. I started this hunt at that little
patch of grass and found many more coins I had
missed that were masked on my earlier hunt with
the 10" coil. I was also digging plenty
of small pieces of foil and more tabs then I
care to count. About 45 minutes after going
very slow and trying to cover every inch I could
with that small coil, I came across a tab signal,
37-39 on the F2 VDI. I bent down expecting to
dig another tab, but this time a beautiful gold
ring popped up with a very sparkling looking
stone right in the middle. A quick cleaning
and a look at the inside of the band confirmed
my hopes ...14K!
was flying, and I continued to work my way back
along that small strip of grass toward the back
of those courts going slow and found more coins
and trash.. My jeweler verified that the stone
was indeed a real diamond.
few days later I returned and started that hunt
at the exact spot I had ended the last one,
also going slow with heavy overlapping using
the sniper coil. It wasn't long before I was
about 10 yards from the area where I found that
first ring that I came across a 35 on the F2,
which is a high nickel signal, but in this park
also exactly the same number as most of those
“blankety-blank” tabs. I bent down
expecting to dig another tab and get it out
of the way, but for the second time in two hunts
I had another great surprise ... another gold
ring! This one had a few smaller diamonds on
the face and I knew the minute I saw it this
was another great find: on the band there was
a stamp that said 10K.
is rare for us park hunters, and to find two
great rings on two hunts was amazing! I continued
to scan the area with a big smile on my face
and another gold ring in my pocket when not
one minute later I came across a 24 foil signal.
This was going to be probably one of those stupid
foil inserts that are in the caps of sports
drinks and I know this signal well. I bent down
to dig this trash out and just popped a little
plug out of the way because this one was not
very deep. In the shallow hole I found a tiny
piece of foil, but I was confused because this
should not have been big enough to trigger that
solid repeatable 24 I had on my screen. But
strange things do happen in the field so, whatever.
When I went to flip the tiny plug back into
the hole I saw in the clod another small ring
shaped like a heart ... and this too was a beautiful
it be? I picked it up, cleaned the dirt out
of the center and sure enough 14K was staring
back at me!
three beautiful gold rings within 10 yards of
each other on two successive hunts within four
days ... something I am still trying to wrap
my head around. The first ring I found I had
cleaned and resized and I am wearing it, the
small heart ring is on my wife's finger and
the third ring is in the trophy case.
say the F2 is a beginner's unit, but considering
what it has found for me, I must say I beg to
differ ... especially if you take the time to
learn it well!
name is Fred Noack and I’ve been hunting
coins and rings for the past 20 yrs. I have
two Fisher detectors a CZ-70 and an F75.
About 5 yrs. ago (2007) I dug up a 1964
Oct. 8th 2009 – My best find ever
was an 1860-P seated qt. in great condition!
On the reverse side it has a blemish from
a gas bubble in the die while it was getting
minted. Making it very rare!
Jan. 26th, 2010 – I found a 1934-D
half dollar in the woods
On June 2010, I found a 1906-0 dime in super
condition at the back of an old school.
October 1st 2010 – I found a 14K white
gold ring and a band with 14 diamonds, near
Toledo Bend beach.
Last summer, (2011) I found a 1944 half
dollar in the woods near Coushatta, LA beach.
On Saturday, May 26th 2012, I went to Lake
Charles, LA; there, I found my 1st silver
dollar a 1886-0 in great shape.
I have many,
F75 it is light and very accurate. I will
be purchasing the F75Ltd soon. F.A. Noack
four coins were found all in one day, within 25
yards of each other. It was my best day of detecting,
ever! It was a ghost town site I had been working
all summer; these coins were found in its corn
field. I was using my F75 LTD when something "called
to me" to a particular spot in the field.
I literally passed over this area; I looked over
my shoulder and I was "drawn" to turn
back around, 50 yards back over to hunt this little
section of land again. I don’t know what
it was, but I am happy I acted on a feeling. The
first coin I found is a 1788 Two Reale, only 2
feet away was the 1812 Eight Reale piece! The
1817 bust half dollar was about 15 yards in the
opposite direction, and about 10 yards away was
the 1828 Bust dime, right on the surface! My F75
LTD is my go-to machine. It has awesome depth
and the fast retune speed which allows for great
separation in iron infested sites. Perfectly balanced,
I can hunt with this detector all day long with
little fatigue. Gene Scullion, Badger Metal Detectors,
have been metal detecting for about three years
in New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and South Carolina.
The F70 is my second metal detector. My first
was the Minelab Explorer SE. I switched to the
F70 because of the limitations Minelab had in
iron infested sites and its weight.
also used the F75, although I stayed with the
F70 because it is more stable in iron, trash
sites, and it is still lighter than the F75.
I have put the F70 in over 100 hrs of use this
last year. I mainly use the stock 10" coil,
sometimes use the 5" DD and the 6x5"
in heavy brush. I like the 10" stock coil,
gives great separation and it goes very deep,
dug bullets over a foot. The North and South
Carolina were my second Depot Hunt. I managed
to get a repeatable signal 65-70 in an iron
square nail infested site. When I dug the hole
(8-inches deep), I flipped it over and discovered
a Gilt Manuscript Confederate Rifleman Coat
23mm Button. This was my first Confederate Button!
I have to say if it wasn't for the Fisher F70
I would have never found this incredible Relic!
last day of October of 2011, I found a coin
from the Kelten with my F70 in my county, Netherlands.
This coin is dated by an archeologist between
50-15 before Christ. Triquetrum starter of the
Batavians is the name of this coin, it is a
cupper mix. In Dutch we called it a regenboogschotel
(Rainbow dish) and it is an offering coin. Many
greetings from an F70 and F4 user in Holland.
Fam Vd Bosch
in December my 7 year old son, Jeffrey Chmiel
(now 8 years old), detected his first nugget
with a Fisher Gold Bug Pro detector. While his
dad was busy digging a four foot deep hole to
nowhere (one drawback to a Minelab P.), Jeffrey
took the initiative to grab the Gold Bug Pro
and start searching. Within minutes of finding
a spot on the hillside of a PCSC club claim.
Jeffrey had claimed his first nugget with a
metal detector. I can't tell you how proud I
was of him. And he is just a little bit proud
of his accomplishment as you can see by the
smug look he gives when showing off his nugget.
Following, is a paragraph that Jeffrey wrote
about his find:
name is Jeffrey Chmiel. I found my first nugget
near Ransburg. I was using the Gold Bug Pro.
My dad had me in discriminate mode. The beep
was going 42 each time I swung over it and it
turned out it was gold!!"
stuff isn't it? Looks like I'll be getting some
competition. Lucky Joe
have been a very happy Fisher user for over 15
years. I'm on my second 1266-X machine and it
still performs like new (altough it shows many
battle scars from all these years)!
found well over 1500 coins of various denominations
and countries, plus many gold and silver rings,
wristwatches and dozens of interesting and odd
1266-X is unbeatable for depth! Here in Brazil
we have hundreds of miles of beaches to choose
from and detect freely, so the finds are many
and of all kinds, at any depth. And in ONE park
alone in Sao Paulo I found over a thousand coins!
are a few photos of my finds over the years.
for a superb product! I'm looking forward to
purchasing my third Fisher very soon! Best regards,
Arthur Neto, Rio Claro, SP / Brazil
started detecting in August with my F2. It is
my first detector and I have found some cool stuff.
I was visiting my childhood home in NJ and took
the F2 in the yard for a quick hunt. I found a
unique item that I quickly dismissed as junk.
I placed it in my find bag and forgot about it.
Upon further inspection I discovered it was a
Japanese coin used from 1835-1870! It just goes
to show you never know what and where you will
find something! Thanks Fisher for a fun machine!
been using a Fisher F75 for about 2 years now
and have had great success. I'm very impressed
with not only its depth but with its ability to
separate good targets from heavy iron. This past
season (which just ended for me) was one of the
best I've ever had and included recovery of a
gold coin, US boxplate and numerous colonial coins
and buttons. Here are some pictures showing some
of my best finds from this season. I'm also including
a pic of the finds made from just one of my new
sites including an early coin spill. Can't wait
to get back in the fields this fall. Bill Dancy,
good friend Martin found a whopper on Saturday.
Very nice gold with quartz specimen that weighed
out to 34.6 grams. Some people have all the
found an 1829 Fruiterer tag in July 2011 in the
low country of South Carolina with my F75. The
Gold Coins were found in October 2011, in the
midlands of South Carolina; two are 1760 and one
a 1763 both are Netherlands 14 gulden coins. The
Artillery plate was found in Feb. 2012 and the
1853 Seated Liberty dime was found in Jan., also
here in the midlands. Thank you, Quinton Bolin
is Fisher 1236X. Most of the coins came from
athletic and field day sites. I detect in
some State Park beaches here in New York.
I have found a few silver coins, some Indian
heads, wheatback pennies, a 925 silver pendant
and a 14K gold wedding band with diamonds.
Here are some photos of the bulk of my finds
my first good find of 2012 ...a 14 gram silver
St. Christopher's medal. Thanks, Dug1898
previously returned with my F75 LTD to a field
which I have hunted many times over the past
years with the F5 and other detectors, so I
believed it to be pretty much "hunted out".
I was wrong. With my F75 in Boost process and
sensitivity at 96, I found a few colonial buttons
that I had missed in the past. Later on in the
day, to my surprise I located a 1730 King George
copper at 13-inches and 2 Reales from 1775 at
8-inches! Both of these targets read a solid
repeatable quarter signal. I thought long and
hard about purchasing this detector but now
I’m glad I did. So thank you Fisher for
making such a good machine.
best find ever in 1.7 m of water on one of our
local beaches, using the CZ21. It weighs 42
grams and is 9ct gold Metal Core as far as my
research has allowed it is probably circa 1940's.
Almost had a heart attack on the spot!
I have a massive steel scoop and I must have
done at least a dozen or so before it actually
moved. I was pretty cold and tired so I almost
gave up twice, thinking it's probably a can
famous treasure hunter Captain Carl ‘Fizz’
Fismer pictured with his Fisher CZ21 along with
some Spanish treasure he recovered. Ballast
rocks, pottery shards, pewter fragments, lead,
musket balls, EO'S encrusted objects. Also a
hand full oxidized silver Spanish coins.
recently became the owner of a new Fisher Gold
Bug Pro DP with a 11 inch DD coil, so I decided
to take it out to some of my spots I have hunted
in the past. First I dug some misc. iron cavalry
relics, hoof picks, saddle buckles, etc. I came
to some little brush where my machine showed
2 signals , one coming in at 72- 77 and the
other at 87 on the VDI. I dug the lower number
reading first only to find 2 rusty nails and
an old can top. Both readings were showing a
depth of around 2 inches. Well time to dig the
other signal. Roots were all over the place
and when I pulled out the plug I noticed a rectangular
shaped object, that was just under the root
about 4 inches. I must say, I've never dug an
artifact that made my hands shake. I feel very
lucky to have found this, for the town I live
in has many coils going over it, probably one
of my best finds in my 14 years of detecting.
Seven Pines, VA
cannon ball was 20 inches deep. The nice breast
plate was found the first time I hunted with this
new machine. The area that the button and good
breast plate came from has been hammered for the
last 20 years. The button is from The University
of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee. All found with
Gold Bug DP. It's an awesome machine.
Gram Nugget found with GBPRO -
this nice 1.25 gram nugget in a well searched
spot outside of Yucca Valley in California's
Mojave Desert. I had been hunting all day with
my Gold Bug Pro and had been skunked thus far.
As it was going on 5:00pm, I grabbed my rake
for the first time that day and told my dad
that I was going to have to manufacture a nugget.
(Similar to baseball when nothing is happening,
so the team figures out how to make a run happen).
I raked out a 5'x12' spot in a gulley and went
over it carefully. And there it was... right
in the middle of the raked out area and about
4 inches down! Not even a nice sharp sound in
the headphones until I started scraping. I was
expecting hot rock until the sound cleaned up...
then I was expecting bullet... and then I saw
hot rocks in this area are particularly plentiful
and annoying, but with all the readouts the
Gold Bug Pro provides to cross-identify targets,
I was able to rule out most hot rocks and dig
just the metal targets. And at that, most metal
targets can be classified by the detector before
they are even dug! This is definitely a well
designed, versatile and user friendly metal
detector. I have no problem recommending the
Gold Bug Pro to a seasoned nugget shooter, beginning
detectorist or anyone in between.
me finish by telling you about my learning experience
with this easy to use detector: My first time
out in a gold field with the Gold Bug Pro netted
me three nuggets... and my first park experience
a few weeks later produced a 1945 Mercury dime!
The Gold Bug Pro is another Fisher 'winner'
in my book, and I have already started turning
these firsts into seconds, thirds, fourths,
have been a VERY loyal CZ-20 and now CZ-21 user.
Texas has had problems in the past BUT since
taking over the Fisher line and taking over
all their past detctors and customers, I am
sure it has been a huge learning curve. I am
grateful for Felix at the repair center and
I am a proud owner of a great machine.
dive Michigan 's lakes as much as possible.
My best find was the year before last in Lake
St Clair . I was searching for gold and have
had plenty of success in this lake. This one
late afternoon I was slowly crawling on the
bottom and recieved a nice mid tone. After fanning
my hand a beautiful ring appeared. I picked
it up and came up out of the water to look at
it clearly. It had a princess cut diamond on
top and 16 smaller princess cut diamonds on
the sides with a number 6 inside. I finished
my dive with it partially on my pinky finger
and went back to the car. Put my gear away and
drove to St. Clair Michigan to a jewlery store.
I got there 3 minutes before closing. I was
still in my wetsuit and walked in to the lobby.
I showed them the ring and said, Please just
tell me if this is real!! The salesmen looked
at it and then tested it. Came back and said
yes its real and you have about a 12 grand ring!!
have found lots and lots of gold but this one
was the best so far.
you for your time. I absolutely love my machine
and I wish your company success in keeping the
Fisher line of detectors going strong.
was hunting a spot in Georgia that has been hunted
a LOT over the years, by virtually every make
of detector. I normally use the small coil and
don't think I lose any depth with it. I checked
a high iron area and dug a silver ring and tip
from umbrella. Made a circle back around to another
iron area and found a lead sabot off of a 100
pounder then headed back towards the car to one
more high iron area when I heard that nice high
tone with a little chatter around (I run 4H tones
in boost mode). Out from 6 to 7 inches in iron
infested area pops out my Bucks of America button.
This button was used by a company of free-black
soldiers that fought in the Revolutionary War
for US Independence and is a rare and valuable
piece of US History. Fisher in high iron sites
that have been hunted hard for years can't be
Shannon D. Cripps
a half-dollar on my first hunt with the F75 Ltd,
running in BP mode; it was dug at a depth of about
16 inches. Also found a quarter 6 inches away
at the same depth.
past week I attended my first ever DIV hunt; it
was DIV XVII. When I first got to the location
it seemed like everyone had some type of newer
more sophisticated detector. I was a little worried
about how the F75 machine would perform in such
a field of heavy hitters. Well I sure didn't have
to worry, let me tell you.
When I hit the
field on day number one all I had to do was
turn on the machine, use standard quick grab
ground balance and switch to all-metal motion
and start to find relics. During the hunt most
of the adjustment to ground balance was done
by just pushing the toggle switch forward and
pumping it a few times and then taking off hunting
again. This was accomplished in some of the
hottest soil you can imagine. My take for the
hunt was outstanding:
Day 1: (1) Eagle
Breast Plate, (1) 1861 2-1/2 dollar gold coin,
(1) silver wedding band, (2) large cents, (1)
Confederate Block I button, (3) flat buttons,
(31) minnies, (2) eagle buttons, (2) lead buckle
backs and a rosette back.
Day 2: (1) 1836
1/2 dollar, (1) 1853 1/2 dime, (1) King George
copper, (1) clip corner buckle, (1) oval belt
buckle, (15) minnies and (4) eagle buttons.
Day 3: This was
a short day for me because I had to leave after
lunch: (1) staff officers button, (5) minnies,
(1) harness buckle and (1) 1861 2-1/2 dollar
(2) 2-1/2 dollar gold coins during the hunt.
Fantastic!!! Thanks to all of you at Fisher
for designing such a terrific machine. By the
end of the hunt, several people that had brought
their F75 machines, got them and finished the
hunt using this fine machine. If I am lucky
enough to attend another hunt you can be sure
what machine I will be using. If there is any
doubt then let me spell it out - F75.
Finds BIG SILVER!
I bought my Fisher F5 about a month ago, after
weeks of research and comparisons. I was very
impressed all the features that were packed
into such an affordable machine. I especially
love the phase lock system you incorporated
into the design. Makes ground balancing a snap,
and nearly makes it a turn on and go. More like
a turn on and go in 10 seconds machine. Plenty
quick enough for this eager hunter!
November 13, 2010, I was out searching a farm
field just outside of San Angelo, Tx. There
used to be a mail station that sat on the land
back in the late 1800's and various coins have
been pulled out of that field. Yesterday was
the first time I had a chance to use my new
Fisher on that land and it turned out to be
a great day because of it. In a small corner
of that field that I'd been over with other
metal detectors before I got a strong signal
indicative of a quarter. It rang out like a
bell in my headphones and got me excited very
quickly. I eagerly switched it to pinpoint mode
and found the signal pointing to a quarter target
about 4-5 inches below the coil. I cut a square
plug around the coil and dug down the indicated
distance. After clearing the hole, I rechecked
the signal to find the target still inside.
I slowly chipped away the ground in the bottom
of the hole and slowly revealed a breathtaker
staring back at me. Once uncovered and free
of dirt and other possible junk targets the
quarter signal showed its true colors as the
half dollar signal it really was. At the bottom
of the hole looking back at me was an 1856 O
Seated Liberty Half Dollar! In an instant I
became a true believer in the greatness packed
into that affordable F5 package. Thank you Fisher
for making my dreams come true finding such
a beautiful coin!
Fisher Satisfied Customer,
San Angelo, Tx.
I've owned my CZ 20 now for 7 years with out
any big issues and the small issues were taken
care of by the service techs and sale people
with great results. I've been water detecting
for about three years and this has been my best
years ever on jewelry finds. You just can't
get a more better detector for water hunting
then the CZ 20. Here is a picture of SOME of
the jewelry I have found just this past summer
and not shown is the large amount of coins that
were found too. I just wanted to say Thanks
to Fisher, the sale staff and to the techs for
a wonderful detector and GREAT service.
You - Joe in MD
got my F75 last summer and took it to England
to use as a backup.
sounds it made were a lot different from my
MXT. However, when I dug one of the strange
signals on the second day In England, what I
first thought was a very fancy Brit bottle cap
first 2 pictures on the attachment show, it
is an awesome Hammered gold Angel of Henry VII.
2 sword handle pieces were found when I got
back from England. Both came from the same area.
cannon came from another plantation that I thought
I had worked over with my MXT.
2 days Hunting With My New Gold Bug
is a picture of my very first finds on July
30/31 2011 at a park in Christchurch New Zealand.
yet but am very very pleased with it so far..in
the picture there are some old 1 and 2 cent
NZ coins as well as some old 50 cent pieces.and
the gold colored coins are our 1 and 2 dollar
coins. In total about 10 hours hunting and learning
how to use the machine and figuring out the
signals and what they may mean..lol
– New Zealand
had it about 2 weeks, And found a nice meteorite
with it. Am very pleased with the machine.
and rare George Washington inaugural button found
by Dave S
March, my finds now exceed the value of my F-70
and the three searchcoils I purchased. Wow!
I am so impressed with this machine!
bracelet recovery, 7-19-2010, Stanwood, WA.
For Judy Amenta, who lost the bracelet in the
grass a day before. She and relatives had been
searching for many hours with rakes and fingers
for the missing bracelet.
getting all the details and marking suspected
loss site, the detector was going wild, chattering
like a wild turkey! I asked property owners
where the interference may be coming from. After
they turned off the invisible dog fence, the
hunt was on. I found the bracelet in less than
one minute about 6 feet from beginning search!
first find of lost jewelry& First gold find
screamed with a loud but inconsistent signal.
Scanning at 90 deg, readings varied between
1 and 18, with occasional spikes to about 60.
I was going to adjust volume on this target….the
first detected on my hunt.
. Using zero discrimination mode, at sensitivity
setting of 50, threshold at zero. . Fisher F70
detector using the 10” coil.
was searching a Lost & Found posting and noticed
someone had lost a Wedding Ring at a beach about
50 miles away.
the individual and after offering assistance
to find the ring, was given directions to its
possible whereabouts. The following day, I was
on my way to the Coast.
performed without fault in the wet and dry sands
of the beach. After approximately 30 minutes
time, I got a hit that registered 30-32 steadily
and new I struck GOLD! One scoop of the sand
and there it was!!! It was a huge, white gold
14K band! I couldn't wait to get back home to
notify the owner. However, the owner advised
me that there was a name etched on the inside.
"Oh well, I guess I've got another ring
to add to my collection".
questioned the name given and searched the internet
to find that this name is actually the Jewelry
Company he bought it from! After contacting
him again, he confirmed that was true and was
mistaken about the writing inside the ring.
There was none. So, I said great! "You've
got your ring back".
about a 1hr drive to my town, we met locally
and I was able to hand him his ring!
my 2nd Spanish silver coin today and it appears
to be a 1/2 Reale dated 1808. It has been clipped
along the edges (a practice used to pilfer bits
of silver from coins in those days). The coin
measures slightly less than the 17mm diameter
of a 1/2 Reale coin. It is pictured next to
a "1 bit" piece cut from an 8 Reale
coin that I found a few days earlier. Both were
found with my F75 LTD between 5 and 6 inches
deep with the 5" DD coil.
Cupstid in Port Gibson, MS
all this in 1 hole, the best spill I ever found:
Still can't believe it. Fisher 1270 about 9
to 10 inches 8" coil Disc.4 Sen. 8 “A
Truly AWESOME MACHINE”
a wide or really loud signal, if you notice
there are some stack stains on some of the coins.
I worked this camp about 25 years ago with a
Fisher VLF-990, it was my first detector. found
a few coins but nothing to scream about, today
for lack of a good place to go close-by I figured
lets try the old camp. Coins everywhere!!! Was
working the kiddy area, swings, ETC. A lot of
digging at 4 DISC. But, found about 60 odd coins,
figured I try the baseball field, mistake so
went back to the kiddy area, moved up from where
I was working earlier and BANG! Hit that spill,
I kept working that area in a tight overlap
and picked up 9 wheaties (individuals) and they
were every bit of 6 to 8" inches…
Northern New Jersey
this buckle about 8" down on an old farm
with my Fisher 1270 w/ stock 8” Spider coil,
in Northern New Jersey. It was a warm up spell
with melting snow in Jan 2010. The info I have
been getting dates it between 1810 and 1820, some
say it’s a NY Militia Plate. The old farm
dates back to the early 1800’s and I just
got permission to hunt it the farm has never been
done. Can’t wait till Spring.
wife and I have been hunting for a short while
and we love it. I have a Fisher CZ70 pro and
I love this thing. It goes very deep but it
proved to me today that deep isn't always better.
We were hunting in a park that we usually hunt
in today because I got her a new Teknetics Delta
4000 and we wanted to go try it out. I was kind
of jealous of her new detector just because
its new and she does fairly well with it. Anyway
I pulled out my ole CZ70 pro and it never fails
me. I found a few clad coins and pennies then
I got a hit about 4 inches down. I can't remember
what it was IDing at but it sounded good. I
dug down and found a beautiful sterling silver
bracelet in great condition. I wasn't sure it
was silver until I got home. I new it was a
little heavy. I got my magnifiying glasses out
and on the round clasp there it was. "925".
I was extatic. I can't wait to be able to get
the CZ3D. The CZ70 pro is older but it does
great but I feel with a new CZ3D would be even
better with the reviews I have been reading.
I used to hunt with White's but I am sold on
Fisher. Nothing but Fisher for me!!!
Here are the PICS!!
is what the last 4 hunts to a "Hunted
Out Camp" turned up once again. My hunting
buddy and I have gotten 4 gold dollars out
of this so called camp in the last year. Believe
me nothing is hunted out using the LTD and
the correct settings for where you are. In
the picture is another 1862 Gold Dollar, a
few A buttons, nap sack hooks, a Rosette US
from a horse blanket[ we believe] and the
real surprise it the 16--- 41 cal. Volcanic
bullets, also called Rocket Balls. They were
made by the Volcanic Arm Company just before
the CW war. It was the first tube feed under
the barrel magazine but it just didn't have
the knock down power. The company when broke,
and Mr. Winchester ended up with it and hired
a fellow Named " Henry" who redesigned
it, refined the bullet to a cartridge type
hence the " Henry 44 cal rifle".
These are rare bullets for they made 41 and
31 cal. These bullets will bring $ 60 to $
95 on the market if I want to sell them. I
may just wait to see what the LTD will be
replaced with before a make a move on them.
IF you are interested in the setting that
I use and these are really proven, for pressing
the red button down to switch back to DE,
from BP they are very weak, broken up or just
non existing. I used 50-70 sens, where ever
it is most stable, PB mode, and most important"""""
0 discrimination, and 4 tones I JUST LOVE
MY LTD oh yes my back up is another LTD, wouldn't
walk back to the truck for anything else.
can only tell you" THE BOSS IN THE FIELD
, IS THE RELIC KILLER LTD, HANDS DOWN."
bought our farm in 1993 from the widow of the
man that had owned it for thirty-three years.
In all of that time he never had lived on the
land. He and his friends hung out in the old
barn. I guessed to keep from going home to their
wives. The barn by the time we got it was in
sad shape. The siding was falling off, and there
were large gaps in between the boards. The roof
leaked and the all of the wood in the barn was
full of wormholes. There was an old springhouse
and some other out buildings on the land also,
which he had used to store all of his junk and
his friend’s junk as well. The land looked
like a mini junkyard.
springhouse was in really bad shape. The weather
had had its way with it. The foundation had
one complete corner and the back end cracked
apart from the rest of it. The spring in the
basement had exited through the crack and ate
the ground from under the foundation, causing
the whole building to tilt towards the downhill
side. It was beyond fixing and in a few more
years collapsed into a pile of rubble with the
spring water running through it, making it a
we built a new house behind and off to one side
of the barn. After three years we decided to
tear down the old barn. The wife didn’t
like it in front of the house and it was well
on its way to falling down anyway. We left the
barn’s concrete floor and used it to park
our trailer and farm tractors on.
we built a new sheet metal barn down by the
springhouse. In 2004 we decided to clean out
the springhouse mess and replace it with modern
construction. It proved to be a far bigger job
than we had planned on. We got the new foundation
and basement walls up, with the spring still
running through the basement. This time it was
all enclosed in a tile and a plastic drain line
that carries the water away from the foundation,
but before we could finish it, the wife got
laid off of her job and we kept saying, “next
year, we’ll finish it”, but like
tomorrow, next year never seemed to come.
In 2008 we had a barn sale and met and talked
to some people who used to live around the area
back in the fifties. They told us about the
old man that owned the land before the man that
we got the land from did. The story goes that
he lived in the old springhouse, which had no
electricity or bathroom. It seemed that he was
pretty much a hermit. He had lived through the
great depression and didn’t trust banks
or paper money.
At one time he had owned a complete section
of land around here, but he gradually sold off
all of the land expect for this twenty-one acres
he was living on. The story also goes that he
sold the land on the north side of him for $3300
and that he buried the money some where on his
One lady said that when she was a young girl,
her mother would have her bring him some food
from time to time. She was always scared to
walk back here by herself. She also had heard
the rumors about him burying money. A man that
use to live up the road from here, said he came
over here as a boy and looked for the buried
money along the creek, but never found anything.
we cleared away the old springhouse, we didn’t
find anything in it or under it. All this talk
about buried money got us fired up, and we got
out the “Gold Bug II”. We thought
that he would have buried the money by some
landmark that was close and handy. The only
thing around the springhouse that was there
fifty years ago was a large maple tree. We’ve
been detecting around the tree in a grid, but
as of yet we’ve not found any money. We’ve
found a lot of metal junk.
of 2009 we decided that we needed an implement
storage and repair shed. We’re going to
build it where the old barn stood, but first
we would have to remove all of the old concrete.
The concrete was all broken and uneven. My father-in-law
and my wife were digging up the concrete with
a backhoe and took a noon break for something
to eat. While walking back out to the backhoe,
they walked through the area where they had
been digging. My father-in-law saw something
shiny in the dirt and bent down to see what
it was. Picking it up and wiping the dirt off
it, he saw it was a silver half dollar. Looking
back down in the dirt he saw some more, picking
them up, he turned to my wife and said. “Nancy,
these are silver half dollars.” She didn’t
believe him at first. He handed them to her
and her heart started to race. There was a line
of them where the backhoe had dragged them through
She called me at work and was so excited. When
I answered, she said, “We’ve found
the ‘Mother Lode’. Dad and I have
found some silver half dollars under the old
I got home, I got out my “Gold Bug II”,
and with the help of the detector, we were able
to found two hundred and eighty-six “Walking
Liberty silver half dollars”. They dated
from 1917 up to 1945. The face value of the
coins is $143, the silver value of the coins
is $1550, but the coinage value is $2300. Some
of the ones in the forties look like they just
came from the mint. We plan on selling some
of them and keeping some as a reminder of the
buried treasure we found.
figured that the old hermit buried the money
in the barn’s dirt floor and died before
he could retrieve it. The next owner then poured
concrete over the barn’s dirt floor, never
knowing that the money was hidden there. The
fact that we found it was a lucky break for
I’m sure there is more money buried on
this land somewhere and with the help of the
metal detector, I’m hoping we’ll
find some of more of it.
- Some silver jewelry found with my Fisher F5
The Native American made silver feather is my
favorite The butterfly ring isn’t silver
but I wanted to show it off.
- Recent gold jewelry found with my Fisher F5.
can't get over how much I love this detector!
spent a day hunting with one of my old favorite
detectors. I spent the next day hunting with
another one of my old favorites. Then I spent
a day hunting with my Fisher F5. Guess which
one caused me to say out loud "I love this
detector!" -- several times during the
course of the hunt? I'll give you a hint. It
wasn't the first two! The F5 is great on gold
jewelry -- excellent in fact. It's the audio
that spoils you, especially with the positive
Hunting, Mike Hillis
beautiful 1924D SLQ was found using my CZ3D
and a 5” coil in a hunted out house site
here in Tulsa Oklahoma. The coin must have been
on edge as the signal was a broken one from
all but one angle.
for the contest and can’t wait to see
the new site.
cufflinks F75 MD Found Nov. 2009
this nice bust half dime in an area of a torn
up sidewalk here in N. Ky. It screamed in high
tone & was an inch in the loose dirt. Thanks
for a neat detector.
first pic is slightly blurred but the coin was
found in the dirt next to this sidewalk in a
The second pic is the 1833 bust half dime in
pretty nice shape.
have been using my CZ6a since they first came
out and will never part with it. Matter of fact,
I bought another used on because I like them
so much. I have bought, sold and traded numerous
detectors over the years, but never parted with
found a BUNCH of 8 Reales on the beach this
Summer with my CZ6a and CZ20. I think the CZ's
are one of the best beach machines ever made
( I should say one of the best all around machines
ever made !). Here is a picture of one of the
Reales I found.
Fisher CZ-3d quickly became my favorite machine
by making many great finds including this rare
1909 S VDB cent that was featured in the first
edition of Treasure Depot Magazine. Thanks Fisher!
military officer's sword belt plate was found
with my Fisher F2 with 8" coil on May 11,
2008 in Bixby, Oklahoma.
is a Federal Eagle R Button, next is a NC Coat
button & both were found with a F75
Mullen of North Carolina
made my best find ever with my F75 this past
October. I was in Destin, FL and found this
1 KT diamond ring! The victory was short lived
as my wife promptly placed it on her finger
but the joy was in finding it. Thanks Fisher.
2009 - My name is George McDonald and I am a proud
owner of a Gold Bug – 2. Within the last
45 days I was using my Gold Bug to search a creek
in North Carolina and happened on the largest
single gold item found in the state in over one
hundred years. It was a 5.2 oz nugget I call the
Golden Potato. It is roughly the size of a goose
egg. Just wanted to let you know that the Gold
Bug has done its job again and this time it has
found a historic piece.
Find of the Month-September 2009
M., his first time using a F75 Metal Detector,
found a Virginia staff button with a least 95%
gilt left, at approximately 18” deep.
He also found a silver 3 cent piece at about
I took my F-75 to a "worked out" site
that has been hunted since the 1960's by every
detector brand known to man. My friends and
I pounded this spot hard for over 10 years with
Fisher CZ's and 1266's. It stopped producing
relics and was really hard to hunt because of
all the iron trash in the ground (the place
was used as a dump site for many, many years).
I got to the site, I put the 3x6 coil on and
waded into all the junk. I found five buttons
that day, four eagle buttons and the cast "I".
I was amazed when the cast "I" came
out. There was iron junk in the ground all around
it but the F-75 still gave a good high tone!
The F-75 just pulled those buttons right out
of the iron matrix! I also dug bullets, an artillery
shell fuse and other relics. All these relics
had been missed by us on previous hunts at this
I have found more Civil War buttons in the last
six months with the F-75 than I did the prior
two years with my old machine.
Fisher for making such a great machine!
the F75 can find these since April of this year
I can only dream what the LTD in boost mode
could find. Pictured are four silver quarters,
21 silver dimes, 2 silver nickels, my best find
yet, a man's gold wedding band and other nice
gold and silver rings. Now not in the picture
are 51 wheat pennies, 6 buffalo's, 1 V nickel
and 5 Indians, one of which was dated 1870 ($75
book value). Without exaggerating my F75 has
found more gold and silver since April of this
year than the previous 5 years of hunting with
other detectors. Oh, before I forget, a huge
handful of less than high quality jewelry and
lots of clad.
was hunting at an old school where I’ve
found some odd relics in the past. The ground
is covered with small pieces of coal cinders
which are the size of BB’s which makes
it very difficult to hunt. The machine (F75)
usually GB at 82-85 and the FEO meter is usually
maxed out. This location is where I found my
first gold wedding band on 5/21/2009., but this
coin was a complete surprise, found 10/25/2009.
Somewhere in the Caribbean
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new 21 worked like a charm last week. I found
9 gold rings and 2 Platinum, somewhere in the
Caribbean. Thanks for your help with Felix”