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Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: LawrencetheMDer
Date: April 14, 2018 09:16AM
It was quiet most of the day in the surf; very few targets, good or junk. So for practice recovering targets in chest high water, I decided to retrieve any target, good or bad/junk. The good or highly hopeful numbers for gold on My CTX 3030 are; 12:05-14 and 12:23-33. I was in my 4th hour of hunting in the very mild surf when I decided to turn-around and head back to my entry point about 1/2 mile down the beach. At that point I had found a few coins and 2 pieces of junk jewelry and about the same amount of junk (pull tabs, push-tabs, small piece of tin strip). As I turned to the right, something drew my attention on my left and as I altered course, or more like stumbled, I got a solid junk signal hit at 12:15, a classic pull-tab. I took one scoop and checked the hole and there was no longer a signal. I shook-out the scoop and there was nothing inside except shells. One more tab, I said to myself, as I stared in the scoop and contemplated yet another lost target. All of a sudden this ring comes into view at the bottom of my scoop...it had blended-in perfectly with the shells at the bottom. Or, it is possible that I was expecting a tab so much that I couldn't see what was physically there - my mind playing tricks, again.



The Gents ring is marked 14K of white gold and weighs 8.53g. This is the first gold ring in over 20 found that fell on the 12:15 coordinates, where the classic pull-tab also sits. When metal detecting, depending on the situation, I may or may not retrieve targets at 12:15-16, for the simple reason that I have retrieved hundreds of pull -tabs and push-tabs at these coordinates. When the tide is out and I'm looking for only gold, I don't bother with 12:15-20 because of pull-tabs or anything above 12:34 since the probability of gold falling above 12:34 is remote (less than 1 in 40 gold rings by my estimates).

As I retrieve more gold with the CTX 3030, I have come to the realization that gold can fall anywhere along the CO continuum. However, there are certain numbers or ranges where there is a higher probability that a certain CO number represents gold. In my case, from 12:05-14 and from 12:23-32 have a higher probability of representing gold than, for example, 12:01-02 (juice foil tops, small tin foil), 12:15-20 (pull-tabs and push-tabs, larger pieces of tin foil) and anything above 12:34 (zinc cents 12:36-38, copper cents 12:40-43, dimes 12:43-45, quarters 12:45-46). Also, a CO of greater than 34 represents gold rings of greater than 15g or about 1 in 40 rings.

Because we're dealing with probabilities, once in a while those rare events do occur. For example, last year I found a small gold band (1.22g) with channel diamonds at 12:02. This is also where juice foil tops show-up and at last count I have found about 300 juice tops, too many to count small pieces of foil and the small gold band. Earlier this year I found a small yellow gold band at 12:16 - the same coordinates as pull-tabs and push tabs. And, now, I find this beautiful heavy white gold band at 12:15 and I'm speechless. It should have been a pull-tab. Guess I'll be digging a lot more pull-tabs...and enjoying every minute. Happy Hunting



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Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: greenmeanie
Date: April 14, 2018 11:41AM
Nice looking ring.



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Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: thE-TRACker
Date: April 14, 2018 11:47AM
I've dug gold from 12-01 to 12-43 . Like you I usually pass on the 12-15's but sometimes when the waves take out most of the light stuff I'll take them then . I've got about 4-5 there and they are really nice rings . Like a 15g platinum band and a 18k gold with plat. spinner . You never know .

Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: Moon Valley Pipe Works
Date: April 26, 2018 07:38PM
Take your 11 12 and 13 lines on your display and reverse them and spend an hour only digging what you used to block out and you will be surprised by the things you find

Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: trojdor
Date: April 26, 2018 07:42PM
Good observations, lawrence :thumbup:

Thanks for posting...and that IS a pretty ring.
:)
mike



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Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: Ayeti65
Date: April 27, 2018 12:55AM
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LawrencetheMDer

The Gents ring is marked 14K of white gold and weighs 8.53g. This is the first gold ring in over 20 found that fell on the 12:15 coordinates, where the classic pull-tab also sits. When metal detecting, depending on the situation, I may or may not retrieve targets at 12:15-16, for the simple reason that I have retrieved hundreds of pull -tabs and push-tabs at these coordinates. When the tide is out and I'm looking for only gold, I don't bother with 12:15-20 because of pull-tabs or anything above 12:34 since the probability of gold falling above 12:34 is remote (less than 1 in 40 gold rings by my estimates).

As I retrieve more gold with the CTX 3030, I have come to the realization that gold can fall anywhere along the CO continuum. However, there are certain numbers or ranges where there is a higher probability that a certain CO number represents gold. In my case, from 12:05-14 and from 12:23-32 have a higher probability of representing gold than, for example, 12:01-02 (juice foil tops, small tin foil), 12:15-20 (pull-tabs and push-tabs, larger pieces of tin foil) and anything above 12:34 (zinc cents 12:36-38, copper cents 12:40-43, dimes 12:43-45, quarters 12:45-46). Also, a CO of greater than 34 represents gold rings of greater than 15g or about 1 in 40 rings.

Because we're dealing with probabilities, once in a while those rare events do occur. For example, last year I found a small gold band (1.22g) with channel diamonds at 12:02. This is also where juice foil tops show-up and at last count I have found about 300 juice tops, too many to count small pieces of foil and the small gold band. Earlier this year I found a small yellow gold band at 12:16 - the same coordinates as pull-tabs and push tabs. And, now, I find this beautiful heavy white gold band at 12:15 and I'm speechless. It should have been a pull-tab. Guess I'll be digging a lot more pull-tabs...and enjoying every minute. Happy Hunting
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In your experience with digging gold and your knowledge of trashy items that also are in the gold CO continuum. How often does gold deviate from the 12 line? Have you noticed it coming in at 7-05,8-05? Or 14-07, 15-07? I merely used these numbers as examples in this statement. As I try and learn the CTX more and use it on the beaches we have here, I am curious about trashy items and their relations ship with gold on the 12 line. As I already understand gold comes in all shapes and sizes and can be anywhere along the CO line. Mostly what I am wondering about is how often does gold come up with a signal that has deviated from the 12 line? I am trying to take a "calculated risk" and avoid some trashy targets and still retain most of the gold items that is possible.

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Re: Found Heavy 14K White Gold Band at 12:15 on CTX 3030...Pull-tab NOT
Posted by: smkunder
Date: April 27, 2018 06:23AM
Wow, nice ring. Now i have to start looking at some different numbers. I just wish I felt more comfortable getting my CTX wet. Great write up.



Steve

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