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I’m not sure if there is a best discrimination setting… it all depends on how much digging you want to do… personally I set mine to accept a nickel and start detecting.
Quite a bit of gold jewelry has been found in playgrounds and tot lots from what I have seen… I have even found some there.

still looking 52

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Middle to high settings are the best for coin recovery, if you find your digging to much junk then move upward on the middle setting until your happy.


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Where I’ve been detecting (old parks) I find a lot of nickels and pennies. I believe the “cherry pickers” have hit most of the good stuff and dont or didnt care enough to spend time making the lesser recoveries.
Here is the flipside…… I have a rare Canadian nickel worth $80+, a near pristine 1902 V nickel, several “good” condition IH pennies, and a couple 14k gold mens rings. Why discriminate by only going after the higher face value items? I would rather find 3-4 of the Canadian nickels than $10 clad ….🤔

Monkeys Uncle

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My understanding (good/bad ??) try setting discrimination as high as possible for depth...back off if/when the "chatter" is too loud or over powering. Chatter can be intense if the location has an abundance of rusty iron, foil and or alum can slaw. Another bad area can be where there is or was a lot of bird hunting or skeet shooters (spent shot) everywhere. Finally, old barns, farm sheds, etc. usually have a lot of rusty iron items that were discarded by the user. In those instances, you may have to lower your discrimination OR dig/remove the junk before you can locate any 'keepers'. HH


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If you want trinkets such as small gold chains, gold and silver rings up to class ring size, you need to run almost no discrimination. If you are more after coins, a good start would be to disc out to zinc or copper and notch back nickels. After you learn the sounds, go to less disc and learn the sounds there.