Detecting for Gold
I will give you 5 Tips to Find Gold with Metal Detector.
Can you buy a metal detector and find Gold with it? Is a question many people ask and yes you can. However, it is different what you mean by “finding gold”.
Finding fine natural Gold with a metal detector, such as is found in streams and rivers (yes! There is Gold there, I have panned some of it myself) can be, if not impossible, so at least difficult.
Gold and metal detecting in Scandinavia
The gold nuggets at our latitudes are tiny grains, grains that are so small that even a metal detector for Gold has a hard time finding them. The mass of natural Gold is too low; it is expected that a surface of at least 3 mm is needed for it to be detected with a standard detector and then it can only be a few centimetres below the ground.
If the Gold lay flat with the flat side towards the ground, you could find it despite the low mass, but such Gold is rarely found in Scandinavia. Gold in Scandinavia is also not very abundant, so it is probably a real challenge if you try to find Gold with a detector in Scandinavia.
In theory, it works with a standard metal detector to look for Gold, but another problem is that natural Gold exists in mineralized soil, which makes it challenging to get good signals. It is the same problem as with detection on saltwater beaches, one can get false or incorrect signals, due to the conductivity of the minerals. Several companies have developed metal detectors specially optimized for finding Gold. Both standard VLF detectors and so-called PI = pulse induction detectors. PI detectors operate at a lower frequency and are specially built to detect smaller objects at greater depth but have less discrimination, and are expensive.
Big Gold nuggets
Mind you; there is no such thing as a metal detector for Gold that finds only Gold and no other types of metal. Still, some systems can separate iron and debris from Gold in most cases, and technology is continually improving.
I do not know if it works very well anywhere in Europe. Still, in the US, Australia, South America and Africa, I know that detectors are successfully used to find Gold. But they find nuggets of a different measurement than in the Nordic countries. If you want to find natural Gold in Scandinavia, you probably have to get a pan and a shovel.
5 Tips to find Gold with a metal detector
Finding fabricated gold rings, chains, pendants, and so on is another thing than looking for naturally occurring Gold. All metal detectors can find such gold objects if the conditions are the right ones. Find suitable Metal Detector here.
Look for places where it is natural for people to carry Gold; otherwise, it does not matter how much you search and dig, you will not find Gold.
Look where there have been different activities and where people are going. An excellent place to look for Gold is beaches. If you detect at dry sandy beaches, most metal detectors work well.
Use low discrimination because it is difficult for the detector to distinguish Gold from many other metals. Lead, and Aluminum are, e.g. metals that are difficult to differentiate from Gold.
If the goal is to search slightly moist saltwater beaches, then it sets somewhat higher demands on the detector, so that, for example, it can adjust for ground balance.
Detecting a bit out in the water is a good idea because it is easy to lose a ring or a chain when swimming and playing in the water. It requires, of course, that you have a metal detector and a search coil that can be lowered a bit down into the water.