Minelab Igniting Gold Fever with ‘the Next Big Find is Mine’ Giveaway, Discovery of 11-pound Gold Nugget with Gpx 5000 Inspires People to Try Metal Detecting Hobby

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To celebrate the discovery in Australia of a gold nugget weighing more than 11 pounds, Minelab Americas is offering others the opportunity to find their golden dream with its “The Next Big Find is Mine” giveaway of any one of Minelab’s metal detectors.

“Whether its gold nuggets, silver coins, or historical artifacts, we hear stories from people all the time about the incredible finds they make with Minelab metal detectors. Once you make that first find, you’re hooked."

Recently an amateur prospector in Australia, using a Minelab GPX 5000 found a gold nugget weighing more than 11 pounds and valued at between $300,000 and $500,000 in Ballarat, a town located in Australia’s famed “Golden Triangle” in the state of Victoria where people have been gold prospecting for over 160 years.

To celebrate this amazing discovery, Minelab Americas is offering others the opportunity to find their golden dream with its “The Next Big Find is Mine” giveaway. Minelab is giving a lucky winner a choice of any one of Minelab’s metal detectors – even the GPX 5000.

As astonishing as the find of a significant gold nugget is, more impressive is the gold detector that found it. The GPX 5000 helped the amateur detectorist, who chooses to remain anonymous, “see through” the highly mineralized Australian soil to find the prized nugget resting just two feet below the surface – in an area that has been crisscrossed for decades by gold prospectors.

Minelab Americas General Manager Gary Schafer notes that it’s the thrill of the find that drives metal dectorists, “Whether its gold nuggets, silver coins, or historical artifacts, we hear stories from people all the time about the incredible finds they make with Minelab metal detectors. Once you make that first find, you’re hooked,” he explains.

Like the detectorist in Australia, prospectors in Latin America have enjoyed success with the GPX 5000. Recently, there was a 30g of gold find in Venezuela while another gold prospector in Brazil found a 2g nugget using Minelab’s gold detecting technology.

As one of the most advanced metal detectors in the world, the GPX 5000 features Minelab’s exclusive technology that enables detectorists to find more gold in all types of ground conditions, including highly-mineralized soil. Even with this powerful technology, the GPX 5000 is designed to be easy for novices to use. With six preset search modes and automatic functions, new detectorists can just switch on and go.

Minelab offers a full range of metal detectors the giveaway winner will be able to choose from, starting with Adventure detectors for the beginning detectorists, treasure detectors, including the CTX 3030, and detectors specifically designed for finding gold, such as the GPX 5000 used by the lucky Australian prospector.

To enter, visit http://www.thenextbigfindismine.com and complete the form that can be found after finding the “hidden link” to the Big Nugget find story. Minelab will randomly choose the winner of the free detector from all submitted forms on April 16, 2013. Special Minelab metal detector adventure backpack kits will also be awarded to three runner ups.

About Minelab
Minelab—a world-wide manufacturer of handheld metal detector products—is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia. Since its founding in 1985, Minelab has been a world leader, providing the best metal detectors for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs. Minelab is an ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed Company.

Minelab Americas, based in Lisle, IL USA, provides sales, support and service for countries throughout North, South and Central America. Minelab’s parent company, the Newton, South Australia-based Codan Limited, is an international leader in high frequency radio and advanced communications markets with customers in more than 150 countries.

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