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Looking Back: Treasure Finds in the News for 2015

Silver Coin Treasure Cache found in 2015 by a MetalDetector.com customer.

Silver Coin Treasure Cache found in 2015 by a MetalDetector.com customer.

The most exciting aspect of metal detecting is the potential for monumental finds—possibly dating back hundreds of years. Luck is definitely a huge player in the search for treasure, as there are no rules of logic! There is the lucky boy who found a hoard of Roman silver denarii in the UK on his very first time out with a metal detector. Or the detectorist who searched a site that was supposedly hunted out and found a pristine hammered gold coin. Just like the spinning roulette wheel, it’s all a game of chance on a number or color. The detectorist who maintains a positive attitude and realizes that among the trash, he or she will find treasure and will inevitably get “lucky” at some point.

If you believe in the law of attraction, you know that positive energy attracts a positive outcome. Perhaps this is what drove some of the folks below who found these recent “treasure(s) in the headlines.”

University at Buffalo Professor Finds Priceless Coin Trove

University at Buffalo faculty members Philip Kiernan, left, assistant professor of classics showing of his treasure

University at Buffalo faculty member Philip Kiernan, left, showing of his treasure.

At the University at Buffalo, professor Philip Kiernan investigated a rumor about a treasure trove and uncovered a priceless collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins. Dozens of gold and silver coins, which date back 2,500 years, were left by wealthy benefactor Thomas B. Lockwood in 1935. Professor Kiernan is also a coin expert, and says the coins are extremely well preserved.  “My job as an archaeologist is to appreciate their historical value, and their historical value is absolutely priceless.”

WWII Dog Tag Lost in Normandy Returned to U.S. Soldier’s Widow

A World War II dog tag buried on D-Day’s Utah Beach in Normandy has been returned to the widow of the soldier who lost it. Army Sgt. James Wallace of Indiana lost his tag 70 years ago while storming the beach—he was awarded two Bronze Stars during the war. Recently, Frenchman Francois Blaizot scoured Utah Beach with his metal detector, found the tag and mailed it to the U.S. with a heartfelt note.

Time Capsule Discovered in Massachusetts State House

A renovation crew at the Massachusetts State House recently came across a hidden time capsule in one of its granite cornerstones. Historians believe the time capsule was placed there in 1795 by  Revolutionary War luminaries, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere! The time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins and newspapers, but the condition of the contents is currently unknown. Officials won’t open the capsule until it is X-rayed at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Read True Stories from Detectorists at “My Metal Detecting Finds”

1877 seated dime, a Barber dime and an 1864 2-cent piece found by Jessie Thompson.

1877 seated dime, a Barber dime and an 1864 2-cent piece found by Jessie Thompson.

Jessie from Stamford, CT wrote in to MetalDetector.com to tell about his metal detector find. He said he was driving home from work one day noticed a demolition sign on an old school. “This was a public school that was built back in the early 1900’s. Little did I know that this school was also a farm back in the early days. My first coin I popped out was a 1877 seated dime. Then a 1913 Barber dime came up. And right before the sun set, I found a 1864 2-cent piece in awesome condition!” Have an exciting discovery of your own to share? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds” and be entered to win a prize!

You Can Find Treasure

Read the following articles to make sure you’re equipped for success, so you can make treasure headlines!

How to Select a Metal Detector

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Relics?

Our Learning Library of Metal Detectors – “Everything you ever wanted to know about metal detectors but were afraid to ask”

Gold Prospecting: Gear Up for That Time of Year

Gold found with the new Makro Gold Racer metal detector

Gold recently found with the new Makro Gold Racer metal detector.

Is there a gold prospecting season? This is a common question across metal detecting forums. There is no hard and fast rule about when you can prospect in most states. However, in Alaska, gold prospecting season runs from June through September—only into October if the weather permits. In other known prospecting states: California, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, there are no posted prospecting dates. It is important to note, though—many sites DO require permission to prospect if you plan to stake any claims.

Why the Rise in Gold Prospecting Recently?

Gold prospecting seems to be spiking again in recent years, and geologists theorize as to why. In California, droughts in recent years are cited as one of the reasons. California State University (Sacramento) geology department executive, Tim Horner, explained that amateur prospectors “have been able to get to places they couldn’t before” because the drought has shrunk many of the state’s rivers, “some down to a trickle.” Horner said that one of his students recently found about $900 worth of gold in a stream that had previously been too treacherous to explore. He added, “Looking for gold [the old-fashioned way] is a popular hobby, and some people are making a living doing it.”

The simplest way to get into prospecting is to comb through sediments along a riverbank. Gold is 19 times heavier than water and denser than other particles in a stream, so it quickly settles to the bottom or into cracks between rocks or grains. A park ranger who oversees the California Bear River Campground and Recreation Area has his own theory about why gold prospecting is gaining momentum. He suggests, “The relatively high price of gold and the relatively weak economy have brought out more prospectors in recent years. The fact that low water means they can wade further upstream and get to new areas is advantageous.”

Top-Rated Prospecting Metal Detectors

Since gold occurs in nature at different levels of purity and different levels of concentration, the phase shift for gold objects appears along a wide spectrum on the phase shift dial. “Phase shift” is the difference in timing between the transmitter coil’s frequency and the frequency of the target object. Basically, this means that an object with high inductance is going to have a larger phase shift, so it is highly beneficial to use a prospecting metal detector when hunting for gold. Some machines dedicated to gold prospecting eliminate coin identification features altogether, since you’re not looking for coins. Instead they rely on sounds alone, using  a low tone for base metals, and a high-pitched signal for gold. Among some of the best detectors designed for finding gold: Garrett AT Gold, Fisher Gold Bug, the Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ and XP DEUS. For more units that are made to find gold, read our buyers guide article called Best Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting.

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Metal Detector Security Wands: Small Investment, Huge Impact

Court house using a hand-held security wand detector, the Garrett SuperWand

Court house using a hand-held security wand detector, the Garrett SuperWand

Violence at schools and other public venues has most of America scratching their heads. So many questions arise; among one of the most important, “How do we prevent this from happening again?” Obviously, security needs to be beefed up—and not just at schools, but anyplace where a large crowd gathers. Metal detectors are being installed and utilized to detect weapons at sporting venues and stadiums, in high schools, college campuses and even major theme parks. Metal detection devices are a sure-fire deterrent when it comes to preventing weapons from getting into public places.

It’s important to realize that violent rampages can occur anywhere. Prevention is the key to  averting disaster. Anytime there are a large number of attendants at an event, some form of security should be implemented. This includes business or corporate functions, after-school events or large parties. Hand-held security wand metal detectors can play a pivotal role in crowd security. These hand-held paddle-style metal detectors alert the operator anytime metal is detected—allowing for further search and disarmament. If your business hosts events, trade shows or large gatherings, consider the benefits of a security wand metal detector. They are very affordable and offer peace of mind. Read more: What are the Best Security Wand Metal Detectors?

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Article discussing the use of security metal detectors in schools and public places

Metal Detecting Diggers, Pinpointers and Headphones

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

If you’ve just purchased or received your first metal detector during the holiday season: Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the most exciting hobby of your life! The first order of business is to read over your owner’s manual and detect a little bit in your own yard. Secondly, you should consider what other equipment you may need to make your detecting adventures easier and more successful.

Although most accessories are optional, there are definitely tools that make this hobby more enjoyable. Among them, you will need some kind of digger to retrieve your finds. Some detectorists use diggers as simple as a screwdriver or small gardening tool, but when you are recovering deep treasures in rough turf, you may need a full-sized detecting shovel. Hand-held pinpointers make finding coins and relics a lot faster. Most detectors have a pinpoint mode, but the hand-held units fit easily inside the hole as you dig, making for speedy target retrieval. Headphones not only save on your battery power, but they allow you to  hear faint signals—which is really important!

Metal Detecting Pinpointers

A small pinpointing probe is one of the most useful pieces of  equipment that you can carry. Pinpointers are little detectors in themselves; and their job is  to check the inside of your hole to precisely locate the target you are digging. Metal detecting pinpointers save you time and  frustration, along with objects that you would otherwise lose. You’ll hear stories from other detectorists about targets they couldn’t find after extensive searching and why they never leave home without a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are excellent models as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX.

Hand-Held Diggers and Shovels

You really can’t do without some type of a digger when metal detecting. Remember—holes need to be dug conspicuously and thoroughly covered up afterwards. This is especially true when digging on private property! Detectorists are always worried about fellow hobbyists ruining the future of detecting by leaving messes and holes behind. Diggers come in many shapes and sizes, from  small hand trowels to industrial garden spades. They are normally made of stainless steel, either with the head welded to the shaft or made all in one. It’s important to use a sharp implement that will do the job and will not leave you with an unwieldy hole…The ideal size for the blade is about 4 inches across, and about 5-6 inches high. Among the most popular diggers is the Lesche digger with a serrated edge—it is designed to easily cut through roots and tough ground conditions.

metal detecting headphones

hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones.

Detecting Headphones

Headphones should always be used as they enable you  to hear the faint signals; not just the obvious loud ones. Detecting without headphones in public areas may disturb other people and draw attention to yourself. There are many high-quality detecting headphones on the market, and they are very affordable. Experts recommend buying the best pair you can afford without  breaking the bank. You’ll find a variety of metal detecting headphones at all different price points.

Belt Pouches and Kneepads

A pouch that has a few different compartments is very handy as you don’t want your good finds mixed up with junk targets. Hobbyists often say they keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket.  Also, a few small plastic bags are useful for smaller, valuable finds. Many detectorists recommend kneepads for kneeling down on rocky or rough ground. It really depends on your digging style, and you’ll discover what works best for you as you get into the hobby!

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Choosing a Metal Detector Headphone

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Benefits of Using a Metal Detector While Scuba Diving

Moe DiPinto - MetalDetector.com

In your search for an underwater metal detector, we have you covered here at MetalDetector.com. To help you select the correct unit, all of our product specialists are versed in underwater detectors including Moe Dipinto who also is a certified diver.

For recreational scuba divers, the underwater world is nature in its purest form. Nothing offers more splendor and bliss than exploring the pristine beauty of coral and reefs, schools of fish and all of the marine life that inhabits the sea. Some divers enjoy underwater photography, others are searching inside caves and shipwrecks and others like to go sight-seeing. But, there is another facet to diving—and that is scuba detecting. Scuba detecting is metal detecting in fresh or saltwater which is usually less than 20 feet deep while using scuba gear.

Why Use a Metal Detector When Diving?

Many divers are thrill-seekers inherently—always ready for their next challenge. So you’ll see these questions frequently in diving forums: “What can I find with an underwater metal detector? Up to what depth do they work? How much can I expect to spend on a detector that functions underwater?” Recently, I saw a comment in the Scuba Board forum: “I am working as an instructor. Sometimes, I join fun dives while another instructor or dive master is taking divers out on a tour on one dive site. During that time, it would be cool to have an underwater metal detector to help find anything at all PLUS, pick up trash as well.”

There are dozens of reasons why underwater treasure hunting is extremely exciting. It’s amazing what you can uncover in the sea. Near beaches/resorts or even in remote locations, divers detect gold and/or diamond rings, watches, money, relics and more. An underwater detector can even lead you to wreck sites. In deeper water, there is far less trash and more good targets. When scuba diving for jewelry and coins, most targets are found very close to where they were dropped. This is due to the deeper water which reduces the effect of waves. Anywhere there has been traffic in the past, you can find coins and jewelry.

As far as shipwrecks, detectors allow divers to locate a variety of artifacts buried up to two feet below the sea bed. Older wooden wrecks lend themselves to metal detecting. These types of wrecks tend to have littered artifacts over large areas of the ocean. Scuba detecting can be done either in shallow water or in deep water down to 200 feet. It’s important to note that anything below 130 feet is outside of recreational diving limits.

About Underwater Metal Detectors

The underwater models typically have a headset you wear like a stereo headset. As you pass over a metal object, you hear a beep. You swing the coil over the object listening to the beep and try to visualize where the spot is as the coil passes over. Then you can carefully uncover the treasure by sifting through the sand. It could be anything from a bottle top to a diamond ring! You never know what you’re going to uncover.

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with a Garrett underwater Metal Detector

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with a Garrett underwater Metal Detector

There are a few types of underwater metal detectors—mainly the Pulse Induction or (VLF) Very Low Frequency detectors. These models are extremely sensitive to precious metals and are very deep seeking. VLF metal detectors are proficient at finding coins, relics and jewelry and can discriminate out junk targets. If you opt for a VLF detector, be sure that it has a saltwater mode. Pulse Induction models offer full salt water elimination. Salt elimination allows them to be unaffected by wet salt sand and ground minerals. Most underwater detectors operate at depths of up to 200 feet; some operate up to 250 feet.

The prices range on fully submersible metal detectors. Generally speaking these models range from $500 to $2,000 depending on which advanced features they are equipped with. One scuba detectorist recommends the Fisher CZ-21 Metal Detector. It is an easy to use, deep-seeking and submersible VLF detector. The Fisher CZ-21 metal detector features automatic turn-on-and-go operation for salt water, fresh water or land use; target strength LED and full-range trash rejection control.

Visit MetalDetector.com for Underwater Metal Detectors

For all of your underwater adventures, you can easily select the best underwater metal detector at MetalDetector.com. You can conduct side-by-side comparisons of different models to ensure you are getting all of the features you desire. To learn more about scuba detecting and equipment, read our related article entitled Underwater Metal Detectors – Reviewing the Best Options.

Why Do Metal Detectors Sometimes Give False Signals?

After reading this article, you will easily be able to spot the issues that could cause your metal detector to give false signals.

After reading this article, you will easily be able to spot the issues that could cause your metal detector to give false signals.

Treasure hunting with a metal detector is almost always FUN and exciting—a positive experience. There are only a handful of things that can throw a wrench into your happy hunting. Among them: false  signals coming from your metal detector. Also known as “phantom signals,” this is when your detector beeps for no reason because no metal can be found. Why does this happen? There are several reasons, and once you become familiar with them, you can reduce erroneous alerts. When gold prospecting, false signals are often caused by iron oxides, such as magnetite and hematite. Magnetite is what “black sand” is made of; and hematite is also known as “natural ore.” Iron oxides are typically found in the company of gold.

If you are not prospecting, most other false signals can be addressed by learning how to minimize them. Below are the most common causes of false metal detector signals.

  • Footwear with metal accents. Steel-toed boots are a common culprit and even the metal eyelets in shoelaces can set off your detector.
  • Diggers and other metal objects. If you are swinging near digging tools, this can be a problem. Jewelry you are wearing (rings, watch) may cause a false signal.
  • Improper Swinging.  Bumping the ground can cause your detector to give a false signal.  Try to keep your coil as close to the ground as possible (an inch or less) without scraping it. Swinging your coil back and forth like a pendulum can also cause errors. The coil should be equidistant through your whole swing.
  • Moisture in the control box of your detector.
  • Loose cable connection. Make sure your cable is securely screwed in to the control box housing.
  • Electro Magnetic Interference. A common problem if you are detecting close to power lines. This includes buried power lines you can’t see. EMI disturbs a detector’s ability to distinguish a metal object.
  • Other metal detectors nearby. If you are hunting with a friend, your machines may be picking up each others signals.
  • Sensitivity. If your detector is acting erratic, make sure your sensitivity is not set too high.
You Have Detected Metal, But Haven’t Yet Found It!

If none of the above scenarios apply to your situation, guess what? You probably have detected an object underfoot. Treasure hunters are always talking about elusive targets that take a long time to uncover. Whether there’s a “halo effect” going on or something else, some targets are simply difficult to pinpoint! It’s quite possible that you knocked your target on its side while digging; or in soft soil, the target may be sinking . If your metal detector has a pinpoint mode, try that before giving up. Next order of business: use a hand-held pinpointer. Many veteran treasure hunters consider these a lifesaver and carry pinpointers in their bags for this reason. The Garrett Pro Pinpointer II fits easily into any size hole and features side-scanning capabilities. The Garrett Pinpointers alerts you to your target with an audio indicator and handle vibration. Learn more about pinpointers:  What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

Metal Detectors Introduce a New Way to Find Antique Toys

New Ways to Find Antique Toys

MetalDetector.com announces a new way to find antique toys with different metal detectors.

Avid collectors of antique toys are discovering a new way to build their toy collection—with a metal detector! Metal detector hobbyists have found thousands of valuable cast-iron, lead, tin and steel toys all around the world. Children’s favorite playthings from centuries ago can easily be detected with an entry-level or mid-level metal detector. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never used a detector before—there are guides in our Learning Library that can teach you the basics. We suggest you start with our article entitled “What are the Best Beginners Metal Detectors?”

Abandoned homesteads, schools, churches and town-sites are great places to start. Antique toys are considered relics (traces from the past), so a detector suitable for locating relics is the best choice for antique toy hunters. Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said “When I speak to toy collectors, I suggest that they read two important articles before selecting a metal detector: Antique Toy Hunting with a Metal Detector and What are the Best Detectors for Finding Relics?”

Beginners: Identifying the Tones Your Metal Detector Makes

This jewelry was found on a beach in Florida with the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector.

Jewelry can be found with a metal detector such as the gold and silver items seen here. Knowing which signals or tones to dig is key.

The one thing all metal detectors have in common: they sound a tone when metal is targeted. And what a joyous sound it is! There is such a thing as silent search mode, but aside from that, you can count on hearing an audio tone when there’s either treasure or trash underfoot. According to hobbyists who have owned multiple metal detectors, the tone varies depending on the manufacturer. Regardless, you will get used to identifying the tones your detector makes. When you first get a detector, it’s a great idea to bury coins, bottle caps or other items in your own backyard just to hear how each target sounds. You may have already noticed that a coin generally has a solid and repeatable signal, whereas junk gives a broken, clipped tone that changes every time you scan it.

Good Targets vs. Junk Targets

It’s important to learn the sound a coin makes right away. Coins usually produce a solid, distinctive sound that’s hard to miss. It will probably start and stop suddenly, going quickly from silent to full volume- then back to silent as you move away. This should happen with each sweep of the search coil. Also, on a metal detector that has target ID with numerical values, coins typically register the same value when you turn and scan from a different direction.

Junk targets, such as pull-tabs and iron will have a choppy, broken sound. The reason for this is that pull-tabs and other junk are asymmetrical. Going east to west may give a solid signal, while going west to east may sound choppy. That’s a good indication that the item is oddly shaped. As far as numerical values, junk targets give you one reading when you first scan them, and a different value when you turn 90 degrees or swing in the opposite direction. If you’re getting a lot of chatter or static in your headphones, check that you’re not under power lines or by a transformer. Adjusting the sensitivity down will help to properly operate in these areas.

Pinpoint Your Target Before You Start Digging!

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

The waterproof Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

So, once you’re metal detector sounds a tone, it’s time to start digging, right?  Not so fast. It will be much easier to find your object if you pinpoint it first. Pinpointing is the process of precisely locating your target in the smallest possible area. And you can use your metal detector to pinpoint if you don’t have a separate pinpointing tool. They say that 9 out of 10 serious detectorists use a pinpointer such as the famous Garrett Pro Pinpointer or the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT and Makro Pointer. But if you’re a beginner, you can start by pinpointing with your metal detector. Many newer model detectors feature a “pinpoint mode.” If this is the case, switch to this mode to locate your target. The more accurate you can get, the smaller the amount of dirt you’ll have to dig to retrieve your target.

You’re listening for the audio clue to help understand the exact location of potential treasure. As the center of your coil gets closer to the target, the audio tone will be louder. When your coil moves away from the metal, the audio response will be quieter. Some detectors with pinpoint mode will change pitch in relation to your target, too. So, the pitch and volume of the tone will get higher when you’re in close proximity. If your metal detector doesn’t feature pinpoint mode, it’s o.k. There are several other methods that work for pinpointing. The PLUS method involves moving your detector in the shape of a “plus” sign to best find the object. First, move your coil from left to right to get the strongest audio tone. Then change directions with your coil by moving it front to back. It’s pretty easy—if the sound gets stronger, you are moving your coil closer to the target. Another method is the 90 degree switch. When you locate your target, start pinpointing until you hear the strongest signal. Mark this spot—then, move 90 degrees in either direction. After moving 90 degrees, start sweeping your coil again. You are creating an X in the ground with your swings and your target should be directly in the center of the X.

Should I Act on a Weak Signal?

All beginners are excited to start digging up treasure, but grow quickly tired of all the aluminum junk getting in the way. That’s when listening to your audio tones is important. But what do you do with a questionable audio signal? It may not sound like the rest or you may not be able to get it to repeat. To dig or not to dig—this is the question. Experts say you should consider the alternative. What if it happens to be a piece of gold? Before you walk away, try to get a stronger signal. Sometimes all you need to do is move 90 degrees in either direction. Often, you’ll find that the questionable target is much stronger when you swing your search coil from another direction. If you signal is still very weak, try turning up the sensitivity on your metal detector to see if your tone gets louder. On a side note: if there seems to be a lot of trash in the areas you’re searching, a smaller coil may be better.

Tell us about your Metal Detecting Finds!

Have you had any beginner’s luck metal detecting so far? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds.” You can inspire others to start this amazing hobby, AND you’re eligible to win a great prize from MetalDetector.com. Don’t forget to post a photo of your treasure, too. If the readers vote your story as their favorite, you win!

Still need help picking out a metal detector? Here are some helpful articles:

How to Select a Metal Detector

What are the Best Beginners Metal Detectors?

Upgrading to a Mid-Range or High-End Metal Detector

If you’ve spent a good amount of time swinging your first metal detector around, you might be getting the “itch” for more challenging treasure and terrain. At this point, it’s probably time for a more powerful machine. Perhaps your metal detecting friends have been bragging about  relics they would have missed with an entry-level detector—and you want in on the action! Or, after hunting near the river, you realize you need a waterproof unit. So which detector is next for you? By now you are probably familiar with the names of half a dozen manufacturers, each with six to ten machines or more. How do you go about picking one from all that are available?  We have a few suggestions.

Get Advice from Respected Hobbyists

Fisher F75 Metal Detector

The Easy-To-Use Fisher F75 Metal Detector

One is to talk to other detectorists. Ask what their find rates are with their detectors and how much trash they dig up. Most hobbyists are happy to give you comparisons of their current and past detectors—the pros and cons. If a friend has the metal detector you’re interested in purchasing, ask if you can borrow it for a day. Then you can test its discrimination, ground balance and pinpointing abilities.

Well Read is Well Informed

There are plenty of books and articles available about mid-range and high-end metal detectors. Read reviews and field tests about each metal detector you’re considering. Some books will flat-out tell you which metal detector to purchase based on the author’s belief that a certain machine detects more deeply and accurately. One expert points straight to the XP Deus (pronounced Day-us) if your budget allows it. It is a completely wireless detector that is proficient at finding everything from gold nuggets to relics, coins, treasure caches; it can even be used underwater. Others say you should do some serious research before jumping into a high-end unit since this could easily be a $1,000 – $2,000 purchase.

Treasure Hunting Magazines are Amazing Resources

Definitely, pick up a few treasure hunting magazines. All you have to do is leaf through the pages of American Digger, Lost Treasure and Western & Eastern Treasure magazines to find plenty of inspiration for your next metal detector. Editorials and guest writers will tell the stories of their amazing finds—where they hunted and which type of detector they used. There’s a section in American Digger magazine called “Just Dug: Here’s what our readers are finding.” It is usually a 12-page section and a great resource! These are photo spreads with a blurb about each detectorist’s find(s), which state/country they were hunting, which detector was used and corresponding photos. Here are a few examples from a recent issue of American Digger:

  1. Using the Garrett AT Gold, a man detecting in western Pennsylvania at an 18th century traveler’s rest site found an 1812 artillery officer’s collar button and a silver 1790 Reale (coin).
  2. In western Australia, a gold prospector using the Fisher Gold Bug-2 dug up a large rock specimen containing 4.5 ounces of gold embedded in quartz.
  3. A relic hunter in Arkansas was hunting land used from 1820 until the Civil War. Using his Garrett AT Pro, he uncovered an 1813 military button, an old coin and a cannonball.
  4. Using the Fisher F75, a Virginia detectorist found a piece of highly embellished solid gold jewelry at the site of a Civil War camp.

Once you make a short list of your favorite mid-range or high-end detectors, it should be easier to funnel down (pros/cons, features, preferences, test scores) through the decision making process. Exciting treasure hunting adventures are in your future!