Detectorists’ Dreams DO Come True! Silver Coin Hoard Found with the Garrett AT Pro

One lucky detectorist is keeping the dream alive for all of us who hope to find a coin hoard! Known as “Aquachigger” in his videos and metal detecting forums, this avid treasure hunter often searches rivers and streams. He spotted a river where he believed war relics would turn up, and started his shallow-water hunt. Aquachigger quickly hit on several silver coins in one concentrated area. Because the river floor here is bedrock, metals cannot sink any lower. This is perfect for uncovering coins, relics and gold. In his You Tube video that you can watch below: “OMG! I Found A Huge Silver Treasure Hoard Metal Detecting!” Aquachigger credits his Garrett AT Pro detector and Garrett Pro-Pointer for quickly signaling the silver coins. There was so much fence wire and lots of nails, he figures another detector may have passed right over the silver.

178 Silver Coins Found with the Garrett AT Pro!

Aquachigger’s Garrett AT Pro emitted a high pitch—with target ID reads from 89-90’s for silver. The AT Pro displayed 30’s when it passed over iron, making it easy to pinpoint the silver coins. After 5 or 6 trips to this riverbed hot spot, his total haul was 178 silver coins! The video is a worthwhile watch, as Aquachigger lays out all of his coins and explains what they are. A majority of the silver coin hoard includes U.S. halves, with the remaining pieces being Spanish 8 Reales, 5 franc coins and foreign (Brazil and Peru coins). It’s also interesting to read the comments about where this detectorist searched, how to find coins and how much the coins are worth. You can be next in a successful treasure quest!

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Halloween 2016: Compassionate Detectorist Helps Widow Find Husband’s Lost Ring

Tom Shively and Catherine Tucker show the metal detecting equipment that helped find a lost wedding band. Catherine Tucker said she could not stop crying after finding her late husband's ring.

Tom Shively and Catherine Tucker show metal detecting equipment that helped find a lost wedding band. Catherine said she could not stop crying after finding her late husband’s ring.

Metal detectorists love their hobby for many reasons. First of all, there’s the thrill of the hunt. Secondly, there is the possibility of uncovering extremely valuable treasure: coins, jewelry, relics and even gold. Yet another passion of detectorists is helping out other people. Kind-hearted and compassionate, many detectorists use their expertise to help others locate sentimental lost items. This was the case recently when a seasoned hobbyist helped a distraught woman who lost her late husband’s ring while handing out Halloween candy.

Lost Ring Passing Out Halloween Candy

Catherine Tucker, a mother of two from mid-Michigan, became a widow three years ago when her husband died in a motorcycle accident. A former Air Force Lieutenant, husband Chris left the military to stay home with his daughters. Chris’s tragic motorcycle crash occurred on the day of his daughter’s birthday. Catherine had to sell her own wedding ring after the accident; and all she had left was her husband’s wedding band. After passing out Halloween candy, she realized the ring was missing and put out a plea on social media to look for the ring.

“Treasure Tom” to the Rescue!

Thankfully, Tom Shively (a.k.a. “Treasure Tom,” of Holt, MI.) read the story and offered his detectorist experience. Shively spent 80 minutes methodically searching Tucker’s yard with his metal detector. Tucker thanked him and told him to give up, but Shively asked for a few more minutes. Ten minutes later, he heard a faint, high-pitched tone. Sure enough, he found the ring! It had fallen upright in the grass and someone had stepped on it. Tucker was eternally grateful and emotional—and in the end, Shively would not accept a reward.

If you are inspired to take up metal detecting (whether to help others or make a profit), now is the time to get started. Technological advancements have made even entry-level units VERY efficient. Any hobbyist can easily locate lost valuables and treasures with a newer metal detector!

Here are some of the most affordable and popular entry-level detectors available today:

Entry-Level Metal Detectors:

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Amazing Cases of Detectorists Finding a Fortune—YOU Could Be Next!

Gold PendantAmazing treasure finds are occurring around the world, from South Africa, to Europe; Australia to the U.S. It’s no wonder there is a new metal detecting craze! Not only are detectorists finding a fortune, they are loving their hobby at the same time! From ancient jewels, to gold coins, meteorites and shipwreck treasure, amateur and professional treasure hunters alike are uncovering amazing finds! Veteran hunters do stress that finding big treasure is a combination of luck and experience. But, with determination, any detectorist will uncover coins, relics, jewelry and antiques. A popular saying is that dedicated treasure hunters will find enough treasure to pay for their detector. Detecting is among the most exciting hobbies. With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the time to get in on the action. Put a metal detector on your wish list!!

Exciting and Unexpected Discoveries

  • Amateur U.K. Detectorist Finds Gold Pendant with Carving of Jesus’ Birth
    Every Sunday afternoon, Mark Hannabee went out treasure hunting for fun and exercise. Seven years later, Hannabee’s detector went off—and to his amazement, he found a stamp-sized gold pendant. It had an intricate carving of the birth of Jesus. He took it to Sotheby’s Auction, where it was estimated at $250,000 pounds. They didn’t buy it, but he eventually sold it at another auction for $38,000 pounds—equivalent to almost $50, 000!  
  • Six-Year-Old Finds $4 Million Gold Locket with His Dad
    A father and his young son enjoyed casual metal detecting- just looking for junk. After a few weeks of hunting, they stumbled upon a gold locket with the image of the Virgin Mary. Appraisers determined that the locket dated back to the 16th Century and belonged to the Royal British family. They sold the precious gold locket for $4 million dollars, and shared part of the proceeds with the family who owned the property it was found on.
  • Hauxton Hoard – Near Cambridge, England
    In 1992, a farmer in England lost his hammer in the field and asked his detectorist friend to help find it. Detectorist Eric Laas not only found the hammer, he located a historical treasure hoard. Named the Hauxton Hoard, Laas discovered Roman Empire coins including: 24 bronze coins, 565 gold coins, 14, 191 silver coins and other jewels and statues. Under British law, a treasure trove becomes the property of Britain. However, they are required to pay fair market value to the finder. So, the duo received a cool $1.7 million pounds—almost $2.1 million!!

 

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For more great metal detecting finds stories, check out the My Metal Detector Finds section from us here at MetalDetector.com

 

Reference:

“10 Amazing Cases Of Lucky People Finding A Fortune!”

“Is This an Important Relic or Coin?” How to Identify Treasures Found

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

It’s exciting when you actually dig up a metal treasure, but frequently you don’t even know what it is – especially if you’ve found a relic! It probably looks ancient and valuable, but what is it? Experts advise not to tamper with your target too much before you know what it is. For instance, don’t scrub dirt off abrasively or use soap and water right off the bat. There are hundreds of metal detecting experts and communities who can help you identify items.

The Art of Identifying Treasures

When you find your first artifacts, you obviously want to know what they are! Before you know how to clean your find, you need to identify it. Ask a fellow detectorist for help. There are other resources, as well. Many museums have identification facilities. Check to see if any museums in your area offer this service. Another great reason to visit a museum is you will see tons of artifacts and be able to relate items when you make your own discoveries. Antique stores and coin dealers are also very useful to detectorists. They can help you identify finds; dealers often publish coin lists which you will likely reference often. Metal detecting books and magazines are beneficial to most detecting hobbyists. For example, experts recommend the book, “Whitman’s Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins” for identifying coins. MetalDetector.com offers a huge selection of metal detecting books, magazines and videos. You can find a book specifically geared towards Civil War relics, if that is your niche. Treasure Hunting magazines typically publish a monthly “Question & Answer” section in which readers’ finds are identified by experts. By the way, if you do buy metal detecting magazine, save them for your archive. It’s a great way to build up your own reference library.

Ask Mark Parker- Magazine Q & A Example

The metal detecting magazine Western & Eastern Treasures features a monthly column called “Ask Mark Parker.” Relic and coin expert Mark Parker selects photos from hobbyists interested in identifying their finds. He researches each find and provides detailed insight as to what it is, as well as its estimated value. One reader dug up an old brass lock in Colorado engraved “St. Louis” on both sides. He was interested in any information about his find.

Mark Parker’s response, “Your warded padlock dates from the early 1900s, and although there are no maker’s marks, the style is very similar to that of locks made by the E. T. Fraim Co. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As for the “St. Louis” name, it’s been suggested that this is one of a number of locks issued to cash in on the enormous interest and enthusiasm surrounding the St. Louis World’s Fair, or Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in 1904. It’s a fairly common but collectable little item, usually retailing around $20.”

Identifying your treasure is among the most exciting aspects of metal detecting. For more information, check out MetalDetector.com’s Learning Library. Read about these related topics:

“2016” Treasure Finds – This Year’s Amazing “My Finds” Entries Here at MetalDetector.com!

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com's "My Metal Detector Finds"

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com’s “My Metal Detector Finds”

Every metal detecting find that evokes excitement is extraordinary, and each treasure find is significant! At MetalDetector.com, we don’t believe that one person’s find is more intriguing than another. We simply encourage hobbyists, newbies and veterans, to share their stories of success in order to inspire an encourage. It is truly inspirational to read about fellow hobbyists’ finds in their own neighborhood that are rare, exciting and sometimes very valuable. We encourage metal detectorists to share their treasure hunting finds to motivate others, while teaching tips and tricks. Here is a sampling of amazing metal detecting finds that are posted on MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detector Finds” for 2016.

  • Jan., 2016- CT: Small Cache of Silver and Gold

Using the Garrett AT Gold, two friends hunted an old 1770s homestead in January, 2016. After junk hits and an iron nail, they stumbled upon a cache. The loot included 5 Spanish Reales, an 1812 5 dollar capped bust gold piece and an 1819 capped bust quarter! It was pure excitement! Read full story

  • March, 2016- TN: George Washington Ang. Fourth of March 1789 Button

A 73-year-old active detectorist was in his hometown at a 1790 mansion house digging away at a plug and saw this roundness that he thought was a flat button. After retrieving it, he realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime find—a button  reading March the Fourth 1789! See story

  • June, 2016: My 1837 Half Dime

Using the Whites Coin Master, Carl Clark of New York found the best coin of his life—an 1837 half dime!  Right next to it was a 1908 Indian head penny. Carl says he is glad he purchased the Coin Master as his first metal detector, as it has proven itself over and over! Read full story

 

  • May, 2016: Well, That Was Quick!

Anthony of  Schenectady, NY always wanted to get into metal detecting. With a Bounty Hunter unit as an entry-level detector, he got started on his own backyard. After finding tons of coins, he was hooked. On his third day of detecting, he found an 1805 Liberty head large cent about 4″ deep. Needless to say, he is now hooked!  Read full story

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Share your OWN exciting discoveries at “My Metal Detecting Finds!”   You will be entered into the best stories prize sweepstakes pool! You can win exciting prizes including this month’s Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

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10 Tips for Successful Treasure Hunting with your Metal Detector!

Read tips and take your metal detecting success to the next level

Read tips that will take your metal detecting success to the next level.

Have you gone on several treasure hunts and now you’re addicted to metal detecting? The day has finally arrived when you’ve graduated from a “beginner” treasure hunter to the next phase. Even though you’re familiar with your metal detector, you may be ready to master it…understanding all of its nuances. And it’s also time to improve upon your skills. So, how do you move into the next phase as an intermediate detectorist? Experts will tell you how!

First, take some time to reflect on your early detecting outings. Is your detector performing the way you expected in each of its settings? Is your search coil finding items at the depth it’s rated for? Is it time to buy some decent digging tools? Think about your successes while treasure hunting and things that need improvement. If you’ve been hunting by yourself, maybe it’s time to find a companion. Fellow hunters can help you hone your hunting and digging techniques. They will also offer search places you’ve never thought of.

10 Metal Detecting Tips for Advancing from Beginner to Intermediate

  1. Get a good hand-held pinpointer. Recently, pinpointers have become game changers. A quality pinpointer, such as the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT, Makro Waterproof Pinpointer or White’s Bullseye TRX Pinpointer will speed up discovery of coins and jewelry the second your detector spots it. Often you can locate the target with the probe even before you start digging.
  2. Develop good coil swinging technique. Keep the coil close to the ground and parallel to the surface. There is a tendency to lift the coil up at the extremes of the swing. This reduces the effective depth of detection.
  3. Use a grid system to search an area. Set up a grid pattern for scanning your area. Missing large areas of a park or beach makes for inefficient searching. You can either cover the area in linear fashion, like a football field—or make even circles from the outer perimeter inward.
  4. Consider an additional search coil for different search areas. Several coil sizes are available for your metal detector. The standard 8-9 inch coil is an all-purpose coil (the most popular coil size) and it performs well under most conditions. Larger coils are best suited for low-trash and low-mineralization areas. They cover more ground and increase depth penetration.
  5. Re-read your detector user manual. You’ll  be surprised what now makes more sense after several outings. You’ll re-acclimate yourself to its search modes, settings and other specifications.
  6. Spend time researching the best hunt areas. There is no shortage of buried treasure, no matter where you live. For ideas, read: “Where to Find Treasure: Hunting in Unusual Places.”
  7. Join a metal detecting club. Most treasure hunting clubs have access to private land, which means you will be able to hunt exclusive sites. Tips from veterans in your club will prove to be invaluable!
  8. Stay informed on the latest detecting developments. Read metal detecting magazines and watch metal detecting videos online.
  9. Lower your discrimination in areas that have been hit hard by other detectorists. You’ll be surprised how many nickels, “wheaties” and silver dimes you will find this way.  Be the first one to hit an area after the ground thaws. The freezing and thawing of ground over winter can bring targets within range of your detector.
  10. Give yourself an self-assessment of what you like and dislike about metal detecting. You can make applicable changes by reading articles in Learning Libraries, like this one: MetalDetector.com Learning Library

If you are interested in upgrading to a mid-level or higher-end metal detector, below are some of our recommendations:

Mid-Level Metal Detectors

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