Expert Tip: Under-Searched Sites Will Yield Relics

Silver Navajo Indian Bracelet with Coral Inlay found in New Mexico with a metal detector.

Silver Navajo Indian Bracelet with Coral Inlay found in New Mexico with a metal detector.

The BEST places to find relics and old coins are at pre-existing homesteads, old farmhouses and former soldiers’ camps or battle sites. Obviously, there are many more locations that will yield valuables and artifacts, but these are a few good examples. Metal detectorists always face the challenge of choosing sites that are already picked over. Don’t shy away from these locations, because it’s impossible that every relic and coin has already been recovered. However, if you really want to increase your chances of treasure hunting success, it’s a great idea to find virgin sites or those that are under-searched!

How to Scout Out an Untouched Metal Detecting Site

Detecting enthusiast and relic hunter, Brian Palmer, has a clever tip for interested hobbyists. Investigate for signs of old home sites. In colder months (in some states), it’s almost impossible to treasure hunt. But you can do online research and scan old maps. It’s much easier to scout out sites when the grass isn’t high—and you can also see further into the woods. Palmer and his wife scouted around in the winter and found a fallen tree along a stone wall where there were stones in the outline of a home’s foundation. When they came back to search the area, their detectors hit on a jackpot of treasure!

Popular Relic Finds with a Metal Detector

The Palmers’ finds at this former homestead in New York included five Civil War “Eagle buttons,” flat buttons, a knapsack hook and two 1863 Civil War tokens. These tokens were issued because coins were scarce during the Civil War, but they only circulated for one year. They are great pieces of history! On another hunt they scouted ahead of time, the Palmers’ uncovered a World War I German buckle from 1839, an 1840’s Federal Navy cuff button and an Indian Wars 1874 Pattern belt plate. These are all examples of items you can find when relic hunting. Keep looking for new places to search and/or ask for permission if necessary. You, too, will come across some amazing relics!

Recommended Relic Hunting Metal Detectors:

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Resource:   “Western & Eastern Treasures” Magazine

Whites TM 808 Metal Detector- Find Coin Hoards & Treasure Caches!

Whites TM-808 Deep Seeking Two Box Metal Detector

Whites TM-808 Deep Seeking Two Box Metal Detector

Have you ever gotten a lead about a buried treasure cache’s whereabouts, but didn’t act on it? Perhaps it was hidden on several acres of farmland, and you figured it was an impossible mission. That’s when the Whites TM 808 Metal Detector, a deep-seeking two-box unit, is a priceless commodity! Coin and treasure cache burials were extremely popular in the past, and a large majority are still waiting to be discovered. These caches were buried during an emergency, for safe-keeping and even by outlaws.

Find Large Deeply Buried Treasure’s

Whites TM 808 is specially designed to detect larger objects and deeper metals—up to 20 feet deep! Professional features include: adjustable ground balance, powerful electronics, preset controls and easy tuning. Whites TM 808 is priced right and also detects septic tanks, pipes and relics.

 

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More Than One Search Coil Will Help with Your Success!

Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

As a beginner, your first metal detector comes with a “standard” sized search coil—and that seems perfect. It signals metal objects, and it’s very exciting to hear beeps while checking out your LCD display for depth and ID. But did you know that search coils are interchangeable for different detecting purposes? As you grow into the hobby, you will learn that one size search coil doesn’t “fit all”- they come in several shapes and sizes. The standard search coil is typically 7-11″ with a sufficient scanning width—sensitive to a wide range of targets. Great for beginners, these medium-sized search coils are usually the best for coin hunting and general purpose treasure hunting.

Benefits of Smaller & Larger Search Coils

If you hunt trashier areas, however, a smaller search coil will help you find valuables. Junk-filled areas are easier to work with a smaller coil, which will separate responses from undesirable targets. Smaller search coils usually range from 3-6″ in diameter. Larger search coils (12″ diameter and larger) are designed to detect deeper targets—including treasure caches. Offering much more ground coverage, you can hit targets more quickly and deeply than other search coils. Among the larger coils are “DD” coils, which cover more ground and detect less mineralization in one sweep.

In summary, most manufacturers allow you to attach search coils of different sizes and shapes to your detector. As you grow into the hobby, you may decide to equip your detector with a different sized search coil based on your hunting preference. To find interchangeable search coils for your detector, see the “Related Products” information for your detector model or check out MetalDetector.com’s Search Coil Options.

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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Relic Hunting Abandoned Home Sites

Metal Detecting for Relics

When it comes to metal detecting for relics, you need to know where to look and also have the right metal detector.

There is no shortage of locations that are ripe for the picking of long forgotten remnants of the past (a.k.a ‘relics’). Just bring along your metal detector and let the excitement begin! Among the hot spots to locate relics are deserted or abandoned buildings. Anywhere people once lived will yield treasure that can be located by a metal detector. Many times you will find rooms in abandoned homes that were left just as they were when they were lived in decades ago.

Detecting for relics is different than searching for gold or coins. Old houses and buildings can present hobbyists with a tremendous amount of junk iron and nails. For these sites, using a small amount of discrimination will prove highly beneficial. You don’t want to use too much discrimination so as to reject valuable targets. Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com advises “If you’re using a detector that has a visual target display, rely heavily on it to identify your targets. Correlate the audio and visual signals before making a decision to dig a target.” Recommended reading for relic hunters is What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Relics?

 

Related: See the Metal Detecting Code of Ethics

Don’t Ignore all “Junk” Targets (It Might be Gold!)

Find more gold treasures while metal detecting.

Find more gold treasures while metal detecting.

Discrimination and Target Identification are valuable, time-saving features on metal detectors. But experts advise against overlooking all targets that indicate aluminum or other “junk.” Your target may look or sound like a pull tab, foil, bottle cap, nail or tin; however, this can be deceiving. The fact is—old aluminum pull tabs have a similar ring tone as gold. It would be very unfortunate to pass up a gold or silver ring because you’re discriminating out potential junk.

“Dig Up Everything” is the Mantra of Many Detectorists

Discrimination blocks your detector’s response from targets you choose to eliminate. This is helpful for coin hunters, but not so much for relic hunters. Relic hunters usually err on the safe side by digging up anything that’s made of metal. Detectorist and author Dick Stout says, “Gold and aluminum are so close in conductivity, it’s virtually impossible to reject one target without rejecting the other.” So, consider what treasure you’re after. For relics and jewelry, your discrimination setting should be very LOW.

Target Identification – Audio is Just as Important as Visual

Target Identification has gotten sophisticated on all of the latest metal detectors. And many models claim they can precisely identify what you’ve found. Further, there are some advanced detectors that actually show you a visual of what’s underfoot! Target ID will show you whether your target is a copper penny (minted before 1982) or a zinc penny. It will distinguish between clad coins, silver, gold and other metals. Sophisticated detectors like the Whites Spectra VX3 will tell you the target you’ve found (nickel, quarter, gold, silver), but there is still overlap between pull tabs and gold. Get to know your detector’s audio tones, because this will help tremendously in distinguishing treasure from trash!

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector- a “Dream Machine!”

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector

Satisfied owners of the Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector say this IS the RIGHT detector for serious hobbyists! “The VX3 continues to produce more good finds than any other machine I have used in the past 30+ years!” So, what sets the Whites Spectra VX3 apart? First of all—it has all the bells and whistles of the highest-end detector with the ‘turn-on-and-go’ ease of Whites Coinmaster. Most importantly: 8 pre-set operating modes include: •Coin,  Coin/Jewelry, • Salt Beach, • Relic, • Prospecting, • Deep Silver, • Hi-Pro, • Demo. Modify any of the programs to suit your needs!

Whites Spectra VX3 is also “deluxe” because it features 3 frequencies: 2.5 kHz, 7.5 kHz, and 22.5 kHz for each type of treasure hunting. Spectra VX3’s high-resolution backlit display screen has target ID icons, VDI numbers, SpectraGraph technology and much more! Equipped for optional wireless VX3 headphones.

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Coin Hunting – Get Started with Your NEW Metal Detector!

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector

Excited to go out treasure hunting with your new metal detector? Hunting for coins is a GREAT way to get familiar with your new detector—and enjoy success! Coins are the perfect target for first-time detectorists of all ages. There are millions of coins waiting to be discovered all around us. According to the late, famous detectorist and author, Charles Garrett, “ An experienced coin hunter can find 5,000 coins per year. Anyone can search for coins and quickly discover the best places to find them.” Among these places are parks, fields, beaches, around buildings, in construction areas, rural areas and even in your own backyard. Old, valuable coins are as abundant as newer clad coins, so they are definitely worth searching for! And surprisingly, gold coins continue to be discovered.

Target Identification—Coins

Most new metal detectors (if not ALL), have an LCD display which indicates which type of coin is being signaled. For example, the Whites Coinmaster entry-level model shows you whether you’ve found a nickel, dime, quarter, silver dollar or a junk target (such as foil or a nail). Other models indicate silver, gold or iron, with specific Target ID numbers that tell you which type of coin is underfoot. For example, the Fisher F22 has a Target ID screen that ranges from Fe (iron) to 10. Nickels show up on the screen as a “3,” a penny registers as zinc “5,” dimes are “6,” quarters are “7,” and half dollars are “8.” Being able to read your targets ahead of time, then test the Target ID accuracy is a great way to get familiar with your metal detector. Your detector manual will also detail your display screen and Target Identification conductivity bar.

Here’s a helpful article about to get started coin hunting: “Tips for Finding Coins in your own Neighborhood. Happy New Year and we hope you love your new hobby!

Ready to Go Metal Detecting? What Other Equipment Do You Need?

Metal Detecting Accessories

Metal detecting accessories for added success in the field.

If you’re a beginner metal detectorist, you are probably asking, “What other equipment do I need?” You’ll want to get started using your new detector right away, so by all means—take your detector out in your own backyard or the local park – even without headphones or gloves. It’s also a good idea to read your detector’s user manual—and even a few field test reviews about your specific unit before you’re off to the races. The instruction manual will give you pointers and explain the detector tones and settings, so you’re not confused when you are out using your unit. As far as the other equipment you may need, the list below highlights “necessities” as well as “best case scenario” equipment.

Metal Detecting Necessities:

  • Headphones: A must. You are going to need a good headphone set. You can try a pair that you have at home to start with because they may very well be all you need.  However, a set of headphones designed to go with the machine are better.  Recommendation: do not use the “ear-bud” type.  Headphones will help cancel outside noises and help you distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. Do use a pair that has volume control.
  • Digging Tools: Obviously, you are going to have to have some way of digging in the ground to get your finds. Depending on the conditions of the soil in the area you are hunting, a larger digging tool would be handy.
  • Tool Belt: You will need. Get a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so that you can sort your finds in the field. It is recommended that you keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket. One of the best we’ve seen is the Pro Series Deluxe Cordura Finds and Tool Pouch.
  • GPS Device: Important. Getting  lost should not be part of metal detecting. When you’re ready to go back to your vehicle, your GPS tells you the straight-line direction you need to go and how far you are away from it.
  • Compass: Need. Even if you have a GPS, always carry a compass. You never know when the GPS might stop working or you accidentally lose it.  A compass will direct you where you need to go.
  • Towel or a Piece of Plastic: Smart diggers recommend placing the dirt you dig on a towel or plastic for two reasons:  1) you can sift through the dirt to make sure you are not leaving a treasure behind.  2) It makes it easier to replace the dirt/sod back in the hole in order to leave your site in the same condition you found it.

Best-Case Scenario Accessories:

  • Coil Cover/Rain Cover: This will help prevent scratches, holes and marks on your search coil. They are not expensive. A rain cover will protect your detector from unanticipated rain showers. It is a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.  
  • Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Search Coils: After you have been detecting for a while, you may want to move into a larger coil.  They can search deeper for specific treasure you may be searching for. A smaller coil allows you to detector where standard and larger sized coils cannot reach. Some areas are closer to park benches, chain link fence and under large shrub bushes that while large today, 50 or 100 years ago would have been smaller.

  • Pin-Pointer: A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Popular models include the Waterproof MakroPointer, Whites Bullseye TRX,  Garrett Pro Pointer II and the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. See also: Pinpointers buyers guide article with a video.
  • Knee Pads: You can find knee pads specifically for metal detecting, or just get some made for all-purpose or soccer.
  • Back Pack: If you do not have a back pack, you may want to get one to store your other stuff in, so that it is all together and ready to carry in the field.
  • Magnifier: Most detectorists like to identify their findings right away.  Some type of hand-held magnifier or eye loupe will help identify these objects when you find them. A flashlight and a headlamp with a LED bulb are also handy.

Need Metal Detecting Accessories?

Now that you have a new metal detector, you may need to equip yourself with metal detecting accessories. Headphones are definitely a necessity, so if you didn’t get them with your metal detector, pick up a pair for more accurate detecting. They block out background noise and allow you to hear specific signals. A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Digging tools designed for metal detecting will help tremendously in rough turf and when dealing with branches and tree roots. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Happy 2016 Holidays from the MetalDetector.com Team!

The MetalDetector.com team with Michael, front right and Daniel, front left

The MetalDetector.com team with Michael (front right) and Daniel (front left)

My brother Daniel and I (Michael Bernzweig) would like to thank each and every one of our customers for your continued patronage. It is because of you that MetalDetector.com has experienced continued success for over 30 years. Our father, David, and mother, Sondra, started the business out of our home in 1983. Just two years later, we moved to our first commercial location and have expanded throughout the past three decades. Daniel and I have always been a part of the family business—and now, we are co-owners.

From our Family to Yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah 2016

This is a time for holiday celebrations and family traditions. We sincerely hope you are enjoying this holiday season with your family and loved ones—opening presents, sharing memories and making new ones! And maybe someone in your family even got a new metal detector. Season’s Greetings from us and we wish you all a New Year filled with happiness, hope and prosperity!

Sincerely,

Michael & Daniel Bernzweig and the MetalDetector.com Team