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:

Entry Level Relic Metal Detectors:

Mid Level Relic Metal Detectors:

Premium Relic Metal Detectors:

Resource:   “Western & Eastern Treasures” Magazine

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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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!

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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Whites TREASUREpro—an Amazing Metal Detector!

The Whites TreasurePro metal detector in action.

The Whites TreasurePro metal detector in action.

Even seasoned detectorists are blown away by the advanced technology and overall features of Whites TREASUREpro Metal Detector. For starters, this model was built with true ‘Automatic Ground Balance,’ meaning it adapts to the ground conditions as you’re hunting. With no constant adjustment to maximize depth and sensitivity, owners love this technology. Another beloved feature of the TREASUREpro is its large backlit display, set up in a speedometer style with important data off to the side.

Features of the Whites TreasurePro

This unit includes a 10″ DD waterproof search coil, 8 Target ID segments and 5 search modes including: Coins & Jewelry, Beach, All Metal, Pinpoint and High Trash. In the $300 – $400 price range, it would be hard to find a better machine!

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Exciting Civil War Relic Hunt: with Men, Women and Kids!

One of the artifacts recovered from the Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid site.

One of the artifacts recovered from the Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s raid site in Ohio.

In Carroll County, Ohio, a group of 80 hopeful treasure hunters gathered to unearth Civil War relics. Well-known Ohio detectorist Sam Waters organized the hunt after she learned of a Confederate raid in Carroll County. Waters, a passionate relic hunter, has been detecting since the age of 12. She researched the event and learned: in the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan led his cavalry on a 1,000-mile raid through Indiana and Ohio. The cavalry stole 2,500 horses and raided 4,375 homes. Morgan’s men fought with pursuing Union cavalry throughout Carroll County. Waters got permission from property owners to search the area.

Waters’ group scoured 500 acres with metal detectors; and in just three days, uncovered more than 200 items! Some of the treasure hunters were kids (joined by their parents). The group ranged in age from 8 to 75. Also joining the team was Josh Silva, one of the stars of the TV show “Dig Wars!”  Waters estimated that approximately half of the recovered items may be Civil War related. One intriguing find was a Confederate stirrup. She added, “The stuff we found was all over—scattered around the woods, fields and valley.” The metal detectorists worked with and gained permission from the Carroll County Historical Society. The society also owns an acre of land tied to the raid.

Want to Detect for Historical Artifacts?

Are you intrigued by history and finding artifacts from the past? If so, dig in with a relic-hunting metal detector! These units are specifically designed for unearthing relics which are usually made of iron, steel or brass and sometimes sometimes gold or silver. Relic hunting detectors are different than all-purpose and coin-hunting models. They specialize in ground balance control and ground adjust so you can filter out interference from other minerals. They also use lower frequencies and offer high sensitivity and pinpointing abilities. Many of these units have target identification, which will display the type of metal you have located.

Quality is key when hunting for relics. Here are some great detector choices for all budgets:

Entry Level Relic Metal Detectors:

Mid Level Relic Metal Detectors:

Higher-End Relic 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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Reference:

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

Categories of Metal Detecting and Detectors that Perform Best

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

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

The search for treasure is alluring and exciting—with endless possibilities when it comes to what you can find! If you are ready to get started treasure hunting with a metal detector, it’s important to understand the different “types” of hunting as well as which metal detectors are well-suited for each. There are generally three categories of metal detecting although they can branch into areas of specialization. In a nutshell, metal detecting types include:

  • On Land
  • At the Beach and/or Underwater
  • Prospecting for Gold, Precious Metals & Meteorites

You can spend anywhere from $100 to $3,000 on a new metal detector. That’s because they vary widely in the amount of technology, product features and options they’re equipped with.

Land Detecting

Whether you’re searching parks, fields, school yards or former battle grounds—land detecting is the most common type of detecting. This is where  you’ll likely be looking for coins, jewelry and historic artifacts. You may start out just looking for coins, but very quickly you will discover it’s a lot of fun to recover trade tokens, belt buckles, jewelry, and various types of metal objects. When collecting relics, you will learn to keep your discrimination level on “low,” as many older items were made of iron. Civil War relic collecting is a popular specialty within the land detecting mode. To get started coin shooting, read: “What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins?”

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Beach and Water Detecting

Hunting the beach and along the shoreline are perhaps the quintessential forms of metal detecting. However, shallow-water (from your ankles to your chest) and underwater detecting are gaining popularity. Reason: recent shipwreck treasure! The majority of manufacturers offer waterproof metal detectors specifically for beach and water detecting. You can decide whether you’d like to scan the wet sand beach, wade in the ocean or lake, snorkel or scuba dive for treasure. It’s critical to determine how far your detector can be submerged, though. Some models are waterproof to 250 feet; others only 10 feet and others are only designed with water proof search coils. If the detector coils and the attached wiring are waterproof, you can safely search in shallow water, as long as you  keep the control box dry. The Fisher CZ-21 is an example of a totally waterproof detector with waterproof housing and a depth capability of 250 feet and will tune out even the harsh salt water mineralization at the ocean. A great article on this topic: “Underwater Metal Detectors – Reviewing the Best Options.”

Gold Prospecting Detectors

Prospecting refers to searching for any kind of metal (gold, silver, copper). It goes without saying that the vast majority of prospecting with a metal detector is for GOLD! Since gold occurs in nature at different levels of purity and different mixtures of concentration, serious prospectors know that a gold detector will help them pinpoint this precious metal accurately. Some machines dedicated to gold prospecting tend to rely heavily on sounds, using a low tone for base metals, and a high-pitched “Beep” sound for gold. The Tesoro Lobo Super Traq gets high reviews and is exceptional for gold prospecting. Read more about prospecting: “What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector?”

Garrett AT Pro Waterproof Metal Detector

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector

Land, Water AND Gold Detectors

Favorite high-end detectors among seasoned hobbyists have different Modes, for working in more than one environment with the same machine. Touted as “Do it All,” “Land & Sea” and “Revolutionary,” these detectors are elite because you only need one model for every type of treasure hunting! With multi-purpose advanced units, you can search on land, under water or both—and go gold prospecting. Two example’s are the Garrett AT Pro and the Garrett AT Gold. Another unit is the Whites MXT metal detector. It has three distinct modes: gold, coins, relics—and it is equipped with a waterproof coil. Other multi “mode” detectors are just as adept on land as they are at sea. Listed below are a few examples:

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