Searching for “Coin Spreads”- How to Pinpoint and Dig Them

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool for recovering your metal detecting treasure finds.

Searching for old coins is exciting, but searching for “coin spreads” is even MORE exciting! What is a “coin spread?” Well, back in the day, it was very common for people to bury small caches of coins and other valuables in the ground. Burying coins was easier than trying to keep them safe inside a home, so former farmland is a hot commodity for cache hunting. People often forgot where to dig and/or forgot to retrieve their treasures.

“As real treasure finds go, a coin spread is one of the most realistic for anyone with a metal detector to make.” – Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, farmers and homestead owners buried their valuables inconspicuously in socks, Mason type glass jars or small wooden boxes. These containers decay over  time, leaving metal valuables intact and in the ground. During plowing season, coin sacks are brought closer to the surface. And over time, coin sacks break and the coins are spread across a small area of land. Sometimes, handfuls of coins are found altogether. If you stumble upon a coin spread, adjust your metal detector’s sensitivity to easily pick up coins.

Pinpointing and Digging a Coin Spread

Once you’ve pinpointed a small area where a coin spread is present, it’s time to dig up your treasure! The depth of your digging area should be no less than ten inches. Each few inches of soil should be carefully removed from your target area and examined for the presence of coins. Move slowly and carefully! If your metal detector has multiple search coils, use the smaller search coil. Adjust the sensitivity of the metal detector and scan every scoop of dirt. When you’ve dug deeply enough, stop for a few minutes to examine the “walls” that you’ve created by digging. A large piece of tarp comes in handy; you can spread your dirt on the tarp to better spot coins.

Methods for Digging up Coins

Every detectorist has their favorite method of digging. Just remember: it’s important to maintain the integrity of coins when digging (no scratching) all the while doing your best at leaving the ground as you first found it. That’s why there are tried and true methods for digging up coins.

  • The Plug Method: Use a small search coil to determine the approximate location of your target. After locating the target, take note of the depth and cut a square block of soil. Lift under your target so you can recover it. A tool with a serrated edge, like the Lesche digging tool makes this work easy. After you’ve located it, replace your block of soil so it’s restored to its former appearance.
  • Alternate Plug: Dig up a half-circle, a “v”-shape, or cone-shaped hole.
  • Use a Handheld Pinpointer Probe: Experienced detectorists often use a pinpointer to locate their target. After determining your best search location, use a handheld probe to search the hole or continue digging until you find the target. You can also search the flap area for the coin if it is not visible.

Necessary Tools for Coin Retrieval

Here are a few of our favorite tools for pinpointing and digging up coin spreads:

Metal Detector Pinpointers and Probes

Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointing Metal Detector

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Waterproof Pinpointer

Whites TRX Pinpointer

XP MI-6 Pinpointer

Metal Detecting Trowels and Digging Tools

Whites Dig Master Tool

Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath

Pro Digging Trowel

Saw Tooth Pro Digging Trowel

Fisher Teknetics Ultimate Recovery Tool

Fall Sale on Metal Detectors 2017 from MetalDetector.com

2017 Fall Metal Detectors Sale Offers:

Brothers Michael (L) and Daniel (R) Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our 2017 Fall Metal Detectors Sale promotion.

Brothers Michael (L) and Daniel (R) Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our 2017 Fall Metal Detectors Sale promotion.

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What Are Metal Detector Search Coils and Which One Should You Choose?

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13" Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13″ Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

One of the most important parts of a metal detector is it’s search coil. Search coils help determine in part how deeply the metal detector can search, the size of treasure it can find, the way the machine reacts to the type of ground you’re hunting, and more. Let’s take a minute to talk about the types of search coils available and how to determine which metal detector search coil that would be best for you.

Search Coil Size: Small, Medium or Large?

Search coils come in small, medium, and large sizes. Smaller metal detector search coils will find smaller treasures closer to the surface, like gold flakes for example. Larger sized search coils are used for finding larger items like treasure caches of coins that are buried deeper underground. Mid sized search coils fall in about, you guessed it, the middle with regard to the size and depth of treasure they can locate.

The type of metal detector search coil has an effect on your treasure hunting as well. The two most widely used search coils found on metal detectors at this point in time are:

  1. Concentric
  2. Wide Scan

Concentric metal detector search coils offer improved target discrimination while you should choose a wide scan search coil if you’re hunting in a location with heavy ground mineralization like the wet salt water beach.

One company to look to when selecting an additional search coil is Detech. Detech makes search coils for a wide variety of metal detector models from today’s top brands. For more on metal detector search coils, all they do for your machine, and which one is the best for your current needs, please enjoy these articles from our learning library.

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Choosing a Metal Detector Search Coil

Garrett AT Max Detectors Shipping from MetalDetector.com

Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com announced today that MetalDetector.com has started fulfilling orders for the much anticipated Garrett AT Max metal detector.

Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com announced today that MetalDetector.com has started fulfilling orders for the much anticipated Garrett AT Max metal detector.

A Limited Number of Garrett AT Max Detectors Have Begun Shipping Today

We are excited to announce that we have just received and shipped our first delivery of the much anticipated Garrett AT Max metal detectors. While we expect it will be some time before all pre-orders have been filled, it is exciting to see that orders are starting to ship.

Get Your Garrett AT Max Order in Today

If you have not placed your Garrett AT Max pre-order yet, take a moment to place your order now. We are shipping orders to our customers in the order in which product is received from Garrett and orders have been placed with us.

Full AT Max Metal Detector Details

You will find reviews, product specifications, a video, a product manual and be able to place an order for a unit on our Garrett AT Max product page.

 

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Digging Deep for Hidden Treasure- What are the Advantages?

Detech Chaser Metal Detector

The Detech Chaser Metal Detector, a great unit for deep coin hunting.

Using a metal detector is a science in itself—particularly, discerning  its individual beeps and tones. Once you have mastered your detector, you can focus on how deep you are finding targets. Some hobbyists only focus on targets that are buried 2-5″ deep. Others swear that their best targets are buried much deeper. Civil War relic hunters often talk about great finds buried 10″ and more underground. If you are looking to find better treasures, you may consider a detector that is built to find deeper targets, such as the Teknetics T2, Fisher F75. or Detech Chaser. One well-known treasure hunter who makes videos, “Aquachigger,” always digs deep holes while searching 1800’s homes- finding “Seated Liberty” quarters, Indianhead pennies, muskets, belt buckles and buttons.

Listening to Your Signals

The textbook coin signal is “round”. What this means is that for coins laying flat, the signal has the same characteristics no matter what angle you scan it. As you walk around the target while swinging the coil back and forth, a coin sound will be smooth and repeatable. If it beeps for half an inch one way, the “round” signal will beep for half an inch every other way. Oversized objects (like pop or beer cans), may give loud signals from one angle, but no signal from another.

Get the Most Depth Out of Your Detector

Here are expert tips to get the best depth out of your metal detector:

  1. Turn up the Sensitivity.  You can find the optimal setting for the particular conditions you’re using, but you’ll have to fine-tune it.
  2. Adjust the Ground Balance to be neutral or slightly negative. If your ground balance is positive, it’s easy to overlook a lot of stuff.

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