Amateur Hobbyists Really CAN Get Lucky… Start Detecting and Enjoy Beginner’s Luck!

Coin found metal detecting.

What a great coin Logan found with some luck and his uncles metal detector.

Recently, a Green Bay, Wisconsin teen found the treasure of a lifetime at a local beach. It was 13-year-old Logan Williams’ first ever treasure-hunting trip! He stumbled upon a Large Cent, wreath variety, minted in 1793. This was the first coin mass-produced by the U.S. Mint and its composition is pure copper.

According to Logan, “I borrowed my Uncle Mark’s metal detector and my friends and I took it down to ‘Fat Ladies Beach’ (Tourist Park). After searching for about 30 minutes, I got a good, strong signal. I dug down a few inches and found a coin. It looked pretty interesting. At first, I thought it was a token or something. I’d never seen a coin like it before, but I knew that it was old.”

The seventh grader, on spring break, never thought he would come across a rare 16th century copper coin. Curious about the coin, Logan and his mom took it to “Card and Coin-Packer City Antiques.” Owner Mike Worachek was amazed. He said in good condition, this coin lists at around $3,000. He recommended that the teen “send it in to get graded, especially for a coin of that value. The company will secure it in an air-tight, sealed holder.”

At first Logan thought about selling the coin to purchase video games, but instead decided to take Worachek’s advice. Logan said he’ll continue to hunt for treasure, but plans to buy his own metal detector. It just goes to show that there IS such thing as “beginner’s luck!” Get out and hunt, so you can tell your own exciting treasure-hunting story!

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Detect Private Property (With Permission) for Extraordinary Finds!

A Story Button from the 1800's to early 1900's

A Story Button from the 1800’s to early 1900’s

The reason why many detectorists seek out private property is because it is pristine land for treasure hunting. Beaches and parks are detected every day, but private property is virgin territory- never hunted before. This is a chance for you to find TRUE treasure and get your hooks into valuable finds!

Homesteads Dating Back to the 1700’s and 1800’s

If you check out YouTube videos posted by “Hooked on History,” you’ll see several detectorists unearthing amazing finds. They all talk about old private property and ask permission to hunt these areas. Typically, these are old homesteads in the rural Midwest dating back to the 1700’s and 1800’s. Most of the homes are no longer standing, but they have markers indicating where outhouses, dump sites and building foundations existed. In one video, “Treasure in the Ground Metal Detecting Private Property 2017,” father and son hobbyists were thrilled with their discoveries!

Finds on Private Property

The treasure-hunting duo from “Treasure in the Ground” found exceptional treasures. They hunted a house formerly standing in the late 1700’s and another former homestead from the late 1800’s. Finds included: foreign coins, a pewter spoon, a clock face piece with Roman numerals, a 1941 Mercury silver dime, and a 1943- S silver Washington quarter. It pays to ask permission!

Interested in Coin-Hunting Metal Detectors? Here are Our Recommendations:

Entry-Level Coin Detectors:

Fisher F4

Garrett Ace 200

Tesoro Mojave

Whites CoinMaster

Mid-Level Coin Detectors:

Garrett AT Pro

Bounty Hunter Platinum

Fisher F70 with 11″ + 5″ DD Search Coils

High-End Coin Detectors

XP Deus

Whites Spectra VX3

10 Best Spots to Find Treasure at Your Local Park!

Marcus found this 1754 1/2 Reale coin near older trees while metal detecting in a local park.

Marcus found this 1754 1/2 Reale coin near older trees while metal detecting in a local park.

The local park is usually the FIRST place hobbyists start detecting, and parks can be very lucrative when it comes to metal detecting. Finding treasure in your own neighborhood—right down the street—is exciting because this is the history of your city. Amazingly, people have found some of their best treasures at the park—including YouTuber “Mark D.”, who hunts with his Garrett AT Pro, and found a diamond and ruby brooch in Denver, CO. He also got an “80” signal on his detector, which was a copper memorial, right next to a Mercury dime. Mark uses his Garrett Pro-Pointer to pinpoint targets, after getting a signal from his detector.

Some people say that popular area’s in parks are “hunted out” after years of metal detecting, but don’t be deterred. Experts say if you follow a few valuable tips, you will most certainly be successful hunting your favorite local park!

Hunt These Areas at Your Local Park

  1. Outer Edges of the Park: Older coins are often found at the outer edges of the park. Why? Grass is usually only mowed in the modern sections of the park. However, people also frequented the outer edges of the park many years ago. This is where lost coins and jewelry are lying.
  2. Under Large Trees: There are always treasures around park trees, especially where the shade is. Hunt the shady side of trees that are near volleyball courts, baseball diamonds and activity areas.
  3. Volleyball Courts: You will find lots of jewelry and coins in the sand of a volleyball court. Players use suntan lotion, which loosens rings; while other jewelry can simply fall off.
  4. Park Pools: It’s always a “given” that people lose jewelry and coins around the pool. They take off watches and necklaces and inadvertently leave them behind.
  5. Picnic Areas: Groups of people leave all sorts of things where they lay down blankets in the summertime. “Music in the Park” is a festive evening activity, where coins and valuables are later discovered.
  6. Ball Fields: Especially if they are old fields where games were played many years ago. Spectators dropped old coins, possibly from a century ago!
  7. Gazebos: This is the site of group photos, including wedding and graduation photos. Where there are people, there are lost valuables.
  8. Play Areas: Perhaps the most obvious search spots are the playgrounds, or tot lots at the park. It’s mostly the parents losing items here, such as rings and coins.
  9. Dirt Piles: Don’t pass up these areas where trail repair projects or construction is happening. Old dirt equals easy finds!
  10. Grass by the Parking Lot: Search the grassy area leading to the parking lot. This is where people are digging for their car keys, while other things (including coins) fall out of their pockets.

Related Article – Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins and Jewelry.

Recent “My Finds” Stories at Metal Detector.com. Submit Your Own Story!

1857 US $1 gold coin found while metal detecting.

Sonya found this 1857 US gold coin. Read her story and others below.

A great way to stay connected with the metal detecting community and get inspiration is by visiting “My Metal Detector Finds” at MetalDetector.com. It is under our “Community” tab where detectorists submit stories about their treasure finds with a metal detector. YOU can also submit your story about a personal find for a chance to win a prize! It’s exciting to see that hobbyists are unearthing Revolutionary-period relics, gold coins, ancient artifacts and all kinds of treasure every day. Submissions are usually just a quick paragraph or 2 with a photo. Some treasure magazines have yearly competitions, but the “My Finds” submission period is every three months with new prizes. Here are some recent exciting “My Finds” stories submitted by our site readers. Be sure to vote for your favorites!

  • Jan. 2017:  Sonya from Indiana Uncovered a Gold Coin!

Sonya was searching a farmer’s field that was once an old homestead when her detector signaled. It was music to her ears, as she had stumbled across an 1857 $1 gold coin! Read her story

  • Feb., 2017:  James from Louisiana Found a Pendant Stamped 1694!

What an incredible find! James was hunting in his own neighborhood field when he discovered a pendant stamped “1694” on both sides. It may have been dropped by French explorers as Robert de La Salle explored this river. Read about this intriguing find

  • Feb. 2017:  Big Time Beginner’s Luck in Rhode Island!

    Lost for 10 years, this gold Texas A&M ring was found and returned to owner.

    Gold Texas A&M ring, found and returned to owner.

This new Rhode Island hobbyist decided to give metal detecting a try after watching reality detecting shows. With an entry-level detector, “Indigo Digger” found silver coins, Civil War buttons, 1800’s Indian Head pennies and more! Check out Indigo Digger’s awesome story!

  • Feb., 2017:  Gold & Diamond Ring Found and Returned to Owner

Otis from Palestine, Texas is definitely a good Samaritan!  After purchasing a “DD” coil for his detector, Otis found a men’s gold ring with a big diamond. The owner’s name was engraved on it, so he was able to locate the owner in Houston, TX. Otis- you’re a great guy and this is inspirational! Read Otis’s story

 

“My Metal Detecting Finds”

Have an exciting discovery of your own to share? Be sure to share it and also vote for your favorite finds at MetalDetector.com!

Gold Prospecting with a Metal Detector- Signs Pointing to Gold

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a MetalDetector.com customer in New England.

An example of gold that can be found with a metal detector. Located recently by a MetalDetector.com customer in New England.

Spring is here! And gold season is quickly approaching… So, here are a few prospecting tips to get you excited and ready to strike gold! Luckily, there are geological clues that point to gold. Just like you can read the soil for indicators of metal treasure, you can look for visual evidence when gold prospecting. Where is gold found? Often, it  is found in low places; definitely on top of bedrock and in front of obstructions that prevent it from moving further. Gold that has accumulated as a result of moving downriver is called placer gold. However, placer gold is not just found in rivers, it also accumulates on dry ground in valleys and rock crevices. Placer gold is a popular target because it has concentrated over a long period of time and is fairly easy to find if you are in gold bearing country.

Five Indicators that Gold May be Present:

  1. Rock Types for Gold are Nearby: If a certain rock type is known to be productive for gold in one zone, and the same rock type exists nearby, this is a good place to search.
  2. Lighter Colored Rocks: If you notice out-of-place colors in a group of rock formations, it can be a gold indicator. Acidic mineral solutions in gold areas can bleach the rocks to a lighter color.
  3. Presence of Quartz: Quartz is a common indicator that gold MAY be nearby. This is not always true. The hydrothermal conditions needed for gold deposits are also right for quartz. Quartz is more plentiful—so most gold deposits contain quartz, but most quartz deposits do not contain gold.
  4. Coexisting Rock Types: Most gold ores (and placer gold) contain small amounts of silver, copper, iron, garnet other minerals. These favorable host rocks can be important when determining gold prospecting zones.
  5. Abrupt Geological Shifts: Hard rock gold deposits are known to occur at the contact of two different types of rock. Example: one zone in New Mexico has rich dry placers; then just down the road is coal-bearing country. Not far from there is a turquoise mine. Detecting on the borderline of these zones can prove to be lucrative.

These are just a few tips. Reading gold prospecting books and articles can REALLY point you in the right direction! Check out our Learning Library for gold prospecting advice and our favorite gold-prospecting metal detectors!

Articles on our Best Gold Metal Detectors:

Backyard Treasures: Real Finds from People’s Own Property

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detector.

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detectorist at an old home site.

Have you checked YOUR backyard with a metal detector? The first question asked by new detecting hobbyists is “Where should I start hunting?” Believe it or not, the most obvious answer is the best: in your own backyard! And don’t forget to check the sides and front of your home, condo or apartment. You never know what’s been dropped or stashed there. If you live in an older home or property where old farm houses, sheds or buildings were, this is especially true. But even in newer neighborhoods, the soil could have been deposited from another location dating back hundreds of years ago.

Amazing Backyard Treasures:

According to an article on the National Geographic website, these amateur detectorists really DID find BIG treasure—just by detecting out back!

  • Underground Stolen Money:  In 1946, U.S. Army postal inspectors used a military metal detector to search a deceased postal employee’s backyard who was believed to have stolen money. They uncovered $153,150 buried in his backyard stashed in jars and cans!
  • Buried Model T:  1966: In Detroit, a man wielding a metal detector unearthed a Model T Ford that was buried in his backyard 40 years before.
  • JFK Conspiracy Info?:  In 1975, an amateur treasure hunter found a bullet where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The FBI determined that the bullet was different than the type fired by alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Confederate Shell:  1997- Virginia: Two young boys using a metal detector unearthed a live Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfather’s backyard.

Search Your Neighborhood for Big Treasure!

Even if you don’t find big treasure in your backyard, it may lie right around the corner!  An avid detectorist and author revealed that he got permission to search his local church grounds and found: three Indian head pennies, a rosary ring, four clad quarters and a 1797 Connecticut large cent.

Search your OWN backyard and neighborhood, and tell us about YOUR great finds at MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detecting Finds!”  Your story will be entered into a contest to win a Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

Related – Take a 2-3 minute read of the article we wrote: What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins?

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!”

First Treasures: Inspiring Top My Finds Story

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

It is always exciting to see young treasure hunters get involved in the hobby of metal detecting. Earlier this year, one of the top finds stories was submitted by Tim Clark. Tim is an avid metaldetectorist and the uncle of a young new treasure hunter in Ohio named Anna. The story is entitled “Gold on the First Try!” and is a fun and quick read.

Tim Clark wrote in to say “Just wanted to share with you a photo of Anna with her new Makro pin pointer. Although I’m the one that submitted her story, she definitely deserved the prize. She was so thrilled! Her first words to her Dad after receiving it? “Let’s go metal detecting right now!”

I think I’m now Anna’s favorite great-Uncle!

Thanks again,

Tim Clark
Mansfield, Ohio

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

PS I first started detecting early in 2014; since then, five of my friends have bought metal detectors because of my passion for the hobby.”

Editors note: Our family has been involved in the hobby for over forty years. Michael and Daniel Bernzweig started with their first metal detectors at the ages of 5 and 10 respectively. That was 1975 – since that time, our family hobby and passion has turned into a full time business. We love seeing others get started with their first metal detectors.