How the Shape of Your Metal Detector’s Search Coil Effects Your Treasure Hunting Success

Search Coils

Owning the right type of search coil that matches your metal detector will make it easier when searching for treasure.

The shape of the search coil you use on any of your metal detectors will change the capabilities of your machine and, as a result, having several different types on hand will really enhance your treasure hunting experience. In fact, many metal detectorists feel that you can transform your metal detector into an entirely new machine simply by selecting different size and shape search coils as opposed to actually buying a whole new machine! There are two parts of a search coil to talk about when discussing their shapes. First is the shape of the search coil itself. The search coil itself will be either round or elliptical – most will be round. More important than this though is the internal construction. The way the wires are attached to the coil internally will take one of the three following forms – Concentric, Double D, or Coaxial – each giving your metal detector different capabilities. Let’s discuss each of these search coil designs, their benefits, drawbacks, and more.


Concentric circle search coils are probably the most popular design of search coil for metal detectors today. Most commonly used for finding smaller targets like gold, jewelry, coins, and relics that are generally found near the surface concentric coils are also excellent at target discrimination and pinpointing. They’re drawback? Concentric coils are easily compromised in heavily mineralized soils.

Double D

A Double D search coil is designed in the shape of two capitol letter “Ds” hence it’s name! Double D metal detecting search coils are reliable in heavily mineralized soils, like what you run into at the beach for example, and cover more ground in one sweep than other types of coils. They’re not as good at pinpointing nor as adept at target discrimination; although many of the newer DD coils being made today are.


Coaxial coils are probably the least popular search coil design type and are rarely found on metal detectors made today. While it’s detection depth is usually lower, the coaxial search coils are the best type of coil to use when you need to minimize interference from utility wires or other metal detectors. Coaxical coils are also great at pinpointing and discrimination even in areas with very heavy trash.

All shapes are generally available in all sizes (extra small/mini, small, medium, and large) and vice versa. Whatever size and shape search coil you buy for your metal detector though, be sure you’re purchasing quality search coils that are compatible with your metal detector in order to avoid violating any warranties or, worse, causing your machine to malfunction. You’ll also need to consider the type of metal detector you’re using, the frequency it operates on, and, as we mentioned, where you’re working, and what you’re hunting for. From there though you’ll easily be able to buy all the right shapes and sizes of search coils to find treasure wherever you’re metal detecting.

Tonight on “Rebel Gold:” Tune in for “In Gold We Trust” on the Discovery Channel!

TV Show Rebel Gold Team of Researchers and Investigators

Read about the team of researchers and investigators assembled for the “Rebel Gold” TV series on Discovery Channel.

Discovery Channel’s new treasure hunting TV series, “Rebel Gold” is taking viewers on a fascinating quest to hunt down an estimated $20 million in hidden Confederate gold. Historians consider this to be America’s greatest unsolved mystery. At the end of the Civil War, with Union troops closing in on him, Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasure guards fled south by train with 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and more. By the time of Davis’ capture, the treasure had vanished. After 150 years, this Rebel Gold is still at large. The “Rebel Gold” team is composed of 7 of the best treasure hunters in the country. If anybody can locate the treasure, it’s this team of experts! Last Tuesday’s episode took place in Danville, Virginia—the first stop along Davis’ route. Larry Cissna and Brandt Arnold divided into two different teams to search separate sites for missing treasure. In Danville, the focus was on locating Mexican silver coins. Part of the Rebel Gold, 39 kegs of silver coins allegedly disappeared in this city.

Men on a Mission: Each with the Same Goal!

At the high point of the Danville search, both teams were buzzing feverishly with metal detectors at the Dan River Plantation. Not only have Mexican coins been found here, many believe this plantation was among Davis’s stops in his mad dash south. Although Brandt Arnold’s team (including Mike Scott and Tracy Short) uncovered an Ice house, their back hoe digging efforts proved futile. Larry Cissna’s team (including Earl Mesimer and relic expert Pete Eles) focused their efforts on digging beneath the floorboards of dilapidated slave quarters. The team found some amazing Civil War relics, including a Confederate military button, but no Mexican silver. Pete Eles is seen using a Lesche digging tool with serrated edge for tough turf as Earl Mesimer sifted dirt through a screen searching for relics with a keen eye. Coming up empty-handed in Danville, both “Rebel Gold” teams are rightfully disappointed (Cissna even fighting back tears). These detectorists have left their business’s and families to go after their dreams of making history. As Cissna and Tracy Short explain, this is the way it goes for treasure hunters. It’s a ton of effort and very rare when you hit the jackpot!

The “Rebel Gold” Team Moves on to Chester, South Carolina

Losing no time in their hunt, team “Rebel Gold” heads south to Chester, South Carolina. Jefferson Davis and his entourage proceeded by train from Danville to Chester with the $20M treasure in tow. They ran into a roadblock in Chester because the train lines running south were destroyed by General Sherman. What to do…what to do? Reports say Davis transferred most of the treasure to horse-drawn wagons, but had to “lighten the load” in order to travel faster. Both Larry and Brandt agree this translates to hiding some of the Rebel Gold in Chester; but they both have their own theories about where Davis hid the loot. Larry believes that Jefferson Davis entrusted the treasure with his inner circle: the “Free Masons.” This secret society dates back to George Washington days and Cissna’s team even finds an ancient scroll of Washington, himself. Team Larry was granted exclusive access to the Chester Mason Lodge, where they investigated vaults of records, leading them to the estate of Nathaniel Greene. The train hauling Rebel Gold camped at Greene’s homestead on April 13, 1865. Unfortunately, with clues ever-abounding, Larry’s team came up empty-handed.

Is Treasure Hidden in the Most Obvious Spot?

Brandt Arnold’s team headed to the Chester Train Depot. Brandt’s theory: Confederates hid the Rebel Gold as quickly as possible in a rather obvious spot: underneath the floor of the train depot. Brandt has been studying the mystery of the hidden Rebel Gold for 18 years and he knows that the wagon caravan consisted of only 11 wagons—which could not have carried ALL of the treasure. Using headlamps and metal detectors, Brandt’s team detected in the dark and treacherous crawlspace beneath the train depot. Although they found valuable antiques (including an 1800’s dispensary bottle), no Rebel Gold surfaced. After admitting defeat, the team headed to the “Spring Campsite,” on Cissna’s hunch that Confederate treasure guards may have buried the Rebel Gold at this camp site. Although this site didn’t deliver any promising finds, the “Rebel Gold” crew is still as optimistic as ever that they will uncover the Confederate treasure at some point in this journey!

Next Up Tonight on Discovery Channel: Lost Gold, Team Will Travel

At the close of the “Chester Treasure” episode, Larry Cissna gets a text from his buddy saying the team needs to get to Washington, Georgia right quick. He’s stumbled across new clues about the treasure’s whereabouts. Interestingly, Washington, GA was the last place Jefferson Davis stayed before his capture by Union troops. Records indicate that the Rebel Gold was actually seen at this location—being divided up. Team “Rebel Gold” will again receive exclusive access to properties never before detected. Will the team discover gold in the uncovered corners of Washington, GA? Tune in tonight to find out!

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Season 1 Episode 3: “In Gold We Trust” airs September 29, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

The “Rebel Gold” Team:

  • Mike Scott: equipment specialist, Director at First Texas Products (Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors)
  • Larry Cissna: life-long treasure hunter
  • Brandt Arnold: Confederate troop expert
  • Earl Mesimer: relic hunter for 30+ years
  • Tracy Short: safety expert, relic hunter
  • Dan Yarrusso: water specialist, long time detectorist
  • Pete Eles: renowned relic expert

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

The team on “Rebel Gold” relies on several high-quality metal detectors during this momentous treasure hunt. Teknetics T2 metal detector is featured on the show, as well as the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors that are ideal for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19 in select episodes. We’re sure you’ll see metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels, as well. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at!

Bookmark this Blog Page! Come back each week for “Rebel Gold” episode previews and descriptions!

Is the Next Big Treasure Cache Buried in your Backyard?

Cache hunting is the pursuit of “buried treasure” left behind by outlaws and pirates; or, it could consist of containers with valuables or currency hidden on old family homesteads. According to historians, there are thousands of treasure caches and money hoards still undiscovered. Recently, a couple in California found canisters containing 1,400 gold coins buried in their own yard and just last month a man in Scotland unearthed over 100 pieces of Viking treasure that will soon be on display to the public! Usually, it is the seasoned detectorist who embarks upon cache hunting when he has reason to believe the treasure may exist. This knowledge can come from research or local legend.

Metal detectorists who have actually found a treasure cache report finding tobacco tins full of coins or paper money, iron boxes or safes filled with jewels or coins, old metal cans brimming with gold coins, or even just a hole in the ground heaped full of valuables. People buried money when the stock market crashed and they didn’t trust banks or if they had something to hide. Locating a true treasure cache requires a deep-seeking metal detector because they are often buried two to four feet underground. A two-box metal detector penetrates deeply into the ground; it is equipped with special search coils that sends a signal into the ground and transmits back to the detector. Some deep seeking detectors can even detect voids in the soil where a container is taking up space with gems or other non-metallic items.  Read more about deep-seeking detectors: What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors?

Deep Seeking Detectors Find Buried Treasure

Deep Seeking Metal Detectors

When trying to find treasures buried deep within the ground, you'll need a deep seeking metal detector that can help you locate it.

Have you happened upon an exciting tip regarding the whereabouts of a buried treasure also known as a treasure cache? It may be the opportunity of a lifetime! With the right equipment, it’s possible to unearth enviable treasure. Obviously, caches exist in all different shapes and sizes; it depends on who buried their treasure and what the circumstances were. If you anticipate that the cache is deeply buried, you’ll need a deep-seeking or two-box metal detector. Daniel Bernzweig of offers this advice, “Try to determine the depth of the cache. Within an arm’s length seems to be most frequent. However, over time, caches have been recovered from depths different than where they were originally buried.”

Deep-seeking and two-box metal detectors will generate the best results for anything buried deeper than 1 meter. A ground two-box metal detector can penetrate the earth using special search coils that transmit signals. Once the signal reaches the treasure, it bounces back to the metal detector, which pinpoints the location. Learn more about deep search metal detectors and their specialized purposes by reading: What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors? This article details how to go about searching for a treasure cache and walks you through which deep seeking metal detectors will help you get the job done.

Garrett GTI 2500 Metal Detector Review

GTI 2500 metal detector

The GTI 2500 is the top of the line Garrett metal detector that gives people looking to find buried treasures the power they need.

For those new to the hobby and treasure hunting veterans alike, the GTI 2500 from Garrett is worth a good look. Garrett’s top of the line GTI 2500 metal detector is perfect for the serious enthusiast. This model incorporates advanced features like target imaging and the ability to attach extreme depth search coils. These features are unique to the GTI 2500 and not found in other brands. The overall ergonomic design of this model is well thought out. It is well balanced, lightweight and features a detachable and hip mountable battery pack.

This model incorporates all of the high end features you would expect in a top model and then some that will be a nice surprise. Graphic Target Imaging is a unique concept that Garrett includes in their top metal detectors. The display shows clearly how deep and how large, detected targets underground are. This feature provides another dimension of target analysis before you dig. For example, a target will show if it is in the coin sized range, what it is made of and how deep it is on the meter. No more digging soda cans and other large metal objects in error. The Garrett GTI 2500 is also quite versatile.  It can be used on the beach to retrieve lost jewelry and coins, as well as relic hunting, gold prospecting, and even deep treasure recovery.

Garrett Pro Package

The Garrett Pro Package includes imaging search coils, headphones, instruction video and the book "How to Find Lost Treasure."

Be Well Equipped with the Pro Package

For a limited time, this machine comes complete with Garrett’s pro package. This bundle includes both the 9.5″ and 12.5″ Imaging search coils, headphones, a carrying case, instruction video, the Garrett book entitled “How to Find Lost Treasure” and an all weather screen cover. You’ll be all set to head out and start treasure hunting right from the start!

GTI 2500 Metal Detector Reviews from Actual Users

S. Tormin said:  “Lightweight and easy to use… the 2nd Garrett GTI I have bought…easy to use and lightweight to swing

Greg S. Said:  “buy the best – you will never be disappointed… quality detector… excellent depth and performance”

J. Thomas:  “Garrett has done it again… very easy to use and comfortable design… the best detector I have owned”

Samantha L.:  “The deep seeking coil is easy to use… located a deep treasure cache that had been buried generations ago… Imaging works very well in the field”

Advanced Features

The GTI 2500 includes a DSP Microprocessor to drive the PowerMaster Circuitry. This digital design assures stable operation in the toughest soil conditions. The overall design is easy to turn on and use right away. The menus and controls are clear and intuitive. The large LCD graphic target analysis display shows you what you have located. This model also features superb discrimination capabilities. The display shows 24 individual notch discrimination points. You can easily customize the discrimination by turning on or off any of the individual discrimination points. The automatic pinpointing feature allows you to precisely locate your targets in the ground before digging. Aside from the two coils that are included in the pro package, you can also choose from three additional optional, non imaging, search coils. These include a 4.5″ round coil, an elliptical 5″x10″ coil and the Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier coil.

GTI 2500 with Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier

The Garrett GTI 2500 with Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier gives you that extra punch you need to find buried treasures deep within the ground.

Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier For Garrett GTI 2500

This coil system is an attachment that you can use along with the Garrett GTI 2500 metal detector. With this unit attached, you can locate extremely deep treasure caches and hoards. You can either dream about locating deep treasures, or you can get out there and find them. The GTI 2500 is the only model in the Garrett line that allows you to attach this coil system. This will let you easily turn the GTI 2500 in to a deep seeking, 2 box style metal detector. You can buy Garrett GTI 2500 Metal Detector with Eagle Eye Depth Multiplier as a package at a special discounted price.

Buried Treasures, Fact or Fiction?

Hundreds or even thousands of years ago, many people really did hide valuables in the ground for one reason or another. Folks buried their valuables in secret hiding places – like a hole in the barn floor, near a gate, a post or large tree. It’s easy to see that there are treasure caches still buried deep underground all over the world! Deep Seeking or 2 box metal detectors are best at finding large veins of gold or large treasure hoards, buried deep under ground.

Don’t just dream about it.  Research and follow up on stories you hear about lost relics, hidden family treasure caches or other buried treasures. It’s not only fun and exciting to go searching for these potential treasure hoards, but, it can end up being very rewarding too!  The GTI 2500 is a perfect all around machine that is great for locating coins, relics, jewelry and gold nuggets. From the beach to parks and fields, the GTI 2500 is a proven performer that is versatile and capable of delivering exceptional performance in all ground conditions.

Lesche Digging Tool Review

Now that you’ve got your metal detector, you’re ready to head out and dig up some treasures! But first, you’ll need some digging tools to make that happen. As any serious treasure hunter will tell you, investing in the best metal detector digging tools really is worth it. A quality tool will not only make treasure recovery easier, but it will make your overall experience even better as well. After all; the best metal detector is only as good as the digging tools you bring along to help recover the items your machine has located. This special tool can be used to recover all kinds of treasures; from antique toys, to relics, to coins and more.

Lesche Digging Tool and XP

The Lesche Digging Tool is a must have for treasure hunters as it allows you to easily dig up hidden relics and coins.

For the best treasure hunting experience, you will need to get your hands on a Lesche digging tool. As thousands of treasure hunters have discovered, getting the best metal detector digging tools available is a smart decision. The type of tools you’ll need with you does depend on the area you’ll be metal detecting in and around. That said, one of the most common tools enthusiasts bring along with them is a serrated treasure hunting digging tool or knife. The Lesche digging tool  is serrated on one side. You can order yours serrated on either the left or the right. This precision digger also offers a pointed tip.

The Lesche Digging Tool, made by WW manufacturing, is one of the best treasure hunting recovery tools on the market. Crafted in the USA of aircraft quality steel, this isn’t the run of the mill digging tool you would find in a gardening shop.  It’s strong enough to cut right through sod, roots, and more while its pointed tip is excellent for removing rocks and other types of debris. All of which makes finding your target, no matter where it is, a breeze.

Lesche Digging Tool Reviews from Users in the Field:

  • Gene of the USMC says “What a BIG difference the Lesche Digging Tool makes. I dig deeper with ease and find more targets… Wow! I didn’t know what I was missing!”
  • Steve says “The Lesche Digger is a Great product!”
  • Poorboy Says “fits perfect in the hand and cuts the small stuff without any problems.”

In addition to their all purpose digging tools, the Lesche brand name is also one of the best metal detecting trowels and shovels you can currently find as well. From the Ground Shark series to the Sampson Diggers, these other tools are made of the same high quality steel and will last as well.

Lesche Digging Tool

The Lesche Digging Tool with right side blade helps treasure hunters to easily dig up and find hidden antique toys and coins.

As many treasure hunters will tell you, the next best thing to their Lesche recovery tool is the Garrett Pro Pointer. This electronic pinpointer precisely locates targets in the hole and provides you with both an audible alert and a vibration alert. It also comes with an attached LED light to help you find your target even in low light situations.  After your first few times out, you will soon wonder how you ever detected without one. The Garret Pro Pointer is one of the best accessories to use along with your metal detector digging tools. It helps quickly zero in on your target  allowing you to remove it from the ground safely and with less damage than using just a conventional digging tool and metal detector alone.

Working with the best metal detector digging tools really makes a difference. While products like these do require an initial investment, adding them to your metal detecting tool box is essential, and will not only enhance the hobby for you now but, for years to come.

Geocaching with a Metal Detector

Metal Detecting and Geocaching – Enjoy Both Hobbies Together for Twice the Fun

Metal Detecting and Geocaching are two really fun and exciting hobbies. But, they’re pretty different. Or are they? Well, in some respects metal detecting and geocaching are different. When you head out with your GPS coordinates to find your geocache, you’re not expecting to dig or wander around until you find your treasure like you would if you were going metal detecting for a treasure cache. That said, these two hobbies actually have more similarities than they do differences.

Just to name a few, both Metal Detecting and Geocaching are:

  •     Excellent forms of exercise
  •     Great ways to enjoy the thrill of hunting for treasure
  •     Hobbies that get you outside in nature
  •     Activities that take you to new and wonderful places
  •     Things you can enjoy alone or with family or friends

Actually, even if we only look at this short list of things metal detecting and geocaching share, it’s easy to see that these two unique hobbies could actually benefit each other and

Using a hand held GPS and a metal detector is a great way to go combine the hobbies of metal detecting and Geocaching.

Using a hand held GPS and a metal detector is a great way to go combine the hobbies of metal detecting and Geocaching.

be enjoyed together for even more treasure hunting fun. For example, geocaching can give metal detector enthusiasts a starting point to begin looking for buried treasure as well as a guaranteed find; something that doesn’t always come with metal detecting.

When geocaching in and around cellar holes and old home sites, bring your metal detector along. These are great spots to find treasure as well. In fact with a metal detector you can easily pinpoint targets through the various layers of debris, walls and other obstacles. Simply put, after you have found your geocache, your metal detector will help you find coins and relics commonly found around old home sites.

As you can see, geocaching and metal detecting really do go hand in hand. The only question left is, what’s the best metal detector for geocaching?

This is a question that doesn’t have just one answer and instead, it will actually have a different answer for each person. The type of metal detector that’s best for anything,

Metal Detecting and Geocaching go hand in hand. The Magellan eXplorist GC is a popular hand held device used along with a metal detector.

Metal Detecting and Geocaching go hand in hand. The Magellan eXplorist GC is a popular hand held device used along with a metal detector.

including geocaching, varies from person to person. Some factors to consider when deciding on which metal detector will be right for your geocaching expeditions include whether or not you’ll be near water, your height and strength, and, as always, your budget.

With these personal preferences in mind, some of the best entry level metal detectors for geocaching are made by Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors. The Bounty Hunter Platinum is a great starter model. Garrett Metal Detectors also makes a great model for geocaching, the Garrett AT Pro. If you’ll be near water for even part of the time this is a great choice. If you just want the best, the top of the line model is the XP DEUS. While they each have different features and strengths, any one of these metal detectors will help you find that buried treasure cache more easily. Use the links to each of these models, above, for full details on each one and to read metal detector reviews left by experienced users.

And, whichever model of detector you choose, you’ll definitely enjoy geocaching and metal detecting even more when you combine them together for one exciting trip. Each hobby has so much in common, that, when they’re done together, it makes both more fun than ever before!

Andy Sabisch’s Treasure Hunters Academy Announces 2012 Seminar Series

Space is Limited

Join noted author and Treasure Hunter Andy Sabisch for the “Treasure Hunting A-To-Z Seminar Series . . .  A Road-map to Success in the Field.” Learn the secrets of the pros in this one day seminar that is sure to sell out quickly. Improve your success in the field with the little known tips and techniques that will be shared at this event. Enhance your metal detecting knowledge. Make the most of your time in the field.

Author and metal detecting expert Andy Sabisch will be leading the "Treasure Hunting A-To-Z seminar series" at locations across the United States.

Knowledge is Power

Discover the little known skills used by the world’s top treasure hunters. You will come away with new techniques that are sure to give you the edge in the field. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early.

The series is being offered at the following locations:

•  Atlanta, GA: May 12, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
•  Gettysburg, PA: June 16, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
•  New Haven, CT: August 4, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
•  Los Angeles, CA: November 10, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
•  Phoenix, AZ: November 17, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

For complete details or to reserve your spot, visit the Treasure Hunters Academy. A limited number of early bird spots are available at each location. Supports US Troops Abroad with Free APO/FPO Shipping

Some of the $8,000 in treasure located by customer.

Pictured above are some of the over $8,000 in rings, coins and other jewelry found by customer John M from Texas.


To the staff and owners of,

I would like to thank you for your “Support of the Troops.” I ordered a sand scoop from you about 5 or 6 months ago. I had a very hard time finding a store that would ship to an APO.

When I ordered the scoop on eBay from you, eBay charged me the shipping and your store said free shipping to an APO. I had asked that you just throw in a poncho for me and we’ll call it even. You sent me the poncho and refunded my shipping, which I thought was very commendable.

I have been in the Army for over 27 years, and found this hobby to be a lot of fun in Japan. I hit almost every beach on the Island and some off Island, like Tokashiki and Zumami Island. My wife supports me in my hobby and asked me yesterday if I would like a new metal detector. After-all, I probably found over $8,000 worth of Japanese clad and jewelry; 18K gold rings, 2 Platinum rings, a 5 gram gold ingot, rings with gems, solid gold pendants, silver rings and many other fine items.

I was able to find the owners of a few wedding bands and return them. That sand scoop you sent me worked like a charm. I will order my new Gold Bug 2 today from your store for two reasons; 1. Too return the support you gave me and 2. You have the best prices out there!

Thank You! Sincerely,

John M from Texas