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’s Search Coil Options.

“2016” Treasure Finds – This Year’s Amazing “My Finds” Entries Here at!

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in's "My Metal Detector Finds"

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in’s “My Metal Detector Finds”

Every metal detecting find that evokes excitement is extraordinary, and each treasure find is significant! At, we don’t believe that one person’s find is more intriguing than another. We simply encourage hobbyists, newbies and veterans, to share their stories of success in order to inspire an encourage. It is truly inspirational to read about fellow hobbyists’ finds in their own neighborhood that are rare, exciting and sometimes very valuable. We encourage metal detectorists to share their treasure hunting finds to motivate others, while teaching tips and tricks. Here is a sampling of amazing metal detecting finds that are posted on’s  “My Metal Detector Finds” for 2016.

  • Jan., 2016- CT: Small Cache of Silver and Gold

Using the Garrett AT Gold, two friends hunted an old 1770s homestead in January, 2016. After junk hits and an iron nail, they stumbled upon a cache. The loot included 5 Spanish Reales, an 1812 5 dollar capped bust gold piece and an 1819 capped bust quarter! It was pure excitement! Read full story

  • March, 2016- TN: George Washington Ang. Fourth of March 1789 Button

A 73-year-old active detectorist was in his hometown at a 1790 mansion house digging away at a plug and saw this roundness that he thought was a flat button. After retrieving it, he realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime find—a button  reading March the Fourth 1789! See story

  • June, 2016: My 1837 Half Dime

Using the Whites Coin Master, Carl Clark of New York found the best coin of his life—an 1837 half dime!  Right next to it was a 1908 Indian head penny. Carl says he is glad he purchased the Coin Master as his first metal detector, as it has proven itself over and over! Read full story


  • May, 2016: Well, That Was Quick!

Anthony of  Schenectady, NY always wanted to get into metal detecting. With a Bounty Hunter unit as an entry-level detector, he got started on his own backyard. After finding tons of coins, he was hooked. On his third day of detecting, he found an 1805 Liberty head large cent about 4″ deep. Needless to say, he is now hooked!  Read full story

Read True Stories from “My Metal Detecting Finds”

Share your OWN exciting discoveries at “My Metal Detecting Finds!”   You will be entered into the best stories prize sweepstakes pool! You can win exciting prizes including this month’s Makro Waterproof Pointer.


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10 Tips for Successful Treasure Hunting with your Metal Detector!

Read tips and take your metal detecting success to the next level

Read tips that will take your metal detecting success to the next level.

Have you gone on several treasure hunts and now you’re addicted to metal detecting? The day has finally arrived when you’ve graduated from a “beginner” treasure hunter to the next phase. Even though you’re familiar with your metal detector, you may be ready to master it…understanding all of its nuances. And it’s also time to improve upon your skills. So, how do you move into the next phase as an intermediate detectorist? Experts will tell you how!

First, take some time to reflect on your early detecting outings. Is your detector performing the way you expected in each of its settings? Is your search coil finding items at the depth it’s rated for? Is it time to buy some decent digging tools? Think about your successes while treasure hunting and things that need improvement. If you’ve been hunting by yourself, maybe it’s time to find a companion. Fellow hunters can help you hone your hunting and digging techniques. They will also offer search places you’ve never thought of.

10 Metal Detecting Tips for Advancing from Beginner to Intermediate

  1. Get a good hand-held pinpointer. Recently, pinpointers have become game changers. A quality pinpointer, such as the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT, Makro Waterproof Pinpointer or White’s Bullseye TRX Pinpointer will speed up discovery of coins and jewelry the second your detector spots it. Often you can locate the target with the probe even before you start digging.
  2. Develop good coil swinging technique. Keep the coil close to the ground and parallel to the surface. There is a tendency to lift the coil up at the extremes of the swing. This reduces the effective depth of detection.
  3. Use a grid system to search an area. Set up a grid pattern for scanning your area. Missing large areas of a park or beach makes for inefficient searching. You can either cover the area in linear fashion, like a football field—or make even circles from the outer perimeter inward.
  4. Consider an additional search coil for different search areas. Several coil sizes are available for your metal detector. The standard 8-9 inch coil is an all-purpose coil (the most popular coil size) and it performs well under most conditions. Larger coils are best suited for low-trash and low-mineralization areas. They cover more ground and increase depth penetration.
  5. Re-read your detector user manual. You’ll  be surprised what now makes more sense after several outings. You’ll re-acclimate yourself to its search modes, settings and other specifications.
  6. Spend time researching the best hunt areas. There is no shortage of buried treasure, no matter where you live. For ideas, read: “Where to Find Treasure: Hunting in Unusual Places.”
  7. Join a metal detecting club. Most treasure hunting clubs have access to private land, which means you will be able to hunt exclusive sites. Tips from veterans in your club will prove to be invaluable!
  8. Stay informed on the latest detecting developments. Read metal detecting magazines and watch metal detecting videos online.
  9. Lower your discrimination in areas that have been hit hard by other detectorists. You’ll be surprised how many nickels, “wheaties” and silver dimes you will find this way.  Be the first one to hit an area after the ground thaws. The freezing and thawing of ground over winter can bring targets within range of your detector.
  10. Give yourself an self-assessment of what you like and dislike about metal detecting. You can make applicable changes by reading articles in Learning Libraries, like this one: Learning Library

If you are interested in upgrading to a mid-level or higher-end metal detector, below are some of our recommendations:

Mid-Level Metal Detectors

High-End Metal Detectors