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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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!

Target Identification – an Amazing Metal Detector Feature!

Display screen on the Fisher F5 Metal Detector

Display screen on the Fisher F5 Metal Detector

Did you know that today’s metal detectors actually TELL you what target is being signaled? When you first set out treasure hunting with a metal detector, you will notice the different sounds and tones your machine makes. You’ll hear low grunts and higher-pitched signals. Then, when you look at the LCD display on your detector, you’ll see numbers and/or bars illuminated on the screen. This is the Target Identification indicator. It indicates which type of metal is being transmitted. Usually, the target Identification has an iron section, a gold range and a silver range. Some indicators are extremely detailed, while others are more simplistic. It depends on the price of the model and how sophisticated the circuitry is. Target ID is important, because it can save you a lot of time before you start digging. If you’re hunting a trashy area, you may not want to spend hours digging up old nails and bottle caps.

Understanding Target ID Numbers

The numbers displayed on a detector’s screen give even more detail about your target. Target ID numbers are different per manufacturer and detector model. Your user’s manual will have a section explaining what the numbers are pinpointing. For example, on a Teknetics detector, the Target ID code of 88 likely represents a silver dime. Fisher “F” series models list dimes between 64-66. Whites detectors use ‘Visual Display Indication’ to represent targets. A U.S. quarter on a Whites detector has a VDI value of about 85.

As a beginner, it is important to dig up all targets your detector signals. You’ll then understand how your detector reacts to each type of metal. Later, you may choose to use Discrimination. Discrimination can eliminate trash targets: pull-tabs, foil and iron trash so you don’t even get a signal when trash is found. In fact, when hunting for jewelry at the beach, Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com says discriminate out iron plus coins at the top of the display screen. By Concentrating on the middle gold range, you up the chances of finding gold jewelryA whole new world of possibilities has been opened for new detectorists because of metal detector advancements – this includes entry-level models!