Why You Should Give Him a Metal Detector This Holiday Season

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Making sure all the special guys on your shopping list are happy this Holiday season can be easy when you get them a metal detector. Whether it’s your son, grandson, father, grandfather, husband or other lucky guy, get him a metal detector this year and you’ll be giving him a gift that gives back for many, many Holidays to come.

Metal Detecting as a Hobby

Metal detecting is an ideal hobby for guys of all ages because it gets them outside, in the fresh air, digging in the dirt and finding treasure. Plus, they’ll meet other metal detecting enthusiasts, make discoveries about the area’s history, and so much more. Gifts for him don’t usually offer all of these benefits but, metal detectors do; and all in one package!

Best Metal Detectors

To get you started here are the top metal detectors any guy on your Holiday shopping list can have fun with:

If the guy you’re shopping for already has a metal detector you can give him metal detecting accessories like a pinpointer, digging tool, carrying case, or new search coil this year. Whatever you choose you can be sure he’ll like your gift because metal detecting and guys of all ages go well together. So give him a metal detector this Holiday season and you’ll be giving him a gift he’ll use and enjoy for many years to come.

Relic Hunting TV Series’ Inspire New Metal Detectorists

Cast members of the new TV show "Rebel Gold" from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

Cast members of the new TV show “Rebel Gold” from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

A recent surge in TV series’ featuring the real-life hobby of treasure hunting is creating intrigue about this pastime. The fact that there are literally millions of dollars in gold coins, treasure caches and artifacts buried in U.S. soil in enough to pique anyone’s interest. Discovery Channel premiered a new series in September called “Rebel Gold.” The show followed an experienced group of treasure hunters who joined forces to retrace Jefferson Davis’ trail—searching for clues that would lead them to the legendary lost Confederate gold. An estimated $20 million in gold and silver disappeared at the end of the Civil War while Jefferson Davis and Confederate troops fled from Richmond, Virginia.

Diggers TV show co-hosts KG & Ringy metal detecting. Click photo & see Garrett metal detector models, just like they use on the show.

Diggers TV show co-hosts KG & Ringy metal detecting. Click photo & see Garrett metal detector models, just like they use on the show.

National Geographic Channel  brings their own brand of excitement with “Diggers,” which has already aired four seasons of reality metal detecting. The “Diggers” TV duo—Tim Saylor and George Wyant—are Montana natives and extreme detectorists. Viewers get to follow these two detectorists throughout the countryside while they hunt for artifacts from infamous outlaws (such as Bonnie & Clyde), war battles, Wild West gunfights and historical  American events. These are ethically conscious hobbyists who request permission to hunt on private property and donate historically relevant relics to towns and museums. What’s really interesting about both of these TV series is that the shows’ treasure hunters do this as a hobby…they all have other jobs and careers. There’s no misguided beliefs that you can quit your job and become a treasure hunter. Nevertheless, a treasure hunter can get lucky and unearth a treasure cache worth millions. We’ve seen it in the headlines!

Why are Relic Hunters Passionate about this Hobby?

When people talk about relics, they are referring to “traces of the past.” Battlefield relics are one popular category, with relic hunters searching for artifacts from the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Many Civil War battles and skirmishes took places in the southern United States, so these are common search sites. You’ll notice these well-known battlegrounds being scoured by the “Diggers” and the “Rebel Gold” team. But war relics aren’t the only relics to be found. Old coins, tokens, jewelry and medallions are highly sought after, as well as antique toys and bottles. “Diggers’” Tim Saylor says, “We usually  look for old coins because that’s our favorite thing to find, but it’s always the other weird items that come out of the ground—guns, rings, unique jewelry, tools, and so on—that are the most interesting and surprising.” And sometimes, a relic hunter will find “The Big One!” Just a few years back in England, a metal-detecting buff was exploring a field near his home when he unearthed a lead container filled with silver coins and jewelry. The coins dated back to Viking rulers of the region, more than 1,000 years ago!

Equipment to Get Started Relic Hunting with a Metal Detector

It’s important to use the right type of metal detector if you’re searching specifically for relics. This is because most relics are made of iron, steel or brass. Also, a lot of valuable relics are found in highly mineralized soil. If you were using a detector for coins, it would discriminate most of these metals out. Relic-hunting metal detectors are designed to use lower frequencies that respond well to iron, steel and brass; and they’re deep-seeking. Many relic metal detectors feature ground mineral displays, ground cancellation and target identification. Here are a few high-quality detectors suggested for relic hunting:

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Discovery Channel’s “Rebel Gold:” Biggest Mystery in American History Remains Unsolved

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Discovery Channel’s new TV series “Rebel Gold” wrapped up a few weeks ago with the final episode “Confederate Fortune.” This exciting treasure hunting series depicted the real-life triumphs and struggles treasure hunters encounter when metal detecting, reading maps and trying to track down a treasure cache. The “Rebel Gold” team’s mission: to uncover the missing Confederate treasury which disappeared while in the hands of Confederate president Jefferson Davis at the end of the Civil War. Davis fled Richmond, Virginia in April, 1865—allegedly hauling 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and kegs of pennies on a southbound train. Worth $20 million today, relic hunters have attempted to locate this treasure cache for the past 150 years. Many of the the “Rebel Gold” crew members have been individually searching for the Confederate treasure for years. These 7 treasure hunters are among the best in the U.S., so it seemed a real possibility that together—they would be able to locate ‘said’ treasure. As the series unfolded, the team broke into two groups: Team Larry Cissna (with Pete Eles and Dan Yarrusso)  and Team Brant Arnold (with Tracy Short, Mike Scott and Earl Mesimer). Both Larry and Brant have strong opinions about where the fortune lies based on their own research and expertise.

Washington, Georgia: The Last Stop of the Treasure Train

This was Jefferson Davis’ final stop—the last place where millions in Rebel Gold was actually seen. Since part of the treasure was left at a local bank, the team knows for certain it could be in this vicinity. The gold was definitely confiscated by Union troops when they arrived in Georgia. And records show that the same treasure was hijacked a few days later at a nearby plantation. Brant has his sights set on finding part of the stolen treasure; while Larry is convinced that Jefferson Davis kept most of the treasure until just before his capture. Larry’s profound take on this conquest, “There is no bigger treasure to look for and find!”

Team Brant’s Mission: Locate the Gold Heist Site

Brant’s team further investigates a 150-year-old crime scene—the site where $13 million in coins were stolen. New research points to a different homestead: the “David Moss” house. Tips the team received, in addition to the discovery of Tennessee Cavalry bullets, prove that history books are wrong. The heist did not occur at the Chennault Plantation, as earlier believed. They followed tree lines to locate the home’s since-demolished foundation. Great clues were uncovered, including a hand-dug well (indicates a home site), early pieces of cooking pots, wagon parts and a horse bit. Perhaps the most interesting find was a “wrist-breaker:” a saber used by the Confederate cavalry. Brant believes it was carried by a Tennessee Cavalry man.

Team Larry’s Search: Follow in Davis’ Footsteps

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

Larry’s team heads deeper south to dredge up evidence of the fleeing Confederate president and his men. Larry knows that on May 7, 1865, Confederate forces crossed the Dublin River to evade oncoming Union soldiers. Since there was no bridge, many travelers swam or rode horses across. In their haste, could some of the treasure have fallen into the river? Dan Yarrusso (water specialist) puts his expertise to work—using a dredge to lead Larry’s team through the swampy waters. The team was pumped after uncovering a bridle bit, ornate hardware from an old wagon and other period artifacts. This means the wagon train was here 150 years ago! Other amazing Civil War finds include an enfield bullet, a Confederate gunpowder container and military buttons. Unfortunately, no spilled Confederate coins were located; instead, all signs indicated that the trains continued on from the Dublin River.

The biggest mystery in American history remains unsolved. It is disappointing that the “Rebel Gold” crew came up empty-handed after extreme efforts to find the Confederate treasure. Each man on this quest gave it their all. This just proves how difficult and intricate the process is to uncover a treasure cache! At this juncture, Larry and Brant agree (strongly!) to disagree. Brant will take his team and head to Tennessee. With his new evidence, he believes the Tennessee Cavalry made it back home with the loot. Larry believes that Davis was shrewd enough to hand off the treasure before his capture—with its end goal: to arrive in Texas. Therefore, Larry’s team will continue their search in Texas.

Will the Discovery Channel follow these men on future treasure hunting endeavors? We can only hope so… This has been one thrilling metal detecting adventure!

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

“Rebel Gold” team members each have their own favorite high-quality metal detectors. Among them, you’ll see popular units including the Teknetics T2 metal detector and the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the XP DEUS, Teknetics G2 + and Fisher F19, as well. Professional treasure hunters also utilize metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

Tonight on Discovery Channel’s “Rebel Gold:” The Confederate Treasure is Within Reach!

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

Rebel Gold TV show is in search of the missing payroll last seen with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

“Rebel Gold” on the Discovery Channel has been a captivating journey so far. We’re only 3 episodes into this new TV series and it’s easy to see why people are already hooked! “Rebel Gold” refers to hidden caches of Confederate gold lost after the US Civil War. This series is following 7 treasure hunters who are on a mission to find the lost Confederate treasure—last seen in the hands of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. At an estimated $20 million, treasure hunter Mike Scott explains, “This is one of the most compelling treasure stories in American history.” Each of the “Rebel Gold” team members is an expert in their field: Earl Mesimer is a bullet expert, Tracy Short is a safety expert, Pete Eles is a renowned relic expert, Brant Arnold is a Confederate troop expert, Mike Scott is a professional treasure hunter who has found millions in gold and silver on worldwide digs, Larry Cissna is a treasure hunter who has been searching for the Confederate treasure for 32 years and Dan Yarrusso is a water and deep hunting specialist.

Somewhere along the 500 miles of train tracks from Richmond, Virginia to Washington, Georgia, it’s believed the treasure was stashed. Last Tuesday’s episode took us to Washington, Georgia—the last stop on the Confederate Army’s treasure train. On May 3, 1865,  Davis and company arrived in Washington with the Rebel Gold in tow. With Union troops on his heels, Davis decided to split up the treasure. He left $450,000 in gold coins at a local bank; gave a portion of the gold to treasure guards to be paid to the remaining troops and kept the rest on person while fleeing further south to Irwinville, Georgia. It’s up to the “Rebel Gold” crew to unravel the mystery of where it now lies.

Team Brant vs. Team Larry: Is this a Contest?

The group divides into two teams: Larry Cissna’s team (with Pete Eles and Dan Yarrusso) and Brant Arnold’s team (with Tracy Short, Mike Scott and Earl Mesimer). Both team leaders have different theories about where the fortune was hidden based on their years of research and  Confederate treasure hunting experience. Brant believes the key to finding the treasure lies in locating Confederate campsites. This is where the treasure guards would have stayed and possibly hidden or dumped some of the gold. Larry is certain that Jefferson Davis maintained the treasure—so to follow in his footsteps in Washington, Georgia will lead to the gold. Larry believes Davis may have dropped off some of the loot with an entrusted friend here.

Team Brant’s Search: Treasure Guard’s Campsite Near Train Depot

Brant Arnold’s team makes a bee-line to a former Antebellum plantation located in close proximity to the Washington Train Depot. This was Davis’ last stop, where Confederate gold was unloaded. According to historical records, the Kentucky Cavalry were Davis’ last-standing treasure guards—and Brant believes they may have buried some of the treasure. His team enlists the help of an excavator to dig up a possible Confederate campsite. They are looking for evidence of the treasure guards; and AMAZINGLY, the team finds brass grommets which would have supported tarps or tents. Next, they uncover an “enfield bullet”- a Civil War specimen that Brant knows for certain belonged to the Tennessee Cavalry. This proves perplexing, because the Tennessee Cavalry was never supposed to have been in this part of Georgia. Now, things get interesting… The Union troops commandeered the gold which was left by Davis at the local bank. A few days later, at the Chennault Plantation, this gold was stolen from the Union men. Could the Tennessee Cavalry have stolen the gold back?? This would mean the history books are wrong! $13 million in gold has never been recovered from this robbery! The Chennault Plantation yields a few Civil War relics, but no evidence of a robbery/skirmish.

Team Larry’s Search: Calloway Plantation – Wealthy Confederate Supporters

Larry’s uncanny knowledgeable about the Civil War and instincts take the team straight to the Calloway Plantation. Recently, a pair of local detectorists found coins that date back to the Confederacy right in the area. Larry believes that Davis left a portion of the treasure here with wealthy southern supporters. The team digs deep into the floorboards of the slave quarters, using a backhoe to get to the foundation. Civil War-era bottles were found here, but no buried treasure. At the main house, Dan Yarrusso uses GPR (ground penetrating radar) to search hundreds of feet below the ground’s surface. The technology pays off when they find a tunnel underground. And although Larry is hoisted into the treacherous cavern, it turns out to be an old outhouse. The “Rebel Gold” crew is sincerely disappointed, walking away from this area empty-handed.

“Confederate Fortune” Airs Tonight on Discovery Channel: New Information Changes Everything!

Last week’s cliffhangers left us on the edge of our seats! First, a local resident shows Larry a Confederate belt buckle he found in his backyard, just as the team uncovered “lab bullets” straight out of Richmond, Virginia. This means they are on the right trail. Larry hopes to follow Davis’ path to gold. Brant got an “insider tip” from an old friend and scholar leading his team to a new location never documented in the history books. Allegedly, the “Moss House” is the real site of the stolen Confederate gold heist. This is history in the making you definitely don’t want to miss!

The Fisher F75 Metal Detector is one of the units used by the Rebel Gold team of researchers and investigators.

The Fisher F75 Metal Detector is one of the units used by the Rebel Gold team of researchers and investigators.

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Episode 4: “Confederate Fortune” airs October 6, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

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

“Rebel Gold” team members each have their own favorite high-quality metal detectors. Among them, you’ll see popular units including the Teknetics T2 metal detector and the Fisher F75 detector. These are high-performance, multi-purpose professional-grade metal detectors for relic hunting, gold nugget prospecting and coin hunting. Look for the Teknetics G2+ and Fisher F19, as well. We saw for the first time, another top unit on last week’s show, the Deus metal detector from XP Metal Detectors. Professional treasure hunters also utilize metal detecting headphones, digging tools and relic hunting shovels. You can find all of this metal detecting equipment and more at MetalDetector.com!

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

 

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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 MetalDetector.com!

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

Next up on “Rebel Gold:” Tune in for “Chester Treasure” S01E02 Tonight on the Discovery Channel!

Mike Scott of the Rebel Gold TV show visiting with brothers Daniel, on right and Michael, on left of MetalDetector.com

Mike Scott of the Rebel Gold TV show visiting with brothers Daniel, on right and Michael, on left of MetalDetector.com

Intrigued by the new treasure hunting series, “Rebel Gold” on the Discovery Channel? We definitely applaud the team and producers of this new metal detecting reality TV show! It is perhaps the most compelling treasure hunting series filmed yet. Last Tuesday night’s premiere introduced viewers to an all-star team of relic hunters assembled in order to track down the missing Confederate treasury last held by Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasurer in 1865. 1.5 tons of gold, silver, jewels, bonds and kegs of pennies are believed to have been loaded onto a southbound train while Richmond, VA fell at the end of the Civil War. Historians consider the missing Confederate treasure to be one of the biggest mysteries in American history. Hundreds of renowned relic hunters have searched feverishly for these riches throughout the past 150 years. “Rebel Gold” narrators explain that past treasure hunters have searched a 500 mile trail of train tracks and waterways between Richmond, VA and Washington, GA. Most leads took hunters to the Dan River, as they believed it was sunken; they also scoured various train stops and points of interest. In “Rebel Gold,” the team divulges that they have new information that will solve the mystery. “Rebel Gold” team members include:

  • Mike Scott: equipment specialist, Sales Director at First Texas Products (Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors)
  • Larry Cissna: life-long treasure hunter
  • Brandt Arnold: US Confederate troop expert
  • Earl Mesimer: relic hunter for 30+ years
  • Tracy Short: safety expert, relic hunter
  • Dan Yarrusso: water specialist, long time metal detectorist
Team’s First Mission: Locate the “Missing Danville Silver”—20,000 Mexican Silver Coins Worth $2 Million

Jefferson Davis’ first stop after fleeing Richmond was Danville, VA. A train carrying Davis and the treasure is known to have arrived there; Danville was declared the Confederate capital for a brief period in April, 1865. This is where 900,000 pounds, 39 kegs of Mexican silver coins disappeared. Theories abound, but these kegs of coins have never been recovered. The “Rebel Gold” team is determined to make history by finding this specific treasure. Although the team members are a diverse group with very different backgrounds, they all have a common goal: to locate the missing treasure. In the first episode S01E01: the team divides into 2 groups: Team Larry (Cissna) and Team Brandt (Arnold). Larry’s team decides to visit the Sutherlin Mansion first. And Brandt’s team heads 9 miles west of where the treasure vanished to the Dan River Plantation.

Sutherlin Mansion: Civil War Museum

Records show that Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his treasurer stayed at the Sutherlin Mansion in Danville from April 3- April 10. 1865. This was the estate of William Sutherlin, a friend to Davis and the Confederacy. Larry Cissna believes that the room where Davis or the treasurer slept would have been an ideal place to stash the Confederate treasure. This was the last place they were before heading south. Back in those days, it was common practice to hide things in the walls. Team Larry searching high & low and they did get a great hit inside one of the bedroom walls. Using a borescope, they searched the spot and unfortunately—came up empty-handed.

Dan River Plantation: Mexican Coins Found Here

Brandt Arnold, Mike Scott, and Tracy Short headed straight to the Dan River Plantation—and for good reason! Local boys recently found two silver Mexican coins on the plantation grounds. If two coins were within eyesight, there’s a good chance the treasure could be buried nearby! The Dan River Plantation is only 9 miles west of where the treasure vanished. Brandt Arnold is among the top Civil War relic hunters in the country, so he couldn’t wait to get metal detecting at this site. The plantation’s outbuildings fell into ruins and a fire destroyed the main house, so this was an intriguing area for avid treasure hunters. Even the bricks and debris held clues from past generations. Brandt’s team uncovered an underground “Ice House,” which was used for refrigeration 150 years ago. Utilizing a back hoe, the team dug through centuries of debris, uncovering bottles from each decade as layers were sifted through. Brandt believes this Ice House would have been a brilliant place to hide the Confederate treasure. “Rebel Gold’s” episode premiere ends with a cliffhanger as the team looks into the hole shouting with joy.

Meantime, Larry’s team joined the crew at the Dan River Plantation to search around the slave quarters. It was very common for people to hide treasure under planks and the dirt flooring. While detecting, the team came across amazing relic finds! First, they uncovered a piece of pottery from the 1840’s with an authentic “maker’s mark.” Then, they found a very old 1823 dime. Probably worth a lot of money and a great find on it’s own.

Next Up Tonight on Discovery Channel: “Chester Treasure”

Both teams inch closer to finding treasure at the Dan River Plantation. Tensions run high among the team members because each has their own idea of how to locate the Mexican silver. Can they manage to work together towards a common goal or will greed pit every man for themselves? Find out tonight on “Rebel Gold!”

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

With one knob and one button, the Teknetics T2 is easy to operate yet a full featured metal detector.

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” Episode 2: “Chester Treasure” S01E02 airs September 22, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

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. The 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 MetalDetector.com!

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

All-New “Rebel Gold” Treasure Hunting TV Series Premieres Tonight on the Discovery Channel!

Cast members of the new TV show "Rebel Gold" from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

Cast members of the new TV show “Rebel Gold” from the Discovery Channel sporting their metal detectors.

Discovery Channel is getting involved in the latest treasure hunting craze by bringing us their own brand of metal detecting with the new TV reality show “Rebel Gold”! This show is bringing it BIG time, as there is an estimated $20 million worth of gold and silver at stake. That’s right– $20M is hidden, stashed, sunken or buried. It’s the legendary lost loot of the Confederate treasury. “Confederate gold” is well known as the hidden caches of gold lost after the American Civil War. Millions of dollars went unaccounted for after the war and has long been debated and speculated about. That’s why the Discovery Channel put together an all-star team of treasure hunters, historians and engineering specialists to hunt it down! These individuals are the “best of the best” in their fields who will collaborate to track down the Rebel Gold. It’s been lost for 150 years. And just imagine – this historically monumental  event could all be caught on camera!

Allegedly, in 1865, when Confederate President Jefferson Davis had to flee Richmond, VA, he took the contents of the Confederate treasury with him. It’s been said that the Confederate treasury was hidden because Davis believed in the rising again of the South. Davis left Richmond and wandered from town to town, trying to avoid capture by the Union soldiers. Eventually he made his way south to Irwinville, Georgia to seek refuge with his family before capture. It is believed that somewhere along the way, Davis stashed the treasure. In “Rebel Gold”, the treasure hunting team is retracing Jefferson Davis’ trail, digging and searching for clues that could lead them to the treasure. This will be an epic feat—with more than 500 miles of train tracks, dirt roads and river ways to explore. Among the “Rebel Gold” crew members is Mike Scott, metal detecting expert and Director of Sales at First Texas Products (which includes Teknetics, Fisher and Bounty Hunter metal detectors), detectorist Larry Cissna and Tracy Short of “American History Metal Detecting.” Discovery Channel is being ‘hush-hush’ about any other show details. We will ALL have to tune in to find out who and more about the members of the “Rebel Gold” crew are and how they will go about this extraordinary mission!

Tune in tonight to the Discovery Channel! “Rebel Gold” airs for the first time September 15, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. Check local listings for MT and CT.

Metal Detectors and Equipment Used on the “Rebel Gold” TV Show

We have been tipped off that the team on “Rebel Gold” will be using Teknetics T2 metal detectors 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. We hear that if you look closely, you will spot the 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 MetalDetector.com!

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