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Using Metal Detectors To Find Old Coins – Metal Detector Reviews & Tips For Metal Detecting

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By Curtis

Grandpa and grandson are comparing their metal detectors and looking for old coins in the ground

Whenever people rummage around in their pockets or bags for things, they inevitably drop loose change onto the ground sometimes.

Usually, these coins are never missed by the people who dropped them.

And soon the coins become trampled into the dirt or otherwise hidden just below the surface.

What if you were lucky enough to find some old long-lost coins that are now extremely rare?

Here’s how you can use a metal detector to find old coins…

Lost Treasures Await

Just like the “gold in them thar hills,” only a very small percentage of lost coins have actually been found.

Fortunately, today we have the advantage of technology that can help us to zero in on lost treasures.

If you’re looking for lost coins, then a metal detector will become your new best friend.

With the help of a metal detector, you can check every square inch of public space — including popular gathering places from many years back (where some of the most valuable coins might be found).

An example of old coins found with a metal detector.

How Metal Detectors Work

First patented by Fisher in 1931, the metal detector was used during World War II to clear mine fields. As time has marched on, metal detectors have continue to improve.

Today’s metal detectors are more sensitive and discriminating than ever before. Not only do they indicate whenever a metal item is somewhere below, some of the better metal detectors can even distinguish between junk and valuable coins.

Some metal detectors can also give you a good indication of how far down the item will be found and what you can expect to find there.

Before You Buy A Metal Detector

Purchasing a metal detector can be a confusing process.

Those who have achieved some success in the hobby of metal detecting will recommend that you buy your metal detector from a store that specializes in the field.

The reason: they can give you some basic instruction that will be very helpful. Plus, there may be a local metal detector club they can steer you to. The help of someone who understands the finer points of the hobby will greatly increase your potential for success.

Here are some metal detector dealers by state.

Where To Buy A Metal Detector

Here are some good places to start researching metal detectors online. And if you find the one you like, you can even buy it online from one of these reputable dealers:

Fun Places To Go Metal Detecting

Here are some good places to go hunting for coins, with a metal detector in hand:

  • Public parks
  • Courthouse grounds
  • School yards
  • College campuses
  • Spectator areas at athletic fields
  • Parking lots
  • Public beaches
  • Boat launches
  • Fishing piers
  • Anywhere that people have gathered in groups

If you’re going coin hunting on private property, always get permission from the land owner first. It’s wise to settle up front how any finds will be divided, because even though you may be the lucky finder, the property owner has claim to what is found on his property.

Keep in mind, many old gathering places have disappeared over time. That’s why a trip to the local library might be in order. Researching historical records may yield some good clues about gathering places of the past that could be worth exploring.

For example, did the circus come to town in years past? It’s almost guaranteed that spectators dropped coins into the dirt while walking the midway.

Succeeding in your quest for rare old coins will be determined by you willingness to find good spots that no one else has thought of . It’s a proven fact that it isn’t the fanciest metal detector that finds the treasure, it’s finding the right location to hunt in the first place that will make the difference!

Metal Detector Reviews & Tips

Listen to Bud Light’s Real Men of Genius “Mr. Beach Metal Detector Guy”: