Metal detecting and treasure hunting is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to various “reality” TV shows. Despite what you may have seen on TV, most metal detectorists do not jump up and down and yell at every little find, but are quiet, considerate people who enjoy a hobby that is focused on discovery.
Whether you're interested in discovering the lost history of your area, looking for old coins, or looking to dig lost gold, we have put together a few guides to get you started. Metal detecting can be broadly broken into two branches (which can still overlap) – History and Treasure.
Many people love history, and metal detecting is a way for them to go out and uncover lost history. The two aspects of metal detecting that fall into this area are Coinshooting, and Relic Hunting. These two types of metal detecting often overlap, as relics and old coins are usually found together.
Perhaps the most popular area of metal detecting, coinshooting refers to hunting for old coins. This could be in a park, old homestead, or anywhere people gathered.
Relic hunting is the search for old artifacts from previous centuries. War relics are a special area of relic hunting, where bullets, swords, and buttons can be the targets.
Other detectorists are after gold and other precious metals, in order to make a profit. While finding old coins or interesting relics is nice, the main focus is on a pay day. The two categories of “treasure hunters” are Beach and Water detecting, and Prospecting.
Beach hunters are after lost jewelry, dropped coins, and similar items. Some, especially on the East Coast of the US, dream of Spanish shipwreck treasure, swept to shore by storms.
Especially popular in Australia and the American West, prospectors use today's technology in historic gold-producing areas to uncover nuggets missed by their forebears.
There are some general things that apply to all aspects of metal detecting. Check out the “Beginning Guide to Metal Detecting” for pointers and tips that you can use, no matter what you're hunting for.
Respecting others is the #1 way to keep areas open to metal detecting. Review the “Metal Detecting Code of Ethics” so that you don't end up in trouble, and don't give the hobby a bad name.
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