I think metal detecting is worth every penny invested in a detector.
First, don't get a really expensive detector. I own a Garrett Ace 250. It is great for finding coins and small (or large!) metal objects. By shooting for coins, you get a lot of practice. You will learn the basic motion when you use any detector. You will also learn the basics of reading the output.
If you enjoy that and really want to try to find gold nuggets, then you will have to invest in a more expensive model. I don't think the 250 will help you find gold nuggets so well. It just doesn't discriminate well enough unless you found a humongous gold nugget. My friends in a gold hunting club think White is a great brand. I am not really qualified to advise on that, but you can get the low down on the internet or a prospecting/mining store.
If you enjoy being outdoors and finding coins (lots of pennies) and the other interesting things like old nails, spurs, bridles, buckles, rings, etc, then you should move up. If getting better at using the detector bores you, then I would suspect you may not have so much fun using a higher priced instrument to try and find nuggets. Gold is hard to find; that's why it is so expensive! But, it is out there - I have found 2 nuggets by accident when washing, not with my detector. The most valuable thing I have found with my detector is a silver ring and quarters. I think it is great fun.
If all you are interested in is the value of objects, the time you spend hunting may not seem worth it - a minimum wage job may pay more. However, there are all kinds of things people over the ages have dropped, and finding one of those things could help you retire very early.
See if you get the fever with a cheaper model metal detector. The Ace 250 cost me around $250. The price may have gone up some recently, but I think it is a great model. If you get the fever, you need to invest some more money (which you will be happy to do). Good luck.
It depends what you're looking for and how you determine 'worth'. My experiences with metal detecting for gold were mixed. I spent a year doing it part time on weekends occaisionally. I never found any gold, yet it was worth it for me as I had fun trying. Of course it can be a very expensive hobby, the fuel and the equipment. For coins and rings I would say it is worth it. You may not get rich but most people pay there detector off 2 or 3 times over. I ended up giving metal detecting for gold up and trying other methods like sluicing, panning and hand pumping for gold. I found that much more lucrative and 'worth' it for me as I had something to show for it. Do it for the fun, i.e dont give up your day job, Im glad I never did.
by Rareobject 11 years ago
I am collecting information on what items, people have discovered while metal detecting and also where they found it. Please list all your items as other people may have found the same items close to where you found yours. I am sure you or someone you know has a story we all would love to hear....
by PhoenixV 9 years ago
Where Are The Best Places To Go Metal Detecting For Gold?What sort of places do professional metal detectors or prospectors look for gold?
by Steven Pearson 9 years ago
Is it worth getting a metal detector in the Pacific Northwest?Some guy just hit the motherload in Britain when he found a cache of like-new Roman coins. Obviously there will be nothing in Washington state that old since it doesn't have nearly as much history..but are there things to be found in...
by Nolen Hart 9 years ago
Is it legal to use a metal detector in public parks in Utah?I'm going on a trip to Utah and taking my White's metal detector. Is it legal to go metal detecting in public parks in Utah?
by chrissy86 13 years ago
i need some fresh ideas on where to go or stories from metal detecting hobbiest . Meeting people close by to go with and find treasures
by Rareobject 10 years ago
Have You Ever Found AnyThing While Metal Detecting? If So What?List all your items here so other people can Compete with your find or Finds..
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