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So You Want To Take Up Metal Detecting

Updated on May 25, 2014

Why metal detect?

First of all forget about any get rich quick ideas you may have about metal detecting. A lot of people read in a newspaper or see on television reports about a large treasure hoard just been found in a field by a metal detectorist and think that all they have to do is buy a metal detector and go out and find some treasure themselves. Its not a bit like it, hence 2-3 months after a treasure find report you see a lot of metal detectors for sale on a well known internet auction site. Finding treasure soon after buying your first metal detector is very very rare but don't get me wrong, it can happen and has happened. Be prepared to only find bottle tops, pull tabs, rusty beer and coke cans and silver foil. You may be lucky enough at first to find some decimal coins and some older pennies from just before decimalization and other quite interesting modern things, its these finds that will tell if you get 'hooked' into the hobby.

Gone are the days where metal detecting was looked upon as an old man's hobby, young and old alike can reap the benefits of detecting, it can be a family affair and there are a few good benefits that come to mind. It can be a peaceful hobby, out in the countryside or on a beach, breathing in all that fresh air, soaking up the scenery all around you, even getting some good exercise by walking and digging. Its fun and certainly will get you more interested in history and your countries heritage.

One of the many things I enjoy about metal detecting is the anticipation of what's under the coil as it beeps. It's a great and wonderful feeling as to what it could be and until that moment you dig it and see, it could be a coin, a lovely buckle or button, or some other interesting thing, if its another bottle top I think oh well, it could have been, pop it in my trash bag, fill in the hole neatly and look for the next beep. You just don't know what will turn up.

As I said above, you will find loads of trash but with patience and a bit of dedication metal detecting can be profitable. When I first started metal detecting I paid £180 for a cheap entry machine and can say within three months the machine paid for itself just by finding modern decimal coinage. Those lost pound coins, 50ps, 20ps, 10ps and 5ps soon mount up. I put the hours in mind, not just a trip out every Sunday afternoon. I soon found at the very beginning I had a real passion for metal detecting and was out swinging my machine at every opportunity I could get.

Above are some good reasons to take up metal detecting and you may have a good idea if its for you. Read on for more information and tips to get you started.

Its not all good finds. Bottle tops, pull tabs and other trash found in one days metal detecting on my local beach.
Its not all good finds. Bottle tops, pull tabs and other trash found in one days metal detecting on my local beach.

Before you buy

Before you buy your first machine there are a few things you should think about. First up metal detectors cost anywhere between £20 and £3,000. In my opinion the low cost machines around the £20 to £80 that you can buy in toy shops are just that, toys. Buying one of these as a starter machine will soon get you disheartened with the hobby of metal detecting and it won't be long before its put in that cupboard under the stairs to gather dust. Expect to pay around £150 to £200 for a good entry machine that does find stuff. Remember, advertisers of companies as in all things are out to sell their wares and word everything like its everything you want. So if you see an ad for a £30.00 metal detector saying its deep seeking and will find you more treasure that other more expensive machines can find then be aware. I've tried these cheap machines and believe me if I thought that these cheap machines found more than a more expensive one then I could have saved myself £1,170.00.

Yes, my latest machine cost me £1,200.00, that's how passionate I am about metal detecting. You don't have to pay that much, nowhere near that much. I've worked my way up to this high end machine through part-exchanging other machines to find a machine I wanted and am comfortable with. Let me tell you something, my very first decent machine cost me £180.00 and I found just as much with it as I am now finding with my more expensive machine. Its just that this more expensive one does go a little deeper and has more 'bells and whistles' and is perfect for my needs. Its the 'bells and whistles' that cost.

Also consider the following:

Where will you be using it. The hardest part of detecting is finding land to use it on. All land in the UK is owned by someone and to save being prosecuted permission must be sought from the landowner.

How much time do you think you will spend metal detecting. If you plan to detect a lot of hours a week then go for a machine that has more features than a machine where you will only be spending the odd few hours on a Sunday. The more features a machine has the more it will cost so if its just a bit of fun you want then go for a basic machine..

What is your budget. Remember as well as buying the machine itself, there will be other costs for accessories you may need like headphones, digging spade, beach scoop, control box rain covers and batteries.

Where do you intend to use it. If you live on the coast a machine for beach detecting maybe a good choice for you. There are machines specially designed for wet sand detecting called PI machines (Pulse Induction).
Some machines are designed for inland detecting and they also perform well on the dry sand of a beach, but on the wet sand they can be hopeless. There are a some machines that will do both, inland and wet sand. So keep this in mind before you buy.

Do you want a basic switch on and go machine, or do you want more features.

Consider the weight of a machine, some are heavier than others and will affect how long you can detect.

Decide if you want to buy brand new or second hand. Weigh up the pro's and con's.

Join a metal detecting forum on line. There you will meet fellow detectorists who will give you unbiased advice on all aspects of metal detecting.

Read reviews on the internet to give you some idea what controls a machine has and what they do.

There is no 'perfect' machine that does it all, if there was we'd all have one. No one machine suits everyone, there is a vast range out there. Think about a machine that will meet your own needs.

Soon you will be finding average objects like decimal coins, old copper  penny or two, a buckle and bits and pieces.
Soon you will be finding average objects like decimal coins, old copper penny or two, a buckle and bits and pieces.
A haul of lead fishing weights from a days detecting a local tidal river.
A haul of lead fishing weights from a days detecting a local tidal river.

Buying your first machine.

As I said above, forget about buying one of those cheap metal detectors in toy shops. Expect to pay around £150 for a good basic starting machine that will find you stuff.

Don't get caught in the money trap. A £300 machine can perform as good as a £600 machine. Just the latter has more 'bells and whistles' and that's what you pay for. Ok if you want more bells and whistles mind.

If buying new, buy from a reputable dealer. That way you will have a warranty on the machine with good after sales service.

Best to buy within your own country just in case of problems that can occur with machines and need to be returned.

Some machines are switch on and go, others need setting up and programing. How good are you at modern technology.

Check out the kHz ratings in the specifications on different machines. Basically, the normal kHz rates for our detectors are 3 kHz to 19 kHz. The lower end say 3-6 kHz machines are better at finding larger and thicker coins and are not effected so much by ground mineralisation, but the recovery speed is slower. The higher end say 16 kHz-19 kHz are better at finding small thin coins and the recovery speed is faster. The middle range 7 kHz - 15 kHz are neither the fastest or the deepest, but do not suffer from some of the problems of the other two ranges. In fact, this middle range kHz are responsible for most of the finds ever made.

These empty bullet shells often turn up. This is one area of metal detecting where you must be careful as i have also found live shells.
These empty bullet shells often turn up. This is one area of metal detecting where you must be careful as i have also found live shells.

Starting Out.

When there is a news report of a hoard of treasure found, sales of metal detectors rocket. Then a couple of months down the line you will see sales of metal detectors on internet auction sites rise. The reason for this is because a lot of people think they to can hit the 'Mother Load', all they need is a metal detector and get out there and find it. Within a couple of months of just finding pull tabs, bottle tops, silver paper and all sorts of other trash they soon get fed up and think this is not for me and try to re-sell their detectors to get some of their money back. OK, not so long ago there was a story published about a chap who within 20 minutes of his first ever detecting trip hit a hoard of coins worth a fortune, it has happened, but, its on par with winning the lottery. Some detectorists have been in the hobby for 20-30 years and have never even found one gold coin, let alone a hoard.So, if you do really want to take up metal detecting, think about these few things first.


More coins start to show up as you get more experienced.
More coins start to show up as you get more experienced.
Silver coins start coming up like these milled silvers I have dug this past year.
Silver coins start coming up like these milled silvers I have dug this past year.
Now were in amongst the good stuff. A George III Bullhead Sixpence dated 1820. Found this one in September 2012.
Now were in amongst the good stuff. A George III Bullhead Sixpence dated 1820. Found this one in September 2012.

Using your new machine.

Now the day has come when your new machine arrives and you set it up.. Don't rush out detecting willy nilly to test it. First you have to understand it and see what it does, read the instructions and then the best place for testing is in your own garden. Do a test bed and bury a few coins a couple of inches deep and sweep over them and listen to the signals. Then bury some trashy stuff like a bottle top, nail or a rusty bit of iron. Listen to the different signals and get used to the controls.

Now you can go out proper detecting. Try and find an area that's not overloaded with signals as that will drive you barmy. Find a field or the dry sand of a beach, that will be less contaminated making it easier to learn.

Keep your machine in All Metal Mode for a while and dig every signal. That way you will see what the different sounding signals are relating to which objects. You can slowly learn the discrimination and sensitivity controls later.

Don't expect finds every time you go out. You will have bad finds days like us all. The usual pattern is at first you will spend hours only finding trash items, drink cans, old rusty iron, silver paper, bottle tops or maybe an odd decimal coin or two. Then as you get more experienced, amongst the trash you start finding average finds like old pennies, buckles, buttons or some other artifacts. These are finds that inspire you and before long your finding nice old coins, interesting artifacts, great pieces of history. Then one day, you dig up something that makes you feel total excitement, I mean real excitement to get you dancing and that's the hint of silver and gold.

Keep your coil as low to the ground as possible. If your swinging your coil three inches above the ground, you are losing three inches depth under the ground.

Remember: Slow and Low. From my own experience and confirmed by many detectorists slow and low is the way to go. At first when you start the instinct you get is to race around like a headless chicken trying to cover the field as fast as you can trying to find stuff, then after half an hour you think there's nothing in this field and try another one. You can miss a huge amount of ground like that, also a lot of finds.

One way that's accepted is on a new field do the Union Jack method. Detect all around the edges and then detect corner to corner. On a large field split it into sections by taking notice of any markers like gates, trees etc on the fields edges. If you hit any hot spots, cover that area well.

Now the treasure starts to appear which can make this hobby profitable. Here are 5 gold and silver rings I have found.
Now the treasure starts to appear which can make this hobby profitable. Here are 5 gold and silver rings I have found.
This silver spoon I found back in February 2012 is currently in the hands of the Flo officer. As it contains precious metal and is over 300 years old by law I had to declare it for treasure trove.
This silver spoon I found back in February 2012 is currently in the hands of the Flo officer. As it contains precious metal and is over 300 years old by law I had to declare it for treasure trove.

Once your up and running.

Now you have been using your metal detector for a little while I bet the detecting bug has really bitten you like it did me and you just can't wait to get out there 'swinging' again. Don't expect too much at first, it took me a couple of weeks before I found my first coin, and try not to get dispondant after a few outings of finding nothing worthwhile. Every detectorist get bad days but along comes a good day to re-inspire you again. Its the anticipation of that signal that drives us on and what better feeling to hold a real piece of history in your hands that no one has seen since the day it was lost hundreds of years ago, even thousands.

Below are pictures of my best two coins to date. One is gold and the other is silver. The gold one is an American Liberty Head Half Eagle Five Dollar Gold Coin, dated 1903, I found this one in the UK in May 2013 which was a lovely surprise. The silver one is a Charles the Bold Doubled Patard Silver Hammered Coin. Date 1466 - 1477 found February 2013.

Metal Detecting And Your Health.

Thinking about my last detecting session a few days ago, I was out for a good seven hours solid detecting. I stopped a few times for a drink or chat, but add that time up and I bet it came to about half an hour. So I could say I was walking, stooping, digging, refilling holes and carrying and swinging my machine and also carrying my backpack solid for six and a half hours.Think about it, would you walk about your town for 4-6 hours a day as you know walking is good for you. How boring that would be, yet, shove a metal detector in our hands and we'll walk about till the cows come home.

This makes you wonder how healthy metal detecting can be for us. Lets have a look at the good points, this is a list I have come up with.

Hobbies are good for you, its a well known fact. Just google the sentence, "Why are hobbies good for you", and you will be inundated with sites explaining why. Showing you all the benefits for your mind, body and well being in a scientific way discovered by medical studies.

The hobby of metal detecting can be a solitary or a social hobby. You can switch between the two as and when you like.

Metal detecting takes you outdoors. Mostly we detect out in the open countryside or a beach. All that lovely fresh air we breath in and if its sunny, our bodies are getting much needed Vitamin D. I found out that our bodies can't store Vitamin D so we need to get it from food we eat or the sun. This Vitamin is very important for our health and mood.

Metal detecting encourages you to get moving and walk. We've been told how important it is to move so while your out detecting, walking, climbing, stooping, carrying gear, you are doing a good aerobic exercise and toning up your body.

Metal detecting can be quiet and peaceful. Your out detecting and concentrating, not thinking about all the everyday worries and stresses going on in the world. You're in a little world of your own. Now that's got to be like a form of yoga, giving your mind a rest and helping to relieve stress.

We are always being told by our doc's to live a more healthy lifestyle and us detectorists have found the perfect way. So next time your out detecting think about how your health is benefiting and if you do get a nice find, well, its a bonus.

More metal detecting information.

For a lot more metal detecting information and to see my finds from every hunt please visit my Blog at http://janner53.blogspot.co.uk/

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      Ruby 14 months ago from USA

      nice finds and great read partner!

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      Steve Mitchell 2 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      OMG, the coins are amazing. You must be thrilled. I am just beginning researching detecting with a view to buying a machine. I live near the Fens in East Anglia and am particularly interested in Norman history.

      Great article.

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      Charles 3 years ago

      Ya well said in your article. But newcomers beware that all metal detector sales guys always embellish their stories of Gold and valuables to get you to buy their machines! They are interested in making a sale to you! That's it! No matter what they say these guys are happy when collecting your money. That's it. I have heard their sales schmeal a million times and it's always the same. But ask yourself why aren't they put swinging a detector and digging up all that trash? Why are they in that store hour after hour if being out at the beach getting sandblasted while cleaning up the beach for free? Because they want to tell you their tall tales of gold in them there hills! Hall looks like there's more gold in selling those metal detectors if you ask me! Buyer beware and if you should take up the pastime of metal detecting be ready to dig up lots of trash. Lots.

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      Ralf 3 years ago

      Great finds and great post my metal detecting friend ! Thanks for sharing :) HELLO from metal detecting Germany ! RALPH metalldetektor-kaufen.info

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      Ralf 3 years ago

      We love your website !

      Keep on going and hunting :)

      HELLO !

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      Ralf 3 years ago

      Great article !

      Yes - the greatest hobby in the world :)

      HELLO from metal detecting Germany

      Abenteuer Schatzsuche

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      fwefwef 3 years ago

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi Thumbi7 , yes, the stories of buried treasure has excited many a child, even adults. Treasure hoards are being made around the world quite regularly and a lot of them by people with metal detectors. The latest big treasure hoard was found by a Romanian man last week who unearthed a hoard of 47,000 15th century Turkish silver coins with his metal detector he had just recently bought. The largest find of its type in Romania and valued at EUR 500,000. This man was so passionate about archaeology he donated the lot to the History Museum in Bucharest, without asking for anything in return. Now there's a man who only detects for the love of it and not for any money value.

      Hi Shyron, thank you also for the congrats. I'm enjoying my few moments of fame as I am getting some good comments which prompts me to reply and chat about metal detecting as you see I love doing.

      Hi MJennifer, that sounds so exciting detecting the old stagecoach routes. Sounds like dad had some great interesting finds. If you do manage to get out detecting let me know how you get on as I love hearing about the different finds people make around the world. Remember, when out detecting, think about all that fresh air your getting, the exercise, the peace and quiet and the fun, and if you do find anything of interest, that's a bonus. Good luck.

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Janner, I grew up enjoying trips out to the desert with my Dad and his metal detector that he'd made from a Heathkit way back when, many moons ago. He used to follow the old stagecoach routes and had a great collection of stagecoach lockbox locks, cavalry buttons (they were metal), and assorted treasures.

      This past Christmas my husband gave me a wonderful new detector -- but we have yet to make a trip out to enjoy an afternoon of detecting! Your hub has reminded me that the weather is now finally cooling down enough that it is a great plan for an upcoming weekend. Thanks for the informative article which will motivate me to get back out there and once again enjoy our own pursuit of happiness in the form of pursuing buried metal.

      Best -- MJ

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Congrats Janner on HOD, this is very interesting hub.

      Voted up, Useful and Interesting

      -Shyron

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Very interesting. During childhood elders used to tell us stories about a poor man getting suddenly rich after finding treasures under soil.

      I am reading about something like this for the first time.

      Enjoyed the hub

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi there SpaceShanty, thank you also for the congrats. I'm just down the south coast from you in Plymouth. I'm sure you would be most welcome down on your beach, in fact, you will find the other detectorists only to willing to give you any help and advice. The only time you will find it 'territorial' is on another person's land permission. It can be very hard to get permission to detect on land and once you get it, you want to hold onto it. Down on the beach is open to all, so feel free to go there.

      Just one point that a lot of people don't know about is you still need permission to detect there. Private beaches and some trust beaches you will need the owner's permission. The rest of the coast is owned by the Crown Estate. Don't panic, , to metal detect Crown Estate beaches you don't have to write to the Queen and ask her permission, you just apply on line and instantly receive an on line permit in seconds.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on HoTD!

      As soon as I saw the picture I knew it was a fellow Brit, especially with that unmistakable vista behind you! I read the Hub from start to finish and you have inspired me! I live down in Brighton and regularly see detectorists on the beach, is this 'business' territorial or would they welcome others? Thanks

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi Heather, Thank you for the congrats.

      I bet your dad's ancient detector can perform just as good today as it always did. I know a few old boys who have had their machines for years and won't part with them. That's one thing I think about, wish I discovered this hobby years ago,,, still, better late than never as they say.

      Why not borrow it and pop out for a hunt, you never know, you might also get bitten by the detecting bug.

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi Tamron, totally agree with you there. What better way to get some fun, fresh air and exercise, also a great feeling of anticipation of what that next beep beep will be. Its great when I do find coins but I never mind if I only find a couple of artifacts like buckles, buttons or some wonderful weird old thing. Its all part of the fun. One thing I do save up is all the lead I find. Soon can mount up and can be cashed in.

      Hi there DzyMsLizzy, Thank you for the congrats. I was really chuffed to find out my post made HOTD.

      My first detector I bought cost me £180 GBP. That's around £150 US roughly, and by no means was it a toy. I found loads with it and still have it as a back up machine or lend it to family and friends who want to try their hand at detecting.

      Just a tip if you do not know about the discrimination. Metal Detectors can not see what the metal is, it can only go by the conductivity it gives off. Now some metals give off the same conductivity as each other, as an example take ring pull tabs. They will give off the same conductivity as a small silver coin, so if you discriminate out pull tabs, you also discriminate out small silver items. My preference is to discriminate out as little as possible and dig mostly everything, just so I don't miss much. OK, I dig a lot of trash but I look at it as if I dig ten pieces of trash I will find one nice find. Normally works out like that.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD! Well done.

      I read this with interest, as we have a metal detector we bought years back. It is not a toy, but not top of the line, either; it cost about $150 US.

      When we first started, we went to our local beach, and set it to discriminate for gold, thinking we might find lost jewelry. Much to our surprise, it 'hit' on several items--all of which turned out to be gold foil from champagne bottle corks. Who knew that foil had real gold in it?

      Another use can also be for if you need to do some digging in your yard--you might save yourself expensive repairs if you use the device first to check for any underground pipes. (Naturally, it isn't going to find PVC pipe--only old galvanized pipe--but if those are still in use, you'll be glad you checked first. )

      We don't use it much anymore, but we did have some fun with it.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      tamron 3 years ago

      What's great about metal detecting. You have fun, get exercise,and you are always wondering what you will find. When it beeps! I found an antique water pump in a river bed and a German pocket watch. Countless change and plenty of tabs. Save the tabs they add up! Great hub!

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi Cathy, I'm not sure if your asking me something or surprised at the word 'detectorists' there. We use the word detectorist to describe ourselves, much shorter than saying 'people who metal detect'.

      G'Day Agvulpes, There are many different types of metal detectors on the market and the idea is to find one that suits your own needs. If its just gold nugget prospecting your interested in, then there are models just designed for this. Just google 'best metal detectors for gold' and up will pop a wide selection of useful advice.

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      Peter 3 years ago from Australia

      G'day janner53 and thanks for a very informative Hub. You have piqued my interest in metal detecting. Many nuggets have been discovered in our own country side! Can you tell me if there would be different model detectors required for gold detecting as against purely metal detecting?

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      cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

      detectorists?

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi there Eric. My wife and kids are just the same, no interest in metal detecting at all. Really I enjoy it more on my own as I can please myself how long I spend detecting and not having to worry if the other person is fed up and wanting to call it a day.

      As with land that's been hunted on a lot before I like to think that not everything is found. So many different factors are involved as to why finds can still come up on hunted land. Like try detecting after heavy rain, the targets are more conductible and deeper finds can be made. After a hard winter soil can be moved around bringing deeper targets within reach of the machine. Even the angle you approach a target can make a difference and of course a target can be missed just by inches. Also different machines play a part. So when I go on land I think has been hunted before I say to myself, "Right, lets see what they have missed".

      Wish you luck next time your out and as you say, its all fun, nothing like the anticipation of what the next signal may be.

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      Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

      I've had a lot of fun metal detecting here in America. My wife and kids didn't like it though, since it takes a lot of time and care to cover an area. I never found anything "important", but found some really interesting items as well as jewelry and everyday coins. One problem I had was the popularity of metal detecting in my area. Even after doing research and getting permission from a landowner I had the problem of the land already being hunted out. It is still a fun hobby though.

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi tirelesstraveler, While your searching for a lost dog collar you are most likely to find $25 in loose change. Parks are always good for spendable coins, and beaches.

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi there johnooo, It sounds really exciting searching for gold nuggets and I wish you luck and hope you soon find one. Would love to try that myself but I've never heard of anyone in England finding any natural gold so I better keep to searching gold rings. As we have just been saying, its only a matter of time before you do strike it lucky, you certainly seem dedicated and full of enthusiasm and if you put the hours in, it will come I'm sure.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I have lost 3 or 4 metal dog collars at the park which has provoked me to considering a metal detector. The price has deterred me, but at $25 per collar it might be a bargain.

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      John R Wilsdon 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I was so happy to see this hub. You are absolutely correct in your recommendations.

      I have had a metal detector for 4 years now. I live in Arizona where gold nuggets have been found. Having said that, I haven't found any. However, I also prospect for gold with a pan and other devices. If you come upon a small quartz piece with gold (or you think it is gold), it is fun to then get the detector and see if it goes off! Though many have found nuggets in Arizona with a detector, I haven't. As you have said, many detectorists go a long time before they find one.

      My biggest prize has been a silver Navajo Indian ring. The jewel that it originally had in it was gone, but the beautiful silver was there. I still cannot get over the grand excitement! I have also found many modern coins of low denominations, but I am still waiting to find a gold coin not unsimilar to the American coin you found. Think of all the stories that might hold some truth about your find - an American who dropped one, a woman who was given one and lost it, etc. These found things really inspire the imagination. Voted up, etc.

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      That's exactly what happened Denise. Five times I rolled down that hill and five times I climbed back up. As you can see in the photo I'm covered in mud and have stalks of grass poking out my ears. I remember thinking if he don't get the shot this time I'm going home.

      ... lol, I jest.

      Have a nice day,

      janner53.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello janner53-glad my comment ignited a hub idea for you. Thanks for the comment about my hub # I was much more active when I first joined. Many things have changed between then and now...

      I had to chuckle when I read that you were trying to stand upright. All I could picture was you rolling down, climbing back up, and doing that a few times before someone finally snapped the photo! lol

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      Janner53 3 years ago from Devon, UK

      Hi Denise, Thank you for your encouraging words regarding my first Hub page. Yes, that's me on top of that hill. The photo don't really show how steep that hill was, I'm standing like that to keep myself upright and from rolling all the way down it. That's one of the things I love about metal detecting, it gets you out into the fresh air and the scenery can be lovely.

      That's a good idea getting your grandson a cheap toy detector, that way if he did show no interest in the hobby then you have not lost too much. If he does show interest the next step is to build on that and upgrade to a more expensive machine.

      If fact, you have just given me an idea for a second Hub Page. Watch this space :D.

      One day I may have as many Hub pages as you, a lovely selection you have there.

      janner53

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      What a dashing photo of (you?) atop the hill with the rolling countryside in the background. The topic of metal detecting is an intriguing one. I bought my young grandson a 'toy' metal detector for Christmas one year because he had an interest in this subject. After reading your hub I feel much more capable of helping him discover if this is a passion or a fad by knowing what to do. Of course, he doesn't have a sophisticated one, however, he can start small.

      Voted UP/U/A/I and will share this. BTW-the finds that you have are amazing. How fun-just like treasure hunting, which has always been a delight when I was growing up.

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