Treasure hunting with a metal detector is not only a great hobby, but it can also be a profitable one if you know where or how to start.
If you are looking for coin shooting, prospecting, relic hunting, or treasure hunting, a metal detector is a great tool to help you locate hidden treasures to sell or collect.
General Information about Metal Detectors
When you break down a metal detector into it’s components, most are lightweight and include a stabilizer as an optional feature to allow the user to keep the detector steady as it’s swept back and forth over the ground.
The control box has standard circuitry, speakers, controls, microprocessor and batteries. The shaft that connects coil and the control box, is adjustable, allowing you to set the length to the right position for ease of use.
The search coil, also known as the “loop”, “search head” or “antenna”, is the most important piece of this system since it detects the metals. The majority of metal detectors also come equipped with a jack for headphones and with a control box on the lower shaft with a small display unit.
Using a Metal Detector
Using a metal detector is actually very simple. You just need to turn it on and move it slowly over the area where you are searching. When it gets a “hit”, an audible signal sounds. Some metal detectors will also show the type of metals and how deep in the ground you need to go to retrieve the item.
The standard technologies that are used in metal detectors are very low frequency (VLF), pulse (PI), and beat-frequency oscillator (BFO). No matter which technology your detector uses, the standard rule of thumb is that the maximum depth is usually 8-12 inches from the surface. These depths will depend on the type of detector, the type of metal, the size in the object, and the type of soil.
Treasure Hunting Communities
Metal-detector enthusiasts usually join national clubs, or, if available, local groups. These groups are often a great way to learn new tricks for finding treasures.
Some groups host hunting expeditions for their member’s. If you are looking at going on a expedition, popular areas are in Arkansas, Nevada, North America, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota and Oregon since these are still hot spots for finding hidden treasures.
For many, treasure hunting with a metal detector is a soothing past time with the opportunity to make extra money.
A few Treasure Hunting Hot Spots
For someone looking to break into treasure hunting, a few places that are popular hot spots for hidden treasures are:
- Beaches: you can find a lot of small treasure at the beach, such as jewelry, coins, or even things swept up onto the beach from the waves.
- Concerts. On the morning after a concert, check the ground. Often you’ll find electronics, cash, and other valuables.
- Areas with older homesteads. You may find some rare and unusual treasure long forgotten and buried by time
Selling Gold and Silver pieces found
After collecting items from a treasure hunt, before selling any of the pieces, you should identify what the items are and estimate their value.
There are websites that offer comprehensive material profiles, along with other references, that may help with identifying the items found.
For any silver or gold items, break the alloys into a weight percent and the precious metal in each item.
The last step after you have found your treasures, cleaned them, and categorized them into types of material, you need to find a buyer.
When considering a buyer for your silver and gold items, you will want to check that they offer up-to-date rates for your silver or gold and are reputable. Reading the testimonials and reviews about a silver and gold buys is a great way to get a overall impression of the company. Also, if a company is a BBB member, it’s another way to ensure the company follows the high standards of the Better Business Bureau.
To learn more about selling silver and gold, tips and information about various types of precious metals, please visit Silver and Gold Exchange. We offer a lot of resources and advice through our blog and Knowledge Center.
By Mike Ferreira on July 3rd, 2012