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Old 05-18-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Saw an ad on TV showing a guy who found tons of rare coins and an expensive ring using a simple metal detector. Decided to get one. Bought a decent-priced model. Took it out back and dug in the yard. Ended up with nothing (except holes). Filled the holes, but the yard looked like heck.
Decided maybe I ought to be searching for buried treasure elsewhere. Wisely concluded that digging in the city park wouldn't be a very good idea. And I'm nowhere near a beach.
Figured I ought to dig some place where nobody would notice, like an empty lot or along railroad tracks. Read online that somebody owns every parcel of land-- including empty lots and railroad rights-of-way-- and that I'd better get permission before digging. But finding a land owner seemed like quite a difficult task. What would it hurt, I thought, to just dig a few little holes without permission? Quickly, I imagined myself sitting in jail, charged with trespassing and vandalism. Sigh.
So to date, I've used my handy-dandy metal detector just once.
How do people find places to dig for treasure?? Am I missing something??
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hmm, good question. Maybe we'll get some suggestions.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:09 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Saw an ad on TV showing a guy who found tons of rare coins and an expensive ring using a simple metal detector. Decided to get one. Bought a decent-priced model. Took it out back and dug in the yard. Ended up with nothing (except holes). Filled the holes, but the yard looked like heck.
Decided maybe I ought to be searching for buried treasure elsewhere. Wisely concluded that digging in the city park wouldn't be a very good idea. And I'm nowhere near a beach.
Figured I ought to dig some place where nobody would notice, like an empty lot or along railroad tracks. Read online that somebody owns every parcel of land-- including empty lots and railroad rights-of-way-- and that I'd better get permission before digging. But finding a land owner seemed like quite a difficult task. What would it hurt, I thought, to just dig a few little holes without permission? Quickly, I imagined myself sitting in jail, charged with trespassing and vandalism. Sigh.
So to date, I've used my handy-dandy metal detector just once.
How do people find places to dig for treasure?? Am I missing something??
Metal Detecting Hobby Resource
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:24 AM
 
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Do any of you have the kind with the "discriminating circut"? This allows the detector to tell if it has detected a valuable metal over a nonvaluable metal.
Yes, but its not that simple. Some will tell you to dig everything, others will set the level high and go for the hard targets. Gold and nickel are similar in discrimination and can be ignored under certain conditions.

Zinc pennys and trash have similar signals. Steel & silver coins have solid tones. Soil content, salt water all have an effect on the discrimination value.

Point is it takes practice and learning your machine.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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How valuable are the coins you're likely to find underground? Has anyone tried selling any coins they found with a detector on ebay? If so how much did you get for them? How much would an old buried 1920's quarter go for on ebay?
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Do it for fun because it will be hard to justify the time spent vs. $ amount of old coins found. And if you dig on public property make sure to properly fill your holes so not to ruin it for the next guy. Get plenty of practice in your own yard first and maybe plant a coin garden to gain experience of the sounds your looking for.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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i have one that i bought in 1979 for around $350 - today's equivalent would be over $1000. i found quite a bit of jewelry with it. the find i remember most, though, was a worn-out 1931 mercury dime at my old high school. it was deep enough - probably 9-10 inches - that the detector didn't beep, but the background hum went away. so i knew there was something there. i ended up scratching it badly with my digging tool by the time i got it to the surface, but it was already so worn out it didn't matter. it was worth around 4 dollars when i found it b/c the hunt brothers were trying to corner the silver market; but a few months later was only worth ~$1.
i'll bet i still have that dime in a box somewheres
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