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Metal Detectors Can Show You the Way to Rare Coins

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By Michael Bernzweig

Collectible coins are intriguing for a multitude of reasons. Each coin offers a vignette from the time period from which it was circulated. Many old coins were minted to commemorate a hero or an event in history. Just looking at a coin from the 1800’s can conjure up images of how people lived and conducted business at that time. Then, there’s all the interesting facts about where the coins were minted, how many were produced, how many of these coins are in existence today and what they are worth. So, it’s no surprise that history enthusiasts migrate towards the hobby of coin collecting. But even if you’re not a self-proclaimed historian, examining coins from yesteryear is fascinating. You may be wondering how you can begin to amass your own precious coin collection. Of course, you can build a collection of classic coins by buying from a dealer. But there is a more challenging and exciting method—and that is locating coins with a metal detector!

Where to Start With Coin Hunting

Coin hunting is a fun and rewarding hobby that anyone can enjoy. It’s relaxing and exciting (especially when you stumble upon a treasure) and what better hobby to take up with your kids on a Sunday afternoon? The other obvious reward is the value you may find by unearthing a rare coin that’s worth a bit of money. It’s all about luck and chance—that’s what drives coin hunters to keep searching. Before you start looking for a metal detector for coin hunting, decide where you’ll spend most of your time hunting. There are tons of spots in your own neighborhood that can prove lucrative. Parks, ball fields, college campuses, historical buildings and beaches are the sites of long-ago traffic. It’s inevitable that people dropped money over the years. Now, you just have to find it!

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Coins?

Metal detection experts lay out criteria for selecting the best detectors for coin hunting. Because metal detectors are designed for specific purposes, it’s important to buy the right one. The target identification feature is perhaps the most important for this purpose. Instead of walking around aimlessly and digging, this feature will help you to pinpoint a coin. Good models include digital display meters which will identify targets in the ground before you dig. Some models feature audio tome identification. So, if you are more of a visual person, you will probably appreciate the display meter. If you have a keen sense of hearing, the tone ID may be a better bet- as it zeros in on your target with great accuracy. If you’re metal detecting in an area with heavy ground mineralization, you should consider a detector with a ground balance control or a multi-frequency style detector. It may be difficult to know off-hand what the soil composition is in your area. Usually, you can find a local coin hunting group to pose this question to. You can learn more about the best metal detectors for finding coins at

There are great metal detectors to choose from and many great places to use them. Perhaps you will uncover a treasure in an area near you that has never been searched. Whether you decide to coin hunt just for the fun of it or as a serious hobby, start looking for your ideal metal detector. Happy hunting!


About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

Photo Captions:

Coin hunting with the Garrett AT Pro from in the woods.
The family behind promotes treasure hunting for coins as a fun family hobby.
Treasure hunting for coins at the beach with the Garrett Ace metal detector from the folks at online.

Copyright 2012 Detector Electronics Corp.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

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