Treasure Hunting With A Handheld Metal Detector

You've seen them, those guys walking up and down the beach with a handheld metal detector swinging in front of them? Here are some great tips on how to find buried treasure.

You've seen them, those guys walking up and down the beach with a metal detector swinging in front of them? Why do they do it? What can you find? What are their secrets? Here are some great tips on how to find buried treasure. Children and adults will find this past time fun, exciting, profitable and inexpensive.

Finding buried treasure is profitable. Take the story of one veteran treasure seeker. He visits old towns and looks for the big old tree in the center of town where people once gathered in years past. Some of the items he has found are a 2 cent piece, several Indian Head cents, a Civil War token, an 1818 Spanish-American reale and a 1652 silver Colonial coin. All these items are worth thousands of dollars to collectors. Another experienced treasure hunter looks at old maps of towns to see where the old schools once were. He finds the site and if it is abandoned he searches. Once he hit the jackpot and found an old mason jar full of Indian Head cents from 1866, silver Half dollars and quarters, and a 1921 Morgan dollar.

You can hunt for treasure wherever you think that you can find something valuable; such as coins, gold, jewels or any metallic items. This can be at the park, the beach, campsites, abandoned buildings, or anywhere people lose things or hide things. Tourist spots are a good place to look for lost items. Think of junk yards, ghost towns, old houses, churches, old battlegrounds, old gas stations, schools and colleges, and around playground equipment. There are thousands of abandoned buildings that are waiting to be searched with a metal detector. The original town sites are also a great place to search; look in city records and find the original spot for the center of town and search there. People are notorious for hiding their money in the walls of their homes or burying them beneath the floor boards: find an old house and search the interior as well as the exterior. One treasure hunter found a purse of gold coins in the rock walls of an old cabin.

To search abandoned buildings you must have permission from whomever owns it. Make sure the permission is in written form. The contract should have the percentage of who gets what should the find be very valuable outlined properly. For example, if a property owner gives you permission to search their property and says you can keep all findings, make sure that is in writing. If they want a cut of the profits, then make sure that is in writing also.

Purchasing the right metal detector is important. You might be tempted to buy an old, used detector but that could be a mistake because those made even 5 years ago are not nearly as good as ones built today. Metal detectors made today are computerized, more accurate, easier to use, and lighter weight. There is also a visual monitor on many detectors that can show the target size of an item found and it's density. Headphones are also a very good option so that you can block out all street noises.

Metal detectors work by sending and receiving radio wave signals that bounce off the object detecting the electromagnetic field. A modern detector can find a small coin at depths of 9 inches. If the object is larger you can detect it deeper. Buy a good quality metal detector and you will find much more treasure. Skimping on one and you will lose money and time because it will detect hardly anything at all. Do not expect to pay less than $200.00 for a good quality metal detector.

To use a metal detector just hover it one to two inches over the ground and sway it back and forth slowly. If metal is detected you will hear a blip or bleeping noise and see an image on the visual screen if you have one. To dig up the item you need to use a small shovel or scoop. Once you recover the item always replace the dirt back to the way it was previous to the digging. In the United States you are required to pay taxes on all findings over $1,000.00. Check your laws to determine the tax laws for finding treasure.

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