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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Metal Detecting Basics

Hi there!
  This article will review many of the basics for beginning coin collectors, as well as cover some
equipment necessary for your expedition on the great hobby of coin collecting. This will be split into three separate segments, each covering different subjects. These subjects include location, basics/equipment, and a guidebook for coins and locations.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                               LOCATION

                 Okay, as many people have found out, location plays a critical role as to what coins you will find, and how much you will be able to find. whether you are a beginner or it is your profession, no doubt will you have a higher chance of finding coins in a farm prairie than looking for gold in your couch or inside of a tree.
the top locations include old schoolhouses, abandoned military bases, burned circus sites, and surprisingly, playgrounds made with grass. Of course, to dig in any of these sites, you will need to gain permission from whoever is in charge of the place. Search online for any sites near you that you are interested in going to, and have fun while you are at it.


                                              Basics and equipment

                  While coin digging is a lot of fun and games, it only becomes exiting when you have the basic knowledge and gear to go into the field and start digging. The first rule of coin digging is "be patient and don't lose hope. If there is 1,000 locations, you need to dig each and every one of them because you never know what lies in the next one." like starting any other hobby, you should never buy the newest and best equipment in the market. You might not know if you like coin digging, so I suggest you buy a metal detector no more than $250. Odds are, if you buy a metal detector worth $1,000, you will break it, and find maybe a penny. $999 down the drain. Most metal detectors don't come with a pair of headphones (at that price), and i suggest using an old one that is already used in your household. If not, buy one for about $40 dollars if the only purpose is for the metal detecting. When in the "field", you should always move your metal detector slowly but efficiently. If you don't get any "beeping" in the first hour, try moving to a different location, but close to your other one. The sound of gold consists of a very strong ringing, while another material such as tin will sound a little more "dull". when you get a ringing sound, try digging a 5' x 5' circle about 4' deep. Then you can look around in the dirt for a coin or metal. Try looking for shiny objects, or sharp and round objects. Do this about 10 times before moving to a different area.



                   There are many coins in this business, but I will list the top most common rare coins while digging. These are listed below:
                        . Silver dollars
                        . 1964 Kennedy half dollar
                        . 1915 Panama-Pacific $50 gold piece
                        . Building nails (yes i know it's not a coin)
                        . Indian head pennies
Now that you have the basic knowledge on coin digging and metal detecting, go out there and find some coins! Leave a comment below for other tips for beginners and coins you have found. Please rebember to like, tweet, +1, or share! Thank you all for reading.


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