If you know someone who owns a piece of land where an old house was built, ask them if you can go over it. It is generally easier to get permission from someone you know than someone you don’t, so start with people you know.
Think about what the land looked like 50 or 60 years ago. Coins are one of the most common targets, and any U.S. dime, quarter, half-dollar, or dollar is mostly silver if it is dated 1964 or earlier. These coins are a good find, and you will often discover them where the people who used them lived.
- Anywhere that you can potentially find things from long ago is a good place to detect. Even if you find things that have no monetary value, they might be interesting. Looking at maps from earlier time periods can help you to determine where things used to be. These days, GPS makes it easy to locate places, and also to find your way out of secluded locations!
Depressions in the land are clues to what used to be located there. Places, where there used to be trails, buildings, and driveways, are good places to hunt. Remember that people used to walk from their house to an outhouse. These old paths often hide coins, jewelry, and other valuables. Also, people used to bury savings instead of keeping their money all at a bank. If you are looking where an old house once was, you might find a box buried near one of the corners with money or jewelry inside it. Often, these treasure boxes were buried secretly, the knowledge of them passing away with the passing of their original owner.
- Church yards are a good place to go. To get permission, ask the pastor of the church. If he doesn’t give you an answer, he will pass you along to someone who will.
Always be respectful when you go out metal detecting. Only cut small divots and patches, and replace whatever you cut out. Using a probe makes it immensely easier to cover your tracks. A probe allows you to pinpoint a signal without having to dig a huge hole.
Being respectful of the dead is another important awareness. Don’t go into church graveyards or any graveyards.
- School yards are places where you can usually detect without hassle. They aren’t exactly “public” places, but we all pay for them with our taxes. Just as people run their dogs there without specific permission, you can detect there without specific permission. You do need to stay well away from school hours though. Evenings are your best bet. School yards do yield an interesting lot. Kids lose all kinds of things!
- Anywhere kids play you can usually find things. Ball parks, soccer fields, and playgrounds generally don’t disappoint, unless someone has gone over the ground before you got there. Since metal detecting is becoming more popular as the machines get easier to use, it is a definite possibility that someone beat you to the treasure. Learn more about finding more treasure by clicking here.
Make sure you are not working in the area while the children are playing. As a detector, you need to be somewhat of a ninja. You don’t want to be too noticeable or leave too much of a trail behind you.
- Campgrounds are another good place to find goods. The rules of the campground will normally be posted and say if metal detecting is not allowed.
Campgrounds which have been around for a long time are the best. Following the surrounding trails and what used to be trails, if you can determine them, is also a good idea. Any well-used recreation areas are potentially profitable places to hunt.
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