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    Relic Hunting

    We spent a few days outside last week doing some metal detecting on the property and although we didn’t find anything noteworthy, we always have a lot of fun with that gadget! I think it’s the potential of the unexpected that is so engaging ... hearing that beep go off sets off renewed enthusiasm and you never know what you’re going to find! Assuming that no pirate sailed a few hundred miles inland, it’s a safe bet that a treasure chest of coins or valuable jewelry won’t be unearthed by us but it’s still fun to find colonial era, Civil War era and onward era relics. You read stories of someone (usually a 10 year old) who is given a metal detector as a gift and finds a fortune in coins on their first day out. They’re usually the same people who win millions of $$ after buying their very first lottery ticket.

    Most of what we unearth are every day items from the past ... buttons, horseshoes, bullets, fragments of pails and tools, etc.

    Even though the metal detector doesn’t catch them, sometimes while digging we come across Indian arrowheads and spearheads and also pottery and shards of broken china. I find china pieces quite often in one of the creek beds, usually after a heavy rain when leaves and other natural flotsam have been washed away. Once we found an old clay pipe too.

    The more you find, the more it spurs you on and it’s a lot of fun on a gorgeous sunny & warm day.

    Are there any other relic hunters here? What have your experiences been? Any interesting finds?

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    I have friends who are seriously into it. They live at the coast and the beach is one of their favourite haunts. Gotta get there before sunup they say. With the current price of scrap gold, a couple of 18ct wedding rings bring in a tidy sum. Lead fishing sinkers and anything brass is a "treasure" as the price of these metals is also good.

    Ancient treasure like a hoard of Roman gold coins or jewellery are a once in a lifetime find but certainly do happen.

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    JJ, I thought about beach combers this morning when I was writing the OP and I've heard it can be profitable. Some comb the same stretch of beach every day and continually come up with loose change, watches, etc.

    It's unlikely we'll ever find anything worth contacting the Smithsonian about but it's still fun! The detector has a setting to disregard nails but always in the back of my mind I'm wondering about the accuracy of that feature and if it might ignore something noteworthy along with the nails ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabby View Post
    JJ, I thought about beach combers this morning when I was writing the OP and I've heard it can be profitable. Some comb the same stretch of beach every day and continually come up with loose change, watches, etc.

    It's unlikely we'll ever find anything worth contacting the Smithsonian about but it's still fun! The detector has a setting to disregard nails but always in the back of my mind I'm wondering about the accuracy of that feature and if it might ignore something noteworthy along with the nails ...
    Yeah I personally wouldn't use that feature. Seeing is believing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabby View Post
    JJ, I thought about beach combers this morning when I was writing the OP and I've heard it can be profitable. Some comb the same stretch of beach every day and continually come up with loose change, watches, etc.

    It's unlikely we'll ever find anything worth contacting the Smithsonian about but it's still fun! The detector has a setting to disregard nails but always in the back of my mind I'm wondering about the accuracy of that feature and if it might ignore something noteworthy along with the nails ...
    My Dad inherited the old homestead about 5 years ago. I have often thought of getting a detector of some kind and roaming the 500 or so acres to see what can be found. The original house was torn down around 10 years ago along with the barns, coralls, etc. etc.

    What does a decent detector cost and are they easy to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YZGI View Post
    My Dad inherited the old homestead about 5 years ago. I have often thought of getting a detector of some kind and roaming the 500 or so acres to see what can be found. The original house was torn down around 10 years ago along with the barns, coralls, etc. etc.

    What does a decent detector cost and are they easy to use?
    I've seen them from $100 to $800 ... The el cheapo entry level ones don't last so I'd say start of with a mid range detector. Operating is fairly basic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jones jones View Post
    I've seen them from $100 to $800 ... The el cheapo entry level ones don't last so I'd say start of with a mid range detector. Operating is fairly basic.
    Cool, I think I may get one. The grand kids might like to do a little treasure hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YZGI View Post
    Cool, I think I may get one. The grand kids might like to do a little treasure hunting.
    I'm just going on heresy ... what my mates have told me but they seem to have a great time of it.

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    Ours is an X-Terra 305 and it's currently going for $399 on Ebay. I don't think we paid that much but we've had it a couple of years. It's lightweight which is a definite plus for me and the basic functions are easy to use.

    New Minelab x Terra 305 Metal Detector Free Bonus Items Free Shipping | eBay

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    This Is a subject I am very Interested In but sadly have little time to get out with my metal detector these days...

    I have In the past used one for many years though. I would find finding arrow heads just sooo exciting...

    In the past I have found some 13th century Groat coins.... some Muskett balls...

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