The Gold Jewelry Numbers inland searching

 

This is an accurate video when it comes to digging gold jewelry inland as opposed to beach hunting. One comment to this video question the need to dig all targets when hunting gold jewelry. I will just tell the guy who made the comment to just look at the AT Pro VDI chart. Notice that there is no single VDI number or close by numbers that can accurately indicate gold jewelry. Gold jewelry values shows all over the VDI chart. That is the reason you have to dig all signals in an area that is likely to have gold jewelry like parks. Hunting ocean beaches is a completely different story. There is less junk on an ocean beach and junk on an ocean beach means different things on the lower beach and upper beach. Light junk (pop tops, tin cans, fishing lures) on the lower beach (wet and in water) means you are not going to find jewelry at that spot. Heavy junk like lead weights, nails, old corroded coins indicate you are likely to find heavy gold and silver jewelry. On the upper beach light junk like pull tabs, foil and tin cans indicate people activity and thus likely that you will find gold jewelry lost from the sun bather. So on inland hunts, you have little choice but to dig all signals above 35 on the AT Pro to be sure not to miss the gold. You may dig a hundred or more junk finds before you strike gold.

Garrett Pro Pointer AT refresher notes

We sometimes just think the pin pointer a simple device. In fact we should remember the Garrett Pro Pointer AT has more than just an off and on switch. Watch this video again and see how you can apply the features to speed up your target recovery time.  One of the things that I use the most is using the pin pointer to determine the size of the object by tracing the outline of the target on the ground. This works for your targets that are 2-4 inches deep.

Getting Skunked

I have been metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. Started first with the Fisher Gold Bug and the Garrett Coin Hunter.  We always did pretty good with the Fisher gold bug up in the hills and gold bearing streams. Took a few years off  from metal detecting and then got back into the hobby and learned some more about metal detecting.  But it wasn’t until about 10 years ago when I started really learning this great hobby. Spent much more time hunting and researching for sites and learning from others.

So I consider myself an adequate metal detectorists. If the target is there, and even in a junky park I will find it. Why? Because I have put in the hours learning from hunting in very trashy parks. Once you learn in this environment other areas like home sites and beaches are not so hard.

I used to complain about the junky park near home. The areas around the concrete picnic tables were loaded with foil, pop tops, bobby pins and bottle caps at all depth. This was a rather old and very popular park on the weekend. So it is getting loaded down with even more trash every weekend and yes even with some dropped coins. A good friend who is more experienced than I am, told me to look at it another way. He said, “You have the best training area for metal detecting within 1/2 mile of your house. You are pulling targets out among all that junk. You should be able to hunt anywhere and be successful.

So that brings me up to the times when you get skunked and don’t find silver. If you can reliably pull clad out at 4-6 inches hidden under, near or even above junk targets, you can pull silver coins out from the same areas. But with one qualifier. The silver has to be there. Yes I do get skunked and find no silver. Some days I even get doubled skunked and don’t even find clad. Not getting double skunked is somewhat rare for me, but it happens when you are hunting an area that has no clad or silver. This is the time to move on to another hunt site. Even when you get skunked, you have spent the day outdoor away from your work, so what is so wrong with that?

Old Home Sites – Dig that Iron

When first arrive at an old home site start looking for iron nails. this will give you an idea of the age of the home site. Also searching for iron will often reveal old hinges, locks, keys etc. When you start finding this stuff, you should start intensifying your deep coin hunting efforts.

 

Old home sites in the woods

Finding old home sites in the woods is a good source for relics and old coins. You should do your rainy day research using Historic Aerials and Google Earth. Mark your home site GPS locations and plan your trip and hike before you go trekking through the woods with your gear. If possible plan your hunt after a good soaking rain. This will give you a few inches of extra detecting depth. It is a good idea to take your larger stock coil, but in your back pack also have your 5 x 8″ or other small coil. Sometimes you will encounter a lot of overgrowth of trees and vines right in the area of the home site where you want to search. In that case it is time to switch to your smaller coil. You should have a good stainless steel digging tool like a Lesche Pro Series or Ground Shark. You will often be digging among roots and rocks.

On your hike to the home sites keep an eye out for home site markers. This is because you can stumble on other old home sites that you may have missed with your research on the way to your target home site.

These are fence posts, old farm equipment, beds of flowers especially daffodils. Cedar trees and yucca plants that stand out among all of the deciduous trees. These are often  planted, not natural to the area.  Look for foundation rocks that are often laid out in a square or 2 or 3 of them in a row. Most home sites are located near water, most often a creek with clear running water. When you find old sawed or square wood that is often a sign of human habitation. Locating squared nails is a good sign as with other relics like belt and harness buckles.  Always eyes peeled for signs of a bottle dump. Old embossed bottles can often be more valuable than silver coins. Unbroken bottles really don’t deteriorate. Old coins found buried especially copper ones are often corroded to the point they are not valuable to the coin collector. Silver coins fare much better when lost in the dirt for 40 – 50 years.

Once you locate your home site, you should do a slow and careful search of the area. If you find relics and no coins you may just save this home site for another day. Some times old home sites in the woods are either hunted, or maybe were homes of people who did not have a lot of coins or was very careful with them and were not in the habit of losing them. Also keep in mind that deep coins will give you an iffy numbers on your VDI and rarely give you a solid coin tone. The minerals in the soil and junk will rarely give you a clean tone on a coin like in your air tests.

In this video there are almost all of the indicators that I described, but the guy did not find any coins. This can happen, but remember he did have fun and got a lot of exercise out in the beautiful outdoors without paying a gym membership fee.