Metal Detecting in the UK

Recently Aquachigger and Relicrecoverist spent a week long holiday metal detecting in the UK. These videos were fun to watch as usual and informative. Since the UK goes back to the days when Rome occupied the UK there is a much longer history of people using and losing metal coins. Some put the Romans in England from 43 to 410 AD.  It is amazing to watch people metal detect the huge English fields for days on end. But more than a few are rewarded with hammered coins and even some gold coins that are super old. I think aquachigger found 4-5 hammered silver coins during his trip.

Some facts I uncovered about the middle ages. Pennies were made of silver not copper. A penny was all it took to buy four loaves of bread.

In the US southern states spending a day in a plowed field may yield you a few arrow heads and some modern coins. Up north you may do better. In fact you may even find some Spanish silver reales.  You should be able to find those in an area from North Georgia down to the Gulf of Mexico along the Chattahoochee river since the Spaniards are reported by Indians to have trekked up and down this corridor to get the gold from the tribes in North Georgia in the 1600-1700’s. But I have never heard of any metal detectorists in the area finding such old coins. There seems to be no hard historical facts to support this mention of Spanish travels so far north.  So for your best bet on getting some really old coins try a metal detecting holiday tour in the UK.

Here is Aquachigger’s video going into some detail about signing up for some metal detecting holidays tours in the UK. If you pay extra you can arrange to metal detect in the UK with some of your favorite YouTube personalities. How neat that would be digging with Jocelyn Elizabeth  and Beau.

www.metaldetectingholidays.com

 

 

Which metal detecting videos I watch

Here are some good ones to watch and what they specialize in. I tend to watch the ones with the highest number of subscribers for the simple reason normally they are the better metal detecting videos.

However there are some high subscriber YouTube women personalities that rely on their physical attributes rather than their metal detecting skills to attract subscribers. There are some other metal detecting channels that bribe their way to increase subscribers by giving away prizes. Then there are some that I suspect just plant their eBay purchased coin finds before they do their metal detecting videos.  I do bounce around and sample a lot of the metal detecting YouTube channels but these are the one I follow on a regular basis. These are not listed in any particular order.

The ones below have a high subscription base on YouTube but they do know their stuff and are a credit to this hobby.

Ed the beach hunter for ocean beach detecting.

Green Mountain Metal Detecting for finding old cellar holes and mountain detecting.

Aquachigger for rivers, creeks and all around metal detecting.

Relic Recoverists for all general types of metal detecting on land.

Nugget Noggin – land, rivers and creeks.

Last but certainly not the least is JD’s Variety Channel.

I have to comment on his channel. When I first tuned into his channel I noticed that he did some other video on non-metal detecting topics. I formed a quick but inaccurate opinion of his channel. I thought he was just a YouTube personality wannabe with little substance. That was a couple of months ago. For some reason I was back on his channel and decided to take some time to see if he really knew his metal detecting stuff. In a short period of time  after watching 3-4 of his metal detecting videos I was convinced even for his young age, he knew his stuff. If fact I have come to discover that he is one of the most passionate individual about his metal detecting. It literally saved his life. I will leave it to you to find out what I mean by that. I also discovered he probably is one of the smartest young guys I have come across on YouTube.

God Bless you JD. Well he already has. I will continue to enjoy your videos.

 

Suspicious Youtube metal detecting videos

 

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Have you ever come across some Youtube metal detecting videos that seem too good to be true? I was watching one detectorist film a coin cache that seemed too good to be true. So I looked at a lot of other videos on his Youtbe channel. They all had one thing in common. In none of the videos did you see him actually digging a plug going through the plug with his pin pointer probing and searching for the target. The video always started with the coins laying in the hole or just out of the hole. Its funny that 99% of all metal detecting videos on Youtube you actually see the person digging the hole and finding the target in the plug or in the hole.  I kinda think this person is just faking it for the Youtube views which if you monetize your channel you receive $5 -$8 per thousand views. Hate to be that skeptical but that is the way I see it. There is no really good reason not to film you actually digging a plug and not a pre-dug plug. Easy to tell the difference. And no this is not a well known Youtube detectorist and no I don’t link to his videos.

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.

Professional Beach Hunters

Who are these guys? Well I will id two of them that I call semi-professional beach hunters. The only difference between the pro and semi-pro is the pro travels a lot to distance beaches in other states and countries. The pro focus almost entirely on very exclusive and expensive beach hotels where the found bling is very valuable. The semi-pro tends to just work the beaches within a 2 hour driving distance. Ed on the west coast and NH on the east coast are what I would classify as semi-pros. These two guys seem to be close to professional amateurs in that they live near the ocean and based on their videos no how to read beaches and find the gold. They don’t seem to waste their time in areas of the beach that are less productive than stripped or eroding beaches by recent weather events.

On Youtube you can view the west coast guy who goes by the name of Ed the Beach Hunter and on the east coast NH Beach Metal Detecting.

The pros don’t make Youtube videos or draw publicity to themselves for the obvious tax reasons and their personal security. You draw your own conclusions. Here is a profile based on three professional beach hunters that I cannot name upon their requests. The average age of the three is 37 years old. They tell me they find in excess of $200,000 a year in bling. They travel by air and Uber to minimize their downtime. They spend an average of 2-3 days on a hunt location. Two of them when out of the country hire local talent for protection on the beach hunts and pay them about $200 per day. None of them stay in the expensive hotels they hunt. They often hunt at night on some properties that tend to run off non-guest beachgoers. To do their night hunts they have expensive light weight night vision that the local security cannot detect. I ask them what kind they used and they were reluctant to talk about that aspect of their metal detecting trips.

In conclusion, don’t expect to find any Youtube videos from the professional beach hunters. But there is still lots to learn from the videos of the semi-pros like Ed and NH guys.

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?

Rural Mail Boxes

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When you are driving around scouting for a new old home site, don’t forget mail boxes. Out in the country when small dirt roads branched off paved roads you would often set 5 – 10 mail boxes clustered on the side of the paved road. This is because the postman back in the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s used their own cars to deliver rural and would not go down the dirt roads which were muddy in the winter and spring and dry and dusty in the summer and fall. This is my guess on why they didn’t put mail boxes down the dirt roads. Well, no matter the reason, the fact is that they did and still do cluster mail boxes together on the main road for the smaller road where houses were built. Maybe it just saved the postman time.  People in the country often did not have stamps and just left change in the mail box. Some of that changed got dropped. So when you see these cluster of rural mail boxes, you may consider pulling over and detecting around the mail boxes. It is a relative small area to search and almost always the mail box posts were made of wood. I have often found some nice silver in about 1 out of 20 rural mail boxes searched.

 

 

Ed the Beach Hunter very nice diamond ring find

A little about Ed the  Beach Hunter. Best I can tell he lives on the west coast. His videos are well produced. You see him dig out the junk and great finds so no doubt he is seems to be the real deal. He does get a little excited and uses colorful language, so be forewarned. He is fun to watch and you can learn some valuable beach hunting techniques if you pay attention. For instance in this video he has hunted this beach before and notices some significant sand erosion and was hunting in that area when he found the monster ring.

 

 

 

 

Hunting Trashy Parks with the Garrett AT Pro

The reason parks are never hunted out in terms of old coins is that the average metal detectorists does not swing slow, does not use small coil, does not clean out all the junk in the hole, and does not dig deep deep targets. When the average metal detectorists hunt in a real trashy area, they find the display jumping around like crazy as well as being overwhelmed by all the many tones.

Set your AT Pro set on Pro Zero (other detectors in the all metal mode),  iron audio on, notch out 65 and below. Swings slowly to tease out the high tones. Do not rely on the display numbers. Notching out 65 and below will eliminate the display and sounds of  all the pull tabs and foil and other undesirable junk. We are looking for coins, not gold rings.

You should dig out all the trash out of the hole to eventually get just the high tone target.

If you are getting a high tone, there is a high tone target mixed in with junk. You cannot go by the display, since it jumps all over the place. The same goes for the tones, they jump all over the place. This is why you notch out 65 and below, to eliminate some of the distracting noise. If you hear a high tone, there is a high tone target in the hole. Once you think you have removed all the junk, swing your detector back over the hole to see if you are still getting a high tone. A lot of coins are found at the 4-6″ level, but the deeper signals increase your chance of finding a coin since the average park hunter does not dig that deep or clean out the junk. Notice that when you clean out the junk and pass your detector coil back over the hole, the high tone will be a lot crisper. When checking the depth of a target in a hole with junk or other targets, they can throw off the depth indication reading in the display. The AT Pro depth indicator tends to be more accurate on a single target. I rarely look at the depth display, but listen to the relative volume of the high tone.

Go to the park on the weekend and just observer where the people are located. In my park along the river, I see people playing volleyball, families having their picnic lunches at the concrete tables. The most desirable tables are along the river under the trees. The people are wading in the shallow part of the river near the rocky shoals close to the river bank. There is one trail up river where the majority of the fishing takes place and beside that a youth soccer field that is in use on the weekend virtually all day. So these are the areas of the park that I hunt once or twice each week since it is within 5 minutes of my home and I need to take a break from writing and do some swinging.