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.



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.


Hunting in creeks, rivers and Lakes


I have found that a sand scoop is pretty useless for recovering targets in creeks, rivers and beaches that are full of packed rocks, gravel and sands. Instead a good sturdy hand pick is lighter than a beach sand scoop and better at breaking up the rock and sand.

Once you have the big rocks removed and gravel and sand broken up from being compacted over thousands of years, you use a technique that I first learned about viewing the Youtube guy gigmaster which you can see in this video. He scoops out the gravel/sand with his left hand and and right hand still holding the beeping pinpointer. As you can see if the beeping stops as he is lifting out the handful gravel/rocks, then no extracted target. He keeps repeating the process until the target comes up with the handful. Pretty neat and efficient. Thanks gigmaster!



Compare Garrett 9×12″ Concentric Coil with Stock 8.5×11″ DD

Ok, just viewed an air test of the Garrett 9×12″ concentric coil vs the Garrett Stock 8.5 x 11″ Double D coil. He used the two coils on the AT Max. The test was done  on an individual’s metal detecting channel on Youtube. Full disclosure requires me to let you know that I like most of his videos and being well filmed and an accurate representation of the metal detecting hobby with little or no hype.

Now here is where I fault his air test. The air test shows the concentric coil delivering better results on deep targets. Well that is a given due to the different coil designs. The DD coil will deliver a full 11″ swath at max depth whereas the concentric coil (using a cone pattern) will deliver only an inch or so swath at maximum depth. So now lets figure in the hunting time looking for deep objects. It is 11 to 1 ration in favor of the Double D coil. So a 2 hour hunt of a specific area with the  Double D coil will turn into to a 22 hour hunt using the concentric coil.

On the upper beach or volley ball court or areas where the targets are only 2″ deep, then the coils are basically equal. On a search for deep coins or jewelry, you could not possibly consider using a concentric coil.