Coin Hunting or ‘Coin Shooting’ as it’s often called, is not
only very fun to do, but it can easily be very profitable.
Finding just one gold piece or any rare coin can easily pay for
the cost of the metal detector. When it comes to Coin Hunting or
‘Coin Shooting’, there are some places that I call ‘hot spots’,
or the best places.
Riverbanks – Ponds – Lakes – Swimming Holes: These locations are
true treasure hunting top spots. The Riverbank is a huge area
that can provide a lifetime of detecting. River banks were used
as ferry crossings, and some had covered bridges with toll
stations. The local old timers may be able to tell you where the
local fishing and old swimming spots were. Remember many of the
old fishing spots were also drinking and partying spots, and at
the swimming holes a lot of people took off their outer clothes,
losing change as they did. And going back even earlier in the
years, folks would take their clothes to the riverbanks to wash
them in the water. The same goes for old farm ponds, many were
used as a favorite summer time swimming spot or picnic area. The
banks and shores of rivers, ponds, streams, lakes etc, are great
locations for coins, jewelry, trinkets and more.
Schools – Churches: These are also ‘HOT’ areas for metal
detecting, most towns or even rural areas have a school, some
have multiple ones. Schools that are currently open during
school season are a great place to find modern coins and even a
few clad coins, also numerous trinkets, diecast cars, and
cheaper jewelry items can easily be found on modern school
If you are as lucky as I am, then you live in a rural or country
area that keeps a lot of their old buildings. I know where there
are two old buildings that served as one room school houses,
these places were open in the late 1800′s to the early 1940′s.
Just imagine the wonderful finds these old grounds may be
hiding. The old one room school houses also served as churches,
social halls, farm grange buildings, and as meeting places for
scouts, ladies aid societys and more.
Many old Churches and one room school houses had there own
treasure chests, that’s right. When these buildings were
constructed, the local kids and adults would bury a chest on the
grounds or under a corner stone of the building. The chest was a
sort of time capsule containing coins, newspapers and other
unique items from the time when the building was erected. Many
of these old buildings rotted away over time, and folks forgot
about the buried time capsule located near the corner stone.
Searching the land a church is on is like searching for a
pirates loot, you never know what you may find. And a lot of
churches are very old, even many of the modern ones are like
schools, they are built on the grounds where old ones stood.
Churches were often the first buildings built in many towns.
Right here where I live are numerous churches, and one was built
in the early 1700′s. Church buildings not only housed people on
sundays but, most were wedding sites, reception halls, dance
halls, dinner sites, ice cream social locations, group meeting
spots and much more.
Woods – The woods can be awesome for metal detecting if one
knows what to look for. Look for old paths, those are great
places to detect along. Old paths in the woods served as
shortcuts to open fields for farmers to get their equipment
through, or for cattle to follow and more. In a wooded area not
far from where I grew up as a child I know where there is an old
path, now grown up with trees and bushes, most folks would
overlook it or not know it’s history. My grandfather and dad
built the road by blasting stumps with dynamite and by hand
cutting trees. They used the path to quickly get tractors, and
other farm machinery to another open field below the woods. Just
imagine the number of times my own dad and grandfather probably
sat along that old road, eating their lunch or sipping some cool
lemonaid underneath the shade of a large tree. Any time someone
sat along a road eating lunch, they would often pull an old
cloth hanky from their pocket to blow their nose or even wipe
their mouth, often losing some pocket change at the same time.
Another rare but great metal detecting site that can often be
found in the woods is old stone foundations and old stone
chimneys, each has the potential for a rare gold coin or a jar
of old silver dollars. Remember at one time this old stone
foundation or fireplace was part of a familys home, with kids
playing, parties and numerous outdoor activites.
Some other great Metal Detecting sites are – Parks, Beaches, Old
Ball Fields, Playgrounds, Fairgrounds, Camping Sites, Camps,
Ghost Towns, Battlefields, Old Picnic Spots. Make sure that you
have permission to search and dig in any location you are going
to do your detecting at.
There is Computer Software that is made just for the hobby of
Metal Detecting. The software is called: ‘Metal Detector -
Treasure Hunter Professional’, and may be seen at this website
By Robert W. Benjamin
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