Since Metal Detecting In The USA has been
on line, I have received quite a few emails concerning the subject of where to
actually go metal detecting. Visitors to the web site have probably
already gathered that schools, churches and parks are some pretty good places to
go coin shooting as evidenced by my finds.
One has to keep in mind that you have to hunt the older
places if you want to find quality coins.
Metal detecting a school that was
built in the 70's is typically not going to produce silver coins and wheat
pennies. Look for the older schools. Some of these schools had
corner stones with the date on them, others have a plaque in the entrance where
you can usually see it if you peer through the front doors. It is not hard
to distinguish an old school from the new modern types. The old schools
are being torn down at an alarming rate and new schools are built right onto the
old property. This is where research would pay off.
Churches are an excellent place to coin shoot because they hold the oldest coins.
Why? Because churches are usually the oldest building in the community!
They were probably the first building erected in a small town after the homes
were built. Every Sunday all of the town folk would gather at the church
and children would play on both sides, front, and in back of the church.
Trees are great places to search under at an old church. It was a good
place to get out of the sun on a hot day and children loved to climb and play in
them. Remember, they didn't have jungle gyms back then.
Other places to search are
gazebo's and bandshells.
These places were usually center stage for a large crowd gathering back in the
1800-1900's. Gazebo's can be found on church grounds, parks and city
courtyards. Bandshells can be found in the same places but they offer the
additional bonus of a seating area to coin shoot around. They are
excellent sources of quality coins and the older the better.
There is a host of other locations to coin shoot and the list
is as long as your imagination. Coins are found where money exchanged
hands or could fall out of pockets or purses...that means there are a lot of
places to go metal detecting. Old drive-in movies are good sources.
Sure, they are full of trash, but there are ways to get around that. A
smaller coil will allow the detectorist to actually detect between pieces of
trash. Discrimination options can cut a lot of the trash out. Some
detectors have a bell tone alert or TONE ID which really sounds off on coins but
gives a low hum on trash. Most
drive-ins had a playground in front of the screen which is an excellent source
The grassy areas between the sidewalks and the road are another good source of
coins. Check with the homeowner before you start detecting. It may
be public property but it is only common courtesy to ask first. Besides,
they might give you some more clues on where to hunt. The grassy medians
in the center of the road in some housing areas are another good source for
finding coins. Children would use these areas as
football and baseball
fields. Don't forget to check around old parking meters if they are in the
grassy area next to the sidewalks. If they still have grass around them
you can bet you will find some silver!
Another area that is usually not hunted is under old
bleachers. I have said it before, these places are silver mines.
Sure, they have a lot of trash but it is worth digging up a little trash if you
are finding silver. Remember, the older fields pulled double duty as
baseball fields as well as a football fields.
Always ask permission when hunting the
places mentioned above. It is not hard to get permission to hunt at a
church. Remember, it is open every Sunday. Go early and ask to hunt
at another time when they are not so busy. Schools are the same way.
Just go in to the main office and ask. Make sure you point out that you
WILL be returning lost class rings and other identifiable items. For
public parks it is best to inquire at city hall. Better yet, ask the local
police. They are the ones that enforce the laws concerning metal detecting.
Be sincere and let them know that you carry all trash items out and the only
thing you are leaving behind are your footprints.
Metal Detecting In Europe
When I was stationed in
Germany I hunted the hay fields, wheat fields, potato
fields, and the sugar beet fields. I found everything from Roman to modern
day coins. Grassy fields next to streams were also good areas to detect.
In Trier I hunted the river banks when it was low from the grassy edge down to
the new water level. Europe is a fantastic place to metal detect. I
always asked the farmers in German if I could hunt their fields with my "peep
machine" and was never turned down.
Be sure to read
Obtaining Permission to Metal Detect or Search Private Property.
Suggested Areas for Where to go Metal Detecting:
6. Picnic Areas
7. Old Military Bases/Training Grounds
8. Recreational Vehicle Parks
9. Amusement Parks
10. Carnival Sites
11. Swimming Areas such as Lakes and Rivers
12. Seaside Beaches
13. Sand, Dirt or Grassy Parking Areas
14. Old Drive-In Theaters
15. Old Home Sites
16. Old School Sites
17. Children's Summer Camps
18. Fishing Camps
19. Hunting Camps
20. Under Grandstands and Bleachers
21. Under Ski Lifts
22. Old Campgrounds
23. Roadside Produce Stands
24. Around any Resort Area
25. Stock Car Speedway
26. Small Circus Grounds
27. Parking Meters
28. Old Factories
29. The Woods
30. Soccer Fields
31. Baseball Fields
32. Football Fields
33. Town Square
34. Boy Scout Camps
35. CCC Camps
36. Logging Camps
37. Farm Fields
38. Canal Towpaths
39. Old Cafe/Diners
40. Trailer Parks
42. Trolley and Bus Stops
43. Old Golf Courses
46. Construction Sites
47. Abandoned Gas Stations
48. Old Neighborhood Boulevards
49. Old Inn's and Bed & Breakfast
50. Ghost Towns
51. Outdoor Flea Markets
52. Tent Revival Meeting Area
53. Under Bridges
54. Walking Paths/Hiking Trails
56. Stone Walls/Fences
57. Railroad Tracks/Stations/Stops
58. Rodeo Arenas
59. Mining Camps
61. Highway Lookout Sites
62. College/University Campuses
63. Old Dance Sites
64. Lover's Lanes
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Read the article Metal Detecting Tips.