U.S. Coin Collecting and How to Use A Metal Detector to Locate Them

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U.S. Coin Collecting and How to Use A Metal Detector to Locate Them

US coin collecting can be even more rewarding if you use a metal detector to find those coins. For those of us who have found coins using a metal detector, the thrill is pure excitement each time.

I agree that it’s fun to walk into a coin shop and buy a coin. Even purchasing coins at an auction, or an estate sale is enjoyment. However, to find U.S. coins using a metal detector is a far greater thrill. And the best part is you do not need an expensive metal detector.

You can purchase a new detector for between 0-0. Used models can be bought for much less, however, be very careful when buying a used model. Metal detectors have a way of getting beat up if they are not taken care of properly.

If you buy a new detector, don’t buy one that has all of the bells and whistles. The expensive models are designed more for the experienced user. Sure, you can be a new-comer to metal detecting and own a high end model, but your learning curve with that detector will be much greater.

If you read the owners manual, and learn how to use the detector, you will find many nice coins. US coin collecting with a metal detector does not have to be expensive. Just learn how to correctly use it. The better you understand how your detector works, the more U.S. coins you will locate.

Parks and schoolyards are the best places to search for those coins. Of course the older the park, or the school, then the older your coins will be. Remember, it’s those silver coins we want, not just for the silver content that makes them a collectible, but also for the rarity and the age.

My US coin collection consists of hundreds of Seated, and Barber coins I located by searching the older parks and schoolyards with my metal detector. 

People who own homes built in the 1960′s and older are a good place to start. If you know people who own older homes, then it’s a good bet there are silver coins in their lawns. People drop coins all of the time while working and playing in their yards. Ask permission to detect those yards. If you see an older home that you would like to use your metal detector around and you do not know the owner, then knock on their door and ask for permission. Sure you will get people who say “no”, however, you will also get those owners who tell you its okay, and they may refer you to their neighbors as well. Just be sure you are respectable of their property, and that you always fill in your holes. It’s also a good idea to share some of your coins that you find on their property with them.

Using a metal detector to enhance your US coin collecting could very well end up being profitable as well.  You could do like many others have done and pay for your detector from the coins you find. Try it, but be careful, you could end up becoming a metal detecting junkie.

© Frank W. Pandozzi

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