I spend a lot of time counseling men on dressing for success and creating the right image in their work and social spheres. In the process, I hear a lot about various hobbies which I find interesting since they are not the usual suspects like sports, music, or camping. Many industrious guys like beermaking, cabinetry, wine collecting, or metal detecting for gold and coins. I had to know a bit more about the latter and immediately went on line. Here is what I found.

A metal detector enthusiast enjoys coin shooting. It is not really some pipe dream of striking it rich on gold nuggets, but for fun and amusement. There are clubs that meet regularly to talk about potential hidden riches. It is all about location I am told. You can find coins in certain likely locations like showgrounds, schools and playgrounds, beaches, churches, river beds, old stores, parks, and camp grounds. Most men who indulge pick one or two to explore. If they don’t get lucky, they move on. I have been told that you can find anything from new to relic style coins (such as Roman).

The whole enterprise hinges on the right coin shooting detector, which you can locate at Finding a Fortune.  For example, if you are getting your feet wet in a river or stream, your device must be waterproof.  Then there are the land only detectors that range from $100 to $1,000. Wow! You better be a true aficionado. Plenty of blogs online and Facebook pages will guide you here. They will counsel you about understanding the feedback from your device in terms of different types of coins. Experts bench test it at home with existing coins, real and junk, to learn to evaluate the results. Who wants to dig up bottle caps for example? You then will know how to configure the right settings. Otherwise, you might be sorely disappointed.

The metal detector has a depth indicator. If not, do not buy it. It is now standard on most models. It should give about four levels while you are searching. A cheap one will not go as deep as a better unit. This is common knowledge. What may not be are the types of coins you may unearth in various locations in your area. A given coin will produce a tone which will help you guess what you have found. This is called audio feedback, a feature used with headphones. An experienced coin shooter knows quickly how to evaluate the different tones. But you don’t have to rely exclusively on sound.

You can also tune your metal detector as to its sensitivity. Trial and error works for most until you know. Using the same device helps. If you change it, you will have to start over.  High sensitivity will give you too many readings and a lot of junk. Low settings will make you miss your mark. It must be just right—the perfect zone. And then there is ground balance which is automatic now with metal detectors. Most of the time the auto setting is fine. Real pros know how to adjust it further starting at neutral and moving up or down according to the type of soil that exists in your chosen location. The ground balance gives off a sound signal. It is quiet for negative balance and gets louder as the coil goes into the ground. As you might expect, positive will get louder.