Want to Find Productive Metal Detecting Sites to Hunt? – Try the History Books!
All to often I hear complaints from people that there are no more old coins left to find. The same schools and parks just don’t produce like they once did. . . . Well, the purpose of this article is to provide you with some sites to consider in your own home town that still hold the metal detecting treasures we all are seeking.
I personally got started swinging a metal detector back in the 1960′s – a time when virtually no one had ever searched even the most obvious of sites. My brother and me went nearly 5 five years before we even saw another treasure hunter in the field. In those days, silver coins were commonplace and coins from the 1800′s were found on a regular basis.
While those days are gone, there are still countless sites in every town across the country that hold the type of coins we are all searching for. I have listed some sources you may want to explore in finding a few productive sites to search in your community:
- Local History Books - I’m sure most of you thought history books were left behind when you got out of high school but you’d be surprised at how much information a local history book contains that is directly applicable to treasure hunting. Usually put out by the historical society or local historian, they cover all aspects of the community including education (where the old schools were located), religion (where the outdoor socials were held), and entertainment (where the circus was held and the ball games played). Often all you need to do is drive right over to the site and start hunting. For example, several years ago I purchased a book detailing the history of a small town in central Pennsylvania near where I was living at the time. Scanning through the pages, I saw some photographs of a school that I had never heard of before. It took less than an hour to find where it had been located and to my surprise, it was now just a vacant field. My first signal turned up a 1944 half dollar – and that was just the beginning. Over the next three months, my partner and I recovered more than 2,000 coins and nearly 30 gold rings. It should be interesting to note that there were four large metal detector dealers and two clubs within 30 miles of this site and no one had ever hunted it before. So, check for a local history book and see if you can’t find a prime location or two to search.
- Long-Time Local Residents - This is probably one the best, and under-utilized sources of information available to treasure hunters today. Local residents, especially senior citizens, can provide you with a wealth of information that will direct you to productive hunting sites. After all, who else can tell you where the local “lovers lane” was or what vacant lot was used for sandlot baseball by the neighborhood kids? Stop and ask for a minute of their time – you’ll find it to be time well spent.
- Historical Societies - As mentioned earlier in the section related to local history books, your local historical society is another excellent source of information when it comes to finding sites to hunt. Offer to give a short presentation about how you can recover the past with your equipment and bring along some of your finds as a display. Offer to help them in some of their “digs”. You will find members willing to share sites with you that are not documented anywhere and in many cases, you will be the first one to search them.
- Old and Historical Maps-Check out Treasure Hunters Depot’s huge Historical Maps Page for tons of good maps and lead
Hopefully these sources will give you a few leads to track down. Stick with it and the older coins will find their way into your goodie bag.