Going for the Gold!

Going for the Gold!

As a metal detectorist, one of the things we all look for and hope to find is gold. Whether it be a gold coin, nugget, ring, chain, or any other gold jewelry, it is always in the back of your mind while swinging a detector. But, it is elusive, and at least in my experience as a metal detecting enthusiast, not something you find everyday.

I find that in Massachusetts where I live, my best chance for gold is on a beach and that is usually where I find it. The problem with that is a lot of people like to enjoy a beverage or two while at the beach resulting in lots of pull-tabs and bottle-caps, from soda & beer cans, being left behind.

metal detecting pull-tabs

Well, those items just happen to identify on metal detectors the same as gold does, making it frustrating in the search for the elusive gold.

However, if you are patient and persistent enough, you will eventually find the gold. When metal detecting on a beach you must dig everything and I mean everything. If you keep digging those signals and keep getting pull-tabs you can’t get frustrated, you can’t stop digging those signals because you will eventually find gold.

On one beach hunting trip I dug the 18 pull-tabs in the picture, some bottle-caps and some pieces of small foil, not pictured, before I found this 14k gold turquoise and diamond ring. Guess what it rang up as on my detector?

A pull-tab!

Turquoise ring metal detecting

So you see, my patience and persistence paid off in a big way! Keep digging those foil, pull-tab, nickel & zinc targets and you will find your gold.

Happy Hunting!

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Cartier Emerald Gold Ring: Flickr –  Some rights reserved by Clive Kand

Pull Tabs, Gold and Turquoise Ring – Dirtscanner All Rights Reserved

Keyword:  Metal Detecting for Gold



There are 9 comments for this article
  1. OZARKS at 12:38 pm

    Another great article bud! Yep, you have to dig the tabs to get to the gold. I hunted a spot where another detectorist told me that he hunts. I didn’t find many quarters and dimes, but in two hunts I found THREE rings. One of which was G O L D. I figure that he went through and dug all the high tones, but left the low tone rings behind! Love it when they leave the goodies and take the coins!

    • Dirt Scanner at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Osarks, I notice that probably 8 out of 10 that I see on the beach detecting aren’t doing it properly or are using single frequency detectors and leave the best behind. I hope I don’t give away too many secrets 🙂 just kidding. I hope I can help someone with my posts, there is plenty out there for everyone.
      Happy Hunting

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  3. Nick A. at 10:44 pm

    Dirtscanner, I noticed in the comments that you said “Probably 8 out of 10 that I see on the beach detecting aren’t doing it properly or are using single frequency detectors and leave the best behind.”

    I understand how a multi-frequency detector could be a help, but can you explain more about what else most people are doing wrong? That would be super helpful information.

    I’d also like to know what area of the beach you find most productive. The dry sand, the surf or some other area, so that when I “go for the gold” I know where I should concentrate my search if I have limited time.

    Can you share what kind of equipment you use as well? I have a plastic sand scoop for the beach, but I have seen others using metal scoops. I like the plastic scoop because I can wave it over the coil to see if I have the target in the scoop.

    Are any different techniques that you would use for searching a fresh water or lake beach vs. hunting a salt water beach?

    • Dirt Scanner at 7:04 am

      Thanks for the comments Nick. I have some info on beach detecting, like the best area of the beach to detect and when on my website at, http://dirtscanner.com/beach-detecting-tips/
      What I meant by my comment earlier is that I see many people not swinging their detector properly by using the “banana swing” or swinging their detector 4 inches off the ground. Also SLOW DOWN, it is so important to slow down and listen very carefully and always dig those questionable signals.
      I hunt mostly New England beaches and it is very rocky requiring a sturdy stainless steel scoop. the plastic will not work in the wet sand in New England or most any other wet sand. Plastic is good for dry sand but not for the wet. I hope I answered most of your questions, if not feel free to contact me through my website.

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