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A Metal Detecting Secret that will Help You Find More Old Coins

A Metal Detecting Secret that will Help You Find More Old Coins

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you aren’t finding more coins at those old farms and homesteads in the woods?  Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense, the property you researched shows that people lived there 100 years ago and no one has been there in a long time. But, no matter how you detect it, old coins prove to be elusive.  I’ve experienced this myself at several long forgotten home sites that left me scratching my head.

There could be several reasons that a particular site doesn’t give up an old coin or two, one of which is the infrequency of currency exchanging hands at the location.  While the inhabitants of these types of properties likely did have some money from time to time, most old timers back in the 1800’s didn’t carry their money around with them every day.  Often they would hoard their money until they needed it for a purchase and then took it to town.

Money has always been the preferred currency but not so long ago bartering was still a common practice.  If one farmer needed two chicken’s and another farmer needed help building a chicken coop they would make a trade on a handshake and their word.

Obviously, old coins and personal artifacts Are found at those older home sites way out in the country, but there is another location in your county that you can detect with a greater chance at finding older coins.

Some of you have probably already thought about this, but if not, stick around because I have a A Metal Detecting Secret that will Help You Find More Old Coins.  Think about this, since the beginning of time, man has congregated in close-knit communities for many reasons from safety to commerce and ease of travel. Even today many towns across the USA have a city square or ‘down town’ business district with several types of businesses offering various goods or services.

Those are the types of areas where money exchanges hands most often, which is ironically the same general location that money exchanged hands ‘back in the day’.   Everyone takes a trip to town every now and then and when they do they take money with them.

So, what does that mean to us as metal detectorists? Well, for one thing we just narrowed down where we might want to focus our search efforts.  I mean, what if you were to ‘spiral out’ from your city square or down town sector and began seeking permission to metal detect at the houses and neighborhoods in the surrounding areas?

Most likely the people that lived closer to the city in the past had more opportunities for employment which means that they probably had more money to spend, and most importantly, money to lose!

Armed with that knowledge now all you have to do is do some research, knock on some doors & seek some permissions, and take the property owners a gift of some sort as a token of your appreciation.  Doing so shows the owner that you aren’t asking for something for nothing and also increases your chances at getting a yes.

If you aren’t sure about how to go about getting permission, be sure to browse our articles dedicated to helping you learn proven approaches that will help you be more confident and get more permissions.

Your metal detecting success hinges on your ability to adapt and do research in an effort to put yourself in a position to maximize your finds.  There is an old saying in metal detecting that states “Location is key.” “Location, Location, Location.”  Because location matters!

We all love metal detecting at those old homesteads in the woods and great finds are certainly made at those sites, but now you have one more location to focus on that can help increase your success at finding old coins with more frequency.


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