A TREASURE HUNTER’S GUIDE

Pro Tips, Stories, and Facts for Metal Detectorists

THE BEST KEPT SECRET:

Tuning Tips From the Living Legend
Sometimes it takes time and strategy to get the most out of your metal detector. Tuning your detector is crucial in increasing your odds in finding your target and could be the missing puzzle piece in your treasure hunting strategy. Stu Auerbach, owner of Kellyco Metal Detectors and long time metal detecting hobbyist, suggests a great method in, addition to factory instructions, to ensure your metal detector is working at its top capability. When your metal detector is set on “all metals,” your detector will look for any kind of metallic object in the soil, such as bottle caps, tins, and nails. In order to get around this, increase your discrimination, which will limit your depth, but will help filter out undesirable finds, and also decrease your sensitivity control. Once you have adjusted your machine, the real test begins. In order to get started, you will need some metal samples or pieces. Try to pick an object similar to what you would like to find while detecting.

3 Quick Detector Tips
1) Consider purchasing a

coil cover, which will protect the coil from possible damage. 2) High levels of salt can sometimes interfere with your detector’s signal. Lower your detector’s sensitivity level to stabilize readings. 3) Invest in a pinpointer. This will not only speed up your recovery time, but also prevent damaging your target.

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QUICK FACT!
Tarnished coins can be more valuable than dipped coins. See page 3 for more fun facts about metal and coins!
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. try these easy tips:  Soak your coins in distilled water and then freeze. cliché. Make sure you mark your coin in order to guarantee easy recovery. but often times dead-on. and rinse. Of course. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Once your target is buried. A nice patina or tarnish may actually be 2 preferred over a restored shine. If your detector does not indicate a find. try increasing or decreasing the depth of your hole by five inches during each trial. Ultimately. scrub. . searching for your target is one of the most exciting aspects of metal detecting—you never know what could be causing your detector to signal—a diamond ring. By doing this. And the old. in order to learn what’s under the ground. If the coin in question is considered valuable and sought after by collectors. By following these easy steps. you will not only be more familiar with the signals your detector is emitted. no attempts should be made to clean the coin. try reburying the object at a shallower level in order to determine readable depth. move your detector over the area to see if it detects your buried object. the dirt will expand and detach from the coin.  .  Pro Tip: Reaching Your Target Picture this: you are strolling along with your metal detector just waiting to find something . When retesting. it is time to dig a deeper hole and bury your target once again in order to test the detector’s limit. This method may need to be repeated several times. Because certain techniques can sometimes do more harm than good. you will have to dig! To a metal detectorist. this test allows you to determine the level of depth your detector is still successfully finding particular targets.” is true in the minds of coin collectors. and then it happens! Unarguably. Several methodologies and beliefs regarding best practices exist regarding coin cleaning. take a recovered or replica coin and bury one at approximately thirty inches. Part of the responsibility of metal detecting is ensuring that the area you disturb while Continue reading on page 3 Should you clean discovered coins? If you can’t resist the urge to clean or just enjoy a shiny finish on your personal collection. valuable coin. the string acts as a direct guide to your target. that is. As the ice crystals form. a big mess of dirt surrounded by a wellmanicured patch of green grass. if silver coins are your concentration.Tuning Tips Continued from Page 1 For example. any urge to shine up an old penny should be avoided. but also heighten your awareness of your detector’s potential. digging a hole is like science—it must be neat and exact or the instability might just cause chaos. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and rub the mixture on the penny to return its shine! Value often dictates the necessity to clean your coins.  Apply any standard white glue to the surface of the coin and peel off once dried. or just a little piece of yesterday. If your detector does sound.  Cover a copper penny in ketchup. You can do this by tying a piece of string around the object and burying with the untied end of the string still exposed on the surface.

make sure to have a drop cloth or a round plastic piece (like a Frisbee or even a flexible plastic kitchen cutting board) available for easy soil transfer when complete. cut a rectangle in the soil. but be sure to leave the fourth side of the rectangle intact and uncut. such as a fanny pack. or back pack. one must be systematic in their technique. The uncut area will act as a hinge when attempting to remove the soil without complete detachment. With a dulled flat-tip screwdriver or latex wand. In order to avoid scratching or damaging your target. Once you have your plug of dirt unearthed. The development of rust compromises the integrity of the iron causing pits. Age. Having a systematic plan for extracting your treasure will not only decrease frustration. Next. cracking. but actually serves as protection. the development of rust on iron often has devastating effects.  Brought to you by 3 Written and designed by Keri-Anne Tessitore . the process is expedited by the exposure of salt water. and replace the plug of dirt by simply laying down your plug or using your plastic disk to replace the dirt. and Its Effects Not all types of corrosion are equal. In order to achieve this. finds apron. Unlike rust. make sure your probe has blunted edges. If you cannot avoid detachment. After you have found your treasure. and the overall deterioration of the metal. place your new piece safely away in a storing device of your choice. wave your detector or pinpointer over the plug to see if the target is in the plug or if deeper digging is necessary. using any kind of hunting knife or cutting tool. Rust usually develops when iron is exposed to moisture and oxygen over an extended period of time. A polished or cleaned coin may actually decrease the value of the coin by approximately fifty percent! Tarnish may also be referred to as “toning” when the film develops over a long period of time. tarnish usually affects the top layer of silver and does not compromise the overall structure. Tarnish is another form of corrosion. but will save time and open up your day for more treasure hunting!  The Smart Collector: Metal. tarnish does not necessarily devalue a find. attempt to estimate the depth of the target in order to determine the dimensions of the plug of soil you will need to dig. Your probe can double as another tool used to extract the target from shallow soil.Pro Tips Continued from Page 2 digging or searching is left with as little damage as possible and cleaner than how you found it. To a collector. For instance.

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