Seeded Metal Detecting Hunt Finds

Seeded hunt’s are a different type of metal detecting. The most notable difference is the speed at which you have to cover ground, recover a target and fill your plug. Your metal detector and coil combination are also important.

On competition hunts, finding the right metal detector and coil combination for You is ultimately the best course of action. Some say a larger coil covers more ground and it does, and also goes deeper. But, on a seeded hunt, depth isn’t an issue, and I’d argue that in a trashy environment that the larger coil would sacrifice some target separation.

So, I decided to use the Garrett AT PRO and the 5 x 8 inch coil combination, which proved to be a great set up, where I was able to find targets with speed, and separate good and bad targets more easily.


With 2.5 hours to detect I headed straight for some large trees.  The first good target was the Kennedy Half Dollar, which I was very happy to find.  Up to that point I was getting skunked big time. But, I redeemed myself.  Moving around the same tree I heard my  second target, I saw an 89-92 on the screen along with a nice high tone and it turned out to be the Ike Dollar.

On the other side of the tree I heard a nice high tone which I’ve come to learn many times means silver on the AT PRO, and thought that I might have a silver dime. Heck yeah, I was right it was a silver dime, a Mercury dime.  I decided to re-check the plug, and heard what I thought could be another silver dime, and I’ll be darn it was another mercury dime!  I’m not sure if both were planted, but somehow I doubt they planted two silver dimes in same hole, who knows? Not far from those dimes I also found the coin with a hole in it, which happens ot be a 10 Yen coin from Japan, Minted between 1951-1958.

Later along a tree line I found another one of the mercury dimes, a 1919 about 2 inches down. Almost a 100 year old dime, that’s just crazy.  I should say that I was finding junk targets left and right out there, like everyone else.  There were targets in all ranges from tokens to silvers, and even rings, so I was digging iffy targets as well.  In other words, it wasn’t all silver and coin finds, I was happy to even find good targets.  The competition was stiff and I was feeling the pressure to find something good.  Before the hunt wrapped up, I got lucky and found one more silver dime, the Roosevelt dime.  It was a nice way to finish off a fun hunt with friends.

To be honest, I was happy to get on the board with a silver.  I was getting skunked, but once I settled down and got more picky about what targets I would dig, I started having much better luck.  That was my first real seeded hunt, because the first one I went to I hunted all over the park, not just the designated area…lol So, having said that, I learned a few mistakes I was making and was able to adjust to the environment and come away with a few keepers.  I guess I can still call myself a detectorist after all. heh

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Places to Metal Detect in Arkansas

Where can I metal Detect in Arkansas? I’m asked that question weekly, and the answer is simple really; it depends on your local laws and ordinances concerning metal detecting in public places.

Assuming that you have already done your homework and know that metal detecting is allowed in your town, here is a list of Five places that you can metal detect in just about every city.

1. Parks and Playgrounds

Parks and playgrounds are great places to find lost jewelry and coins. Baseball diamonds and soccer fields can also be productive areas to find lost items.  Pendants and rings can be lost when players are running around and jumping during a game.  Areas where spectators sit and watch games can also be good places to metal detect.

2. Woods Hunting

Paths through the woods can lead you to house foundations and cellar holes that hold relics and coins from the past. Using aerial maps, you can get a birds-eye view of wooded areas in your town. Hiking trails, deer trails, ancient trails and old foot paths can be seen more easily from above. With a little bit of research you can put yourself on some long forgotten homesteads.

3. Fresh Water Beaches

Arkansas only has fresh water beaches, but Metal Detecting on local and popular beaches can be very rewarding with the possibility of finding jewelry, watches, ear rings, coins, and other lost items. Metal Detect in areas where people sit on the bank, as well as in the water if your metal detector is waterproof.

4. Farm Fields

Old farms and in particular the surrounding fields can some times give up old coins in areas that you wouldn’t think old coins could be found. Some towns from early settlers are long gone now, but at one time stood in the middle of what is now a corn or tobacco field. Metal detecting in fields after a rain can increase your odds of finding deeper targets. Don’t underestimate the potential for some great finds hidden in the middle of a field.

5. Creeks, Lakes, Rivers

River and creek banks where old “Picnic Groves” or Ferry launches were located can be amazing spots for early coins and jewelry. The “picnic areas” were used while waiting for the ferry to arrive or depart and early settlers would sit along the river banks and have a drink or lunch and items were surely lost. A confluence, or meeting of two bodies of water was a likely place for a ferry launch or stop. Towns were set up along these confluences for commerce reasons, so these long forgotten spots can be rewarding for the knowing metal detectorist.

Doing research and gaining knowledge are as important as the rest of the hobby of metal detecting. More often than not we’re going to find our best finds where no one else has looked so be sure to think outside of the box sometimes.

The truth is, anywhere that people frequent or have been in the past has potential for you to find lost items.

Always seek permission to metal detect on private property in Arkansas, and Any state that you metal detect in.

Happy Hunting Everyone! Thanks for Reading.

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Clean Coins with a Rock Tumbler

Are you looking for a way to clean coins that you find while metal detecting? Did you know that you can actually clean coins with a rotary rock tumbler?

There are many coin cleaning techniques found on the internet, but when using a rock tumbler, most guys toss in a handful of aquarium gravel, a couple squirts of dish soap and the coins and let them tumble until the coins are the desired color again.

Speaking of color, you want to separate your coins because pennies will dye other coins red or pink if tumbled together.  I personally group and tumble coins by their denomination.  I’ve found that to be the best way to avoid discolored coins.

If I am not worried about the condition of the coin afterwards and only care about getting the coin back to a spendable condition, I like to use tiny white gravel the same size as aquarium gravel that I find on sides of roads.

Now, as funny as that sounds, this particular gravel works great.

I have found that the gravel is strong enough that the edges don’t round off easily and it is abrasive enough to clean black or red coins.

It should be noted that we should never clean a valuable coin! Serious coin experts can spot a cleaned coin almost instantly and consider a cleaned coin to be a damaged coin.

If you think that you have a valuable coin, be sure to take it to a reputable coin dealer for a second opinion before you clean it!

Having said that, most detectorists use a tumbler of some sort to clean dug coins. Rotary tumblers are a great way to clean coins, and if you get one with a double drum like the one shown below you can clean two types of finds at the same time.

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  • Media Capacity: 2.3lbs.
  • Motor Power: 120 V~/60hZ.
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  • Diameter: 6.5 Inches.

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Final Thoughts:

As stated above, it is recommended that you Do Not clean a collectible coin! In many instances, cleaning a rare or valuable coin can actually Decrease the value of the coin!

For the modern coins that we find while metal detecting, a simple rock tumbler will clean your coins well enough to spend, coin roll, or drop into a vending machine.


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