Nov 11

Next Generation of Metal Detecting Enthusiasts?

This just in!

We’ve been quite busy lately here at Metal Detector Town and getting busier still due to the coming holiday season. It’s nice to know that our hard work has not escaped the notice of our customers. Here’s a nice piece of feedback left as a review on the new site. We decided  it deserved a much wider audience. So, please read on.


“First off, I want to say that I did not push my kids into the hobby. But I suppose having seen me all these years getting excited whenever I can get bit of time away to go hunting has planted the idea into their heads that metal detecting is fun.

This is part review part testimonial, I suppose. I don’t know where to put this but since our latest purchase is the 3030, I will put it here. Last year, I finally gave in and got my two oldest boys (then a 10 year old and an 8 and a half—he insists on the half) metal detectors for Christmas, just the very affordable ones mind you. I didn’t want to shell out a lot of money in case they decide that they didn’t like the hobby after all.

I’m quite pleased at the turn out. Surprised and pleased. I have to say that in the first few years I was into the hobby, I don’t remember having the same luck as my kids have had or as enjoyable a time, but I’m glad. I got my older boy a Private Eye by Treasure Hunter and the younger one chose the Junior by Bounty Hunter.

Both of them have had a fairly good run. My older son has gotten a bit of better luck with his hunting that he has “earned” sufficient funds to upgrade his metal detector. Over the summer he has been lucky enough to find a 1914 quarter, an Indian head penny, along with many other contemporary coins that he keeps in a jar, plus a couple of pieces of jewelry. He did not want to part with his Private Eye, firmly believing that it was his lucky charm, but has decided to upgrade to another Treasure Hunter detector. He finally settled on the 3030. We ordered it a couple of weeks ago (kudos on this new site by the way!) and he immediately took it out for a quick hunt.

While the Treasure Hunter 3030 has more features, it is still fairly easy to use. It did take him a little while to get used to the controls but that’s because he came off of using a super basic metal detector with simple dial controls and an analog meter. Once he understood which button went with what, he was off; keep in mind, he’s only 11 years old (albeit with nearly a year’s worth of Sundays metal detecting). Just this last Sunday, he found a gold hoop earring. I guess his luck holds. He’s enjoying this machine and the accessories kit that came with it is a nice touch. A good buy overall.

My younger son has had some finds as well, he has found plenty of coins and what we suspect is a gold wedding band. This has been a great year for fun, bonding, and learning experiences for my kids and myself and that, for me, has been our greatest find.

Thank you for the role that you played in it, for steering us in the right direction and not pushing for the upsell. That’s why we keep coming back.”

-Mike Miller, Cumberland County, ME


We’re glad it worked out for Mike and his kids. Best of all, we love hearing about it. Keep sending in your stories, reviews, photos, and all metal detecting related news and information.

Feb 11

Roman Coins In Lyme Regis, An Amateur’s Rare Find

Dr. Colin Dawes displaying his finds.

Three years ago, Dr. Colin Dawes, a paleontologist, well-known fossil hunter, author, and a bit of a celebrity in his local Lyme Regis, added metal detectorist to his long line of credits.

His metal detecting adventures has recently brought him further attention. After joining a local metal detecting club in East Devon, he has had quite the successful run. Armed with his metal detector, he unearthed seven bronze Roman coins in Uplyme, a village located on the Devon-Dorset border, adjacent to Lyme Regis.

The location of the site has not been disclosed but many theorize that the coins may be from the remains of another Roman Villa similar to the one found in the village of Uplyme in the 1800s. Check out the rest this piece on his discovey from Bridpoint News.

The combination of his various pursuits and the good fortune that is his home has, in some way, tipped the scales in his favor—Lyme Regis is nicknamed “The Pearl of Dorset” and noted for the plentiful fossils found in its cliffs and beaches; it is also known as the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dr. Dawes’ metal detecting has organically developed into a particular niche. It seems that he is, again, drawing from his personal knowledge and experience and mixing it with his metal detecting. Perhaps due to his familiarity with the area and its distinct terrain, he has been putting his metal detector to use in The Undercliff—several areas of landslip on the southern English coast (including Lyme Regis). He has become somewhat of an expert in the subject that he has been asked to deliver a talk about it in the local museum.

We’re sharing this story to illustrate how anyone can have their own treasure hunting success story. As we’re mentioned, in the case of Dr. Dawes, he is lucky to reside in a locale whose background is so rich that it’s actually pre-historic.

But, if we really think about it, all he needed was a metal detector and a group of people who shared the same interest, and he was set.

If not for anything else, his story gives the rest of us something to shoot for.

Jul 10

Metal Detector Helped Amateur Treasure Hunter Find Old Coins

One of the best things that a treasure hunter can have, whether he is an amateur or not, is a metal detector. Take the example of Dave Crisp, a hospital chef, the amateur treasure hunter who caught the attention of CNN.

Crisp a former hospital chef serendipitously found buried coins while searching for metal objects near Frome, Somerset, in the southwestern part of England.

With the help of some archeologists, Crisp was able to unearth a pot full of 766 coins. The coins contained the image of Roman general Marcus Aurelius Carausius, the Roman emperor who ruled independently in Britain from AD 286 to AD 293, the first one to strike coins in the country.  This find is the second largest in the UK. Crisp aptly calls himself a “metal detectorist,” referring to his dependence on the right metal detector for his treasure hunts.

A metal detector has different varieties and each one goes for the specific treasure you are hunting and the terrain of the place where you are hunting. There is a metal detector that is meant for a novice treasure hunter and there’s one for the more serious and seasoned treasure finder.

The year 2010 has brought several advances to metal detectors. One that belongs to the list of the top of the line models is the Treasure Hunter XJ9-3050. This unit has the patented multi-frequency deep search technology, which allows you to spot a dollar at 16 inches depth. This lets you identify the target, its depth and also pinpoint it.

One of its best features is the 32 bit Z-TEX Computer Microprocessor which allows for increased depth and discrimination. With this, the way to finding relics, coins, treasures at an ever greater depth is never better. At a depth of 10 inches and more, the detector can tell you if it’s an old wheat penny or the new zinc type of penny you just found.

The Treasure Hunter XJ9-3050 is only one of the many metal detectors that are available for any treasure hunting aficionado or a seasoned one. To find out more about their different features and benefits, you can check each one of them in the metal detector comparison chart found in this page at www.metal-detector-town.com.

Dec 09

Gold Coins in FLORIDA

Hello friends, I just wanted to share this email I got from one of our customers today:

“Sylvan -XJ9-3050 a great detector. While living in Florida I go to the beaches after a major storms to retreive gold coins. In this past 3-months, I found 2 gold coins from sunken ships. This is an isolated section mid-state and not well known to those from out of state. Thanks for the good reading”

Keep sending in your stories, we always love to hear from our customers,

Oct 09

Treasure Hunting after a huge rainstorm

gold statue of woman praying found after rainstorm in ghostownThe ancient principles of treasure hunting in the modern art of metal detecting is more than just an expression of a hobby for me.  It was 5am on this morning of October 8th, 2009 in the great independent republic of Horry County right here in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was following my Treasure Hunter GPS to the direct location of an old ghost town on the outer boundaries of Myrtle Beach, in a little town called Conway. There was nothing around, nobody, but according to my device this was the coordinates of an old trading post bustling with activity in the early 1800’s. It was a beautiful meadow inside about a square mile of clearing. First thing I did was to meditate and send my prayers out to the god of treasure asking him to grant favor on me for this beautiful day. There had been torrential rains for 2-days that had loosened up the ground and hopefully helped to bring some treasures closer to the surface. I then explored the hunting site a little, and could see evidence of a few root cellars, and the remnants of a few wooden structures. I quickly unsheathed my trusty Treasure Hunter 3050 all purpose detector…. within 5-minutes I quickly discovered some evidence confirming the historical fact of a settlement in this spot. I unearthed an old and very interesting blacksmith hammer. Encouraged by this I resumed my hunting with vigor and excitement. I hunted in the same vicinity for about 1-hour with no luck aside from a few Indian head pennies and interesting buttons…. I decided to check out the apparent hot spots and headed toward the cellar remains. In another  hour of grueling hunting, I had nothing to show for my efforts aside from some old railroad iron nails, screens, broken axle heads, roof fragments, and a few coins. I decided to make my way to the treeline, I was walking quickly and making large sweeps with my searchcoil, making each swing as wide as I could keeping the searchcoil face almost parrallel to the ground and trying not to overlap swings. I call this method high efficiency detecting….  This works well with the Treasure Hunter 3050 because the coils motion causes deeper detection because it was in the all motion mode.  About 20-yards from the treeline my detector yelped out a high pitch signal and the Digital ID told me I had found something gold. With this strong of a signal, I thought for sure it was a circuitry error and that I must have just found a large rusty iron bucket or something. Iron and gold have a very similar magnetic resonance and many detectors can not distinguish the two metals. Luckily my Treasure Hunter 3050 has dual frequency technology and with the higher frequency can detect even small gold nuggets accurately. I quickly began to investigate my find…. I brushed the leaves and grass off the spot, and began to dig a little. Under about 1″ of dirt, I caught a glimpse of a greenish and bronze object there in my target area, but could not make out what it could possibly be. I dug my shovel into the dirt carefully all around the rather large object and pried it out meticulously. To my great wonder and delight I beheld a small (about 6″high) and beautiful gold statue of what appears to be an Indian or Buddha woman praying. I have tested this with my gold detection kit and confirmed this is an 18 Karat gold statue. Although this is a very strange find for a ghost town, favor was granted for me today indeed!!!

Thanks for sharing in my treasure find today,


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Sep 09

Gold Nugget Found Yesterday

Hello Treasure Hunters,

Sylvan here, just wanted to share a quick one line story I received from a customer yesterday Sept, 23 2009:

“Zippity do da, zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day. Found a gold nugget!” – boompa_girl

This customer had purchased a Voyager metal detector from TH and they found a gold nugget the first day out. This just goes to show that it does not take the most expensive equipment to have a successful hunt. Sometimes the most important thing in your bag of treasure hunting tools is the earnestness to unearth your treasure,  and most importantly that you are out there hunting!!!

I would recommend a detector that can operate at higher frequencies for gold nugget searches as gold will resonate at a higher frequencies than most relics and precious metals. Consequently, most detectors are VLF (very low frequency) metal detectors and can sometimes miss gold and often confuse gold with iron. VLF detectors also allow for greater detection depths.

For gold nugget hunters, you may want to try one of our dual frequency detectors like the Treasure Hunter XJ9-3050, or the 3019 which has the benefits of a VLF detector and also has a parrallell band of higher frequency specifically for gold detection.

Happy Hunting,


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